Job-hunting tips from the May 16, 2011, issue of QuintZine.
Tim Tyrell-Smith of Tim’s Strategy offers a wildly popular resume template as a free download and an equally popular cover-letter template. His tutorial for the cover-letter template explains his rationale for each aspect of it and tells how to use each component. (Tim offers an amazing array of other free tools for download, too.
How Recruiters Read Resumes In 10 Seconds or Less, by Brad Remillard, a founding partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, is a bit discouraging for job-seekers, given that he tells how he immediately screens out candidates who aren’t in the employer’s city and industry or performing in the same function or at the same level of the vacancy. If the candidate has relevant experience, but not recently, that job-seeker, too, is ruled out. Those without college degrees and who have had several jobs in just a few years are also out. Career-changers and folks who want to relocate would seem to be out of luck with Remillard. His article, however, demonstrates how important it is for a resume to truthfully show fit with the targeted job. The lesson: Don’t send your resume indiscriminately. Choose vacancies for which you are well qualified, and be sure your resume positions you precisely for that job. Remillard also notes that he doesn’t read functional resumes.
Think a resume and cover letter will comprise all your career-marketing document needs?
Susan Whitcomb, author of this issue’s excellent article on the 5-Point Power Note, says that a full career-communications “suite” can consist of:
- Branded value proposition
- Branded bio
- Brand statement
- Utility resume + variants
- Cover-letter collection
- Testimonial-themed reference document
- Online resume formats
- Scripted sound bites for elevator pitch
- Online ID analysis and strategies
- Social media/online strategy
- LinkedIn Profile
- Twitter Profile
- Facebook Fan Page
- Zoom Info Profile
- Resume posting services
- Twitter tweet tutoring
- Online resume/Web portfolio
- VideoBIO¢ or video presentation and scripting
For “career explorers,” those deciding on a career or a new career, even more items may be needed:
- Career Assessments
- Personal Branding Analysis
- Analysis of Job Target Effectiveness
- Job-Search Strategy Session
- Career Planning Strategy Session
- Paid Resume Critique
- Coaching for Career Direction
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