Alesia Benedict who is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com. As you may have guessed, I’m taking her great tips in regards to job search milestones and sharing them with you!. These are all milestones I have written at length about myself but it never hurts to get an experts opinion.
Alesia thinks that there are five major milestones one must achieve during a job search. It all begins with identifying your target companies, followed by tailoring your resume and cover letter, “Emphasize skills and accomplishments in your resume that align with corporate needs. A slight adjustment may be all that is necessary to present yourself as the perfect candidate. Don’t rely on references to float your resume to the top of the pile. The cover letter and resume must stand on the merits of your experience, skills, and potential for contributions to the company’s bottom-line.”
Step three is to follow up after an interview. Alesia talks about several ways to do so, “When you follow up, remember to use a number of different strategies. Traditional thank-you letters and e-mails can both be appropriate. When managing group interview situations, you may prefer to use email and a brief phone message to keep your name and credentials fresh in the mind of each interviewer. You will also want to follow up with the initial contact person for your cover letter.”
As I’ve said before, it’s important to keep going. No matter how well an interview may have gone, you have to keep looking. You are only done when you have an offer in your hand. Alesia’s advice seems to be on par with my advice. “Even after the interview, keep in contact with your network and maintain your job search efforts. Part of the challenge in current job searches is how protracted the process has become in a tight job market. Think of the process as a marathon and pace yourself.”
And last but not least, you have to maintain a good record of your applications. Make sure you have a way to keep track of the jobs you have applied for, the ones you are interviewing for and ones you were rejected from.
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