Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the March 26, 2001 issue of QuintZine.
Our last “Build Your Resume” issue focused on volunteering as a way to build the experience section of your resume. Ginny Rehberg, a Boston-based career consultant and executive coach, recently listed five ways that volunteering can boost your career and resume:
- You can make new contacts — so important since the majority of jobs come from networking.
- You can develop new skills, including the so-called “soft skills,” such as teamwork and awareness of diversity.
- You can hone your ability to manage time.
- You can learn to influence others without possessing and exerting power, which Rehberg cites as an important skill in the less hierarchical workplace of today.
- And finally, the bottom line consists of great experience to list on your resume, especially important if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while.
A less successful resume gimmick involved a graphic designer who applied to a Web site for pet owners by wrapping her resume in a dog collar and inscribing her name on a bone-shaped ID tag. Also placing a coffee stain on her cover letter to Starbucks, she hoped her mailing would stand out from the rest. Both gimmicks generated responses, but no job. Employers advise job applicants to play it safe by sticking with traditional resumes.
They emphasize that stretching the truth or falsifying information on a resume can lead to dead ends as well, reported Dwight Hamilton in CA Magazine. Infocheck, a reference-checking firm, conducted a survey indicating that false or erroneous information now appears on 33 percent of all resumes, a 9 percent rise over the last year, according to Hamilton, who also noted Infocheck’s finding that more employers are checking references than in previous years. Employers, too, are discovering an alarming rise in the number of resumes containing false information.
Still, Quinn advises a number of steps to prepare workers in case the axe falls:
- Network like mad by going to trade shows and conventions and collecting business cards.
- Make sure all your personal information is off your office computer since you may have very little time to vacate the workplace if you get pink-slipped.
- Evaluate your skills and their marketability. Take some courses if you think your skills could use updating.
- Jump back into jobhunting right away if you’re downsized; don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself.
- Change careers if it’s realistic to do so, but don’t assume a career change will be a magic bullet.
- Have some cashed stashed to see you through your time of unemployment.
- Don’t panic.
Our own suggestion: Check out the resources on temping in this issue. Temping has seen many a laid-off worker through to the next job.
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