Saturday, December 31, 2005

Looking Forward to 2006


Happy New Year! The start of a new year can be a time of reflection on the past year, reviewing not only our successes but also the things that perhaps we didn't accomplish. For many people, this involves their career and may result in determining that it is time to make a change. Whether you are looking for a new job in your current field, or considering changing the direction of your career, this is a great time to do it.

The beginning of the year is a time when companies are ready to make changes too and are often considering adding additional personnel. If you haven't updated your resume in a while, do it now and start exploring what exciting new opportunities might be waiting for you. A great place to start is on some of the larger career boards. Search using some keywords of things you enjoy or would like to do and see what jobs are available in those fields. It's a great source for ideas, particularly if you're looking for a new challenge.

Have a wonderful 2006!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Make it Easy to be Contacted

It’s almost the beginning of another new year and for many people that means they are considering a new job as well.

Here are four quick tips to make it easier for companies to contact you after they’ve received your resume:


  • Include your contact information in the body of your resume. If you use a header for this information, many automated databases do not extract the information correctly. This means an extra step for the person who wants to contact you as they go back through your information manually to find your email or phone number.

  • Include your contact information in your signature of every email. Even if you aren’t sending a full cover letter with your resume, put your email and phone number into your signature.

  • Include alternate ways to be contacted. If you have a cell phone, a home phone and a business phone (and are comfortable being called at work), include them all. In the last paragraph of your cover letter, mention times that are good to reach you.

  • Make sure your answering machine and/or voice mail is working. When you’re looking for a new job, make sure your outgoing message is professional as well. This is the first impression your potential new employer will have of you.

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