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September 27, 2016

Dear Friends:

Andrew Hudson
A job seeker sent me the following message:

Andrew – I read your recent article how sometimes we allow ourselves to become so used to our misery at work, that it becomes easy to forget that our jobs should be meaningful and connected to our passions, values and the reasons we chose our careers. Reading what you said really hit home and finally made me realize, after 3 years of misery at my current job, I need to change jobs! So I’m whipping up a resume and committing myself to finding a new job. Can you tell me what kind of resume format I should use?

I have a specific chronological resume format that I recommend for job seekers. It’s based on many years of research and is crafted to highlight the most important elements that will lead a recruiter to a ‘yes’ decision. The format I use is also designed to conform to most of the computerized applicant tracking systems that are ranking job seekers as they search for dates, titles, key words and phrases.  

But, “whipping up a resume,” sounds as if the job seeker hasn’t given a lot of strategic thought to their job seeking journey; it’s kind of like packing your bags before you’ve decided where you want to go.

It’s a common mistake job seekers make: I need a new job, first thing I should do is write a resume, because I’m nobody unless I have a resume.

Actually, if someone is in dysfunctional work relationship, the first thing to do is ask the question, “What do I want to do and what type of new work situation will be better for me than the one that is creating me so much misery?” If you are taking this giant step into the job seeking world and trying to use it as an opportunity to find a better situation, it’s important to analyze what that better situation actually looks like to you. If you don’t do some internal soul searching about the type of situation you want, it can easily turn into a repeat situation of the job you had before.

Dysfunction, misery, unhappiness... this is not a normal work environment.  Even though it might be your normal at this moment in time, it is not a normal that can sustain itself.

When I ask people who are looking for a job, “What was your most favorite job in your career and what were the things that made it your favorite?”  I hear so many wonderful things about why people enjoyed their work. 

“They respected me and I felt as if they valued me and trusted me to do what I do best.”

“There was great communication; I never felt ambiguity about the direction of our department or the company.”

“The leadership was terrific. I always trusted my bosses. They had my back, they did what they said they would do and they demonstrated they were committed to my success.”

“I always felt there was a motivation to succeed amongst my
colleagues.”

“There was a real commitment to culture at the company and that translated to success.”

“I was excited to go to work every day and felt a great sense of accomplishment at the end of m
y shift.

Jobs you have in your career are not ALWAYS going to meet your perfect ideal, but there are some basic and appropriate criteria that are essential in feeling comfortable with an employer before you agree to a job offer.

Being happy and satisfied at work should not be considered this unrealistic utopia, it is possible and I’ve met more people than not that have experienced satisfaction in their jobs.

So as you consider jumping ship and finding a new job, start to think about what it is you want to do and what the criteria are that will define a better work situation for you in the future.

In the coming weeks, I’ll continue to explore other strategies job seekers can pursue (skills audit, networking, interviewing, motivating and goal-setting job seeking routines) as they develop their plan to find change jobs in.

 


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EDUCAUSE (educause.edu) is a highly creative, entrepreneurial, national nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. We have a clear vision of who we are and we are driven to ensure those in higher education understand we can help optimize the impact of IT on campus and beyond. The Colorado-based location features a state-of-the-art facility with video and voice conference amenities. EDUCAUSE is comprised of site-located and remote employees with satellite offices across the United States.

EDUCAUSE offers a stimulating work environment, a generous benefit package, and a staff who are dedicated to our mission. The Colorado-based location features a state-of-the-art facility with video and voice conference amenities. EDUCAUSE is comprised of site-located and remote employees with satellite offices across the United States.

The EDUCAUSE benefit package includes medical and dental insurance, employer paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expense reimbursement, paid vacation, paid sick time, paid personal time, ten paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement plan with employer contribution and 100% vesting upon enrollment.

EDUCAUSE is a fast-paced organization with an ambitious agenda and a staff that is committed to our mission. Staff may experience high work demands under tight timelines and need the ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time and attend scheduled meetings. Travel may be required to support events and conferences.

EDUCAUSE requires background checks of all employment candidates. EDUCAUSE is an equal opportunity employer.

EDUCAUSE has 2 positions listed on AH Jobs List today. 

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The Professional Development, Online Event Coordinator is responsible for supporting activities related to the association's diverse online, virtual and blended learning professional development portfolio involving existing and emerging digital technology applications. The online programs serve over 5,000 community members annually and include multi-day events, courses, webinars, and new micro-learning modules. The Coordinator is responsible for pre-, day of, and post-event production support, to include preparing the online learning environment, serving as lead technical support during events, data collection and reporting, and other administrative support. The Coordinator is key production support for both the EDUCAUSE online and face-to-face portfolios while ensuring support activities align with strategic initiatives including program delivery and service excellence.
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The Corporate Relations Operations Manager manages the day-to-day operations and processing of EDUCAUSE's Corporate membership sales including event and non-event based product and service offerings exceeding $6M in revenue. Corporate Relations operations include cultivating and managing relationships with established corporate members and non-member clients, product processing and delivery of exhibit sales, booths and displays, sponsorships and other service offerings. The Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining production timelines and effective relationships with external stakeholders as well as with internal teams including partnering with EDUCAUSE conference and event professionals. This position reports to the Chief Corporate Strategy and Business Development Officer.
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Have a great week,


Andrew Hudson
 

 
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