This post was inspired by my sister whom recently went to a job fair and in result landed a job interview. I found myself coaching her on the job search process. We discussed interview etiquette that could lead to a job offer. In the process, I realized that not everyone is aware how to conduct themselves effectively during the job search process. I worked in several college career centers while I was in college and learned valuable knowledge that can assist others. I critiqued resumes and performed career counseling with students seeking to improve their job search process. The job search process includes taking a self-assessment, sharpening ones interviewing skill, writing an eye-catching resume, formatting a cover letter, networking, creating a thank you letter, and ultimately landing a job. This process requires a lot of preparation starting with knowing who you are and what job would be a right fit for you.
There is a couple test that I took during my college years to gain additional understanding of what fields would be a good fit for me. I took the Myers Briggs personality assessment and the Holland code personality test. I found these tests confirm the path I was pursuing. After you have identified who you are and know the work environment that would be best for you, I suggest reflecting on your employment experience. During the reflection process, consider how the skills would transfer to another profession. This leads to demonstrating transferable skills which are a set of skills that are universal that would be utilized regardless of the job being performed. Once you have identified your transferable skills that you bring to the workplace then you can move on to deciding what resume would fit your particular situation.
A resume is your marketing tool to sale yourself to potential employers.There are three types of resume styles which consist of chronological, functional, and combination. Your employment and personal situation would decide what resume would fit your needs. The chronological resume is a resume that starts with your current work experience and work backwards. This resume would work best if you are searching another job in the same industry and do not have gaps in your employment history. This resume highlights your work experience to the employer. The functional resume works best when you have gaps in your employment history. This resume focuses on your skills rather than your employment history.
Therefore, this functional resume would be a good tool for a recent college graduate, stay at home mom, or someone looking to transition in a new industry. When I critiqued a client’s resume previously with experience in various industries, I suggested the functional resume because their experience was diverse and the functional resume highlighted their skills best. On the other hand, the combination resume is a good way to highlight both skills and employment history. This is an attention-grabbing resume format as it makes the skills and abilities stand out.
Demetria Mitchell, MA, LPC