The Perfect Gentleman Issue 7 - Page 13

Each job description likely has specific areas that are more important in the skillset of the applicants they want to consider. Be sure yours stands out from the stack of resumes that are received by tailoring it to every single job you apply for. Next step once you have the resume revised and ready to go is to start a spreadsheet. This will be a document you can use to track every job you are interested in. There are several different ways you can organize the information, for example, create a tab and list all job details of positions you are interested in and create a separate tab of all job details of positions you apply for. In my experience, I log every job I apply in a spreadsheet. I include company name, position name, job ID number and date applied. Last step in the journey is to get out and network! Take your business cards and look up networking events in your field (try the newspaper or online forums or organization websites). Show up dressed business casual with your business cards ready to give out to all promising contacts you meet. The Career Switcher The journey of a career switcher starts on a much different path. Once you identify the field you want to be in, grab a sheet of paper - it’s time to brainstorm! Create a venn diagram with a circle of the skills you have learned thus far in your work experience and a circle of the skills that the field you are interested in requires. The middle section will hold all skills that overlap, meaning, you both have the skills and the skills are necessary for the jobs you are interested in applying for. To find the skills that the jobs you are interested in require, check out some job boards and search for the positions of interest or look on the Careers section of the website from companies you are interested in pursuing. The venn diagram should look something like this: Current Skills Needed Skills Now it’s time to decide how much experience you have for these new job positions you are interested in. Be honest with yourself, do you need to gain more experience for an entry-level role in this field? Do you need more education in this field, perhaps a certificate or degree? If the answer is yes, don’t fret. You can easily find a nonprofit organization or volunteer on a committee of an organization to build experience. As an example, let’s say I am an investment banker wanting to career switch into marketing. Without any experience in marketing, I decide to keep my job until I get a new one, studying for a certificate in advertising at a local university in an evening program. I also reach out to the British Red Cross and start volunteering on the marketing committee to advertise upcoming programs. A year later and I’ve got a marketing certificate and experience on my resume in marketing from my community service efforts. I’m now ready to apply for the marketing job of my dreams! As a career switcher, you are determining if you have the current experience or skills it will take be successful in this role. No? Then put together a plan to earn the credentials necessary. Yes? Then you can revise your resume (refer to tips in the above-mentioned career advancer section) and start applying for jobs. No doubt as either a career advancer or career switcher, it may seem like it is a job getting a job - but all that hard work will pay off. The real key to success is to be persistent and keep pursuing the job you want. Everything has a natural habit of falling into place; on the days that it gets tough, take a walk to clear your head, and stay encouraged to finish this journey. A sweet job is waiting for you at the end. BUSINESS GENTLEMAN 13