3 Ways to Position Your Professional Resume to Land the Interview

February 1, 2010 1 comment

Ever worked in more than one industry or more than one position on your way to career super stardom?  I thought so.  Many of us get trapped by this feeling that our resume has to be a complete historical rundown of everything we have ever done and everywhere we have ever done it.  Not true.  Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying; I’m not advising you to lie, be untruthful, or withhold information.  What I am going to share with you are three ways to focus your resume so that you can optimize your opportunities for interview call backs.

DO NOT SEND A GENERIC RESUME.

Sending a generic, unfocused resume is a waste of your time and the hiring manager’s time.  Instead, spend a few extra moments tailoring your resume to fit the needs of the organization to which you are applying.  Review the job description and ensure that you offer what they need.  Then make sure you show them that.

DO NOT LIST DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

I just rocked the boat on that one a little, didn’t I?  Seriously, a list of your past duties and responsibilities is so boring.  I can get that from a job description.  What I can’t get from a job description is how you addressed those responsibilities.  SHOW me how successful you are by using C.A.R. (challenge, action, results) statements to showcase your achievements and contributions.

GIVE THEM A REASON TO KEEP READING

Develop a relevant and effective personal branding statement that in one sentence tells the employer who you are and the value you can bring to their organization.  If you can meet or exceed a need they have it makes you a very valuable resource and puts you at the top of their candidate list.

If you show the employer you are the perfect fit, that you can meet/exceed their needs, and that you can bring quantifiable value to their organization, who wouldn’t want to hire you?  It is just a matter of taking the time to show them you’re the right person for the job.  In our fast-paced society we sometimes feel that quantity outweighs quality, but in this job market nothing could be more critical.  Instead of shooting blanks at every opportunity that comes across your path, invest some extra time in creating a document that will secure you the interview.  And it is an investment because in the long run it will pay off; it just takes a little extra time up front.

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January 29, 2010 1 comment

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Tips For Improving Your Executive Job Search in the New Year

January 27, 2010 1 comment

Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s time make some choices regarding your executive job search that could help offer you a fresh start. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to evaluate your job search methods and to find ways to improve your chances of landing a dream position in 2010.

Reevaluate What You Want

As you’re thinking about the executive career you’re looking for, it’s good to make sure you feel the same way that you did about your career track a few months ago. It’s natural to evolve over time and have your career objectives evolve with you. So before you go with the “flow” you’ve created for yourself, take some time to make sure you’re heading in the direction you want to move in at this point. You may realize that it’s time to actually reevaluate your goals and begin searching for a career in a totally different industry.

Look for New Industry Trends

If you’re sure that you’re on the right track with the career you’re pursuing, even at this stage in your career, it’s good to keep searching for new trends to learn and understand. You may know a great deal about your industry, but without being entrenched in it regularly, it’s hard to know everything that’s going on. So in the New Year, it’s a good idea to see what new trends are expected in your industry then take the necessary steps to prepare yourself for changes (i.e. take new classes, add new categories to your blog, etc.).

Build Your Online Professional Brand

If you have yet to expand on your online presence, it is more than important that you get started sooner than later, so why not do it for the New Year? Many employers recruit executive-level professionals they’ve found online, so it’s important to build a brand in this area.

One fast and easy way to build an online presence is to create a free LinkedIn profile that allows you to list your employment history, education, and even garner recommendations. Also, you could create a free blog that allows you to give tips, advice and insight about your field.

Another great way to expand your online presence is to purchase a website domain in your name. This can be cheap–expect to pay as little as $10 per year, with additional costs of about $5 per month for hosting. On your website, you could create a simple page that lists your name, title, contact information and a link to your LinkedIn page/resume (don’t forget to create a creative, yet professional design).

Review Your Resume

One of the most important ways to get a good start to your job search in 2010 is to review your resume. Add anything to your resume that might be significantly influential, including training courses, guest blogs, etc. Also, you want to check to grammar and spelling errors, as well as any cosmetic adjustments you might want to make to help improve its appearance. With every new year comes a breadth of new opportunities, and you’ll certainly want to take advantage of these opportunities whenever and wherever possible. So as you prepare for a new year of job seeking, don’t forget to refresh and rebuild for 2010.

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Couch Potato Job Seeker

January 26, 2010 1 comment

This article is courtesy of Nicole Hitch at http://www.bluewaveprofessionals.com

It is amazing how many people I have spoken with lately that are looking for work and somehow still think that by purely looking through employment opportunities on job boards and applying online with a generic resume – it is going to land them their next dream job. This topic has been in the news, in many blogs, on the radio and all over various newspapers and magazines, yet so many have not yet gotten the picture. Job seekers… you must do better than that!

Think outside the box and get creative! Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes with 500 resumes in front of you and one opening, what would get your attention and make you want to learn more about the person in the resume? Or if you are going to a job fair or career forum, what will set you apart from everyone else there? What will get you noticed (in a positive way)?

Based on my observations and experiences here are a few thoughts for job seekers. ..

When applying for jobs, tailor your resume for each job you are applying to! Don’t just put together a general resume with your jobs in chronological order and brief descriptions of your experience… Your resume is basically your print ad; you need to make it jump out of the pile. The front page should be a basic “Cliffs Notes” of what you bring to the table for that specific position/company.

Follow up!!!!! If you apply online, follow up with a phone call to make sure they got your completed application and show your interest. Mail your cover letter and application to the company as well as apply online. Go in person to hand deliver your cover letter and resume. Kevin Donlin had a great idea on KARE-11 that has also worked for some; mail your resume in a Thank You note, thanking the manager for taking the time to read your resume. The point is DO more and think outside the box!

If you are going to a job fair or career forum, put your professional picture on your resume. The recruiters there see tons of people and it may be one more thing to help them remember you. This should only be used in situations like a job fair.

•I should not have to say this, but if you are going to a job fair, career forum, or going to hand in your resume in person dress professionally!!! You never know who you will meet and you don’t get a second chance at a first impression!

Network, network, network!!!

If you want to hear more of my ideas on this topic, please feel free to e-mail me at nhitch@bluewaveprofessionals.com I am also sure there are many more wonderful and creative ideas out there and I would love to hear them and would welcome any discussion, questions or am here to collaborate with to come up with more great ideas.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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Keeping Your Resume Manageable and Avoiding Clutter

January 25, 2010 1 comment

When you begin to look for a new job, it’s imperative to update your resume with exciting and valid new information. Most likely you were able to gain a great deal of experience in your latest position, so you should have plenty to add to your resume.

There’s a problem, though; with all of the new data that you’ve added< in, your resume is too cluttered and unreadable. So now, your job is to declutter it before sending it out to be considered. Here are some tips to help you clean it up…

Rethink Your Career Goal

One way to clean up your resume is to rethink exactly what it is you’re looking for in your career. Regardless of how good you were at your last job, you may feel inclined to look for something that doesn’t resemble your old position in the slightest. You may feel ready to shift gears a bit.

Or you may want to remain in the same area, but with a more specific focus. Whatever your goal may be, it’s important to define it and use it to guide you through the rest of the resume. You can get quite an edge in your job search by developing your focus a little–this will allow you to see what your potential employers see, and you’ll be much better equipped to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

Clean Up Your Employment History / Work Experience

Another important step in decluttering your resume is to clean up your work history. There are a couple of ways that you could approach this step in your process. If you worked at your last employer for over 20 years, you could keep the job information but adjust what details you share.

On the other hand, if you’ve had a number of employers, you not only will want to rethink what details should be included under each position, but also rethink which positions should be included. Much of this will be determined by the job you’re applying for. Try to find details in your job history that match up with what your potential new employer is looking for. That could mean that you might eliminate some details from each job, or eliminate some jobs if they’re not relevant.

What Would You Want to See (if You Were an Employer)

One great way to eliminate unnecessary information from your resume is to take the position of an employer as you read it. Think about what you would look for if someone was coming to work for you. You might look for keywords rather than reading the entire resume, particularly busy. You might also look for technology that you wouldn’t have to train them on, as well as any awards that show just how extraordinary they really are. As you’re writing your resume, it’s good to think in terms of what an employer may want to know about you.

By taking the steps necessary to declutter your resume, you could give yourself career direction and ensure that you present the best resume possible for position you’re applying for.

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The Top 10 LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers

January 25, 2010 1 comment

This is a compilation of what we feel are the most productive, successful, and growing career groups on LinkedIn. These groups are designed for those on the hunt for a new career, new position, new company, or information related to career search. If you’re not utilizing LinkedIn groups you are missing out. If you are involved in some groups take a look at this list to evaluate if you’re getting the most from your LinkedIn experience and doing the best you can for your career.

1. About.com Job Search and Careers. Career building and job searching advice from About.com, including job search advice, online networking and social media strategies, and professional branding and career resources.

2. Career Change Central. Career Change Central is a group for job changers and people in career transition to meet in a central place with recruiters, hiring managers, and career coaches. Career Change Central will offer tips for job changers, free resources, and a place for recruiters and hiring managers to post their current needs. Career Change Central is a central place for candidates and recruiters who are local, domestic, and global to interact, with the purpose of getting people working faster.

3. Career Rocketeer | Career Launch Network. The fastest-growing professional networking group for career search, career development and personal branding. Career Rocketeer brings career and job seekers and employers, recruiters and career experts together for mutual success.

4. Helping Friends Career Network. A business and career network of networkers for entrepreneurs, hiring managers, recruiters, and talented professionals worldwide to make meaningful win/win connections.

5. JibberJobber Career Management. An extension of the website jibberjobber.com this group provides access to a multitude of career experts and great career management advice.

6. Job Openings, Job Leads, and Job Connections. The number one LinkedIn Jobs Group open to everyone and provides connections and leads on jobs.

7. Looking for a Job. The goal for this group is to give any prospective employee’s maximum exposure to the open job market. As most of you will be aware, over half the live vacancies within companies are never advertised.

8. Star Candidate for Hire. Star: Candidate for Hire is the most efficient Group on LinkedIn to find a great job quickly: The Group works in tandem with Linked: HR, by far the largest Recruiters’ Group on LinkedIn. Linked: HR recruiters are regularly reminded to check Star: Candidate for top candidates. Also use this Group to discuss and network with other candidates, share tips, get news about the job market, and read the Jobs posted by many recruiters or available through job portals’.

9. The Talent Buzz. The Talent Buzz group is for all Job Seekers, Candidates, Recruiting, HR, and Marketing professionals interested in networking, and being kept up to date with the latest trends in Human Resources, Diversity, Talent Management, Recruitment, Social Media, and Social Networking.

10. Tim’s Strategy: Ideas for Job Search, Career and Life. The Tim’s Strategy job search, career and networking group is comprised of active job seekers as well as employed professionals offering tips, advice and strategies for successful job search and career management.

We also want to note a few honorable mentions for industry/career specific groups:
Financial Careers: Financial Services Career Center
Green Jobs: Green Jobs and Career Network
Executives: Execunet’s Executive Suite
Information Technology: IT Specialist Group

We hope you will find these groups useful in your career and job search. To submit your resume for a free analysis send your resume to info@greatresumesfast.com. To view samples of professionally written, high-impact, and personally branded resumes visit http://www.greatresumesfast.com.

As always – best wishes for your job search!

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Including Temporary Employment on Your Executive Resume

January 22, 2010 2 comments

This is a guest post by Heather Eager. This is an issue that tons of clients ask us and we thought this was a great way to address it.

While searching for an executive level job, have you spent time working temporary positions? You might have considered omitting these temporary jobs from your executive resume’s next draft. However, most employers are certainly used to seeing temporary occupations listed.

As many executives know, some temp jobs can be as challenging and rewarding as full time occupations, especially on the executive level. So as you write your resume, don’t feel that your temp positions deserve anything less that the treatment you would give a permanent position. Most importantly, be sure not to leave these jobs out. Instead, learn how to add them on. Here are a few steps to consider:

Follow the Standard Resume Format

You may be tempted to use different resume format since you’re adding material that is not considered standard on your resume. This can be a mistake, as you’ll want to keep your executive resume as normal and standardized as possible. This means making your temp job entry the same as the other employment history entries on your resume.

How, then, can you show that the temp position was different in some way from your other positions? Well, since a temporary position isn’t exactly the same, you would simply add “temporary” at the end of your job title. For an example, if you were an executive in charge of communications, you’d write something like “Executive Communications Director, Temporary” on your executive resume. This is the only reference to your position being temporary that is necessary. If your potential employer has more questions, you can answer them in the interview.

Make Sure to Add to Regular Job Section

Again, you want your temporary position to have the same feel as the other jobs on your resume. When you’re adding in the other positions you’ve held, executive or otherwise, you’ll want to put the temporary job in its logical place. In other words, don’t create a separate “temporary” section. You really fulfilled the same duties and responsibilities of any permanent employee in the same position. Don’t diminish the job in any way–treat it as a real position?

Listing Your Agencies

If you were hired on a temporary basis through an agency, you do want to list the agency on your resume. If you had only one assignment through the agency then it’s a good idea to combine the assignment and agency into a single entry. In other words, you would list the job you worked for and your title then list the agency you worked for in the job description.

On the other hand, if you had multiple assignments through an agency then you want to list the agency in the place where you would normally list the company. If you want to list more than one of assignments you had with the agency, the will be listed as bullet points under the company. If you’re only listing a single assignment, though, you’d still list your agency as the company, then detail the assignment in the job description.

So now do you feel more comfortable with adding a temporary position to your resume? If so then there’s no better time than now to get started.

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