24Oct/110

Update Your Resume With An Imaginary Job!

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Here's a little pick me up for those times when the job search just feels sucky. Open your resume and save as another file. I like to call them Play files. Imagine the job you’re going for, maybe it’s your dream job, the job you want right now or an open position you’ve found that you’re going to pursue. Using job boards and company websites can give you great job titles and descriptions.  At the start of your resume work history simply add the job title and paste the job description below. Re-format to fit the rest of the resume. Embellish each job duty as if you were responsible for it and totally rocked it. For instance:

Assistant Account Manager-Super Duper Ad Agency

  • Manage company web site with daily copy updates. Contributed new section highlighting company employees.

Add the rest.

Take a long look, imagine this is your new job and you’ve just updated your resume to include it. Sure this is a bit of fakery and it may seem silly but sometimes just  imagining your preferred outcome (and in this case actually viewing it) can help you reach that goal! Don’t give up!

20Oct/110

The Ten-Minute Job Search

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

Looking for a job doesn’t always have to be an all-day, um, job. There are things you can do in just a few minutes that will take the edge off the anxiety when you might not have time for a deeper commitment. Here are five things to choose from that you can do in ten minutes to keep your momentum going.

Photo Courtesy of Jon Jordan

17Oct/110

Starting Your Online Network-Get Out Your Pen Pt. 2

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

This is the second of an ongoing series. You can find Part One here!

So your fledgling network is off the ground and humming. You’re adding people as you go and learning how LinkedIn works.  One of the really useful parts of LinkedIn is that it will continually guide you on building your profile. Listen to it and do what it says, paying close attention to the headline and summary sections.

15Jun/112

Are You Afraid of Employment?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Are you derailing your career before it’s even begun? On the outside do you look like a gung-ho job seeker, sending out resumes, networking with a vengeance and plotting world domination while on the inside (and in reality) you’re hesitating, procrastinating and really only plotting your next Facebook post? It happens a lot more than you think and one reason can be sheer size of scope.

27Apr/110

Using Action Verbs To Dress Up Your Resume

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Once there was a little sentence that no one noticed. It was bland and boring and sort of sad. It lay on a resume just hoping to be noticed. People read it and then went on with their lives, never remembering what it said or even who wrote it. It was a lonely little sentence and when it finally admitted it needed help (for admitting you need help is the first step) it went looking for an active verb or two to turn its life around.  It discovered an active verb list in the land of Internet and began to add them to itself.  It ventured out and invited more active verbs to join it.

5Apr/112

Does Your Resume Bore Even You?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

How’s your resume? Have you read it, really read, it in the past month? If not, open it up and dust it off. A resume is a living document and should be reevaluated regularly. And if you're not getting the responses you expect from it this is definitely the time to examine the content.

Read it carefully and think about what you’ve learned in your job search since you created it, asking yourself these questions:

7Mar/110

Know Your Industry And Impress Your Boss

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Are you up to speed on your industry? Do you know what the bigwigs are up to? If you want to catch the eye of your employer or interviewer and blow them away bring up current trends, recent market shifts or industry predictions and watch them melt into stunned little puddles of joy. When you can speak about matters pertinent to an entry-level position that's fabulous. When you can speak with knowledge about matters that go beyond your pay grade then that’s just fabulouser.  Way fabulouser. Yes, I made that word up.

15Feb/110

Working for Smaller Companies Can Pay Off Big

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

As you get closer to graduation and sourcing your first job consider the small company. Employees at large companies stay away from the front doors in June to avoid the stampede of new grads that would flatten them like a herd of wildebeest.  And if you do manage to land a spot you may find yourself one of many, with very defined job duties and little room for growth within the position. Yay.

So consider the small company, the mom and pop, the start-up or the up-start. Do your homework and target the organizations with 50, 25 or even fewer employees.  Why?

2Feb/110

Does It Have to Be X vs Y?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

When I was an advertising recruiter I looked forward to entry level hiring. My agency was smart enough to know that the new ideas and new perspectives of recent graduates were vital to a progressive organization. So I’ve been a little startled in the last few years to watch so called Gen Y being looked at a bit like a new breed of human or exotic zoo animal. “What do we feed them? Can they get wet? What's a Band of Horses?” It’s also discouraging to see so many comments from resentful Gen Xers along the lines of “turn down that damned rock and roll!”

14Jan/110

Creative Ways to Follow Up Without Stalking

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career WorkshopsCreepy Creeperton

So you’ve used your network to meet some great people at your target companies and had some good conversations. Now, how do you stay in touch without just dropping an email now and then with the same old information? You could send flowers or food but that’s just silly and expensive. You could wait by their car but that might become illegal after a while. Better yet, here are a couple of ways you can keep your name in their heads, impress them and learn something yourself.