Job Hunters’ TGIF Drink: 5 Caveats For Each Shot of Advice
Copyright © Sandra A. Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 2013. All rights reserved.*
- Add these 5 caveats to that job hunt advice.
- Plus an iconic James Bond drink recipe for Friday night!
- And 4 articles from industry experts to help DIY resume writers.
Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Let’s talk job hunters!!
As a recruiter and resume writer for over 17 years, I have 5 advice caveats to keep you centered. And the great recipe is from Colleen Graham from About.com ~ a “true” James Bond Vesper Martini recipe from Chapter 7 of “Casino Royale.”**
A digital truck-load of resume writing and job hunting advice inundates the internet highway. Here’s some TGIF advice. Just like finely distilled Vodka and Whiskey, you’ve got to distill it and filter it. You wouldn’t drink moonshine, would you?
Lots of really good information is coming from recruiters and career coaches for job hunters to incorporate in their recipe for success. There are articles on the 20 best resume words, power words, words that will get your resume thrown in the wastebasket, and surveys on surprising things that HR folks hold against you.
There’s also some bad advice and some of it even seems to be in conflict. Yikes! What’s an earnest job seeker like you to do? If you take all this to heart, you might get so overwhelmed you’ll feel a sense of defeat before you even start. I mean, there are so MANY things to keep in mind. Errrgh!
As a recruiter and resume writer for over 17 years, I have some advice caveats for you.
Caveat #1: Everyone Ain’t the Same. Gauge all the advice you diligently read against the prism of your own experience. Does it really seem to apply to YOU? Does it seem authentic? Check several sources. And then trust your instincts.
Caveat #2: Be Good at What You Do. Then most of it really doesn’t matter. Most hiring managers are concerned more about your skills and what you can do for them.
If you are too far outside the mainstream, i.e., a computer programmer with a large facial tattoo, etc., you’ll probably have a harder time getting accepted in the general job market. It’s a fact of life and not (yet) against the law. I’m not saying don’t try applying to all companies in which you have an interest if you are outside the mainstream, but be sure to also target companies you know will be more accepting. Just like getting married, you both want to know there is a match in personality. I once worked with a young woman who was really good at what she did, but was habitually late to a receptionist position. She was a great front-office representative of the company, she was very helpful and gracious to incoming calls and visitors, she always made appropriate referrals, and pitched in to help on additional projects happily. Never a misstep, except for being late. You couldn’t ask for a better attitude. But the receptionist for a company CAN’T be LATE. She was crestfallen when she got fired. Now, you’re thinking, “Just tell her to train herself to be on time!!” But, I counseled her to look for jobs where it wouldn’t matter if she was a little late. At the time, there were plenty of jobs like that. Look for the job that is a fit. Don’t try to fit your round personality in a square opening.
Caveat #4: There are Exceptions to Every Rule. If you are an IT person with a lot of experience, do not sweat the two-page recommendation. Information Technology people are almost always the exception to resume rules. Recruiters for IT WANT to see that detail. But do make a succinct summary and qualification section on the front page. That two-second resume read that recruiters and HR people do is real! Those technical acronyms, buzz words, and versions are all important.
Caveat #5: “Relax Already!” (But not too much.) In that 1989 movie, “The Sea of Love,” Al Pacino’s character, Detective Frank Keller, said it best, after ingesting his share of distilled spirits: “The circumstances are the circumstances.” It is what it is at the moment. Move forward from there.
Here’s your finely-distilled, filtered shot of bottom-line: A whole lot of the internet advice is very worthwhile. Job hunters should read it diligently and take it seriously. BUT, don’t let it paralyze you or erode your self-confidence. The probability of ANY of these cautionary tales overshadowing years of good work experience, good references, industry knowledge, and your work ethic is highly, HIGHLY unlikely. Not “worst resume words,” not overpowering perfume/aftershave, not your HR-hated hinky walk, not any of that is going to sink you.
I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t make adjustments you think are appropriate. Just take a deep breath, be your best self, and find appropriate sidekicks (resume writers, career coaches, yoga classes) that will enhance and build on your strengths while respecting your personality. Don’t let all this conflicting head-noise seeping in from a zillion internet lists erect barriers to a positive action-based attitude.
ICONIC BOND DRINK RECIPE: Now, here’s that iconic drink recipe I promised! Colleen Graham at About.com says the following:
“Although the “average” Vodka Martini is better known in Bond’s adventures, it is the Vesper Martini that is the “true” Bond Martini as it was the first mentioned and the one that he claims to have invented in Casino Royale (and the only time he drinks one in the movies or novels). The recipe for the Vesper is dictated in chapter 7 as follows and is named for the lovely Vesper.
‘A dry Martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
‘Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large slice of lemon-peel. Got it?’
She swears that if you have not had a properly made Vesper Martini you are missing out on a fantastic drink.”
Now, what was it that James Bond said? Oh yeah, “Martini please. Shaken, not stirred.” Now, go shake them up!
Warm Regards, Sandy, Your Resume Writer
“While these blogs are humorous in nature, make no mistake about it, career development and job hunting is serious business. It takes research, networking, and knowledge of what employers are really looking for to land the position you really want. These blogs attempt to incorporate all of the above. My intent is to make you smile, but give you serious tools to get where you want to be. Hope you enjoy!” ~ Sandy Jackson, JobTownResumes.com