This week’s 5 for Friday rounds up articles featuring tips for new grads and the unemployed.
- 4 Resume Mistakes College Seniors Should Avoid. Fox Business: “Seniors should cite specific figures to complement their accomplishments, because it shows value in their experience, says executive and career coach Meredith Haberfeld. “As a fund raiser, if you know that you generated $50,000 for your school, you can say ‘increased collection amount by 17% year over year,’” she says. “Numbers speak far louder than words in a resume and they demonstrate the return on investment for the organizations you’ve worked for in the past and that you’re committed to bring that same return on investment to whomever you work for next.”
- 5 Strategies to Find a Job When You’re Unemployed. US News & World Report: “Remember that your new job is finding a job. When you’re let go or if you spontaneously quit, you likely want to get back on the horse quickly. And when starting out, it’s of dire importance to be proactive rather than reactive. With that in mind, it’s wise to get up early, shower and get fully dressed to maintain a professional mind set as if you were going to the office. The only difference is now, your responsibilities include being the first to evaluate new openings on job boards, follow up with recruiters and employment leads, reach out to your network, write emails and make phone calls.”
- Ask the Headhunter: How New Grads Can Get in the Door for a Job Interview. PBS: “[The graduate] should contact the alumni office of his school to help identify people who work at his target companies — and then contact them. He should talk with parents of former schoolmates — and ask for their advice. Ask former professors for introductions to people they know in business and industry. Then keep talking.”
- Is My Job Search Really a Full-time Job? Boston.com: “Put yourself out there: Effective job seekers do not sit in front of computer all day and apply for jobs. They schedule at least three face-to-face networking meetings a week and the phone time it takes to make that happen. The more you network and sell your talents to people in person, the more memorable you will be and the more likely these contacts will refer you to others.”