Job Search Tips
Job search expert Michael Farr gives great tips to help you succeed.
One of the leading experts is Michael Farr when it comes to information on writing resumes, cover letters, and interviewing. With 25 years of experience, he has several common sense, easy to follow how-to books to guide any job seeker to a successful outcome. Most libraries carry his books, so if money is tight, you don’t have to spend a dime preparing yourself for the workforce. Below, I’ve picked a few of his tips from The Resume and Cover Letter Book (Fifth Edition, 2011) to pass along to you:
- Usually you won’t need a resume for an entry level job, trade work, or unskilled position. Those jobs require applications.
- Fill gaps on a resume by including any “self employment”–ways you earned income during the summer or breaks. For example: mowing lawns, dog walking, lifeguard at the beach, etc.
- Don’t use a chronological resume which emphasizes lack of experience. Instead, use a skills resume. [He has great examples in his book of several types of resumes].
Here are a few reminders from me:
1.) Volunteer and internship work is valuable! You gain skills, experience, networking opportunities, references, and could possibly get hired. That work should be put on your resume. These opportunities can also fill gaps in employment too.
2.) Small businesses in the U.S. employ the most people and many are hiring in several areas. A number of large companies are not, some are laying off thousands of workers. If you haven’t focused on small businesses, do consider them in your job search.
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