Archive for August, 2014

New Beginnings – 6 Tips for Results

August 27, 2014

I cannot believe that summer is almost over. I say this every year, but this summer has gone especially fast for me. Since I used to teach elementary school, and then taught at a local University for 10 years, I think of September as a new beginning – a time to think about where I am in my career and what I want to do next.

The busiest hiring season is upon us – September thru October. Now is the time to evaluate where you are in your job search, or in your career, and to make adjustments – new beginnings – as needed, so that you are on track to get optimum results.

These days, being smarter than your competition matters more than ever, when you’re looking for a new job. So, it is important to know what works and what doesn’t when conducting your search. – if you want something to change, you have to do something different.

If you need to make a change, recognize change is easier said than done. As creatures of habit, we will typically gravitate toward our comfort zones, even if that comfort zone is not all that comfortable – or is not what we need!

sunrise

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2047.html#.U_3q5mOKU3s On Saturday, June 11, 2011, International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan used a high definition camera to film one of the sixteen sunrises astronauts see each day. This image shows the rising sun as the station flew along a path between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ATTAINING NEW BEGINNINGS REQUIRES:

The belief that it can happen … keep your focus on the results you want – have a clear vision and be as specific as possible. Have a compelling reason to accomplish it and adapt the mindset that “I can do it!”

Intentional action … insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…if nothing changes, nothing changes. Change does not happen by itself – it takes deliberate action to make a change and then it takes 21 days of repeated actions to make a change a habit.

Space … say goodbye to what is not working in your life in order to make room for what you want; develop reserves and make room in your calendar, checkbook, and mind.

Structure … decide what needs to happen to make the change come about, and then list all the steps to get you there…break each step into bite-sized chunks (to avoid overwhelm) and create a safety net to minimize risks.

Courage … to face FEARS (False Expectations Appearing Real) and quiet your worried mind.

Support … especially from close family members and other “important” people in your life. The right support in your life will yield optimum results. A coach, or a support group, can help with your vision, help you create ‘forward’ action, help you find the space you need, keep you from feeling overwhelmed and help you articulate what support you need to make changes in your life.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get all the career support you need – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume and then learn the tips and secrets to conduct an effective job search. So, I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! I also have a proven, easy to implement, step-by-step program to shorten your job search. Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” or “Job Search” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. My goal is to make sure you achieve great success in your career. I look forward to hearing from you.***

 

Does Your Resume Cut the Mustard to Get Interviews?

August 25, 2014

Did you know the busiest hiring season of the year is here? Now through the end of October – employers fill more positions than during the other months. This means that if you are thinking about changing jobs, or are currently in a career transition, NOW is the time to get your resume up to a “10” and send it out.

a bottle of yellow mustardYour resume MUST be superior to those of your competition. Companies often get hundreds of resumes for every opening, and they look for any excuse to hit DELETE to screen you out of the competition. So, with your competition as strong as it is, and with the economy still sluggish, it is more important than ever that your resume shows your unique value and is technically perfect in order to survive the scrutiny of the reader. You have only 10 to 20 seconds to capture the reader’s interest – make it count!

Your resume has to get through three critical points – the HR department, the company database and the decision maker – before you are likely to get asked to interview.

Think about your resume – how does it measure up? Be honest!
• Is it concise, yet shows optimum value? Results and strategic impact need to be shown on one or two pages rather than three or four.
• Does it show a specific focus as to what type of job you want?
• Does it contain the right key words so it will be pulled up from a company database?
• Is it formatted so it is easy to read and flows well?
• Do you have supporting documents that highlight your value proposition, such as a one-page resume, a testimonials page, or an executive biography?
• Does your resume show your brand so your uniqueness stands out?
• Do you have a lot more accomplishments listed, than you do” tasks & duties”? ACCOMPLISHMENTS SHOW VALUE AND GET YOU CALLS FOR INTERVIEWS, “tasks & duties” don’t.

Your resume must convey to the reader the value you will bring to the company – how you can help the company succeed. It must showcase your credentials and expertise, so that the reader can see why you are the best candidate for the job. It must have strong content and a good visual presentation. Information must be focused on job requirements, presented in the most easy-to-read way, and must contain solid documentation of achievements and education. How does your resume stack up? Is it a “10” or could it use help?
Ask yourself this question: With the huge investment in time and money for your education, your solid career credentials, your noteworthy accomplishments and salary expectations of $30,000, $60,000, or $100,000+, do you want to be represented by an amateur resume? Our careers are very important to us – do you want to risk having it be less than it can be?
Bottom line: When your resume is a ”10,” your job search is much shorter, you get interviews for the type of job you really want, and you get paid the money you deserve – why ? Because your VALUE comes through effectively.

If your resume is not a “10,” it’s a waste of time to send it out!

***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.***

Slash Weeks Off Your Job Search by Taking a Few Simple Steps

August 18, 2014

One of the questions I get asked most often is “How long do you think my job search will take?” And, the answer I always give is “It depends.”

It depends on if your resume and cover letter clearly show your value. Do they let the reader know your specific uniqueness and how you’ve made contributions in your past positions? The reason you get hired is for the value you bring to the company. If an employer can’t see the value you have to offer through your resume, they will never call you for an interview – no matter how great a skill set you have. If your resume doesn’t show your value, it’s a total waste of time to even send it out.

It depends on how much time you have to devote to your job search. If you are working full time, or even part time, you obviously won’t have as much time to devote to a job search as someone who is not working at all. Whether you are working or not, it’s necessary to schedule specific time into your daily/weekly routine to allow for your job search. And, it’s imperative to stick to your schedule – be consistent and diligent. Keep in mind, the more time you devote to your job search, the quicker you will find a new job.

Step by StepIt depends on the avenues you utilize to conduct your job search. Are you following a step-by-step proven system that works, or, are you tackling it willy-nilly, hoping for the best and wondering if what you are doing is going to work or not? Are you spending all of your time on job boards – which really deliver almost no results – or, are you spending most of your time researching companies where you’d like to work, and then finding someone who works for that company and getting to know them through social networking? Are you also networking in person? Networking is the #1 way to find a new job.

It depends on whether you have a good plan of action for your job search, and whether you work your plan on a consistent basis. A good plan of action consists of knowing what works and what doesn’t, and using multi-channels during your search.

It depends on whether you have the right tools to conduct an effective job search: a great resume, cover letter, elevator speech, business card, a URL on LinkedIn, a great plan, and a solid support team, to name but some of what you need for success.

Each of the above points contributes to shortening your job search. It all boils down to knowing what actions to take and then taking those actions.

By having a clear strategy, and working that strategy consistently, YOU WILL TAKE WEEKS OFF YOUR JOB SEARCH, and you have a much greater chance of landing the PERFECT JOB for you.

One of the busiest hiring seasons of the year is almost here – September & October – if you are looking for a new job, or are thinking of looking for a new position, NOW is the time to get your resume “out there.”

***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.***

Salary-Salary-Salary! What to Do and What to Say When You are Asked!

August 6, 2014

These days, if you are conducting a job hunt, you are sure to be asked, “What salary do you expect?” Whether it’s a job application you fill out on line or at a company; a phone interview or an in-person interview; or talking with a recruiter, it’s almost a guaranteed thing you will be asked that question.

I know that from talking with so many of you, there is a lot of confusion about what to do when asked this question.

Often, on an on-line form you have to fill that question in before you can advance in the application. Try putting in the word “confidential” instead of a number; if it won’t let you do that, put in a lot of 5’s so the company knows you are not misrepresenting your salary.

As for a phone, or in-person interview, think carefully before divulging your past salary history. Many people think that by NOT doing so, it could prejudice an employer’s offer, so they gladly reveal their salary history if asked, so as not to be disqualified. Just because employers keep insisting & pretending you must hand over your salary information, does not mean you have to come up with new ways to answer them.

Money-and-Dollar-Signs-in-EyesWhat you can say, however, is “My last company considers that information confidential, but I’ve been doing some investigating, and for this position and this area, I would expect a salary of between $$$$ and $$$$” Of course, in order to say this with integrity, you have to have done your research to find out what those numbers are.

Also, your focus should be on projecting a clear impression of what’s important to you & what you’re worth. When you withhold your salary history, it forces you & an employer to negotiate based on your future value and how you can help that company succeed. Do you really want to get stuck defending what your last employer paid you? Usually, sharing your old salary will almost always result in a lower job offer. Employers who rely on salary history to judge you, are trusting another company’s evaluation of you. Think about that. It’s almost insane. What really matters is what you can do for this company now & in the future. Why does it need your last employer’s “salary input” to evaluate this?

However, when you are dealing with a recruiter, it is quite different from when an employer asks the question. It can be beneficial to share your salary history – if you trust him/her completely!

Sometimes you go to an interview and the question of salary never comes up, but you are interested in the position and want to know whether to pursue it any further. It then becomes up to you to find out what the salary is.

To do this, keep it short and to the point – ask “What’s the pay like?” this is an honest, enthusiastic question that you need to know in order to make an informed decision. You are not asking for a specific number, just a salary range, so it’s best to get it out in the open.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want – you need to start with a stellar resume – one that highlights your value – 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. ***