Advice for Job Searching
With over 75 years of combined experience in the recruiting, human resources, and outplacement industries, we have discovered some key elements to a successful search:
- Networking is the best way to find a great new job.
- Don’t just hit the send button—try to identify a connection who can refer you for a position.
- Applying for jobs online is important, but develop an overall plan for your search.
- Before applying to that first job, have at least 10 people that you trust review your resume.
- Consider investing in a professional resume writer or an outplacement service.
Has it been a while since you’ve updated your resume?
Here are a few tips we think will help you create a resume that gets you noticed:
- You can use those templates as a guide, but create your own final copy.
- Most employers are looking for resumes formatted in reverse chronological order.
- Use plenty of white space to draw the reader’s eye to specific items.
- Include only relevant education information: the name of your college, your degree, and major or course of study.
- Don’t include too much information. Too much information can get distracting.
- Need to have a clear professional summary that briefly tells the reader how you’ll add value.
- Your resume must explain who you are (not just what you have done.)
- Tailor your resume to each specific position.
- Your resume should be no longer than 2 pages.
- Metrics are helpful where they are available.
- Education should be towards the bottom. Employers are most interested in what you’ve accomplished.
- Never put “references available upon request.”
- Proofread frequently and carefully. Misspelled words are a huge red flag.
What are common mistakes people can make when searching for a new job?
- Not researching companies.
- They don’t rely on their network, relationships or people they know.
- Hitting the “send” button too soon.
How does someone make a successful career change?
- Reach out to your network.
- Research companies.
- Have a lot of informational interviews and get introduced to people along the way.
- Don’t just sit around! Manage your career so you are constantly meeting people and staying abreast of the changing workforce.
- Do not accept counter offers from your current employer!
- Get involved in the communities and fields you are interested in.
Does CSP offer courses or classes for people seeking employment change?
Yes. We offer Career Strategy and Outplacement Services, and can offer a consultation with Jason Nemoy or Warren White . Click here.
What are the top 5 interview tips CSP holds as most effective?
- Show up at least 10 minutes early.
- Do your homework – research the organization and the people you are meeting with.
- Speak to individuals who worked or are currently working there.
- Always send a handwritten thank you note thanking the individual(s) for their time.
- Enjoy the experience.