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Forward My Resume Please

Networking for Mutual Benefit is a key part of the job search.

Introducing yourself to others who may be able to introduce you to good job opportunities can only happen if you network well. This activity is important to get your resume in front of the right person. Especially since over 80% of all jobs are not published. Your friends, family and growing network contacts are the path to these jobs.

Here are some tips for doing this:

1. Make sure the person you are talking with learns enough about you.
You do not want someone to talk about you unless they know enough to be able to introduce you to the right people. They do not need to know your life history, but they do need to know the key points about your skills, experiences, passion and career goals.

2. Ask them to review your resume so that they know what it says.
You may have told them one thing, but your resume may say it differently, or include something that you did not tell them. Talking with you about your resume content can help make sure they are better informed to share your resume with the right people (not organizations, but people).

3. Have your networking contact only share your resume where it is relevant and with people they know.
There is no value to the job seeker to use networking as another means of getting your resume scattered around town. This is what Monster, Careerbuilder, Ladders, LinkedIn and the other Job Boards are for. Having your resume delivered directly to someone who can benefit by seeing it is far more important and successful to both the job seeker and recruiter/hiring manager. Also, anyone knowing the true value of networking for Mutual Benefit will not flood their contacts with random and irrelevant resumes. This is rude and can tarnish a good relationship.

4. Ask that your networking contact to tell you where they plan to send your resume before they do so.
This is important for the job seeker for a few reasons. You may not want your resume shared at a business where you do not want to work, especially if you are still working and the business is a sister or partner company. Additionally, you want to be able to follow up afterwards and talk directly with the person your resume was forwarded to.

5. Thank your networking contact anytime they share your resume.
A good honest thank you followed by an offer to help them in any way goes a long way to nurture the relationship you have with a new contact as well as a long time friend.

You need to use Networking for Mutual Benefit to get your resume in front of the right people. Do this right and you it works.

This article is from Teddy Burriss’s blog @ http://www.ncwiseman.com/

Teddy Burriss

Networking Strategist at Burriss Consulting, Inc.

http://tlburriss.com/

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Casting A Wide Net

Wherever you go, there you are, right?
That being said, can you be in two places at the same time?  Or three?  Or fifty????  Probably not, if you think conventionally.  However, if you just realize that every day you meet people.  Whether at the grocery store, gas station, post office, hospital or wherever.  Every person you meet is an opportunity to make a connection; to learn about them, and to share about yourself.  When you are looking for a job, it is important to get the word out to everyone you meet.  I don’t mean just run up to perfect (and not-so-perfect) strangers and say, “HEY!  I need a job.  Can you help me?”  But, you can briefly mention in it as a part of your conversation with that person.   Likewise, if they are looking for a job, or a new car, or a restaurant, they will ask you!  And you will do your best to help them get their answer.  We all do that for each other.  Or, at least most of us do!  So, know that when you tell someone you are looking for a new job or career, they are taking that information with them.  And sharing.  And those they share it with are sharing.  And sharing.  And so on.
Remember that you are never alone.  It just feels that way sometimes.  But, believe me.  Somewhere, someone is helping you.  You just don’t know it!

Sandy Jolley

Employment Specialist

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Writing naked (nakeder than Orwell)

Here are Orwell’s rules, edited:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. You don’t need cliches.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do. Avoid long words.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active. Write in the now.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. When in doubt, say it clearly.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. Better to be interesting than to follow these rules.

The reason business writing is horrible is that people are afraid.

Afraid to say what they mean, because they might be criticized for it.

Afraid to be misunderstood, to be accused of saying what they didn’t mean, because they might be criticized for it.

Orwell was on the right track. Just say it. Say it clearly. Say it now. Say it without fear of being criticized and say it without being boring.

If the goal is no feedback, then say nothing. Don’t write the memo.

If the goal is to communicate, then say what you mean.

My best tip is this: buy a cheap digital recorder. Say what you want to say, as if the person you seek to persuade is standing there, listening. Then type that up. Simplify. Send.

Seth Godin has written 12 bestsellers that have been translated into 33 languages

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A Professional Email Address is Crucial

Every small detail enhances that first impression of you.  Something as small as an email address can speak volumes about your personality.  That is not the proper place for self-expression when seeking employment.  Electronic mail has become crucial for communication in the business world and often times the preferred method of contact by a prospective interviewer/employer.

That is why it is so important that you should create a functional, professional email address.  There are numerous free email services out there.  Create a new address strictly for job searching purposes.  Make sure your email address is just your name or a shortened variation of it – sanjolley@email.com; sjolley101@gmail.com, not a nickname like elvisfan22@hotmail.com or mikesgirl@yahoo.com.

There are two obvious reasons for doing this:

  1. It isn’t funny, and the potential employer won’t take you seriously.
  2. The potential employer will have an easier time remembering your email address.

Finding a job is serious business, so take it seriously.  You will then find that other people will take you seriously as well and perhaps offer you a job.

Sandy Jolley

Employment Specialist

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The 60 Second Elevator Speech

The job search process has changed.  Networking is more important than ever.  One must be ready to go out to network.  My biggest rule on networking is to BE THERE.  You must be at functions and must be there mentally.  In order to have a successful networking session, you should:

a) have a goal and a plan

b) be ready to “practice” your plan

c) have a positive attitude.

The first part of your plan should be your 60-second elevator speech.  Who are you?  What do you do?  What is unique about you?  What are your special skills?  Where would you be at your best?
Now practice that on your friends and family…..I find that dogs make the best judges…they are so positive.  So if Rover likes the speech, you’re good to go!

Tempy Albright

Job Developer

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