2011 is expected to be a much better year economically. Many of the federal green, environmental & infrastructure related projects which have been on hold or caught in the system are expected to open this year. Further, many companies who have held off on spending will start spending on necessary improvements, products and services. I wanted to publish a set of helpful reminders to help green, environmental and infrastructure job seekers to get noticed and hired.
Using a one page resume:Here is a good rule of thumb:If you have more than 2 years of experience in any technical field such as engineering, information technology or sciences, a one page resume will not and cannot represent your full portfolio of talent for a potential employer. Too much information will be missing not matter how well it is written. It is ok to have a 2 to 3 page resume as long as the content is succinct and relevant to the position to which the resume is intended.
Using a resume written for another purpose: It is very easy to use an old resume that was written for a successful proposal or business plan for your job search. Today’s hiring managers, HR professionals and spend about 30 seconds reviewing resumes before making a decision to interview. If the resume is not relevant to the open position, they will set it aside. The best move is make sure the resume is aligned with position and emphasizes the employer’s key requirements.
Resume does not match your social media profile: Believe it or not your social media profile isa resume. Companies read social media profiles of potential candidates so they can get a better sense of the person, especially the profiles on Linked In, Facebook and Twitter. If the information on those profiles do not coincide with your resume or shows information which can be taken out of context, it could hinder your job search. Learn to privatize your social media profiles to keep if you want to keep them personal.
Not using a project list: Project lists are good way to show you “in action” – managing projects, people, policies and resources; solving problems and producing desired results. Project lists give employers a chance to see how your track record of roles, responsibilities and results change from project to project.
Not customizing the resume content to the job description: Most job boards, applicant tracking systems and databases search resumes by keywords. If the job posting says “Auto CAD 3D is required”, not only is the system going to look for the keywords “AutoCAD 3D”. It will also look for how many times it appears in the resume and rank it against other resumes. The best strategy is make sure all of the employer’s keyword requirements are reflected in your resume.
Using false credentials: There are many unaccredited certifications, colleges and training institutes on the internet and in the market place preying on desperate job seekers . It is very important for job seekers to investigate any certification, degree or training program before investing to avoid being scammed.
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America has a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals. As the economy continues to recover, companies will need technical professionals who have well rounded skills and the ability to produce results. If you are looking to get hired early in the American economy’s upswing, it is vitally important that your resume showcases your achievements, ]experience and skills in at least three of the following five skill areas:
The ability to create and manage business relationships: In America, money follows relationships. Top technical professionals use their expertise and interpersonal skills to create beneficial relationships with the clients, stakeholders and sponsors of a project. While they may not always be the key person in the sales relationship, their ability to communicate technical information in layman’s terms and management of expectations will play a critical role in delivering a successful and profitable product, service or solution.
Strong Technical skills: A top technical professional understands the basic and advanced technical skills of their profession and can execute them in a corporate setting even as an entrepreneur or freelancer if necessary. There is a market for freelancers in any economic situation.
Financial Management: A top technical professionals understands the financial objectives of their managers, clients and stakeholders. They know how to manage budgets and can present their ideas using Return on Investment (ROI), Internal Rateof Return (IRR) and other financial calculations. This skill will be important since investors will be cautious about their investments.
Management: Managing people, processes and policy takes leadership, empathy, adaptability and diplomacy. A top technical professional is concerned with recruiting and mentoring talented employees; efficiently using resources and ethical business practices while maintaining profitability. In their eyes, the quality of the people, project, product or service under their charge is a statement of their character and company.
Strategic Leadership: Top technical professionals anticipate new markets, types of customer needs and new applications for their product or service. For them, it is not enough to build the solution for today’s problem but to develop the next generation of upgrades, patches and innovations before the market moves.
One of the biggest issues in the current STEM job market is the “Skills Gap” where unemployed job seekers do not possess the necessary education and skills for the available jobs. Once job seekers acquire the education and skills, they should make sure they continually take classes to keep their skills up to date.
Many of us have seen the trouble the Obama administration has had filling key government posts. Qualified candidates have had to withdraw their names because of past mistakes which came out in the vetting process. We are also learning that the fraud scandals on Wall Street were partially caused by the inadequate number of staff at the regulatory agencies. Now I am here to alert job seekers to new opportunities which will be exacerbated by the stimulus package.
It has been widely documented that the federal government is experiencing a staffing shortage and all agencies of government are critically affected. In a year 2000 report, “Report to the President: The Human Capital Crisis” Senator George Voinovich pointed out that:
“In 2004 over 50 percent of 1.8 million federal employees will be eligible for retirement” and “at the 2004 retirement rate, in 2010 over 660,000 employees will have retired.”
“The amount of knowledge and experience that is literally going to walk out the door by the end of the decade is unquantifiable. Perhaps even more concerning, government service is no longer a career path of choice for young Americans for a variety of reasons. There is no government wide plan to reshape our workforce so that it can respond to the problems of today and the challenges of tomorrow”
The federal government will need to hire large number of people to keep pace with its losses and to be able to manage the money from the stimulus package. If the government does not hire appropriate numbers of people, it is possible for the stimulus money to become bottle necked.
We believe that the federal government will have some great job opportunities in the coming months. Don’t you think it is time to consider a government career?