How to land a good career
Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013
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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the scenarios that led me to start this blog was our quest for financial stability. As a recent graduate looking for strong work experience, I struggled to find a permanent job at the beginning of our marriage. Although not a college graduate, Robert was in the same situation when he returned to Charlotte from Lumberton. Weve been fortunate enough to find full time jobs now and are both working towards career advancement and more education. Even as our lives begin to find stability, the path weve taken has never left us. I know that in this economy, our story matches that of so many other newlyweds. The job market is getting better, but its still a competition out there.
As someone who has gone through the job hunting process, as well as met with countless career coaches, I want to share the best career seeking tips Ive received. If youre looking for that perfect full-time job, keep a few of these tips in mind:
- Tailor your resume to fit every position you apply for and dont send a generic copy to each job listing. Each opportunity is looking for different strengths, so make sure when you send your resume to a certain position, you highlight the strengths that company is looking for.- Dont be afraid to seek advice on your resume. A second pair of eyes can remind you of actions youve performed that youd forgotten about. I just recently applied for a supervisor position at my job, and when I sat down with my own supervisor, she asked probing questions that sparked a lot of forgotten experiences.- Try to keep your resume at a page. As a writer, this is the toughest tip Ive had to follow, but I have been told countless times that employers do not want to see wordy resumes. With hundreds of applicants, they want to be able to skim your resume to see if youre qualified. Keep your resume to a page and be concise with your experience and achievements.- When it comes time to interview for a position, set up a few practice positions you feel the hiring staff may ask. I do this is by looking at the job listing and deciding how I meet the requirements. Ill take details like must be able to meet deadlines and must be able to multi-task and think of ways Ive demonstrated these strengths in the past. Some of the most popular questions also include tell me about yourself, where do you see yourself in five years, and what attracts you to the position. - Remember to be confident and stay positive! While this may seem like the most obvious tip, its so easy to let nerves get the best of you during an interview. Its just as easy to let rejection get you down (as youve read me post here before). Just remember that every interview is practice and eventually the right job will come along. It took me two and a half years to find my position with Carolina Bride and finding the right fit was well worth the wait.
Good luck with your search!
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