“Résumés. It’s really important to make sure your résumé is up-to-date and has the current information – including your valid email address – so that employers are able to contact you in the event they are interested in looking at you for potential employment. So please, please, please make sure that your résumés are up-to-date.”
– Heather Morrison, lead facilitator at Goodwill of North Georgia’s East Athens career center
For more job tips like Heather’s, tune in weekly to The Good Works Show or check out the podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/thegoodworksshow/northern-star-cobb-works-032616.
Good Works Show guest Mandy Williams, founder and executive director of Northern Star Independent Transitional Living, offers listeners a leadership tip for finding a job they love. “Follow your dreams,” she says. “If you are passionate about something, stick with it. Ask for help. Learn all you can.”
What if you know what you like, but aren’t sure of your passion? Here are some tips to pinpoint your dream job:
- Think about who you admire. Professionals, family members, community leaders. What are they doing? Maybe you admire them because they are doing what you want to do. And, if their path doesn’t exactly align with your wants, you can at least look to them for advice on how they got to where they are.
- Evaluate what you spend your time on outside of work. What you do after the 9-5 is often the most important to you. Can you turn that into a job or career?
- Forget the money. Sure, paying the bills is important. Passion work, though, is about what you would do if money was no object. Try to leave the money part out of the initial search for the right path.
- Make a list of deal breakers. What don’t you want to do? What is a work environment that you couldn’t handle? Sometimes gauging what you don’t like will lead you to something you do.
- Do your research. Read biographies of established leaders and learn how they got to their position. Check out professional development books like What Color is Your Parachute? Peruse career and lifestyle websites like Levo League (www.levo.com) and Clarity on Fire (www.clarityonfire.com).
Catch this episode’s podcast to hear more from Mandy Williams.
As heard on The Good Works Show, Employment Specialist Shay Marlowe shares a job tip for those looking for a new job or a better one:
“Never underestimate the power of volunteering. Not only can it enhance your resume, but it can show an employer that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job.”
For weekly job tips and more information on the organizations at work in metro Atlanta, tune in to The Good Work Show Saturdays at noon on News Radio 106.7 FM.
When job hunting don’t forget your ABCs.
A: Apply, over the internet, in person, or by phone
B: Be bold and try nontraditional ideas
C: Choose a career path that gives you long term options
~Cheryl Lockhart, Employment Specialist at Goodwill of North Georgia
Be straightforward when promoting yourself to a potential employer. Don’t expect someone to piece together all of the information you’ve given them about your skills and experience and try to figure out whether you’re a good fit for the job. When developing your resume or cover letter, be sure to connect all of the dots for the hiring manager and make a clear and convincing and straightforward case for why they should hire you. There are no rewards for subtlety in the job search process.
~ Joanna Carabello, special projects coordinator at Goodwill of North Georgia.