After some recent interactions with my clients, I have been reminded of why you need to keep a current resume at the ready. Here are some thoughts to consider…
First conversation was with someone who did have a resume, and while they’d decided they needed to find another job, all they had done to date was tell their family and friends what sort of work they were looking for. During a casual conversation with a sales assistant when out shopping with her sister one afternoon after work, our jobseeker discovered that the store was looking for another sales assistant.
She was excited about the prospect of working in the store, and wanted to show that she was keen. She rang us to update her resume, and then hand delivered it to the store owner first thing the next morning. By lunch time of the following day she had been asked to work a trial shift, and had given notice to her old employer within the week.
Next conversation was with someone who was happy with their current job and was not even looking to change jobs. The work they were doing was building a good foundation for a future career, they had a good relationship with the boss and the hours were great.
While waiting in an office to meet with someone about a totally unrelated matter on a day off, our jobseeker, who wasn’t even really a jobseeker, struck up a conversation with the receptionist. It was purely small talk… yet during the course of the conversation it became apparent that the company had an opening for a position that was seriously worth considering, and was potentially too good to refuse.
They rang us to organise a quick update and cover letter, and were able to drop copies back to the Office Manager before the close of business. Discussions are still continuing at this point, but whatever the outcome, an opportunity was created for our jobseeker because they were able to provide a current resume at a moment’s notice.
Final conversation was with someone who was looking for work, but hadn’t yet organised their resume. Through a friend they learned that a local business was looking for someone with a skillset that matched their own. They wanted to apply for the position, but by the time they organised for their resume to be prepared, the position had been given to someone else…
Each of the job seekers we have looked at had a window of opportunity – two of them were able to take advantage of that opportunity, and one missed it. Timing is everything! How ready would you be if opportunity unexpectedly came knocking on your door? Contact us if you need help with your resume….