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.

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! #