10 Quick Career Tips to Start the Week

10 Career tips to Start the Week.

  1. Keep an updated copy of your resume handy.  You never know when there will be a restructure, merger, management change, or you get a call about the job of a lifetime.
  2.  Name your resume “Last_First” and not “Resume 2013” when saving.  The hiring manager won’t have to rename it when saving.   You won’t get mixed up in the files with other candidates that have gone with the “Resume 2013” title.
  3. Always put your name, email address, and phone number in the body of an email.  Don’t make it hard for a hiring manager to get in touch with you.
  4. If you are sending a resume to a job board posting be sure to use a simple copy of your resume.   No fluff…pictures, long objectives, or unorthodox resume structures.   There is a good chance your resume will be “inhaled” in to an ATS system (Applicant Tracking System).   A simple chronological structure is best. Clearly listing Companies, Titles, Dates, Experience, Responsibilities, & Accomplishments of each role and College, major, degree, and graduation dates.
  5. Follow up! Follow up on resume submittals, interviews, and conversations.   There is a fine line between good follow up and pestering a hiring manager.  A good rule is once a week and be confident, complimentary, and direct.
  6. Network.  Both virtually and in person especially with employees of companies you are very interested in joining.
  7. Be positive…always!  Never complain.   Don’t just smile just say you are totally “Happy, Happy, Happy” or they might not view you as a window shopper and not a viable candidate.  The new company and new role are better alternatives than your current role & company.  Compliment and close.  “You work for a great company & I would enjoy being a part of your team.”
  8. Build your resume.  Don’t stagnate.  Learn, grow, achieve.  If you can’t do it within your current company do it externally.
  9. Get a mentor or role model.  And don’t be critical, focus on their positives…you may end up needing a few.
  10.  Ask smart questions before and during interviews.  How? By studying the company, role, and interviewer.

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