10 Steps to Tech Employment - Slide 7

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Write Clearly, Speak Clearly

Every time you leave a voice mail or send an e-mail to someone who doesn't already know you, you're leaving an impression. That first impression can be one that invites your audience to get to know you further or it can be a deal-breaking impression before you ever get a chance to be interviewed. When leaving voice mails, speak articulately, spell your name and repeat your phone number more than one time. Know that the quality of your voice mail begins to form an impression of who you are in the voice mail recipient's mind.

When communicating via e-mail, find your e-mail program's spell and grammar check options and turn them on. Know that the person who receives your e-mailed communication is forming an initial impression of you by reading the words you choose to write as well as the way you choose to use the words.

Busy recruiters, human resources professionals and executives seldom have time to read long paragraphs. They'll be more likely to pay attention to your material if it is delivered in executive summary format. They may want to learn more about you if you write in complete sentences and if your written correspondence is free of improperly spelled words.

Perhaps you’ve been fortunate to have not lost a job in the past two years.  Whether you have lost a job or not, odds are good that you know someone who has.  Every professional needs a plan for finding employment and for staying employed.

Who would have thought that working for companies like General Motors, AIG or Citigroup could be risky?  Recent history has clearly shown that the nation’s largest companies are not necessarily the most stable companies one could choose for employment.

There was once a perception that working for the nation’s largest companies equaled career stability.  Today however, stability and opportunity can be found in a well-funded start-up as much as it can be found in the largest employers.

Jeff Snyder, the President of SecurityRecruiter.com, a search firm highly specialized in information security recruiting, tells us that technology professionals today must be more proactive to take control of their careers than at any other time in the past.  Technology professionals need to consider their personal stock value as they make education, certification, networking and career move decisions.

Personal stock value refers to the traits, skills, characteristics and experiences that make a person unique relative to their peers.  Let your technical skills become rusty relative to the skills the market is demanding and your personal stock value slips.  It is far more important today to build a marketable portfolio of skills, traits and professional experiences versus concentrating only on working for the “best” companies.

Many elements can cause one person to stand out over another person in the job search process.  Consider these 10 topics when thinking about how to build your personal stock value, how to network and how to increase your marketability.

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