Jobseekers sometimes worry they may be passed over for a job because they’ve been unemployed “too long”. A six month job search is not uncommon yet that gap may create a negative image for some hiring managers. To strengthen your resume and your position with the interviewer you will need a viable story that delivers your true value and promise of what you can do for the company.
Let’s say that you’ve already identified at least one person, maybe a few people, who do the kind of work you’d like to do. In other words, you have a role model. In order to make best use of this relationship, there are a few things to understand about choosing to associate with like-minded people and how these relationships can help.
If you are a job seeker, it is crucial you optimize your usage of LinkedIn so you can be found by recruiters and hiring managers. LinkedIn is also a vital way to communicate with everyone in your network about who you are and what you are looking for. Clear, consistent communication allows your network to work for you. Ten things every job seeker should do to make best use of LinkedIn:
The best ways to establish social connections as described in this video are still viable today.
- Find someone you know in the company, so that you have a first point of entry.
I’ve just been handed a list of six terms that no one is interested in seeing on your resume. When you see them on your resume here are some reminders of ways to revise them to your advantage. Keep in mind: Get to the point quickly.
1) Responsible for
Doesn’t every job come with responsibilities? Instead speak to the outcome of your responsibility.from: Responsible for production costs….
to: Improved profit margins by reducing production costs 10% in three months.
If you want the qualities of a successful job seeker, consider:
1) Strategy: Most job seekers have none, or poor strategies for approaching job search. There are hundreds of applicants per job via electronic listing and many looking for work still use this method as their main approach when only 15% of jobs are found online.
In order to bridge the gap between an employer’s needs and your own, try putting yourself in their shoes, and you’ll get a huge perspective shift. I recently sat in on a group discussion about the needs of a small advertising agency regarding client relationships and talent acquisition for the firm, and found the concerns surprisingly similar.
This is an excerpt from Mary Lockman’s article Getting ready for that recovery, found in the March 2010 issue of Seattle Woman magazine.
With economic recovery arriving on such an uneven trajectory, it is a good time to be proactive about your career. Here are some things you can do to prepare for what’s ahead.
How are you feeding your tenacity?Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
~ Louis Pasteur
Do you want to raise the odds that you will succeed in turning your dreams into reality? Give the heave-ho to the notion that it’s all going to happen with the flip of a switch (because in all likelihood, it won’t). Replace it with a commitment to tenacity.
What do you do with your time between jobs? After you’ve run through all the domestic busy-making you can make with cleaning, decluttering and other garden variety household chores, sooner or later you’ll want to take a deep breath and face the inevitable with a closer look. Besides taking classes and volunteering, what are some of the creative ways to acquire new skills related to your expertise?