This week has brought more positive economic news and the good news is that activity for job seekers is picking up: more job postings, more interviews, and a few offers. Not on the scale that will be significantly reducing the unemployment rate, but at least these past few weeks are positive signs.
Here are 3 of my favorite postings this week. Feel free to comment and offer your own tips here. First up is Matt Durfee’s 5 Resume Tips in Less then 5 minutes from an Expert. Here’s an excerpt:
Despite the claims and critiques of what seems to be an endless supply of so-called resume-writing experts, there simply is no universal “right way” to write a resume. Unsurprisingly, it is not uncommon to get confused given the contradictory advice you can expect from multiple sources. So while I have some very clear thoughts on how to write an effective and professional resume, ultimately you will need to decide what works for you, your situation and, ultimately, your comfort level. Even then, expect to continuously modify, update and edit your resume as you incorporate new or different styles, content and concepts. With that in mind, I’m offering the following suggestions I highly recommend for anyone writing and distributing a resume.
Professional Objective & Profile: One of the things I always want to see in a resume is the Professional Objective & Profile section just below the name and contact information. I call this the “billboard within the billboard” as it summarizes key information about the applicant in the already abbreviated format of the resume itself. Read here for the full post.
Next up is a post from Thom Singer’s great blog Some Assembly Required titled Getting Noticed.
You will probably recognize a theme here after you read this – giving back. Here’s an excerpt: There have been a lot of articles lately about how to get noticed by influencers, how to raise your value to those in your business community, and how to stand out from the crowd. Times have been tough and competition fierce, and people are looking for any edge to help them achieve more.
This is an important topic, and many mistakenly think the answer involves special skills, mysterious business plans, and a lot of luck.
The truth is, it is easy. Simple. I mean so simple it is nutty.
Help other people.
There, I said it. Help other people. But the key is you help them without expecting them to ever repay the favor. Just find out what is important in their life and be a resource that assists them in achieving their goals.
Think of your own life. If you are successful you probably have people who want to get on your calendar to “pick your brain”. Too many such calls and you feel you have no brain left. Thus you hide from all the calls from friends of friends who seek your counsel. But what about the person who refers you a new client? Will you meet with them? I bet you will. Read here for the rest.
Last but not least is Meg Giuseppi’s 5 Tactics to Land a Green Industry Executive Job from her Executive Career Brand blog.
This topic is very hot right now for those looking to change careers and looking for one with a strong future. Here’s an excerpt:
These days, the green industry is a tantalizing carrot dangling in front of people who are stagnating in jobs in anemic industries or finding diminishing opportunities while actively job-hunting within their niche.
Over this decade green jobs will open wide, as companies, organizations and all of us as individuals scramble to “go green”.
1. Identify need and opportunities.
Google relevant keywords to find resources, read relevant blogs, articles and white papers, and set up Google Alerts for relevant keywords. See my Brand-yourself.com post, Use Google Alerts to Amplify Your Executive Brand Visibility and Job Search.
2. Research companies to target and compile a list of 20-30 to work on penetrating.
Your research helps you with market intelligence and due diligence, and prepares you to intelligently communicate with decision makers at each company. See Job-Hunt’s list of 50+ Green Industry Employers.
* Go to each company’s website to find a wealth of information, such as Boards of Directors, C-suite company leadership, and news and press releases. These resources will arm you with market intelligence, help with due diligence, and position you as a well-informed candidate in interviews.
* Research and make a list of key decision makers at your companies of interest. You’ll then work on positioning yourself in front of them. For more on this excellent job tip read here.
Which is your favorite tip?
JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF Examiner.com, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.
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