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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Write Killer Resume

Number One: So, let’s start at the beginning. The first thing you want to put at the top of your resume is your complete contact information. This consists of four things:

• Your full name
• Your mailing address
• Your phone number
• Your email address

While this information may seem like a no-brainer, you will once again be surprised by how many people leave out either their phone number or email address or both! Leaving out this information makes a bad impression on the hiring manager, as you can imagine. Including it at the top saves the hiring manager from searching through your resume hoping to locate it, and it also makes it easy for him/her to reach out to you.

Number Two: Keep the formatting simple. This point could easily have been under the “What to avoid when writing your resume,” but I wanted to put it here as you actually get ready to write it. In a nutshell: Keep it plain and simple. Avoid the following:

Make sure you use text only:

• No shading or lines or borders
• No graphics, logos or fields
• No templates or PDF’s
• No headers or footers or page numbers
• No underlining or special characters

The reason for this is that whenever you submit your email electronically, there is a big chance that your formatting will get improperly transmitted or delivered, and this can easily lead to instantly disqualifying you. It has been estimated that as many as 75% of all resumes never even get seen because of improper formatting!

So KEEP IT SIMPLE

On the other hand, it is O.K., to use ALL CAPS (where appropriate), and to use Bold, or Italics. Use these sparingly, though, and only to make a special point.

Number Three: Think keywords. The content of your resume – your headings, summary of experience, previous job descriptions – should reflect the specific position and job posting you are applying for. Yes, this means that you will want to take a bit of time to tailor your resume for each specific job you are applying for, but it will pay off BIG TIME. Here are a couple of examples:

Summary Section: At the top of your resume, you should include a brief (and I’m talking two or three sentences) “Summary Section” where you list the specific skills and experience you have that match up to the position/job you are applying for. While writing a summary section is often neglected by job applicants, it acts as an easy and quick way for a hiring manager to quickly scan your resume and make a judgement on whether they want to read your resume or not. This is easy (and highly effective) if you just take a few minutes to do it right.

What you do is look at each specific job description you are applying for and pick out the specific skills, duties and responsibilities the job is looking for. So if the job description is looking for “An aggressive prospector/hunter who is used to making outbound calls,” your summary section should list something like this:

I AM AN AGGRESSIVE PROSPECTOR WHO IS USED TO HUNTING FOR ACCOUNTS.

EXCELS WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AT MAKING OUTBOUND CALLS TO GENERATE BOTH APPOINTMENTS AND LEADS.

As you can see, this matches up perfectly to what the hiring manager is specifically looking for, and as a result your resume will stand out among the hundreds of others that haven’t taken the time to do this. Remember, keywords like these (“aggressive,” “hunting,” “outbound calls,” are the specific things this hiring manager is looking for, and by making it obvious in your summary section that you possess them, you are in essence saying, “I’m the perfect candidate for you.” Believe me, they will keep reading through your resume.

Previous Experience: Next, you will want to keep listing these keywords throughout your previous job experience at the companies where it is appropriate. At each position where you did outbound calling, make sure and use those same keywords. Something like:

“At Safeco International, I excelled by making an aggressive number of outbound prospecting calls. In this hunter position, I was able to secure as many as five new appointments each day.”

Once again, you will see that as you list these keywords in your previous job experience, the hiring manager will keep nodding his or her head as they think, “This is the kind of person and experience I am looking for.” You should do this with each of the previous jobs you had (again, where it is appropriate), and it’s easy if you keep a copy of the job description in front of you as you tailor your resume.

Here is an example of how to turn a boring description (the kind your competition is submitting) into something that will not only make you stand out, but will make your resume outstanding!

Benefits of Contract Jobs

New Connections

During your tenure at a temporary position, you will meet and interact with new people. This helps you to build a professional network, which helps you to stay current in your chosen field. You can also gain advice from trusted sources that helps to improve your skills and lead to additional opportunities.

Trying the Job Out

Contract jobs often last weeks, months, or sometimes longer. This extended length of time working for a company gives you time to decide if the position is the right fit for you. It also allows hiring managers to evaluate your abilities. In the event that a full-time position opens up, if your managers think you are a good fit with the company, you are in a good position to land the job. You and your employer are familiar with one another and you know the job. In some cases, if you are working well, the employer may create a full-time position for you.

Filling the Gaps

Working in a temporary position is no reason to be ashamed. It is a verifiable addition to your employment history. Some managers consider a long-term temporary assignment equivalent to that of a full-time position. By using contract jobs to fill the holes when you have been laid off through no fault of your own, you can avoid being passed over for an interview. Human resource managers know that layoffs are commonplace, however, having a large gap in your employment history can still raise a red flag to potential employers.

Gaining Advice from Staffing Agencies

When you work with a staffing agency, you gain access to several job opportunities. The managers at the agency can point you in the direction of industries they think you will do well in based on your interests and experience. However, getting good gigs is not the only thing you can glean from your time with an agency. In fact, you can get some great career advice during your tenure. They can help you refine your skills and show you additional opportunities for professional development.

Tactics Find Jobs Online

• Nature of work for freelancers –
Freelancers need to decide conclusively on the nature of the work they are willing to offer. This should mandatorily be in a field they are experienced in, as experienced freelancers inevitably get priority. Freelancers need to be really passionate about the field of work they are involved in and willing to work. As this is a job far from the conventional 9-5 type, passion and discipline is important.

• Pay scale –
After deciding on the type of work, one needs to compare the prevailing prices in the market for freelancers. Depending on the domain, the experience and the credentials, rates differ. The freelancer needs to evaluate his or her value and then decide on a price point.

• Experience –
The employer will definitely look for someone with experience in the field, preferably with references.

• Social media –
One can search for jobs on social media but they must be aware of many fraudulent companies that thrive in social media platforms.

• Online platforms –
After all the groundwork is done, the easiest way to get hired is to go through a hiring portal. As a beginner, no company would be willing to give an independent freelancer a job due to nil accountability. So, this branding of the hiring platform provides a sense of security to the employer as well as offering the freelancer the opportunity. The freelancer would have to send in an updated resume and register with the website. Once a job opening arrives, the aspiring freelancer will be intimated about the client’s requirements. He or she may then be required, at times, to discuss with the client about the specific needs.

Job Skill Requirements

Be Yourself!

Perhaps a cliche… but I can’t say this often enough. I just read a popular work advice blog (to remain nameless) and I saw one of the first bits of advice for job interviews was to prepare a slick presentation of yourself and wow them with it. Ouch! While this might perhaps be useful if you are interviewing for a high-powered sales job or maybe an industry like entertainment or advertising (although even there they want to see who they’re really hiring), for most of you doing that will simply trigger a red flag, leaving the interviewer wondering if you’re all bluster and no substance.

Now I’m not saying to be all shy and gawky either (see next section), but real and conversational trumps one-dimensional and slick any time.

Look Me in the Eyes

Not saying stare at me… but when you answer my interview questions, I want to see you connect with me. I’d like to see when your eyes show real enthusiasm about something you’ve accomplished or sincerity about wanting to do a good job for me. Now of course I make room for nervousness, but if I see eyes skittering all about unable to focus on me, how can I be sure you’re being real with me?

Be Confident in Who You Are and What You Have to Offer

Don’t spend time worrying if I think you’re right for the job and what I (the interviewer) am thinking at any given moment. Just know who you are and help me see that. Know that you are a good worker who is reliable and will go the extra mile when called on – or whatever your own strengths are.

Everybody has their own unique strengths. I want to know what they are. So make sure you prepare yourself ahead of time to be able to talk about who you are and/or what you have to offer so that YOU believe it as much as you want them to. It shows.

Must know about Job Abroad

1. Do your research. Before applying for a job abroad, you need to be informed about how they manage resumes in the country you are moving to. Do you need a cover letter? Short or long resume? Do you need to attach your certificates? Or is your resume acceptable as is? In some cases, you will need to translate and notarize your degree and other certificates, so it is very important to do your research.

2. Spread the news. Once you make a decision about the place you are going to be living next, tell every single person you know. This way, you will probably meet people who went through a similar experience or that are native of the country you chose. Your aunt will always have a friend of a friend who spent their summer in a far away and exotic country.

3. Consider all your possibilities. Before quitting your job and booking the first ticket to Timbuktu, find out if the company you are currently working for offers exchange programs or if you have the possibility of being transferred to another branch. Other options are searching online for a job abroad, as well as searching your alumni networks and social network connections. Volunteering is also a great way to work abroad; besides, it’s a very rewarding experience.

4. Be smart. Always let the employer know, in your cover letter or during the interview, that you have done your research about the different aspects of their country and that you are willing and prepared to start working. Furthermore, assure them that you are flexible enough so as to adapt to a foreign environment.

5. Don’t be scared, relax. You have done your research, you have talked to every person you know about working abroad, you have looked for jobs online, you know everything there is to know about your target country, you have saved enough money to survive at least two months without a job, you are officially ready. Of course it is scary to live somewhere completely new, but it will probably be the most exciting adventure of your life, so go for it!