Summary Sunday: Get It Right

Your job search has many components – the resume, cover letter, interviews, and the job search plan itself. It takes a lot of work to get it right!

As we head into Thanksgiving week, you can feel the days getting shorter and the end of the year looming.

For some, there’s pressure to job search compulsively. For others, there’s the holiday job search slump. My advice is to use the remaining 5 weeks to job search in moderation. Most importantly, use the time to establish, rekindle or connect with people!

It may also be time to freshen your job search strategy and materials.

That’s what this week’s summary is about. You’ll find tips to help you:

Update your resumeFine-tune your cover letter15 actionable job search tipsOctober’s Recruiting IndexHow to get the interviewer to like youDesign your portfolio career

There will always be conflicting advice. It’s not that either is right or wrong. The advice has to be right for your unique situation. Be sure to get it right by using your critical thinking skills.

RESUME WRITING

8 Resume Writing Tips for 2022 | Great Resumes Fast

I’m not a resume writer and I seldom share information about writing resumes because there is so much out there already. If you need DIY help, check this out.

Resume Writing Award Winners (TORI & WBRW) 2021 | Career Directors International

Take a look at these winning resumes for content and formatting to get ideas when sprucing up your own. PS: these are referred to as ‘networking resumes’ while a scannable resume or an ATS resume, meant for automated tracking systems, is needed when a job applicant is applying online.

“Each year, CDI hosts the resume writing industry’s most prestigious Toast of the Resume Industry™ (TORI) resume writing competition. This is an international competition in which contestants submit their best work in a category.”

What to Write in Every Cover Letter: A 7-Step Checklist | Mac’s List

Too many job seekers omit a cover letter. Don’t! It is your chance to explain why you want to work for that company and why you are uniquely qualified for that role! Write your letter to address the employer’s pain points.

JOB SEARCH

15 Job Search Strategies That Work | Forbes

If you find your job search is going nowhere, then check out these tips from Robin Ryan, Mark Dyson and me.

Recruiter.com Announces Results of Recruiter Index for October 2021 | Yahoo Finance

Get an overview of today’s hiring – what jobs recruiters see the greatest demand to fill, sectors with the most jobs to fill and more.

INTERVIEWING

How to Expect the Interviewer to Like You (So They Will) | Thea Kelley

Try this one exercise to come across as more likable!

CAREER

Why You Should Build a “Career Portfolio” (Not a “Career Path”) | Harvard Business Review

“The time is ripe to rethink what a successful career path looks like.”

A career portfolio is a “way to think about, talk about, and — most importantly – craft your professional future in order to navigate our ever-changing world of work with purpose, clarity, and flexibility.”

To be honest, I’ve been writing and advocating for portfolio careers for over 10 years.

DID YOU SEE THESE

U.S. Job Market: Who’s Quitting, Who’s Hiring | US News & World Report

Why The Holidays Are A Great Time To Job Search | LinkedIn Live

The holiday season is almost here. For anyone thinking about pausing their job search, please, don’t! And you can find slides here.

November Job Search Challenge – Week 3

Motivation Monday Job Search Accountability Group

Starting Monday, November 22. A few spots remain!

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