4 Reason Why Ever Job-Seeker Needs Several Resume Versions

Here at N. Liten Resume Services we pride ourselves in providing our clients with not only resume services, but tips and consulting to help them reach their career goals. In today’s economy looking for a job in itself can be considered a full-time job. Searching through online job forms, researching careers and updating our resume. The process alone can be overwhelming and tedious. During this process, you might think having one resume can do the trick to help you land a job.

However, this is not always the case having multiple versions of your resume can help you get your foot in the door faster. Tailoring each resume for every specific industry or career field is imperative in the job-hunting process. Here are four scenarios in which having various resumes varieties can help you land a job.

  1. Same Industry, New Position – If you’ve worked as a high school science teacher for years, but are looking to teach the Scientific Method to elementary school kids, you’ll need to revamp your resume. While you can highlight your overall achievements as a teacher, you’ll need to exemplify why you’d be the best applicant to teach to a whole new demographic.
  1. Same Industry, Various Positions – In this scenario you’ve been job searching for a while, you can start to get desperate. That desperation can cause you to apply for any old job in your industry, regardless of experience. Having a resume that caters to numerous jobs within your career field not only shows your adaptability, but also makes you a more capable candidate than you would be if you sent out a resume that wasn’t really a match. Make sure to highlight your experience, but don’t skimp on your skills that are transferable in the industry.
  1. Completely New Career Field – In this scenario your previous position you were a supervisor at grocery store, but that isn’t going to transfer when you’re applying to become a new organization’s social media coordinator. Highlight the exact skills and work experiences that make you a fit for the new job. Then, build new skills and experience by volunteering, interning, freelancing, or taking on a part-time role.
  1. New Industry, New Position – Let’s just say you’ve always been a teacher for most of your professional career. However, you’ve always been interested in marketing and want to switch careers. In this scenario, you’re applying for a completely different position in a brand-new field, previous work experience doesn’t matter as much. Thus, you can emphasize all your free time outside of your current position to start working and studying for a new career in marketing. Therefore, customizing your resume will allow you to make the necessary changes needed for your new industry.

Job seekers have to be creative when looking for a job. Depending on what type of job you’re looking for, customizing your resume to shine a light on the strengths you already possess will make you the perfect candidate for the position.

Do you have different resume versions? If so, how many? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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8 Ways You Can Use Social Media To Find A Job

Over the last decade social media platforms have played a key role in finding employment. According to a recent study, 92 percent of businesses use social media in the hiring process, and 45 percent of Fortune 500 companies include links to their social media accounts in their career portals.

Therefore, it is critical that job seekers have their personal accounts up to date, with professional head shots, relevant keywords, and links to recent work samples. Since the invention of social media hiring managers often times screen candidate’s social media platforms before inviting them to an interview. Thus, making sure your profiles are free of any inappropriate text or photos is imperative. Here are eight tips any job seeker can utilize to take full advantage of social media.

  1. As a media professional, your social media accounts should be held to at a higher standard.
  2. Remove any content that bad-mouths previous companies. Make sure all communication is error-free.
  3. Delete comments on race, gender or religion that could be considered discriminatory.
  4. Only share content that highlights your accomplishments and qualifications in a positive way.
  5. Make sure your job titles and work experience are consistent on all social platforms.
  6. Be engaged and post relevant messages about your industry on Twitter and LinkedIn.
  7. Follow your favorite employers on various social media platforms so you can network and make potential connections for future employment.
  8. Build social goodwill by answering questions and sharing knowledge on Facebook and Twitter. Employers will be impressed with your outreach.

Maren Hogan, CEO of Red Branch Media, said social media is a golden opportunity to give employers a snapshot of who you really are. “A blend of social and professional profiles that both exemplify and promote your work… is the best way to get a hiring manager to sit up and pay attention,” she said.

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7 Tips For Jobseekers to Seal the Deal on your Next Interview

Here at N Liten Resume Services we pride ourselves in not only helping our clients with cover letters and resumes. We also provide career counseling to better prepare our clients on their job search and eventually interview. According to studies employers only request an interview from the top 2%” of candidates. Thus, making it imperative to have a great interview once you get the invitation. Here are seven tips that will help any job seekers on their next interview

  1. Conduct Research on the Employer One of the keys to success in a job interview starts with having a solid groundwork of knowledge already attained before the interview. Having an understanding of the company, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you do the better prepared you will be for any question the interviewer might ask. A great place to start your research is on the organization’s website and other available materials, search engines, research tools, and ask questions about the company in your network of contacts.

 

  1. Review Common Interview Questions & Prepare Your Responses This is an important step in preparing for an interview. First, you can research similar question that might be asked for the specific field you’re interviewing for. The main goal is to be well prepared for any question that the hiring manger might ask and be able to give concise responses to said questions. However, there is no need to memorize responses (in fact, it’s best not to), but do develop talking points.

 

  1. Dress for Success – The popular saying “you look good you play good” does not only apply to sports, but in the work environment. When it comes to interviewing, a cardinal rule is to dress business causal unless the employer informs you otherwise. Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under.
  1. Arrive on Time, Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview – Arriving on time to an interview is a must in today’s competitive job market. Unless extreme emergency arriving late is never a good way to portray yourself to a hopefully soon to be employer. Strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. The day before the interview look up directions to your interview to ensure you arrive on time and are able to avoid road work, traffic or accidents.
  1. Make Good First Impressions – The first impression you make on an employer is key factor whether or not you get the job or not. A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be well-mannered and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet. Make a strong first impression by greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (not bone-crushing) handshake. Remember having a positive attitude and expressing eagerness for the job and employer are vital in the initial interview.
  1. Ask Insightful Questions – This tip ties back into #1 and #2 on most interviews the hiring manger asks the majority of the questions. However, usually towards the end of the interview session the interviewer allows for the interviewee to ask any questions they might have. The best way to be prepared for this is to formulate questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. For example, you could ask “If hired what are the potential growth opportunities do you offer”?
  1. Sell Yourself & then Close the Deal – Often times when it comes to the hiring process the most qualified candidate are not always the one who is hired. The applicant who is hired is usually the person who does the best job responding to interview questions. Showcasing his or her fit with the job, department, and company. The better you’re prepared for the interview increases your chances of being hired.

 

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7 Skills That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job With No Experience

In today’s highly competitive workforce finding our “dream job” can be changeling especially when we don’t have much experience in our field of choice. This issues faces many recent graduates and anyone looking for a career change. However, there is a huge misconception that you cannot get your dream career without having experience in that particular industry. Although, experience is important for any career field you can still get your dream career if you have other skills that a company holds valuable. Having these skills will show employers though you might not have experience, but you make up for it with being highly skilled. Here are 7 skills that can help you land the job of your dreams!

 

  1. Excel Online – Understanding how to utilize Excel like a pro may not seem significant, but the truth of the matter is knowing MS Excel is a vital skill. That will most likely come in handy working in most industries. You’ll use it for many tasks such as creating spreadsheets and bookkeeping.

 

  1. Learn a New Language – Being a master of English is great, but learning a second or third language can make you more marketable in the job market. Mastering another language gives you a competitive edge versus other candidates.

 

  1. Coding – Knowing how to code HTML, CSS and Java can open brand new career opportunities, because almost any business that has an online computer systems need people to code their systems. Learning how to code is a skill anyone can learn but taking courses like Code Academy or Intro to Computer Science by EDX.

 

  1. Public Speaking – This skill is transferable to any industry you might find yourself in. Having this skill will help you make better presentations, reports, pitches and conduct better meetings.

 

  1. Writing – No matter what career field we enter having the ability to write, edit and understand information cannot be underestimated. Even if our job doesn’t directly have us utilizing writing we will always end up writing emails or filling out reports. Thankfully, the great thig about writing is the more you write the better you will become. Also, there are excellent writing courses out there to help improve your skills.

 

  1. Mathematics – Mathematics is a dynamic skill that is necessary in just about every career. Having the ability to understand math whether its high school algebra or college-level calculus the skill will automatically make you more marketable.

 

  1. Internet Marketing – With the boom of social media and every business trying to capitalize on the reach it gains. Having an understanding of SEO, long-trail keywords and B2C marketing can come in handy in your job search.

 

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5 Career Tips That Can Change Your Life

Here at N.Liten Services, we’re constantly learning new methods to improve our resume services, career counseling and career placement advice. Whether you’re employed, unemployed or currently looking for a new career, we all get bogged down with the “job search” or life in general. As we’re more than a month into the New Year there are many people looking for a career change.  Whether you’re aiming for a promotion or a new position altogether, we can all learn new habits.

Here are five tips that anyone can use to start or continue on the path to greatness.

  1. Make the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Account

First and foremost, if you’re looking for a new career or to network with other professionals, the importance of LinkedIn in today’s social networking era is a key component to long-term success. LinkedIn and many other professional networking sites allow their users to customize their accounts. This means you can upload PowerPoints, Excel spread sheets and Word documents under a job in your ‘Experience’ section. Showing more samples of your work will show companies that you have the necessary skills for future opportunities. Adding media content will add to your profile by highlighting your career success and will increase your chances of catching an employer’s or similar professional eye.

2.  Cut out the Negative Thoughts

Many times, when we are pursuing a new career or in a transition period sometimes negative thoughts start to enter our head. This often comes from the media, family members, friends or even our significant other. Who all have their opinions about what we should or shouldn’t do concerning our career path. When job searching, it is essential for us to remain positive throughout our job search. According to research it takes the average college graduate three to nine months to find employment.  This is something we all should take in account when trying to keep a positive outlook when we’re looking for new employment, so we won’t get discouraged.

3. Keep Learning & Skill Building

No matter what profession we decide to pursue education is always a key component to improving our chances of finding employment. Often times learning a new skill can lead to new opportunities that we may be qualified for by receiving a certification or formal education. Another benefit of lifelong learning is that it helps challenge us mentally and provide us with a competitive edge versus other candidates. Thus, a byproduct of learning you might actually find your passion for life and feel inspired and motivated to learn more.

4. Clearly Define Goals & Follow Up

Making specific plans and goals on a time frame will help us stay on track to success in not just our job search, but in life in generally. Without having a plan, we can sometimes get lost and complacent in our daily lives. Therefore, when we prioritize our goals, schedule time each week to work specifically towards accomplishing our goals and set aside an additional 30 minutes each week to monitor our progress and investigate next steps. Thus, improving the chances of achieving our goals.

5. The Power of a Professional Resume & Cover Letter

Having a professional resume and cover letter can go a long way in today’s competitive job market. With around 93.8 million Americans looking for employment having any edge can be a plus. A resume that is tailor-made for you can make all the differences from being called in for an interview or seeing your resume being looked over. An unprofessional resume or cover letter can lack appeal and drastically underrepresented your experience.  

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? Please share with us in the comments below!

 

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3 ways to structure your mixed work history

UNSURE HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR MIXED CAREER?
3 WAYS TO FIX IT!

Questions on how to “package” or “structure” your resume from a mixed background come up all the time.  More surprisingly than not, people from all ages ask this specific question often.  There are several different ways to go about it.

First, you can’t just throw out all of your experience onto the resume, which is common.  So you need to understand where you are currently and identify what direction (career, position) you would like to move forward in.

Then once you have decided that next you need to incorporate that into a strong written profile summary on your resume/cover letter.  Then, in the body of the resume, filter out anything that doesn’t connect to the job you’re trying to get.

For example, one of my coaching clients worked for a real estate company, mostly “making sure tenants paid their rent on time,” but he wanted to be a financial analyst. “He really liked the financial analysis courses he took in college, and he excelled at them, including winning a couple of awards for projects he had worked on.  So I designed a resume around those projects and highlighted the roughly 20% of his real estate job that involved financial analysis.” The client got a financial analyst job.

It’s about reflecting where you are, identifying what direction you would like to go in and incorporating that into your resume.

Good Luck, and know that I am available via, phone, email or text to answer your questions in regards to  your career and resume.

I am Sha Von, your focus coach, ready to help y9ou focus your message for professional success!

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Appearance is everything…Right?

Whatever you focus on grows…

Imagination may be used effectively in even the smallest details of appearance which in result can bring you much success.

Searching for a career/ job is complicated, frustrating and rewarding if tackled correctly.

I know a few of us have been in the position where you submit your resume over to what seems to be 100 jobs and you have the sudden dread of the let downs…rejection letters and the best one, you hear nothing back at all.  Dead silence…I hate that!!

But it doesn’t have to be this way….that why I developed a workshop designed to make job hunting not only easy and fun but beneficial to your overall personal growth.  It’s about identifying the most important part of the equation to finding a job.  YOU!  Knowing the specifics and focusing them so others can receive you how you want them to.

I remember going into a job interview for my first job.  I was applying to be a host at a breakfast restaurant/ j.christophers, and when in the interview… my mind was racing with loads of negative thoughts like;

Am I dressing the part?

What if he asks me this question I don’t know?

Did I turn the curling iron off when I left?

He just glanced at my mouth…do I have something in my teeth?

All of these negative thoughts just turn into a tornado of uncertainty.

These uncertainties can hinder us from soaring to our true potential.  That’s what I will be able to provide you here.  I will be giving you 3 strategies that can help you reach that next level of confidence to withstand the overall job hunting experience.

The three strategies are very beneficial and I will walk through these and explain how you can benefit from each one.  A. stands for attire…I. stands for interview techniques and R. stands for Resume.

The first, Attire is the workshop I will be covering today and it is the most important.  Why do you think attire is most important more than Interviewing and resume?  Let’s think about it here

What we see overrides what we hear and as much as we’d hate to admit it, appearance is everything. You can look at something and immediately decide if you like it or not. This is because human beings are visual creatures.  According to, 3M Corporation and Zabisco,

  • 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text/words.

So knowing this, we can use this information to our advantage.

I conducted several experiments with some interns where there were about 5 students and they were told to dress in a particular way in order to see how they’re appearance was received.  One dressed in wrinkly clothes, one dressed in clearly mismatched attire, one in provocative clothing and extreme make-up business casual, and the last dressed in business formal.  Mind you we sent in the ones with wrinkly clothes, and the outcome was none of the individuals who went in looking disheveled or untrustworthy received a phone call back. The ones who looked as if they had everything together did receive a call.The stats stated that 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual…so what information or message are you trying to relay to others?  Don’t really know yet?

The stats stated that 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual…so what information or message are you trying to relay to others?  Don’t really know yet?

That’s what we will dive into later..

With this A.I.R. you can soar to your highest potential.