Have you heard of 25 words? Wonder what it is? Wonder no longer. Bill Johnson explains in detail:

…I am now going to turn your attention to the 25 word list.  This is another tool we use to get your name out to those who might be hiring.

We ask each of you to consider writing a blurb about yourself so that people will know that you are looking, and we request that it be limited to 25 words….the reason being, we want HR people and others to be able to scan the list quickly to find what they are looking for.  All of us on the committee have contacts that we send this list to on a regular basis.  We also send it to people who have come through the program and have found a job…..they are our strongest advocates, and you would be surprised how many have responded wanting to see resumes.

Do we reject your submission if it is more than 25 words?  Not necessarily….30 is OK, 40 is too much.  We are not asking for a summary of your resume, but a hook that will make someone want to see the resume behind the information.  Here is a copy of the current list so you can scan it yourself.  Please note that some of these descriptions grab your attention and some do not……write yours accordingly.

Why should you do this?  Well, Packy Cowan did (and the Launch Pad) and she just got a job that came directly as a result of us sending the 25 word list to someone who had been through the program.  This morning I got a request from an alumnus for all of the resumes we had on the list who are HR specialists.  (Take note….if you are in HR and are not on the list as an HR specialist, you just missed an opportunity to have your resume FIRST in front of someone who is actively looking).  I also saw a request on the Yahoo group for resumes from those who would like to be an administrative assistant for Nordam.  This is someone who will probably take the resumes she gets in response into HR and ask them to start the interview process.  I put her on my list of people to receive the 25 word list and asked her to walk it into HR at Nordam.  She will now get an updated list every week, which means that your information could be at Nordam on a regular basis.

IS THIS STARTING TO CLICK WITH YOU AT ALL?

If you would like your name on the 25 word list, just email your 25 word description and a copy of your latest and greatest resume to me, Bill Johnson.  I prefer your description in Excel format because it is easier for me to transfer, but I haven’t rejected anyone who failed to read this E-mail closely and sent it in some other format. (I do, however, wonder how good your interview skills can be where you have to listen and respond, when you can’t read and respond).

We are not your mothers……we can’t force you to eat your peas and carrots, and we can’t force you to do the things that we know you need to do to find a job.  We can only shake our heads in wonderment that it sometimes takes so long for the light bulb to come on.  However, let me assure you that when your light bulb comes on, we will not shake our heads…..WE WILL REJOICE.

Ask yourself, “Am I doing everything I can do to further my job search?”  If you are not on the Launch Pad and you are not on the 25 word list, your answer is “NO”.

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