READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION -
Before you tailor the resume, read the job description to ensure that
your key terms, qualifications and successes are consistent with the
requirements. One fatal mistake that job seekers make is to keep their
resume at "15+ years" when the posting specifically says "10+ years".
It is ethical and truthful to change your resume to read "10+ years" or
"progressive, successful career growth". Do not eliminate yourself
because of age!
had a conversation with a potential client yesterday. She wants to
change careers but had no clue what she wants to do. I told her I would
not take her project until she made her decision. She got agitated and
told me another writer was willing to take her project...
of the story - With employers seeks employees with specialization,
hiring managers are gearing the candidate search in a specified
direction. In addition, scanning tools are geared to ID key terms that
directly relate to to desired qualifications of the position. In short,
if the resume does not SCREAM your specialization, you probably will be
disqualified from that particular role.
Therefore, BEFORE you write your new resume, make a decision what you what to pursue, not the other way around....
time of year to look for work is NOW.Great
opportunities await those who pursue their career objectives.However, you have to be in the game to
win.So do not complain if you do not
get opportunities thrown at you.You
must be assertive and proactive in your search.No time better than the present.
Before you contact a recruiter on LinkedIn, do a little research. Do not ask "What openings do you have?" You will get no reply. These folks get so many requests from people who are not working within their specialty that they are not going to answer random, thoughtless questions. And remember, they are under no obligation to answer - they work for someone else, not you.
Be sure to reference check the company because your potential employer will do the same with you. You are going to spend more time with this employer and its people than with any other aspect of your life.You
can never truly know what it is going to be like to work there until
you start, but at least you will get a better sense of the environment
if you do your research and analysis. An organization’s online
reputation is their reputation. I might suggest using Barrons.com,
Bloomberg.com, BusinessWeek.com, Forbes.com, Fortune.com, Google.com,
Hoovers.com, Linkedin.com, Moodys.com, SEC.gov, StandardandPoors.com and