Yes yes yes we’re back again with a brand new episode of Unsolicited Career Advice. Where we give career-saving advice and tips on how to grow the perfect urban vegetable garden.
Question one: Need advice: grant-writing - a skill to put on a resume or nah? Not applying for a job, it’s a class assignment. Any help is appreciated.
Ok so I get that this is for an assignment but let’s pretend for a second that it was real. What skills should you be including on your resume?
The answer? Well it depends.
The good news is that there are usually some great clues that can help. And you don’t have to be a Manitowoc police office to plant the evidence. I mean uhhh You don’t have to be an FBI detective to piece the clues together.
The first place to search for clues is in the job posting for the position you’re applying for. In that posting, the company will most likely highlight some skills they want you to have. Use those skills to make some assumptions about other skills to include.
If the posting asks for somebody who is familiar with grant-making process, it makes TOTAL sense to include your grant-writing skills on your resume.
The second place to look is on the company’s website. Dig into their about page, their careers page and maybe even their blog or facebook page. Find any articles, links or posts that talk about their team or the skills they value or better yet, maybe the company has posted their mission statement.
Take those things and start lining up the skills you have with the things they value and include those on your resume.
Speaking the same language as the company is a great way to prove to them that you pay attention and that you’d also be a great addition to their team
Question two: Where do I apply to volunteer to be rocketed to the
We’re not 100% sure where you should apply but we do know who you’ll be working with if you get the job: “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. The man does everything. A trip to the moon? He’ll schedule that between a trip to sick kids hospital, saving a family of possum from a burning forest, filming 3 movies and doing 50 minutes on the elliptical.
Question three: wanting a career change have no idea where to start?
This can be tough. Once you’ve grown a little impatient or dissatisfied with your current career it can be confusing and frustrating trying to figure out your next steps.
The first thing is to take inventory of some of the ideas you’re having.
If you’ve been daydreaming about film or thinking about fashion non-stop, write it down. Write down all of the things that you’ve been thinking about.
Next, figure out what things you can do now, before you leave your job and make a complete change, to start having some of those experiences.
Could you volunteer for your local TV station on the weekend? Could you hit up Craigslist to find if the upcoming fashion show needs help? Could you start a blog about your fashion picks for this season or snap photos for your instagram account to get your fix for the things you’re thinking about.
From there, figure out if you like those experiences and figure out how to get more of them. Could you turn that single volunteer opportunity into a regular volunteer opportunity. Could you join the planning committee for next year’s fashion show?
Aside from gaining experience, the point is to take some low-risk chances to learn about the things you believe you might be interested in. You may get a volunteer position in film just to find out that you absolutely hate the industry or the hours or the pressure and decide it’s not for you.
When you do land on something you feel is the right fit, it’s time to double down. See if you can get a weekend job doing that thing or maybe evenings or maybe your volunteering will lead you to a job offer that you can’t refuse.
The point is, to start a career change, you need to get a better understanding of what’s out there, how you’ll fit in and what your next steps will be. You’ll also need to be patient. This stuff can take a little time but as long as you’re moving forward it’s not wasted time.
There you have it, Unsolicited Career Advice episode 7 delivered to you like a bouquet of flowers from The Rock Dwayne Johnson to your parents on their anniversary because he saw on Instagram that today was their special day. Really. The guy’s is honestly the nicest dude ever.