Getting all of your ducks in a row and preparing your job search is not really all that easy and will take more time than you think it will. You will go down a lot of rabbit holes and get distracted by this great website, blog or article and maybe even the ballgame scores. However, to get what you need done, you have to focus on what is important and what needs to be done.
There is a lot of background work that you need to do, to make sure that you are capturing all of your experience, not just the stuff you remember off the top of your head. So I spent a this morning and most of the afternoon putting together my work history – yes all 31 pages of my professional life (civilian and military) since 1975.
Yes having your work history is that important to have done in my opinion that I did it before really getting started on my resumes. (more…)
Have you done your Work History yet?
If not why not?
Unfortunately or fortunately, however you look at it, Federal, State and many other job applications need a lot of detail about you, when you are applying for a job. I know that Maine‘s are almost onerous and the Federal Government application is not easy to do quickly, so sooner or later you have to put together your work history.
If you have the work history completed, you are not under as much pressure if you suddenly need to complete an application quickly (like yesterday, but no later than today) and then end up not presenting yourself in the best possible light that is the typical result, when you do something too quickly.
This happened to me when I submitted my Federal Resume for a Veteran’s Service Representative position that opened with a three-day window at the end of March. I learned about the announcement on day two. Which coincidentally, was the first day that I started talking to with the professionals at the Augusta Career Center. My application that I submitted definitely was not the quality that it would be today.
To be brutally honest I was not ready for that application and when I look at it now, it needed a lot more work to be a one that would get me to the next step. (more…)
Today was a good day and I got a lot done.
Made a network connection and will meet with the person next Monday, replied to a former colleague to setup a lunch and worked a lot on this blog to get the sidebar setup and my wife took a pretty good picture of me that I am using as my professional picture.
I also ran 3.1 miles and worked on getting wood cut and split for next winter. It is better to be prepared than wait until the last minute. So I will be in very good shape for the job search.
TODO’s FROM THE WORKSHOP
Apply for Digital Resource Card from Maine State Library – done next time in Augusta go to Maine State Library to pick-up -
Update LinkedIn profile - Started the update process, I can see as I do more research that the profile will change a lot over the next few weeks.
Rquest more recommendations on LinkedIn - Received 2 more recommendations
Add commendations to LinkedIn – Done
Create new blog for job search – done
Update Facebook profile and privacy settings – done
- Update Resume from standardized to more me – Need to do more research before I go to change it very much
- Create portfolio notebook – in progress
- Scan Commendations, other information into PDF format.
- Order business cards (more…)