Your Career and You How Prepared Are You? Describe your ideal job? Highlight your career goals? Present a targeted and high impact resume? Provide several complimentary references (360° view)? Complete and pass a background check? (Employment and Education Verification, Felony & Misdemeanor, Driving, Credit) Give a brief yet comprehensive overview of your career (positions, industries, budgets and people managed, number of years of experience and key accomplishments) Confidently describe all job transitions? Articulate your specific talents and skills? Describe your strengths and talents, and positively list growth opportunities (“weaknesses”) Negotiate your compensation package? (Know your worth in the market and what are competitive salaries/fees and benefits) Be effective at phone and in-‐person interviews? Manage your career?
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Your Career and You Resumes. What They Want to Know When writing your resume, remember perspective. It needs to be about what the hiring manager / HR is seeking. Plus, be crisp and descriptive. Make each word count. Name and Contact Information Professional Summary…performance and numbers Professional Experience (chronological please) § Company, Dates, Location, URL with brief description of what the company does § Title, Responsibilities, Key Accomplishments § Reason for Leaving (if frequent), e.g., maternity leave § Include military experience § Note any employment gaps and why Computer and Technical Skills Education § Degree, University, Dates and GPA § Certifications, Location/Institution and Grades § Professional Licenses § Relevant Course work Nice to Haves…Can be an addendum § Awards § Volunteer Experience § Patents § Published Articles § Presentations Objective. Only include if you are seeking a specific position. Don’t Forget § When writing it, keep in mind the perspective of the reader and how it will be used § Try to keep it to 2 pages § Organize by most important information first Keep in Mind Searches start electronically, using key words. § Be specific and give numbers where possible Be sure you put key words in your resume. Look at job § Build it for a targeted profession descriptions and see how they describe the skills and § No mistakes, please experience being sought. Action: Draft a Career/Skill Summary Think: Positions/Roles, Industries and Verticals, Geographies, Systems/Hardware, Budgets and People/Functions, Certifications, Target Accounts, Revenues, Average Sale Size, Duration, Key Skills & Accomplishments (e.g., launched, successful turnaround, grew), etc.
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Your Career and You Job Search Tactics and Tips A Few Key Thoughts • Looking for a job is a job. Treat it like one. • Your resume is a living document. Be sure to keep it current and fresh. o Cover letter: Intro/summary/ask for interview nd o Consider if you need a 2 resume…sales vs. marketing o Look for key words • The more contacts, the faster you will create opportunities. Searching for a Job You’ve got your resume, cover letter and references, and are ready to network and interview, here’s next steps: 1) Get in LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) 2) Post to relevant job boards. When selecting job boards, consider industry, locations, and type of jobs. Here’s the top 10 Boards: a. Career Builder (www.careerbuilder.com) b. Monster (www.monster.com) c. TheLadders (www.theladders.com) d. Yahoo! Hotjobs (www.hotjobs.yahoo.com) e. JobCentral (www.jobcentral.com) f. Job.com (www.job.com) g. Career.com (www.career.com) h. TrueCareers.com (www.truecareers.com) i. Indeed (www.indeed.com) j. Net-‐temps.com (www.net-‐temps.com) k. Seeking more sites: http://www.quintcareers.com/top_50_sites.html l. And look on Craig’s List (www.craigslist.org) m. Lee Hecht Harrison n. Resume Spider 3) Get connected with Recruiters 4) If senior level experience, consider establishing relationships with consulting firms and interim executive firms 5) Consider Temp Agencies and apply 6) Apply directly to companies a. Apply to specific job if possible b. Seek a connection with someone who works at the company – ideal is hiring manager 7) Network, Network, Network a. Phone, In-‐person, Email, Blogs and more b. Order free business cards from Vista Print (www.vistaprint.com) that have your contact info and area(s) of expertise – make it a mini-‐resume c. Engage in relevant associations d. Tell friends and family e. Work your professional network f. Go to job fairs 8) Establish a daily routine with goals Interviewing Tips • Be prepared. o Do your homework on the company, people and position in advance. o Consider how your experience (work, school, activities) relate to the job. o Practice…with an associate, friend, career coach. o Be sure you know your market value (www.salary.com, www.salaryexpert.com)
Your Career and You • Be on time…10 minutes early. • For in-‐person interviews o Suit-‐up, no gum/candy o Bring copies of resume and references o Maintain eye contact • For all interviews o Be professional, keep the conversation to business o Be courteous and thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to be considered for the job. o Ask about when they will be making their decision and when you can expect to hear something. o Ask everyone who interviews you for their contact information. o Immediately send thank you note stating you want the job. Email works great.
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BELIEVE while others are doubting. PLAN while others are playing. STUDY while others are sleeping. DECIDE while others are delaying. PREPARE while others are daydreaming. BEGIN while others are procrastinating. WORK while others are wishing. SAVE while others are wasting. LISTEN while others are talking. SMILE while others are frowning. COMMEND while others are criticizing. PERSIST while others are quitting. -‐-‐ William Arthur Ward
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