Highlights

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)

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Resume Madness

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!

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Be Creative

March 23, 2010

Instead of following tradition formats and patterns, think about ways you can be different, things you can do to stand out when going after a job you really want.  If you are in a creative field, this is almost a given.

Some great approaches I have seen over the years include:

  • A resume on which the list of skills formed a wave pattern on the side of the page. This caught my attention immediately.
  • A carefully crafted portfolio was received a day after the applicant sent their resume.  The portfolio included separate sections that detailed why the applicant fit each set of needs on the job posting.  This was not for a creative position, which made it stand out even more.
  • An invitation to take me out for coffee to talk about the position and their application.  I couldn’t take them up on it, but the offer was so out of the ordinary, I did contact the applicant to discuss their qualifications and background (meaning, they got a call back).

As long as you are professional and know and understand your audience (the company to which you are applying), adding a little creativity can go a long way in attracting the attention of the person reviewing your resume.

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