Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Persistence Pays Off
Upon walking into my office yesterday, I noticed a yellow sticky note with the following message. “I found a job. Although it’s not much, it’s a step in the right direction…Thanks for walking me through some of these [job search] processes.”
The thank you note says a lot about this particular student—but more on thank you notes in a later posting.
This person’s story illustrates the age old adage: when at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s exactly what he did. And here’s his story:
Tweaking Your Resume Content
Students often ask me if they need to rewrite their resume for every job. The answer is no, not a total rewrite unless youíre applying for an entirely different job target. But a good solid tweak is not a bad idea. You can find guidelines for the tweak from the job description itself. How does the employer describe the work, responsibilities and qualifications? Thatís the type of wording you want to echo in your own resume. Resumes which suggest that youíre only looking for a job, any job and not their job, will quickly end up on the reject pile.
10 Second Rule
Letís start with something easy. I call it the 10 second rule. Itís one thing to have your resume content accurate and up to date. But does it really convey what you want it to? To find out, give your resume to someone, preferably someone who doesnít know you well, and ask them to scan it for 10 seconds. Then ask them to summarize your experience and skills. From what theyíve read about you, what are your outstanding abilities? Highlights of your experience? Compare their response with your intended purpose to see if your resume gets your point across.