Archive for April, 2012

Resume Q&A

1.) How to create a resume
  • Start with a basic outline using one of Word’s resume templates
  • Populate the personal information
  • List target job title in bold all caps as a sort of headline under your name so you are ‘branded’ as that profession
  • Build out your professional experience with titles, companies and dates
  • List education
  • Add skills or volunteer activities
  • Go back and build out the job descriptions with 3-4 bullets that start with action verbs
  • Add in one measurable success or achievement per position
2.) DOs and DON’Ts of Resume Writing
  • Consistent formatting and spacing
  • Spelling and grammar check
  • Ensure that dates and titles are correct
  • Use action verbs to start the job descriptions with measurable successes/achievements
  • Keep it to one or two pages
  • Create an on-line version of your resume in a basic word processor like WordPad that will upload in a legible format into Applicant Tracking Database Systems
  • Guide your reader’s eye to the key points
  • Use more than two types of fonts
  • Make it too lengthy
  • Have too many words on the page
  • Be inconsistent in spacing and formatting
  • Send it without reviewing it for spelling, grammar and other errors
  • Falsify information or make it sound like you did more than reality
  • Use an unprofessional email address or an out of order phone number or a phone number with a funny ring tone or voicemail message
3.) Some of the top ways to get your resume thrown out of consideration
  • Have your resume or cover letter with the wrong company, position or hiring manager listed
  • Not attaching a resume on your application
  • Spelling or grammar errors
  • Not being a fit for the role — be sure to apply for positions you truly qualify for
  • Being out of the target geographic area — if you are trying to relocate from another state there are strategic ways to list this
  • Poor formatting, hard to read, too verbose
  • Creative ways of standing out can appear over confident
4.) Some effective ways to get your resume noticed
  • Use key words from the job description in your resume (i.e. If the job description says ‘patient experience’ rather than ‘customer service’ tailor your resume)
  • Being a good fit for the role (i.e. you have had prior job titles that match the targeted position, you have worked in that industry, you have the education and skills for the position, you know the specific software the job description mentions)
  • Typing a cover letter that is customized for the company, position and that even has a name of a person in that department (show you have done your research)
  • Network your way in.  Use LinkedIn or Facebook to find if you or someone you know knows someone that works for your target company and see if they can ‘refer’ you
  • Call or email the company’s HR department to restate your interest
  • Follow target company on social media channels and their website and in the news to be up to date on their happenings
5.) The best way to approach online applications/resumes
  • Have two basic formats for your resume that you can easily customize (professional/standard and web-friendly)
  • Tailor it to the company and position
  • Update your resume fairly regularly and use it as a ‘living document’
  • Once you’ve done the ground work of creating a resume you can be set-up for success and research ways to improve your resume
  • Ask for feedback and reviews from others
** Remember **
No resume is perfect and every hiring manager or recruiter might have a slight change, preference or recommendation.

Read Full Post »

Root of Success

by Jon Gordon
There once was a tree that produced an abundant supply of fruit.

Everyone marveled at its ability to produce a record harvest each year.

The owner who sold his fruit at the local market had become one of the wealthiest men in town and he was the envy of all who knew him.

However, as the years passed the owner spent so much of his time counting and selling his fruit that he forgot to nourish the root.

He became so prideful and focused on results that he neglected to see the signs that the tree was dying.

Then one day when the owner went to pick fruit from his tree he was shocked to discover that the tree was barren.

“How could this be,” he asked?

But when he inspected the root he found his answer.

The root had dried up.

He was so focused on the fruit that he neglected the root.

He wished there was something he could do but it was too late.

It was a lesson he would never forget!

How about you? Do you focus on the numbers, the outcomes and the fruit?

Or do you focus on the purpose, people, innovation, culture and root of your success.

Always remember the amount of fruit we produce is just an outcome and measurement of how well we are nurturing our root.

If we take care of our root we’ll always have an abundant supply of fruit.

Ignore the root and say good-bye to the fruit.

What is the root of your success? What do the rootand fruit mean to you?

Make it a great week and remember to “Lead with Love”.

Read Full Post »