Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Making It Look Easy

A trio of links that show how you can look easy and relaxed, although it takes a lot of work. Nobody's going to hire you if you let them see you sweat.

The blogosphere is cluttered with advice. Here's a refreshingly simple focus: "The Two Most Helpful Pieces of Resume Advice I Ever Received." What I like about this article is that it doesn't say these bits of advice are easy to implement. In fact, just the opposite: it suggests that getting to simple is difficult process full of crossing stuff out, thinking it over again, and distilling the essence of your resume into a crystal clear focus.

Okay, "Getting the Most from Career Fairs... Without Squishy Balls" does not have any "NSFW" (not safe for work... obscene) material. However, it is written with a jaunty sense of humor. It's a step by step primer for how to make your experience at a career fair less of a deer-in-the-headlights experience. Make it easier for a prospective employer to see the Talented You (rather than being overpowered by the fear pheromones oozing from your sweaty pores) at the massive cattle-call Career Fairs upcoming.

Unless you are applying for an academic job, nobody is going to hire you because you gave a whiz-bang paper at Dr. Collington's senior seminar Shakespeare Conference. This article on "Transferable Skills" gives you some language from the parallel world of business, showing how the skills you demonstrated at last Tuesday's event can be translated into stuff a prospective employer can appreciate.

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