Congratulations to Elizabeth, who recently got a new position! She agreed to be interviewed.
What is your new position and what company?
“Application Systems Analyst for Peacehealth Laboratories, Springfield, OR”
What service/coaching advice helped you the most?
“Resume writing – I had no idea just how much had changed since I last updated my resume. It was no longer a buyers market and it was time to change. Also, LinkedIn and online networking was foreign to me. Learning how to make connections with people who can get my resume on the hiring manager’s desk was a much needed skill. Though still difficult, I learned that I could do it.”
What tips/advice do you have for other jobseekers out there?
“Update your resume, it should be written with the right audience in mind. Understand that you’re one of many and it’s the job of a recruiter to weed out the undesirables. Don’t be one of them! Your resume should quickly “tick the boxes” for the recruiter. It’s no longer about what you can do, but what the employers are looking for. It’s important to quantify you successes as well as highlight skills that fit the employer’s needs. Also, don’t just apply for a job, but learn how to get your resume in front of the hiring manager. It’s not a simple as submitting an application, but rather it may take a few steps. Learn how to use your online connections.”
Networking ideas: what worked for you?
“My first step was updating my LinkedIn page to be 100% complete. Providing information that others would search for when seeking an employee. And secondly, getting recommendations from people who could make a difference, not just colleagues, but my managers who could attest to my specific skills.”
What is one thing you wish you knew or had been told at the beginning of your job search?
“I blindly sent in resumes/applications for several positions I really would have loved. I wish I had known how to ensure that my resume was put in front of the right people, by having an attention getting resume and someone to help get it there.”
Congratulations Elizabeth, and thanks for sharing your success story!
(Do you have a success story to share? Please let me know, I’d love to feature you here!)