Monday, August 29, 2005
Real life lessons—job loss
So many real life lessons lately that it’s hard to sort out what to share. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve made most of these mistakes myself so there’s no judgement. Just hurt sometimes with your hurt. But I can’t share the joy without also sharing the sadness, right?
Friday, August 26, 2005
Informational Interviews at your fingertips
How do you find out—before you get there—what your dream job is really like?
I’ve met with a number of people who never did check things out ahead to time and, low and behold, 15 years later and they hate (should be a capital H there) what they’re doing. Worse yet, might be making a lot of money doing it, thus exacerbating the stuck feeling. A few lawyers I met with years ago always come to mind.
Anyway, one low risk way to get the facts is to do informational interviews, i.e. line up what amounts to advice time with a professional and get them to basically tell their story.
Sound too daunting? Well, jump to http://www.roadtripnation.com and click on Interviews for real life tips from people in a variety of fields.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Cover Letter Hints
Since I’ve been hitting the whole job search thing rather broadly of late, I thought it was about time to add a few specifics.
One area which typically stumps searchers is the dreaded cover letter. I’ve seen everything from two paged tomes to very brief—but dry—form letters.
The best lies somewhere in between…if you drop the dry, that is… in a shorter, one page targeted letter. Easy to read. Interesting enough to hook people into reading your resume, which is the real purpose of the letter in the first place. Think interesting version of a direct mail piece—one which lures you on to the second page.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Think you can’t get there from here?
Cross roads. Life choices. Which way to go…
I did a late-night in the dorms last year where I talked about my own career story. What struck me was how often I’d made decisions in the dark. You know, that place where you don’t know which way to go but your back’s up against the wall and you have to choose something.
Iíve been in that spot many times. But over the weekend I thought of yet one more incident. Again, I didn’t know what I was doing but somehow ended up in an entirely different spotóthe place I was designed for—because of the changed direction.
Here’s the story…
Friday, August 19, 2005
What do you talk about with a career counselor?
So you’ve seen the office space—-or at least gotten a glimpse in the last posting because I admit that the pic is a bit on the tiny side. Now the next hurdle. What do you talk about with a career counselor?
Many people come in with pretty specific questions—like, how does my resume look or how do I write a cover letter?
But, what if you’re one of those people with no specific concerns, someone who just thinks it would be a good idea to visit a career counselor? Or maybe, worse yet, your parents have been bugging you to come in and you’re worried about not having anything to say. How awkward would that be!
Monday, August 15, 2005
Questions to ask in an interview
Bright sunny Monday morning. Start of the week. It’s a good time to think about success stories from past summers.
Like last summer. A grad of about two years had, like many other Michigan residents, lost her job. So she would use the computers in our resource area daily. Everyday I’d see Kelsey—working tirelessly on her job search. We’d often talk and, at one point, spent some time in prayer asking the Lord for a job.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Email—small stuff/big consequences
I had originally planned on writing stuff in a sequential manner. But, if you know Aunt Bonnie personally, you’ll know I’m not really a sequential kind of person. And, so much of this is based on what I encounter on a day to day basis that itís hard to stay sequential.
So, with that out of the way—today’s topic has to do with email. Foibles of, that is.
Three live examples of nixing your job search right out of the gate.