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How to perform career preventative maintenance for startling results

How to perform career preventative maintenance for startling results

How to perform career preventative maintenance for startling results Career preventative maintenance? What’s that? It’s the secret that most people don’t know and never recognize until it is too late.

Why don’t people do career preventative maintenance?

Most people carry on in their careers and may think about promotions or even job changes but there are only a few people who are wise enough to practice career preventative maintenance.

When everything is going well, we don’t think there is any reason to have a resume and there certainly is no reason to hire someone like me to help you prepare for the future.

It’s the same people who don’t think about retirement or life insurance or even preventative maintenance on their furnace.

What do you need for career preventative maintenance to be effective?

  • A resume – not just any resume but a value-driven resume that showcases your best success stories and markets you to a specific target. For this to work, you need to be able to get your hands on quantifiable results and be sure they are verifiable! (hint: keep notes on success stories quarterly, it’s too easy to forget if you think back even 2 years)
  • A quality and complete LinkedIn profile. Stop looking at incomplete LinkedIn profiles and thinking this is the standard. I am amazed at how many people say, “I checked out so and so’s profile and they didn’t write anything, that must be the right way.” sigh… Maybe they never do career preventative maintenance either.
  • Learn the right way to USE LinkedIn. I see people complaining every day that recruiters aren’t finding them. Recruiters work for companies not job seekers and they are looking for the best not the easy pickings. If you are exceptional and meet what a recruiter needs to complete a contract for that employer that day, you will catch their notice. But if you are not that special gem, you have to be the one checking out LinkedIn and the web for companies that fit your needs, finding the connections, and making the calls.
  • Keep networking. Build connections online and in real life. Build them because you want to fill your life with great people and be the resource they need when there is a problem. This is the best way to have a network ready to help you if you need them.

Are you practicing career preventative maintenance?

When you are ready for the breakdown, the career emergency, the layoff, you will be able to rebound with startling results because you planned ahead! It’s the kind of peace of mind will sustain you through the tough times.

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How to make sure someone will read your resume

How to make sure someone will read your resume

How to make sure someone will read resumeAre you a reader? I read all the time and mostly on my phone. Very soon, I will complete 100 books this year.

I confess, most of the books I read are fiction. If a book takes too long to get started, I pass on it and read a different one.

I want the plot to grab me right away so I get pulled into the story. If the characters develop slowly or the plot isn’t interesting, I get annoyed and find something else to read.

When I really like the way an author writes, I find other books written by the same author. Even better, I search for a series by the same author so I get to follow the characters through more books.

How does this relate to the burning question — The big question job seekers ask me all the time:

Will my resume get read?

Here’s the secret.

Like the books I love, your resume must draw the reader in to make them want to read it.

The plot of your resume is your career story. If you take too long to start telling the story or make it boring, the hiring manager moves on to other resumes.

If you don’t get the reader excited about how you contributed to the company, saved it money, or created a new and innovative process, they read someone else’s resume.

Are you talking about things that interest the reader? If not, they find another candidate who fits the company story better.

What are you showcasing in your resume?

  • When you present your career story with value-driven stories right at the beginning, your resume will be read.
  • Does your resume integrate the key words fitting the industry and the company?
  • Is your resume reading like a job description or did you inject stories resonating with how you played a key role?

Telling the resume story

Whether you are a top executive or a graduate student, you tell career stories and resume stories to help you reach your goal. This morning while working with a student, I found him to be so tuned in to what we need in his first session with me. I know writing his story will be fun.

Furthermore, this student understands the correlation between his job as a server at a country club and his later goal to be in a sales and marketing role. He saw the potential story line focusing on ways he learned to interact professionally with a range of managers and executives. When he describes the features of a meal, his customers become intrigued and desire to select the suggested menu items.

This proves he understands how valuable it is to sell features and benefits. It doesn’t hurt that his father modeled successful sales strategies to him for his entire life.

I’ve worked with top professionals who struggled to grasp the importance of story telling in resumes. When you get this concept, your resume will be read.

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How to stop others from defining your future

How to stop others from defining your future

How to stop others from defining your futureAre you defining your future? Or are you letting everyone else define your future? Often people put their future in the hands of their employer or the economy and wake up feeling resentful when it doesn’t work out.

Start defining your future by being proactive

If you assume your current job or employer holds your future, you can be sadly mistaken. When you take the helm of your career and your life, you begin defining your future.

Often people find themselves scrambling when their job ends or their company closes. Yet there were signs long before the end if the person had been paying attention.

As a proactive career professional, you want to be ready for opportunities and not let them sneak up on you.

  • What would you do if someone asked for your resume tomorrow for the perfect next step in your career?
  • Would you be ready to email it to them from your phone?
  • Or would you have to apologize and tell them you have an old one and you can send it as soon as you find it.

Is your LinkedIn profile ready?

If a hiring manager looking for a Product Manager, Project Manager, Vice President of Business Development, Director of Marketing, or Director of Operations searched for the keywords in your field, would they find you on LinkedIn?

Are you making sure you are visible and not buried? Are you actively using LinkedIn? Just having a LinkedIn profile is not enough to make sure you are found even if it is a fantastic profile.

Are you constantly learning?

When I was working with a young graduate today, her wisdom that we captured on her LinkedIn profile told me she gets it.

I truly believe in lifelong learning. Technology continually adapts and to know what the next thing is, you have to keep studying to build understanding of how emerging technologies will change the horizon.

Can you say that? Whether it is technology or some other field are you constantly learning to move forward in your field?

By making sure you are ready, you will be defining your future and not letting someone else be in charge of your destiny.

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How to jump start your job search and win

How to jump start your job search and win

How to jump start your job search and winJump Start? I live in Wisconsin and wise drivers always make sure they have a good set of jumper cables in their trunk.

Getting caught with a dead battery when temperatures can reach -30F is never fun but being ready assures you can reach your destination.

Is your job search stalled? Jump start your job search with these 3 tips!

Start by examining your resume:

  • Did you incorporate your best resume stories to help you show your value?
  • Is your resume quantified with results and numbers?
  • Have you analyzed job descriptions to see what key words are critical for your field?

A compelling resume written to capture your value is the first tool every job seeker needs

If you start out your job search with a ho-hum, boring, looks like the ones in high school or Microsoft template resume, you stall your job search. You can be sitting in the cold without a job for a long time because you don’t have the right tools.

Does your LinkedIn profile resonate with your value?

Occasionally I still hear job seekers say, “What’s LinkedIn?” If you are in a job search and you have not started using LinkedIn, your job search engine is stuck.

Today hiring managers look at LinkedIn before hiring. When they are seeking specific skills, LinkedIn points them to candidates with the right skills.

It is critical for you to be on LinkedIn and critical for you to jump-start your LinkedIn profile by optimizing it with the right keywords and stories. Don’t be boring!

Are you missing your network?

Jump start your job search by engaging with people who are ready and willing to help you. Don’t sit out in the cold hoping someone else will come along. Go find your network and let them know your value.

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