Cheat sheet 101

On Monday, Goodwill Industries job counselor Gloria Leidel was the "star" of an interview on job-hunting tips in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her approach is more nitty-gritty than other counselors I've interviewed. Step one, she said, is to prepare a cheat sheet. This should have detailed work history, dates, salaries, addresses, phone numbers -- all very carefully checked for spelling. It should also have a list of your skills and major talking points, also what you'd like in a job. This is what you take when go to fill out an application anywhere -- be it at a kiosk in a store, or at your computer or wherever. This is a key, key point. Make a lot of copies and put them everywhere you are likely to be. Keep an extra one in your car, in your purse, in your briefcase, in your backpack. Keep copies next to every phone in your house and also within arm's length of your cellphone.

Here's why: Maybe you'll be driving by some place and see a help wanted sign. You can stop in on the spot (assuming you're reasonably dressed). You'll have all the information you need to fill out an application. Or suppose a recruiter calls after you've filled in something online. You can just easily pick up your cheat sheet. Then you won't sound rattled, because you won't be rattled.

By the way, this is not a resume. It's not something you give to anybody. It's your personal research sheet to help you in your job hunt. 

Interested in more? Gloria and I had an online chat on Monday. You can click here to read the transcript.