Shift Your Way of Thinking from Job to Career

Over the last 10+ years we have had the opportunity to build
relationships with thousands of professionals and 100+ companies.

This career packet will help you be strategic, focused and efficient with your time. Here we share with you big lessons, proven best strategies and rules to the world of networking, job searching, interviewing and more! Shift your way of thinking – from “getting a job” to “building a career.”

This is for EVERYONE.  Whether you’re 2 years out of college or 20 years into your career and maybe you’re actively job hunting or maybe you’re in a good job but want to keep a pulse on the job market, we hope you will find some pearls of wisdom here.

Actively job searching can be difficult. In the beginning of your search you are “picky” telling yourself you will only apply to jobs that you really want, and then 2 weeks go by and you’ve heard little or nothing. So you decide to widen your net a bit more and apply to double the number of jobs – some you are underequalified for, some you may be overqualified for, but hey at least you’re sending out your resume right? At least you’re doing something…

And the biggest challenge about job  searching you’ve discovered is just maintaining the motivation to continue, especially when you’re dealing with no’s or even worse, silence.

This career packet will help you be strategic, focused and efficient with your time, and most importantly prevent you from making a ‘wrong’ job decision.

5 Ways to Take Full Advantage of this Career Packet

  1.  Keep an open mind.
  2.  This is going to be hard work.
  3.  Be clear, specific and persistent.
  4.  Everyone is a networking connection.
  5.  Finding the right opportunity takes time.
5 Things to Avoid and 7 Things to Do

DO actually read the entire job description and make sure you have the experience it requires, especially under any REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS section.

DO research for every single company you are considering applying to. Make sure you understand the company’s business model, product lines, financial performance, and industry standing. Conduct as much research as possible; videos, news articles, social media and employees reviews to gain a sense of the culture.

DO take the extra time and cater your resume and cover letter to that specific job description industry, and company.

DO check your spelling and grammar. Ask a friend, colleague, spouse or even better a recruiter if possible to proofread your resume.

DO be specific! Instead of general statements you should give quantifiable achievements for each bullet point on your resume. Remember this piece of paper is the ONLY thing that is speaking to WHO YOU ARE.

DO find connections and see if you know anyone in your network that has a connection to the company you’re interested in.

AVOID applying for every single job you find that is in your wheel house.

AVOID sending the exact same resume to every job you apply for.

AVOID general statements on your resume, i.e. built a team of sales reps, or managed marketing department.

AVOID applying online through the company’s website if at all possible. It’ll be a waiting game – you never know when or if they will review your application.

AVOID applying to a job and then doing nothing but complain when you don’t hear anything back from the company.

Ask yourself, how is MY resume allowing me to stand out from the competition and convince whomever is reviewing my resume that they NEED to meet me?

5 Resume Must Haves

  • Details, details, details.
    Please do not assume the reviewer of your resume will know what your company does, nor what your position title meant at that company. DO: Emphasize your industry experience by including a one sentence description of each company.
  • Advancement matters.
    Make sure to list all the titles you held within a company – this demonstrates your ability to be successful in a position and a company.
  • Gaps in resumes matter.
    Always include a reasons for time gaps in a resume. Also if you were with a company for less than 2 years share the reason why you left – including this information will reduce concerns.
  • Make it easy on the eye.
    The layout, fonts and sizes are extremely important in creating the overall impression. Use fonts like Ariel or Calibri & fonts 11-12 pt.
  • Details, details, details.
    USE SPELL CHECK. Then use it again! “Also make sure to have a few people review your resume for grammar and spelling errors.