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How to write a targeted job-winning resume

How to write a targeted job-winning resume

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How to write a targeted job-winning resumeYou want a new job. Your resume just doesn’t make it. Somewhere you heard you need a targeted job-winning resume, but what the heck is that?

What goes into a targeted job-winning resume?

A better question might be what doesn’t go in that resume? You don’t have to put in the kitchen sink. Sometimes when you are trying to do it yourself, you are working so hard to match up those keywords that your resume falls far short of a targeted job-winning resume, it looks like a pile of words.

I get it. One project I am working on now is a Medical Director in Pharmaceuticals. This talented gentleman heard that you need to put in the right words so your resume doesn’t fall into the black hole. He bought my top package and we already met 7 times starting before Christmas. We have a Master Resume now, a solution I finally reached when I realized that he needed a starting point so we could refine and rebuild the resume to target specific areas.

When you go to the doctor because you have an illness or sickness, you narrow it down to the specialty. If your ears are bothering you, you need an ENT physician. If the patient is a child, you need a pediatrician. You select the right doctor to solve your problem.

How do you target a resume?

If like this gentleman, you have a diverse range of skills and a long history of success, you have to match those success stories and keywords to the target. When you try to put everything in so you don’t miss anything, you often don’t hit the mark because no one reads it.

Writing a strong resume means carefully considering where you want to go and creating a strategy to get you in that direction. For this client, we are doing that with his first target and will continue with several other options. If we just sent the master resume, it would get lost in the black hole.

Get out of the black hole

Fortunately, this client has me as his guide. As we talk together in our interactive sessions, he is better understanding what targeted, job-winning resume. With me as his coach, I can help him to understand better ways to look for that job so his resume isn’t going into the black hole. We aren’t ready to start his LinkedIn training and writing but he is now beginning to understand how to position his value on LinkedIn.

After all the career marketing materials are complete, he will have several versions of his resume for different targets. We will connect him with my partner, an interview coach, who will help him through the complex maze of how to best share the value we uncovered while writing that resume.

While this project is complex, the strategies I use are the same with anyone who invests in my services. You select the level of service you need and we devise a plan to help you reach your goals.

Land your dream job! Design Resumes helps job seekers via interactive and personalized strategic coaching sessions to land their ideal job and achieve career happiness. Find out how to create your resume writing and job search solution here!

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What happens when you keep looking for the lowest price

What happens when you keep looking for the lowest price

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What happens when you keep looking for the lowest priceMy husband, Bill, has needed some serious dental work but he kept looking for the lowest price. I already told him who I thought he should see — my dentist, Dr. Krasowski from Krasowski Dental but Bill kept thinking he should save money.

I changed dentists several years ago after Dr. Krasowski helped one of our sons who has some serious needs for dental help. My own fillings were metal from ages ago and Dr. K replaced them two at a time with composite fillings. He even rebuilt a tooth for me. My husband knew all this but he kept hunting for the lowest price.

Some dentists advertise low prices but from talking to both patients and staff, they run the office like a business, moving people as fast as possible through the doors and don’t worry about how that might affect patient care.

Why the lowest price isn’t always the best price

Meanwhile, Bill has been in pain for more than six months. It hurt when he ate. His tooth bothered him all the time.

I get it. We don’t have dental insurance and we always have to use our Care Credit or another credit card for big dental and medical expenses. We just almost paid off my emergency visit from December 2015 when I fractured my pelvic bone.

But, there is a direct connection between your oral health and your overall health. While many people avoid dentists, poor oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including: endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth according to Mayo Clinic. So while Bill was out hunting for the lowest price, he caused his body harm.

Choosing an expert who knows his field

Finally, yesterday, he went to check out Dr. Krasowki. He just wanted to see what he thought so he scheduled a preliminary appointment.

When he got home, I asked him what he thought. He was impressed! (I wasn’t surprised.) I asked what he liked about Dr. K. “He really knows what he’s talking about. It’s not your standard dental office. He really takes his time and he explains everything to you.”

I asked Bill what he was going to do. He said he was going to have the procedures done there. I didn’t ask for the details, I guess I just was thrilled he was moving forward. But I did ask when. He told me they would be starting today. I looked at him funny. One day later. Guess he made his choice.

At the time, Bill didn’t really know what they would be doing on the first appointment. When he came home today, I asked what he had done. “Oh, a root canal and they started preparing for the next root canal that’s scheduled for January 10.” Remember, this is my husband who waited forever trying to find the lowest price and now he knows that sometimes you are just better off with quality.

Are you holding back because you want the lowest price?

Job seekers are often like my husband, holding back to look for the lowest price or trying the do-it-yourself method. But if you struggle as a job seeker, maybe you would be better off selecting a qualified expert who can guide you with strong job search strategies and value-driven career marketing materials. Your resume and LinkedIn profile introduce you to the hiring manager. Landing your next job will provide you and your family with the income to pay your bills.

Land your dream job! Design Resumes helps job seekers via interactive and personalized strategic coaching sessions to land their ideal job and achieve career happiness. Find out how to create your resume writing and job search solution here!

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Why you need time to write a great resume

Why you need time to write a great resume

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Why you need time to write a great resumeA great resume takes time. My husband asked if people minded if it took more than one session to write a resume.  I laughed at him. He knows my clients meet with me personally to write their resumes.

I am a bit of an anomaly in the resume writing world because I write resumes in interactive and collaborative sessions. Now I use video technology like WebEx and Zoom to facilitate our sessions with clients who live too far away to come into my home office.

My husband remembers when my brand was that I could write a resume in 2 hours. The client would come in and walk out with a resume. Today the resume writing process is much more complex and the competition is much stiffer.

How long does it take to write a great resume?

There are many factors that impact writing a great resume:

  • How ready is the job seeker?
  • Does the job seeker already have an existing resume with his or her history?
  • Has the client thought through his or her accomplishments?
  • Does she understand today’s job search?
  • Is there a target?

Is there a benefit to spending more time to write a great resume?

Like doing your homework too fast, you don’t want to speed through writing your resume. Capturing your best contributions usually takes some time and organizing your information to best represent you to the hiring manager needs some thought. My clients find that they benefit from the multiple sessions because they are able to better prepare for their job search. In the end, speeding up doesn’t lead to a great resume and taking your time to focus may produce better content.

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How to conquer job search in 2017 with winning strategies

How to conquer job search in 2017 with winning strategies

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How to conquer job search in 2017 with winning strategiesIf you are struggling to conquer job search and failing, perhaps you are using the wrong strategies. Many people who hire me are totally frustrated when we start working together. But that changes as they recognize how better job search strategies changes the results.

You conquer job search using right strategies

A recent client wrote this while we were working together:

Julie, we’re only part-way through the resume writing process, you really have me thinking about what differentiates me from the rest of the pack. I realize now I wasn’t positioning myself very strongly.

While I can do that really well for my clients, I’m not a really great self-promoter so that is why investing in a professional resume writer is making so much sense to me. Your process is making everything click.

And I think OH, yes, I had this success story which I can quantify and qualify like this … and bringing those stories to life has been really amazing. Thank you for showing me the right way.

After our work together, this client was interviewing again and showing much more confidence.

Another client emailed to tell me she was starting her new job and said:

I truly believe the redesign of my resume and highlights of my experience stood out for me to get that “first” interview!

What differentiates the Design Resumes process?

Collaboration. My interactive process allows my clients to participate in the development of their job search materials. With me as the writer and guide, they can voice the problems they face in job search instead of struggling alone.

After we work together, they better understand what hiring managers look for today and how to find the people who want to hire them.

Are you struggling with how to win in your job search? I teach job seekers how to write better resumes, create LinkedIn profiles that get attention, and make sure you are targeting the right direction.

Land your dream job! Design Resumes helps job seekers via interactive and personalized strategic coaching sessions to land their ideal job and achieve career happiness. You can find out how to hire me to create your job search solution here

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