Posts Tagged ‘career transition’

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!

 

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Google Searches and You

June 19, 2012

I talked with a client recently who was telling me about doing a Google search of their name and not liking some of the information that came up. Let’s say it was less than flattering to the client, and we were discussing ways to clean up what you might find floating around in cyberspace.

According to a survey conducted by Execunet, 93.2% of recruiters admitted to using online search engines to uncover information about candidates. Of these recruiters, 53% admitted to eliminating candidates based on negative information they found. So you can see – your image on the Internet is important.

In order for you to avoid “sticky situations” in your job search, it is necessary to clean up your digital dirt. This can be accomplished by doing the following:

  1. Google yourself routinely. Analyze your results to ensure that nothing unflattering is floating on the web. If you discover something you want removed, send an email to the host website asking that your information be deleted.
  2. Hire professional assistance. If you don’t have time, or know how to effectively clean up your online profile, hire a professional service to help. One such service is www.reputationdefender.com.
  3. Develop a powerful personal PR file. Just as bad press can seriously damage your job search, an abundance of positive web entries will help to impress potential employers. Write a blog, comment on a blog or build a personal website that highlights your professional accomplishments and expertise.

I would like your feedback – have you experience some “sticky” information online?

What Am I Doing Wrong? I’ve Been Looking and Looking for a Job!

September 19, 2009

“What am I doing wrong?” That question was asked of me last week by one of my new clients, a sales executive who’s been in a career transition for about a year now. This was our first coaching session. I gave him my honest answer…”I don’t know; let’s see what we can figure out.” I started by asking some routine yes/no questions to get a sense of what he knew about himself:

  • Can you speak about your product (you) with confidence and clarity? (He was unfamiliar with the concept of personal branding).
  • Do you know your product’s strengths and flaws?
  • Can you describe your competitive advantage?
  • Do you have a clearly defined target goal?
  • Have you identified organizations that are aligned with your target goal?
  • Is your resume absolutely a-m-a-z-i-n-g in educating the reader about you?
  • Do you make it easy for someone to interview you, or is it more like ping-pong with pain?
  • Can you name five things you do better than the next person?
  • Can you name five of your best attributes that will make a positive impact on the employer’s bottom line?
  • Can you cite five good reasons why somebody should hire you over your competition?
  • Have you been consistently networking, both in person and on the Internet?

My client answered “no” to each of the questions.

If you are looking for work in today’s competitive market, do yourself a favor; before you hit the streets, back up, rewind, and ask some hard, tough questions of yourself – be honest with yourself. When you can answer “yes” to these basic questions, plus others, you’ll be well on your way to landing your next job. And I’d encourage you to start this process sooner than later. I suspect you will notice an immediate difference in how employers respond to you, if you choose to do so.

PS: If you need help with the process, give me a call at 248/478-5662