janice worthington

Landscape has Changed for Job Seekers

Janice Worthington's article from Business First this week really struck me as a great reality check for job seekers. The advice is sound in any market, but especially important in today's climate. If you're a Business First subscriber you can read the full article online. Key points below. What you should know about the changed landscape for job seekers:
  • No one will knock on your door--even if you were always recruited for jobs in the past, expect to be the one looking today
  • Realize the hunt--it requires creative hunting in corners relevant to your skills and expertise
  • Type...Point...Click is not a job hunt--this is passive job searching and employers are swamped with online resumes, only using online job boards is equivalent to only looking at newspaper classifieds
  • Interview schmooze is out--don't be try to be a buddy or divert from the interview topic of how you can meet the employer's needs, be friendly of course but stick to the relevant discussion
  • Welcome new arrangements--consider all options...jobs that require longer or weekly commutes, contract-to-permanent jobs, relocation or paying your own relocation expenses
  • Know the players--both internal and external recruiters work for the employer, their mission is to fill the position with the best possible candidate not to find you a job
  • Career coaches for candidates--career coaches advocate for you, walk you through the search process, provide professionally prepared resumes, networking assistance, search strategy tools--their mission is to find you a job. In the interest of full disclose, the author is a career coach that we do recommend to our associates.

2 Quick Resume Tips

An article about resumes was brought to my attention today, written by Janice Worthington, executive director of Worthington Career Services.  Janice was blunt and to the point, here's what stood out for me: "If you merely tell me what you do,  you only qualify yourself."  She goes on to explain that you need to describe your "tales of glory" including your challenges, efforts, and results.  These will distinguish you from the rest of the herd. Another piece of advice: don't exaggerate. Janice writes, "the cover up is always worse than the initial problem."  Once your fib is discovered the hiring manager or interviewer is likely to want to "sever all ties."