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The Job Search Cometh!!

I’ve always found February to be one of the busiest months of the year.  Perhaps it’s because february calendarFebruary is the first full month of school after the winter break, or maybe simply because it’s the shortest month of the whole year.  Regardless of the reason, February is now upon us and there is a lot to think about.

For those of us who are facing the last semester of their program, February brings the added stress of the job searching process.  While the job search may seem confusing and incredibly daunting, arming yourself with the correct tools and knowledge can make all the difference.
First things first. When, for example, was the last time you updated your resume?  If you have to stop and think about it, that probably means it needs to be revised.  However, there are innumerable tips and tricks people swear by when it comes to crafting a resume. All this advice can make the job even more confusing.  One page only or a complete view of your employment history?  A standard or creative font?  Putting the full date or just the year next to the various positions?  Trying to navigate all these aspects can be frustrating and, while some advice is better than others, focusing all of your attention onto these aesthetic details can make you overlook some really important content issues.
I'm For HireRemember, while the format might get your resume a second glance, it is the content that will land you a job.  Make sure that you do your research ahead of time and tailor your resume to the company, while still maintaining your own personal brand.  While this may take some initial patience, it is worth your effort.
In the meantime, on February 18th you should come see us as DCE hosts the Fort Collins Chamber Commerce Business After Hours event! There will be music and refreshments, and Cam the Ram will be there!  For free tickets, check out CSU’s Distance and Online Education Facebook page.
We hope to see you there!


7 thoughts on “The Job Search Cometh!!”

  1. One thing that I’ve learned to do in my past job searches, is to not only make my resume customized to the position, but to make sure to use buzz words from my industry and from the job description to further show I’m qualified.

    1. That’s true too. Buzz words can be a great way to show that you’re in the know on different industries/positions. Do you just find them in the job description that is offered or do you look for whole trends?

      1. I definitely look for buzz words within the job description to try to use wording that they are familiar with, but I also include other words that I use in my industry. I do try to make sure that I still make it easy for people not in my industry to understand.

  2. Great Post Laura, I have been reading up on several of your posts and find them to be informative.

    you have outlined one of the biggest important factors in ones employment search which is to have a resume up to date. As now not every hiring manager or Human Resource rep goes through every resume, tburns, your correct as organizations are shifting to a more database driven candidate pool, they are performing searches for relevant buzz words to see if they are present within a candidates resume.

    To find buzz words its always best to write what you think they are down then jump onto professional community forums discussing about your field of interest and start to isolate which words keep getting repeated the most, then be sure to incorporate them into the appropriate places within a resume.

    Here is also a listing of another 50 job search tips which I believe are necessary for any job seeker to know:

    I hope this helps,

    Andrew R

    1. Andrew,

      Thanks for both your feedback and your input! I think that’s an ideal way to find hot topics and buzz words. That’s a great suggestion that hopefully our readers can utilize! And your job search tips are great.

    1. Barry-

      That’s a fair point, but I have confidence in my readers’ ability to find and keep jobs that are fulfilling and rewarding. Have you had any recent experience job searching that you can share with me?

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