Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
One morning you wake up and realize you are one of many qualified candidates competing for a shrinking number of jobs. How can you effectively deal with the intense competition without becoming discouraged? Begin by setting realistic expectations and goals.
Write a Resume That Gets You in the Door
Your resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. If it is doing what it is supposed to do, it worked. If it didn’t, it isn’t an effective resume. A resume is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less. Get a friend or colleague to review your resume. If they do not understand it, neither will a potential employer.
Re-evaluate Your Approach
Examine what you’ve been good at in the past; understand where you are today; and set goals for tomorrow! Apply a bit of planning to establish habits that will reposition yourself as a sincere candidate interested in building a career rather than simply landing a job.
Pick-up the Habits of a Highly Effective Job Seeker
- Be Specific – Make sure your resume and relevant skills match the opportunity.
- Be Honest – Stretching the truth is never a good idea and often times will be uncovered.
- Be Precise – Check and re-check your resume and cover letter.
- Be Polite – Be sure the employer can tell you are interested, qualified, and available.
- Be Respectful – Sincerity and humility stand out in a sea of resumes.
- Be Responsive – Employers expect interested candidates to be prompt and punctual.
Begin today by updating your resume! Click on the Job Seekers tab above to get started.