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.

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Have you hit a dead spot???

Do you think your resume is average or just ok?  Hvae you even thought about your resume??

Leaving your resume hanging to dry is probably not a good idea.  “Some tech pros update their résumés and profiles every time they learn a new skill or accomplish something notable; done often enough, it Becomes a habit,” states Dice staff.

There are a few instances when you can update your resume.

The obvious one: When you leave a job for another.

Two:  You learn a new skill

Three:  You finished a project

The point of a resume is citing your accomplishments and giving the specifics: what you did, and how you did it.

“In today’s job market, with lay-offs and downsizing, being unemployed for a few months is typical. If you’ve been job-hunting longer than three months, try to find a volunteer, part-time or temporary position within your field. Register with a temp agency—an employer may have a short-term project requiring additional staff, but would rather not hire full-time or permanent engineers [who also have to be paid benefits],”  advises Lisa Dickter, associate director for Career Consultants Carnegie Mellon’s Career and Professional Development Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Stay up to date with trending information about resumes and industry highlights.  Don’t let time get away from you, use these helpful hints in the post to manage your resume for that next position.

 

 

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! #

 

 

30 Day Resume Revamp

This 30 day guide will inform you of the most up to date information on your resume.  Take a look at your resume right now, look it over.  Did you notice any errors?  Do you know what to look for?  Continue reading each day to find out how to improve your resume to give you the confidence you need when going in for an interview. Knowledge is power!

Week 1 : Personalizing your resume

Day 1: Colors and graphics

When designing your resume be sure not to over do it with graphics and colors.  Unless you have a career in graphic design and/or art.  This can be distracting for the reader.  Keep your resume simple, consistent and polished.

Pops of color like lines in the heading is just enough to be interesting but not exaggerated.

Stay tuned tomorrow and the rest of the month to revamp your resume for success!

Stay focused and most importantly stay professional!

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