Use a Business Card Resume to Get the Awesome Job You Want – Part 1
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 job you want. Formatting and printing the card is easy too with all the vendors out their specializing in online printing. But it all assumes you understand that direction you want to take your job hunt and career.
What I typically find when I’m talking to job hunters is they have dedicated little time, if any, to goal setting. They have spent plenty of time freaking out over their financial situation and dwindling savings. They’re plenty livid over being fired, but they haven’t begun to consider:
- What they want to do next
- Where they’d like to be doing it
- How they’re going to get there
If this describes you, hold off just a bit before writing your business card sized resume. If have any doubt about what you want out of your career or your next job, STOP. Commit yourself to figuring out what you want first. Don’t even think about skipping this step. Instead, make it a point to:
- do the necessary personal exploration and soul searching and
- write your career / job hunt goals down on paper.
I cannot stress to you how valuable spending this time and effort will be for you. Only then should you get to writing your business card resume for networking.
OK, so I’ve convinced you. Now what? My answer – get yourself a book or resource with a questionnaire, a set of steps, exercises or something aimed at helping you discover your goals. You need to decide:
- What you enjoy doing
- What skills have have you mastered
- What work environments suit you best
- Other stuff necessary for gaining clarity for your hunt
Now I’m not going to get you this far and leave you hanging. I’m going to recommend two specific resources to get you to organize your thoughts and get your objectives, goals, dreams, whatever you want to call them down on paper. Only then should you proceed to the next step to write your business card resume and get out there networking.
First Recommended Resource: I highly recommend a book called “Breakthrough: I Hate My Job, Need a Life, Got Laid Off, Can’t Get No Satisfaction Solution” (I love the title almost as much as I love the book.) The book’s written by one of Career Jockey’s frequent contributors Jeannette Kraar. I’ve known this lady for several years. She’s a career coach and business consultant that runs South Florida’s chapter for Execunet.
In chapter 1 and 2 (only the first 30 pages of this 101 page book), she runs you through a set of questions and exercises. They get you to answer some questions then helps you organize your answers for use in developing a resume. Maybe even a business card resume in our case.
I know you’ll like her writing style. It’s fun, entertaining and most importantly, rock solid for figuring out what you want to accomplish with your job hunt.You can get yourself a copy by clicking right here. Jeannette’s allowed me to make a discounted e-book version of the book right here off of CareerJockey.org. You can download and start reading in about 2 minutes.
Second Recommended Resource: “Guerrilla Resumes” by Kevin Donlin is the second one. He’s another Career Jockey frequent contributor. His book starts with (oh what a surprise) a section on figuring out where you want to go with your job search and career. In the first three chapters of his book, he provides a questionnaire for doing exactly that. Chapter three is called “Before You Start Writing Your Resume.” (I hope you are catching on that all the experts, myself included, recommend setting your goals first so the resume writing step goes smoothly and you get some really good results.)
The questions are very specific and then the book continues with the ingredients for creating what he calls the guerrilla resume. He’s got a lot of ideas for getting yourself noticed compared to everyone else. This one is available by clicking right here to go to his website site.
You’ll be able to use this to define your goals and get you ready to write your business card resume.
This is the end of this articles, but I’ll be following it up next week with Part 2 with Step 2 – Writing Your Business Card Resume.