“Start. If you have not had to look for work for a long time, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Not everything has changed,” said Julie.
· You still need a resume and it still has to look good; but it will never be printed on a piece of paper, so it doesn’t matter how long it is.
· You still need to apply for positions you are qualified for; this is more important than ever, because companies today have no budget for an “I can learn that” candidate.
· DON’T fill your resume with personality words: hard worker, driven, multi-tasker… who isn’t?
· DO save space for words that describe what you can do: “Developed an application through full SDLC including requirements gathering, design, coding, implementation and user testing.”
· DON’T think you have to rely on the major job boards; your online social profiles will help recruiters and hiring managers find you.
According to Julie, “One thing hasn’t changed. If you want to find a job now, the best thing you can do is network, network, network.”
Submitted by Julie Desmond from George Konik Associates.