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You have a fantastic resume, now what?

You have a fantastic resume, now what?

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You have a fantastic resume, now what?You worked really hard to create a fantastic resume or you hired a pro to do it for you. After you applied online, you hear nothing. You wonder if you really have a fantastic resume or what you are doing wrong.

Second guess your fantastic resume or…

Admittedly, sometimes a resume doesn’t hit the mark because it wasn’t a fantastic resume at all. More often though, the breakdown happens when you use a quality resume wrongly or you fail to really use it at all.

Even after you invest in getting the resume right, it is tempting to stick with tired job search methods.

Applying online is all the rage and so many people freak out about getting the ATS resume right. ATS means Applicant Tracking System, the system that moves your resume to the company’s human resources department.

While ATS is important to get you into the system, if you stop there you lose. You need to go beyond applying online.

How to go beyond applying online

This is the scary part. You have to TALK to people. Don’t just email HR. Do the research. Find the hiring manager. Next, look for the person with the ability to connect you with the person who makes hiring decisions for the company.

LinkedIn can help you recognize who knows who at the company you want and even connect you with that someone. Most people undervalue real networking. LinkedIn is a tool to help you get there but it is still not the solution.

Real networking is research. Finding connections and keeping those connections nurtured throughout your career. When you are in a job search, you need to reach those connections and communicate.

The ones who win the best jobs know this and practice it.

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How to boost visibility as a job seeker

How to boost visibility as a job seeker

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How to boost your visibility as a job seekerAre you wishing you could boost visibility to employers? Feeling invisible is far to common to job seekers. You continue sending out resumes or submitting online applications but it feels like no one is listening.

What can you do to boost visibility?

How do you stand out in a field of job seekers vying for the same job? What will make you visible?

Job search is all about differentiation. This means making yourself different than the crowd. When you differentiate yourself, you become more visible because you don’t look like everyone else.

One of the biggest fears that job seekers tell me is that they are afraid to do things differently because they were told that there is only one way.

Let’s look at that a different way. If you write your resume just like everyone else and have the same LinkedIn profile, how will employers know you are the right one for the job?

You boost visibility by being different

How?

My goal as a professional resume writer is to delve deep into your career stories to capture what makes you different.

  • How did you create value for the company?
  • Did you improve operations?
  • Write about how you helped cut costs
  • Capture the story about how you increased employee engagement
  • Describe the change management process you led
  • Explain how your new marketing initiative helped the company gain visibility

Don’t regurgitate your job description in your resume

While employers need to know that you can do the job, they don’t need you to echo the job description. They need you to tell them how you fulfilled the job description.

The resume stories take you beyond the job description as you illustrate the difference that makes you a valuable new hire.

Everyone has a story from new hires to top executives. Capturing the stories will catapult your value for the hiring manager.

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4 networking secrets to help expand your network

4 networking secrets to help expand your network

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4 networking secrets to help expand your networkEveryone is looking to discover new networking secrets. People who network all the time look for new secrets and people who never network wish they knew secrets.

What are these networking secrets?

  1. Don’t be afraid of a NO! Too many people are afraid to ask someone for help because they are afraid of the No but what if you get a Yes? If you are in sales, you are taught that you need so many Nos to get to a Yes. It is the same in networking. You need the nos to get to a Yes!
  2. Give other people a chance to help you. Despite the way media makes the world look, it is my experience that there are many more helpful people out there. Bless them with a chance to help you. You might me very surprised.
  3. Dig deeper. Most people network on the surface. Look for hidden gold. Connections of connections may be very beneficial to your career and may be connections that last a lifetime.
  4. Networking is lifetime project. You are never too young to start or too old to quit. The best networkers are people who are still connected to childhood friends when they are 80 but are willing to connect with the new neighbor they just met.

Two Bonus Networking Secrets

  1. Networking is never just about getting. The people who understand networking the best know that you have to be willing to give to harvest later.
  2. Networking is best done one-on-one. When I originally talk about networking with job seekers, they often are visualizing networking groups. When those can have value, the best kind of networking is when you take connections into a one-on-one relationship. This allows you to get to know one another best in person.

Networking is key to successful job search but it is also key to successful sales and business growth. If you are avoiding networking, it is time to start.

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Are you saying can’t when you really mean won’t?

Are you saying can’t when you really mean won’t?

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Are you saying can't when you really mean won't?

Saying can’t is a common response when we are afraid. One of the biggest obstacles that job seekers have to overcome is the fear of venturing out of their comfort zone. We all have different fears and different comfort zones.

When are people saying can’t?

For many people, they are uncomfortable reaching out to network, especially in a job search, so they play it safe. Playing it safe in job search is often doing the bare minimal to apply for jobs. The point-n-click method feels safe so job seekers just keep applying to jobs.

Unfortunately with the point-n-click method, you don’t even know if the job is real.

  • Is it just a feeler job posting to collect interest or build a database so that if there is an opening in the future, they have a set of people who fit the description?
  • Are they looking to replace someone, but only if they find a better and more qualified candidate?
  • Did they forget to take the ad down or update the website?

If the job is real, with the global access to job postings and the fact that many people who understand technology well enough, apply for any and all positions that even come close to their qualifications. You may be competing with 1000s in the database.

Are you saying can’t to networking?

This safe form of job search (point-n-click) may seem easier but it really is harder. It will take longer to find the right role and you may be passed over because your resume or application content doesn’t correlate with their needs.

Even when you do apply online, you need to discover if you have a way to get in the back door of the company. You would be surprised how connections and inside help make a difference.

You don’t want to sound desperate but at the same time you don’t want to ignore the opportunity to be more successful by networking with people who are better connected with the job than you are from the outside.

This is why I recommend that my clients make sure that they have a fully optimized LinkedIn profile and develop networking strategies to leverage LinkedIn and your connections to advance more rapidly in job search.

Face it, job search is work but if you stop saying can’t, it opens the door to success and a better job.

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