Last month I had a 5-minute podcast interview on Business News Network (Tunein Radio) in my role as a career/job search coach and résumé writer. Five minutes flies by more quickly than you might think, so I couldn’t share the résumé and job search tips I would have liked to. For a few of those, check out the list below.
Job Search Coach Tips
As a résumé writer and job search coach, I often respond to questions from clients and potential clients about tips to help with their job search. You might already know these I’m about to share, but if not, I hope you will find them helpful. (If you do know them, are you paying attention to them when you plan and conduct a job search?)
- DO know what you’re getting into before you start something. If a seemingly good opportunity comes your way, check it out carefully before making a commitment.
- DO prepare well in advance–for submitting your résumé, cover letter, etc. and for any interviews you succeed in lining up. The last thing you want is to turn off a potential employer by making mistakes or showing up poorly prepared.
- DO assess your value realistically. What you’d like to think you can do for employers needs to match what you can, in fact, deliver. Also, you must speak to their needs first, then yours.
- DON’T obsess about things you think are wonderful in your background without considering how an employer might view them. For example, most employers won’t care what you did in middle school or (in many cases) high school.
- DON’T provide TMI (too much information). Employers won’t read it, and they won’t appreciate being flooded with excess detail.
Concerned about Age and/or Returning to the Office (Post-COVID)?
If you’re not “30-Something” any more, here’s a quick tip about how to handle job searching as a “50+” job hunter. (There’s a LOT that could be said on this topic!)
Check out AARP. You don’t need to be retired or planning to be soon to access their resources.
Final Tip: Tackle the Pay Issue Strongly
Do yourself a favor: You deserve fair compensation for the value you bring to an employer. Take the steps you need to ensure that this happens, to the extent that you can. Don’t shoot for the moon if your value doesn’t justify it, but don’t sell yourself short either.
You can listen to the brief interview below (FYI, after one time, Tunein asks you to sign up for a free trial of its service, but one “listen” should suffice!).
For more résumé and job search tips, check out these pages on my website: