While I no longer include writing resumés among my business services, I occasionally get calls from former resumé customers or know of young people who ask for help navigating the brave new world of job hunting. There's so much doom and gloom out there, but someone who is smart and determined and willing to do some groundwork can significantly improve their odds of landing a job that will at least move them in the right direction.
I was recently sent a link to this excellent free guide called “Career Skills You Won't Learn In School,” written by Teresa Crane, a student researcher for BestCollegesOnline.com. It stood out to me for several reasons:
- It's got a no-nonsense practical approach to the job-hunting process, with small steps that are easy to implement.
- It offers a good balance of high-tech and low-tech resources and tips.
- It doesn't forget that job seekers and those who are looking for employees are both human beings, so when you try to put yourself in the other person's shoes, you might be more successful in making an authentic connection with them.
- The job interview tips alone are worth reading the article.
- There are details not often found in this kind of article, such as what to expect after your interview and what the types of things you'll have to be ready to negotiate.
- It includes ways to stay active and avoid discouragement while you're job hunting.
I know there is a line of thought lately that the resumé is a thing of the past. Possibly, but I'd have one anyway. Being prepared is what will give you the edge over someone who's not.
Let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook business page if you have any other great job-hunting advice to share.