Chapter 15- Building Careers and Writing Résumés
Identifying and landing the ideal job can be a long and difficult process in tougher employment markets. There are three guidelines to keep in mind as you are crafting your personal strategy. First is getting organized. You need to keep all details straight to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity or make a mistake. Second is Start now and stick to it. Don’t wait until the last minute or you may miss an opportunity and won’t be as prepared as other candidates. Finally, Look or stepping- stone opportunities. View every job as an opportunity to learn new skills, even if it has lower expectations, until you find the exact job you are looking for.
Résumés are also referred to as “CV,” which stands for curriculum vitae. During your career search, your résumé will be the most important document in the process. The purpose of a resume is to gain employer interest and generate an interview, and get you in the door. Your résumé needs to make a positive impression within 30-45 seconds, so that someone will continue to read it in detail. Recruiters don’t need much information on you at the initial screening stage and probably won’t read it. Always keep your résumé honest and adapt it to your audience. Your résumé should include Name, Physical address, phone numbers, email address, and the URL of your personal webpage. When writing the résumé the introductory statement that follows your name and contact information is most important. This will be where you list your career objective, qualifications summary or career summary. You need to be sure to revise your résumé and make sure that it is not too long, too short, not difficult to read, doesn’t displaying weak understanding, doesn’t use poor quality paper, doesn’t have spelling or grammar errors, and does is not boastful or have a gimmicky design.
Chapter 16- Applying and Interviewing for Employment
Whenever you mail, email, hand-deliver, or upload your résumé,...