RALEIGH, NC —
Holiday Networking Tips (from Wednesday, December 4):
Use every opportunity:
Houses of Worship
Use a physical or verbal conversation starter to break the ice.
It is more important to be interested than interesting.
Dress with confidence and with a holiday touch.
Do not drink alcohol.
Smile, be approachable and enjoy!
Interview Tips (from Wednesday, November 28):
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
Listen two thirds of the time, speak only one third.
Ask only open-ended questions.
Focus on your benefit to the company.
Ask for the job!
Targeting Companies (from Friday, November 9):
Research Growth: Companies that are growing are companies that are hiring.
Focus on Hot Industries: Biotech, Pharmaceuticals, Security, Universities, Hospitals
Create a target subgroup: small, high-tech firms, start-up companies in Cary, etc.
Baker says focus and organization are the keys.
Resume Tips (from Wednesday, November 14):
Write an accomplishment-driven resume using strong action verbs.
Assure that it will survive a 15-second scan.
Include: an Objective, a Summary, Professional Experience, Education, Professional Development, Certifications, Licenses and Awards.
Emphasize the benefit to the employer in your objective.
Be concise, honest, to the point and grammatically correct.