Archive for August, 2012

How Your Resume Will Bring You Calls to Interview

August 21, 2012

Are you getting calls for interviews in response to the resume you are sending out?

If you are, that is wonderful, your resume seems to be working for you.

If you are not getting calls (be honest), or you’re getting calls for positions you are not interested in, your resume simply is not doing its job and needs to be changed.

Here are some reasons why your resume could be keeping your phone from ringing:

  • There is no clear job target or focus
  • Your qualifications for that job are not apparent to the reader
  • There are just a few key words, or no key words, so your resume will not be pulled up in an employers database – it disappears into the deep dark hole.
  • There are no accomplishments listed that show a potential employer your value
  • Your resume is poorly formatted and difficult to read; or it does not look professional
  • The skill set on your resume does not match the skill set the employer is looking for
  • Your resume is over two pages
  • You go back so far in your employment history that it is evident you are over age 50

Human Resources departments are looking for reasons to eliminate resumes in order to get their “yes” pile down to a manageable amount, so they say “no” for all the reasons listed above.

In today’s economy, your resume has to have all the right information, look great and represent you well. If it does not, it is a waste of your time to send it out. I am not trying to be hard or mean here, this is just a fact of life. If you are not getting results when you send your resume out, changes have to be made. It’s as simple as that.

I bring this up now because, as I stated earlier, one of the busiest hiring seasons of the year is almost upon us – September and October. Companies are searching for job candidates right now. If you are really serious about getting employment, NOW is the time to have your resume in tip-tip shape and get it out there immediately.

Be real honest with yourself. Does your resume meet all of the criteria that are listed above? If you were doing the hiring for a company and came across your resume, would you pick up the phone and call you to come in for an interview?

Investing in having your resume show your value, and meet the employers’ needs, is a shortcut to reaching your career goals much more quickly. My goal is to guide you to rewarding employment by providing you with valuable advice and marketing materials – a resume and cover letter – so that you will land a position that is a good fit and you will get paid what your worth. In addition, I do everything I can to make your job transition an easy and pleasant experience.

I have helped thousands of people get new, rewarding jobs and I can help you too. I write hundreds of resumes for job candidates like you every year. And the important thing is my clients get results – they get interviews.

I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want!

I look forward to you sharing your comments on the blog.

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How To Find a Job – Even In A Recession

August 16, 2012

I have great news! My clients are still finding great jobs, and have been all along, even in this slow job market. Companies are still hiring and job seekers are landing jobs on a daily basis. So, what are these people doing that others are not? They are setting themselves apart from the masses. And, how do they do that?

  • They are selling their potential to deliver RESULTS rather than just their skills and basic qualifications
  • They are communicating their ability to deliver VALUE and BENEFITS to the employer
  • They have resumes that tell what they have accomplished, and more importantly, the value and benefits those accomplishments have produced for past employers
  • They know what value they bring to an employer and are able to communicate how they can contribute to an employer’s bottom line.

When we talk with our families and friends these days, often we are discussing how to SAVE money or how to MAKE money. The same is true of companies. Employers see you as an investment, and they invest in you with the expectation that you will produce returns on that investment. These returns are in the form of how you will SOLVE a challenging problem, help them MAKE money, help them SAVE money, or help them INCREASE their efficiency. By communicating how you have delivered these types of results in the past, you illustrate that actual return on investment (ROI) that you delivered. This is what will easily set you apart from your competition.

So, don’t let the rising unemployment rate throw you into a panic. There are job openings that come up every day. Make sure you focus on emphasizing what is in it for the company. It’s not about what’s in it for you. IT”S ALL ABOUT THE COMPANY. What can you do for them? How can you solve their problem? How can you make more money for them? In what ways can you save them money? How can you help them in these tough economic times? Emphasize and communicate how you can be an asset to the company, and you will be surprised how quickly you will see positive job search results.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated!

 

A Must Read: Conducting An Active Job Search?

August 14, 2012

If you are getting calls for interviews in response to the resume you are sending out, that is wonderful, your resume seems to be working for you.

If you are not getting calls, or you’re getting calls for positions you are not interested in, your resume simply is not doing its job and needs to be changed NOW.

Here are reasons why you’re not getting calls:

  • There is no clear job target or focus
  • Your qualifications for that job are not apparent to the reader
  • There are just a few key words, or no key words, so your resume will not be pulled up in an employers database
  • There are no accomplishments listed that show a potential employer your value
  • Your resume is poorly formatted and difficult to read, or it does not look professional
  • The skill set on your resume does not match the skill set the employer is looking for
  • Your resume is over two pages
  • You go back so far in your employment history that they see you are over age 55

In today’s economy, your resume has to have all the right information, look great and represent you well. If it does not, it is a waste of your time to send it out. I am not trying to be hard or mean here, this is just a fact of life. If you are not getting results, changes have to be made. It’s as simple as that.

I bring this up now because one of the busiest hiring seasons of the year is almost upon us – September and October and you must act quickly to take advantage of that. Companies are searching for job candidates right now. If you are really serious about getting employment, NOW is the time to have your resume reworked immediately.

Be real honest with yourself. Does your resume meet all of the criteria that’s listed above? If you were doing the hiring for a company and came across your resume, would you pick up the phone and call you to come in for an interview?

Investing in having your resume show your value, and meet the employers’ needs, is a shortcut to reaching your career goals much more quickly. My goal is to guide you to rewarding employment by providing you with valuable advice and marketing materials – a resume and cover letter – so that you will land a position that is a good fit and you will get paid what your worth. In addition, I do everything I can to make your job transition an easy and pleasant experience.

I have helped 10’s of thousands of people get rewarding jobs. I write hundreds of resumes for job candidates like you every year. And the important thing is my clients get results – they get interviews. Over years of working with HR and recruiters, I know precisely which resumes get their attention.

To encourage you to take action now, I am offering a savings of 20% off my services if you make a decision to have your resume reworked within the next 2 days. In addition, you have the option to pay in two installments – one payment this month and one payment next month, but you will have the finished product in one week.  

Take action NOW on this valuable offer! Pick up the phone and call 248/478-5662 NOW, or email me at careerist@aol.com  Attach your resume to the email.

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

Be the architect of your life, not the victim of your career!

 

7 Tips on How To Achieve Success

August 7, 2012

Success means different things to different people. What might be considered successful to one person, might be considered by another as a step backwards. Whatever success is to you, it is very personal and should have special meaning to you. Here are steps you can take to highly increase your chances of succeeding in whatever you do.

  1. Decide what goal you want to reach and know that you can achieve it. I recommend you make a goal that is somewhat out of your comfort zone, but not so far out that it seems ridiculous. For example, if you are making $33,000 this year and you want to increase your income, it would be more believable for you to set a goal of making $50,000 and probably hard for you to imagine making $100,000. I believe you can accomplish anything you know in your mind that you can do. Get your mindset in the right place.
  2. Commit 100% to achieving your goal. There are no shortcuts to success – what you will achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you put into it and the commitment you have to succeed. I just heard Olympian Michael Phelps say in an interview “I’ve done everything I put my mind to.” That’s what you have to do. I can remember a few years back, deciding to loose 30 lbs. Now I had made that statement before and did not reach my goal, but this time I was 100% committed and I just knew it would happen – and it did.
  3. Decide what steps you have to take along the way to achieve your goal. Learn the knowledge you need to acquire, who has to help you and what resources you need to reach you goal. Make your own luck by persistence, hard work, learning and applying that learning to get the job done.
  4. Monitor your journey. Have a plan and keep track of what you must do. For this, you must have some way to measure your progress. Track what you are doing right and what doesn’t seem to be working. Fine tune your progress along the way as you map out the route you want to travel. The more you adapt and change according to the circumstances, the faster you will get to where you want to go.
  5. Learn how to handle/channel your stress. Stress is a natural part of existence, and it is also necessary. If you want to be successful, you have to learn how to deal with stress better. I know many of you are under a lot of stress because you do not have a job and are wondering whether your money will run out before you get a now one. Take care of yourself and keep moving forward with what you have to do to gain new employment.
  6. Bring more positive into your life and eliminate the negative. I know this is easier said than done, but it is essential for you to achieve your goals. Eliminate as many negative influences as possible and focus on where you want to go and why. Surround yourself with things that will benefit you, and spend your time with positive, successful people. Embrace the positive people and influences, and let them overwhelm and influence you.
  7. Appreciate and celebrate each little success along the way to reaching your big goal. If you have written down the essential steps you need to do to accomplish your goal, check off each step you have complete, then stand back and see you have reached your vision. Your goal will be achieved!

5 Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of a Job Fair

August 2, 2012

You prepare for the Job Fair by having your resumes ready to hand out, coordinating your outfit for a professional image, and rehearsing some interview questions so you have ready answers for the employers at the Job Fair. Then the big day comes and you step enthusiastically into the hall where the job fair is being held. You are ready to meet your dream employer and be offered the job of your dreams with lots of money coming your way because you are the “perfect” fit for them.

As you know, this scenario is a fairy tale. The reality is very few people are hired on the spot at a Job Fair, and many leave the fair feeling disappointed and frustrated.

Before you give up on what job fairs have to offer, there are five things you need to remember in order to receive your best experience out of the job fair – and avoid disappointment.

  1. Don’t expect to get a job at a job fair. The companies in attendance are looking for potential candidates – representatives will look over your resume, talk to you for about five to ten minutes and then move on. Use the opportunity to scout out what’s there and pursue what’s interesting to you.
  2. Leave your resume with every company that draws your interest, regardless of their advertised positions. Often the people at the Job Fair do all the recruiting for their company, so something that fits your skill set might open up later on.
  3. Bring along your cover letter. Often, a well-written cover letter will keep your name fresh in the recruiters’ minds and helps them better place you within their company, especially in the future.
  4. Don’t grab the goodies left out on employers’ tables and run. Think about the message you are sending the employer – it makes it look like you are only there for the giveaways. Also, make sure you don’t approach a recruiter eating candy you picked up at another recruiter’s table. Remember, you want to be taken seriously.
  5. Know what kind of job you want and be able to summarize it in 60 seconds or less. Those who have taken my Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results(TM) already have a terrific 60 Second Commercial to use at Job Fairs and interviews. Don’t expect the recruiter to read your mind and find the perfect job for you – you have to let them know what job you want and how you qualify for that job.

Job Fairs are a great way to network, not just with the recruiters, but with other job seekers who might be able to help you advance your career. They are a great way to see what’s out there if you know how to take control, and they’re worth your time and effort to attend. Good luck in your job search!

I welcome your thoughts and comments on this topic!