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Is your resume all you need to triumph in your job search?

Is your resume all you need to triumph in your job search?

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Is your resume all you need to triumph in your job search?Once your resume was all you needed to triumph in your job search, but today’s job search is much more complicated.

Perhaps you think that your job search will win your next role with the right resume with all the right keywords. This is part of the solution but not the whole solution.

Triumph in your job search by integrating strategic steps

Your resume is key. I call it the foundation of your job search. But like your house foundation, it wouldn’t work if you stop there. Sending out myriads of resumes via online applications, no matter how well done the resume is, rarely wins a job.

When people call me and say they need a resume, I know I will need to help them see the bigger picture. Today, your resume is the starting point. I see the resume as a strategic planning session that allows me to help a job seeker perceive his true value and direct his job search.

Once the resume is complete, we can move on to creating a strategic LinkedIn profile and start teaching strategies for using LinkedIn effectively to reach decision makers.

Bolster your job search results by leveraging all the tools

By maintaining a strong profile on LinkedIn combined with an active presence, you will be more visible to decision makers in your field. However, if you are not a unique, in-demand commodity, you still may find yourself looking longer.

This is where understanding that you need to take action in your job search comes into play. You have dynamic, well-written, keyword optimized resumes and LinkedIn profile but you need to get those in front of decision makers. If you hold onto a passive job search without picking up the phone to speak to people, engaging them in your job search, you could be waiting a long time to win in your job search.

In the last month, two executive clients let me know they are starting in new roles. They didn’t let the grass grow under their feet rather these two leaders took action and they won. They learned how to triumph in their job search. How about you?

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How to stop feeling helpless in your job search

How to stop feeling helpless in your job search

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How to stop feeling helpless in your job searchStop feeling helpless in your job search! Too often you struggle in your job search from competing voices and the inability to decipher the best direction to take to achieve your goal of a new job.

Feeling helpless is common but you can avoid it

Frequently, job seekers think that they should do this job search thing by themselves. After all, it used to be simple to get a job and then get another job. However today, jobs are much more complex and so is the art of finding them.

You would think with all the resources available, people would have no problem landing their next role.

The abundance of free resources and advice on the web is part of the problem. Too many voices and whose advice do you trust? You can choose between suggestions from well-meaning advisors but none of them are walking in your job search.

How I help job seekers find their own path

I recognize that the strategy I use for one job seeker may be totally wrong for the next job seeker. I also understand that feeling helpless is part of what we have to overcome to create career happiness. Desperation makes it hard to see a clear path.

Your solution to your next job is not the same as your neighbor, your husband, or your best friend. The best solution for you is to maximize your focus on the things you love to do. This creates a search for the right job for you not one tailor-made for someone else.

As I analyze what a job seeker loves to do and what scale they want to do it, I can fine-tune their resume, writing a compelling LinkedIn profile, and teach them how to find the best solution for their goals.

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While it’s fresh on your mind, capture your value

While it’s fresh on your mind, capture your value

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While it's fresh on your mind, capture your valueWhen you need to write a resume, you often struggle with finding your value. There’s any easy reason for this. Most of us fail to write down anything while it is fresh in our minds.

What is value in a resume?

What will sell you to the next employer? The hiring manager doesn’t want a rerun of his job description. He wants to know how you provided value to the company in the past and more importantly he wants to know what you will do for his company.

How do you capture value?

It is hard to remember what you did in a job three years ago, or even what you ate for dinner yesterday.

If you get in the habit of keeping track of your success stories as they happen, you will be better prepared to create your resume in the future.

The questions to help you write your next resume

  • Have you helped to increase your company’s competitive edge? What methods did you use to accomplish this?
  • What type of staff development or training initiatives did you put in place?
  • Have you developed and launched any new products or programs?
  • Were you involved with mergers and acquisitions? What was your role?
  • Have you realigned a process or procedure? What were the results?

You remember what you did today (most likely). Develop a tracking system. You can:

  • Use a pad of paper and put things in a folder (even post-its work for tracking accomplishments.
  • Create a Word document and keep your notes there. Put all job search related things in an electronic folder labeled resume and your name, in case there are other people using your computer.
  • Some people like to use OneNote for tracking information
  • Perhaps you are an Evernote user, create a notebook or note just for your job search initiatives.

Whatever tool you like best will help you start a system of recording your wins so that resume writing is easier the next time you need to create one.

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3 valuable secrets to triumph in your job search

3 valuable secrets to triumph in your job search

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3 valuable secrets to triumph in your job searchTriumph is not the most common word for job seekers. As I listen to job seeker conversations or speak with people who are looking for job search solutions, I don’t hear triumph. I hear frustration!

How do you triumph in your job search?

Stop following the crowd. Be unique and individual. Differentiate yourself from the rest of the job seekers. Don’t use the same useless strategies.

Secret # 1 — Don’t write your resume for ATS

Shocker! People obsess over getting all the keywords in so they don’t get missed by the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

If you write a value-filled, accomplishment-drive resume to the target and then change the resume if you change the target, you will get further. Write for human eyes and write a compelling resume that tells the reader why you are right for that job.

It is relatively easy to convert a resume from a presentation resume (hint: using color, creating eye-catching formatting, adding lines, and even graphics) to a text or ASCII resume. I give the conversion instructions here.

When you do apply online, you can upload the presentation resume and then copy and paste in content that went to the wrong fields.

I would bet that many job seekers never review their application before they hit submit. Or they type information in the application without actually thinking through the value they offer. If you are applying online, make sure each application is strategic not just hurriedly entered to say you applied.

However, applying online may be necessary but if you stop there, you will fail.

Secret #2 — Find the hidden jobs

If you are expecting the job of your dreams to be advertised, you may never find it. Of course, there are jobs online. But the best jobs are found by watching for opportunities. Read. Online and in newspapers. Find out what is up and coming. Listen to your network.

  • Who is expanding?
  • What company is moving to town?
  • Is a new product line being added?
  • Does someone plan a technology change?

If a hospital expands, initially there will construction jobs. Then there will be specialized healthcare roles for physicians, nurses, and technicians, but there will be additional business roles too. Read deeper. Think about opportunities.

Secret #3 — Reach out to the people who care about hiring you

The primary focus of job seekers is on HR and recruiters. Hiring decisions are made by many people. Recruiters and HR are often the filters. Engineering Directors hire engineers, Directors of Project Management hire project managers, and on it goes.

The decision makers who want their area to succeed are usually involved in the hiring process. Figure out who they are and contact them. They can only say no. The online vortex often says no too or nothing at all. Be proactive and seek out the decision makers.

All of these secrets mean you have to work so much harder than you do if you spend your time applying online. However, you will more likely find a fulfilling position that meets your needs.

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