OBTAINING A JOB: How to Run a Successful Job Search Campaign
Getting a job is a job. Plan a 40-hour work week.
Contents of this Page:
• Prepare your strategy. Target potential employers or door openers in your desired employment
• Prepare a Qualifications / Skills-based Resume, Cover Letter, and Letter Requesting
• Implement the strategy: Send Letters Requesting Informational Interviews (see below),
(Use Job Campaign Sheet below to track progress).
Attempt to have 4 informational interviews per day.
A professional-looking resume which highlights the QUALIFICATIONS, STRENGTHS, SKILLS & ACHIEVEMENTS is necessary to gain the immediate attention of employers who are looking at multiple resumes per day.
Customer Service (Word format) Manufacturing (Word format)
Customer Service (PDF format) Manufacturing (PDF format)
Customer Service2 (Word format) Counselor (Word format)
Customer Service2 (PDF format) Counselor (PDF format)
Teacher 1 (Word format) PC Tech (Word format)
Teacher 1 (PDF format) PC Tech (PDF format)
Design (Construction) (Word format)
Design (Construction) (PDF format)
HEADER: State your name, address, all phone numbers, and email address.
OBJECTIVE: Although you may change the objective to fit the particular job you are pursuing, always have an objective. You won’t get something unless you ask for it, right? Also, it is more powerful to name the company in the Objective if you are applying for a specific position.
QUALIFICATIONS AND STRENGTHS: The purpose of this section is to highlight the skills you were utilizing on past jobs so that your potential employer can see what transferable skills you will utilize to help them in their organization. CUSTOMIZE EACH RESUME: If you are applying for a position from an ad, list your qualifications in your resume in priority order, according to what they are looking for.
Note: Avoid listing too much detailed information about day-to-day duties under former jobs; rather go through your past experiences and ask yourself, "When I was performing those duties, what skill sets and strengths was I exhibiting? What can I offer another employer?"
Important: Be careful not to word these statements in the past tense. These are qualifications and strengths you can share with an employer today.
ACHIEVEMENTS: These are generally measurable results which are in the form of an “improvement," an “increase” in something (productivity, efficiency, sales, work flow, etc.) or in the form of “reduction” or “decrease” in something (costs, incidents, etc.). Place the results in % (percentages) or $ (dollar amounts) where possible. Make sure the percentages or dollar amounts make sense and can be discussed. Also it is better to use 17% instead of round numbers like 20%.
Note: Numbers stop readers' eyes and will therefore get the attention of a potential employer. Go through your past experiences and ask yourself, "What aspects of my former experiences are measurable?
Also: This is a perfect location to state an award received or recognition obtained, i.e. "Recognized by ABC Company for exceptional analysis and calculations on approximately 100 projects." (taken from a design resume).
Breaks in employment: It is always better not to have breaks in employment, although in this economic environment, it is very common. If you have a break in employment, place the date (i.e. month/year - Present) and state activities in which you were engaged. Examples: 1. Advanced Education. ABC Technical School, Electrical installation. 2. Neighborhood Security. Ormewood Park. Developed formal security and neighborhood watch. 3. Internship. Regional Medical Hospital. Volunteered hospice assistant services.
EDUCATION: List most recent education first, followed by less recent education. If you have a degree, list the degree.
Examples: Masters of Business Administration, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Bachelors of Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
SPECIAL TRAINING & SKILLS: You can divide categories (see resume). For example if you have any certifications or special licensing, list them.
List any training you have received.
List any special skills, such as computer software or languages: (if you are bi-lingual or multi-lingual, also incorporate that into your Qualifications and Strengths because many employers are looking for employees who can speak other languages).
INTERESTS: This is another area that shows your uniqueness. Share with the potential employer your particular interests.
REFERENCES: The standard “Available Upon Request” is sufficient. They want to know you are willing to give names/contact information of people who can speak about you.
Sample cover letters Word format
Sample cover letters Adobe PDF format
LETTER REQUESTING INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW:
Sample Letter - Word format Sample Letter - Adobe PDF format
Send letters to targeted employers and door openers in the field in which you want to work. The informational interviews serves several purposes:
• They allow you to interview someone about positions or departments within a company or field. Positive: You are in control of the conversation.
• They allow key people to "see" you actively pursuing your goals, following a planned job campaign, and operating from a point of control. Positive: People are hired when they are "seen". They are also hired by referrals in many cases. At the end of the information, ask "whom do they know" who may be hiring a person with the qualifications and skills that you have. Collect a list of names and ask if he/she would mind if you can use his/her name when contacting the other people. Always follow up with a "thank you."
Note: If they do not have names of people who are hiring, ask, "Whom do you know in the field with whom you recommend my having an informational interview?"
USE JOB CAMPAIGN SHEET TO TRACK CAMPAIGN:
Sample Campaign Sheet - Excel Spreadsheet
Sample Campaign Sheet - Adobe PDF format
Job Banks/Job Postings
Referral network for veterans: National Veterans Foundation: www.nvf.org