So, recently, my mom joined the fun “laid off” club- like many of us have been a part of at one point or another in our lives. She had been at her job for 10+ years and is now faced with updating a resume and really learning the whole new world of finding a job. I’ve been helping her (like she has helped me many a time) to “learn the ropes” so to say and have realized how much things have changed, even over the last few years.
First off, there’s now LinkedIn. What is LinkedIn? LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 175 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. Basically, it’s a live and working online resume that allows you to “connect” with people you used to work with and find new opportunities. Now, as many of us LinkedIn users know, it’s for WAY more than just your working resume, but for starters that’s a good place to start. Once you have developed your “working resume” on LinkedIn, you can search for groups aligned with your skills and knowledge to join and network with others, search job postings and read relevant articles. There’s so much you can do on LinkedIn and the options keep on growing.
Then, your resume itself. There are so many things that have changed over the course ofa few years on what’s acceptable and what’s not. Here are just a few of the things that have drastically changed with resume building:
- You limit your resume to only 1 page. As many of us remember, when we were graduating college it was told to us that we needed to have our resume fit into one page. That is no longer the case. You don’t have to try and rework your bullet points and important skills to fit on one page.
- You create an objective. This, too, is no longer necessary to do. Many employers know that you are looking for a job and that is your objective, or else you wouldn’t have applied. Note: removing this also gives you more space in your resume. 🙂
- You list “references available upon request”. Back before LinkedIn and Facebook, candidates listed this to inform potential employers that you can provide them a list of references if they needed them. Now, as you are walking out the door from your interview, or maybe before you’ve even come in, potential employers are searching for you on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google and more.
Finally, it’s the job search itself. Back in the day, you pulled out a paper and looked for a job. Or maybe did some cold calls or went to see a recruiter. Now-a-days there is so much more that you can do just to get out of the gate and search. Here are some things you might consider doing/checking when you start to look for a job:
- Update your resume and cover letter.
- Join LinkedIn, or update your LinkedIn profile
- Reach out to recruiters you have worked with in the past
- Reach out to people in the jobs you want and find out what they did to get there
- Search the sites for current job openings (Obviously this will change by industry, but this gives you a good “starter” list):
- and about a million more that are out there…just google it 🙂
Here are some of the wonderful blogs, articles and more that I have visited in researching skills for my mom that might be useful to you. Check them out as I have not noted all good feedback here in my blog: Divine Caroline, Corn On The Job, AL.com, Tulsa World, Mass Mutual Newsletter, and US News (although if you google any topics on job seeking, job sites, tips on job searching or more you’ll get TONS of results you can read through.)
Share some of your good advice for people who are just entering the “job seeking” world after a long stent at a company.