Design Resumes http://designresumes.com Find your ideal career and resume writing strategy, with Julie Walraven! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:35:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://i0.wp.com/designresumes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-Key-to-success-1-e1452879776971.png?fit=32%2C32 Design Resumes http://designresumes.com 32 32 7506018 How to follow up after a tough interview http://designresumes.com/2016/09/follow-tough-interview/ http://designresumes.com/2016/09/follow-tough-interview/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:11:37 +0000 http://designresumes.com/?p=27320 You interviewed and you are really worried. It was a tough interview and you think maybe you blew it. Will they pick me after that tough interview? Thoughts are whirling around in your head and you keep replaying the sound bites over and over. Did you really say the wrong thing? Even if you think […]

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How to follow up after a tough interviewYou interviewed and you are really worried. It was a tough interview and you think maybe you blew it.

Will they pick me after that tough interview?

Thoughts are whirling around in your head and you keep replaying the sound bites over and over. Did you really say the wrong thing?

Even if you think you blew the tough interview, don’t worry

Keep proceeding as if you didn’t. In fact, proceed as if it was the best interview of your life.

STEP ONE – Write a thank you note to everyone in the interview!

  • Perhaps even change up the thank you to acknowledge the different aspects that each person asked you about in the interview. Individualized responses carry more weight than generic replies to the group of interviewers.
  • Clarify the challenges that you think you blew in the tough interview.
  • Reiterate how you would solve the problem or restate the qualifications that you failed to mention.

Don’t be afraid to use the phone

STEP TWO – Call the interviewer in a few days.

  • Most people hate to make the call but when you do, you show them that you are interested in the job.
  • I see people who say that they got an auto rejection. Follow that up too by calling the company.
  • Example: One person accidentally checked a wrong box when applying, it caused auto elimination. But he followed up with a phone call and corrected the error. He was hired. He wouldn’t even have known the reason he was eliminated if he hadn’t called.
  • Stop determining that they don’t want you. If you are qualified and know you can do the job, let them know you want the job and you care enough to make an extra contact.

Even when you get the NO, send a thank you for the NO

Things change. I wrote a detailed post about the thank you for the NO here and in this very popular post, How to reply to job rejection with astonishing grace. Some of the tips included are reasons you might still qualify, such as the other candidate bowed out.

The main point is keep your chin up and follow-up. A client called today to say I was right. I didn’t even understand why until he reminded me that I had told him that just because he didn’t hear from someone in two weeks didn’t mean he was eliminated from consideration. He has another interview in a few days, the CEO called him to let him know. Don’t assume!

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How to perform career preventative maintenance for startling results http://designresumes.com/2016/09/perform-career-preventative-maintenance-startling-results/ http://designresumes.com/2016/09/perform-career-preventative-maintenance-startling-results/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:03:26 +0000 http://designresumes.com/?p=27312 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 […]

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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 actually measure career success http://designresumes.com/2016/09/actually-measure-career-success/ http://designresumes.com/2016/09/actually-measure-career-success/#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:23:10 +0000 http://designresumes.com/?p=27277 When you measure career success in the normal sense of the word, you are always reaching up. Unfortunately, many people don’t find happiness in that upward climb. On Sunday mornings, my friend, Joe Jacobi, writes Sunday Morning Joe. His articles always inspire me but today’s post, When Butts are All You See really caught my […]

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How to actually measure career successWhen you measure career success in the normal sense of the word, you are always reaching up. Unfortunately, many people don’t find happiness in that upward climb.

On Sunday mornings, my friend, Joe Jacobi, writes Sunday Morning Joe. His articles always inspire me but today’s post, When Butts are All You See really caught my attention. He begins:

Like it or not, corporate ladder climbing is a sport. The sport is crowded and the ladders are unstable. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t climb. Your ladder might be a fine piece of equipment in your field, depending upon who is on it and who holds it.

Joe shared much wisdom on his blog. I credited him in the past with my desire to blog since it was his “Gold Medal” blog years ago and wisdom he shared that motivated me to blog. In retrospect, I think I chose the path I am on now because of reading his early content. Joe may not know that (until now).

You’ll have to go read Joe’s post to learn more but once again he inspired me today.

When you measure career success, you may be disappointed

I work with many people who come from the corporate world where the ladder climbing sport consumed their life.

Sometimes people hire me to help them figure out how to reach the next rung or to change ladders.

Others slipped off the ladder and find themselves disillusioned and frightened. They wonder if they can find a new ladder or reach success at all. How you measure career success may be ingrained in a world’s vision and that can be pretty brutal.

This ladder climbing isn’t necessarily healthy either as my Gold Medal-winning friend, Joe, talks about in his article today. People who work with me may need redirection or motivation to find the best place for their work.

Topics I discuss with my clients is where path they want to take, what goals they have for the future, and what makes them happiest. When they don’t know the answer to the last point, I am concerned that they will struggle to find the right career fit.

Writing resumes is one part of what I do. Helping people find new ways to measure career success and look at life differently is what drives me to keep working in the career industry.

What about you? How do you measure career success?

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How to make sure someone will read your resume http://designresumes.com/2016/09/how-to-make-sure-someone-will-read-resume/ http://designresumes.com/2016/09/how-to-make-sure-someone-will-read-resume/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:32:38 +0000 http://designresumes.com/?p=27242 Are 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 […]

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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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