Archive for September, 2014

Dynamite Tips For Your 60-Second Commercial

September 29, 2014

The Essential Career Tool for Everyone, Whether Your Are Employed Full Time or Conducting a Job Search

ToolsI attended a local Chamber of Commerce meeting recently to do some networking. Of course, the question most often asked of me, and the one I always asked of others was, “What do you do?” While I was prepared to answer that question with my 60-Second Commercial, many I talked with were not. There were some answers to that question that left me confused as to what they did, and others who went on and on about themselves until I zoned out.

When attending a networking event, make sure you go with a purpose in mind. That purpose could be to meet five specific people, it could be to find out specific information that you want, or it could be something else. Whatever it is, keep your goal in mind while attending the event. Know what will make the event successful for you – have a plan of action in mind for each event you attend so that you get the most from it.

Part of your objective at each event you attend should be to let others know about yourself. This is best accomplished through a 60-Second Commercial – your answer to the question “Tell me about yourself” when you are in an interview, or “What do you do?” when you are networking. Your 60-Second Commercial is a great tool to use at any time, but it’s essential when conducting a job search. Make sure you have one that shows your uniqueness. It can be used:

• While responding to the question, “Tell me about yourself” when networking
• At any networking event
• During an informational interview
• At a pre-screening interview
• At a job interview
• In social situations with family and friends
• Wherever there is an occasion to market yourself

Do you have a 60-Second Commercial that that lets you hone in on exactly what you do and succinctly states what you are looking for, and the value you bring to your job? Is it clear, simple and to the point? Check yours now and see if it others will know exactly what you do, or want to do and the value you have to offer an employer. If you do not already have this important tool, now is the time to get one. Contact me at 248/478-5662 or careerist@aol.com to find out how to how to put an effective one together.

***Also, 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.***

Don’t Let Your Resume “Fall” Into the Reject Pile – Is Yours One You Are Proud to Send Out?

September 18, 2014

Someone once said that Preparedness + Opportunity = Success

Is your resume totally ready so an employer/recruiter would see how you can help a company succeed?

When you have a resume that is updated on a regular basis, you are prepared for whatever opportunities might come your way – whether you are currently working or are conducting an active job search.

How does this help you in your career?
• When others see you value, you will be offered more money and more job opportunities for the kind of job you want and deserve
• You will understand the value you bring to the table, so you can show employers how you can meet their specific needs
• You will be called to interview for jobs you really deserve and that are a good fit for you
• When you update your resume frequently, you remember more clearly the projects and skills you have that relate to the type of position you want

Fall LeavesToo many people put off updating their resume and then scramble to put one together if they are asked for one, or if they lose their job. I find that most people don’t know what to put on their resume, so they choose what they think is important, and that might not be what an employer feels is important. Or, they simply buy a resume book, find the resume that best fits them, plug in their information, and begin sending their resumes out.

Then they sit back and wait, and wait for employers to call them for interviews, and don’t understand why they are not getting any response. Can you relate to this?

Here are the facts:
1. Employers spend about 6 – 8 minutes to scan a resume to see if they want to consider you further
2. The top half of your resume needs to grab the readers’ attention, showing value you provide an employer
3. Only one out of every 100 resumes received by employers, gets a call to interview
4. First impressions play a big part in the resumes that are considered
5. A “10” resume can give you up to a 30% better chance of getting an interview and a higher starting salary
6. By having a clear strategy, and working that strategy consistently, you have a much greater chance of landing the PERFECT JOB for you.

Is your resume ready to be sent out tomorrow if someone asked to see it? Are you proud of it as it is now? When you read it, do you say “I would hire this person – they show a lot of value.”
***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.***