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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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!

 

How to design a Hybrid Resume

Many eyebrows are raised when I mention they need a Hybrid resume.  What is a Hybrid resume anyways?

A hybrid resume is different from the traditional resume format, which is chronological, highlighting a long, solid work history.

Hybrid resumes can also be identified as a combination resume, highlighting relevant skills while still providing information about your work history, in a more subtle tone.  Aside from highlighting your skills and related qualification, hybrids displays reverse chronological employment history as well as masking job hopping and any unrelated experience.

First, let’s determine whether a hybrid resume is for you!

Hybrids are generally for  Students, New Graduates, Entry- Level Job seekers, Career changers, Applicants reentering the job market, and older workers.

Now let’s dive into creating a Hybrid  a.k.a. Combination resume

The main strategy is to begin with a career summary (qualifications summary or skills).  This emphasizes your strongest potential and credentials.  According to an article written by, Kim Issacs, Monster Resume Expert, she also states that mentioning this, in the beginning, you have the opportunity to, ” entice hiring managers to read the rest of your resume.”  Include, your key skills and accomplishments related to the skills relevant to the position you are applying for.

Create a section of core competencies that others can acknowledge your expertise.  These points can range anywhere from a table of 9 points of core competencies or 6.  Keep it rather short.

When listing out your employment history, keep the format chronological order.  This format most employers are used to seeing.  Ensure you are not listing the responsibilities, though, just generalized information regarding your skills.  Just the Facts!

Be clear and concise when including your experience section.  Focus on your achievements rather than job duties.  This will show your participation within that organization and how your participation allowed the company to benefit from it.

Don’t forget to add in any training, certifications and/or languages and education to your resume as well.   Look it over and read it twice or you can pay to have a professional review it over or ask family and friends. You can always go back and modify your resume based on feedback and response rate.How to create a Hybrid Resume

 

Social Media & YOU

 

Which social media platform works best for you?
Does one gain you more viewers?
It’s all in your message. Remember that all your social media sites are relatable to your PROFESSIONAL side.


Incorporate your contribution to the community by adding your volunteer organization to your pages or pictures of you engaging in an activity.
We will post later this week some sites that can help promote your presence to employers.

 

TWITTER

Twitter is a great way to stay relevant on current information and to post this bits about your professionalism. Stay professional though, employers check Twitter feeds as often as Facebook pages.

 

QUORA

Quora is a great way to show your skills by answering questions people have. You are basically a google reference for others who need the answers.

FACEBOOK

In a sea of pictures it can be easy to spot out candidates that are professional and not professional.  Be sure to post clean exciting pictures on Facebook.  An article from Huffington Post states, “A survey commissioned by the online employment website CareerBuilder has found that 37 percent of hiring managers use social networking sites to research job applicants, with over 65 percent of that group using Facebook as their primary resource.”

These are just a few samples of some sites that can help promote you and your professional message.  If you know of any more please feel free to share!  Stay focused and most importantly stay PROFESSIONAL!

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What does the future hold for Resumes?

Many have asked this question and there have been various assumptions.  It also is very obvious what the future holds for the Resume.  Some may believe that resumes are dead and unnecessary, while others say that everything will be online so it really revolves around social media platform that’s linked with networking.

Meanwhile, career expert Katharine Brooks writes in Psychology Today that the resume is merely evolving, not dead. To make it in today’s workforce, “it’s important to make sure your resume reflects the field in which you plan to work and that you have created a social media support system to present your story to potential employers,” she writes.

For one, when you apply to a large company and submit your resume, there are an extremely enormous amount of other applicants that you are against.  Companies are now using Applicant Tracking Systems to filter through candidates quicker.

Lauren Weber at The Wall Street Journal reports that companies spent an estimated $6 billion on online recruitment tools last year because there are just too many resumes for hiring managers to sift through themselves.

And the filtering software won’t work with online profiles. A traditional resume is needed for it to work.

We are also still in the time of Boomers in charge of hiring so they are used to the old fashion ways.

“A resume on nice stock paper shows you have a sense of decorum, especially since the Millennials are being interviewed by Gen X-ers or Boomers,” Jaime Klein, founder of Inspire Human Resources, an outsource HR department for other companies, tells Ensign.

If there is some way that you can get a hard copy of your resume to the hiring manager, your chances of getting hired increase significantly, Terry Pile, principal/consultant of Career Advisors.

Pile says: “I always tell my candidates to focus on three things when looking for a job: Update your LinkedIn profile, get your resume up-to-date with keywords, and get the physical resume into the hands of hiring managers.”

Basically, resumes are still in and only evolving into more of an online presence.  If you need resume assistance contact N.Liten Resume Services, http://www.resumenlite.com, or call 770.771.2865.  Stay Focused and most importantly stay PROFESSIONAL.

 

Does social media help you land an interview???

All of us know the importance of making sure your resume is in tip top shape.  All of us knows the same for your LinkedIn profile.  But does Twitter, instagram, reddit, Quora, and facebook, help you get noticed as well?

According to an interview specialist, here is what she says, Over 45% of employers now look at Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles to screen job candidates. “Employers will look at your social media. Guaranteed,” says Burik. “So take a moment to clean out those photos of you having a wild party or any comments that undermine the impression you want to make.

Jon Gregory, a job search and interview specialist, agrees that “everything you put online should be as professional as practically possible”. Though he says sometimes it can be worth running separate profiles for professional and private use.

However, Burik adds that “showing a little personality” online is no bad thing, as long as you “keep it within professional boundaries”.

 

Now, don’t rely on social media alone to land you a job.  Indeed and many others will give you an idea of what is out there and what sort of skills and experience employers are looking for. It’s also worth contacting recruitment agencies, particularly if there are any that specialise in your field. Call them up and send them your CV – and keep in touch.

Hopefully this information helps you on your search for a new job and creating your resume online!  Stay focused and most importantly stay PROFESSIONAL!

30 Day Resume Revamp

Here we are on day 2 of the resume revamp.

Week 1: Personalizing your resume

Day2: Don’t list Referenced on your resume

Employers will ask you for references generally during or after the interview.  No need to type “References available upon request” either.  Don’t waste valuable line space.  Your need that for important information.  If employers do ask for references, be sure to give your references a heads up that your future employer may be calling.

Stay tuned in for the next 28 days to see how you can revamp your resume!

Stay focused and most importantly stay professional! #