It doesn’t matter what field you are looking into to find a job. You can search with relatively little effort. The database used in job search engines is enormous. They have millions of opportunities from more than a thousand different web sites. This betters your chance of finding employment.
Here’s a tip: The skill summary is ignored. The skills listed in a summary do not indicate the level of experience or understanding of those skills. All of the hiring managers with whom I have spoken, pass the skills summary off as hype. They don’t consider it.
When interviewing for IT Jobs, hiring managers will likely ask questions to judge your technical capability. If you’re a software developer they might ask you to use a white board and write lines of code in order to solve a problem they have come across. If you’re a Network Engineer, they may ask you to diagram a network with various nodes. Be prepared to be put to the test like this.
If you are very good in writing, then there are jobs hiring at 15 year old professional writers. These are for magazines and websites. Once you have this job, then it is your responsibility to practice writing. Invest in this skill because you earn from it. If you are even lucky, you can write whatever you feel like writing, as opposed to getting assigned of that you should write.
The Yellow pages were formed in 1883. Use of the yellow pages has declined each year since 2000. I have quizzed many solo practitioners and small law firm owners about their Yellow Pages budgets, and they all say that although they continue to pay thousands of dollars to advertise, their return on investment has dropped each year. Worse still, younger and more educated clients seem to be bypassing traditional advertising first, leaving a lower quality clientele behind. Several have told me that they want to stop paying for the Yellow pages ads, but they don’t know where to advertise or even how to start listing themselves online.
Older Jobs: Hiring managers are generally most interested in learning about your last 10 to 15 years of employment, so these should be emphasized on your resume. Jobs prior to that can be mentioned if they add to your credibility,, but it’s not necessary or even advisable to list every job you’ve held right back to your teenage years, particularly if you’re over 40. For example, including “Mimeograph machine salesman.1972” isn’t going to do you any favours, particularly if the hiring manager who reads your resume was minus 3 years old in 1972, and has never heard of a mimeograph machine.
But sometimes smaller is better. A taste of something delicious, like a dessert, is yummy. A few bites is just right, but too much leaves you feeling stuffed and uncomfortable.