Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the March 29, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
Here are some of employers’ pet resume peeves, according to Sharon Gould Afforde, business-development manager for Manpower International:
- Spelling errors
- Small fonts
- No dates
- Pointless objective
- Third-person voice
- Letters of reference
- Long sentences
- Long resumes
- Fancy formatting
- Pictures and graphics
- Confidential employers
- Gaps in employment
Duncan suggests that once you’ve identified what you want to pursue, make sure your resume is updated. “Identify 15 or so of the companies in that industry you’ve targeted and start tracking them so you’re up to date on what’s happening on the inside,” Duncan writes. “Check out professional organizations within that industry.
Duncan notes that targeted networking is also key. She quotes Cincinnati resume writer Louise Kursmark, who notes: “Making phone calls and setting up meetings is tough, but that’s what really pays off.” Duncan advises reaching out to recruiters you’ve previously connected with to remind them of your skills and capabilities.
“Treat every meeting like an interview, and be mindful of all the common-sense steps you take in such a situation,” Duncan writes. “That includes learning beforehand what the hiring manager is looking for and how your own skills fit.”
No. 8: Next, Where to find a job, which is based on what you want to do and you can get. Ask everyone you know to start a network on your behalf for support and job leads. Tell your network members what you want to do and where you’d like to work. Get organized with lists of names, telephone numbers, job titles, email addresses, and any other information that helps you in your job search. CONTINUE to build your referral network. Make appointments to TALK about your campaign for a new job. DO NOT ASK FOR A JOB. Get people working for you and build your referral list. Talk, listen and act! ….to be continued …
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