y least favorite thing about being a job seeker is the number of “Experts” out there on resume writing. No matter how good my resume was, the next “Expert” would tell me to “re-do this and re-vamp that, add a little bit of sherry etc., etc., etc.” I would always leave feeling frustrated at how bad my resume was organized. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate ALL feedback I was given. I have just learned to take their comments under advisement and apply what I feel was good advice.
Here is my feedback. Write a good resume, get professional feedback, tweak it until you feel good about it, then go out and sell yourself. BE YOUR RESUME!! If you sell yourself well, a resume is a technicality and the employer will want to read it all because you have generated interest in YOU before they even have the resume.
I suggest 5 ways to BE YOUR RESUME:
- Network- Go to job clubs and professional networking groups. Go to community events. Volunteer in places of interest. The more people you know, the more likely you are to find someone willing to pass on your resume.
- Be an Expert- When networking, offer your expertise. Make yourself visible in ways other than a warm body in the room. Speak up, ask questions, make yourself a thought leader. I have been given the go ahead to teach some job hunting techniques at the Utah Department of Workforce Services because I offered to do so.
- Be a Consultant- If you are an expert at your trade, find a company that needs what you have and offer it to them. If possible, get paid for it. But if you see an open door, go for it! You never know what is on the other side of a complimentary service.
- Brand Yourself- Use social media and the above suggestions to create your personal brand. Everyone is good at something, and if you let others know what you are good at, they will help you find a fit for yourself.
- Don’t Just Apply- The application process is almost always required. But if you know someone in an organization, have them turn in your resume before you apply. This way, the hiring manager will be looking for your name and the person who “referred” you will likely get a benefit from your hire. Ask them to put in a good word for you. I take the cat’s philosophy, “It never hurts to ask!”
If you want to know more about how some of these techniques work in the job search, send me an email. I would be happy to present to any group and refer you to other experts who taught me. I gotta give credit where credit is due. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or link with me on LinkedIn. By the way, here is my resume.Trenton Willson