I have meet with several youth workers who are currently looking for a job. Â It seems that there are a lot of youthÂ workersÂ looking for a job and not a lot of youth ministry positions available. Â With the market in the church world looking as dismal as employment everywhere else I want to share a few tech tips that will help you be more prepared that most and stand out a little. Â Before I get into this, rememberÂ that I am giving you tech tips, I am not aÂ professionalÂ human resource person.
Also, these are great things to create while you have a job because, 1) Some of these tips are near impossible to do without a job and 2) If you need to start a job hunt you want to hit the ground running, not spending days or weeks compiling content.
Let’s start with the basics, the rÃ©sumÃ©.
If you are looking for some writing tips check out this site.Â About 2 years ago I did an exhaustive search for a junior high director, I was blown away at how hard it was to get to know a potential candidate. Â RÃ©sumÃ©s were sloppy, unimpressive, too long, incomplete, etc. Â Maybe colleges are telling their graduate to mail aÂ rÃ©sumÃ© but I want it to come to my inbox. Â I was blown away at how manyÂ rÃ©sumÃ©s came by snail mail and how many were jumbled on my computer. Â Remember, yourÂ rÃ©sumÃ© might contain a unique font, a specialÂ header, or you may own aÂ differentÂ softwareÂ version than the person you are sending it to (ever open a MS Word document from someone else and it was not formated correctly…this could be a font or software version issue). Â You do not want this to happen with a potential employer.
Once you have your resume ready, save it as a PDF document.Â If you donâ€™t have the software to do this, just Google â€œDocument to PDF,” you can do this for free.Â A PDF will freeze your formatting and fonts so when your rÃ©sumÃ©Â is opened it will look exactly the way you saved it on your computer. I am sure there are a few other ways, but PDF is a computer standard and anyone with a computer should be able to open a PDF document.
To save as a PDF try to “save as” PDF or print to PDF. Â If your software will not do wither of these try this free software called Cute PDF. It is not a good idea to use an online converter like this. If you are using unique fonts, chances are their system will not. Â The best results will happen on the computer where theÂ rÃ©sumÃ© was written.