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Resume

Your resume is not a static document. Once you have it updated and ready, you should adjust it to suit the job your are interested. Most of the recommended resume designs have a summary and skills at the top. This is what you will align to the position skills. Resumes are often scanned to human resources databases and scanned for keywords for a position. Having a resume that is formatted for scanning as well as for human readers will help you.

You can use an online scanner such as ResumeterPro for feedback. You should omit your personal information before you to avoid spam. If the feedback is emailed, use your spam email address and not your job seeker address, which is also addressed below in Job Boards.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is often used by employers to look at candidates. You can also use it to look up people in your network who work for your target companies. You can also look up hiring managers and recruiters. Many positions are often found through networking and Linked In can be a good networking tool for you to use.

Do not just enter or try to duplicate your resume. This should be a shorter version with just the key highlights of your work. You have a chance to add a summary to help sell yourself as well as a professional headshot portrait photograph. Write a summary that sells yourself. Develop a narrative that pulls in the reader and helps sell you. Do not have your summary be a dry, dull recitation of your skills and abilities.

Remember to add additional skills and volunteer sections as these can help to distinguish you from other applicants. For those looking for work where a portfolio is required or helpful, you can add a portfolio to your profile as well.

Career Transition Services

In 2017, Intel will be revising to some online services for career counseling.

In 2016 Intel was offering LHH services for six months. They can help you prepare your resume, design cover letters, and brush up on interviewing and presentation skills. They also have a SkillSoft library you can use to brush up on class. These services are part of the involuntary package and paid for by Intel so use them to your advantage.

Job Search

There are far too many job boards and search engines to list. Below are a few that are local in Portland to help get you started:

Nationwide, these three could be your launch pad:

Job Boards

Some sites like Indeed and Monster will let you upload your resume to them so employers and recruiters can look at your resume. Below are a few tips if you want to do this.
  • Consider the possibilities of identity theft and protect yourself.
  • Do not include your full address. Your city and state are sufficient. You should have this already on your resume so, before uploading to a board, be certain you have trimmed this.
  • You can use Google Voice to get an extra phone number and use it to screen calls. This can help prevent an increase in telemarketing and spam phone calls.
  • New resumes get attention so periodically you should update your resume to keep it fresh.

Meetups

If nothing else, talking to someone in person is still the way most jobs are landed.  And one of the best ways is to meet with people in professional settings.  Today, there are many ways.

Start by checking out the groups on Meetup.com, and see if there are any that professionally interest you.  These can take a lot of time too!  Evenings especially.  But there are lots of interests and specialties.  You will have to pick and budget your time.

For instance, if you want to learn Python, there are many meetups for that such as the PDX Code Guilds peer mentoring group.   DevOps?  The pdxdevops.org group is active monthly.   Like to learn the Selenium tool?  There is an active group for that.

Whatever groups you go to, we suggest you budget your time, and try a group 2-3 times before deciding to stay with it.  Often groups meet at the same time as others, so you can't always get to what you want right away.

Recruiters

The sentiment on recruiters is mixed. Some have had good experiences; others the opposite. It is up to you if you want to work with someone. Feel free to try and, if it is not for you, you can stop. A few suggestions:
  • Work with a few recruiters, two to three, and develop a relationship with them to understand their strengths and how they will help you. Remember that you do not have to be exclusive with only one recruiter.
  • Recruiters are often a direct line to hiring managers, and to companies you may not have thought about. They may be able to open doors you cannot.
  • You should control your resume. You should know to what company and what position it is being submitted. This will give you an opportunity to modify it if necessary. This also is important to record for Unemployment Claims.
  • Listen to the feedback. Do they understand your resume? Do they understand and can ask you good questions about your experience and skills? For instance, if they want a change to your resume so it better matches a job, you can refuse if you feel it is not correct or does not match you skills and abilities.
  • You do not pay recruiters: recruiters are paid by the hiring company. If anyone ask you for money, ask questions. Ensure you are receiving value for what you are paying. Do not forget—You can walk away from them.
  • Remember that this is a professional relationship first.

WorkSource (Unemployment)

WorkSource (www.worksourceportlandmetro.org) offers a variety of resources for skills development, job search aids, and networking. For July, they have interview and resume workshops, a session on how to reboot your career, and a fast-track series for women only on Thursdays. You can download their calendar and map out which ones interest you.

Business Cards

You should make a personal business card for use at job fairs and networking sessions. You should not give these out to everyone like candy but to those who are interested in being able to contact you. Generally, if you are asked for a card, provide it, and, if someone offers you theirs, offers yours back.

For a personal business card, put your name, the type of work that you are looking for, and your contact information. You should include your LinkedIn profile address so that someone can quickly find your profile.


Your Schedule

After working the long days at Intel, you now have time. Below are some suggestions on how to use it:
  • Put yourself first. If there are things you have not done because of a lack of time, do them now.
  • Exercise. Get in a regular habit of exercise. In addition to the health benefits, the mental benefits are well known.
  • Develop a regular schedule. For example, the author of this starts with exercise, then works on the job search for 3-4 hours. The author has located 3-4 nice coffee shops that are quiet and varies his location to keep fresh. At the end of the day, the author updates his search log with activities, which helps not only to keep track of activities but also is useful for filing for unemployment. The author then updates his task list for tomorrow's activities and then stops the search for the day to do other tasks.
  • Networking and Meeting others.  The unemployment office holds high-tech networking meetings Mondays and Fridays with different topics and different speakers. Use this opportunity to connect and grow your network.

Self Employment

Oregon has a Self-Employment Assistance Program (www.oregon.gov/employ/unemployment/pages/sea.aspx) that will allow you to collect unemployment while starting your own business. If you want to start your own business and are eligible for unemployment, you can work on your business for 40 hours/week and claim unemployment with this program.

In addition to filling out a detailed feasibility worksheet with your application, once accepted you are required to submit a business plan within the first 30-45 days. Once that is done, all that is required each week is filling out a one page form with 6 check boxes on it certifying that you worked on your business for at least 40 hours that week.

Two people from the Class of 2015 have done this and noted that the application process was not the difficult. Please look at the Brochure and Application PDFs as well as the Feasibility document if you are interested. Note these are from 2015 so confirm with WorkSource (Unemployment) before completing them.

Retirement and Volunteering

If you are retiring but still want to work, you could consider volunteering. There are many sites that have information on this. One is Social Venture Partners. Their national link is www.socialventurepartners.org and they have a page for Portland at www.socialventurepartners.org/portland. From here you can learn more about possibilities that interest you and line up with your background.

Intel offers to pay some Encore Fellowships as well.  Check out the http://intelretiree.com/ pages for more information on these opportunities.


Last updated: 2017-03-13

1 comment :

  1. Hi! I work at Mac's List and we are putting together at networking event called How to Land a Tech Job in Oregon that I think would be a huge benefit to this community. Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-land-a-tech-job-in-oregon-tickets-26616623036?aff=MLWebsiteAd

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