Career-Resumes writes resumes. That’s obvious. So you got your resume, and it’s great! What are the rest of your job search tools? Here are some that I try and keep on-hand:
Your resume is the industry standard document which everyone knows and accepts. You may make progress in your job search and networking without one, but there will eventually come a time when someone asks for your resume.
Business cards are what professionals share between themselves, isn’t it? It isn’t common to go to a business networking function and see a bunch of employed professionals passing out resumes, but it is common to see them passing out business cards. Aren’t you a professional? Yes, you are… and you should have business cards. I get mine from VistaPrint, but you can get yours from a ton of different places.
A professional email address. If you can’t spare the $10/year to get your own domain name, and have an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org, you should make sure you have an email address that looks professional. Something like Jason@gmail.com is much better than email@example.com. When
A pen. If you are in a job interview, or at a networking event, you shouldn’t have to ask someone else for a pen to write down an email address, phone number, date for an appointment, etc. You should be prepared with your own pen. You can ask, of course, and you should if you don’t have one, but having your own tools (pen, in this case) makes it look like you are there on-purpose.
A professional-looking binder that zips. Something you can put documents in, keep a notepad for notes, or just keep your miscellanous stuff. Walking around a room with a bunch of loose papers just doesn’t look good… keep it all nice and neat.
Gum (or some kind of bad-breath-killer). I like to keep gum on hand (which is hard when my kids figure out where my stash is), but once saw a professional speaker pull out a listerine strip. You can also get just minty hard candies… anything to help keep bad breath under control. If it’s gum, I usually spit it out before the event (job interview, informational interview, networking event, etc.)
These are some of my tools… what are yours?