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Candidate June Newsletter: Taking the temp of your job search

How’s your job search going right now? Are you feeling bored? Exhilarated? Dejected? Hopeful? Fed up? All valid emotions. Finding your next best job is not for the faint of heart!

In this month’s newsletter, how to approach your search with the best odds of success, how to dress for today’s work world, and how to sell your career story with data. Read on.

The Right Approach to Today’s Job Hunt

If you’re looking for a job right now, your emotional state probably lies somewhere on a scale from hopeful to dejected. But here’s the good news: you WILL eventually get a job.

Instead of obsessing over the whether and when, I suggest focusing more on the WHY: what’s your ultimate goal? It’s probably more than just to make money. So as you interview and review job prospects, have that big picture in mind.

It might be that you feel driven by a passion to win in your particular field. Maybe you orient around creative opportunities. Or you might simply want to be part of a company making a difference in the world.

Whatever your modus operandi, let it drive your job search — and on a practical note, relay it to your recruiter, too.

How to Dress for Today’s Work World

Power casual. Business comfort. Workleisure. All terms floating around to describe how people are dressing for work these days — when they actually go into an office, that is. Perhaps it’s the year-plus spent working from home in sweats, but people aren’t nearly as likely to don fancy shoes and starched cuffs anymore.

This isn’t just a trend reflected in the meeting room, either. It’s having an actual impact on retail sales, with apparel sales way up in the last year, particularly for things like denim and sneakers, according to the New York Times, which also reports that dress footwear sales declined 34%.

When it comes to job interviews, however, conservatism still reigns. It’s always a good idea to dress up for an interview, whether it’s in person or over Zoom.

The Secret to any Good Resume is to Sell a Story with Data

Your resume has to tell a rich story about your incredible amounts of experience. But keep it short!

It’s important it be well designed to catch the eye. But no weird, fancy fonts!

Grammar is important. But no full sentences!

The contradictory rules around resume writing can be exhausting. Here’s my take.

  • Your resume should be relatively barebones, meaning, not too much info crammed into a small space.

  • You definitely do not need to talk about every little award you’ve ever won or club you’ve ever joined. But strategically placed data points are important.

  • Were you promoted multiple times within one company? Rather than telling the whole story in painful detail, call out that fact in a bullet point.

  • Have you served as a mentor in the past? This is important! Bullet it!

In other words, make it skimmable and tell a rich story about your successes — but in as few words as possible. And run it by a recruiter like myself if you aren’t sure. With 12+ years of experience in helping people find their dream jobs, I know what works and what doesn’t.

More Recommended Reading

That’s it for this month, and I’ll be back in July with more (hopefully) helpful advice for finding a great job.

James Johnson

Johnson Recruiting Group

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