Conducting an Agile Job Search
Adopting an agile mindset and engineering approach to your job search enables you to be flexible and effective in achieving results. Use an iterative process to design, build, test, evaluate, and improve your job search effectiveness.
Apply the 5 Steps of the Iterative Process Model to Your Job Search
Realize that some aspects of your job search are out of your control such as how long it takes the company to go from recruiting to interviewing to extending an offer, but there are best practices for follow-up communications in each of these situations.
Please remember how important collaboration is to your job search success. Surround yourself with a small support team. Do you have a trusted friend who is a great networker, a person who has interviewed and hired people in your industry, or a person who is an expert negotiator?
Hiring a career coach to guide you through analyzing your strengths, gaining career clarity, providing you with appropriate resources, and helping you implement new ideas, test the results, and reduce risks can save you time and effort in your job search. If you are unemployed or underemployed, assessing and adapting your job search activities is especially important, because each week that you are out of work, or working for less than you are worth, costs you money.
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First impressions are everything! Are you using a Microsoft Word résumé template to stand out?
If so, you probably just look like the rest of the résumés a hiring manager or recruiter sees day-in and day-out.
At Written by a Pro, we have one design rule: No cookie-cutter résumés that lack originality or distinction.
A certified professional résumé writer will support you in developing your résumés (yes, I said résumés – plural). A one-size-fits-all résumé will not generate interviews. It must be tailored to the job opportunity and the targeted company.
Make sure your resume is uniquely you!
A personalized résumé may include some of the following elements:
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I am often asked questions from job seekers searching for ways to differentiate themselves:
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Together we will be able to determine the ROI you will provide a new employer, and answer these important questions:
These questions will help us create the perfect résumé for your dream job, so it’s clear why you are the most qualified candidate.
Remember: An unfocused or generic resume is not beneficial to an employer or recruiter. It does not provide any unique value to answer why you are the perfect candidate.
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Recruiters report receiving more than 200 applicants within 24 hours of a job being posted online. Within a week, that number can rise significantly.
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If you are one of the 38.6 Million who Have Filed For Unemployment Since March, you know the stress and challenges that come with navigating a job search during a pandemic.
Who is hiring? How do I make my resume stand out and get recognized? How do I address gaps in employment?
As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), these are concerns I hear firsthand from executives and mid-career professionals who haven't conducted a job search in a long time. Or maybe, you’re a pro at writing but don’t know how to handle the gaps, furloughs, or layoffs that the COVID-19 economy has brought you.
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Whatever your unique circumstances, now more than ever, having a certified professional help you create your résumé and coach you through your job search will set you up for success!
Top Healthcare Job Boards
Leading job boards for biotechnology and healthcare professionals include:
Health Career Job Site
Healthcare Careers 2018
When you find a job opportunity that interests you, apply online, but don't stop there. Go online at LinkedIn.com and search for people who work inside the organization. Reach out to set up an informational interview to discover what it is like to work for the healthcare provider.
Another strategy is to use Google Maps to find healthcare providers within a 25-mile radius of where you live. Make a list of companies that interest you. Visit the company's website and apply directly.
Our specialty is writing for people who work as healthcare executives and hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals as well as biotechnology and healthcare information technology professionals.
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Like a jigsaw puzzle, today's job search has many pieces. Conducting an effective online search is one of those pieces. Today, Mission Possible HQ shares an article from the New York Times with tips for job hunting in the digital age. Remember, people (not computers) hire people. How are you using social media to connect with people who can assist you with your job search?
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MISSION POSSIBLE: Land a Great Job Fast - USE CLASSY FONTS TO ENHANCE THE VISUAL APPEAL OF YOUR RESUME
To carry out your mission to land a great job fast, you must provide a top-notch resume to your future employer.
First impressions count. Design an attractive resume using classy fonts. There are two basic types of fonts: serif and sans- serif.
Serif fonts have small lines trailing from the top-and-bottom edges of the letters. Serif fonts give an elegant, formal appearance.
Some examples of serif fonts are:
Bookman Old Style
Goudy Old Style
Sans-serif fonts don’t have top-and-bottom lines on each character. Sans-serif fonts give a modern, minimalistic look.
Some examples of sans-serif fonts are:
Notice the difference in character height and width in the above-mentioned 12 pt. fonts. If you are having trouble squeezing text onto the page, consider changing typestyles. Avoid itty-bitty squint font. Choose a reasonable size font (10, 11, or 12 point for the body text and 12, 14, or 16 point for major headings). You will also notice that two fonts were intentionally left off the list: Arial and Times New Roman. Both are overused. Avoid them if you want your resume to stand out from the crowd.
You can creatively blend serif and sans-serif fonts in your resume. For section headers, use sans-serif fonts; for the body text, use serif fonts, or vice versa. Be judicious; do not mix more than two type styles in one resume.
Avoid script-like fonts. They are hard to read.
Don't use creepy fonts (like Matisse ITC) or outlandish fonts (like Neurochrome).
Your resume is not a playbill for a Broadway show.
Your resume is not a love note. No frilly or flowery fonts. Keep it simple and professional.
I share this advice with you because I like you and want you to succeed in your job search!
Don’t cram text into margins less than.75 width on all sides. Keep healthy margins. Leave enough white space throughout the document for optimum visual appeal. And that’s the straight skinny on fonts.
Be creative and professional in the design and layout of your resume.
Job seeker, this concludes the mission briefing for today. Check back soon for more details of how to write a resume that will generate interviews and help you land a great job fast.
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Sharla is a mulit-certified career coach, executive resume writer, job search strategist, networking consultant, and published author. Through her company, Written by a Pro, Sharla has been helping executives and mid-career professionals land great jobs with better compensation and work-life balance for more than 20 years.
She approaches her business from a Christian perspective. Her favorite Scripture is Matthew 19:26 "with God all things are possible" and this Bible verse is the inspiration for the Mission Possible Career Coaching Program.
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