Bring in the New Year with a New Career
By Roxanne Ebbers
The holiday season is upon us! With all of the decorating, family gatherings, and Christmas shopping going on, you might think it’s time to slow up the career search. But December can actually be a great time to give yourself the gift of a new career. Work has slowed down, other job seekers may be pausing, end of year budgets may provide better hiring opportunities and holiday cards are the perfect excuse to remind hiring managers that you are available. Seize the day and make the most out of your career search this season by taking measures to succeed!
Improve your resume.
As a recruiter I see lots of different resume formats each day. But the basic idea remains the same. The goal of a resume is to generate enough interest from a hiring manager or recruiter to get a call for an interview. The best resumes I see go above and beyond to make relevant experience POP. Enhance your resume with effective key words that will draw attention. Also, hiring managers are flooded with resumes on a daily basis, and they can’t spend too much time on one resume. Skip the paragraphs and lengthy details and focus on highlighting the important skills, strengths, and accomplishments. Bullet points are a great way to achieve this. An interview will be the appropriate time to dive into every detail of your background as it relates to the position.
Every hiring manager has a preferred tool that is used to find skilled candidates. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Upload your resume to various online databases such as CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, Simply Hired, etc. By putting yourself out there, you are allowing more hiring managers the opportunity to find your resume. Networking is also a great way to get your foot in the door. Take hold of every opportunity that comes your way.
Stand out in an Interview.
First and foremost- Be as professional as possible. Wear the appropriate attire, arrive early, be polite, and prepare for the interview. Everyone gets nervous, but the key is to relax and be confident in the skills you possess. Also, knowledge is power. Knowing as much as you can about the company beforehand will allow you to make your interview more interactive Additionally, spend the correct amount of time answering questions. Spend enough time to thoroughly answer the question. No more, no less. If too little time is spent, you may not fully answer the question and your skills and strengths will not be properly illustrated. If you spend too much time, the main focus might be lost in the delivery. It could also take time away from questions that might have really been a great opportunity to shine. Rehearse possible scenarios so that you are fully prepared to conquer what is thrown your way. In the end, always thank interviewees for their time.
The holiday season is here, but that is no reason to stop the career search. Make the most of this time to find gainful employment by taking the appropriate measures to succeed in your career search. Bring in the New Year with a new career! Happy holidays!