Top Resume Writing & Career Services https://www.topresumewriting.com Reducing Unemployment Time and speeding up job search success Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:56:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 https://www.topresumewriting.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-top-resume-32x32.png Top Resume Writing & Career Services https://www.topresumewriting.com 32 32 Do Recruiters and Hiring Managers Really Care If You’re Not on LinkedIn? https://www.topresumewriting.com/3073-2/ https://www.topresumewriting.com/3073-2/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:24:12 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=3073 They sure do. Or maybe they don’t… depending on your viewpoint. Don’t worry, I’ll explain. Consider this: a 2012 Jobvite survey showed 93-percent of recruiters were tapping into LinkedIn to source talent. I assume that number is larger now since this survey was conducted five years ago. Regardless, the numbers… read more →

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They sure do. Or maybe they don’t… depending on your viewpoint. Don’t worry, I’ll explain.

Consider this: a 2012 Jobvite survey showed 93-percent of recruiters were tapping into LinkedIn to source talent.

I assume that number is larger now since this survey was conducted five years ago. Regardless, the numbers speak to LinkedIn’s ever increasing influence and relevance in the employment landscape.

So yes, recruiters and hiring managers DO care about being able to find talented job candidates on LinkedIn; and yet maybe they DON’T care about those job seekers who can’t be bothered to create a profile on a FREE platform that allows them to be found. Hopefully that makes sense.

If you’re among those hesitant to join LinkedIn, I get it. Some people just aren’t comfortable with the level of visibility and accessibility that comes with having an online profile. Obviously you can choose not to include a LinkedIn profile as part of your career marketing strategy if you want; but it’s important to understand what you could miss out on by making that decision:

Increasing Your “Searchability”

As I mentioned, at least 93-percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn to find candidates they can connect with the companies they represent. Obviously if you’re not on LinkedIn, you can’t be found. Consider also that when you submit your resume in response to a job opportunity, the hiring manager  will review your resume. If he/she is interested, they will usually search for you in Google for more information. Some go directly to LinkedIn to search.

Certain professional terms and keywords can increase your likelihood of being found on both LinkedIn and more popular Internet search engines.

Managing and Promoting Your Brand

Your brand communicates your value. Your area(s) of expertise. Your authority. What you bring to the table. Having a clear brand differentiates you from other’s in you field, and that can really amplify your job search success.  Employers can identify your strengths while getting a glimpse into who you are and what’s important to you individually.

They expect to see some sort of digital footprint. Your social media profiles, blogs, etc. can provide a glimpse of your personality which can also help employers determine whether you’ll be a good fit within their organizational culture.

Growing Your Network of Contacts

When you consider the fact that 75-percent of job seekers secure jobs through the people they know, it doesn’t take a genius to recognize the benefits of building a large network. LinkedIn makes it so easy to establish connections with others by sending and accepting individual invitations, actively sharing newsworthy/informative updates, and joining and participating in professional groups.

Building Professional Credibility with Recommendations

Nothing builds trust and professional credibility quite like a referral from someone who has only good things to say about the work you do. It’s what makes LinkedIn recommendations so powerful. Recommendations can brag about how well you solved a problem, increased market share, or saved the company a significant amount of money. They’re tangible proof of how beneficial you were to previous employers and/or clients.

Even if you’re still on the fence about including LinkedIn as a tool in your career communications arsenal, it’s important that you understand it’s purpose and value so you can make an informed decision.

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Why Believing the One-Page Resume Myth is Holding You Back https://www.topresumewriting.com/believing-one-page-resume-myth-holding-back/ https://www.topresumewriting.com/believing-one-page-resume-myth-holding-back/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 03:56:36 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=3045     Back in the day, around 10+ years ago, building a quality resume was a lot less complicated than it is today. Back then, employers didn’t expect a lot from the resumes they received. The basic rules were simple:   Provide a short objective describing the type of job/company… read more →

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Back in the day, around 10+ years ago, building a quality resume was a lot less complicated than it is today. Back then, employers didn’t expect a lot from the resumes they received. The basic rules were simple:

 

  • Provide a short objective describing the type of job/company you were seeking.
  • List the companies/job positions in chronological order.
  • Provide a brief job descriptions (emphasis on BRIEF) and present everything on one-page.
  • Print the resume on nice a quality paper stock (preferably white linen I think).

Over the years, resume writing has had no choice but to evolve to keep up with changing hiring practices. Unfortunately, many of you are still receiving and following outdated advice that just doesn’t work in this job market. I know because I’m still receiving requests from clients to squeeze five-10 years of work experience into a single page resume that is expected to clearly communicate the job seeker’s expertise, skills, and accomplishments. These same people that believe in the one-page myth so strongly they insist on deleting and downsizing their career experience to a one page document are also the same people that contact me beyond frustrated by a fruitless job search that’s yielded no results to date – not even a single offer to interview.

These folks are being misled into believing that recruiters, hiring managers, and HR professionals will not consider a resume that is  two-pages long.  And that’s just not true.

Many times this misguided advice comes from people who genuinely mean well – parents, co-workers, university advisors… I’m disappointed by how often I’m contacted by recent grads who are still receiving this type of outdated resume advice from college professors and advisors; but that’s a topic for another day.

These recommendations usually come from people with no connection to the employment world or understanding of how drastically hiring practices have changed in just the last five years. They believe their way is the right way because it worked for them back in 1998 when they were job seekers.

And by the way – there are even some recruiters known for proclaiming their preference for a one-page resumes. However, when hiring managers and HR professionals are surveyed about whether a resume should be one or two-pages long, the general consensus is that a resume should be “as long as needed to convey the applicant’s qualifications.” Meaning it needs to be long enough to accurately communicate what the reader needs to know about you to determine whether to invite you for a job interview. Period.

Since nowadays resumes are usually reviewed online, length is less of an issue than if they were being viewed in a printed format. Also, whenever you upload your resume on a company’s website or an online job board, it’s automatically processed and electronically screened through a company’s ATS system which does not recognize page numbers.

How do you know when it’s acceptable for your resume to be two-pages long instead of one-page? Consider these guidelines:

  • If only a few lines of your resume spills over onto a second page, it’s better to edit/streamline the resume until it’s one-page in length. Try adjusting the headings, margins, and spacing if necessary.
  • If your resume ends up being two-pages long, make sure the most important information is on the first page.
  • Don’t be afraid for your resume to go to two-pages or longer if your experience warrants it. For example, it’s not unusual for senior-level executives and those in the IT, R&D, and academia, science, and legal fields to have resumes that are three or four-pages long .
  • If you’re a traditional college student or recent grad with less than three-years of cumulative work experience, you may be able to easily fit all of your experience on one-page (but don’t be afraid of a two-age resume if you need it though).
  • Make sure every word listed on the resume is relevant to the type of position you’ll be targeting in your job search. If it’s not relevant, or “fluff,” leave it off.

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you’ve been submitting for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If  not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: info@topresumewriting.com for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation. 

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Thinking of Hiring a Professional Resume Writer? Here’s How to Help Me Help You https://www.topresumewriting.com/think-hiring-professional-resume-writer-heres-help-help/ https://www.topresumewriting.com/think-hiring-professional-resume-writer-heres-help-help/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 03:19:13 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=3037 By the time most people contact me about resume writing services, they are completely over the struggle to write or update a resume on their own. I get that. That’s why I strive to provide a service that makes the process as painless for you as possible. Now that doesn’t… read more →

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By the time most people contact me about resume writing services, they are completely over the struggle to write or update a resume on their own. I get that. That’s why I strive to provide a service that makes the process as painless for you as possible. Now that doesn’t mean you get to send me an old resume, kick back and do nothing but eat bonbons while waiting for me to present your shiny, new-and-improved resume. No sir/no ma’am.

Make no mistake, our relationship will be a true partnership. I’ll supply the job search/hiring best practices/personal branding/ writing and grammar knowledge; but I’ll rely on you to come correct with any information about the companies you’ve worked for, your scope of responsibility for each position held, and examples of how your contributions were of benefit to previous employers.

Take Advantage of the Free Consultation Call

I recommend scheduling an initial consultation BEFORE you commit to investing in my services. I’ve done what I can to explain my process on my website; but in as little as a 15-minute call I can answer any pressing questions and address specific issues  and/or challenges you may be facing. Again, there’s nothing for you to lose since there is no cost or purchase obligation involved; but it goes a long way toward ensuring a successful collaboration and final outcome that meets your expectations.

 Have a Clear Job Search Goal in Mind

If you know which job you’ll be targeting in your search, it will help me tremendously to create a strong resume that effectively communicates your skills, experience, and accomplishments. A general, one-size-fits-all document won’t differentiate you from other the other applicants or show the value you offer to potential employers. Having a clear job position/profession in mind makes it easier to strategically align your experience and skills with your goal job.

 Send Back Requested Information As Promised

I can’t meet the agreed deadline if you don’t provide the information I request. Remember, this is a partnership. And your responsibility is to provide the information I ask for within a reasonable time frame. If we need to adjust the delivery timeline so that you have more time, no worries. Just let me know. The sooner we finalize your document(s), the sooner you can start using them to find a new position!

 Remember, It’s Not Just About You

I work with a lot of clients who are extremely accomplished in their professions/industries, and they are proud of their hard work; rightly so. However, it’s important to stay objective and understand that ultimately your goal is to provide information that will impress the employer and get you hired. You need to think like a hiring manager and include information on your resume and other career documents that is relevant to the reader, demonstrates your qualifications, and ability to come aboard and get the job done.

 Trust My Expertise

I understand that you may want a friend or family member to review your resume draft before you approve it; but please don’t send me a laundry list of unsolicited opinions/recommendations from well-meaning people in your life who don’t understand hiring best practices or the job candidate screening process. The hiring process is constantly evolving and I invest in ongoing training to stay current on emerging career trends. I work with you alone, and I welcome your suggestions and any questions about the writing strategy anytime.

Invest in Yourself

Even if you decide to work with another resume writer or resume service, be willing to invest in your career. A resume is  one of many tools that can help you get the job you’re targeting. The old saying, “sometimes you have to spend money to make money” is true. If you secured a job at the salary level you targeted with your new resume, you will have only invested 1-3% for recurring annual income. Talk about a successful ROI!

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you’ve been submitting for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If  not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: info@topresumewriting.com for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation. 

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Save Your LinkedIn Profile Data to a PDF File https://www.topresumewriting.com/save-linkedin-profile-data-pdf-file/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:19:15 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2988 LinkedIn’s platform changes that went into effect in March 2017 threw a lot of us for a loop. Even me, a certified LinkedIn Writer, had to spend time to learning my way around the newly updated interface. Once you have your LinkedIn profile completed, you can begin sharing information and… read more →

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LinkedIn’s platform changes that went into effect in March 2017 threw a lot of us for a loop. Even me, a certified LinkedIn Writer, had to spend time to learning my way around the newly updated interface.

Once you have your LinkedIn profile completed, you can begin sharing information and growing your network of connections. To better help my LinkedIn clients leverage the power of their LinkedIn profile, I provide them with a useful checklist to help them get the most from this vital business tool.

One of  the most important tips I share on the checklist is the importance of saving your profile data. Right now the new user interface has experienced a few “kinks” that are still being worked out. There have even been some reports of members losing important profile data while making attempting to make updates. Be proactive in protecting yourself from suffering a similar fate by exporting your profile data to a PDF file today. The process is super simple:

 

 

 

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Your Job Search Tools and How to Use Them https://www.topresumewriting.com/job-search-tools-use/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:27:03 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2969   “Won’t I be limiting my job prospects if my resume focuses too much on one profession/area of expertise?” “Do I really need a cover letter?” “If I have a resume, what’s the purpose of having a LinkedIn profile?” “Why can’t I just copy my resume and use it on… read more →

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“Won’t I be limiting my job prospects if my resume focuses too much on one profession/area of expertise?”

“Do I really need a cover letter?”

“If I have a resume, what’s the purpose of having a LinkedIn profile?”

“Why can’t I just copy my resume and use it on my LinkedIn profile?”

I get questions like these all the time. They usually come from job seekers who haven’t had to  search for a job in the last 10 years; or people who are just unaware of how competitive the job market has become, and that a strategic search can yield faster results. Some folks even consider a resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile as interchangeable cogs in the job search wheel. I guess the thinking behind this is that as long as you have one you don’t necessarily need the others.

But that kind of thinking is a mistake that could stall your job search success; because each of these career tools  serve separate purposes and should ideally work together cohesively to convey your value, skills, and experience.

It makes more sense if you understand the purpose and function of each service. Once you do, understanding how to leverage them competitively in your job search  will be a piece of cake.

The Resume

Pulling together a professional resume isn’t as simple as it used to be. The hiring and screening process has changed quite a bit over the last few years.

Resumes of Yesteryear

  • Your current contact information.
  • An objective that clearly communicates the type of opportunity you’re seeking.
  • A chronological listing of the jobs and positions you’ve held.
  • A brief description of your duties and responsibilities so that prospective employers can determine whether or not you’re qualified to perform the job in question.
  • Education/certifications/licensing/training
  • A list of at least 3 references (if you really want to flex your professionalism)

Resumes of Today:

  • Your current contact information.
  • A strong profile summary that clearly communicates the type of position you’re targeting, your area(s) of expertise, the value you offer, and key skills that are important to the companies you’re applying to.
  • A chronological listing of the jobs and positions you’ve held.
  • A brief description of your duties and responsibilities so that prospective employers can determine whether or not you’re qualified to perform the job in question.
  • Crystal clear examples of your skills and how you’ve used them to benefit your current/previous employers.
  • Education/certifications/licensing/training
  • Optimize the resume for relevant keyword to pass an electronic ATS screening.

And we haven’t even discussed strategy… The resume is usually the initial step in the hiring process. A hiring manager reviews your resume (along with 200+ others) to determine whether or not you meet the qualifications to perform the job. With so many candidates vying for the same job, your goal is to stand out on paper in the best way so that you’re invited to interview.

The Cover/Job Search Letter

For those who ask if a cover letter is still even necessary in this day and age. Here’s what I tell them:

The true value of cover letters/job search letters is that you can share and expand on specific information about your achievements, project highlights, credentials, and other qualifications that relate directly to a job posting or a position shared by a network contact/referral.

The resume is focused on a specific job or area of specialization. With the cover letter, you can customize your message for each opportunity. It allows you to spotlight important items from the resume that will position you as a prime candidate for a specific job; and it also provides an opportunity to go beyond the resume and share additional details about a particular project, industry, etc.

The cover letter can also provide an opportunity to share information about special circumstances like your transition from one profession or industry to another. This type of information is difficult to communicate on a resume.

 

LinkedIn Profile

With LinkedIn, you have another way of communicating your expertise and value on an online platform where 97% of recruiters and hiring managers search for talent. You don’t w ant your LinkedIn profile to be an exact copy of your resume; you want it to complement the resume.

To really attract interest, your LinkedIn profile should balance WHO you are with WHAT you do. In fact, hiring managers will often visit your LinkedIn and other social media profiles after reviewing your resume (and before making a decision to contact you for an interview) in order to learn more about who you are as a person and to see if you will be a good “fit” in the company culture.

 

You can also invite previous managers and employees to write recommendations for you (this also optimizes your profile visibility and “searchability”). I recommend all my clients take advantage of LinkedIn – whether they pay me or develop their profile on their own.

 

Follow-up Letter

A follow-up letter is basically a “thank you” letter. You’re thanking the interviewer(s) for the opportunity to meet with them, and restating your interest in the job. It’s so sad to think of how many people fail to send them because they underestimate their influence in the job search process.

A follow-up letter is a chance to keep your name in front of the hiring decision maker(s), to mention something relevant about the interview that shows you were listening, and to once again let them know exactly why you’re the right person to meet the company’s needs and challenges.

Plus it’s just good manners to acknowledge that someone is seriously considering you for a job and took time out of their busy work schedule to interview you. When you consider all that, how could you NOT send one?

Remember, all career communications are tools in your job search arsenal, and they can give you a leg up in your search when used effectively.

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you’ve been submitting for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If  not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: info@topresumewriting.com for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation. 

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The Hidden Job Market and Other Job Search Tips https://www.topresumewriting.com/hidden-job-market-job-search-tips/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:15:15 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2896 As 2016 comes to a close, so does the job search tips series. I’ve covered how to Avoid Job Search Fail and Increase Your Odds of Success, Why You Should Continue Your Job Search During the Holiday, and How to Set a Clear Job Search Goal, and How to Avoid… read more →

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As 2016 comes to a close, so does the job search tips series. I’ve covered how to Avoid Job Search Fail and Increase Your Odds of Success, Why You Should Continue Your Job Search During the Holiday, and How to Set a Clear Job Search Goal, and How to Avoid Falling for 6 Common Job Mistakes.

January and February will cover a two-part series of topics focused on career marketing communications. Career marketing communications are the communications that you use in your job search – your resume, cover letter and other job search letters, LinkedIn and other online profiles, etc.

In January, I’ll kick the series off with topics about how to leverage these communications as effective job search tools.  February’s series will focus more on utilizing more innovative career communications. Make sure to check it out.

Before I close out December’s job search series, I’d like to quickly touch on the “hidden job market.” According to execujobs.net, this is the current breakdown of how people are getting jobs:

  • 3.9% get jobs through recruiters and search firms
  • 3.6% get jobs through Internet ads/job boards
  • 75% get jobs through networking
  • 23.8% get jobs through newly created positions
  • 17.5% get jobs through other means

What is the hidden job market? It’s the available jobs that are obtained through referrals, networking, and other non-advertised methods. Interestingly, job seekers have the most success through networking (75%), and the least success applying on job boards (3.6%).

The hidden job market is about capitalizing on opportunity. Here’s one example: let’s say an opening at your company suddenly becomes available because the person that held the position previously moved out of state. Rather than advertise the job opening, the company instead decides to search for a replacement internally (internal promotion); or a company manager might refer a qualified candidate for the job from his or her own team for the position (referral).

Networking is indisputably the best way for people to find jobs. Again, opportunity is key – connecting with and building relationships with the right people through a combination of online and in-person meetings, introductions through common acquaintances, etc. I’ll talk more about networking tools and strategies in January. Happy New Year!

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Don’t Fall for These 6 Job Search Mistakes https://www.topresumewriting.com/dont-fall-6-job-search-mistakes/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:31:11 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2876 Today’s job search is a lot more complex than it was 10 years ago. Achieving a successful outcome quickly is usually the goal; and to do this, you’ll want to avoid some of these common job search mistakes. 1.  Your job search isn’t targeted What kind of job(s) are you looking… read more →

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Today’s job search is a lot more complex than it was 10 years ago. Achieving a successful outcome quickly is usually the goal; and to do this, you’ll want to avoid some of these common job search mistakes.

1.  Your job search isn’t targeted

What kind of job(s) are you looking for? Do your skills, education, and experience match the job’s qualifications? What companies are you interested in working for?

If you’re just applying for jobs with no specific end goal in mind, you won’t be as successful as you might be by just taking out time to really think about what you want to do and where you want to work.

2. You make it hard for employers to immediately see your value

Those generic one-size-fits-all resumes don’t stand a chance against candidates who take the time to customize their resumes for the job in question. A customized resume will communicate your value (e.g. show how you can help said company solve a problem or achieve their goals). Job applicants that do this effectively can’t help but stand out from all the other candidates.

3. You’re confusing “activity” with “action”

I know these words seem similar, but one is more likely to help you reach your goal than the other. Spending a week tweaking your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile so they’re perfectly perfect for when you actually start applying for jobs, is an example of activity. Yes, it can keep you busy for hours, but there’s no real return on the invested time, because you’re pretty much stuck in the preparation stage. While, preparation IS important, but it’s also crucial to move forward from this stage and take decisive action steps.

FACT: Most job search experts recommend employed job seekers spend at least 1-hour a day on their search efforts (2-3 hours per day if you’re unemployed). It’s a good idea to track the amount of time you spend on each task; and make sure most of your efforts go to high-value tasks like choosing the type of job position you’ll be targeting, researching companies, and networking (e.g. connecting with recruiters and company hiring managers).

4. You’re only applying for jobs on job boards

There’s nothing wrong with applying for jobs advertised on job boards, but I don’t recommend for that to be your ONLY job search method. According to research, close to ¾ of job openings are never publicly advertised. Many of these “hidden” jobs get filled internally (employee referrals) and through person-to-person networking connections.

5. You’re not doing your homework

If you were thinking of buying a house, you would research the neighborhood, schools, mortgage programs and even schedule a professional inspection first, right? This is how you should approach the job search process too. Getting an invitation to interview is not the home stretch. Before you even THINK about showing up to an interview, you’d better learn all about the company and the position you’re applying for (requirements, salary, etc.). I also recommend researching the person who will be interviewing you, if you’re lucky enough to get that information beforehand.

6. You don’t ask questions

Don’t be shy; show some initiative! If the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” you darn well better have a few well thought out questions ready to go. This is your big chance – don’t let this opportunity pass by without taking full advantage. Reiterate your interest in the position, and then politely ask, “What’s the next step?”

Other questions to consider: “Do you need any additional information from me?” or “Can I follow up with you next week?” and “Would you prefer that I contact you by phone or email?” Keep in mind that  you’re competing against other highly-qualified job candidates so show them that you’re the best person for the job!

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you’ve been submitting for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If  not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: info@topresumewriting.com for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation. 

 

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Set a Clear Job Search Goal https://www.topresumewriting.com/set-clear-job-search-goal/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:07:09 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2860 A successful job search starts with a clear goal – that is, knowing exactly the type of job(s) you’ll be going for. All of your career communications (resume, job search letters, LinkedIn, etc.) will revolve around this goal. I can’t emphasize the importance of this enough. Whenever job seekers with no… read more →

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A successful job search starts with a clear goal – that is, knowing exactly the type of job(s) you’ll be going for. All of your career communications (resume, job search letters, LinkedIn, etc.) will revolve around this goal. I can’t emphasize the importance of this enough.

Whenever job seekers with no idea of what they want to do contact me about my services, I recommend that they don’t even consider making an investment with me until they know exactly what type of job they’ll be targeting; because my services won’t really do them much good otherwise. A job-focused resume that highlights and aligns your skills and experience with a targeted job’s requirements and expectations delivers much better results than a basic, one-size-fits-all resume. Here are some tips to help you achieve that clarity:

Take inventory of your skills and compare the list with what you enjoy doing

In other words what are you good at? Does sales come naturally to you? Are you good at breaking down big tasks into steps and systems others can easily replicate? Do you know how to pen persuasive proposals that no one in their good mind could turn down? Do you have a keen eye for detail and a knack for numbers?

Next, consider what do you enjoy doing – planning and managing budgets? Showing others how to improve their processes and productivity?  Training other to utilize the latest technology?

See what’s out there

While I don’t recommend wrapping all of your job search efforts into job boards, they’re the perfect place to find out which companies are hiring, what job positions are available, and what skills/requisites job candidates need to in order to qualify.

Spend some time on Indeed, SimplyHired, JOBS.GOV, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc. and see which positions capture your interest.

Get support if you need it

If you’re REALLY  stuck trying to figure out what types of industries and/or professions best match your skill set, interest, and experience, I strongly recommend consulting a career coach that specializes in career counseling, direction, and support (feel free to get in touch if you need a recommendation).

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you submit for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If  not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: info@topresumewriting.com for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s Why You Should Continue Your Job Search During the Holiday https://www.topresumewriting.com/heres-continue-job-search-holiday/ Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:57:13 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2842   A couple of days after Thanksgiving, a client and I were discussing his job search plans. He’s a senior director of marketing at a Fortune 100 company. With a brand-spanking-new resume in hand and a few job search tips under his belt, he shared that he was feeling much… read more →

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Holiday Job Search

A couple of days after Thanksgiving, a client and I were discussing his job search plans. He’s a senior director of marketing at a Fortune 100 company. With a brand-spanking-new resume in hand and a few job search tips under his belt, he shared that he was feeling much less anxious about the future of his current position following a corporate acquisition and pending organizational restructuring.  He seemed more confident about being able to secure a position with a new company.

As we were finishing up a follow-up coaching call,  we found ourselves discussing whether or not it’s worth it to spend time searching for jobs during the holiday season. Our conversation went something like this:

CLIENT: Man, I almost can’t wait until January now so I can use this to start looking [for a new job].

ME: *wrinkles  entire face in confusion* January? Why are you waiting until January?

CLIENT: Christmas holiday? Most managers and executives take vacation during this time of year wait until after the New Year to focus on hiring. I mean I always take off during Christmas.

ME: Not necessarily. I mean, I know that a lot of people do take off for the holidays, and business for most companies slows down; but if jobs are still being advertised, they need to be filled. Plenty of people in management will still be working and hiring for job so that they don’t have to do a lot of hiring all at once come January.

CLIENT: Hmmm…

ME: And companies that REALLY need to have positions filled by the beginning of the year will  still be recruiting job candidates during December.

A lot of people will put off their job search until January, but I think they should take advantage of this time. You’ll have a lot less job seekers to compete against for one thing.

I know the hiring process might be a little slower this time of year, but even if you don’t secure an interview this month, you could end up being a top contender for an interview come January, so searching now could new you a new job around the beginning the New Year. You never know.

Not to mention this is prime networking season rife with social events and opportunities to get job leads and if nothing else grow your network of contacts…

But I won’t bore you with the rest of our conversation. Suffice it to say that he agreed to launch his job search now. He hasn’t had to look for work in more than 10 years, so this is a great time for my client to create a plan, get some momentum going, and establish a consistent routine (consistency leads to results!).

As we near the end of 2016, more and more people have shared their plans to kick 2017 off with a strong job search effort; so I’ll be publishing weekly December blog posts all about job search battle strategies. Feel free to contact me with your job search questions.

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you’ve been submitting for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If  not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: info@topresumewriting.com for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation

 

 

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Avoid Job Search Fail and Increase Your Odds of Success https://www.topresumewriting.com/avoid-job-search-fail-increase-odds-success/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:24:43 +0000 http://www.topresumewriting.com/?p=2831 There are times in my profession that I meet people who are literally standing in their own way of achieving job search success. I’ll offer an honest recommendation, and maybe even advise them NOT to purchase resume writing services until they have clarity on more important issues. Here are some… read more →

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There are times in my profession that I meet people who are literally standing in their own way of achieving job search success. I’ll offer an honest recommendation, and maybe even advise them NOT to purchase resume writing services until they have clarity on more important issues. Here are some of the biggest challenges that keep job seekers from reaching their goal.

You Have No Clear Goals

The best thing you can do BEFORE you start a job search is to decide on the type of job you want. This is important for several reasons:

You’ll need to know what the job requires in order to effectively establish your “brand” and position your skills and experience accordingly. If you’re resume doesn’t clearly communicate your objective, you risk being passed over.

Your resume should also include specific keywords to successfully pass an initial screen through company ATS systems.

You Have No Plan

In today’s competitive job market, you need  a plan to help you reach your goals – whether your plans are to find a new job, secure a promotion, re-enter the work force, transition into a new profession/industry, etc. Once you have a plan in place, you have to also work it consistently. Some elements of a successful job search plan include:

Designating time each day for the search. You’ve heard the saying, “looking for a job is a full-time job.” Well, it’s true. A lot of time is spent completing applications and submitting your resume through job boards, following up with your contacts list, and networking online and at in-person events. You have to commit to spending time each day on one or more of these activities to see results.

It’s also a good idea to diversify your job hunting methods. Apply a mix of different strategies to include:

  • Job boards
  • Social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) and forums
  • Networking (in person and online)
  • 3rd party recruiters and search firms

You Procrastinate

The only thing doing nothing will get you is more of nothing. People put off taking action and doing what needs to get done for many reasons. In fact, you can be so good at procrastinating that you don’t even realize you’re doing it! For example, if you spend weeks creating a resume, and then “tweaking” it for the next month, you’re procrastinating.

If you prefer to write your own resume, keep it simple and list each job in reverse chronological order. Next, list your key responsibilities, contributions , and achievements.  Don’t forget to include your education and any relevant training. Focus on providing the information that PROVES you are qualified for the job and start applying. You can always make updates throughout the job search as necessary.

You’re Relying Too Much on Others

I think it’s great to have family, friends, colleagues, and mentors so invested in seeing you achieve your career goals. Just keep in mind that in the end, recruiters and employers will be evaluating you and you alone. Even the career professionals you hire – resume writers, career coaches, recruiters, and search firms – can only do so much. Before you spend a dime, make sure that you understand what these professionals realistically CAN and CANNOT do to help you achieve your job search goals. Sure they want to see you reach your goal because the results make them look good too. But no one is more invested than you; so the burden of responsibility on you.

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