Monday, 5 November 2012

2 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Job Search




The following article is taken from a newsletter sent by 
Marc Cenedella, founder of TheLadders. He talks about ways you may be sabotaging your own job search (perhaps without even realising it).
1. Your e-mail address 
What e-mail address do you use professionally? 
More than 45% of new users, says Marc Cenedella at TheLadders, use gmail.com. Given the international recognition and widespread use of gmail, having it as your address is a smart move that also sends the message that you ae up-to-date with the times. 
What's before the '@' sign is important too. 
However, common 'household' or 'joint' email strategies such as 'jimandnancy@', 'smithhousehold@', or 'huxtablefamily@', are not good e-mail addresses to use for your professional job search. Professionals are accustomed to writing directly to other professionals. Requesting that they e-mail your spouse or your children when contacting you is discomfiting and unprofessional. 
The best email address is your first name, dot, followed by your last name, at gmail.com:

jason.tyler@gmail.com
If that's taken, then for the purposes of your job search, add next year's number to your address:

jason.tyler.2013@gmail.com
You're probably going to be using this e-mail address into the New Year anyway and starting now makes you seem ahead of the times!
2. Can a stranger read your resume? 
Print out your resume. Take the top third and rip it off. Hand it to somebody you do not know. 
Can they tell you, without asking you any additional questions, what you want to do next? 
For a lot of subscribers (in this case on TheLadders), the answer is no. The reason is that you are trying to do the wrong thing with the top third of your resume. You are trying to tell people about your character and your abilities and your many, many different skills and your flexibility and too many things! 
You know what the person who is reading your resume is trying to find out? 
'Does this gal, or guy, want this job that I have to fill?' 
Having spent time on your review, they know that you want a job. But is it this job that you really want?
Make sure you highlight work experience that is relevant to the job you are looking for, and get rid of any other unrelated experiences that are only there to clutter your CV. 
Start by writing the position you are applying for, or the job you want, at the very top of your resume. 
If they cannot tell, by reading the top-third of your resume, what you want to do next, then you're never going to get to the next step. 
Good Luck!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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