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Tools for a More Effective Job Search – Knowledge is Power

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Whether you’re an old pro at job searching or jumping for the first time in 20 years, you’ll want to conduct your due diligence about  job search “best practices.” So many things have changed over the years — even the last couple of years. It’s not your father’s job search anymore where you walked in to a company and asked for a job.

So how do you get caught up? Read. Read. And read some more. The Internet is full of articles related to job search strategy. You’ll find conflicting information, so it will be important to use your critical thinking skills to decide what works best for you. To start, the archives of Career Builder offer a myriad of helpful articles:  http://cb.com/1sm5qVy   Knowledge is power.

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Develop a better resume by using a brag book (and better prepare for your interviews too)

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

It’s time to write / update your resume. What kind of data / metrics do you have ready to include? Did you forget to save your last performance evaluation, monthly sales numbers, customer commendations? It happens all too often.

So here’s the solution: Keep a brag book. The most successful sales professionals do and so should you — whether you are in sales or not.

The well-developed brag book actually can serve two purposes — for the resume, of course, but you can use the brag book for your interview. Talk about making you stand out from your competition! You’ll be miles ahead. The book can:
• Highlight your accomplishments.
• Document the breadth and depth of your educational credentials, training, and professional development.
• Give you support in answering interview questions.
• Provide more depth and credibility to the accomplishments on your resume.

You don’t have to make this a complex project. A blank journal from the dollar store can work. Maybe later, once you get into the swing of it, you’ll want to add artifacts and turn it into more of a portfolio of your career successes. You might then include:
• Certificates of training completion.
• Letters of commendation from clients or management.
• 30-60-90-day plan.
• Photos of activities related to the job.

But for now, just make daily notes in your dollar-store journal about the little successes of the day. What did your customers say about you? How did you rank on the monthly division sales report? Which project (and why) were YOU selected to lead? Make sure you add dates with each entry so you can better keep track.

Now, when you sit down to update your resume, you’ll have data to review and be ready to knock ‘em dead with a killer resume.

Three Little Words — Keep Them Out of Your Interview

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

I personally interview all my clients before I write a resume. And I’m often saddened by the way they present themselves as they describe to me their strengths and accomplishments. Too many job seekers lack a positive attitude and the self-esteem needed to sell themselves to the next employer.

If I can keep them from using three little words during the interview process, I am confident that they can be much more successful in landing the job. What are they?

Just

But

Only

“I was just the administrative assistant at my last company.”

“I completed the project on time and under budget, but it didn’t seem to please the customer.”

“I am only proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.”

Now, read the sentences without those words (and connected phrases) and see how much more impressive the individuals sound.

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Tell your story with confidence and achievement. No one cares what didn’t happen, what you didn’t do nor what you haven’t yet tried.

Please, please talk to your strengths. Brag about the positive; bury the negative. You have been chosen for the interview because you

have offered the necessary qualifications. Sell them.

 

 

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Jobseeker: Why didn’t they hire you? You were perfect for that job!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Your resume is great — why, it got you to the interview. The job was a perfect fit. You matched every one of the job requirements. And you know you could work circles around any other candidate in that role.

But they didn’t hire you.

Why? It could be anything, but you might want to take a long hard look at your own behavior before you start blaming age, sex or over qualification.

This list of reasons people don’t get hired seems obvious to most of us. But, sometimes,  it only takes one slip to turn away the interviewer and lose the opportunity.

This is why it is so important to practice, practice, practice before any interview. Choose someone who knows the target industry and will be brutally honest with you. To quote Sports Agent David Falk: “Blunt is beautiful.”

21 Reasons Candidates Don't Get Hired

21 Reasons Candidates Don’t Get Hired

 

Job Seekers: Is Your Head About to Explode?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Everywhere you turn, as a job seeker, someone is telling you to do something new, something different. If only you followed their advice, you’d be employed, right? Ah, that it were that easy.

The job search process today isn’t what it was 20 years ago. We didn’t follow companies on Twitter (what’s that?); we didn’t have to attend job clubs to network; heck, we didn’t even have “job boards” to search through each day. Life was simple then. We found jobs in the newspaper; we worked with recruiters; we cultivated our network of contacts; and we made sure we had a quality resume. Wait a minute, isn’t that close to what we’re required to do now? The methodology may be different, but the fundamentals are the same.

Research and networking — and a good resume.

Don’t let all the new terminology get to you. When you don’t recognize a term, Google it. Do your research so you can be on the same page as the other candidates. Don’t cut corners just because it sounds like a new learning experience. Take some classes; read job search articles; attend the job clubs.

I strongly believe that jobs are out there for you. You just have to apply thoughtful strategy — and a good resume — to find them.

More on Social Media

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Did you know that Twitter is one of the 50 most-visited websites, the fastest-growing website and the 3rd most-used social network? If you are a jobseeker, you’ll be interested to know that 45% of hiring companies in all sectors are using Twitter. And if you use Twitter well, you will have an advantage in connecting with companies and recruiters — you can be a First Responder!

I’ve recently taken a 3-part course on Twitter (Jessica Pierce, Career Transition Expert, Founding Partner of JobSeekersAZ and Owner of Accelerated Team Dynamics) and now truly understand the value. With the use of some Twitter tools such as TweetDeck, Hootsuite or TweetMyJobs, you only need invest a few minutes per day to monitor the job announcements in your field.

You can’t avoid it any longer if  want to make things happen with your job search — Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook — they’re the places to be!

Social Media

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Many of us have come into the social media age kicking and screaming. And some of you are not using social media at all. If you’re one of the latter and you’re a job seeker, you’ve got to get on the band wagon and use LinkedIn, use Facebook, use Twitter to get back to work.

Employers are posting their job openings on social media well before they pay the big bucks to post on Monster or Careerbuilder. And recruiters are mining the social media sites to find qualified candidates for their job openings.

But most of all, successful candidates are using LinkedIn, for instance, to find contacts / hiring managers at the companies they’ve targeted — and come in through a side door to get interviews.

Be sure your profiles are strong and demonstrate your value. Be sure you include a picture and that it is a professional pose. Be sure all your digital dirt is covered wtih positive references.

Make social media work for you.

One Size Fits All? No Way!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

I’ve been getting a lot of calls lately from people who insist they want a generic resume. “I don’t care what kind of job I get. I just need a job” or “I’m going to be applying for all kinds of jubs. Do I have to have a different resume each time I apply?”

Yup. ‘Fraid so. Maybe not a totally rewritten resume, but certaining a targeted focus. Can you imagine how many resumes employers are getting for each job posting? Do you think those employers have the time, the energy or the inclination to read between the lines as they skim over your qualifications? You’ll be lucky if they spend as much as 15 seconds on your resume initially.

Therefore, you’ve got to make that resume prove that you are the answer to all their employee dreams. Make the resume focused on the employer’s needs — not your history.

Sure, this all takes work. What? Did you think the job search process should be easy?

Unemployment rate jumps to 10.2 percent

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Washington Post today: “The unemployment rate has surpassed 10 percent for the first time since 1983. Nearly 16 million people can’t find jobs and employers cut a net total of 190,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department says.”

But jobs are out there — and good ones. I just heard the story of the salesman from San Francisco who accepted a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with salary boost and sign-on bonus — with cost of living comparison, he will be making double his old salary.

How did he get so “lucky”? It wasn’t luck. He planned, contracted a professional resume writer, conducted extensive research and practiced his interviewing technique. He made it happen.

Too many of these 16 million people are so busy whining and crying that they aren’t working their job search. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but the job seeker has got to work hard to find the new opportunity.

Why will they take a chance on a poor resume presentation? They need to stand out from the other 15,999,999 people applying for the same jobs.

Can’t afford it? Ha! You can’t afford not to. If a professionally prepared resume gets you back to work 2 or 3 months sooner, isn’t it worth the investment?

You received help from your local One Stop? Oh dear. Most of those government employees (I didn’t say all) have not been trained as a Certified Professional Resume Writer has. Most professional resume writers participate in continuing education on a monthly (if not weekly) basis to be sure they are able to present you with the greatest impact.

The Washington Post doesn’t report how many people have gotten good jobs in the last few months, but I’d be willing to bet there are many who have. And, I’d also be willing to bet that the majority of them used a professionally developed resume to get those jobs.

Stop with the Doom and Gloom

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

You know, the unemployment rate may be nearing 10%, but that also means that there is a 90+% employment rate.  The glass is more than half FULL!

There are lots of jobs out there, you just have to present yourself so the employers will see the value in hiring you. That’s where a certified professional resume writer comes in.

Don’t try to take the easy way out. Invest in yourself. If you’ve been laid off and you can get back to work even a couple of weeks sooner, will a $300-500 investment be worth it?


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