Resume/Job Search Question #1001
March 4, 2014 10:59 AM Subscribe
In May, I will be graduating with a master's degree in applied anthropology. I'll be meeting a potential employer this week (possibly tomorrow) at a 3-day long design/innovation bootcamp. How and when do I broach the subject of employment and ask to send him my resume? Bonus job search questions abound!
posted by a.steele to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am in my last semester of grad school in an applied anthropology program where I've had the opportunity to work on a broad range of team-based projects for various communities/agencies. The majority of my experiences have been in applied social research (research design, surveys, interviews, systematic observation, qual/quant analysis, etc). I've also spent the last year as an intern at a local housing nonprofit through a fellowship program. Most of my work has been in community development—think anthropology-meets-urban-planning—but the skills I've developed through these projects are, I believe, pretty flexible to other fields including design anthropology and consulting (although my LinkedIn profile heavily focuses on community development as this has been my primary career interest).
I've found a small consulting firm in town who I would really, really like to work for. I know for a fact that they are keen on taking on anthropologists/ethnographers since two of my colleagues work for them as paid interns. One of these colleagues encouraged me to register for a 3-day design/innovation bootcamp (which starts tomorrow) as a way to meet the co-founder of the firm who is also one of the facilitators for the workshop. Before registering for the workshop, I'd been planning on emailing them to express interest—rather than listing open positions, their website invites you to "impress" them by sending your resume/cover letter. I am hoping that my experience/availability might make me eligible for a full-time position. The co-founder/facilitator in question also happens to be the person in charge of hiring.
Onto my questions:
1. How and when do I approach this person about my interest in working for him? When we meet? On the last day of the workshop? AFTER the workshop? Does the answer change depending on whether or not I'm on his team? Can you tell I'm an over-thinker?
2. Does it matter that my LinkedIn profile differs from my resume in terms of my career goals? All of my skills and experience are the same, but I (of course) tailored the language on my resume to fit for-profit consulting work. Should I make my LinkedIn profile more general to suit a broader range of jobs?
3. General guidelines about how I can make myself stand out, especially in the community development, nonprofit, or consulting fields would be greatly appreciated. I can answer questions about or link to my resume/LinkedIn but didn't want to self-promote in my question.
I feel like I'm leaving a lot out, but I didn't want this to get too long. Let me know if I left out any key details, and thanks in advance for the advice!