Getting Ready


Jan 29, 1996
Getting Ready
Margaret Riley maintains the best single resource for Job Hunting on the Net. It includes tutorials and solid pithy reviews of resources. Check it out at: http://www.wpi.edu/~mfriley/jobguide.html. .

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Jan 27, 1996
Learning Your Industry
People look for jobs for a variety of reasons that span the range from personal growth to desperation. The most effective approach to the hunt is completely dependent on the job searcher's objectives and motives. Success is, most often, a function of personal clarity, timing, persistence and the current demand for your particular skill set.

We're less convinced that the much ballyhooed "Networking" approach is effective. Though it appears to enrich a certain subset of authors of job hunting books and career counselors, we know very few job hunters who actually gained employment through networking. Viable businesses are far too concerned about the EEO implications of networking as a recruiting method to allow it to account for a very large percentage of their hiring.

That leaves the job hunter with persistence, self-promotion, research and personal clarity as the major tools of an extended job hunt. The Web can only help with self-promotion and research.

If you haven't, take the time to review your personal and professional interests using Yahoo. The opening page contains a search engine and a link to instructions for using it effectively. Find the companies and professional organizations in your area. Use the Web to understand their growth and development strategies. Email the people in those companies and associations. Find out if and where they are discussing professional issues online. Join those conversations and contribute. Get to know the industry and you'll find the opportunities.

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Jan 25, 1996
Getting Ready
You're wondering if you should invest the time energy and money in developing an HTML Resume (a "home-page" Resume). Our answer is very definitely and loudly "YES!". But not for the reasons you might think initially. From a job offer/interview perspective, the jury is still out on the effectiveness of HTML Resumes. Soon, they'll be a clear part of the required package for Net based job hunters, but it's just not the case yet.

So, why invest the time? Several reasons, actually. You need resume writing practice. For most, each opportunity is going to require a reworking of your credentials package. The more practice you have at writing and rewriting your material, the more ready you'll be to tailor it when required. Often, you'll have between two hours and and a couple of days to reorient your presentation to the specifics of the opportunity. Being good at rewriting requires practice. An HTML Resume is another chance for rehearsal.

Second, HTML is much easier to learn than you might think. Overcoming the technophobia that surrounds a new technical skill is a great way to loosen yourself up for the adaptive challenges you'll face in the job search and on the new job.

Finally, HTML skills are in high demand, currently. You might just find that you enjoy working with markup languages. Having put your own page together is one more credential for your resume that demonstrates your ability to stay current. The Web is full of helpful resources. For Starters, you might try Automated Homepage Creation (paste your resume into the text portion). A Crash Course in HTML is another great place to start. Yahoo is a gold mine of resources including as section of Guides and Tutorials and an extensive listing of HTML Editors (tools that assist you in web page development).

Jan 13, 1996
Getting Ready
Get a spell checker and a grammar checker. Use them.

Jan 12, 1996
Getting Ready
Don't buy the myth that the only jobs available on-line are for technical people. Our favorite example is the TruckDrivers Job Directory. Check out the Specialties section of our Tools list for a sene of the broad array of possibilities in an online job hunt.

Jan 10, 1996
Getting Ready
As good as they look, your faxes are liable to be read by a computer first. This means that you need to limit yourself to widely recognized fonts and to keep your material no smaller than 12 points. Widely recognized fonts include Times and Helvetica.

Jan 09, 1996
Getting Ready
Faxes are cheaper than mail and email is virtually (no pun intended) free. But, if you are going to use either, make sure that you know exactly what the output looks like on the other end. Assuming that you are using a fax-modem to send you faxes, this means finding a friend with a "real" fax. Send a couple of copies and make sure that you're happy with the results.

Email is a different matter. The only way to control the look of emailed resumes and cover letters is by limiting yourself to no more than 50 characters per line.

Jan 08, 1996
Getting Ready
Prepare for a long search. Recent estimates are that you will spend somewhere between 6 weeks and 6 months finding your next position. This means that Rejection will be your constant companion.

Try to imagine that you are a product in the hands of a direct marketing firm. Those folks are happy with "hit" rates of about 1.5%. With those percentages in mind you can expect one or two responses for every 100 resumes you send out. Your competition is using email and mass faxes to get attention.

Jan 07, 1996
Required Tools
You wouldn't skimp on the clothing that you wear to your interview or the paper you put your Resume on, would you? Don't skimp on your access to the Net. To realize the full value of the Net as a jobsearch tool, you need to have the latest copy of Netscape running on your machine. Period.

You'd be smart to install a seperate phone line and get the fastest modem you can find.


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