I first wrote about pocket resumes a few weeks back after reading a discussion in a Linkedin.com groups. It mentioned a company offering business card sized pocket resumes for use at networking events. What exactly can you fit on a card that size? I did some more research as promised (see my Pocket Resumes: Who Would Have Thought?) and caught a glimpse of a mentality I believe can help you land your next job. Let me share it with you.
On a business card sized pocket resume, for lack of a …
I’ve written about business card resumes and have since given several presentations using the material. Everytime it’s very well received. I can always count on someone coming up after the presentation to tell me how valuable the information is for their job hunt.
In this series I give a step-by-step on writing a business card resume that will get you networking like a pro in order to speed up your job search.
Step 1- Setting a Clear Goal
Writing a business card resume is easy, but only if you know what sort of …
How do you find a job quickly, in this rotten economy?
Hunt like a Guerrilla.
That was the experience of Mark Thomas, a systems administrator from Mesa, Ariz., who started a new job on March 8, 2010, after a search of only 6 weeks.
According to Thomas, he would have been hired sooner, but “the entire executive team was gone at a conference for a week.”
Thomas succeeded after using three unconventional job-search tactics:
1. The Job Shopping List
2. The Guerrilla Resume
3. The Coffee Cup Caper
Read on to learn how he did it …
1. The …
I wrote my Think Pocket Resume Mentality for a Better Resume and Pocket Resume: Who Would Have Thought articles about a year ago. Since then I’ve given several presentations using the material and every time, job hunters tell me,
“I can put this to use. This can make a real difference.”
So in this series, I’m writing a multi-step article on how to write yourself a pocket resume and get it trolling the waters (them’s saltwater fishing terms for you non-Miami folk) to get you back to work and fast.
Step 1- Taking …
I’ve written about the benefits of a business card resume on Career Jockey and have since used the material to give several presentations. Every single time job hunters will come up to me and tell me, “This is valuable information I can can use right away in my job search.”
So in this articles, I’m starting multi-part series giving the step-by-step on writing yourself a business card resume that will get you networking like a pro and getting the job hunt results you need.
Step 1- Setting a Clear Goal
Writing a business …
You might think there’s never been a worse time to look for work in the traditional job market, with unemployment at 10.4% and no relief in sight.
But you would be only half right.
While there’s never been a worse time for traditional job-search methods, “Guerrilla” job hunters are enjoying consistent success — even in today’s awful economy.
Because Guerrillas choose not to participate in the recession.
To illustrate, here’s a recent story from our client files: Steve Cobain, from Pittsburgh, Penn.
Cobain was laid off as a financial services executive in December 2008, after …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 3 left off.)
Finding the Hiring Manager That Wants to Meet You Badly
I wrote an article about pocket resumes a while back. I first heard about them on a Linkedin group. It mentioned that a company was offering business card size resumes for use at networking events. “What exactly can you fit on a business card?” I thought. The more and more I thought about it, the more I caught a glimpse of a mentality that if put to use can speed up a …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 1 left off.)
The Worst Ways to Find Work. The Best Ways to Find Work
So what’s the basic information do you need to get you through your job hunt. For this I’m going to start with information from a book every job hunter needs on their bookshelf. Better yet, they need it face up, open on their desk with a whole lot of bookmarks and highlighting showing how hard it’s being used.
Talk to anyone with an HR background and they know the book. It’s …
Are you wondering if your resume best positions you to land the job of your dreams in a parallel market, new industry or higher level position? One area you want to make sure to check is your key-words.
Resume key-words are simply the words used to describe your hard and soft skills. Many companies today use key-word scanning software to organize and qualify applicant matches with available positions. Even if a company doesn’t use key-word scanning software, it’s still extremely important to mirror the key-words listed in a position as much …
Here’s a question I get in one form or another almost every week: “I’ve sent out 50 resumes and not had any job interviews. What’s wrong with my resume?”
Answer: There may indeed be a problem with your resume, and I’ve been writing about effective resumes for more than 10 years, so I invite you to Google that subject to learn what I think.
If you’re sending resumes to employers and not getting callbacks, there may be two other problems you’re overlooking: sending resumes to the wrong person, and sending them …
Most professionals would love to land their dream job but when it comes to writing a resume that would qualify them to make the jump; they end up stuck with what to say and how to say it.
Not knowing how to create an interest-generating opening statement is a common problem and can quickly lead to job seeker discouragement before the job search even begins!
Here are 3 tips to creating a powerful opening statement that will quickly get you positive attention:
Tip #1 Do Create a Qualifications Summary
A qualifications summary should go …
Making sure your resume is a powerful marketing document is a wise investment in your career. It can set you apart from your competition, maximize the amount of interviews you land and ultimately play into how much a company offers you.
After all, you are negotiating with potential employers from the moment you connect with them to the time the offer is made. So everything that happens in that window of time plays into your offer…including how well targeted, well designed and compelling your resume is.
Here are five elements you will …
I got a considerable amount of feedback on last week’s article, which exhorted job seekers to ask the following question every time they learn of someone who got hired: How can I adapt what they did to my situation?
The example I used was this: If a sales rep got hired after bringing sales leads to a job interview, what could you bring to an interview to convince employers to hire you?
One reader, Mitch in Minneapolis, took me to task, writing:
“Could you have picked a better example than sales? What could …
Mary Berman, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, had been looking for work since February 2009 before starting a “Guerrilla” job search, in late September.
Up to that point, 20 weeks of job hunting had produced zero job interviews.
Just 7 weeks later, she accepted a job on Thursday, November 12, as a marketing executive assistant.
How did she use Guerrilla job hunting tactics to find work 65% faster?
“I saw a job advertised online and applied by mail. I sent a box with a paper Starbucks coffee cup, my cover letter, and resume inside. On …
A week back I published Kevin Donlin’s article “Three Simple Job Search Ideas from Stuff Going on Right Around You.” I started looking around his blog and found a FREE downloadable e-book called “The Simple Job Search Manifesto.” I figured if I’m publishing his story I might as well learn a little bit more about what the guy does.
I’m really glad I did. This 65 page e-book contains a well organized plan for getting yourself back to work. It covers choosing your ideal job, finding the …
Great ideas are all around. You just need to notice and apply them to your job hunt. When you do, you will literally have no competition from other job seekers, who spend their days surfing the net and e-mailing resumes.
Want to get hired faster and get ahead on the job?
If so, ponder this: some of the most amazing new ideas in history weren’t new at all. They simply resulted when one observant person transplanted an old idea into a new context.
Example: Velcro was invented in 1948, but it’s really an …
In part one of this article, we looked at the facts and fallacies of the hidden job market including why you should consider tapping into it, why you should consider sending your resume to a company that has not advertised positions matching your skills and the level of experience you should be at in order to benefit from the hidden market.
Now I bet you are wondering precisely how to tap into the unadvertised market. There are three strategies to quickly get you started focusing on and finding great jobs that …
Ahhhhhh…the mysterious, hidden job market. I dedicate this article to all those professionals out there who have heard about the hidden market, but wonder why you should concern yourself with it.
This is not only a topic I love because I have personally witnessed over and over again how using the right job search strategies instantly increases interviews and job offers. It puts you the job seeker back in the control seat and gets you off that depressing job board treadmill!
So let’s begin by dispelling a few myths:
True or …
I found the Executive Resume Expert blog written by Laura Smith-Proulx. She’s a CCMC, CPRW, and CIC. If you don’t know what those are, Google them, but just know it means she knows how to write a resume.
Her entire blog, which goes back to 2006, is dedicated to resume writing advice. She has some very good advice on a variety of esume related topics. Give it a read if you are in need of writing, rethinking or revisiting your resume.
Hope this helps!