GET YOUR CAREER IN GEAR FOR 2013
A new year is a upon us. For better or worse, 2012 by all accounts has just flown by. 2013 is shaping up to be a very pivotal year. A tentative deal has been reached to avoid going over the so called Fiscal Cliff and unemployment seems to be headed in the right direction for the first time in many months. This is a great opportunity to begin to put your plans together for finding a job in 2013. The fact is that there’s more hiring going on than is being reported in the media.
When you are identifying jobs that you want in 2013, don’t look at your resume to see what you could get. Instead, build a resume specific to the job(s) you want. This doesn’t mean using keywords in the description. This rarely works. Instead, take a look at the experience required for the job you want, and get yourself that experience.
Here a few tips to help you beat the system in 2014.
Make up a project for yourself
You don’t need to be paid in order to put something on your resume. A resume is about experience, not income. So invent projects for yourself, and do them, and make sure you execute exactly what you need in order to put a bullet on your resume. For example, if you need to be able to say you executed national campaigns, then do one.
Work for free
You don’t need permission to get the experience you need to get the job you want. And you don’t need to be paid to do every piece of work. It’s true that if you work for free all the time, people will not value your work. And you’ll have to marry very rich, or starve. But work for free sometimes, when you can gain important experience that you can leverage to get high paying work.
Use other people’s resumes to help you build yours
If you aim high – to jump a few levels in your field, or to switch fields but skip the entry level – then it’s sometimes hard to conceive of what a resume should look like for those jobs.
The best way to make sure you have the right resume is to find people online who have already had the job you want. Look at their resume. Look at the bullet points they’ve collected.
Then transfer those bullets to your resume and start figuring out how to make them true for you. It’s focused skill-building and it’s very smart – you gain the exact experience you need to get the job you want.
Just get out there and try something even if it’s not perfect.
It’s very hard to do something outside of what you know you’re good at. Usually, the first time is extremely difficult, which is why I suggest you do it for free. Give yourself freedom to execute on a plan to get that special bullet on your resume even if the execution is not great.
You will need at least a few months to envision the resume that will land you the job you want, and then gather the bullets you need for that. It requires planning, and commitment, and a leap of faith in yourself.
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