Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the October 8, 2001 issue of QuintZine.
In the syndicated column she writes with Dale Dauten, Kate Wendleton talks about how to cut down on frustration when responding to want ads: “If you don’t fit 80 percent to 90 percent of the requirements listed, don’t bother to apply. Instead, turn your attention to jobs you really fit and are fit for.” Wendleton also suggests deploying your cover letter to “make yourself a logical choice for the ‘Keep’ pile” by using two columns in the cover letter, with listed requirements in Column A and your “fit” in Column B. “Make it easier to include you than to exclude you,” Wendleton writes. We give the same advice in our cover-letter books, Dynamic Cover Letters and Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates. See a sample of such a two-column letter.
The study, “Ongoing Crisis in IT Management,” found that staffing and training issues remain the biggest challenges faced by IT department managers.
The research found that the number of unfilled IT service and support positions is 2.1, out of an average IT department size of 25.6, representing a three-fold increase in the percentage of open positions identified compared to 1999, when CompTIA identified 0.6 open positions in average departments of 20.2 people. Larger companies are even more likely to face problems with unfilled IT positions.
IT workers would be well advised to highlight both soft skills and technical skills; the survey showed that CIOs value “soft skills” such as communications and patience, while HR professionals tend to screen candidates for hard, technical skills.
- You snag your nylons just as you get off the elevator in time for your meeting. If you’ve ever experienced this nightmare, you learn very quickly to carry an extra pair in your bag.
- On the other hand, what if you spill coffee on your new tie; do you have a spare?
- You arrive to find no parking or even worse, you cannot locate the building. Driving to the office on a day before the interview at the same time will allow you to see approximately how long it takes to get there and what type of traffic concerns you may encounter.
In addition to being a safeguard, arriving early allows you to let the receptionist notice you. Often the receptionist performs a preliminary screening analysis without your knowledge. He or she may later report to the boss if you were on time, appeared confident and what type of manners you presented while waiting. You will also gain insight to the office culture by watching bystanders and observing the general morale of the employees around you. If nothing else, being early allows you to take a deep breath and relax! Being relaxed is the surest way to manifest what we need the most. Confidence!”
This Q Tip courtesy of Diana C. LeGere president of Executive Final Copy and the employment coordinator for Greenbacks Bringing Hope Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT.
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