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Careers: strategic job hunting.

The ASAE Executive Employment Services seminar "How to Get the Job You Want" drew a mix of job seekers in Washington, D.C., in July: some employed and searching for something better; others, as seminar leader Bob Strade put it, "between successes." Here are a few pieces of advice from Strade, director of executive employment services for ASAE.

* Don't just answer newspaper ads; get out and network. Your best job opportunities are through personal contact development. Do answer ads, but also attend as many workshops, seminars, and luncheons as possible with participants who might know of job openings. Use these opportunities to really work the room and meet people--and to distribute your resume if appropriate.

* Make sure your resume is perfect. Try following Strade's "three and three rule": Read your resume three times, then give it to three friends to proof. Lots of people are sending Strade resumes with mistakes, which, he says, is just making his weeding-out process simpler. "Remember," he says, "you don't get a second chance at a first impression."

* Keep resumes and cover letters short: resumes no longer than two pages; cover letters, one page only. A recruiter has limited time to devote to each resume and cover letter, so if the documents are too long, only a portion--perhaps not the most significant portion--may get read.

Addressing the question of what employers look for in job applicants was Martha Lockwood, CAE, executive vice president, Association of Telemessaging Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Included on Lockwood's list:

* Creativity. This doesn't mean send a "creative" resume in an unconventional shape or color. It means describe in your resume a creative way in which you solved a challenging or delicate situation.

* Honesty. If an employer asks about a hole in your work history, fill in the gap. Lockwood says it doesn't matter what you did during the period in question, just answer the question honestly.

* Volunteer experience. The experience doesn't have to be related to your career. Says Lockwood, "Just show that you have more going on in your life than work."
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Title Annotation:News & Know-How
Publication:Association Management
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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