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I am proud to serve as the #HAPPO champion here in the Phoenix area.  HAPPO was started by fellow communicators Arik Hanson and Valerie Simon in 2010 when many public relations and marketing communications professionals were finding themselves downsized, rightsized or basically let go from jobs.

Fortunately, many of those individuals are back on payrolls and the idea of HAPPO has evolved to include job-seekers of all levels.

Thursday, Dec. 15, noon CT (that’s 11 a.m. local time) HAPPO’s live Twitter chat will be on the subject of resumes.  Timing is pretty good, what with the winter class of college graduates about to start filling up our in-boxes with query letters.

If you are looking for a job and need some help with your resume, follow #HAPPO to hear some helpful hints from professionals in the field responsible for hiring talent and network with other communicators.  And if you’ve got some advice on resumes or other job-seeking tips, join us as well.  The more the merrier.

And in advance of the chat, here are a few of my helpful hints, what else would you add?

  1.  Please spell my name right and for goodness sakes, take a look at my website and know enough not to address the cover letter to Dear Mr. Fink.
  2. I know you may think sending out a blast email is an effective use of your time.  It’s not. Especially when you forget to put all the recipients in the BCC of your email…nothing like seeing all the folks you are applying to in one convenient location.
  3. And if you choose to personalize your email (which I highly recommend you do), please personalize it throughout the entire cover letter.  “Dear Mr. Fink, I am so interested in working for ACME Communications, I so admire what you do there.”  Two strikes --- this is HMA Public Relations.
  4. And please please please, spell-check.  Twice!  Your resume and cover letter is the first important written document you will share with a future employer.  Typos are a surefire way to be deleted.
Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

1 Comment

  1. Thanks to Mike Hayes for sharing this great CNN post — most overused resume words of the year: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/13/living/linkedin-overused-buzzwords/index.html

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