What is your most important job search tool? Well, it isn’t your resume, it isn’t your
LinkedIn profile, it’s not your carefully crafted career portfolio, and it isn’t
your interview prowess. It’s you! From your enthusiasm to take the “bull by the
horns,” to your willingness to do the uncomfortable (networking, asking for
reference letters, getting help when you need it), your job search success is
up to you! If you are actively seeking employment
spend time at least five days a week in job search mode.
For the unemployed this means at least five hours
a day in a variety of tasks. For those
currently employed, you have to determine what amount of time you can
legitimately devote to the search five days a week. Whether you give it your all five to six
hours a day on the weekdays, or 20-30 minutes four days a week and a couple of
hours on Saturday, if you consistently pursue a new job the numbers will always
be in your favor. While sometimes our
job search success isn’t as quick as we would like, the time you regularly set
aside to perform a job search will ultimately win the day. To your job search success!
arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you
back the difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something
great. So just focus, and keep aiming." ~ Unknown
miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever
has to be done it is always your choice.” Unknown
Unfortunately, the main reason we update or
even prepare from scratch, a resume is because of a career emergency. Fear of lay-offs, surprise downsizing, company
closure, company merger or acquisition, or being dismissed are all reasons
people will need an updated resume quickly.
However, waiting until the emergency happens is a very bad idea.
Think of your resume as your personal
marketing brochure. Just like a company’s
marketing brochure, your resume needs to be continually modified with new
information, have older information revamped or eliminated, and be read and
re-read for errors. Delaying the task of
keeping your resume updated, whether actually inserting new information into an
existing document, or maintaining a list of projects worked on, documents
development, clients work with, sales numbers, inventory managed, computer
applications utilized, etc., can leave you flustered during a career crisis and
result in a lackluster document.
Why have to remember this information at a
time when you are upset about an impending or recent job loss, nervous about
the future, and feeling a great deal of pressure to get a new job. Your thinking is clearer and your ability to
remember important information for your resume and for the interview is
stronger during a time when you aren’t highly stressed.
Take the time today to sit down and write out
recent happenings in your career. If it
has been some time, say five or more years since you have taken on this task,
try carving time out weekly for a few weeks to think back on your career and
give yourself a better opportunity for recall of material suitable for a
resume. You should always have more
information than necessary, and that surplus material can offer you some
additional support of your experience in an interview. Update your resume today. To your career success!