Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the January 11, 2010, issue of QuintZine.
Well-known career author and expert Susan Britton Whitcomb offers 10 career intentions for 2010. She writes: “I love serendipity and allowing room for ‘Life’ to intersect with best-laid plans. But sometimes I sway too far on the side of serendipity and don’t focus enough on clarifying the things I would like to create and achieve. … I sat down to think about my intentions for 2010 and wrote up my personal list. Then I got to thinking about what a savvy careerist would need to be intentional about to create a career that is radically rewarding.”
- “Stress the similarities [between you and a job’s requirements] in your cover letter, and remain silent on the rest. If your resume shows that you are a solid management asset, it may at least receive a call-back.”
- “Do the research; we live in a world with so much public information one should be able to demonstrate some insight. Caution: Always be upfront that your slim knowledge is based on public info; don’t be a know-it-all.”
- “I must help them [the hiring company] see how well I understand their customers, their products, their metrics and processes, and then relate my level of understanding and abilities to how I’d contribute to their personal success and to their organization goals.”
- “First, see what industries are most portable with your skills. Second, show the interviewers that you understand the applications of the knowledge you bring to the table and that you can help them monetize that knowledge. Finally, make sure you understand the gaps that you don’t fill well and speak to those in a positive way.”
- “Executives interested in making a transition to a new industry must understand how to make a strong case for such a move. They must be able to make a connection between their current industry and a new sector and demonstrate their value to prospective employers. Identifying transferable skills is the first step in building that connection from one industry to another.”
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