A Dozen Tips for Jobseekers
Yesterday I was on another social media site and I offered a few job tips. So I decided to post them here. Check them out, feel free to share and add something to the list. Let’s help someone today.
Tip#1: Remove the objective from your resume; replace it with a professional summary. Objectives are ineffective and symbolize an old outdated process. Most of them usually don’t add value. Objectives are generic and take up space.
Tip#2: Unless you are a new graduate, remove all graduation, certification completion and High School graduation dates. Someone may try to calculate your age and make a determination based on that, which should not factor in the process. Yes age discrimination is alive and well.
Tip#3: Update your resume every 2-3 months IF YOU ARE WORKING OR NOT. Make sure the email, address and phone are correct. You never when you may need to send it to someone. Keep it updated so you send it at the drop of a hat. Don’t get complacent.
Tip#4: Is not necessary to list every single job you have ever had in your life. 10-12 years of steady employment history is good. Always list the jobs that highlight the skills that can help you land your next position…So if you worked at Woolworth’s as a cashier 15 years ago…take it off the resume.
Tip#5: The interview: Be on time and properly dressed. This is not the club or dinner with the crew, this is a job, be conservative. Dress professionally, cover all tats. Ease up on the makeup, perfume, cologne and jewelry.
Tip#6: On your resume check the spelling, check the spelling and check the spelling again. Let someone else read it for errors. One mistake can be forgiven, two is a habit. It shows a lack of attention to detail.
Tip#7: In an interview, TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF, not vibrate OFF! Don’t send a text from the lobby or even worst in the interview room. Once you walk through the building doors that should be the most important thing in your life. This surprises me that you need to say this but it’s true.
Tip#8: In an interview, never talk badly about your previous employer, co-workers or ex-boss. Now one likes bad publicity. If you will talk bad about a former job, it you would do the same thing again. It only makes you look bad.
Tip#9: If you are unemployed, find something constructive to do, like volunteer, or community service work, something to show you are stay sharp, useful and active.
Tip#10: Upload and create a profile on LinkedIn, Monster and CareerBuilder. 80% of employers search online for new talent. Don’t be afraid to social media for business instead of personal communication.
Tip#11: If you attend a job fair, dress business casual, bring a bunch of resumes and converse with the person behind the table (don’t just ask if they are hiring…they wouldn’t be there if they weren’t)
Tip#12: It’s okay to have a 2 page resume as long as the information is relevant. Remove affiliations that are not business related; Church groups, Black Panther groups, Sex Clubs. Even Greek membership. Unless a member of your sorority or fraternity is the hiring manager, take it off the resume.
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