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COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION
NORMAN MANLEY LAW SCHOOL
P.O. Box 231, Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica, W.I.
Applications are invited from interested and
suitably qualified persons to fill the following
positions at the Norman Manley Law School:
• DIRECTOR, Legal Aid Clinic
(for the School and Legal Aid Clinic)
• ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
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THE CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 15, 2016
Everyone is special in their own
way. We all apply unique abilities
and knowledge to our jobs every day.
Don't Be Generic!
When job seekers create their resumes
and cover letters, they sometimes describe
themselves in very broad terms to try
and appeal to a larger audience.
However, this often can lead to down-
playing their best qualities instead of
highlighting them. Job seekers must keep
in mind their key strengths are what will
be used to compare them to other fine
Many job seekers find that they are
qualified for many different positions or
want to do something different than they
have in the past.
Unfortunately, candidates do not often
get a chance to talk to someone face-
to-face to elaborate on their career s past
and future. Their resume speaks for them.
And if the resume sends a confusing
message as to what they can do, it is not
an effective tool.
The same problem can arise during
an interview when answering the ques-
tion, "What are you looking for in your
Send a Clear Message
These days, most resume experts say
to remove the Objective from resume
and replace with a Professional Summary.
This summary should highlight your
expertise and experience and will convey
to hiring managers what your strengths
are.Certainly, secondary talents can be
included, but when recruiters and hiring
managers scan resumes, they are doing
it quickly and categorising you. Are you
an engineer, sales person, accountant?
Do you have a lot of experience or new
to the workforce? Do you have certifi-
cations they are looking for?
Although your tendency might be to
try and appeal to a large population by
showing you can fit in many different
jobs, the reality is you may not convince
the hiring manager you can fill the spe-
cific job they are looking to fill.
In other words, you need to project
that your specialty matches what they
need the most.
How to Manage Multiple Specialties
If you truly have more than one career
direction, you might consider having two
different resumes to provide to different
recruiters for job opportunities. By pro-
viding a recruiter with a resume that is
focused on experience that is similar to
the job they typically fill, you are more
likely to get granted an interview (or at
least get their attention). Remember, you
are competing with many others who
may have focused on this specialty for
longer and dived deeper in the knowledge
required. Saying you have other skills
may not be an advantage.
When emailing recruiters asking about
future opportunities, make sure your
email includes accomplishments related
to the specific job description. As with
most job opportunities, closely matching
the job requirements is the first step.
Once contacted, you can always share
more about yourself. You may find out
during interviewing or preparation that
one of your less-promoted talents could
be useful for the company. That s a bonus
and a potential differentiator. But if you
start the process focused on these sec-
ondary qualities, you will get dropped in
the "Maybe Pile."
But What If I Really Want to Change
Ask yourself, does this change in
career direction have to happen this
year? Can it wait? Yes, there are jobs
out there that do not require much
related experience. But these may also
require a steep pay cut or demotion in
stature for you. If you are able to accept
this, you ll likely have several options.
If you are not, you have an alterna-
You might consider filling a void in
a company s capabilities with your spe-
cial talents, and then later transfer
within the company to a new role.
Once the company has seen what you
can do, they may be more likely to take
a chance on putting you in a role where
you have less than ideal experience.
Before approaching a new company,
learn about all the roles it offers and
see if these roles appeal to you. You
may even find jobs you can apply for
within your specialty that work hand-
in-hand with roles on your desired
career path. Building relationships with
those teams on-the-job really helps
build the respect and trust you ll need
when wanting to make the switch.
It s the old story of the square peg
and round hole. With so many people
looking for jobs, hiring managers feel
that they can find a round peg for their
proverbial round hole. If you appear
to be some strange shape that doesn t
exactly fit, they will likely keep looking
through the other pegs
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