It’s that time again; time to update your resume. Whether you are someone who is continuously maintaining your resume or someone who updates only when they are looking to leave a job, this process is time consuming. After all, your resume is your first impression with an employer so it should accurately reflect your skills and experiences. Unfortunately, most job applicants create a generic resume that fails to make hiring managers notice them.
According to a study researched earlier this year by TheLadders, recruiters spend an average of “six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision” on candidates. That being said, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind.
- An objective statement – the time for these have come and gone.
- Personal interests and/or hobbies – eave this casual interview conversation.
- Basic skills – everyone can type, focus on specialized skills in your field such as Adobe Creative Suite or Quickbooks.
- Your picture – this simply looks unprofessional.
- Every prior job you’ve held – only put prior jobs that relate to the position you are applying for.
Nowadays, you not only have to catch the eye of the hiring manager, but you have to have key words for applicant tracking systems (ATS). Did you know, 72% of resumes are never seen by human eyes? Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if a company uses one or not. The best way to approach this problem is tailor your resume just like you would for a hiring manager.
- Use language from the job description
- Choose standard, readable fonts
- Focus on your skills section
- Don’t use special characters
- Get rid of irrelevant information
You have to read through your resume, delete all of the clutter and focus on the important key words. Once this has been ironed out, proofreading can’t be stressed enough. Look for not only spelling areas, but grammar mistakes and correct capitalization. Read it silently, read it out loud, take a break and read it again. In the end, do not rely solely on your eyes. Send your resume over to a friend to review, too.
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Are you considering a career change, but not sure if it’s the right move for you? Make no mistake, this can be a challenging time and you want to weigh all of your options carefully. Should I quit myjob to dedicate my time to a job search? Should I go back to school? Should I just remain where I am? These are all common questions that might be running through your head.
To bring some clarity and a starting point, here are 5 questions to ask yourself from Forbes when considering a career change:
- Am I happy?
- Do I feel challenged every day (and more often in a good way than the opposite)?
- What do I love about my job/life? What do I wish I could change?
- Do I see a path for growth in my current position? If so, what does it look like?
- What things are most important to me in a job (i.e. flexibility, autonomy, money, recognition, working with creative people)?
Don’t just answer these out loud. Write them down, read them, step away and reflect. You might be surprised at your answers.
If you aren’t sure about quitting your job or can’t afford to do so, set up Google Alerts and/or sign up for job notification emails from corporate job boards to keep current. Another great way to stay under the radar while working and deciding a career change is networking. Set up for after work events, establish rapport and keep in touch.
Remain level headed, don’t make any rush decisions and consider all of your options and you will make the right decision.
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Writing a thank you letter after a job interview is a must. Whether your interview was in-person or over the phone you should send a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview. Step one is to leave an interview with the interviewer’s business card. If one is not handed to you then ask for it. If you have a phone email, ask to confirm the interviews contact information before the end of the call. You send this in one of two ways: email or snail mail. Use your judgment here. Hand written letters on stationary are a nice touch and recommended, but if you know the hiring process is moving quickly it is best to send a thank you letter via email.
Show you were listening and cover the basics. The thank you letter doesn’t have to be long, but it should be personal and hit on topics discussed during the interview. Be sure to re-emphasize your interest, reasons you are best suited for the job and how you can be contacted. If you go the route of a hand written note, you should send it immediately after sending a thank you email in the event the written note arrives late or gets lost.
It wouldn’t hurt to let them know you will be following up with them within a certain amount of time, i.e. one week. This way if you do not hear back from the potential employer, call or email them on the day you noted you would follow-up. When you reach out, re-introduce yourself and remind them of when you interviewed and for what position. Ask them if they have made a selection, and if not, when they plan too. Again, keep it short and thank them for their time.
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Cover letters, some believe that they are important by providing information that may not be effectively expressed through a resume while others see them as a waste of time with little or no benefit. This article is not to showcase the arguments of both sides when in all honesty it is up to each hiring manager. A cover letter should entice the hiring manager to look further into your application. It’s a way to persuade and engage. General rule of thumb: if one is required or asked for, provide one.
The question posed here “how do you write an effective cover letter?”
- Captivate with the first sentence.
Make sure your opening is geared toward the employer and position you are applying for.
Example” Your need for a PR Associate with publishing experience is an excellent match to my …..
- Make a personal connection.
You can communicate more personally than you would on your resume. Use this space to tell a personal story portraying why you are the best candidate.
- Follow the “Don’t Overuse ‘I’ Rule”.
You may have heard this of this rule without understanding the reason behind it or this may be new to you. One of the biggest reasons for this is to avoid coming across as a “know it all” and self-centered.
- Showcase your accomplishments.
One reason for a cover letter is for the company to learn how you will benefit their business. You want to let the employer know what attributes you can bring to the company. Overusing “I” on a cover letter can actually lead to the opposite effect.
- There is no “I” in “TEAM”
Hiring managers want to know you are a team player. Don’t allow the cover letter to only showcase your accomplishments. This can easily come off the wrong way. Be sure to touch base on projects you’ve collaborated on or spearheaded.
For more tips on how to write an effective cover letter, click here.
Use your cover letter as a method of influence and persuasion. It must be unique, inviting, compelling in order to lead the hiring manger to review your resume and call you in for that interview.
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It’s that time of year again, the holidays are here. So many people believe they may as well stop looking for a job throughout the holiday season because no one will be hiring. This is not entirely true. Yes, some companies may have no budget left for hiring, but others still have openings they need to fill by the end of the fiscal year.
If you are a job seeker you should take advantage of holiday parties to network and build relationships with contacts that may be able to help you find a job. There are many do’s (Go, Go, Go’s) and don’ts (No, No, No’s) to holiday job searching and networking.
The Go Go Go’s
- Schedule a wide variety of networking opportunities.
Holiday parties aren’t your only source for networking (although they may be the most fun). Look for open houses, join a friend for a company event or host a dinner party where guests can bring friends. You know never who you’re going to meet! As they say “tis the season to be jolly!” People are generally in great moods this time of year. Capitalize on this point, just don’t overbook yourself.
- Build a holiday contact list.
Make a list of the contacts that will be at each party you are attending (if possible). This way you have a game plan going into each event.
- Send holiday cards as a follow up.
You are sure to stand out by sending a holiday card to your newly-made contacts. Handwrite a short note telling them how nice it was to meet them and include your business card if you didn’t already provide them with one. Don’t forget to include a personal mention from your conversation, too.
- Focus on volunteer projects in your industry.
As mentioned above, holiday parties aren’t the only way to network during this season. Look into local volunteer organizations, such as City Harvest or New York Cares.
- Use the period between Christmas and New Year’s to reconnect with previous interviewers.
This is a great time to let your past interviewers know that you’re still available and interested in their company.
The No No No’s
- Don’t slack off on the job hunt right now.
By continuing your job search over the holidays you might actually increase your chances of being viewed by a hiring manager since most seekers go on break until the new year.
This is a great time to make contact and build a relationship with hiring managers.
- Don’t pitch yourself at parties.
Focus on making friends and have fun! Make connections by relaxing and showing interest in others. Don’t come right out about your job search. If the opportunity presents itself, exchange contact information and invite this person to coffee or lunch. Maintain the relationship, and at the right time, you can ask about a job.
- Don’t drink too much.
This seems obvious, but it’s worth stating. You want to have fun, but keep the amount of drinks to a minimum so you do anything to tarnish yourself.
- Don’t forget your business cards.
Another point that may be obvious, but so easily we can forget to put some in our wallet or purse. Double check for your business cards before heading out to an event.
- Don’t expect a quick response.
Don’t assume someone is busy or available. The holidays are an unpredictable time of year. The best you can do is connect with the person and follow up a few days later. You don’t want to present yourself as too pushy or desperate.
Remember, remain steadfast and be persistent during the holiday season and your gift just may be the job you’ve been aiming for.
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Rejection. It is never easy to handle, but everyone has inevitably dealt with it at one time or another. There are many forms of rejection in the work environment. Perhaps you didn’t get the new job you wanted or the promotion you worked so hard to gain. You may have lost a sale to a competitor or not given credit on a project you worked so hard on. Regardless of the form of rejection, it is painful. Rejection can also be a time for learning though. You can look back and try to find the root of the rejection and work from there.
Have a cry about it. Let it all out if you have to or go to the gym to work it off. Whatever you generally do to let off steam, handle that first. Once you have a clearer mind, look back on the events leading up to the rejection. Ask yourself if you did you best. If the answer is yes, that’s all you can ask for from yourself. If you’re not sure of the answer then deep down there is a reason for this uncertainty and rejection.
Here are some other tips for dealing with rejection:
- Don’t take it personally.
- Don’t bring up the past.
- Focus on your strengths.
- Accept reality.
- Keep it in perspective.
Reject isn’t personal (for the most part), but don’t automatically make the assumption that it is a personal attack on you. Taking rejection personally makes being rejected much more difficult to overcome. Take that step back from the feelings of personal rejection and consider the circumstances as objectively as you can.
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