Advice For Job Seekers
March 10, 2009 at 5:23 AM (PT)
With layoffs a regular occurance in our industry -- including more at EMMIS/LOS ANGELES YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 3/9) and across AMERICA in general, ABOUT.COM's ALISON DOYLE had updated her "Job Search Toolkit." There's pleanty of good advice to keep in mind, especially if you're applying for a position outside the radio and music business -- which traditionally isn't as conservative as the rest of corporate AMERICA. She writes:
"I haven't received an e-mail yet from firstname.lastname@example.org asking for job search help. However, some of the e-mail addresses used by people who write to me for help finding jobs are slightly less than professional. The same holds true for voicemail messages. I've listened to some messages, that never should have been heard by a potential employer, from people calling to arrange an interview. The first impression you give an employer is the most important one. That first impression includes e-mail, phone, fax and other electronic communications, as well as your resume and cover letter. If you have a bizarre voicemail message the caller might decide not to leave a message. A wacky e-mail address could get your message, and your resume, into the trash mailbox.
Instant Message Screen Name
If you're using an Instant Messenger service for networking or job searching, make sure your Screen Name sounds professional.
Don't use acronyms (like u for you or TTYL for talk to you later) when communicating by e-mail. It's not professional. All your employment-related communications should be as professional (and proofread) as the letters you send on paper.
Answering Machine or Voicemail
If your telephone service provider doesn't have voicemail that will pick up if the line is busy, consider an Internet answering machine to field calls while you're out, on the phone, or online.
When sending paper resumes and cover letters, use good quality paper in a traditional color. White or beige is best. I wasn't impressed with the resume I received on hot pink paper or the bright green one.
Your resume needs to include contact information as well as work history and skills. Proof your resume to verify the phone number, e-mail address and other information is accurate. I've had situations where I wasn't able to reach candidates because there was a typo in a phone number.
Keeping track of where you've sent your resume, who you've networked with, and when you are going to follow-up is important. Broadcasting hundreds of resumes isn't going to do you any good if you can't remember where you sent them. Set up a directory on your hard drive for job searching and include copies of all the cover letters you send. That way you'll be prepared when you're called for an interview. Also set up a folder for job searching in your e-mail, so you can track e-mail inquiries you send as well as responses from employers. Use an appointment book, notebook or online organizer to keep track of interviews and follow-up email messages and phone calls you'll need to make.
I might be considered old-fashion by some, but, I like to keep track the old-fashioned way -- by writing things down. If you are so inclined, consider using a notebook to keep track of your job searching applications, resumes sent, follow-up calls you need to make, and most of all, your progress towards job hunting success.
It's a web-based world out there. Don't forget to update your website (if you have one), and any social networking sites you may belong to, like FACEBOOK, LINKED-IN and MYSPACE.
Update Your Info On All Access
And finally, don't forget to update your ALL ACCESS INDUSTRY DIRECTORY information! Make it easy for people to find you. If you have changes to submit, e-mail Directory Guru PAUL CARTELLONE at email@example.com.