February 23, 2006

8 things to craft your career

Gautam Ghosh keeps an eye on career prospects in India, but his advice on how to build a good career applies to everyone:
1. Develop an area of deep expertise
2. Get to know a lot of other areas related to yours better, while not developing major expertise for them.
3. Become the "go-to" person for your expertise. That means making sure organizational and industry leaders know your expertise and you build credibility for that expertise.
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February 13, 2006

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

I can't stress enough how important it is to proofread your resume. Have a couple friends proofread it too. Just spellchecking isn't enough. And don't forget to check for semantic errors.
"I am able to wok well with computers." - Do you bring your own soy sauce?
"My father is a computer programmer, so I have 15 years of computer experience." - Is your dad available for an interview?
"I'm attacking my resume for you to review." - Don't be so hard on yourself.
"Planned and held up numerous meetings." - Take the minutes, stick to the agenda and no one gets hurt.
Find more mistakes like these at Resumania, a website that collects humorous examples Resume Gaffs. Don't let this happen to you.

February 07, 2006

New Federal Rules for Resumes?

I'm not sure what to make of these new rules for resume processing by employers. But it definitely looks like federal regulation gone crazy. If these rules are enforced it will mean big changes for that way you search for a job.