Tis The Season for Pocket Résumés

Caroline Dowd-Higgins first published this great write-up on my pocket résumés and I felt compelled to share it with you.

Caroline is the Director of Career and Professional Development & Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  Her Career Blog can be found here: www.carolinedowdhiggins.com

With the holiday season in full swing some job seekers step away from networking because they fear it isn’t a good time to be seen and heard. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Take advantage of the seasonal cheer and the festivities that bring people together and get ready to network up a storm.

Employers, headhunters, and recruiters capitalize on hiring and reviewing resumes during the holiday season to meet end of the year goals and fill pressing company needs. Don’t wait until 2012 to ramp up your job search – mobilize now. Take advantage of networking receptions and holiday gatherings and fill your professional dance card with as many outings as you can.

Passing out full size résumés to those you meet at parties and events is not practical or advisable. But Lois Gilbert, The Résumé Wordsmith www.theresumewordsmith.com has a brilliant solution that is easy to produce and will set you apart from the crowd.

Lois believes in the power of pocket résumés– business card sized hand-outs that reflect your professional brand and highlights the skills and qualifications you want others to know you possess. This show-and-tell piece is a great way to briefly articulate your professional story and go a step beyond the basic business card that only includes your contact information. Whether you are looking for a new opportunity or want to grow your business, the pocket résumé empowers you to share your message in a professional and portable way.

Start thinking about the message you want to leave behind with your pocket résumé and may the networking force be with you.

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