Ladies and Gentlemen:
The other day, I wrote a blog entitled, “Finding a Job in 2011: I may not have the “Golden Voice” like Ted Williams but Give me a break!” There is a part one and part two in the archives.
I am sure that in this blog I sounded frustrated, fed up and confused. I have sought counsel from a few different people and everyone wants me to continue to be an Entrepreneur but that takes money. It’s one thing to have incredible vision, and another to possess the resources to be able to execute the vision.
Friends, colleagues and people who have never met me have encouraged me to be a consultant. I now have a new and improved resume. I have taken out the CEO piece and put in the Director of Marketing and Communications title. After all, as the CEO you can be creative in describing your primary skills and tasks.
I am fantastic with business development, and I love operations and training. I can’t live without marketing and communications. Here are a few tips that a wise birdy said to me:
- Pick a few agencies and pursue positions only with the agencies that you really have a desire to work with.
For me, the answer was quick and easy, Economic Development. They work with business owners, which helps me to utilize my current contacts and develop more in my field. I specialize in business plan writing and other business related tasks. And, this is an area where I bring a lot to the table, and I would be excited to learn more.
Demographic information for me is inconclusive. I have gotten varying opinions on this. For many people, they choose to disclose their gender, race, and other personal information because they feel that by doing so, the employer will not assume that they are hiding anything. Additionally, it will benefit you if you are applying for a position that is looking for a specific kind of diversity and you fit into that category.
- For this nugget regarding demographic information I will say, defer to comments below by your peers, and select wisely.
I have secretly always wondered. Do white people check the box? Historically, and statistically, white men and women make more money that blacks, and receive more employment opportunities. Now, I am not using this as an excuse for any other race but it is the truth. They actually have no reason to question whether they should check the box. So, if an employer receives a box unchecked, is it okay to assume that they already know it is not a white person? Not that we are trying to trick the employer one-way-of-the-other but could they assume that by an unchecked box, a person with another nationality has applied for the position by default? I think that this would make for an interesting study and debate.
One last tip that I was given regarding my resume was as I mentioned before, the CEO of the company. It may sound impressive in the business world, and that language is clearly communicated to someone who shares the same or similar skill set however, for an employment screener, a Human Resource department specialist, it will be over looked.
- For a former CEO/OWNER of a company, you may want to choose a title that correctly matches your strengths with the job that you are applying for.
For a business owner, especially one who has to be savvy and go back to work, it may be hard to grasp the concept that you must again, put your dreams on hold.
I think that it is a fine-line between getting a job and putting your dreams on hold, and getting a job that positions you for the freedom that you so desire in Entrepreneurship.
To help get you settled and ready, I want to remind you of why the caged bird sings… this video is just for you!
I may come back with some additional tips as I learn them along the way! I wish you the best in your job search, and remember to