Archive for July, 2014

10 Secrets to Achieve Success In Your Job Search

July 30, 2014
  1. shhh-1Operate with a peak performing, confident, enthusiastic and fearless mindset – a world-class resume is no good in the hands of a depressed or complacent job candidate
  2. Treat the process as a campaign and a people search, not a job search – it’s people who interview and hire you
  3. Have clear and concise job / career goals that align with your values – if you aren’t sure what you want, how will an employer know?
  4. Identify your economic value; or organizational worth to a company – you get hired for your value, not because you need a job – you also get offered a salary for your perceived value – the more value perceived, the more money you will make
  5. Ditch the assembly line, look alike resume and produce a high-impact document that communicates your ability to produce results better than other qualified job candidates – – You must answer the only question that really matters – WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP THIS EMPLOYER SUCCEED? If I have written your resume, you already have one that highlights your value
  6. Create a reference portfolio; make sure your references will say good things about you – contact each reference and go over with them what they will say about you
  7. Develop a written Action Plan with daily, weekly and monthly tasks, goals and measurements – you can’t fix or correct what you can’t measure – this plan will keep you focused and on task
  8. Take deliberate action to take care of yourself first – the greatest mastery in the world is the mastery of yourself – eat well, exercise and surround yourself with people who support you
  9. Identify the 3 – 4 job strategies that will work best and quickest for you – spend 95% of your time on these strategies – except do not spend all of this time on job boards – they simply do not work 98% of the time
  10. Identify potential obstacles to getting hired quickly and DO NOT ignore them – rather, develop a strategy to neutralize / eliminate them – whatever you ignore will lead to a longer, more painful job search

***So that you can take advantage of the upcoming peak hiring season – September & October – I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get interviews for the job opportunities you want, so I am offering you a complementary resume critique. Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com, put “Resume Critique” in the subject line and I will critique your resume. I would love to hear from you***

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Online Job Application: 10 Ways to Get Seen and Get an Interview

July 14, 2014

Apply NowDuring a job search, almost everyone, at one time or another, submit a job application online. Maybe, going online is the only channel you use when looking for jobs (I really hope not – there are much more effective ways).

However, when you do apply online, there are ways to make your application more successful. Companies use tools to prescreen the applications, so here are 10 tips to ensure you get optimum results:

  1. Know your basic requirements as to the salary range you will accept – know the bottom salary you will take without feeling resentful and begin with that, or above.
  2. Know if you would be willing to relocate, or not, and what your availability would be.
  3. Have a printed version of your resume as you are filling out the online application so you can jog your memory on details.
  4. Answer as many questions as possible – when you leave a question blank, it generates a “no information” and too many can look suspicious.
  5. Offer as broad an answer as possible, without lying – if you don’t have specific knowledge, try to get it ASAP – answer the question without going into great details – details can always be answered later.
  6. Use discretion – don’t overinflate your skills, but it’s very important to not underestimate them either.
  7. Buy time if you’d like to give more thought to a question – take time to answer the question intelligently.
  8. Don’t think about falsifying information to the questions – companies have ways of finding out the truth.
  9. When asked for your Social Security number, be discriminating – make sure the employer has a secure site – if you have the option, do not provide your Social Security number and date of birth.
  10. Print pages as you go so you have a copy of the information you submitted.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get the job opportunities you want – to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique. Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com & put “Resume Critique” in the subject line & I will critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you. ***

 

 

10 Resume Tips for the 50+ Job Seeker to Heighten Your Chance of an Interview

July 8, 2014

RetirementIt has been predicted that there could be a shortage in workforce talent by 2018, due to mass retiring of Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964). In fact, it has been estimated that by 2018 there could be more than five million unfilled jobs in the United States due to this reduction in workforce. Since 2018 is only three and a half years away, the increase in workers is on the way up now.
With this increased need for job expertise in many areas, or industries, a Job Seekers should:

  • Focus on your specialized area of expertise – concentrate on what you can bring to the table
  • Highlight mentoring that you can provide to younger team members
  • Don’t go back more than 20 years in your experience unless you absolutely have to
  • Don’t list dates you were in the military (If you were)
  • Don’t list dates you graduated from college
  • Don’t list dates of every training course you have been through in the last 30 years
  • Make sure the content you list in your resume is fresh, relevant and shows your value
  • Demonstrate you are current on trends, certifications, emerging technologies, and new management structures or generally new ways of doing business.
  • Keyword match your ideal job search using indeed.com and insert those keywords into the first page of your resume
  • Keep your resume to 2 pages – your content needs to be clear, concise and strategic.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***