Several pertinent questions were raised in today’s teleconference. One of the questions was how and where to begin the process of finding a job. The job search scenarios include but are not limited to:
- Finding internships when you are a student
- First job if you are a recent graduate
- A new job if you are unemployed
- Changing companies and careers
- Creating opportunities in your present career
- Finding another job other than the present job in your present career
No matter what the situation, the job search should primarily focus on understanding yourself, understanding where you want to be and understanding the present and future of the desired career and job. The strategy consists of several steps. One of the first steps is the completion of a concise, specific, honest, and up to date resume. The resume helps one get familiar with one’s existing skills. The resumes can be chronological, functional, combination or a bulls-eye resume with a targeted objective. Although the bulls-eye resume may require time, it is worthwhile for a specific job search.
Review the job listings on several sites that match your skills and experience for key words. Use the key words listed in job description in your resume. Provide specific examples to illustrate your skills.
– Instead of “co-ordination of cross-functional groups” use “worked on a company-wide team to generate the operational policies.”
– Instead of “committed professional” use “completed projects x, y, and z on time and within budget.”
Proof read the resume for grammatical and spelling mistakes. Also, request someone in your field for their feedback on the resume.
We will continue the dialogue around “how to search for a job” in the upcoming weeks.
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