Getting downsized is a shock to the system. Even if you knew the news was coming, it can throw you into a tailspin. Looking for a new job is not super-comfortable, either. It requires research, connections with people you may not have talked to recently, and the finesse to present yourself as The Standout Solution to an employer’s problems.
It takes quite a bit of work.
That’s why it is important to ease into your search with a few steps that can cushion your reentry into the fray.
An amazing guy I know - a friend for many years - just GOT HIRED by a great local company to do the work he loves! I have to share, because his job search followed a systematic path that I advocate to job seekers who hire me. It's top-secret! (Okay. No, it's not. But it does take work.)
He incorporated the following:
1. A résumé that showcases his value to the employer
2 A captivating story about his career accomplishments
3. Connections made through friends and colleagues
4. Personal contact with hiring managers
5. Multiple avenues to finding connections, including email! (old-school is new-school!)
6. In-person networking at local events, focusing on his industry
7. A schedule of activities
8. NOT QUITTING
Sound easy? It's easy to grasp. It's just challenging to DO. Consistently. But if you make a plan and stick to it, something's going to happen. Something good. That's why I'm here! Contact me and let's get your plan started. YOU GOT THIS.
I get this question a LOT. It seems that over the past several decades advice on the topic of resume length has varied. I've had clients absolutely insist that they must not exceed three pages. Others jump right in and write a novel
The truth is that length isn't the issue so much as quality. Your document should be a cohesive and succinct overview of your greatest accomplishments and most valuable skills. It should declare briefly and compellingly what you are known for and how you have demonstrated that in the jobs you've held.
Your resume needs an easy-to-read format. It should contain bullet points, used judiciously. The font should be easy to read. There should be enough white space to ensure it doesn't look cluttered.
It should say enough to communicate your point, without going on too long.
Keep in mind that you are in control. You can decide what to include and how to phrase it, and where to place the information. The goal is to ensure the reader can instantly see that you fit the company's needs and why. The goal is simply this: To show you as a candidate worthy of an interview.
It's not as complicated as you think. Give me a call and I can give you additional pointers.