Job Search: What have you done lately?

Courtesy of Randy Block, Career Transition Coach & Consultant

Randy coaches clients in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. He recently provided this advice regarding resume length and what’s important to recruiters and employers:

  1. Anyone could be successful in the 90’s. Enough time has passed now since the dotcom bust. We are now in a completely different economy.
  2. The highly desired accomplishments are those made by job seekers since 2001.
  3. Most companies want to know how a candidate can help them survive the next 6 months from a revenue and productivity standpoint (it is mostly tactical now).
  4. Strategic thinkers (defining products and services in 2010 and beyond) are mostly not in vogue at the moment.

For what it’s worth!

Randy Block


Randy, you are right on target! Thanks for providing these tips to our readers!

Personal Branding and The Cold Call King

Fred was dubbed The Cold Call King. And he was. Fred could walk into any office building and walk out with an order. It was amazing.


How does this apply to your job search? Take it from Fred; sometimes making a call will get you to the right decision maker. Sometimes it’s a matter of timing. Your call came in, when Shirley walked out. You look professional. You have the right skill set. You get the interview — today. 


Your enthusiasm can shine through on a call. I recently hired an intern because she had guts cold calling me. She had a great pitch. She just graduated with her Masters degree in Counseling. She wanted to get her foot in the career industry and learn from the best. (Hey, who doesn’t like being called the best?) And she said she’d do whatever it took to get there. If I needed filing done, she could do it. She wasn’t picky. She also had tons of enthusiasm. Throughout the interview process — and since the day I brought her on board — she was on time, dressed professionally, and the one word she used to describe herself was “excited.” It shone through. My clients loved the positive attitude and professionalism. Now it’s your turn.