Online social media is a fantastic tool for job hunting. The “Big 3” (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter) each have their own unique style that you can utilize in different ways for your job search. But while you’re working these sites to land the perfect medical sales job, employers and recruiters are looking for you, too. And if you get their attention in the early stages of the job interview process, they’re going to be actively searching for more details about you.
Believe it or not, the greatest obstacle you have in your job search is probably your perception of it. What does the job search mean to you? The job search is a sales process—even if your job’s not remotely related to sales. And in the job search, you’re the product. The employer is the buyer, and the job search is your marketing campaign.
“It’s all about who you know, and I know Crackle.” The comedian Mitch Hedberg knew the value of networking when he spoke these words. Of course his ultimate goal was to gain a spot on the front of a Rice Krispies box (he thought the whole Wheaties thing was a bit overdone).
You are ready to start your job search and you know that you need a sharp marketing tool to send to potential employers. Good for you for knowing the importance of a well-written summary of your education, professional accomplishments, and abilities. You might even have an old resume from the past, but that half-page resume you wrote for the McDonald’s job in high school won’t cut it now. With all of your accomplishments, a simple re-write won’t work either. Only a new document will do.
Hello Everyone!Here’s another installment on everyone’s least favorite topic, networking. Last time, we talked about ways to start networking if you don’t know anyone...actually, if you’ve gone through your contact list a few times to no effect, it can feel like you don’t know anyone, so you can apply these same things in order to jumpstart the process.
In my last entry, I talked about the reasons why I wanted to leave academia. I was tired of the low pay and time spent in the lab with little progress. I was upset and frustrated in my postdoc and I definitely didn’t want to become a full professor and carry the responsibility of writing grants and training students and teaching … all at once for the next thirty years.
The third Virtual Job Summit is coming this Wednesday and Thursday, October 3rd and 4th. It’s not too late to register!! This is an opportunity to speak directly to recruiters from top employers.Make sure you update your resume, and develop a good introductory pitch that relates what you want to do with your career to what they’re doing as an organization. Practice your pitch a few times so that the words flow easily for you.
I often wonder why people flake out on doing things. Why do they agree to do something and then not follow through? Is it because they don’t want to offend during an in person encounter so they agree while fully intending to slip under the radar immediately afterwards? What does this tell you about each of these individuals?
After a brief summer hiatus, I am back blogging (I hope to your ongoing benefit and enjoyment). My last blog introduced the concept of self-sponsorship for permanent residence and discussed the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category. This time we up the ante and look at the EB-1A, Extraordinary Ability visa category, which is also a self-sponsored permanent resident visa option but rightly regarded as highly restrictive.