Time Management Practices for the Job Search

Posted on July 13, 2012. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , |

The job search process is tough enough.

Most people make it even more challenging because they go into it without a plan, disorganized, and unaware of the pitfalls that can take a lot of time for little return.

Here’s the link to the Storify story recapping our discussion of time management topics with our Tech Career Forum panel on Twitter (#TCFchat 3pm East on Wed.): http://storify.com/ITtechExec/job-search-time-management#publicize

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The Great Job Search Time Management Quandary

Posted on July 10, 2012. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , |

Job search time management

Job Search time management

Most candidates are surprised when they discover how quickly time gets away from them during their job search. Even well-prepared candidates are often caught off guard as they find their time slipping into this methaphorical black hole. Undoubtedly, the lack of imposed structure can get to even the best of us. That is why the July 11th #TCFchat discussion topic (3pm ET on Twitter) is on job search time management practices and how to prepare for this quandary.

So please join us as we discuss these questions:
1. What activities consumed the bulk of your time during the job search process?

2. How much time did you spend on job boards? Networking? Admin? Other?

3. Are there any other “time traps” out there job seekers should be wary of?

4. What tools have you come across that helped you (or could have helped you) manage time better in your last search?

5. What are some strategies to help job seekers manage time more effectively?

Whether you are currently in a job search, have recently finished one, or are contemplating getting ready for one, we would love to hear your insight.

If you can’t make the chat, be sure to check back here afterward or check out the Tech Career Forum  LinkedIn group to get a recap of the discussio

Recap Info

We’ve also posted a recap of the discussion on our post “Time Management Practices for the Job Search“.

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Technical Resumes for International Candidates

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: International Job Seekers, Resumes | Tags: , , , , |

international job seekerby Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)
For technical candidates with an international or global background, applying for positions in the US is very different from what you have experienced overseas. Most international technical and technology professionals prepare and send a CV (curriculum vitae) to a prospective employer. A CV is a more exhaustive listing of all your work history, marital status, hobbies, interests, etc. US employers don’t care about much of that information. In fact, it would be illegal to ask a candidate about some of these things. Moreover, most US employers are not interested in reviewing a resume that is 5 or 6 pages in length, or even longer!

Keep it Current

Generally, US employers want a candidate to be able to communicate the value he or she would bring as a technical executive in a resume that is 2 or 3 pages in length. All those great programming jobs or the position as an engineering intern you had way back when should not take up as much space on your resume as they did on your CV. In fact, depending on what they were and where they happened, it may not make much sense to include them at all!

In addition, it isn’t necessary to list all the technologies you used to develop a certain software or deploy a new system. That generates too much detail and adds to your page count. It also diverts the attention of the reader and takes their focus from what should be your core message.

So when preparing your executive-level technical resume, consider your audience and the things that they are interested in before you deliver a document that is really designed for a separate group entirely.

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