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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New Year Means New Resume Event

As we enter into a New Year many of us have been asked by friends or family members “What’s your plans for the New Year”. Some of us may say we want to start a new workout plan, eat a healthier diet or looking to start a new career. No matter what career path we’re on having an unprofessional resume and cover letter can derail the chances of landing our dream job or a promotion on our current job. With an unprofessional resume, it can drastically underrepresented your skills to potential employers.

New Year Means New Resume Event

This Saturday on January 14th at 10 am – 11 am at the Brooklyn Public Library N.Liten Resume Services will be holding our first event of the Year “New Year Means New Resume Event”.  Where will give out free resume consultation, PDF interview coaching book, 1 year Newsletter subscription to N.Liten Services and LinkedIn profile update. This event is free and welcome to all who are ready to get back to work or transitioning from one job to another. However, in order to receive the FREE giveaways, you must RSVP!

Here are three reasons why attending the New Year Means New Resume Event will benefit anyone in attendance.

  1. Our tailored 1-on-1 approach allows us to create and customize a resume and cover letter to your respective work experience and professional profile. This allows for our resume specialist to carter to each individual person’s needs.
  1. Unless you’ve been under a rock the recent state of the job market can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know the current hiring practices utilized by employers. By attending this event you’ll reap the benefits of writing professionals who understand industry trends, needs/wants of hiring managers and insider knowledge of current hiring practices.
  1. Using a professional resume service will spotlight accomplishments with a fresh and unbiased eye. That will turn your resume and cover letter into something that’s personable and professional.

Whether you’re unemployed or looking for a career change our comprehensive and all-inclusive career services will help anyone enhance their chances of securing not just a job but a career. Let us help you not just find a job but career. Join us this Saturday January 14th between 10 am – 11 am at the Brooklyn Public Library (Eastern Parkway Branch).

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!

If you need a bit of inspiration, you can visit our website at resumenlite.com, or call: 724.769.3785 to find out more ways on excelling your career to the next level through focused coaching. #nliten #titleup #focuscoach

 

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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.

Inside Advice for Career Planning

On average, you will probably change careers seven to ten times during your life.
Sometimes you change careers because of changes in your own needs, desires, and requirements. Sometimes you must switch careers due to changes in your profession
or industry outside your control. For these reasons, career management and planning should be a life-long endeavor. The first step in career planning is determining whether your current career meets your personal and professional needs.

Commission having a Job interview.

 

Are You in the Right Career?

To help determine whether you are in the
right career, ask yourself some of the following
questions:

  • 􀂄 Do you enjoy going to work most days?
  •  Do you enjoy what you do on the job?
  •  Are you motivated to seek advancement
    in your career?
  •  Are you willing to put in the extra effort
    to succeed in your career?
  •  Are you in a stable or growing profession
  • Do the requirements of your career
    match your lifestyle?
  •  Are you satisfied with the time commitment
    your career requires?
  •  Where do you see your career taking
    you in the next three to five years?

If you answered “Yes” to many of these
questions, you are probably in the right career.
For you, career planning will entail seeking ways to learn and grow in your career. You must determine what skills and characteristics to develop, and what additional experience you need to continue your professional development. If you answered “No” to more than a few of these questions, it may be time to consider a new career.

Gather Information about Yourself
When researching a new career you first need to understand more about your own personal and professional goals. You should develop a clear sense of what you enjoy doing,
what you don’t enjoy, and the balance you are seeking between career and lifestyle. To help you determine your personal and professional needs, review the following self-assessment topics.  Consider your talents. What are you good at?  What do others say you do well? What do you learn easily? Make an inventory of these skills, abilities, and talents and consider jobs or careers that require these attributes. Consider your interests. What do you enjoy doing? What do you wish you had more time to do? What field of study do you want to learn more about? What classes have you taken in the last three years? You will devote more energy to your career if you enjoy your work.  Consider your reward. What is important to you? What will keep you motivated and energized? Decide how important things like salary, time off, prestige, and work environment are to you and use these criteria when thinking about your new career.

Asking these and other questions, and then researching the answers, can help you narrow your choices and find the ideal career.

Stay Focused and most importantly, Stay Professional!