Monday, February 11, 2008

Give Me Five Monday *Job Hunt*

My friend Becca started a new Monday meme called Give Me Five Monday. The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, she will put out a random topic from her list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back to her! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified. Go over to BeccA's Buzz and check it out!

This weeks topic is:
Give Me Five hints, tips, tricks, advice or any other stories related to resumes or succeeding in the great job hunt!

Well, considering my fight to avoid depression right now due to the fact that I am not earning enough of an income, I probably shouldn't be giving out any advice. So, I'll make this another short, sweet, and to-the-point Give Me Five post.

1. Do not be afraid to 'brag' about yourself. Usually, you don't want to sound too full-of-yourself. However, when attempting a get a job, you need to point out your abilities and strong suits, along with any major accomplishments.

2. Do not claim to know or be able to do things that you don't. If you claim to have abilities that you don't have, and you get hired, you will be faced with bad consequences when you are expected to be able to complete those tasks. Instead, be honest. State that you don't have experience performing that task, but that you are a fast learner and would enjoy learning new skills. As usual, honesty is the best policy.

3. If you are experienced in more than one field of employment, have more than one resume, so that you will have a resume geared towards each specific field.

4. Make connections. If you are attempting to break into a new field, network with people who are experienced in that field. Make connections and gain experience, knowledge, and references.

5. Don't be afraid to ask. If you are speaking with someone whom you would like to work for or feel that you could be an asset to that person, go ahead and ask if they are hiring or would be interested in the services you offer. If you don't ask, you'll never know.

9 comments:

BeccaGirl

I love it, this is fantastic advice! I, much like you, have suffered much anguish over the fact that I don't bring in enough income. I feel like I've wasted so much time not getting paid enough and this is my primary motivation behind the search for better employment! I'm so happy you are praying about your strife about it, you just have to stop picking back up with you when you are done praying! Give it to God and leave it there! He wants to help you in every way, you just have to let Him. If you say, "Lord, I am giving this new job thing to you, I know you know my needs, Lord bring me opportunities that will suit my qualifications and income." But if you end that prayer and then later on begin to stress and obsess about it, you are not allowing God to take care of it and could be showing him how weak your faith in him is that you don't think he can/will get it done. Anyway...enough preaching :) I just don't like to hear anyone being upset when I know there's hope in God!!! Great list, Misty Dawn!! Thank you for sharing, I appreciate learning from other's knowledge!

Stacey

Great advice! I'm sitting this week's Give Me 5 out, cuz I obviously don't have a clue since I can't find myself a job! *sigh* But hopefully I can pick up some cool tricks from others!

The Gal Herself

Our first two are almost identical! Probably because we're both such brilliant women, right?

The Gal Herself

Our first two are almost identical! Probably because we're both such brilliant women, right?

Skittles

I passed on doing this this week. My job is to... well.. you know :P

bundle-o-contradictions

I didn't play this time, the topic didn't quite grab me & it seems that I "don't play by the rules." Very valuable tips! :)

Sandee (Comedy +)

Excellent advice. I too mentioned the resume matching the position. Very well done. Have a great GM5. :)

forgetfulone

#2 is great advice!

Tammy

i love Skittles comment!!! hehehe!!!

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