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Doing this will help to identify the type of employment you eventually seek. While you may think you are unskilled, maybe the fact that you are an articulate communicator and good cook will help you get the job of food demonstrator at the local supermarket. Or maybe the fact that you’re a safe driver will get you a job as a van driver for senior citizens. Or maybe your past firearms experience combined with a good driving record will get you a job as an armored car driver.
Copyright 2016, by Patrick Taylor Page 14 of 47 http://www.GetaGreatJobFast.com If you want to beef this section up a little, why not ask some of your family and friends what they think your skills and attributes are?
You may be surprised to know how others see you, and what gifts and talents they see in your life that you may overlook and take for granted every day.
And I promise that when your family and friends identify your gifts to you, it will give you the warm fuzzies, lift your spirits, and make you realize that you are a special person with an array of talents unique to you!
3) List ALL of your formal training. And I do mean ALL! Of course, any college classes (even if you didn’t graduate). List the school, the address of the school, the classes you took, the dates of enrollment, your GPA.
List any vocational or trade schools.
List any training you had during previous jobs. Did you get forklift training? CPR? First aid? Management training? Sales training?
If you sat in a seminar for an afternoon, list the training!
4) Make a list of your major accomplishments at previous jobs. Did you come up with a procedure to save your employer thousands of dollars per year? Whatever big landmarks you remember from your career, write them down.
One thing that made a potential employer raise his eyebrows was the fact that I turned junk faxes into a profit center for a past employer. I started billing people for sending us unsolicited faxes. I did. I made up a standard invoice and when I received a junk fax, I’d turn around and fax an invoice to the sender. I was making $125 per week and reducing the number of junk faxes we received for an investment of fifteen minutes every morning.
Don’t sell yourself short.
5) List all of your volunteer positions. This is very important. And it may be a key to your next job. If you do something without compensation, maybe it’s your passion. Wouldn’t it be great to get paid for doing something you love doing anyway?
6) If you don’t have them already, I want you to contact some of your past employers and ask if they will give you a letter of reference. (It helps if you left your previous employment on good terms… Never burn bridges if you can help it.) In the future, be sure to get a letter of reference from every employer. Even if the job is temporary. And get letters from executives in your volunteer positions.
This exercise will take a couple of days. As you think about it, you’ll remember more things to add to the list. As you take a shower, cook dinner, or watch the news you’ll Copyright 2016, by Patrick Taylor Page 15 of 47 http://www.GetaGreatJobFast.com think of more items to add to your list. Keep your list handy at all times and add items as you think of them.
In two days, you’ll have a pretty substantial list of experience, skills, and achievements. This is the basis from which you’ll write your astounding resume.
Determine Your Target
Okay, now you need to know what you want to do.
What sort of job do you want?
Do you want to work with your hands? Talk on the phone? Drive? Walk pets? Are you an administrator, a sales rep, a white collar worker, or blue collar worker? A professional? A tradesman?
Are you looking for a completely new field?
Do you want to stay in your old field?
What would you like to do? What are you qualified to do?
If you’re unemployed, maybe you can take advantage of a bad situation and use it as an opportunity to find a more rewarding job, or a job that pays more, or a job with more potential for advancement.
However, you have to have some sort of realistic, specific target for employment. The reason this is important is because you’re competing with others for a shrinking number of jobs. When you put together your killer resume, you’re going to show your qualifications and why you’re the candidate for the employer to hire for that position. In 1982, I walked into Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe, filled out an application, and took it to the Human Resources window. The clerk looked it over and said, “Come in at 3:00 pm and we’ll get you your uniform. You can start at 5:00 pm.”
That’s not how it works today.
We’re going to be putting a resume and marketing plan together for you, but in order to do this we’re going to need a target.
You can’t be like the kid who shoots an arrow into the forest, and then walks up to the tree where the arrow stuck with a red marker and draws a bull’s eye.
When I lived in Lake Tahoe I took skiing lessons.
Copyright 2016, by Patrick Taylor Page 16 of 47 http://www.GetaGreatJobFast.com On my first lesson, we were on a little incline and the instructor taught us the first step in turning. It wasn’t a complicated thing. You didn’t need to be a great athlete to accomplish this.
He simply said, “Look toward me.”
And when we looked toward the instructor, we headed right toward him. Worked every time.
So, what I’m telling you here is to set a goal and look toward it.
Determine the job you want to go after. Look toward it, and you will automatically begin to gravitate toward it.
That job may be a specific type of work. Or maybe your goal is geographic. Maybe your goal is to work within walking distance of your home. However, even if your goal is geographic, you still need to determine which ones you’re qualified to pursue.
When I decided I wanted a job close to my home, I drove around within a mile of my residence and considered what I could do. I saw a sign bolted to the fence of a school bus terminal and thought, “I’m a good driver, no accidents, I’ve driven some big trucks before. I’ll get a new skill, expand my opportunities. Maybe this would be fun.”
Well, I don’t know about the “fun” part, but I now have a Class B license with passenger and school bus endorsements, and I made some money.
Whatever the case, you need to establish a goal. Set your sights. And go after it.
Consider your skills and experience, check out the help wanted ads in the newspaper, cruise around Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com.
And determine two or three potential job directions.
While you’re on Monster and CareerBuilder I want you to enter keywords to search for the type of job you’re interested in. Then examine the results that pop up based on your keywords. Look at the job descriptions. Note what sort of education, training, and experience the employers are looking for.
And look at the other job suggestions the job boards return based on your input. What I mean here is that if you enter “Electrician” into the job keyword search, you’ll get returns for “Electrician,” but you might also see jobs for “Electrical Engineer,” “Lineman,” “Utility Worker,” and other related fields.
While they may not all be applicable, don’t ignore them.
Once, I was looking for a job as an “Administrative Assistant.” That’s what I did, right? I had administrative skills. I was an assistant to the president of the Board of Directors. Copyright 2016, by Patrick Taylor Page 17 of 47 http://www.GetaGreatJobFast.com So, I was setting up my account on Monster.com and looking at what was available in my area for administrative assistants, and as I did a particular job caught my eye. The title was “Executive Assistant” and it paid about $10,000 per year more than the jobs I was looking at under the “Administrative Assistant” title.
I read the job description, and I fit the job description perfectly.
And that’s when the light bulb went off in my head. The difference in salary between the two was $10,000 to $15,000 (or even more) per year and it was just a matter of what you called yourself.
If you’re into administration, you could also look under the title “personal assistant.” This requires a higher level of skill and availability. Starting salaries here are in the $60,000 range.
I set up my resume on Monster.com as an “Executive Assistant.” I looked up the duties in several job postings and made sure my resume addressed each point.
In a few weeks, I received a call. I had an interview, got a job offer, and began work the next week at a starting salary of $40,000!
The salaries for the generic “Administrative Assistant” were in the $28,000 range. This job changed my financial life and gave me a completely different perspective of my capabilities and value as an employee.
And I got that position because I was paying attention as I was cruising around Monster.com. So, my advice to you is: Pay attention.
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