Job Hunting: Here's
a Few Tips to Help
Write your resume to have these elements:
A. Complete contact information including email and cell phone or pager
B. Summary section OR keywords of skills and tools known
C. Past experiences with most recent employer first
D. Section on education, special courses taken, and military service
E. Honors, awards, and activities/associations with professional societies
Have a spouse or trusted friend and former co-worker or manager critique
your profile. Consider the comments and update your resume accordingly.
For more concise help, see "Resume
Writing 101: Guidelines For Completing, Revising, And Using Your Resume"
Three to six professional references who know your work and work habits.
Past supervisors, team leaders or project managers are best. Co-workers
are ok if you can not use a present manager. Check with all your references
periodically for permission to use their names and to obtain current contact
information. Do not assume all your references are "good references";
ask your reference what they will say about you in response to typical
reference check questions: would they hire you again, what is your best
work habit, your worst work habit, how would they rate you on a scale
of 1-to-10 for getting along with others, would they consider you a productive
employee on a scale of 1-to-10.
Letters of Recommendation
Obtain letters of recommendation from your manager at your most recent
employers. Offer these recommendation letters to all prospective employers
before you are asked. This is a powerful sales tool since someone else
is saying you're worth hiring.
Follow Up Phone
Calls and Letters
It is critical to show interest in the position and to start the process
of having the company get to know you. This is also true when approaching
staffing and placement agencies; they need opportunities to learn about
you and, from time to time, if you are still available.
and Respectful at All Times
Whenever speaking with company representatives either on the phone or
in interviews, treat that person as a hiring manager--they probably can
and will influence a hiring decision on you.
Update Your Software
Skills During Down Times
Companies such as AutoDesk, SolidWorks, ANSYS and others allow the unemployed
access to free software for limited time periods (usually 6 months) to
learn their programs by self study. Inquire at their websites and at authorized
local dealers for assistance. Software certification programs may also
be available for free or at reduced rates through the software company
for those wanting to update their software skills.
Unemployed at Graduation?
In poor job markets, the best approach is to enroll in graduate school.
This allows you to continue working on your career even though you are
unable to land a suitable position. It may also help to improve your track
record since GPAs from a BS program are less important if you have attained
an advanced degree.
Work Toward Certifications
Certifications in IT and engineering show continuous professional advancement.
And that's something employers value. Work towards certifications and
licensures at every opportunity. Fields such as IT and engineering require
extra time (usually at least two hours per day) spent on reading and studying
new techniques and technologies just to stay current. Attaining certifications
is positive proof that you are on the technology track.
Plan to Spend at
Least Six Hours a Day On Your Job Search
Approach a job search as a full time job and work at least 6 hours a day
at marketing and selling yourself. Anything less will not lead to a new
position in a timely manner. Many items must be done to land that new
position...resume updates and multiple resume versions, writing introduction
letters, research into industry companies and unadvertised openings, networking,
finding and utilizing advertised job services, reading and practicing
interviewing techniques, education to update skills, acquiring new certifications,
contacting and arranging references, and of course, talking and writing
to hiring managers.
Tarpoff Moore's president
and owner has written the following articles providing additional in-depth
"Tips and Tricks for
Launching a Successful Job Search"
Advancement Through Off-Hours Research and Teaching "