Saturday, January 22, 2011

Assess Those Career Goals

How are the career goals coming along? Many people forget about their New Year's resolutions about now, so let's focus instead on goals. In keeping with the career theme, here are tips for setting career goals for 2011:

  • Assess where you are at the moment in your career--are you satisfied in your position or do you want to move up or move out?
  • Assess your skills and education as needed to advance in your position or to change careers.
  • Research applicable positions and companies.
  • Set specific goals that will lead you to your career desires.
  • Keep a positive attitude with regard to attaining your goals.
  • Take charge and do something to move yourself toward your goals--sign up for a class, send out resumes, research companies, network, schedule interviews, and so forth
  • Assess your progress and make adjustments when necessary.

With planning and action, you have a good chance to reach your goals.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Give Employers What They Want

In keeping with the theme of getting a job, let's take a look at what employers want. Employers want to hire dependable, enthusiastic people who will give a full day's work. Here are some tips to convince an employer you are the right person for the job:

  • Maintain a record of dependability and good attendance at your current job.
  • Be able to convey your assets and accomplishments within a few minutes.
  • Match your skills to the employer's needs.
  • Research the company and be prepared to discuss your findings during the interview.
  • Demonstrate your willingness to try new things.
  • Practice time management and organizational skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and demonstrate your willingness to get along with others.
  • If you working in a multi-generational workplace, mention your ability to get along with people of all ages.
  • Take an active part in your self-development through training and updating skills.
  • Join a professional organization in your field.

Push yourself to the top of the competition by showing the employer you are the right person to hire.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Resume Tips

Since January is the start of a new year, many people will be looking for a job or changing careers. In this turbulent economy, that may seem like a daunting task. Here are some tips to put together a winning resume for your job search.

Even if you are not currently searching for a job, you should always keep your resume updated.
  1. Keep your resume to one or two pages; employers are time strapped.
  2. Instead of a job objective, briefly profile your achievements in a sentence or two.
  3. Use the keywords from the job description or from your particular industry.
  4. Locate important information in a prominent place where employers will see it during a 30-second scan of the resume.
  5. Quantify whenever possible--use numbers, dollar amounts, and percentages.
  6. Do not overuse fancy fonts, underlines, bullets, bold, boxes, tabs, etc.
  7. List a professional email address.
  8. Never lie or exaggerate your experience, skills, achievements, or education.
  9. Do not list references on the resume; prepare a separate reference page.
  10. Customize the resume to fit the job description.
  11. Always send a customized cover letter with the resume showing how your qualifications meet the employer's needs.
  12. Print the resume on quality paper; and proofread carefully checking spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

A well-prepared resume just may get you that job interview.