QUESTION: I saved the easiest two classes for last and completed my bachelor’s degree over the summer. I can’t wait to start my first “real” job and would appreciate your advice. A couple of my friends graduated in May and they still haven’t had any interviews. I don’t want this to happen to me.
Gillespie: Learning how to get an employer’s attention is key. That is why having a winning résumé (along with other “marketing documents” such as a cover letter) should be the number one priority on your “to do” list.
Just don’t make the mistake of trying to go it alone like some Job Hunters do – contact a credentialed résumé writer. Why? The first impression hiring managers get is what they learn about you from your résumé. They aren’t going to give it a second glance if what they read doesn’t get their attention within a maximum of 20 to 30 seconds.
(You can find Careers Professionals by visiting the websites of professional associations such as PARWCC (Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches) http://parw.com and Career Directors International, http://careerdirectors.com. Writers and Coaches can also be found by going to, for example, YP “The Real Yellow Pages,” https://yellowpages.com.
As for identifying jobs that sound right for you, visit Job Boards such as http://jobs.floridatoday.com.
If you have a LinkedIn account you could also add a condensed version of your résumé. And since you don’t have an employer (yet) who may not take kindly to you including you are looking for a job doing (fill-in-the-blank), go ahead and put that in. (Don’t forget to remove it once you are employed!)
Hint – in addition to your online application, mail a copy of your résumé with a personalized cover letter to each employer. This is almost sure to make you stand out from the crowd. (Use fine quality envelopes and résumé paper.) If you don’t get a response within a reasonable amount of time, call.
Last but not least, keep a record of the companies you contact, practice your interviewing skills, and remember persistence can pay-off as long as you are not a pest!
Judy Gillespie is a certified career coach and résumé writer in Melbourne. Learn ore by going to www.careeravenuesbyjudy.com. You may submit job and career questions for Judy to email@example.com
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