Posts Tagged ‘position’

Is Your Resume “Employer/Recruiter Ready”?

September 4, 2012

Does it showcase you as the best person for the job you are seeking? (be honest)

If a recruiter, or professional acquaintance, were to call you tomorrow with a hot job lead and request that your resume is sent to them immediately, is your resume totally updated and ready to send? Is your resume one you are proud to show others? Does it reflect your value – is it a “10”?

ImageSeptember is International Update Your Resume Month. Does your resume need updating, or a total rework? Despite all the technology today, a resume is an essential tool when conducting an effective job search, or when making an upward move in your own company. It is the only way others have to determine the value you bring to a position when you aren’t there to speak for yourself. So, it’s critical that your resume accurately reflect your skill set and the specific contributions you offer for the job you are seeking. Your resume must answer the decision makers question “Why should I call you for an interview instead of anyone else?”

So, how do you know if your resume is a “10”?

  • Does it indicate the type of position you want?
  • Does it show your unique skills and core competencies for that position?
  • Does it show how you have achieved specific accomplishments that reflect the skill set needed for the position?
  • Does it show some of your career highlights that give a thumb-nail sketch of your capabilities and the specific value you have to offer a new employer?
  • Does it showcase your credentials and education, but not references?
  • Does it show your expertise and why you are the best candidate for the job?
  • Does it have strong content and a good visual presentation?
  • Is it formatted so that it flows well and is easy to read?
  • Does it look professional for the level of the position you want?

Ask yourself this question: With the huge investment in time and money for your education, your solid career credentials, experience and salary expectations of $50,000, $75,000, or $100,000+, do you want to be represented to a prospective new employer by an amateur resume?

If you were the decision maker at the company you are targeting, would you call you for an interview after reading your resume?

Your resume must speak for you when you’re not there, so it must be the BEST – you’re competing with your peers and you won’t get a second chance to make a GREAT first impression. Isn’t it worth doing right?

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Do You Go After the Right Interview … Or the Right Job?

February 26, 2010

What are you doing to find your next job? Are you blindly chasing interviews, or are you focused on finding the one job that’s right for you?

If you’re not sure whether you are looking for the right job, you need help defining the job you want. Often, a good place to start is with the job you have. Write out your responses to the following exercises. The results will help you keep an eye on what you really want.

1. What
Describe the job you would want to be promoted to at your current (or last) company. Be honest with yourself, and be realistic. But let yourself dream about what you really want to do next. List the title, salary, responsibilities, and level of authority. What are the three most important goals you would have to achieve in that job in order to be successful? What are the daily tasks you would be expected to perform?

2. How
How would you do this job if you had it? List the things you would need to do to achieve each of the three goals you described above. How would you perform the day-to-day tasks better than they are being performed now?

3. Why
Why should you be assigned this job? What profit would you add to your company’s bottom line if you accomplished your goals? Make your best estimate. If you need to do some thinking and research to figure this out, do it. The profitability question is at the heart of every hiring decision.

If you’re not satisfied with what you came up with, select another job and do the exercise again. Keep practicing until you feel good about the work and the job you want to do.

4. Reality Check
Review your plan with someone you respect and trust at the company, or with someone who understands your business. You may even be able to review it with your boss, explaining that these are your professional goals over the next year. Ask for suggestions to improve your plan. Listen carefully to all comments. (If you think this exercise might land you a promotion at your current company, you’re right. The same planning that will net you a new job elsewhere should work with your employer too.)

Now, use what you’ve learned here to define the job you want to find. Take some time to think about these questions – even write them down. Do not interview for jobs that fail to meet or exceed these requirements. Why waste your time settling for anything less?

Once you have identified the right job, you cannot be as powerful a candidate for any other job. In fact, you will fall on your face in such interviews. Don’t go after interviews — go after the right job.