Hired! Do your Homework, Land A Job
From CNN Money
In these challenging times, losing your job does not always lead to long-term unemployment. When David Hudson was laid off from his computer programming job, he sharpened his skills, did his due diligence and took full advantage of the resources available to him. "I put myself in the place of the employer," he explained. "What would the employer be looking for, what would catch their eye?"
For starters, Hudson researched the key words and phrases that hiring managers were looking for now, like "computer programmer," instead of the more outdated "IT professional," and described himself accordingly on his resume. It worked. Hudson received 20 to 30 calls from his resume alone. As for networking, he reached out to his friends and former managers, joined LinkedIn and his college alumni association.
One of the employers that contacted him early in his search hired him. Our career experts agree that Hudson can credit his success to his analytic approach to the job search. Like Hudson, job seekers need to sell themselves to potential employers. That means getting up to speed on relevant skills in demand, finding contacts with the company and putting your best foot forward at the interview.
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