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How to prepare yourself for redundancy
SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 | | Financial Times | by Adrian Warner.

Don’t think that doing your job well is a guarantee you will keep it. Continuously prepare for losing your job.....always make sure you are ready to be shown the door — practically, psychologically and financially...Seeking advice and networking is a positive way of establishing a safety net. Even if you are happy in your job and have complete faith in your employer, always have a Plan B. You do not need to say you are looking for a move straight away. But keeping your options open and researching your next career move will make you more comfortable in your current job.

At the same time, accumulate enough savings to pay your bills for six months, should you lose your job....Also think about how you might employ your skills and contacts to change career. You might need to do some extra training to change direction completely....There are three stages to planning for redundancy: the first is talking to people about their experiences in other fields and thinking about what else you might want to do. The second is improving your position through extra studying and developing new skills. The third stage is asking people about openings.... if you take these precautions, you should be ready for any turmoil in your career......
I would recommend everybody to work hard on the first stage. You may never move to stage two or three but knowing you have options will make you feel more comfortable.

Five tips for dealing with redundancy
Anger — I was angry at being shown the door but I learnt to control it. Companies don’t hire people with emotional baggage.

Former colleagues — Many colleagues may struggle with what to say and keep their distance at first. Don’t take this personally and give them time.

Fresh start — A career change needs planning. Analyse your skills and think strategically about how you can use them for another role.

Networking — It’s estimated that 70 per cent of jobs are not advertised, so it’s crucial to regularly talk to contacts about openings.

Job hunting in 2019 — You need to get used to rejection. Computers may assess your CV, so beat the “bots” by including keywords in the job specification.
BBC  beforemath  emergency_funds  emotional_mastery  job_search  layoffs  loyalty  Managing_Your_Career  networking  personal_branding  Plan_B  preparation  rejections  safety_nets  the_big_picture  tips 
4 days ago by jerryking
How Much Should You Embellish Your Resume? – LifeSavvy
A resume shouldn’t just present the bare facts of your experience—it should present them in the most compelling possible way. This means carefully emphasizing the positives while hiding the negatives. But how much should you embellish that information to get results?
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4 weeks ago by kger
Why keywords are so important in a resume | CareerBuilder
Did you know that, according to CareerBuilder's 2016 Candidate Behavior Study, more than 3 in 4 full-time employed workers (76 percent) are either actively looking or open to new job opportunities?
That means in today's job market, you need to find a way to stand out among the competition and shine. To accomplish that, the first step is to get the person on the other end to sit up and pay attention to your resume instead of tossing it into a pile of "maybes."
One trick is to use certain keywords throughout your resume.
Keywords are descriptors of skills and attributes that industry insiders typically use to describe themselves and others in the profession. Hiring managers sometimes use computer programs known as applicant tracking systems — or ATS, for short — to save time and effort on their part. Keywords matter when they're scanning your resume in these programs to gauge if your skill set is the right fit for an open position.
According to a Forbes article: "Depending on how a specific ATS works, the location and frequency of keywords within your resume can be extremely important. Typically, the better your resume matches the job description requirements, the higher you'll rank in the ATS. Additionally, it's common practice for companies to begin reviewing applicants from the top of the ranking list – bad news for job seekers who haven't customized and keyworded their resume."
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
11 Best Sites to Post Your Resume Online for Free - ZipJob
The hiring process for nearly every company has moved online which has changed the way we find/apply to jobs. Sure, applying for jobs online is effective but you should also be posting your resume to websites to have an employer or hiring manager find you.
Many employers will search large databases such as Monster or Indeed to find qualified candidates. If your resume isn’t posted, you may be missing out. We’ve got you covered with the best sites to post your resume to and increase your chances of being noticed. All of the sites listed are free to post your resume.
We wrote a good post on why you should upload your resume to job boards and how to protect your information.
Remember that your resume should be optimized for ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) and be written concisely and effectively to impress an employer.
Ensure that you have the proper keywords in your resume so that your resume appears when a recruiter or hiring manager searches a database.
job_search  jobs  career  resume 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
5 Easy Fixes for a Broken Faculty Job Market - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Fix No. 1: Request reference letters late in the game, or maybe not at all. Many search committees ask for recommendation letters far too early in the process, resulting in the unnecessary writing of thousands of letters. This represents a massive waste of time....

Consider: If a department asks for reference letters from every candidate and receives 150 applications, that means each candidate has to secure three letters. Suppose each letter takes 30 minutes to write. That represents 225 hours of writing time — or the equivalent of five and a half weeks. And that doesn’t include the time each candidate spends asking for (often repeatedly) each letter. If a candidate applies for 30 jobs, each of that applicant’s three recommenders has spent roughly 15 hours writing these letters....

I propose taking a page from the business world (or from the way academe hires staff members): Call references on the phone (no more letters!) in the middle or late stages of the recruiting process. That allows a search committee to ask focused questions and elicit a more well-rounded picture of a candidate than is provided by reference letters.

Fix No. 2: Every first-round interview should be conducted via video-conferencing technology. Most departments are already doing initial interviews that way, so let’s make it the industry standard. ...

Fix No. 3: Communicate clearly and in a timely manner. At each stage of the process, tell candidates when they are no longer in contention. You are not legally required to wait until the process is complete to inform nonviable candidates of their status. Don’t keep them in limbo or force them to stalk the job wikis (too much mean-spirited chatter there) in search of information....

Bonus Fix No. 6: Support Ph.D.s who pursue a nonfaculty career path. This advice is aimed squarely at doctoral advisers and department chairs. Academic culture continues to value the faculty path more highly than other careers, and many graduate students feel great pressure to conform. They also feel tremendous anxiety about revealing their decision to explore careers beyond the professoriate.
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6 weeks ago by shannon_mattern
How to Choose a Resume Format and Template – LifeSavvy
A resume is not a creative document—in fact, it might be one of the most formulaic things you ever write. The very thing that makes resumes dull is also what makes them easy to create: you follow a formula.
job_search  resumes 
6 weeks ago by kger
How to Write a Compelling Cover Letter – LifeSavvy
Even in the age of digital job applications, cover letters are still relevant. Here’s how to write a great one!
job_search  resumes 
8 weeks ago by kger
How Should Your Resume Explain Unemployment Periods? – LifeSavvy
While the actual unemployment rate is notoriously hard to pin down, one thing’s for sure: many people will go through a period of unemployment at some point in their lives. And those periods don’t just make it hard to pay bills in the meantime—they can also make it harder to get a new job.
lifehacker  job_search  resume 
8 weeks ago by kger
The Professor Is In: The Curse of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. | ChronicleVitae
Institutional rhetoric on interdisciplinarity just isn’t matched by administrative or organizational support of interdisciplinarity—especially not when it comes to tenure lines, which are still overwhelmingly approved in the traditional disciplinary homes. Sure, there are other East Asian language and culture departments, but they’re small in number compared to departments of history or anthropology. Graduate students are inevitably thrilled about entering interdisciplinary programs because at the start they see (and are informed of) only the intellectual and programmatic opportunities. What they don’t understand (and are not informed of) are the limitations the interdisciplinary Ph.D. imposes on them when they go out on the market.

What to do?

Take a long hard look at your record, and get clear on which traditional disciplinary field you will be most competitive in. Then, while you’re still in grad school, build a conference, grant, and publication record that places you firmly in that field. Don’t go to conferences and publish in three or four different disciplines. Pick one or at most two, and focus your efforts on those.

Also strategize your letter-writers so they reflect the discipline at which you are aiming. That famous linguist who was so helpful to you on your committee? She’ll be of limited utility in your history job search. Molding your record of grants, conferences, publications, and letter writers to a particular disciplinary home. When you finish, search committees will look at you and see a card-carrying member of their discipline.
job_search  mentoring  interdisciplinarity 
9 weeks ago by shannon_mattern
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