Post #4 – Complete the CIRCLE and Expect Serious Career Results
As we conclude our blog series today, we want to take a moment to offer one more bit of advice on how to make the most of your time spent on the hunt for a job. Whether you’ve been at it for months and months or have only just begun, there is no reason to further prolong your job search. Make today the day that you’re going to get your ducks in a row and get serious about chasing your career dream!
Regardless of what type of job you are seeking or where you plan to fall on the salary scale, the job search basics still apply. There are a few key items that should be highest on your checklist, the main ingredients for stirring up the greatest chance at success for your career advancement.
While some of the items that make up this acronym are obvious and may already be in play for you, not everyone understands the significance of each piece of this CIRCLE. So, take a minute to check out why adhering to this CIRCLE of career advice will help you to boldly stand out among your peers…
C… Confidence. Until you fully believe in yourself and in the words that your experience speaks about your potential as a powerhouse of a job candidate, then you’re not fully ready to chase after the big job you want. You have to search yourself and find confidence in who you are and what you can and will bring to the table.
I… Interview prep. This is essential and often overlooked. The older job seekers think they’ve weathered enough interviews before and need no further instruction, while the younger job seekers are fresh off of the latest textbooks regarding interviewing skills. Regardless of where you fall in the mix, there is no one who couldn’t benefit from a little time spent preparing for the big interview. Each new company you explore has a different method of operations, which should be understood so that the right questions can be asked.
R… Resume. This, of course, is of utmost importance. Your resume is often the first thing that connects you to the hiring manager. In just a matter of seconds, you will be either be moved to the top of the consideration list or disregarded altogether, so having a top-notch resume is a vital part of your job search.
C… Cover letter. Drafting a proper cover letter is something to which most people just devote a few second’s thought. This letter is not the equivalent of your resume but does, in fact, carry great clout when it comes to separating you out from the common job candidate. This letter is an intro as to who you are and what you might bring into this new position, so it needs to be detailed and concise.
L… LinkedIn profile. In a world where we are weighed and judged online before we ever get the chance to represent ourselves face-to-face, it’s important to understand the powerful presence of a solid LinkedIn profile. Your profile must be consistently maintained in a thorough and professional manner, leaving no holes for potential communication and no question as to what type of reputation you have in your specific career field.
E… Expert advice. You can throw these other pieces together and make the most of your job search experience, but adding the advice of qualified experts into the mix will greatly increase your chances of landing that interview you’ve only dreamt of until now. Seeking the help of a professional in the career field is not a sign of weakness but of wisdom, the realization that you want to reach higher than you can climb on your own and will gratefully welcome some help along the journey.
Give Platinum Resumes a call today at 816.986.0909 and allow us to extend our expert advice so that this CIRCLE you’ve completed can gain you the job you so deserve!