The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Are you being proactive in searching out new opportunities which might be the best next step for your career?  Are you surprised that you are still stuck under the fluorescent light in your sad little cubical? What is your plan?  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, a successful career does not just happen.  You need to have a long term career plan. Like with any long term goal, you will need to create a plan, be diligent and work hard.  You will want to begin by doing research in your industry and specifically for the position you desire. You will want to find out who you should be networking with, and find out what steps they took to achieve the success they have obtained.  Even if you are not actively looking, always be open-minded to opportunities you hear about.  Exploring an opportunity is not a commitment that you will take a new job, but by failing to evaluate new scenarios you’ll never know what you might have missed.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, that any sloth can probably keep the job they have with minimal effort, but taking your career to the next level will require effort.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Things That Should Be On Everyone’s Resume Series (Volume 5)

October 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm (5 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Resume, Career, job search, Resume, Resumes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

bigstockphoto_Scrabble_Background_5620040[1]5.  CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION AND GOOD SPELLING: Ok, I know this should be totally obvious, but you would be flabbergasted if you knew how many resumes I see daily that have atrocious spelling.  In addition, I come across a good number of resumes that don’t have the correct contact information on them.  Phone numbers and email addresses change and become outdated, but the person fails to update the header portion of their resume.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, failing to update your contact information and poor spelling make the candidate look lazy and unprofessional.  The hiring manager is going to get a distinctly negative impression if the resume is filled with spelling errors or they can’t contact the person they are interested in.  I know that some people are just not very good spellers, and for those of you that aren’t, find your nerdiest friend and have them proof read your resume before you send it anywhere.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Things That Should Be On Everyone’s Resume Series (Volume 4)

October 5, 2009 at 4:17 am (5 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Resume, Career, job search, Resume, Resumes) (, , , , , , , )

bigstockphoto_Illuminated_Bulb_3561025[1]4.  AN OBJECTIVE STATEMENT THAT ISN’T ABOUT YOU:

THE AWFUL TRUTH is, the company doesn’t really care what you want, it is about what you can do for the company.  Your objective statement should be a concise summary of what you bring to the table.  Objective statements that ramble on about all the different things you want to do or worse what you want out of a company (like good benefits) are pretty much worthless.  When writing your objective statement think in terms of marketing yourself and talk about the skills and abilities you know a company would be excited to see in a candidate for that position.

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