by Ray Blush
“Why don’t you write a blog article discussing some of your 'tidbits of knowledge' that you talk about in your coaching sessions?” asked an outplacement client I recently coached. The client was referring to items I review with individuals not found in a workbook or handouts.
I gave my client’s comment a lot of thought and in my thinking process, a 14th Century French proverb came to mind: Qui onques rien n'enprist riens n'achieva (He who never undertook anything never achieved anything).
So, taking the advice of my client, here are 9 tips for career transition you may want to use in your job-search efforts:
1. Just as you need to have a well-written resume, you should have a robust LinkedIn profile. Head hunters and company recruiters are using LinkedIn as a tool to find qualified job seekers.
2. Your resume does not need to be kept to one page. In my 20 years of coaching, I have read numerous professional articles indicating a one-page resume is better than a two-page resume and vice versa. The length of a resume depends on a person’s work experience, and it is now acceptable for a resume to be longer than two pages. I typically recommend about 390 words per page.
3. Most of my new clients are not aware they need to put together an “elevator speech” which is sometimes called an “elevator pitch.” This is a concise, compelling introduction that can be communicated in the amount of time it takes someone to ride the elevator a few floors. This 30-second summary should include a job function, last or current company and a short description of what you do professionally.
4. “References and further information are available upon request” is a sentence that no longer needs to be added ...