One of those really (and you could put really a few more times in there) smart people is Maureen Sharib, an absolute expert in the recruiting world (she also gives some excellent career advice as well). On Sunday morning after getting reach to go Worship I was reading through my Twitter feed and came across the following Tweet by her:
MaureenSharib CareerAdvice for over45Companies don’t tell U they discriminate against age-Fight back.B smart.Look at your resume thru eyes of30yr old.
You can take her advice a step (or really many steps) further and look at your whole search through the eyes of many different people. How would each piece of your search (résumé, sourcing opportunities, marketing, interviewing, etc)look to each the following:
- someone who is younger / older than you
- someone who is less experienced / more experienced than you
- someone who is very technically proficient
- someone who is very savvy with online networking
- someone who is very into networking as a whole
- someone who is really involved in professional associations
- someone who only uses job-board databases to find résumé
- someone who refuses to use job-board databases to find résumé
- someone who only wants PASSIVE candidates (those that are working and not actively looking)
- someone who wants only ACTIVE (those that are knee-deep into a job-search) candidates
What would EACH of those people say about EVERY aspect of your search (you can’t leave any out)? Nothing nice? Everything nice? Somewhere in the middle?
Whether you realize it or not you are judged through by many (if not all) of those different types of people EVERY DAY, sometimes all of them within the same company.
To be succesful in finding your next opportunity you are going to have to be succesful in passing the sniff test of many different people.
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!