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Smart Tips for Getting Professional Training in Salt Lake City

Smart Tips for Getting Professional Training in Salt Lake City

Enhance Your Professional Resume with these Great Tips

Professionals and executives working in the Salt Lake City metro area might be concerned about how to increase their professional upward mobility in a bad economy. Advanced job opportunities seem to be scarce. Your current opportunity for immediate promotion might seem bleak. You can improve your own chances for promotion within your company or for a new job in a different company with the following tips.

Custom Fit Training from Salt Lake City Community College Offers Skills Development at a Discount

The Custom Fit Training program from SLCC’s Miller Business Resource Center offers training to suit your Utah business. Utilizing Utah state funds, Custom Fit Training will work with your company to create and provide skills enhancement that address your company’s specific needs. Although you have to work within specific parameters to apply for program acceptance, the program will pay for a significant portion of your training fees. Says the Salt Lake Community College Custom Fit Training web site, “Custom Fit Training is one of Corporate Solutions most flexible, customized training programs designed to provide Utah businesses with a well-trained workforce. Utilizing Utah state funds, Custom Fit Training is designed to stimulate economic development and facilitate the creation of new jobs in our state.” Clearly, this type of education can improve your technical knowledge, because you can obtain almost any type of training or certification with the program. Additionally, you will have the cache of adding a local brand name to your professional resume that Salt Lake City companies will easily recognize and appreciate.

Attend a Local Utah College

There are so many local colleges and continuing education programs in Salt Lake City and in Utah that provide additional training that you might need to get that promotion. Although many colleges in the Salt Lake Valley require matriculation toward a degree, so many will allow you to enroll as a nonmatriculated student. If you are lucky, you might even be allowed to audit a class—you’ll get to sit in the lectures for free or at a reduced fee, and you can read any materials the teacher assigns, but you probably won’t be able to participate in classroom discussions.

Capitalize on Your Existing Experience in Your Professional Resume

Either way, the new coursework becomes a great addition to your professional resume.

  • If you happen to be unemployed currently, consider using this training as an addition to your professional work experience, in a line item entitled “Educational Sabbatical.”
  •  If you do not have a college degree, you can include a new line in your professional resume that indicates you are now in the process of seeking an associate of arts, associate of science, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science. Including a line that you are in the process of seeking a degree prevents the online application systems from automatically rejecting your professional resume, if a degree is a requirement for the promotion you’re seeking.
  • If you are currently employed and want to get a new job in a different company, any updated training or coursework you might have will enhance your resume in the eyes of your future employer.
  • If you are seeking a promotion within your current company, enhanced education on your professional resume indicates to a hiring manager that you are seeking to prove you can handle greater responsibility.

The Free Job Search: Find a Job Quickly Without Spending a Lot of Cash

The Free Job Search: Find a Job Quickly Without Spending a Lot of Cash

I am constantly amazed at how much people are willing to spend on what they think will help them get a job. They assume, wrongly, that they can find a job more quickly if they throw money at the problem. Let’s set up a job search budget that you can use to help you find a job quickly without overspending your shoestring budget.

Whether it’s because of the economy or because of individual job seekers’ situations, I hear it all the time: I don’t have the money to spend on my job search. Let’s break down the costs of your job search and help you define your boundaries to get you to your new job quickly.

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photo credit: Alina Sofia

Essentials for a Free Job Search

  1. Free use of a computer. If you are not searching for jobs online and using e-mail intelligently, you are putting yourself out of the game. Luckily, most public libraries have computers that are free for the public to use. Printing on their printers costs very little, perhaps $.10 to $.25 per page. They often have open source software, which you can use to save your documents in Microsoft Word, the document format of choice.
  2. Free email. You don’t need to pay a service to get great e-mail. Sign up for a professional email account with Yahoo!, Gmail, or Hotmail. You can access this account from any computer connected to the Internet.
  3. Free job clubs. Most cities these days have job clubs that are run by experts in job search. These might meet monthly or more frequently, and they might be run in a church, synagogue, public library or community center. They all give their participants a chance to learn new strategies about job searching and opportunities for networking.
  4. Free resume assistance. You can get free resume assistance in person from your local Workforce Services in addition to the myriad other services they provide. If you need samples of excellent resumes that got people the interviews they want, then sign up here http://eepurl.com/cGxMo for my free e-book on resumes and cover letters that got the interviews.
  5. Your local Department of Workforce Services. Get free advice on job search, access to job opportunities in the public and private sector, and free assistance with job search tools.
  6. Your personal network. Reach out to 10 people every day; ask them about what they do in an informational interview. Ask for recommendations from them for additional people to connect with via LinkedIn or on the phone.
  7. If you’re a relatively recent graduate, your professors. Many academics have close ties with industry. See about getting in on a research project or securing a critical introduction from a trusted academic mentor.

Are Free Professional Resume Writing Services Worth It?

As for free professional resume writing services? Don’t expect much from them. Only hire an expert to do the complex work of crafting your personal and professional brand in a resume. In other words, don’t waste your money on the cheap resumes that don’t work. Ask for credentials, such as the Certified Advanced Resume Writer credential, which I have (in addition to an MBA and Master of Arts in publishing). Successful professional resume writing is not cheap, and it’s not free. But it is likely cheaper in the long run than it will cost you day by day to delay your deserved success.

What free job search tools do you recommend to job seekers?

Wondering How to Get a Job Fast? Six Tips to Focus Your Job Search

Wondering How to Get a Job Fast?

Six Tips to Focus Your Job Search

If you’re wondering how to get a job fast, you need to stop spinning your wheels and start focusing. Here are 6 tips on how to focus your job search so you can get the right job quickly.

  1. Hire a professional resume writing service. Your first impression has to be 100% perfect. If you’re not confident that you can write a resume that makes the phone ring, call a professional resume writer to get the job done. The money you spend will pay itself back in job search speed and increased salary.
  2. Stop sending out dozens of resumes. No local market has tens or dozens or hundreds of jobs that are right for you. You might find 3 or 4 in a day’s research, but certainly not more than that. Stop wasting time sending out resumes for jobs that you a) are not interested in, and b) you’re not qualified for.
  3. Join a job club. Networking is hard for job seekers, even for the savviest among you. By joining a job club, either locally or virtually, you’ll find there is a support structure that can help you overcome the difficulties of introducing yourself and communicating your needs effectively. Job clubs also often have the benefit of being led by experts in job search.
  4. Cold call one or two people you don’t know who have jobs similar to the one you are targeting. Politely request a phone meeting with them of about 15 minutes in length. Use that time to ask specific questions about their position, what they like, what they don’t like, how they got where they are. You’ll find that people love to talk about themselves, and you’ll get great information for your own job search. N.B.: Don’t ask these people for a job. If you have to ask them anything, ask if they know someone you should meet; get that person’s phone number and use it to set up another cold-call meeting.
  5. Rework your LinkedIn profile. Change your URL to a vanity URL. Pepper your profile with critical keywords. Ask or answer a question. Learn about anything with the Updates function.

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6. Practice interview questions. You’ll need to know those answers when you’ve completed #1-5 above—the more focused you are, the easier it will be for you to get a job fast.

Have questions about how to get your job faster than you can do it alone?

Call me at 801-810-JOBS to learn about my professional resume writing service.