Career Coach: Ghosts Can Haunt Your Career
How you leave a job is important to your reputation. End your job in good standing. Giving two weeks' notice so the employer can find someone to replace you is commonplace. But don't give your two weeks' notice just before starting a two-week vacation.
Exorcize the Demons
If you damaged your invisible resume, work hard to fix it. Acknowledge your past mistakes to your potential employer and tell him or her you have learned from them. Having learned from them, you are a better employee and you want to prove it. Volunteer to work for free for a week. Work hard. You want to prove that you can be trusted, you are a valuable employee and you are going to make the best of your fresh start. Be friendly to everyone. Prove you are a team player with a great attitude.
Cast a Magic Spell
The invisible resume is your most important marketing tool. The world is small and word about your reputation can be spread using the tools of the internet and face to face contact. You want that to work for you, not against you.
Your performance is key to building your believability. Build a reputation for honesty, candor and ethical behavior. Avoid gossip. Be trust worthy. Be a "problem solver." Be dependable, committed and easy to deal with.
Maintain a professional, upbeat, can-do attitude. Enthusiasm and passion go a long way to building your career.
Your invisible resume is exchanged any place two people get together -- at work, social gatherings, meetings and especially when a company looks for new hires. Ever heard anyone say, "Anybody know this guy? What's he like?" Word travels fast and your invisible resume travels faster than you know. You add to your invisible resume every day, but it is very hard to delete anything.
Reputations matter. Make sure your invisible resume is stellar and you'll never have a problem finding a job.
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is a recruiter, career coach and internationally known speaker at conferences and colleges. As a career coach she helps people find jobs and careers they love. She helps clients visualize their future and gives ideas on how to attain what they desire. As a recruiter, she helps companies find the people they need. You can contact her at PamRecruit@q.com. Her "Career Coach" column can be read at http://mag.awn.com. Her Linkedin profile can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelathompson.