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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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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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How to help your college student win a great job

How to help your college student win a great job

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How to help your college student win a great job You want your college student to win a great job. After investing major dollars to educate your son or daughter, you really hope they will land the job of their dreams.

You figure the college will take care of making sure they get the job. But that doesn’t always happen.

Will your college student find work?

Sometimes yes. But not always. My clients range from students to top executives.

Today, Black Friday, I worked with two young women whose parents, both former clients, bought them a career marketing package.

I worked with multiple students this year whose parents felt that they would benefit from working with me.

My interactive coaching style allows me to get a better understanding of the goals and dreams of the college student while also finding ways to help them better understand job search.

I love working with all my clients of every age but it is fun for me to be a part of these young lives and give them some pointers as they get going into the career world.

Is your college student equipped with the best job search strategies?

I highly recommend that everyone combines a value-filled resume with a comprehensive, keyword-focused LinkedIn profile. When I work with individuals, our collaborative one-on-one video sessions open the door to helping the individual understand how much job search has changed and how to use today’s systems effectively.

One of the issues many people struggle with is a misunderstanding that their job search stops when they hit submit. The reality is that job search doesn’t stop with the application. The proactive job seeker will look for ways to find connections who can help them win the next job.

Other job seekers think that the law of averages applies. If you apply to enough jobs, you will win a new job. Not necessarily. Sometimes volume equals sloppy job search. I believe in targeted job search that focuses on roles that you really want in the industry you want.

All I want for Christmas is a great new job

Many of the students I am working with are seeking internships during college even before they look for the job after college. I give them an edge to get an internship with the company they desire. Perhaps the best gift you can give this Christmas is help with their job search.

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When we all want to get noticed not ignored

When we all want to get noticed not ignored

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When we all want to be noticed not ignoredGet Noticed! The number one driving force for people who hire a resume writer is the desire to get noticed and not ignored. The fear of being ignored in your job search is huge. You want to get the attention of hiring managers, be noticed, and get hired.

The right way to get noticed

It is always tempting to latch on to the latest fashion or style and imitate it. You see a great resume template and think “this is what I need to get noticed!”

You fill the resume template with your old content and figure that completes the resume. Unfortunately, while a compelling resume format is part of the job search attraction process, it is never the end all.

Taking a design off the internet means you may compete with people who also had the same idea. For years, hiring managers identified who used the Microsoft resume templates because they all looked alike.

Borrowing ideas not copying content

You don’t know how to write a resume. That’s OK.  Your plan is to borrow content from someone and your resume content will be great too. Jim Connolly, UK small business marketing coach, often reminds people to steal like an artist.

What steal like an artist doesn’t mean is to actually steal content word-for-word. You use great resume content to inspire you but you don’t use whole paragraphs or sentences.

As you recognize traits you also have or job skill sets fitting your wheelhouse, you weave your resume story incorporating the ideas and skills.

How to differentiate your resume story

If you are honest, your resume story never matches someone else’s. You contribute to the company success with your own sense of purpose. Your talents and joy in the job are different from another person’s.

Write your story. Tell the employer how you differ from the competition. If you struggle with what value you provided, you need to think deeper or hire someone like me to help you discover your story.

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