Is a Resume Enough?

So, you’ve been out of work for six weeks, and let’s say you start to think:  I am doing enough?

Such introspection and self-doubt is normal when you’ve been thrown overboard and trying to find your way to dry land like many of us.  But if you haven’t been in the job market within the past 2-3 years, you may not realize all the resources available to you for networking.

Yes – I said 2-3 years.  Let’s take 2005 as the last time you went through the job search process.  You had your resume, you were smart to have one that kept formatting to a minimum knowing it would be scanned and analyzed on a computer, you utilized Craigslist, Monster, HotJobs – you had all the bases covered.

Fast forward 3 years and what has changed?  The blog The Legal Watercooler has a great post entitled You Updated Your Resume . . . Now What?? in which many of the latest networking tools are discussed.  While I already knew many of these sites and tools, even I picked up some valuable pointers.  Ask yourself these questions:

Am I using social media to the max?

Are my profiles on sites like Facebook or LinkedIn up-to-date?

Do I need a blog?

See more at Heather’s great post over at The Legal Watercooler.  And if you have any more suggestions for your fellow ex-Hellerites, post them in the comments.

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