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Category Archives: Résumé
There are several different kinds of résumé s and you may have several versions, depending on where you are in the hiring process and/or what types of jobs you will be seeking. Before starting your résumé , though, you will want to identify your strengths, skills, and abilities. Continue reading
Whether you are writing a book, article, thesis, letter, or a resume, the same basic rule applies: Write for your audience (in this case, recruiters, hiring managers and your future boss). In the world of resume writing, that translates to two things.
We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that going on and on for paragraphs about irrelevant experience was going to make me want to read their resume—or even more so—interview them? Continue reading
Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times… These are not the best of times. Advice about résumé writing abounds and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a job seeker to know which advice to follow? The bottom line: No one way is the right way for everyone. Continue reading
Remember the good old days, back in high school or college? You’d work like crazy to get your assignments done and turned in on time, so that you could receive the high marks you needed to keep your grade point average in check. The entire purpose of the grades was to provide feedback, so that as you move forward in your studies, you can continue to improve and grow academically.
So everything I read lately says that, even when the economy starts to rebound (and many think it has already started), new job creation will lag. Now who am I to dispute that bit of wisdom? But while that may be true, there are still thousands of jobs out there to be had. In fact, there are probably 10’s of thousands of jobs to be had. Now granted, there may not be thousands of jobs that you can fill and they may not all be where you live, but if you are willing to have an open mind and are flexible about where you live (or desperate in the extreme) there are thousands of jobs and I’m about to show you how to find them.
Management can be a very rewarding career. However, many people apply for or accept their first management job without stopping and thinking about what it really means to make the transition from being an employee to being a supervisor. A lot of things will change when you become a manager, and it’s a good idea to stop and think about whether you just want to move ahead, or if you really want to manage other people.
A little humor for this post, but seriously, you will need to find a job once you graduate (or step it up a notch if you’ve already graduated). Following the trend of some of my other posts, I thought it would be a great idea to list the best college grad job search sites. Just to be clear, there was no voting, no analysis, no surveys and no criteria. This list is simply based on my view. Also, there is no particular order to my list (like the best of the best or official ranking). I will, where appropriate, mention those that are in my top ten. Continue reading
“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda Continue reading
It is essential for job seekers to cultivate an arsenal of contacts or a network which can provide support, information and job leads. Continue reading
You should always take the lead from the labor market… If you are not getting in the door with your MBA then don’t highlight it. Continue reading
It is important to follow through on your word… Send it on to HR and make it clear that it is from an acquaintance and that you can’t speak to her skills. Continue reading
Use a Profile or Summary statement instead. Better yet a short bullet list of the skills and knowledge that make you most attractive to an employer. Continue reading