1. Should I consider leaving my current job in order to devote my full time efforts towards securing a new position consistent with my career objectives?No!! No!! No!! I hope this response isn't too one sided. This is the worse thing you can do. It creates an immediate stigma about you and more importantly puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating your compensation package.
2. How important is the resume and the particular format?Very important. Generally speaking the functional resume is less desirable. There is a perception you're trying to mask a deficiency in your background. Chronological resumes with responsibilities and accomplishments tied to specific positions is the best and most desired format. Never leave off employment dates and always identify longevity with any one company.
3. Should I send a cover letter?Yes. Cover letters allow your resume to be directed to the appropriate individual in a company for consideration. Perhaps even more importantly, the cover letter allows you to emphasize segments of your background that may not be obvious in the resume for applying for a specific position that the company is seeking to fill.
4. How long should my resume be?As long as is needed to tell your story! There is (Myth #1) that says that a resume must not be more than one page. This document is your sales sheet. It may take one, two or three pages to describe your career achievements, do not sell yourself short with a one page resume.
5. How should I make my resume stand out to be recognized?Some people will tell you to put your resume on colored paper or have unique fonts, this is (Myth #2). The most professional looking resume is black ink on white paper.
6. What is the best way to send my resume?Sending it through the mail is effective (Myth #3). But all mail might not be opened in a timely manner. Another more effective way is to e-mail your resume, someone must check their e-mail inbox and your resume will have a greater chance of being seen and considered.
7.What is reverse networking?Instead of meeting whoever your contacts suggest, pick someone you want to meet and find a contact who can introduce you. This is "targeted networking".
8.What is the best way to address networking contacts?When speaking with a networking contact, do not ask about a job. Call these contacts, tell them you are exploring opportunities and tell them what you have heard about their company, ask about their job, their responsibilities and their successes. People love to talk about themselves and share their ideas. Once you have established a contact you have a foot in the door. See if in the future, you could meet in person (10-15 minutes). Let them know how you could contribute or any ideas to improve their company. This will get them to remember you.
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