Resumes and Cover Letters
Hi Everyone! A frequent question I get from job seekers is this – “how should I handle rejection?” I thought it would make a worthy blog topic, so here is my take on the subject…let’s first talk about what NOT to do – “DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY” Ok, easier said than done – I get it... but ask yourself this - do you want to win at this eventually, or do you want to give up and quit?
If you’re in the job search, fear very likely looms large in your consciousness. And I don’t mean the obvious financial fears of losing your house or your retirement. I mean the smaller, quieter fears that fewer people talk about, but that can affect you just as much: the fear of embarrassment, the fear of failure. “What if I say the wrong thing?” “What if they don’t respond?” “What if I make a mistake?” “What if they don’t like how I approached that?” “What if it doesn’t work?”
The first big resume writing hurdle is usually this one: Should you use a functional format or a reverse chronological one? It’s not as big a problem as you might think, because one of those is always going to be better than the other one. In the video below, I’ll tell you which one that is, and why.
Do you know about Resume Search Optimization? It sounds complicated, but it’s really a simple concept: write your resume using the words that will attract the attention you want. It’s simple, but if you overlook it, you might as well throw your resume in the trash, because that’s all the good it’s going to do you.
This time around, we are going to discuss objective statements on your CV. Depending on who you listen to, you either need them, or you don’t need them, and everyone has a differing opinion with facts and figures to validate their opinions. I happen to like objective statements, and I see their value… let me clarify, I like GOOD objective statements. I like objective statements that tell me: 1) Who you are
Postdoc positions within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, like many other jobs, have taken a hit with the latest budget news. The option to extend USDA postdocs past their two-year appointments is no longer available—at least for now. So, as I draw near the end of my second year, I have begun browsing potential job opportunities.
If you are in the midst of job search, or know someone who is, the chance is you have probably encountered the dark abyss of the company application database to which you submit your resume and cover letter. I call it a dark abyss because, more than likely, once you have hit the “submit” button and receive the confirmation email, nothing else happens. It feels like your resume has been dropped into a very deep and dark hole and vanished forever. So what can you do about this frustrating situation? Well, the good news is that it may not be your qualifications.
The Job Summit is here! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to sign up and visit the virtual environment.For Employers, please know that we will continue to add booths to the event until October 4th. It’s never too late to put your organization forward to this very talented set of postgraduate life scientists. We have booths of all sizes to fit all budgets.For Jobseekers, welcome to the event. Come on in and visit. In the event, you’ll find:
The Virtual Job Summit is a great opportunity to make yourself known to employers that interest you. Employers are looking for top talent from across the U.S. to fill their open positions. Here are some ways to ensure you make the most of your experience:1. Shop the employer booths early and often. In particular, be sure to come to the Summit in the week before the October 5th/6th live days, as that’s when the most employers will be represented.2. Study the materials and listings employers are presenting in their booths to see which ones match you best.