Career Tips

Tip #9 Don’t be a disingenuous networker. People can tell when you aren’t being authentic, lying or trying to use them to get something/somewhere. The focus of your networking ought to be for building relationships that have mutual benefit. Hold off on shoving your resume and business card in someone’s face until you’ve established common interests. Always follow up.

Tip #8 When I’m sending someone an e-mail, I ALWAYS begin with greeting them by name. I think it’s rude when people don’t. Technology has caused people to forget their manners. Neglecting to include a greeting, in my book, is comparable to calling someone and going in to whatever you are calling them about without saying hello.

Tip #7  There are 3 important things you should know when negotiating your new salary. 1) Know your PROFESSIONAL worth. 2) Know the salary range 3) Know what you want, what you need and what you will settle for. Wait until you are THE final candidate to start real negotiation.

Tip #6 Some people are team MEMBERS but not team PLAYERS. The members participate when its most convenient and things are going their way… the team player knows he/she has to trust the play maker and just do some stuff, even when it doesn’t make sense!

Tip #5 The danger in falsifying information on your resume is that you could get hired and later exposed during your probationary period. If it’s valuable enough for you to lie about it, it’s valuable enough for you to go somewhere and learn about it. Remove “Microsoft Office 2003-2007.” There’s 2010… then go practice using it.

Tip #4 We don’t have to be friends to reach a common goal. we don’t have to be friends to work together affectively.

Tip #3  I wouldn’t advise one to submit a generic coverletter/resume but I know people are going to do it anyway. If you MUST, consider titling your documents to give the impression that you are serious about being considered. Rather than “GenericResume.doc,” consider “Beaumonte Resume – Job #1906.doc.” Even florists need to fight the urge to put a flower on their resume.

Tip #2  Companies with human resources depts. generally have recruiters who aren’t likely to be knowledgeable about key functions of position aside from whats listed in the job description. Recruiters are responsible for “screening” applications BEFORE they’re sent to hiring manager. It’s in your best interest to ensure that the language you use on your resume/cover letter lines up with what is in the posting.

Tip #1 When requesting someone to serve as a reference, be sure to send them a copy of the job description for the position to which you are applying, your resume, the name of the person who might call them and any information you would like them to highlight. Not every friend or colleague is a good reference. Especially if they can’t talk.

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