When I wrote my first resume back In the 80s, things were much different. Resumes were written with broad objectives, with content that was comprehensive and generic in focus, and everything was included—just in case. Overall, my resume was all about me and was designed to cover a wide range of employers and potential opportunities.
Whether your thing is video games, sports, or board games, every good gamer knows it takes effort and persistence to take your game to the next level. The same goes for interviewing; it is a skill that requires thought, preparation, and strategy to level up.
“Network, network, network” is a common career-building directive given to first-time job hunters and seasoned professionals alike. It is impossible to browse career blogs and business advice columns without being reminded of the importance of networking for success.
Job Fairs and recruitment events are great ways to connect with career opportunities but your efforts shouldn’t stop when you remove your name tag and head back to your car. Statistically speaking, recruiters say an average of 10-15 percent of career fair attendees will move forward in the application process. Here are some simple “after” strategies to make the most of the events and increase your chances of success:
People use LinkedIn to connect, stay informed, and get hired—yes, I did say get HIRED! LinkedIn Relationship Managers Shannon Burke and Brittney Bentley recently presented at UMUC, and they shared that ninety-four percent of professional recruiters reported using LinkedIn to source candidates.
For every major, interest, or talent there is a federal job opportunity. There are more than 2,000 different job categories within the federal government at 15 cabinet- level agencies, 20 large agencies, and 80 small agencies. There are more than 280 federal agencies. Contrary to what many people might assume, federal positions are NOT only for those in the greater Washington D.C. area. Great opportunities exist across the nation and across the world. Some background work can help you identify the government opportunity that fits you best.
I often see the reluctance in job seekers’ eyes when I tell them they need to network. For many, it may conjure up unpleasant images of insurance salesman shoving his business card at people during a Chamber of Commerce mixer. They may imagine uncomfortable rooms filled with uncomfortable people and worse yet, having to approach total strangers. If that’s what you think, then it is time to change your view of networking!