School is starting, leaves are falling and your End-of-Summer blues are in full swing. It is said that Spring is the time for new beginnings, something about the flowers growing and the trees budding, but I have always felt that the Fall was the beginning of it all.
Time and time again I see resumes that either have no summary, a summary that is too long, or a summary that does nothing to make a candidate stand out from their competition. If you can craft a summary that articulates your value proposition in three to five lines, you increase your chances of engaging the reader.
I run my own business in which I wear sales, customer service, strategic planning, marketing and HR hats. I am also a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a housekeeper, a cook. All of these amazing jobs require my attention and participation.
Many of us continue to update our resume with our new jobs and accomplishments as we acquire them, not giving much thought to the older content. Having a running document of your jobs is a good idea because it can help you prepare for interviewing but does this older information really add value when you go to apply for a job?
There are dozens of mistakes people make when writing their own resume but I want to share the five most common ones I see and how to avoid them.
1. The Objective Statement. This is an outdated element that takes up valuable resume real estate.
Soon, you’ll be graduating from college and your 14-career as a student will be coming to an end. Congratulations! To get you ready for your job search, I have some resume writing tips to help you showcase your education and work experience and make yourself stand out from 1.6 million college graduates in 2014.
It is awards season! The Grammy’s, Golden Globes, Academy Awards, SAG Awards and more are flooding our airways. It is a good reminder to all of us that workplace and community awards, honors and accolades should be showcased on your resume and online profile.
Looking for a new job? Have you been out of the workforce for a period of time because of a layoff, caring for a loved one, starting a family, traveling the world, school or some other personal matter? It doesn’t mean you won’t ever find a job but it does mean it might be a little harder for you.
Competition for jobs is always fierce. It is not an easy process. So, don’t make it harder for yourself by having a basic resume. Do what you can to differentiate yourself from other candidates and enhance your marketability. One way is taking professional development courses and seminars.
A very popular New Year’s resolution is to get a new job. Sound familiar? You want to find an employer who appreciates you. You want growth opportunities. You want more money. You want an easier commute. You want work/life balance. Those are all fantastic notions but if you don’t have the right plan in place, don’t even bother wishing or wanting.