Archive for May, 2013

Coming soon to a small screen near you…

May 24, 2013

Resumes!  Thoughts about them, the dos and don’ts, the history and the future….

Sometime this summer,  I’ll be publishing an e-book on resumes.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, some of the content will be familiar to you, only now in a more accessible and updated form.

You’ll be able to download onto your pad or nook or almost anything (the kindle will come a bit later).  So if you are an active user of your resume, that is, a person who is always ready for a new opportunity, or you have a relative, neighbor, or friend in need, watch this space for an exact release date and ordering information.

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Status Updates – always a new opportunity

May 6, 2013

What effective use do you make of the status update in social media?  I’m speaking of that opportunity to let us all know (briefly) that you are still alive.

For an unemployed person, this is a golden opportunity.  I think you should keep telling us you are doing something fascinating with your time.  Try something like this:

  • Just finished an online course in basic proofreading and am ready to tackle a new project.
  • Am currently processing registrations for the regional (…..) conference.  Hope to see you there!
  • Participating on a committee for the neighborhood block party.  We are currently looking for a sign language interpreter for the afternoon.

These statements seem to be vastly preferable to the following, which I often see:

  • I’m unemployed – anyone have any leads for me?
  • Hoping to be in touch with a recruiter in the field of engineering.

What about you?  I’d love to hear about status updates that resulted in someone reaching out to you in a productive way.