When the economy is slow and you’re looking for a job you may be tempted to rely solely on your network — people you know, or better, people who know you. But as part of your strategy you need to learn to master the cold call or email. It could make all the difference in your job search.
When you are searching for a job, you need to stand out. And you will be fighting with really qualified people for the best jobs. Employers are in the driver’s seat, especially when it comes to candidates who are just out of university. They know you want experience, a leg up. And they know that you are desperate to get it.
Photo by Devi Nath If your CV were a Carnival masquerader, it should be Xerxes from the band YUMA. Here’s why: the character portrayed by Kamel Ali from Arouca is both memorable and believable.
It’s the morning after. You rub your eyes with one hand, reach for your phone with the other and wince. Your feet — your poor, overworked feet shouldn’t be asked for more favours after two days on the road.
Cable TV ended my university education — as a Lit major with a thing for movies. One night in March 2002, a scene played out on the Sharp 20” in my one-bedroom apartment on Hutton Road: detectives thumbed through a high-school yearbook searching for their man — my burning bush nudge to drop out of UWI and start my own yearbook company.
Take a look at your résumé. Looks impressive to you, does it? Where’s your career story? What about your achievements and accomplishments in previous jobs? Do they include quantifiable metrics? Does your résumé say that you increased sales, or does it say that you increased sales by 15 percent? Does it include the keywords used by the employer in the job posting?
So your reworked résumé looks great, you’ve written a persuasive cover letter, and you’re ready to send out job applications. Everything’s ready and organised, right? Wrong. Your work’s not done yet. You’ve neglected a key part of the puzzle: What does your social media presence look like?
Think your cover letter game is up to par? You may want to re-evaluate that.
We regret to announce the death of the media business as you know it. You can stop sending your half-baked résumés to the Express now.
Maybe you’ve gotten a lot of sage advice from the so-called “adults” in your life about what you should be doing with your career. Or maybe you haven’t.