5 Tips for a Sizzling Summer Job Search
June 29, 2016
Has the summer heat got a hold of you? Well, you can use it to fire up your job search. We’ve got some tips to help you find a new job. The summer months provide unique opportunities that you don’t want to miss out on. They also can make it easy to let your energy wane. Don’t let it! Take advantage of this time and land your dream job.
1. Don’t let summer take your presence on vacation. Stay current with on-line job boards, take time to update your resume, website if you have one, and cover letters. Make sure to reference our action words to keep it fresh. If you notice areas for improvement, make a plan on how to fix them. Maybe you can take a class, workshop either in person or on-line that will help you fill in any gaps on your resume.
2. Start planting your seeds now. Don’t be shy to reach out even during these vacation months. Get your name out there, do follow ups and be first in line when for fall. You’ll be ready and ahead of the game when schools are back in session and employers energies are back in full force.
3. Dress to impress. While you may be a little warm, be sure not to let the casualness of summer bleed into your wardrobe. Make sure you look just as professional as you would six months from now. In-person, Skype, however you interview or have meetings, keep your look top notch. First impressions matter!
4. Network! Summer provides for many opportunities to participate in events in your community. You’ll find more cookouts, concerts, movies in the park, and more events than any other time of the year. People are out, happier and want to connect—so connect with them! Talk about what kind of a job you are looking for, what your skills are and ask them to help get your name out there.
5. Seize the opportunity. If you notice things are a little slower than usual, use it to your advantage and create new opportunities. Volunteer in the field you want to be in or in an organization that the company you want to be part of supports. Let’s say your company supports the Alzheimer’s Association…figure out what you can do for that organization in your community. You’ll be networking in relevant areas and will have a leg up on your resume because you will already be fitting into the corporate culture.
Don’t let the time slip away. You can still enjoy these summer months and the fun, while taking advantage of the benefits they can bring to your job search. You’ll be ahead of the fall ramp-up and ultimately will be celebrating the New Year with a great job.Share this:
Tips to Land Your Dream Job: Transfer Skills to New Career
June 10, 2016
Ready for a career or industry shift? Looking for your dream job?
The first thing you should know is that a career change is within reach. Many of the skills you’re using at your current position are transferable to other careers. Also keep in mind that challenges you’ve already overcome or experienced in your current job are similar across other industries. We view these challenges as opportunities, and call them chopportunities. So what do you need to do? The first step is to wrap your head around the concept of transferring skills to a new career. Let’s start thinking about these chopportunities.
Here’s a list of challenges you’ll find across nearly all industries:
• Teamwork issues and low moral
• Poor project management
• Lack of resources
• Communication breakdown
• Lack of leadership
• Role confusion
If you know how to solve these issues and can demonstrate the results you’re in business.
What transferable skills could you bring to a company?
Here’s what virtually every hiring manager is looking for:
• A problem solver
• A creative thinker
• A leader
Don’t forget about the skills you’ve acquired outside of employment. You use very valuable skills in your hobbies, leisure and volunteer time. They are likely transferable to your new career as well! For example:
• Do you demonstrate leadership through coaching your child’s ball team?
• Are you on a board of directors or volunteer your time at a non-profit organization?
• Did you navigate a long trip far away on your own?
• Are you a block captain in your neighborhood?
Now that you’ve wrapped your mind around the possibility of shifting to a new career, you can take action in your search. Do things to present your best self to employers. Check out part two next week for a list of action items to get you going.Share this: