April 20, 2010
Got your attention, did I?
Does your resume grab attention like this? Will one quick glance at your name, cover letter and/or resume make the reader think, “I HAVE to call this person NOW”?
For the majority of you, I’ll be that’s not the case. But it needs to be.
You are competing in a huge sea of other people. Assuming there is no one profusely vouching for you at any specific company, something about you needs to “WOW” whoever first sees your resume.
Here is an example of an extreme “wow”. Below is a highlight, check out the post for more.
“… I co-owned and participate in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a successfull pot smuggling venture with revenues in excess of 100 million annualy...”; “I am well-traveled and I speak English, French and Spanish“; “References available from friends, family, US District Attorney, etc“.
While I don’t recommend highlighting your history of criminal activity, this is a very clever way of saying “look at me, I’m unique!”. It does show how you can attempt to turn a negative into a positive.
What can you do that makes you shine through the sea of people?
(hint, promising dates is not a good idea)
I really can’t help you with dating right now- other than to suggest finding a job and recruiting are a lot like dating.
However, I CAN show you how to add in the “WOW” factor to your resume. For those of you who have the perfect job, are ready to apply, but worry you’ll be stuck at the bottom of the pile, check our our Resume Overhaul services. We’ll work with you to get you to the top of the pile!
April 15, 2010
Yesterday I attended the NAB Career Day through an invite from PinkSlipMixers. The set up was much like speed dating. A line of job seekers waited (patiently) for 5-15 minute sessions with Career Coaches and Advisors.
Most of the people I spoke with were seeking advice on their resumes and one theme was common across the board.
- Highlight your achievements -
So many resumes follow the “list your duties” format for current and past positions. While it’s fine to list what you did in general, your achievements are what will stand out more than anything. You want to show a prospective employer that your work contributed to the success of your past employer in some way. Perhaps you efforts brought in more customers, or you were able to reduce expenses, or you developed a new product that helped the company. Your potential highlights are limitless, but vital to proving you are a valuable team member. It’s even better when what you achieved relates to the needs of the job you want.
Go through your resume and make sure you add in highlights- it could be the thing that gets you in the door.
(if you want more resume tips, check out our 10 Secrets of Successful Resumes)
April 14, 2010
Resumes seem to be on people’s minds a lot lately. It keeps coming up in conversations, not only from clients, but friends and family too.
One of the most common questions is “Is my resume really that important?”. My answer, it depends on the company and how you “got in” with the company, but in general, a strong yes. Regardless of if you are submitting your resume blindly or through a contact, it is a representation of you, your skills and background.
As an example- while Sarah, the Director of Sales, recommended you for the opening in Operations, it’s Sam, the head of Ops, and Pat, HR, who will actually see your resume. They like what Sarah had to say about you, but if you send them a resume that lacks relevant information, has typos, etc., it could hurt your chances of progressing. You want to come across as professional and capable as possible. Every piece of communication should relay why you are the person they need- from your phone calls, to your emails, to your resume, and on through the interview process.
There are a few things to pay attention to when writing your resume, and we’ve put together a list of the top 10 to help you get through the madness of creating/editing your resume.
It’s free, so go ahead and check it out!
April 9, 2010
A few months ago I met someone who asked me about my career. I talked about the Connected Career and described our goal- to help people figure out their dream career and how to get it.
I had barely finished my sentence when he asked me to help him get a job.
Here is how the conversation unfolded:
Stranger: So, can you help me get a job?
Me: I can help you figure out how to get the job you really want. What do you want to do?
Me: I’m sorry, that’s too broad. What do you enjoy? What have you enjoyed in the past or even something you’ve always wanted to try?
Stranger: Too many questions, I just want a job.
Me: How about you at least tell me your skillsets.
Stranger: I don’t know. Nothing comes to mind.
Me: If you don’t know what you want to do, what interests you or what your skillsets are, how do you plan on finding a job?
Stranger: Isn’t that what you do?
While this conversation was an extreme version of what we often hear, it is relatively common to hear of people wanting a change, wanting something different, but not knowing what that something looks like. And for that reason, we wrote “Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly The Plane”.
Figuring out what you really, really, really want to do, are meant to do, doesn’t always come easy. Having a guide to help you through the process can take you out of what you know and push you. A little bit or a lot.
March 24, 2010
If you applied for a job with me and I Goggled you, what would I find?
Do you have a blog linked to your name that shows me all your brilliant thoughts? Or perhaps you blog about your personal relationship drama?
Are you on Twitter? Do you share interesting thoughts, or do you talk about how much you drank last weekend?
If I look you up on Facebook, will I be able to see all your photos and posts? If so, what will they tell me about you?
What is your online presence? Do you know what’s visible? Are you proud of what is visible?
If not, go look.
The way you present yourself to the world could play a big role in the perception people have of you, whether fair or not. Not just for hiring managers, but even your network, your past, present and future co-workers and any other professional contacts you have.
Again, take a look. Set up a Google Alert even. But pay attention to how you allow yourself to be presented online and edit where needed.