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For many, the start of a new year marks a fresh start for personal and professional goals. It can also represent an opportune time for the “shedding” of old habits, relationships or just things you’d like to forget. The idea of a “fresh slate” is a comfort to some, while others look to advance on opportunities the new year may bring. Either way, January’s position as the first month of 2017 can provide much motivation, especially when it comes to the new work year.
Whether that motivation is focused on changing your job or simply changing your own behavior, it helps to have guidance on how exactly to change for the better. This month’s links focus on how to adjust your resume and cover letter for success, tips for finding jobs online and how to make yourself heard during meetings this year.
It’s tempting as the new year begins to update your resume with every form of accolade you can think of. However, writer Georgene Huang says, most important-sounding bits of information – from the languages you speak to fellowships, internships and awards you’ve won – are better conveyed to hiring managers during your interview. Huang, the CEO and co-founder of Fairygodboss, a career and job community for women,also emphasizes the importance of “pruning” outdated information and dates that can spur ageist assumptions from your resume, and focus keeping your information relevant.
Trying to land a new job is nowhere near easy, especially in this digital day and age where it seems everything is done online. Job hunting is not excluded from this digital era and it can often be overwhelming sifting through the assortment of online applications. New York Times writer Tara Siegel Bernard gives her tips regarding online job searching and how to get the most out if it, even if it means ditching online applications overall. This article is a good basic primer to starting your job hunt in 2017, and includes information on using career keywords, staying up to date on LinkedIn, and how to cope with a Skype interview.
Many times cover letters are underemphasized in career development, with much of the emphasis being placed on the resume. However, cover letters provide employers with his or her first impression of you, making them vital to job applications. This article offers tons of do’s and don’ts and lists 20 words that you should be sure to ditch if you are trying to intrigue a recruiter, including “feel,” “believe,” “used to,” and “average.” If you ever struggle with how to word certain aspects of your experience when writing cover letters, this post is a must-read.
For all the introverts out there, speaking your mind in a work meeting can often be a challenge- especially when you’re trying to be heard over your “assertive” co-workers. This can lead to frustration and job dissatisfaction if you often walk away feeling like your ideas are never heard or acted upon. Meagan Francis shares tips from Nancy Ancowitz, business communication coach and author of “Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead,”offering her advice to make sure that you can feel your voices is heard at work, no matter what the situation.
For example, “Answering difficult questions on the spot can be tough for introverts, who typically need time to reflect before jumping in with an answer,” Ancowitz says. She suggests that introverts “come up with a ‘filler’ answer that will give you some time to gather your thoughts.”
If you’ve felt that your quiet, reflective personality was holding you back in the tussle of the workplace, this post is for you.
~Katie Woo, communications assistant, ASU Alumni Association.