• Be Prepared for a Job Opportunity

    by  • February 8, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    businesscardThe Boy Scouts motto is simple and to the point: Be prepared. And it applies, now more than ever, to those of us looking for work. You never know when you might bump into your next employer, and you may never get another chance to make a good impression.

    johnCareer Coach John E. Long, of Two Roads Resources, suggests you consider a two step strategy to make it easy to get your resume to anyone. First, Long says, you’ll want to make sure you have an account with LinkedIn.com.

    “I cringe when I hear people talk about spending up to a thousand dollars or more to have a career services company develop a web based resume/portfolio,” he says. “Please save your money and create your own web based resume using a free Linkedin account.”

    logo linkedin 88x22The next step is to put the link to your LinkedIn account on a business card, along with your name, contact information and a few key descriptions of your skills and experience. Carrying these “ProCards” with you at all times means you will never be at a loss when you meet someone important to your job search.

    John shares more guidance on job hunting on his blog.

    Share your job hunting stories and tips with us here in a comment!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.