Job Search TIPS & Resumes

 

Engage in “The Process of Finding Finding The Position" for You!

Several IMPORTANT steps:

1. Prepare an impressive “1.5 page” Resume complete ready to go (with 3 to 5 references). Make it look different than others. You want people to look at it and think, “we need to hire this person!” Brag a bit BUT tell the truth. Request the template in MSWord from Bob@ArtfulAskers.com along with several worksheets to help you! It should include:
Page 1: Your Contact Information; a Profie or Highlight Statement; 5 to 7 Highlights of Qualifications statements about you; and three-quarters of a page of your Skills and Abilities (3 or 4 areas of desirability for you/the job).
Page 2: Your Education and Training; Community Involvement and Activities; Your Work History (job title, organization, city, state, start/end year).
Page 3: Reference Page with 3 to 5 FULL entries (ask their permission and give copy when done).

2. Identify prospective situations and/or job openings that you are interested in. NOT just advertised BUT what would you really like to do? NOT just history statements—but what are your skills and abilities?

3. Make a full-time job of finding a job (2 or 3 days per week). Also, volunteer 1 to 2 days per week (employers hire people who work through referrals). At the same time, give your references two copies of your Resume; ask them to share it.

4. Always have copies of a Cover Letter and Resume updated ready to use.

5. Dress appropriate for the job as you drop off Cover Letter and Resume to prospective employer. Go expecting to start work that day (be open to it)!

6. Hand deliver a Cover Letter and Resume if possible. Fill out their materials, too, if required. Print legibly. Get the name of contact person you speak to/write thank you. NEVER fold whether hand-delivered or mailed!

7. Immediately write Thank You note to contact person in blue ink!

8. Wait 7 to 10 days and return to check on your application asking respectfully and kindly for the same person. Yes, even though you fill out their application, still leave a copy of your resume. Write Thank You each time. Repeat up to 3 times but don’t outwear your welcome. . .

Especially write the Thank You after an interview whether you get the job or not. Every step of your search should incorporate the relationship qualities on the following page including, “respect, honor, and dignity in the way you treat people in your search, etc.

MOST job offers are a result of having first- and/or second-generation relationships. The “process" MOST OFTEN starts with rejection so learn to write Thank You notes. For more sample resumes, request the Free newly updated Resume Guide of Bob@ArtfulAskers.com. “The ‘Process of Finding a Job’ most often starts with a rejection. . . Learn to write Thank you notes to prospective employers to build positive relationships.”

Compiled from, “Skill-Based Resume—A “New Style” by Robert J. Vickers
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“Connection” and/or “Relationship” Applied in Finding The Position

• "The great problems of the age, international, national and corporate, have to do with the relationships of people. One must be skilled in getting along with others."  Robert N. Hilkert

• Definition: “A particular connection between people who deal with each other; a continuing attachment or association between individuals or members of a group.” Further, relationship can be defined as, “the way in which one person and/or thing is related to another: a similarity, correspondence, or a contrast between people, situations, and/or things.” Think connections first, then relationships. There are horizontal relationship-building essentials–interpersonal qualities that transform relationships. These concepts apply to ALL RELATIONSHIPS– including with prospective employers.

• If relationships exist AT ALL TIMES and in EVERYTHING and are so important, why don't we give more attention to the principles that make them successful? Why don’t we put MORE effort into making them work better?

• THE Key to Success in EVERYTHING is Relationship. Extrapolated from Scripture, the following MUST be present and growing in all horizontal relationships. The following are the Key Ingredients for Successful Relationships. . . Seek to incorporate these skills and qualities into your resume and job search (and life!). It will make a difference!


R  espect, Honor, and Dignity: Treat everyone as equal. Acknowledge and respect differences. Reverence, admiration.
 
E  xpressions of Encouragement: Look for positive, best in people and build them! Define, illustrate, explain benefit to You/others and express–verbally and in writing. All are born with courage–influence with “en” NOT “dis.” Be gentle.
 
L  isten and Acknowledge Positions: You have 2 ears and 1 mouth–listen twice as much. Keep mouth quiet, ears open, seek understanding. Acknowledge positions. Be proactive. Don’t “prepare to respond” as someone is talking.
 
A  ppreciate and Affirm: Be kind. Speak positive, building words. Address people by name/character–be expressive. BE salt and Light. And SHOW it! Speak 7-12 positive for every negative spoken. Speak less negative or more positive.
 
T  rust (In Spite of and Through Brokenness): Have faith in others. Choose to trust. We all have excuses not to. Trust.

I  ntegrity MUST be Present: NOT perfection–integrity. Honesty. Do what is right/good. Build NOT tear down. Hold to beliefs. Be consistent. Their name, your name, their need? Do all things in love. Seek perfection but in weakness. . . "What you do is what you believe. Everything else is a bunch of talk."

O  rder and Deliberate Actions: Have a plan. Own responsibility for your actions/your plan. Creating structure helps, assures, and empowers everyone equally. Be predictable. Be dependable. Be stable. Be “real.”

N  urture and Seek to Understand: Listen and actively seek common ground and understanding with respect/dignity–Believe. Build. Actively engage with others positively where all can “win.” Seek to be sensitive and tender.
 
S  ynergy and Self-Less Orientation: Place importance on others/common benefit. We can accomplish more together than what we can accomplish alone. Work together and co-labor in love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, self-control. Be considerate of all people. Love others as yourself. Always seek to build.
 
H  ope and Faith: Look to future. Spouse, family, legacy, or Higher Power. Direct people to “HOPE” in something.The Only TRUE Hope: Creating REAL Hope. With actions–NOT just words.
 
I  deals and Integrity in Journey: Be bold--take a stand. Personal responsibility. Stand true to your values and beliefs. Are you predictable? Consistent? Dependable? Reliable? Pursuing integrity? Again, “do all things in love.”
 
P  ardon, Grace and Mercy, and Peace: Grace covers a multitude of sin! Forgiveness releases life. Give. Bless. Be a blessing. Giving IS receiving. 1. Truth, and 2. Grace. Be loving in every circumstance–even difficult ones.