The Top 10 Tools For 21st Century Career Success

Career success isn’t rocket science – it’s a simple 3-step process. (1) Know what you want to achieve. (2) Define what success looks like (how will you know you achieved it?) and (3) Take action. The more you do, the faster you’ll get there.

Circumstances do not make or break success. It’s determined by believing you can achieve your goals; by adopting specific, more useful patterns of thinking; and by preparing yourself mentally and physically to develop the habits of success. Success may be an “inside job” but it still requires a lot of work! Here are ten tools to help you more easily make your mark.

TOOL #1: A contact relationship management (CRM) system

Everyone is a job seeker. Some are active job seekers; others are passive ones. Passive job seekers become active job seekers every 3 to 5 years. If you are a student now, the US Department of Labor estimates you will have 10-14 jobs by age 38!

Looking for work can be grueling. Don’t spend valuable job search time trying to invent an organizational system. Get yourself a great contact relationship management (CRM) tool called JibberJobber instead. It’s free and lets you track all the critical information you collect during a job hunt and when networking.

Track companies you apply to or think you’d like to work for someday. Track each job you go after and log the status (date of first interview, thank you letter sent, etc.). Jibberjobber has great reporting tools and offers excellent advice too. Setting up a CRM puts all your critical information in one place where you’ll have access to it for your entire career!

TOOL #2: A professional online presence (your web site, MySpace, and LinkedIn pages)

Employers are now using the internet to find and qualify new hires. At the very least, you should have your own name reserved as a web site domain name where you can post an online version of your resume and other pertinent career information.

Many domain registrars have low sign up and hosting fees and offer tools for building a web site that require no technical expertise. For example, my web site, lindalopeke.com, was built in a single weekend using only the service provider’s web page templates. It costs just $0.35 per day to make up-to-date information about my career and my resume instantly available to anyone. No more mailing or photocopying expenses!

Having an online presence makes you stand out from your competition. Start by reserving your domain name. If you have a common name, like John Smith and the domain is not available, try a variation such as MrJohnSmith.com or MsJaneDoe.com. If that doesn’t work, try adding your initials, profession or city (e.g., JSmithArchitect.com or JaneDoeMiami.com).

Create free myspace and linkedin pages designed to market yourself professionally not socially (and don’t forget to screen your “social” pages for career-killing content).

Check your “Google factor” periodically. Search for your own name and see what comes up! As you grow in your career, so too will your online presence. However, always remember, “What goes on the net, stays on the net!” so keep that in mind when posting in favorite blogs and forums.

Video resumes are becoming increasingly popular but can work against you if you aren’t careful in what you do and say in them. If you decide to do one, get professional help with it (services are available for TOOL #3: A good headshot

You need a professional headshot (not a “glamour” shot) when you are promoted to the higher ranks. Investing in one now will have you moving up even faster. Have a good black and white and a color digital photograph created in both high-resolution (300 dpi) and low-resolution (72 dpi) files available at all times.

Update your headshot every 2-3 years. Initially, you’ll use it on your resume and business card (the ones you create for yourself). Eventually, you’ll use it in other places where you are building your success brand. For example, to show next to articles you write for your company newsletter. Always control your image where you can.

TOOL #4: An hourglass (the ultimate uncomplicated personal productivity tool) Time easily slips away. An hourglass quietly reminds you of this. Displaying a classy hourglass (or collection) is guaranteed to get you noticed and remembered for being conscientious about personal productivity!

Self-imposed time limits help you focus better and produce more. And to get the most out of the workday, you must stop wasting time. This simple tool has an amazingly powerful impact on your productivity when used to help you be more aware of passing time.

Hourglasses come in sizes from 3 minutes (egg timer) to 90 minutes. In SmartStart we use a 3-minute timer to limit time spent on phone calls and answering routine email. And we use a longer one for tasks requiring more time and concentration.

TOOL #5: A chess set (secret weapon of the world’s best team builders)

Forget about candy dishes and donuts for in-office networking and team building. Display a great-looking chess set instead! Put it in an open spot near your work area. Use a picture frame to display a sign that says “Get in the game!” and lists a few simple rules for players passing by. The only rules you need to post are:

  1. Anyone can play and
  2. After making a move, please turn over the black/white card so the next passer by knows which color chess piece to move. (Then have a card next to the chess board that says “White goes next” on one side and “Black goes next” on the other.)

You’ll be amazed how many people participate in this open match. You’ll give yourself and your department or team a good name throughout the entire company. Plus, everyone who plays will be sharpening strategic thinking and problem solving skills! This promotes team harmony and reinforces that everyone is on the SAME team while advancing your success!

TOOL #6: A networking kit (containing breath mints, your goal card, a business card case and cards, an image-enhancing pen and small notepad, and “signature” stationery)

Networking is not something you do when looking for work or favors. It’s something you do every day. And your network is not all the folks whose business cards you have or whom you’ve entered in your CRM tool–your network is the people who would take and/or return your phone call! It is going to take some effort and advance preparation to grow your network. That’s what your “networking kit” is for.

Don’t take a chance on leaving a bad first impression because your breath is stale or offensive. Pop a subtle breath mint before making social rounds.

Before attending networking events set 3 goals. Write them down and review them before launching yourself onto the scene. The first goal could be how many strangers you plan to meet; the second how many things to learn about each new connection; and the third might be how many connections/reconnections to follow up on before leaving.

You need a great business card, even if you have to get it made yourself. Most business cards (90%) are thrown away. Yours will be kept if you make it, the conversation, and the card exchange more memorable.

Use both hands to present your card to someone you’ve just met (it makes the gesture feel special and you more memorable). Always speak in good taste when exchanging cards (pass along a compliment and avoid making boorish comments or using bad language). Never write on a business card you receive in the person’s presence (it’s rude); leave the room or immediate area before putting your memory-jogging facts on the back.

Carrying around your business cards without a protective case is like throwing your laptop into the car naked. You need a case to keep your business cards safe, neat, clean and handy. Talking with strangers can be nerve-wracking; however, when you have an unusual business card case it can be a handy conversation starter. I carry two; one for my own cards and one reserved for business cards I collect.

Discipline yourself to follow up. Exchanging business cards is not networking; developing relationships with those you meet is. Use your image-enhancing pen (which does not need to be expensive) to make notes to help you follow up in a meaningful way, then send personal handwritten cards to those you want to stay connected to over time.

TOOL #7: “Signature” stationery

Fine stationery enhances your professional image and is a wise investment. It takes little effort to develop your “signature” style. Before selecting affordable items at local retailers, get familiar with options offered by a specialist in high-end stationery.

If you study the “Executive” offerings at Stationery Studio you’ll see many designs that support your desired professional image without sacrificing personal style. Use their virtual tool to experiment with different lettering styles, ink colors, design motifs and envelopes with tissue linings. When you’ve found something you like, print it off and go shopping. Look for similar items to purchase at lower cost. Once you’ve chosen your “signature” stationery, use it consistently to keep in touch with those in your network. It becomes your trademark.

TOOL #8: A success library and toy box

Successful people read. A lot. Carry your books around in audio files on your iPod or set aside a special bookcase at home but do create your own library of personal development materials. (A minimum of 10% of your workweek should be spent in “learning” mode.)

A well-stocked personal success library includes: biographies and autobiographies of people you admire, collections of inspirational quotations that appeal to you, foundational texts that shape your thinking, reference texts that build your skills in specific areas (language and communication, technology, other key areas of professional interest), and other books of personal interest (both classics and current best-sellers).

In your “toy box”, you can have any number of cool items such as Brain Age (an electronic game), puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, and brainteasers), ThinkerToys, brainstorming and mindmapping aids and other tools for sharpening your mental reflexes. These make for great entertainment when you just don’t feel like reading on your commuter train or while waiting around in airports, traveling on business, or being stuck in dreary hotel rooms.

TOOL #9: A membership in toastmasters Toastmasters is not exaggerating when they say “your success in business is based on how effective you are”. The higher you go, the more your communication skills are on display. By participating in Toastmasters programs people from all backgrounds develop and enhance their vocal power.

Start preparing now in the arts of speaking, listening and thinking! These vital skills promote self-actualization, develop confidence and self-esteem, enhance your relationships with others, and position you for making significant contributions to your employer and the world. A membership in Toastmasters is a personal growth experience you won’t regret.

TOOL #10: A personal stylist

Your image is part of personal branding. The world is full of people with good degrees who are completely lacking a sense of style. You only get one chance to make a great first impression and doing so is a necessity for winning in the competitive business world.

Investing in the services of a personal stylist costs less than you might think, pays big dividends, and is of great benefit when you:

  • are about to make your “debut” in the corporate world
  • want to change careers and work in a different industry or sector
  • want to move from a technical role to an operational one
  • perform well and have excellent reviews but just aren’t getting ahead
  • want to strategically position yourself for a higher rank
  • are faced with a life-changing transition (pregnancy, divorce, etc.)
  • are about to begin working in a country or with a culture you weren’t born into

Professional stylists are objective about what really suits your coloring, body shape, and the business image you must project. You do not need to spend a fortune to look great; it is possible to spend a fortune on garments that only hold you back from getting ahead.

Working with an expert to develop your style is empowering. Taking time out to develop or refresh your style and update your professional look can reenergize a flagging sense of self and kick start a stalled career. When you know you look your absolute best you carry yourself differently, with more confidence. People feel that energy and perceive you as even more capable. The medium is the message; never second-guess your style!

While these are all excellent and highly recommended tools, the one tool that tops them all is a personal mentor.

THE TOOL THAT TOPS ALL: A personal mentor

Sometimes, what you can’t see keeps you from achieving your goals. Having a mentor gives you access to information otherwise not available to you. A coach may tell you what to do but a mentor will also tell you why. That makes a good mentor priceless!

Even the best university education can leave you unprepared for handling the substantial emotion and cultural politics that exists in all organizations. Everyone needs a “safe harbor” when self-doubt and fear are rocking the boat and a steady, experienced hand to guide them at the wheel when negotiating foreign waters.

A mentor shares personal experiences and helps you create new learning opportunities. S/he can also connect you to other resources that help advance your goals or serve your needs if they are beyond the mentor’s expertise.

Many business rules you’ll be judged by are unspoken or require translation to be fully understood and usefully applied. Often only a mentor will tell you the truth or rise to your defense in a sticky situation. If you’re lucky, you’ll have more than one in your lifetime. Cherish them all and honor them well for shortcutting learning and helping you succeed.

All of these tools are readily available and anyone can use them. The question is, how many will you put to work for you?

How Do You Conduct A 20 Minute Interview?

The interview-for-hire process involves eight basic steps. Master them and you’ll improve your decisions and free up your calendar.

a. Define the job before filling it

Obviously, clarify the job to be filled before filling it. Too often that process is done in reverse. Don’t make this mistake or you might hire a perfect candidate for a job that doesn’t exist.

When creating a job description. Solicit the input of current employees in similar positions. They know what the real job entails. Using these employees as guides set realistic standards and qualifications. An exceptional candidate won’t be attracted unless exceptional compensation and opportunity is offered.

Be sure your hiring standards relate to job performance. Legally, you must be prepared to demonstrate that all standards relate to reasonable performance of the job and that they don’t discriminate against any group based on age, race, gender, religion, national origin, marital status or physical handicap. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces this stipulation and provides guidelines.

Include all pertinent details in the description, such as benefits (and short -comings) of the job, career potential, working environment and special responsibility and demands. Before seeing candidates, those involved in the hiring process should sign off on the filial job description. Refine arid revise the description until their clearance is given.

The resulting document keeps everyone on the same wavelength. It’s also a helpful tool to use during the interview.

b. Qualify (and cull) your candidates

When first starting in this career, you probably were advised to interview for new jobs occasionally, regardless of your interest or qualifications in the job. Keep in mind that some of your candidates may be following the same advice.

To save time, screen all candidates before meeting them. Study their resumes. Ask them to fill out an application form. Check their references. Then disqualify anyone who’s unfit for the job. If the facts check out, telephone the candidate before the actual in-person interview. Before meeting the candidate, make sure he or she is serious about job change.

c. Organize and prepare

Like any meeting, a clear agenda for the interview increases your efficiency and effectiveness. Because only twenty minutes are being allocated to the process, every minute counts.

The heart of each interview is your question period. Write out specific questions based on the research acquired in Step 2. Type them for easy reference.

Assume the candidate will be prepared for the interview. The interviewer should have a job description, questions and a notepad within easy reach. In addition have a company information kit available for the candidate.

If the candidate must relocate, the information kit should profile the company’s area and region. Include information of interest to every member of the family. Typically, applicants want to know about schools, hospitals, medical care, places of worship and social, cultural and recreational opportunities. The local chamber of commerce usually can provide such literature and information.

d. Set a friendly tone – two minutes

Despite a need to be brief, don’t be curt or the interviewee will he uncomfortable and uncommunicative. Set the subject at case. Choose a comfortable, quiet setting for the interview and make sure he or she won’t be facing bright lights or the direct sun. Keep the applicant out of an air conditioning draft. And make sure the chair isn’t too low or too high. To minimize distractions, ask your secretary to hold all calls and interruptions.

When the applicant first arrives, greet bin or her with a smile, warmth and enthusiasm. Small talk helps break the ice. Offer a sincere compliment about a strong point on the resumes or a favorable remark made by a reference. Because only the strongest candidates are being met, this should be accomplished easily. (This is one benefit of performing Step 2.)

e. Establish control of the meeting – two minutes

Because you initiated the meeting, you’re expected to chair it. The first step is to lead smoothly from Small talk into the interview. Give a summary of what’s to he accomplished today.

Briefly describe your role in the company as well as the position (by title only) for which the candidate is being interviewed. One possible conversation is:

“We have a unique and attractive opportunity for the right individual. I’d like to spend the first part of our meeting discussing your background and I’ll share some information about the position with you and then give you a chance to ask questions. This is just an initial meeting for us to get acquainted, and it should take about twenty minutes or so.”

You’ve kept your options open. Now, either the interview can be extended as necessary or your schedule can be adhered to without making the candidate feel cut short.

The reason the candidate is questioned before being offered a description of the position is elementary. Most candidates win slant their responses to make themselves appear ideally suited. You need unbiased information, however, and you want the applicant to understand that you’re in control.

f. Ask questions – ten minutes

Before the appointment for the interview was made, the candidate’s qualifications were determined. Now, explore whether he or she is right for the job. Evaluate style, chemistry and attitude. Express any concerns that arose when reading the candidate’s resume and talking with references.

Although this is the longest segment of the interview, ten minutes will he adequate only if the questions are concise and you encourage equally concise answers.

The interviewer’s questions should cover two areas in particular: the candidate’s experience and his or her personal qualities. Seek whatever additional information that’s necessary about the candidate’s background, skills, education, credentials and accomplishments as well as job performance strengths and weaknesses. Ask about the candidate’s interests, ambitions, attitudes and personal style.

The following sample questions will prepare you for the interview process:

Please describe your present job responsibilities. Which are most difficult and why? Which are the most enjoyable?

What accomplishment in your present job are you most proud of? What was your best idea (regardless of implementation)?

What would you like to have accomplished, hut haven’t, in your present job? What prevented you from doing so?

What particular strengths and weaknesses would you bring to this position?

What do you know about our company and this position?

What would it take to succeed in this position?

What elements are important to your job satisfaction and that of your subordinates?

Describe what qualities would make an ideal boss for this position?

What are your short and long term career objectives?

What are the biggest frustrations in your career?

What might your present company and department do to become more successful?

What are your hobbies and interests? Are they useful to your career or in balancing the rest of your life?

How would you describe your personality? How would your associates describe you?

How do your spouse and children feel about this possible change’?

Why should we hire you?

Avoid questions that may be discriminatory. For example, acquaint yourself with the candidate as a person, but don’t ask about religious beliefs or sexual preferences.

g. Sell the opportunity- three minutes

In this step, entice the superior candidate to want the job. Begin by telling the candidate how you feel about the job. “We feel we have an outstanding opportunity and I’m excited about it. Whoever assumes this responsibility will be important to our overall success. That’s why we’re determined to hire the right candidate. “

Describe the job opportunity in general terms. Again, avoid biasing the candidate’s answers in subsequent interviews. Therefore share general information regarding responsibilities, reporting relationships, job benefits and shortcomings. Don’t, however, tell the candidate what you like or dislike about his or her background relative to the job in question. Don’t reveal that his or her boss-to-be is looking for a golf partner or distrusts people who wear bow ties.

It’s wise to ‘work from the written job description during this phase of the interview. Although you’ll choose what to reveal in each case, you’ll also want all the facts at your disposal.

This is a good time to summarize the history and growth of the company. State the firm’s reputation, market position and organizational structure as it relates to the candidate’s prospective job.

Don’t oversell or exaggerate the opportunity. False expectations are a major cause of employee turnover. As any salesperson will tell you, overselling often kills a deal that otherwise would have worked. It’s better to underplay the opportunity during this first meeting.

That statement doesn’t contradict the advice about showing enthusiasm about the position. Be enthusiastic, but reserve some details of the job to elicit the candidate’s further interest and excitement in subsequent Interviews.

h. Answers questions and close — three minutes

In this final step, the candidate has the opportunity to ask questions about the prospective job. An aggressive candidate will try to assume control throughout the interview, so don’t allow that to happen. Reduce the candidate’s questions to a minimum by saving them for the end. Furthermore, many questions will have been answered during the flow of the interview.

Once the question period begins, however, let the candidate know that this is his or her opportunity. By now, you have a good sense as to whether the candidate should he invited back for subsequent interviews. Accordingly, you can expand the interview or keep it brief at this time. If the candidate asks sensitive questions or makes inquiries about matters you don’t want to discuss yet, such as compensation or hiring dates, explain that these subjects will be covered during subsequent interviews.

Expect candidates to ask some of the following questions before accepting a position with your firm:

What are the responsibilities of this position, and which are the most important?

What results are expected of this position?

What are the limits of my responsibility and authority?

What problems and opportunities are associated with this position?

In your opinion, what specific aspects of my background make me right or wrong for this position?

What support is available to help me fulfill my charge here?

Will I have subordinates? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Who will be my superior and what are his or her strengths and weaknesses?

Are there any projects in motion for which I will inherit responsibility? What is their history and status?

What are the goals of this company and my department?

What criteria will he used to evaluate my performance? When are evaluations scheduled?

What can you tell me about my peers in this company?

Why did my predecessor leave this position?

Why did you come to work here, and why do you stay?

What advancement can a person expect – in this company and in the industry at large – after doing this job well?

Indicate the conclusion of the interview with body language (e.g., glance at your watch or calendar) and by summarizing your remarks.

Close all interviews on a positive note. Thank the candidate for his or her time and interest, and let him or her know what to expect next. Say, for example, will be interviewing in this first round for the next two weeks. “We’ll let you know by the end of next week as to whether and when we might meet again.” If he or she is a prime candidate for hire, say a few words of encouragement. Let him or her know you feel good about the meeting and you look forward to the next meeting.

The benefits of a well-prepared twenty-minute interview are clear. Following this approach, you’ll accomplish your purpose quickly. In less than half an hour you’ll gain insight into each pre qualified candidate while selling the opportunity so it encourages the prime candidates.

There are also other benefits of the short interview. The candidates who are invited back will be flattered that it took only twenty minutes for the interviewers to see this possible value to the organization. At the same time, applicants who aren’t asked back find the bad news easier to swallow. After all, they weren’t required to sit through marathon interviews just to be rejected.

Of course, the short initial interview necessitates one or wore additional interviews before hiring. This, too, is an advantage. Most candidates prefer to be courted and given consideration by several parties before a decision is made. In addition, interviewers also need some time to reflect on the candidate and his or her suitability for the job.

Summarize your notes immediate after the meeting while the details and nuances are fresh in your mind. Then file them in a safe place. In the future, these observations may be critical reminders of the candidate’s visit.

In analyzing and grading the candidate be aware of your personal biases. Don’t allow a candidate’s isolated response or question to outweigh an otherwise attractive set of qualifications and qualities.

Always send interviewees a letter of thanks, even if it’s to announce that they are no longer under consideration for the position.

Finally, involve others in the hiring decision. Make sure they meet the outstanding candidates. Because their futures will be affected along with your own, ask for their opinions. Seek consensus, but don’t let one cynic, bigot or misanthrope hold the job hostage.

A final word of caution: Check references thoroughly before the final offer is made. You want to hire the candidate who is as he or she truly is, not how he or she appears.

A Career Planning Checklist for Your Job Search

If you are currently looking for a job, you probably have some idea about the job you want. You may know something about how to get that job. You may even have some ideas about companies that might hire a person like you, with your skills and interests. Maybe you learned these things from friends and family members, in school or from previous job search experience, or from just living — in other words, “common sense.”

Sometimes, however, “common” sense is not always good sense. Unfortunately, many people learn career planning and job search skills the same way they learn about sex — “on the street,” from their peers, from experience, or from training in school, or from an all-too-brief conversation with a more experienced person. And how accurate was what you first learned about sex? Well, you get the point!

If you have spent any time looking for a job, you may be thinking, “There must be a better way.” In fact, there are many “better ways,” and it is up to you to find your better way. When it is all said and done, it is not what you know that matters. It is what you do with what you know that will get you from where you are to where you really want to be. Most successful job seekers do follow some common practices to progress in their careers. Discuss your goals and activities, ask questions and seek career counseling from a qualified career coach. Seek career training or join a job club if these options are available. Use this checklist to measure your progress.

World of Work: I understand the value of making wise career decisions. I am learning to expect change and prepare for it.

Expanding Knowledge of Myself: I have taken an inventory of my skills, interests, values, abilities and dreams. I have established a profile of my Skills Language, my situation and my concerns that are important to my career decision-making.

Expanding Knowledge of Job Options: I have identified possible occupational, educational and other developmental alternatives. I have compared the pros and cons of a variety of occupations and determined which ones are best for me. I have a focused employment objective.

Who is Hiring: I know how most people find jobs and use every source of job leads available to me. I have something valuable to contribute and am ready to go to work.

Networking & Direct Contact with Employers: I clearly explain my goals and skills to people I know. I follow up on all new contacts, so I will know more people. I contact employers that interest me, even if they have no job openings. Out of respect and gratitude, I write thank-you notes to each person who helps me along the way.

Marketing Myself on Paper and in Person: I make a good first, and lasting, impression. I use my Skills Language effectively in job applications, in my resume, in cover letters, during interviews and for other opportunities. I use the phone with confidence and briefly summarize my skills and goals. I am well prepared to find the job I want.

My Action Plan: I have made decisions about my goals that are both realistic and reflect the lifestyle I want to have. I mapped out plans to reach my goals. I am taking actions needed to reach my goals, such as enrolling in courses of study, acquiring additional work experience and news skills, networking and meeting with employers.

Repeating the Process: Career planning is never over. There is a great deal to learn from every job I hold: new skills, new ideas, new challenges, new opportunities that come my way and I create. I am reviewing my career action plan every year or two to determine if my work is still relevant or if my situation has changed. I am planning my next move. I am helping others by sharing what I am learning.

Tips on Finding a Sponsored Job in Australia

Many people around the world are trying to find the answer to the question: “How do I find a sponsored job in Australia?”.

Finding an Australian employer to sponsor you can be the most difficult part in emigrating to Australia. Most people search for a sponsor by applying to adverts on job search websites or in newspapers. Did you know that only an estimated 30% of all jobs are advertised here? There are theories that around 70% of all jobs in Australia are found in the ‘hidden job market’, meaning they are not advertised through the usual media channels.

This article will give you a plan, using several steps, of how to tap into the hidden job market in Australia, and to help to make your dream of emigrating to Australia become a reality.

1. Do Your Research.

You will not often find Australian employers advertising that they are looking for someone to sponsor from overseas. The main reason being, if there is someone with the required skill set in Australia, it is easier for the Australian employer to offer a job to someone who is already established in Australia and can start work immediately – in comparison with employing a foreign national and going through the sponsorship process, the cost involved and the time delay for the sponsored individual to commence employment in Australia.

You are also unlikely to find an Australian employer to sponsor you through the use of a recruitment agency,unless that recruitment agency specifically mentions in their job advertisement that the Australian employer is willing to sponsor the right candidate.

Search out companies in Australia whom you would like to work for. In general, larger companies in Australia are more likely to sponsor people from overseas than the smaller companies (due to budgets and business scope), however you should not strike out the smaller companies, as some are still willing to sponsor the right person. Wikipedia provides a list of Australian companies. You can also research the Yahoo Companies Directory to find companies in Australia to approach for sponsorship. The advantage of Yahoo is that they have categorised the companies for you to make it easier to find what kind of company you are looking for.

Contact these companies that interest you, sending them your resume / CV and enquire as to whether they have any opportunities available. Many of the larger companies tend to have a “Careers” section on their website, where they enable job seekers to search for their current vacancies, and also to submit their resume and cover letter into their database. This way, if they do not have a current vacancy that is suitable to your experience, they can call upon their database when a position does become available, and contact you.

2. Global Companies

Search out global companies who are based in both your home country and in Australia, and find out whether they offer transfer opportunities – quite often global companies do. Even though it might mean working in your home country for a period of time before an opportunity arises in Australia, it is worth it in the long run, if it means you can emigrate to Australia through that company. Global organisations also tend to look impressive on your CV / resume.

3. Keep a Record

Keep a list of the companies that interest you, and contact them all. I recommend phoning to speak to the manager of the department you would like to work in. If that fails, speak with the Human Resources department. Find out whether they are a company who are willing to sponsor someone from another country with the right skill set. Find out how often they destroy applications /resumes / CVs as well – most companies in Australia hang on to applications for 3-6 months, so to be safe, you should follow up your applications every three months. Keep a record of all of the dates you apply for jobs and speak with the company, for ease of keeping on top of your Australian job applications.

4. Plan a Trip to Australia

Once you have quite a healthy list of companies you would like to work for (no list is too long), and have applied and spoken to all of them, you should plan a trip to Australia where you can meet with each of the employers. If you are unable to set an appointment with every employer, make a plan to visit the company anyway, dropping off your updated resume, and try to get in front of either the department manager, or a Human Resources Manager.

Through making this vital connection with the Australian employers, you reach them on a personal level, and if they like you, they are more inclined to consider sponsorship than if they had not met you at all.

5. Volunteer Work Experience

If you are able to, when you visit Australia, try to line up some volunteering work with some organisations in Australia. Companies that are most likely to accept volunteers are charitable and non-profit organisations. Approach them and set it up before arriving in Australia so you can build it into your plan for your trip to Australia. Also ensure that you are volunteering in the area of your profession. It will be to your advantage if you have experience working in Australia when you are looking for a sponsor, even if it is volunteer employment. “Non Profit Organisations Australia”, has a comprehensive listing of non-profit organisations in Australia by state / region / city or town, and is a great place to search for possible companies to approach for volunteer work.

6. Build your Networks

Use social media, join industry groups, make friends in all the right places and put yourself out there. Use your networks and use other people’s networks – especially if you already know people in Australia. The more you put yourself out there, the more success you will have in finding an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you. If you think of it this way: most people have at least 100 people in their networks. Therefore if each of those 100 people also have 100 people in their networks, you potentially have access to a network of 1000 people! The more people you are connected to, the more likely you are to find someone who has connections in Australia.

Make everyone that you know, aware of your search for sponsored employment in Australia, and ask them to reach out to anyone that they know, who may be able to help.

You should also try and be wise when building your networks and be selective with you you are connecting with. It would be wise, for example, to strive to make as many connections with Australians as possible, especially if they are working in the profession of your choice. Linked In is fantastic for professional networking and has the benefit of assisting employers to find you. Facebook, and other social networking sites can also be useful, particularly joining industry or Australia-focused groups.

7. Study in Australia

Are there any courses or further education in Australia in your industry you can enroll in? If you can get a student visa and go to Australia to study, you are normally entitled to a certain amount of hours per week that you can work. This is an awesome opportunity for you to network, get your foot in the door and gain valuable Australian experience and qualifications. Quite often, foreign nationals who study in Australia, are able to stay on in Australia afterward, by transferring their visa status and/or through finding sponsored employment in Australia. There is certainly an advantage for applying for jobs when you are already in Australia, as you are immediately available for job interviews. Again – it is making that personal connection with Australian employers.

8. Successful Self-Marketing

Prepare your marketing materials for success. Do your research to ensure that you will be competitive in the Australian job market – that means ensuring your resume / CV is in a successful Australian format, and ensuring you have a high-impact cover letter that will entice the Australian employer to review your resume / CV.

If you are serious about increasing your chances of finding an employer sponsor in Australia, you should consider having your resume professionally rewritten specifically for the Australian job market. Contracting an Australian professional to rewrite your resume to a successful Australian CV template, means that you will be in the hands of a specialist who works on a daily basis with foreign nationals, assisting them to find employment in Australia.

In Summary

Remember: an estimated 70% of jobs in Australia are not advertised, and are found in the Australian ‘hidden job market’. It is essential to your success that you access this enormous resource of job opportunities in Australia.

By following the steps above, and consistently working towards your goal on a long-term basis through thorough research, keeping track of your applications, utilising the hidden job market, building your networks, ensuring your marketing materials are of high quality and competitive in the Australian job market, planning a trip to Australia, considering volunteer work in Australia and/or furthering your studies in Australia; you are guaranteed to increase your likelihood of finding a sponsored job in Australia.

What Is a Master Stylist? How the Hair Industry Secretly Defines Master

Are you getting your money’s worth for your hair services?

The hair industry is littered with names for hairdressers. Stylist, beautician, and hair designers are all terms used for the same profession, and that simply is a hairdresser. There are definitely different skill sets with hairdressers, and most of the time, the ones with vast experience in the hair industry do a good job with hair. However, we are about to expose some truths about what is a “Master Stylist.” Think about it. If you plan to pay for a Master Stylist, you probably want a little background to be sure you are getting your money’s worth, right?

Very Common: The “Sales” Master Stylist

In many mainstream salons, you will be surprised to learn that the different levels of achievement have nothing to do with skill, but with salesmanship. As a stylist brings more money into a salon week-in and week-out, then they can start advancing in title. It is akin to a salesperson reaching and exceeding sales quotas. The line of thought is that if more and more customers are coming to see a particular stylist, then he/she must be doing a great job, so give them a promotion!

Promotions based on money brought into a salon do not equal great services. It can mean that the stylist has a great personality, connects well with the guests, or can simply be a fantastic salesperson (smooth talkers can really do well to get promoted).

Don’t get caught into the trap of falling for these so-called “masters.” The good news is that you will eventually discover that there are consistent mistakes in your cut and color. Unintentional uneven cuts, holes in your hairdo, and green or orange color are “tell-tales” of a master that really shouldn’t have this title.

Common: The “Dinosaur” Master Stylist

The other master has “earned” the title from years of service in the industry (6+). Let me warn you, just because someone has done hair for 30 years doesn’t mean they have done it right for 30 years. If someone doesn’t receive any formal education outside of beauty school, then they are probably set in their ways and could be doing “it” wrong for the past 30 years, thus the term dinosaur. It is like buying a PC computer from 20 years ago and never getting an upgrade.

The fact is beauty schools only teach students how to pass the cosmetology exam. It falls right inline with what is wrong with our education system in this country. We teach our kids to take a test and they become great test takers but never truly learn the material. The same holds true for the cosmetology schools and their graduating students. Once a cosmetology student graduates and passes the exam, they go right into cutting client’s hair. Would you hire an attorney to handle your important case right after passing the bar, or have a doctor perform surgery prior to his internship? Of course not! But that is what happens with most stylists.

These newly graduated stylists who continue their work do get better over the years, albeit by trial and error. They cover up their mistakes with flamboyant moves and flowery language. Have you ever had a stylist aggressively cut your hair and expertly throw your hair around?

Now, many stylists have taken up a new trend to cover up their inability to be precise and that is by using a razor to sculpt your hair. If you have had your hair sculpted by a razor, then you know better than anyone that it takes forever to fix you hair in the morning as you try to look decent before you leave the house. Tons of gels, sprays, powders, bobby pins, and clips are used to keep it in place. I am sure if you had a choice you would use glue and duct tape if you could.

The fact is if you learn how to do something wrong and never know that it is wrong, you will do it wrong for the rest of your life until someone shows you different. The solution to this is education outside of the beauty school. Learning how to properly cut hair is only taught at the highest celebrated salons. But there is a catch. These advanced education classes are only 1, 3, or 5-day seminars. Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? Well this means that of those that actually can afford to take the classes or take the time to travel to Chicago, New York, or California for these seminars, only 20% will catch on and the other 80% won’t (but they will still put their training on their resume). Even then, a 5-day seminar will not produce an expert, but will at least get the stylist closer to their goal.

Less Common: The “Template” Master

The template masters are the sneakiest false experts. The reason they are sneaky is because these masters have taken classes over the years for formal education giving the impression of a True Master Stylist. However the additional classes and training were about learning specific haircuts, not methods and techniques. One of the most notable successes in the hair industry is that of a popular national chain. They created a system where specific haircuts are taught and passed to their stylists. Each haircut is given a different name within their community and each graduate returns to his/her salon and gives their clients the cut they just learned. The problem is that the typical hairdresser jumps from salon to salon every 6 months to a year. They leave only knowing certain cuts, but never learned how to design their own cut. Actually, some of these salons will not allow for creativity because they want to keep a standard level of service across all branded locations. Therefore, they force fit all their clients into the same template.

RARE: The “True” Master Stylist

Very hard to find are the True Master Stylists which can be identified as being on the design teams of Vidal Sasson, Arrojo Studios, Ted Gibson and Jos Eber. You will find that regardless of the team, many of the masters on these teams were heavily trained either by Vidal Sasson masters, or trained by those coming from a Vidal Sasson trained master. One tell-tale of a true master is he or she DOES NOT USE CLIPPERS. Weather it is a man’s cut or a woman’s cut, clippers are a “bad word” for the true artisan. Unfortunately in some states such as Texas, trimming clippers must be used on the neck instead of a straight razor due to state laws. This would be the only exception to the use of clippers.

ALMOST EXTINCT: The Grand Master and His/Her Protege

The creme de la creme are those considered to be “Grand Masters.” A Grand Master is one that has won the prestigious Long Beach Venus Medallion(1), designating him as a world champion designer. Rarely, and only if you are lucky, you can find a protege of a Grand Master. A protege is someone who has done more than take a 5-day course, but has intently studied and trained daily with a Venus Medallion winner for 6 months to a year or more. Venus winners and their proteges are extremely rare gems that are hard to find. If you do find one, hold on to them with awe and respect, for the level of training and skill that they have acquired is second to none.

In a world filled with self-titled and over celebrated experts, interviewing your stylist is your best bet to finding the true master. It may take time and work to sift through the murk to identify the salespeople, the dinosaurs, and the institutionalized template cronies, but your efforts will pay off when you finally find that rare gem. In a following article we will go into more detail on what to ask a stylist, and how to properly examine their work to determine if you should give them an opportunity to work on your hair. Thereafter you can be confident that you are getting your money’s worth for their services.

References:

(1) International Salon and Spa Expo (2012). ISSE Long Beach Special Events Competition. Retrieved on April 17, 2012 from probeauty.org.

Creating Successful Cover Letters For Your 100k Job Search

Your cover letters for your 100k job search are one of the essential elements that cannot be overlooked. Without a winning cover letter it is quite likely no one will ever even look at your resume or consider you for their 100k jobs. There are volumes of job career advice on the Internet but your first step must be to create a cover letter that sells. Below are a few points that you must consider when drafting your cover letter for your job search.

Research

You may have already heard this repeated again and again while looking at job career advice, but it is absolutely essential. What happens if you get through to an interview for a six figure job and are asked to do a presentation on the spot for one of the company’s products or services? Researching now shows an employer you took the time to look them up and want to work for this company and are not just desperate to work for anyone. It also tells a potential hiring manager that you are familiar with their business and are confident you will fit in. Before drafting your cover letter make sure you have done your research on the company and it’s executives and demonstrate this throughout out your cover letter for your next 100k job.

Targeted & Original

No matter how good you are, if you haven’t taken the time to draft a targeted and original letter for your 100k job search your resume will probably just land in the trash. If you are applying for any executive jobs or 100k jobs you should be an expert. If you are too lazy to write a targeted cover letter how can you expect an employer to believe you are going to work hard on the job? Forget all the cover letter templates out there, there are so many job seekers for 100k jobs that they have probably seen the same outline again and again. Show an employer that you have read their job posting thoroughly and that this is the job you want and that you are qualified for it.

Words That Sell

Regardless of whether this cover letter is for finance jobs or a sales executive job the cover letter for this 6 figure job is a sales piece. It must spike interest and demand that the recruiter or hiring manager take the time to review your resume or call you for an interview. Consider stating your number of years in the industry but not your previous employer information so they must turn to your resume. Use words and techniques that sell without being cliche. One sales technique to use throughout your 100k job search is ‘mirroring’. This can be done using the exact same words and terms they use in the 100k job posting. Repeat phrases or include technical terms that the employer used make them feel you are an instant match.

Highlights

Include a few bullets of what you have achieved in your previous 100k jobs. How many years experience do you have, have you successfully completed projects for their competitors who they envy, have you saved a company $100k, have you received any awards?

Hiring A Pro

If you really feel that you do not have the writing skills to make your cover letter shine for your 100k job search then consider hiring someone else to do it for you. How much is this new 100k job worth? Certainly a few dollars invested to ensure you get the job will return an incredible yield.

Is the Dental Assistant Job an Underpaid and Overworked Career?

People always look for career potentials before they undergo training or pursue higher education. They also consider the employment prospects since this is the primary reason why they are choosing a specific career path. Being without a job is not a good position to be in considering the current economic climate. There are many job opportunities in the medical career but oftentimes people are wary of the difficulties of the job considering the long working hours and working in a hospital scenario. This is also common in their outlook towards the dental aid jobs.

The dental aid jobs don’t often require a hospital environment since the job is mostly done on an office with duties and responsibilities not as difficult where one is in a medical career. The dental aid jobs are a supportive of the role played by the dentists. With the growth in demand for dental services, the dentists often find their schedules full requiring them to hire the services of the dental aids. The salaries of the dental assistants are dependent on a lot of factors but it is excellence and experience that are the major considerations for the salary increases. A dental aid with extensive job experience including a good number of certifications deserves the best that the market has to offer.

In order to have a job in the dental field, the first thing to be done is to look at prospective job opportunities and submit a dental helper resume. If you find difficulty accomplishing a resume, there are many templates online where you can find a dental helper resume that can be easily edited according to your requirements. There are also professionals online who can do the services of creating an excellent dental helper resume for a fee. Based on the advice of experts, it is important to limit the number of pages of the resume to one or two pages. What is considered to be most important is honesty as making representations on the resume may cause irreversible problems later on.

When you have gained a lot of expertise and experience in your job as dental assistant, it results into plus points for you during the job interview. The educational background, work experience including the skills gained will also determine the salary that will be offered. While the beginner naturally gets a lower pay, hard work and efforts always produces the best results not only financially but emotionally.

How a Professional CV Service Can Help Catch a Big Job Opportunity

CV an Important Job Hunting Tool

If you have no or little experience of job hunting you will recognize how important a CV is for your career. Whenever you will visit a company with the aim of getting a job, the first thing that they will ask you is your CV. Only if they find your CV impressive and up to the mark they will take you the next level. On the other hand, even if you post your curriculum vitae to companies, you have to keep in mind that just like you hundreds of other people will be sending their curriculum vitae also. Therefore, you have to ensure that your CV is attractive and strong enough to catch the eye of employers even from the hundreds of CVs that they have received.

How CV Helps You Attract Employers

In order to ensure that the aforementioned happens, you have to work hard on your CV and of course a cover letter, the way you present your curriculum vitae counts and should be given importance. Most people are of the impression that CV writing is nothing more than compiling your education qualifications, interests and job experience if any. But the fact is that CV is an opportunity for you to present your whole life in front of your employer in few words. It gives you a chance to bring forth your positive points in front of employers and also tell them why they should hire you. Only a well planned and well written CV can do that for you. Therefore, a lot of thought must be paid while writing a curriculum vitae.

CV Writing Professionally or Via Web

While writing a CV it is important you take help from a professional. With their years of experience, they can easily prepare a CV for you that will help you attract potential clients. But getting CV prepared from an expert can be out of budget for many. The other options available to you are of searching the web and finding some good CV templates. CV templates are designed with the motive of guiding you in your mission of preparing a good curriculum vitae. You can use these as sample and prepare a curriculum vitae that can get you hundreds of calls for jobs.

If you are looking for professional curriculum vitae writing services, curriculum vitae templates or curriculum vitae examples to suit your job search needs then search for cv service sites online. You can also find free CV writing advice or get your CV written professionally online CV consultants.

Sample Wellness Coach Resume

The wellness coach is the person helping the candidate for attaining mental and physical well being. They are also known as fitness coach. They design the fitness program depending on the physical capability of the candidate and train them in the physical exercises for maintaining good health. You will need a wellness coach resume when you wish to work as a fitness coach. These coaches are required in fitness centers, schools, colleges, gymnasiums, etc. They also work as a private fitness coach and provide the physical exercises and design the diet programs for gaining good health. Here we discuss about the job profile of the fitness coach and provide the wellness coach resume example. This sample will help you to get clear idea of the details to be included in this type of resume.

These coaches motivate the candidate for attaining mental and physical well being. They must understand the physical capabilities of the candidate and provide the exercises accordingly. They must have accurate knowledge of nutrition planning and they must design the proper diet plan for the candidate. They perform the duties of the fitness coach. When working as the fitness coach, you need to understand the potential of the candidate and teach them the physical exercises. They also understand the psychological needs of the customers and help them in boosting their self confidence. Here we provide the sample wellness coach resume to help you in designing the resume if you are applying for the similar position. After going through this wellness coach resume sample you will know the tips for writing the coach resume and significant points to be included in it.

Sample Resume

Carmen Thompson

543, Radio Junction, Down Street, New York, USA

Mobile – 09287567099

E-mail ID

Objective

Well trained and experienced fitness coach looking for the position of a wellness coach in an esteemed organization to train the candidates and help them become mentally and physically strong.

Career Summary

• Over 6 years of experience working as a fitness trainer and nutrition specialist

• Gained extensive knowledge in diet planning for weight loss and weight gain regimens

• Possess the ‘A’ grade certification in nutrition planning and wellness

• Have psychology background focused on the study of human behavior

Key Strengths

• Excellent verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills for effective interaction with clients

• Effective time management skills and organizational skills

• Knowledge of computer skills for maintaining the health records and diet records of the clients

• Certification in nutrition planning

• Ability to work within rigorous deadlines with good quality work

• Good team player and possess leadership qualities

• Ability to understand the potential of the candidate and provide the exercises accordingly

• Makes effective use of the available resources

Educational Credentials

• Diploma in Nutrition Planning, 2005

University of Houston, USA

• Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, 2002

Houston University, USA

Work Experiences

Active Health Club, New York

Designation – Wellness Coach

Duration – June 2005 till date

Responsibilities

• Determined the physical standard of each candidate and provided the exercise accordingly

• Designed appropriate diet programs for people with different needs

• Educated people regarding preventive care measures and mental and physical well being

• Conducted the seminars to state the importance of good physical and mental health

• Monitored the fitness regimen of the clients and guided them for practicing proper exercises

• Kept record of payments of every candidate and presented it to the authorities whenever demanded

• Interacted with the clients, understood their problems and provided necessary solution

• Set goals for the customers and encouraged them to accomplish these goals

Personal Profile

Name – Carmen Thompson

Date of Birth – 4th June 1979

Gender – Female

Nationality – American

Marital Status – Married

References

Mr. Joe Meyers

Chief Administrator,

Active Health Club, New York

Mobile – 09578658898

E-mail ID

You can also include some more references in your resume. Also you can prepare a separate sheet mentioning the references and present it to the employer at the time of the interview when demanded. The resume of the wellness coach must include all other relevant details that are required for working as a fitness coach. Do not unnecessarily increase the length of resume by including irrelevant details, but include all things that you feel may help you in your job. You may not know what things are expected by the employer and you may miss the opportunity if your miss any of your job specific details.

Jumpstart Your Job Hunt With a Quality Resume – Ultimate Resume Writing Dos and Don’ts

After years of working in the executive staffing and recruiting industry, collaborating with countless hiring managers and human resource administrators across various industries, I acquired a thorough understanding of what these individuals were looking for in potential job candidates. I began to see patterns, consistencies, universal tendencies, and I began to see just how important a good resume really is.

As a point of fact, hiring managers only spend around 15 seconds perusing over a new resume and they are really only looking for a couple of things when they do. They’re on autopilot, for the most part. They want to know:

1) Who have you worked for?

2) Have you had steady employment?

3) What notable achievements and recognitions have you had throughout your career?

4) What do you have to offer which will meet with their specific needs?

An effective resume will answer those questions with a minimal amount of effort and, as with any effective marketing tool, it will also leave the reader wanting to know more. You want to give them just enough info to prompt them into action. That’s when they pick up the phone and call you for an interview!

So your resume is your professional introduction. It’s your only chance to make a memorable first impression and I can tell you right now that if you do not take your resume seriously, then your resume will never be TAKEN seriously. It really is that simple.

Now, if you feel you are capable and qualified to write a compelling and dynamic resume, then by all means give it a shot. However, if you’re not extremely confident in your skills as a writer and/or marketer, I would sincerely recommend you hook up with a professional resume writer to help you craft the perfect resume for you. A seasoned veteran in these matters can be an invaluable resource. After all, I trust my mechanic to work on my car because he works on cars all day, every day. Well there are people out there who work on resumes all day, every day…so trust us!

For those who are convinced they have what it takes, this article should help you with some of the finer points. Although job markets and technologies are always changing, there are some things which are fairly universal and constitute the basic principles of a winning resume. To guide you along, I have compiled a comprehensive list of resume writing Do’s and Don’ts, complete with secret tricks of the trade as well as a collection of common mistakes people make. So pay close attention, take my advice into consideration, and you’ll be on your way to landing that dream job in no time!

DON’T

Misrepresent the Truth – Lying on your resume is never a good idea. You don’t want to start a professional relationship based on the misrepresentation of facts. Just as you would hope the employer is not lying to you about the job requirements, salary, etc, they expect you are not lying to them about your background and/or skill sets. It’s the decent and respectable way to conduct yourself and there is no room for dishonesty in the workplace because, sooner or later, these things always have a tendency to come to the surface. Remember: The truth shall set you free!

Use Slang or Jargon – You need to be as professional as possible in the context of your resume if you expect to be taken seriously as a professional. For this reason, you should avoid using familiar lingo, slang, or jargon in your resume. The exception to this rule is when using very industry-specific terminology to describe your particular skills. This can actually help to lend you credit as a knowledgeable individual and an expert in your field, but your such terms wisely and tactfully.

Include a Picture – Unless you’re a model or in a professional dependent on physical attributes, I always advise against putting your picture on your resume. In my experience, it can do more harm than good. So keep the formatting of the resume simple and let the hiring manager use their imagination until they call you in for an interview. Plus, your looks should have nothing to do with your professionalism or the credentials qualifying you for the position. In the business world (even legally), your appearance should have no value as a selling point for you as a competent job candidate.

Include Irrelevant Info (AKA “Fluff”) – If it’s not important, don’t add it to your resume. If you were a cook 10 years ago but now you’re looking for a job in retail management, don’t clutter up your resume with irrelevancy. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager and ask yourself what they would see as important. How does your background correspond with their needs as an employer? Anything else is fluff. Don’t add your hobbies to your resume. Don’t add your references (if they want them, they’ll ask at the appropriate time). And don’t include your high school education either. Finally, don’t be redundant and repeat yourself throughout the context of your resume. It’s OK to reinforce themes, but don’t push it. If your title has been Branch Manager at each of your past three companies, find a way to differentiate each of these positions and highlight your most notable accomplishments. Don’t just copy and paste the line “Managed a team of branch employees” three times. That will get you nowhere.

Include a Core Competencies Section – I find Core Competency sections to be fairly worthless in a professional resume and I’ll tell you why: It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress, an administrative assistant, a nurse, a teacher, or a sales executive – it doesn’t matter what kind of background you have – anyone can describe themselves as “Self-Motivated”. Anyone can say they are “Goal Oriented” and “Results-Driven” and everyone has “Strong Verbal and Written Skills” when they’re applying for a job. I can say with some degree of certainty that the majority of hiring managers and HR administrators skip right past a Core Competencies section and with good reason. The key to a successful resume is in SHOWING a manager how you are “Results-Driven” and “Goal Oriented” instead of just TELLING them! Your accomplishments speak volumes, let them do the talking. If you are going to include a Core Competencies section, make sure it’s unique and adds value. Again, vagueness will often work against you here because it cheapens the experience of reading your resume.

Rely on Templates or Sample Resumes – If you are surfing the web and looking for a good resume sample or template to use as a guideline for your own resume, make sure the sample you settle on is appropriate considering your background, the industry you’re in, and your career intentions. Because when it comes right down to it, different styles of resumes should be employed in different industries. By way of illustration, a computer programmer’s resume will vary greatly from that of a sushi chef. They both have very different skill sets which need to be highlighted in very different ways in order to be effective. If both those individuals tried to write their resumes in the same format, it would be a disaster. Hiring authorities, respectively, each have their own expectations and some resume formats are better than others at addressing those individual expectations.

Write a Novel and Call it a Resume – I repeat: Do NOT write a novel and call it a resume. Too many people make this mistake. They want to write this wordy, drawn-out thesis outlining their life story and their career aspirations. They have all these skills and accomplishments and they want to include them all in there somewhere, but the problem is most people just don’t know when to stop. Don’t be afraid to leave out some of the details and explore those further in the interview process. My advice is to highlight only those aspects of your background which are most applicable for the job, or types of jobs, you are planning to apply for.

Limit Yourself to One Page – In contrast to the last point, you may not want to limit yourself to a 1-page resume. A common misconception is that a professional resume HAS to be one page. However, that’s not really the case these days. I while back, before the miracles of technology, I may have agreed. But now that most resumes are being read on a computer screen versus on paper, there’s no need to limit yourself in such a way. Those who try to cram all their info on 1-page resume usually resort to smaller font and zero spacing. When viewed on screen, this is not an attractive format and it’s hard to read. Now, I’m not saying you should write a 20-page catalogue of your experiences, nor am I advocating the use of size 20 font. Instead, I would say 12-14 size font should suffice and I recommend you keep it at two pages. That leaves plenty of room to say what needs to be said. Of course, if you have limited experience then a 1-page resume will do just fine.

DO

Use Bullet Points – When it comes time to explain your experiences in your resume, use bullet points to outline your accomplishments. It is much easier to read and even easier to skim, which is what hiring managers are doing most of the time anyways. Bullet points draw attention to important information. They are also visually appealing and make the information seem more accessible to the reader. So keep them short and meaningful. Some people opt for a short paragraph explaining their duties and responsibilities, followed by bullet points highlighting their most notable achievements. This too is acceptable, just make sure to keep that paragraph very succinct and avoid any redundancies as well.

Have a Strong Objective Statement – Although this is a matter of some debate these days, I firmly believe a strong, concise Objective Statement can go a long way. First off, it immediately tells the reader what job you are applying for. That can be a big deal when you’re submitting your resume to a HR representative who has their hands full with many different job openings. Recruiters as well. And if you’re a senior manager, you don’t want to get thrown in the pile with the mail clerks, right? Not only that, but an effective Objective Statement will briefly summarize your qualifications so a hiring manager can make an instantaneous decision whether or not to keep reading. They do that anyways, so why not address their needs in the intro and add value by showing them what you have to offer right off the bat. Remember, I’m only talking about one sentence here. One sentence to market yourself. Once sentence to spark their interest. You don’t want to give the reader too much to think about, rather you want them to proceed on and read the rest of your resume. So grab their attention, establish your professional identity, show them your value, and let them move on to the good stuff!

Choose the Right Format – One thing you need to remember is that there is not one universal formatting methodology because, in truth, there is no cookie-cutter way of writing a resume. What works best for one person may not be best for another. Some people will benefit from a Chronological resume whereas that format may be detrimental to someone who has jumped around a lot in their career. The only thing I can suggest is that you do your homework. Know the different types of resumes (Chronological, Functional, Targeted, and Combination) and know the distinct merits of each. Then make an informed decision as to which style is best for you. If you are surfing the web and looking for a good resume sample or template to use as a guideline for your own resume, make sure the sample you settle on is appropriate considering your background, the industry you’re in, and your career intentions.

Cut to the Chase – Don’t waste time…get to the good stuff. As I said before, a hiring manager will most often skim, scan, and glance over a resume. Keep in mind that they have specific questions in mind when they review a resume for the first time and they expect specific answers. One of the most important questions they are asking is: “Who has this person worked for in the past?” For this reason, I always suggest that serious job seekers highlight their experiences first and foremost. Right below your one-sentence Objective Statement you should transition into and Experience section. In this section you should list your past employers, the years you worked for them, your job titles, and a brief description of your duties there. Of course, this may not be the best approach for some people. If your background is heavily dependent on your academic experience, then you may want to jump into that first.

Focus on Your Target – My reasons for saying this are as follows: An unfocused resume sends a very clear message that you are unfocused about your career. And a hiring authority doesn’t want to see that. They want to see that you have career goals and that those aspirations correspond with their needs as an employer. So keep in mind that a customized resume, modified for a specific position, is always preferable to a generalized and vague resume. If you’re serious enough about a job then you should take the extra time and effort to tailor a resume to that job’s requirements. I assure you your efforts will not go unnoticed.

Be Articulate and Grammatically Exact – In my humble opinion, it’s of the utmost importance to be eloquent within the context of your resume and to make sure you’re using proper grammar and syntax. For your current job description, use the present tense. For past jobs, use past tense. This seems like a no-brainer, but again you’d be surprised at how many people make this mistake. Being articulate can go a long way as well. Most hiring managers will consider it a plus if you can convey your level of intelligence in your written communications. So don’t be afraid to break out the thesaurus and make sure you have someone else edit your resume before you send it out to potential employers. That’s imperative!

K.I.S.S. – A wiser man than me once made this bold statement and it’s extremely applicable when writing your resume: Keep It Simple, Stupid! Too many people make too much of an effort to “stand out from the pack” and in doing so they may unwittingly be hurting themselves. In some professions, such as the creative design field, it may be advantageous to show your originality and imagination, but in other business fields this kind of flamboyancy in a resume is unnecessary and can actually be injurious to your cause. In terms of formatting, the same holds true. I have found that people tend to have much more success when they opt for an uncomplicated formatting style. Some people still want to get all jazzed up with pictures and text boxes and funky font, but that’s just fluff. It’s noise. It is irrelevant to the purpose of your resume, which is to sell yourself through highlighting your skills and accomplishments. And hiring managers see right through that!

Take Your Resume Seriously – As previously stated, if you don’t take your resume seriously then your resume will not be TAKEN seriously. If you choose not to work with a professional, then at the very least have an impartial third-party edit it for you and give you some constructive feedback. This is for your own sake. What happens when you accidentally type “Manger” instead of “Manager”? Do you think Spell Check is going to bail you out? Whatever you do, don’t send it out to potential employers without having someone else look it over. Some people just need to swallow their pride because when it comes right down to it, you may be the best at what you do, but if you don’t write resumes for a living then chances are there’s someone out there more qualified to write your resume than you are. Please consider that if you’re serious about being taken seriously!

So there it is…everything you need to know about writing your resume. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your endeavors and feel free to contact me if you ever need any assistance. I’m here to help!

Resume Maker – Online Resume Maker Review

In this article, we wanted to provide you with information about resume makers, which are software programs designed to walk you through the process of creating an award-winning resume. Many of these resume makers can be found online. In fact, most are free while others charge a small fee, usually depending on the level of resume needed. However, another option is to purchase an actual software package, which is then downloaded to your computer. Although there is an expense in the purchase of such a program, many people prefer to go this route.

First, we wanted to provide you with a list of some of the top resume maker programs you might consider buying. The benefit here is that you own the program. This way, if you ever need to write a new resume or rewrite an existing one, you have everything on hand. Additionally, you might find this beneficial in other ways – you could help family members and friends with resumes, or perhaps even start a resume building service of your own.

o Resume Maker – This product is one of the hottest on the market. If you are ready to advance your career, this resume maker can help. This program is designed with amazing features to ensure your resume is as powerful as it can be. The process of building your resume is easy with a step-by-step wizard, guiding users through their choice of 30 highly professional formats. Included are more than 150,000 keywords and phrases, 750 resume samples, and a wide selection of cover letters to complete the package. With the initial program sold for only $39.95 and the upgrade version for just $19.95, this is indeed a steal .amazing-resumes.com

o Easy Resume Creator Pro 4.12 – This program too is a great resume maker that can help launch a new career or advance you to a higher position in your current career. The process is quick and easy, but also powerful. Included are numerous examples of cover letters, resume templates, and keyword/phrases to help your resume stand out from the competitors. The price for this resume maker is just $34.95 for the packaged or download version, again, a great bargain.

o OpenCV v.3.2 – If you are looking for a new job or looking for career advancement, you will find this resume maker provides everything needed for success. In all, you can choose from 50 different resume styles along with your choice of five languages to include English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. Other benefits include valuable employment tips, an internal contact database to keep track of companies being contacted, emailing wizards, and an automatic publication system.

As mentioned, buying your own resume maker software comes with a number of advantages but if you prefer, you can conduct a search through Google.com or any other search engine to find free online resume makers. Additionally, if you work with MS Office, you will find that Microsoft offers a number of built-in templates at your disposal.

In all cases, you want to choose the resume design carefully, which would be based on your experience and education, as well as the type of position. Finally, choose words that will enhance what the prospective employer is seeing. Keep the resume clean and professional for the best results.

What is an Executive Profile and What is Included in One

An executive profile is a brief, but detailed report describing the particular attributes of often high power executives. A company’s CEO, President, Vice-President, Director of Marketing as well as other department heads may be represented to the public in the form of an executive profile formed by a Public Relations Firm.

Fortune 500 Companies often search far and wide for the right person to fill a high profile position, when they have that person in place they want to let the shareholders, the media, and the public know exactly why they have selected said person. An executive profile is the best tool for a company to accomplish this goal. Having not just a qualified person, but the most qualified person firmly in place is an important thing for a large company to be able to share with the public, and in particular, with it’s share holders.

What is often Included

Experience and Education

The number of years spent in the trenches of a company before taking the reigns and the years of experience in the same or similar fields is often described in detail, as are degrees, awards and affiliations with educational institutions.

Where an executive attended school to receive his bachelors, masters and all subsequent degrees and current status with any of those institutions are detailed in this section. Many high power executives like to give back to the educational institutions where they got their start and will remain involved with those institutions in some way, shape or form – whether it be just by financial contribution or as an acting member of the board. This loyalty is an important part of being an executive and is often one of the first highlights of an executive profile.

Business Data

How an executive ended up where they are encompasses a large part of an executive profile, what they currently are in control of and what they have done in the past that makes them qualified for their current position. This part of the executive profile lets the reader know exactly what an executive had to go through to get to the point that they are at.

Personal Accomplishments

Some executive profiles will include a more personal section detailing impressive personal achievements that may not necessarily have much to do with their role in a particular position in the corporate world, but help ad an element of character to the profile.

Roles in non profit organizations, appearances in the media, acts of charity and roles of leadership or participation in the community may all be detailed in an executive profile.

Business Accomplishments

This can be the broadest section of the executive profile depending upon the level of success and executive has achieved. Each large step forward an executive has made can be detailed in this section; from increases in revenue, decreases in spending, new product launches, scholarship programs, charitable affiliations and environmentally efficient advances are all things that would likely show up in an executive profile.

Capability of improving the company’s finances in one way or another is often a large part of this section. Taking a company from six figure profits to seven figure profits, no matter how it is done, is a huge accomplishment and often the highlight of an executive profile.

Future Plans

It’s important for every top executive to be able to show success in the past, as well as success in the present, but it is equally important to have a solid plan for success in the future. Impending product and service developments and future endeavors to help grow the company’s future market share are often broached, without giving away too much confidential information.

Plans for future business involvement in the community, with charitable organizations and with environmental causes could also be broached in this area on and executive profile.

Top executives rarely get to the positions that they are in by resting on their laurels, it often takes years and years of continuing education and countless hours of hard work to be worthy of and successful in one of these positions. An executive profile developed by a PR Company displays all of the details of how the world’s most powerful and successful business men and women got into the positions that they hold today, and gives the rest of us a small bit of insight into exactly how hard they had to push themselves to get there.

More Than 75% of Your Resume Could Be Useless

You kill more trees by using more papers while printing your resume and contribute to further warming the planet by consuming extra kilobytes when circulating it electronically. Therefore, keeping your CV short does not only grant it the attention of potential employers but also makes you environmentally responsible.

Employers wish if applicants learn how to produce more efficient resumes. An efficient resume is the one that consumes the least amount of time for a prospect employer to decide to call you for an interview. Avoid including unnecessary information to your resume and focus on what employers really look for. Below is a list of information people include in their resume which could be of no importance to employers:

1. The Title

If someone shows you a picture of a car you would know it is a car. You do not need to write the word “car” on the car for people to recognize it. The same applies to your CV so why do you consume half a page to show the two- letter “CV” in a gigantic font?

2. Objective

Most people use similar sets of objective in their resume. Typically, it reads like: “I would like to join an organization that allows me to use my education, experience and skills… “. Does that sound like the objective statement you are using on your resume? Well let me tell you something, employers are less concerned about your personal objectives and more concerned about what you can deliver.

3. Irrelevant Details

For example, your driving license expiration date is useless unless you are applying for a driver job. Similarly, your weight is your problem so do not include it as part of your personal data unless the job you are applying for requires certain features and physical attributes. I still receive hundreds of resumes that contain “Military Status” of the candidate!

4. Short Training and Courses

Short training and courses attended, generally, do not excite serious employers nor do they add to your market value. However, if you obtained an accredited or recognized certification out of these trainings and courses you should surely include them. The same applies to courses taken in college if you graduated more than a decade ago.

5. Basic Computer Skills

Your knowledge of and ability to use PowerPoint© or Microsoft Word or posting photos on Instagram cannot be considered as part of your “Computer Skills”. So unless you are a Java, Python, C++, Ardiuno or Ruby programmer, WordPress or Joomla website builder or have any technical computer knowledge or expertise that is relevant to the job posted just leave out this section.

6. Repetitive Qualities

Job seekers usually mention in their resumes that they are able to work under severe pressure, active team player, adore new challenges, willing to acquire new skills and learn new stuff. A lot of them also say they are self-motivated and self-starter. These are indeed great qualities that make you so unique just like 8 billion other people living on this planet. Focus on telling the employer about what makes you unique.

7. Common Hobbies

Keywords found on more than 80% of the resumes include: avid internet user, like to travel, regular reader of articles on concurrent financials issues and, of course, enjoy swimming. It might surprise you to know that not even 1% of the employers read or care about what you have listed as your hobbies.

8. Reference

Finally, you need to understand the “Reference” part and its magnitude in the process of getting you hired. Interested employers will certainly seek some reference before making an offer. However, employers will seldom use any of the references you listed on your CV and they would instead check you out through their own references.

The purpose of this article is not to mock those who produce poor. Some of these poorly written resumes that land at our job board are of executives with more than 20 years of experience. Even worse, some of them are holding or seeking senior HR positions. Do not include every section you find in ready-made CV writing templates. These templates are not written on stones. You can design your own CV template just like British judges can rule without the wig and the robe!

Here Is Why Your Resume Can Make or Break Your Job Prospects

Are you looking for a job? Or do you plan to look for a job in the near future?

Those questions represent the most common reasons why someone would begin to look at their resume and decide if it needs to be updated. What most people discover over time is that their resume should always be update-to-date as job changes can occur suddenly and without any prior warning. But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time that a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope that it will be sufficient enough to gain a recruiter or hiring manager’s attention. There is a misconception that because resumes are rarely mailed out any longer, they are not that important. Yet many online application forms still request that a resume copy be uploaded for review.

A challenge for many people is knowing how to create an effective resume. You can conduct an Internet search and find literally hundreds of online articles and resources that provide fairly standard methods of creating a resume; however, that can become overwhelming in time. In addition, few people are highly skilled as a writer, and poorly written sentences with numerous spelling and grammatical errors can create a poor impression. You have to keep in mind the fact that when you send out a resume it is taking your place and represents you as a person, without the guarantee of securing an interview – and that means your resume can make or break your job prospects before you ever get to speak to someone about it.

Typical Misconceptions

One of the first misconceptions that people hold about the use of resumes is that they are never actually read, especially when there are online application forms to be filled out. While this cannot be proven either way, I do know from my own experience as a professional writer that most recruiters do look at the resumes received because it provides a general overview of the candidate’s attention to, or lack thereof, details such as the style and type of writing.

Another common misconception is that a resume must be one page in total length. I am not certain I know how that idea became popular or why it has remained so engrained as it ultimately serves little purpose for most candidates and it can work to the detriment of a job seeker. The reason why is that a one page resume, for a person who has fairly extensive experience, can sell them short. This type of resume will either leave off critical information or it will be typed in a font size that is not easy to read.

Other misconceptions include the use of an objective on the resume and writing detailed job descriptions. A job objective is usually a statement of what the candidate would like to do or the specific job they are seeking. The reason why this is not needed is that the cover letter should express interest in the position and there is no need to state it again. In addition, many objective statements are so specific that the candidate would be ruled out from other potential positions that may be related to the advertised job. In addition, many jobs I have seen listed on resumes includes wording that either came from job descriptions or have been written like standard wording from these types of descriptions, and that doesn’t necessarily explain the skills the candidate has and may contain jargon that is not easily understood by everyone reading it.

Skill Sets or a Chronological Listing?

Another important decision that has to be made about the development of a resume is the format it should follow and the most common approach is use of a chronological style. This approach lists each job in chronological or date order and the most current job is listed at the top of the page. The inherent problem with this type of resume is that the focus is placed on what the candidate is doing now without drawing attention to the skills that have been acquired throughout their entire career.

My approach to resume writing involves the use of a skill set based approach and that means when a recruiter or hiring manager opens the resume they first read skill sets that have been acquired throughout the candidate’s career. More importantly, the skill sets listed are directly related to the job or career the candidate is interested in. This can change the entire perspective of the candidate when viewed by a potential employer as now they are viewed beyond the current job they hold. This is an especially helpful approach for anyone who is interested in changing jobs or careers.

The Anatomy of a Resume with Impact

What gives a resume impact, with regards to standing out among other resumes submitted? It is a resume that can be easily read, displays skill sets that are immediately identifiable as being related to the advertised position, and highlights important accomplishments and achievements. A chronological resume emphasizes what a person is doing now; whereas, a skill set resume represents what a person can transfer from their entire career to this new role. A resume with impact also lists a professional summary at the beginning, in place of a career objective, and this provides career highlights that are relevant to any position. Finally, a highly effective resume will be well-written and formatted, with meticulous attention given to every minor detail.

Why Invest in a Professional Writer?

Most people are not fully equipped for the task of developing a resume that meets all of the criteria listed above and that is why a professional resume writer is needed. However, my experience has found that a professional writer is not contacted until an attempt has been made to wing it, so to speak, and the results sought have not been obtained. In other words, there have been few or no job calls received. There is a hesitation to pay for the cost of a resume writer, especially when a person is unemployed – and I certainly understand the financial limitations of that situation. What I have found is that anyone who needs a job also needs to make this investment as it is an investment in a career that can yield long term results.

Finding a reliable resume writer is the next challenge for anyone who decides it is time to make the investment. A good resume writer needs to have a history of writing and editing experience, along with knowledge of recruiting and hiring practices. What credentials determine an effective resume writer? There are resume writing certifications available and that certainly demonstrates commitment to the job. My background is different than that as I have advanced education and experience as an educator, writer, and author. The most important element is that anyone who works in this type of industry needs to have some evidence of writing experience.

Another distinguishing feature is the fee that a resume writer charges. I know of many writers who charge exorbitant fees and then guarantee their resumes will produce jobs or job calls. I do not believe that anyone can guarantee results solely based upon the resume; however, what a resume can do is present the best a candidate has to offer and help generate interest. My clients have told me that after receiving a resume I’ve written they started receiving more job calls. It was then up to them to speak well and encourage the potential employer to consider them further. I have also found that another benefit from having a resume professionally written is that it provides a boost of confidence as the person sees themselves in a better light, as they are reminded of the skills and qualities they possess.

I am often asked for resume samples and that is another way I am able to distinguish my resume writing service from others as every resume written is custom made, instead of templates being used. What I can do is to describe my approach to resume writing and provide an overview of the process and format of the new resume. I have also taken another step and had my business certified by the Better Business Bureau as it confirms when the business was founded and provides an overall rating. This does not provide a guarantee of the quality of services provided; however, it does offer some measure of assurance when someone is interested in contracting with me to write their resume.

If you are interested in developing your career, regardless of the type of industry you are presently in or the job you hold now, you need a resume that represents you in the best possible manner. Once you submit a resume you do not get a second chance to resubmit it and what the potential employer views determines their initial impression of you, your career, and your background. Whether you fill out an online form and upload a resume, or send a resume direct, it must connect you to the potential job by demonstrating you have acquired the necessary skills, training, education, or other similar qualifications. Your resume can either help your prospect of being considered, or cause you to be disqualified. That is the power a resume holds for you and your career.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Teens Make When Trying to Get a Job

As an employer, I interview a lot of folks… and a lot of teens. I hate to say it, but teens usually have no clue how to interview and get a job! They blow it!

This article will address the three mistakes most teens make so that you or your kid can learn how to get your favorite job.

1. Resume

I would say about 8 out of 10 kids drop off a resume with misspellings. This is the FASTEST way for the resume to be thrown in the trash!

In addition, most resumes look like someone just spit a bunch of information into a template and hit print. The information is rarely organized and often unformatted. The result is a messy-looking resume with misspellings that gets thrown in the trash before there’s even a chance to interview.

Here are a few keys for a good resume:

  1. Triple check spelling!
  2. Don’t add an objective. Rather, write a couple of sentences explaining why you’re different and HOW you would help the company.
  3. List the jobs you’ve had… and how you impacted the company rather than just the job. I don’t care that you were a pizza delivery person. What did you do different that helped the company?
  4. List your education at the bottom because it’s not as important.
  5. Contain your resume to ONE piece of paper – front side ONLY. Most people don’t want to read a lot, and multiple pages just makes things difficult.

2. Follow-up

OK, let’s say you submitted a great resume… that’s the least of your worries now. Many companies won’t call you back.

I don’t call anyone back. Why? Because I want to see if they’ll take the initiative and call me. I want to know if they’re a go-getter and willing to be persistent.

Most people never call back!

The call-back is very simple. All you have to do is ask if they received your resume. When they say yes, simply say “Great! Well I’d love to set up a time to interview.”

Maybe they’re actively looking for employees so they will set up an interview. Maybe they want resumes because they want to have some people ready to call IN CASE they need someone. In that case they might tell you they’re not hiring.

Ask to interview anyway. Tell them you understand, but you want to meet them so they know who you are in case they need someone.

If someone called me and said that… I might even hire them and replace one of my employees that wasn’t doing a good job. That kind of call shows initiative and demonstrates that you would be a great worker.

3. Dress & Presentation

So now you have the interview… big deal. Most kids blow their chances because they dress terrible – They wear a tank-top, shorts, and flip flops to the interview.

Even though that might be standard clothing for most teens, it creates a bad first impression. As an employer, we think, “Oh no, this kid is unprofessional. They’re probably not a good fit.”

You just made a great phone impression, so you need to reinforce that with a good visual impression. Make sure you wear a collared shirt, either slacks or khakis, and some nice shoes. Women should wear the same thing or a nice dress that isn’t too short.

his will set you apart from the other kids applying, and it will leave a great impression with the employer… HELLO JOB!

In addition to dressing well… always remember to sit tall and speak well. Make eye contact and answer questions confidently.

When you slouch, chomp gum, or look around, it makes you look dumb and unqualified.

There you have it! If you can make these simple changes, you will make yourself much more valuable to the employer and be more likely to get the job you want!

10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Resume

A resumé is the most powerful document in your job search arsenal. A good resume can unlock doors to an array of professional opportunities. While writing the ideal resume can be a significant challenge for many of us, you can simplify the process by incorporating the following steps:

1. Decide whether your resumé should be chronological or functional. A chronological resume emphasizes your work history, with your most recent position listed first while a functional resume focuses on your skills and experience. Opt for a chronological resume if you have a consistent work history. Conversely, if there are significant gaps in your employment, a functional resume may be a better choice.

2. Focus on accomplishments, not job responsibilities. This is perhaps the biggest mistake I see on resumes. Your resumé should not consist of a list of your duties and responsibilities. It should tell potential employers what you have accomplished. For example, don’t just say you were responsible for managing a $10 million budget, discuss how you were able to cut expenses by 10 percent and save a million dollars. This makes a far more powerful statement about what you can bring to an organization.

3. Use specific examples to demonstrate your accomplishments. For instance, if you are a salesperson, describe the time you persuaded a reluctant customer to buy your product. If you are a training specialist, discuss the online training courses you developed that significantly reduced educational expenses. If you are a marketing manager, describe the promotional strategy you developed that increased company sales.

4. Create a keyword-rich resume. You can do this by reading job descriptions and company information, and then making a list of the keywords used by the employer. For example, if an organization is seeking candidates who are “results-oriented” and “dependable”, you should include these terms on your resumé. Likewise, if a position seeks a person with “HTML programming” experience, you should include this phrase.

5. Pay attention to resume length. Generally speaking, new entrants to the workforce should have a one-page resume, seasoned professionals can have a two-page resume and senior executives can use a resume that is three or four pages long. Academic resumes, also known as a curriculum vita, can be longer. However, never make your resumé any longer than necessary.

6. Use a career summary, not a career objective. A career summary tells employers what you have to offer while a career objective tells them what you want. It is better to communicate the value you bring to an organization. Besides, your cover letter will communicate your career objective. Remember, your career summary should be a brief statement about the skills and credentials that qualify you for a particular position.

7. Tailor your resumé for a particular job opening. Do not create a single, all-purpose resumé to submit for every job opening. Rather, think of your resumé as a template that you will modify based on the requirements of a particular opening. Don’t worry, you just have to make minor tweaks for different openings in the same field.

8. Develop multiple resumes. If you will be applying for jobs in different occupational areas (e.g., marketing and human resources), you need to create more than one resume. This also applies if you will be seeking opportunities in the same occupation, but in different industries (e.g., manufacturing and education). The resumes will not be vastly different, but they will need to reflect the differences in job expectations and keyword usage.

9. Include well-written and accurate content. Your resume is a reflection of your professionalism. Poor grammar and misspelled words will diminish your perceived expertise and credibility. Even worse is using inaccurate or untrue information. Most of the time, fallacious resume information will not help you get a job and it may come back to haunt you.

10. Proofread, proofread and proofread again. Yes, read your completed resume at least three times. Then have a friend or colleague proofread it for you. They will find errors you missed even if you have reviewed it multiple times.

Resume Writing – 12 Tips

A resume is like a short story that grabs the reader and keeps him or her engaged. This article presents 12 sure-fire tips that have benefited hundreds (college students, clients, colleagues, family, and friends) regardless of the career field or level. They’re certain to help you too.

12 Tips

· (Tip – 1) Prepare a brief profile

Start strong with a brief profile not an objective. Listing an objective is a thing of the past. What should your profile contain? Two or three short snappy phrases that summarize your experience, skills, and personality traits. Regarding the latter, avoid writing a laundry list.

So, what three words best describe you? Your dominant personality traits surface in your professional and personal life. In other words, wherever you go you’re there.

· (Tip – 2) Don’t sound like your job description.

Do not turn your resume into a document that reads like a boring job description. Instead, discuss accomplishments. How did you make a difference? What skills or unique abilities were utilized to make things better. Pick one or two accomplishments from your current position. Provide a brief summary.

· (Tip – 3) Select the right format.

All in all, two types of resume formats exist- chronological and functional. While the former begins with your most current position and works backward, the latter builds the resume around your dominant skills.

· (Tip – 4) Include special training/professional development.

For more than a few years, I advised a friend to include a professional development section on her resume. Why? Employers like to see what you’ve been doing since graduating from college. As a result of working in the corporate arena, she racked up a lot of training. Well, to make a long story short, it made her standout and receive even better offers.

· (Tip – 5) List education and credentials last.

You are not selling your education; degrees are a dime a dozen. You are promoting your unique skills that help potential employers solve problems. Hence, list your credentials last, not first.

· (Tip – 6) Determine the appropriate length.

A recent college graduate, high school student, or person entering the workforce for the first time will not have as nearly much to say as someone more experienced.

· (Tip – 7) Omit references.

Create a special file for references. By the way, your references should be people who know you in a professional capacity. And, make sure each person has good written and verbal communication skills.

· (Tip – 8) Create a tagline.

Imagine this. You work in human resources as a recruiter. Every day you receive tons of resumes when you open your email; no one stands out because the subject lines say things like Resume or the resume of. Be creative! Use a tagline. When you save the document, use the tagline not your name.

· (Tip – 9) Always send a cover letter.

The letter should state what you’re applying for, how you can contribute, and most important, it should refer the reader to the resume. Cut and paste or copy the letter into the body of your email.

· (Tip – 10) Use present tense.

Instead of writing in the past tense, use the present. It adds punch and lets a potential employer know that you still make a positive impact.

· (Tip – 11) Be creative.

Why not include a testimonial? Select a comment or two from a performance review.

· (Tip – 12) Develop a resume website.

If you really want to standout, develop a professional resume website. It’s free and a template is provided. Checkout Wix.

Resume Success Factors – What Exactly Is A Resume Anyway?

You know you’re good…real good. The problem, though, is that you are struggling to demonstrate just how good you are on paper.

Ah…the resume. If you’ve ever written one you know what a challenging task it can be.

The Gregg Reference Manual tells us some fundamental facts about resumes:

  • The purpose of your resume is to get you an employment meeting. An interview. Your resume will not get you a job.
  • Your resume is not a medium for telling prospective employers about your long-term goals and aspirations. It is where you appeal to their hiring motivations by demonstrating what you can do for them, communicating the experience you have acquired and skills you have developed.

With these basic concepts in mind, let’s summarize several other elements that your contemporary resume must include:

R = Review of your qualifications

E = Essential information only

S = Showcase your value

U = You are Unique!

M = Market yourself

E = Effectively gets you noticed

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R = Review of your qualifications

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What skills, education, or experience (paid or unpaid) do you have that make you the ideal candidate for the opportunity, industry, or career you are pursuing? These data bits are the building blocks of any resume. They are absolute musts.

Most self-written resumes do a pretty decent job of listing skills and education, but fail miserably in the Experience section. More on how to address this challenge when we get to the “S” below.

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E = Essential information only

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Your resume should not be a voluminous listing of everything you have done, everywhere you have done it, and every club or association you’ve ever been affiliated with. Chisel your copy down to content that is relevant to your target job/career path.

Suppose you are a marketing professional. Your memberships in the American Marketing Association, the Direct Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America belong on your resume.

Your memberships in the local dog trainers club and the American Dog Owners Associaiton can clearly be left off (unless you are applying for a marketing position with the Humane Society).

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S = Showcase your value

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Value. Employers want to know specifically what value you can bring to their organization. If you earn an hourly wage, you are not paid by the hour — you are paid by the VALUE that you bring to that hour. If you are salaried, you don’t get paid by the month — you are compensated for the VALUE that you bring to that month.

One of the most effective ways to communicate value on your resume is to address the burning question, “Why should we hire you?” You must identify what specific contributions (that is, verifiable accomplishments) you have made at previous employers. This critical information is proof that you can do the same at your next job.

Showcasing you unique accomplishments is simultaneously simple and complex. It is simple because the best contributions are somehow related to the bottom line (money, profits). The challenge lies in how to reframe what you’ve done relative to increased profits, reduced costs, or productivity enhancements.

How can your resume show that you’ve helped previous organizations solve a specific problem, be more competitive, expand business, attract new customers, or retain existing ones?

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U = You are Unique!

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Your resume must be unique in content and in format. The information will be unique because, as mentioned above, you will have pinpointed those accomplishments that will set you apart from other applicants.

Unique formatting means not using those templates that came packaged with your word-processing software! A cookie-cutter resume will not do justice to you or your career. Bookstores are full of excellent resources with samples of compelling resumes to ignite your creativity.

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M = Market yourself

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A superior resume utilizes proven marketing concepts such as headlines (rather than boring objective statements). It stresses the benefits you have to offer (how you can contribute), not just features (what you were responsible for).

Catch the attention of prospective employers on the first page with a powerfully written Profile or Qualifications Summary. Resumes are initially scanned for roughly 15 to 30 seconds. If you’ve lost the reader’s interest at the top of the first page, he/she will not read further. Your resume will go in the “no” pile.

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E = Effectively gets you noticed

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There is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” resume. There are only “effective” or “ineffective” ones. By weaving the concepts above into your resume, you can increase your odds of getting noticed by those with the authority to recommend you for the next step in the hiring process — a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

You know you’re good…real good. You are now challenged to prove it on your resume.

Wrestling Coach Resume

Writing a wrestling coach resume? Confused about what and how to write? Let us go step by step. First let us know a bit about what a wrestling coach does exactly. A wrestling coach places together and gives directions to a team. He/ she are in-charge of the team from the athletes to the junior most level of people in the team. Being a supervisor, he plans all the activities from organizing practices to assigning each wrestler a particular weight class to compete. Thus, he has to be a multi tasking person.

For writing such a resume, you may find lot of references or even a sample resume for a wrestling coach online. Hence, have a look at the following guidelines while writing your wrestling resume:

Personal Details:

Your name

Address

Telephone number

Email id

(To contact you easily, provide all the necessary details so that the employer will be able to contact you easily.)

Career Objective:

Seeking a position of a Wrestling coach in a reputed organization to teach and train effectively, using my skills and experience with sincerity and honesty.

Key Skills:

In this section you need to jot down all the important skills, specifically related to leadership activities, communication skills, teaching, along with initiative skills etc. You should have experience in handling a team. Mostly, while listing skills, make use of bullet points which will be easy for the employer to read it.

Educational Qualifications:

While writing education background, write the name of the degree, or diploma, or whatever you have done along with the name of the institution and your field of specialization. While we are discussing on wrestling coach resume, it is likely that, if you wish to take up such a job, you should have a sports background. Not necessary, but you should be related to sports. To give you an example, you can write the following way:

• Derby College, England

BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science

Work History:

You need to jot down all your work experience in a reverse chronological order, stating the designation you held, the organization you worked in, the duration, and your job responsibilities. Whatever may be the experience, jot down all the information down.

Languages: (Read/ write/ speak):

You should have a fair command over the local language at least languages. It is very important, as in coaching; you need to interact, so your command over different languages or one will help you to get the job.

Achievements:

Whatever you have achieved, and with positive results is your next step to write under the achievement. For example: conducting seminars or meetings.

References:

You can mention references, or even write that it will be provided as per the request.

The idea behind writing any resume briefly is to ease down the task of the employer to read it, by not writing lengthy and big paragraphs to describe your experience and work.

Sell Yourself in One Page

Resume writing is a tricky business. On one hand, affording the opportunity to determine precisely the best first impression is invaluable. On the other hand, a single page to make an impression is an anxiety-driven exercise in frustration. [Please do not make your resume multiple pages. Ten years of experience is sufficient and a desired position with have a hundred resumes; you’ll move to the bottom of the pile.] Be disciplined and follow these straightforward tips to get every job you apply for, guaranteed. (Editor’s Note: This publication does not support this guarantee and thinks there are far too many factors to determine anything like this with even remote certainty.)

I will let you in on a few secrets:

1. The perfect resume is unattainable.

2. An attractive resume will not guarantee an interview.

3. Resume writing is, like most endeavors, more Sisyphus than we would like to admit.

Don’t surrender, there are still ways to make it easier and, for secrets one and two, less daunting. As for your own personal boulder, you will have to choose how many times you want to climb the hill…

Relevant work experience coupled with education/training fleshes out a resume very well. Some encourage embellishment to create the veneer of the perfect candidate, but I think it is unnecessary and dishonest. If you don’t speak Cantonese, don’t say you studied the language for four years. Besides, a good hiring manager will see through a facade during the interview and the position will go to someone qualified.

Without a large amount of relevant work experience, a relevant skill set can be emphasized. I have a section of Professional Skills I utilize in my resume. You can point out attributes you possess making you attractive to employers. If you don’t know your professional skills, self-examination is important. You will be asked similar questions in most interviews.

Another focused section to fill out a sparse or meandering resume is a Career Objective. Stating what you are looking for and why at the very top of the page can get right to the point in the way a flashy resume cannot. In addition, the section may be the only complete sentence on your resume. Communication will always be a an envied skill and displaying an ability to write well is a opportunity you would be remiss to pass up.

Having the perfect resume with background and training may still be a hindrance (i.e. Secret #2). The perfect candidate might appear transient and likely to move on to a different position sooner or too expensive for the planned budget of the position. If a hiring manager views you as overqualified, you might be passed over for the interview. This may seem silly, but it happens.

Enthusiasm and a willingness to adopt the policies and procedures of your new company is as valuable if not more valuable than a track record of displaying skills for several places. Youth relies on this truism, but a recent change in fields can offer the same opportunity. Putting yourself out there for the first time or for the first time in a long time takes courage. You showed courage, now take the recognition for it.

If you are looking for a new job or plan to look in the near future, you have not written your resume.

Resumes should be catered to a job (at least a little). The resume you turn in for one company should be altered for the next company and so on and so forth. Downloading the CV or resume templates from Microsoft Word should only serve as a jumping off point. If it was easy to create, it will show and effort matters, especially for the next potential career. If you don’t have time to create a wow-factor resume, you don’t really want a new job. Keep the sections which always impress as your resume evolves and it will be easier to turn on the wow when you need to.

Most of the time, the job description is written by the hiring manager, except in cases of talent pipelining (truly an honorable endeavor and the future of hiring). Knowing this, it is smart to borrow language from the job description and integrate it directly into your resume.

e.g. Seeking a personable teacher, well-versed in Economics with a passion for students.

School Mission: We are an equal-opportunity school with a foundation for teachers. We are expanding and seeking a team to grow with us.

Under Professional Skills, you can write: Passionate about education

As a Career Objective, you can right: Seeking a school with a strong foundation and the potential to grow with a team of like-minded teachers.

Simple, direct and subtle psychological tricks that tell the interviewer during the review, you are the type of candidate they should meet with. If you’re thinking I am above embellishment but not above inspiring projection, you’re right. The psychological shifts attention where it belongs – on how amazing you are. The embellishment puts focus on things you wish were you or what you think they want. I, like your mother, believe you are talented and deserve every opportunity to show how capable you are. Now, type to your heart’s content and practice answering interview questions in the mirror. You’re going to be great!

Resume Writing Services What Do They Do And Why Should You Use Them

Before I go in to the details of what exactly is a resume writing service, perhaps it would be a good idea to look at the distinction between a CV and a Curriculum Vitae and a resume. The word curriculum vitae is a noun, a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and experience, typically sent with a job application. CV is the shortened form of curriculum vitae and resume is a synonym (another word for) curriculum vitae. The bottom line is that CV, curriculum vitae and resume can and should be interchanged depending where in the world you happen to be and what is the most common terminology used locally.

Resume writing services

A resume writing service is a relatively new phenomenon.

In the days before computing, most people wrote their own resume’s and had no need of a resume writing service as no such animal existed. With the advent of the internet, the resume writing services business was born, mainly through people being made redundant in their job in HR and trying to earn a living working from home using the skills that they honed in their previous employment.

Types of resume writing services

There are two distinct types of these

(1) The glorified word processing

These businesses churn out factory type resumes, relying on large volumes of work to keep them in business.

Whilst they do have a place in the market, it should be clear that they cannot provide a professional service as they simply do not have the time to do a thorough job on your resume. they will make sure that the information that you provide is typed up neatly into a standard resume template and the finished resume will look good. The problem is that the job of a resume is to get you interviewed and it is highly unlikely that using these resume writing services will get you the results that you need.

(2) Professional

Professionals will take the time to understand the goals that you set yourself for your career and make 100% certain that the professional resume that they produce is going to do the job it is intended to do.

In fact, many companies will actually guarantee that the resume that is produced will get you interviewed. The main difference therefore in resume writing services is not just the price you pay but the quality of work that is generated and more importantly the results that are gained from the work that is carried out. A professional resume writing service should do their job properly and the resulting interview is testament to that.

Remember that the whole purpose of the CV is to get you interviewed, the interview is where you get the job.

A professional will employ professional people who know what it takes to get that all important interview, the process is not a quick one as writing up a professional resume can take a good time to do.

It would be unusual to be able to turn round that resume in less than 3 days. The best are in demand, their resume writers doing such a good job that repeat business keeps them very busy after not that long in business. The process of actually writing a professional resume take a good writer about six hours from beginning to end so you should expect to pay about a day’s salary depending of course on the quality and demand and track record of the individual resume writer.

Beware of the most expensive resume writing services who often employ self-employed consultants to contract out the work and the quality of resume that you end up receiving very much depends on the quality of the contractor involved.

They can often be quite disillusioned as the parent resume writing services company often takes the vast majority of the money, leaving their consultants poorly paid and rushing to complete a far from professional resume as a result.

Career Focus – Building a Resume For Fit and Focus

Finding a job is the ultimate goal for the job seeker. However, to get there without wasting time requires having a real plan with a clear target.

Since the market is flooded with job seekers, the competition is more intense now than ever. There may be many talents and skills you can list on your resume, but you must make sure your resume is focused. It is not necessary to list every skill you might have accomplished at a particular job unless it is pertinent to what the employer is listing as qualifications or requirements for the position.

For example, think about the last time you had to clean out your garage, the basement, that junk room, or even that junk drawer. It’s absolutely stuffed with useless items. The last thing you want to do is drag out every single item, decide to keep or discard it, and then reorganize with purpose the things you want to keep. But you find the courage. You start the project. Suddenly you can’t seem to let go of things that you “may need some day.” You’ve had it for years, will probably never use it, but for some illogical reason, you can’t let it go! But inside you know what you should do. Don’t hang on to everything! Get lean and mean!

This also applies to how you layout your resume. When applying for an opening, you have to rework the resume or cover letter to match that specific position – which can be an exhausting task. So what about creating a template for your resume? What if you started with a resume that is targeted to what you really want? What if you cleaned out the resume garage? Pull out every skill or achievement you have under the roof and lay it out in chronological order. You could even categorize your skills or achievements as another way of looking at your career history. Then, streamline your resume by eliminating the “excess” so that it showcases your talent and has a clear focus. Don’t hold on to things you don’t need because you are trying too hard to be everything to everyone. That just confuses the reader! Once you have a focused resume completed, it’s much easier to edit it for a specific position that matches your goal.

Here are some steps to streamline your resume for potential employers or networking purposes.

Job Resume Tactic #1 – Create a resume template and then list all applicable achievements that highlight your match to the job you will be seeking. As I’ve been saying, when you read an ad or job posting, streamline the resume to fit the job. Push back and don’t dump everything back into the “garage”! You want the resume to reflect the skills and requirements the employer is looking for in an applicant. Going back 10 years (but no more than 15) in your employment history should be enough. If you’re listing education, include it all no matter how long ago it was accomplished. It’s not necessary to give dates on degrees, etc.

Job Resume Tactic #2 – If you don’t know what career target you really want, then start by choosing two targets you can research by talking to others who currently hold that position. Use your resume as a way to introduce your strengths and why you are interested in the job target. Ask how they see your talent and skills fitting within this job. Maybe you have worked for large organizations in a specialized field, but now want to make a change. Do they see your skills fitting in this new job target? Where do they see a fit? What differentiates a candidate in this area? What other areas could utilize your talent and skills? What is their suggestion on where you can go and what you can do with your talent and skill set? Then, who do they know in those areas whom you can talk to? When you build relationships with your peers at other companies and in other industries, they become internal advocates and ready connections to jobs they hear about.

Job Resume Tactic #3 – Utilize the “T” letter to showcase your “FIT” for the job. This type of letter literally has two columns in the body of the letter, one titled “Their requests” and the other “I obtain.” The “T” letter can be used in place of the cover letter. Use the “T” letter to make it easier for the employer to keep your resume active. Don’t allow them to eliminate you because your resume is overwhelming, too wordy, or more than two pages. This is the best you can do when you have not been able to build a relationship with the decision maker. Remember not to spend too much time applying for jobs, and instead focus on networking!

So, approach your job search with a plan. Have a career focus. Clean out your resume “garage” and streamline your response so that it’s organized and has a real theme. By being organized and having a plan, you won’t find yourself looking for a job well under what you are capable of doing because of desperation. You won’t push your resume out like a shotgun blast just hoping to hit something. Having a focused resume and a plan will allow you to hold a dynamic networking meeting with a valued professional, not one where it seems like you don’t know what you want. Having a plan will help you breathe easier… because now you have direction and know what you want!

Resume Writing For Immigrants

Introduction

We receive resume and cover letter writing requests from job seekers all over world who are interested in employment in Canada, the US and UK. We have received resumes from job seekers in India, China, Philippines, Germany, Poland, and Russia to name a few. From working with these international customers we observe common mistakes made in their CV’s. While we cannot cover the topic of resume writing, this article includes some common observations and practical resume tips for immigrant and foreign workers interested in applying for work in Canada, the US and the UK.

Spelling, Grammar and Writing Style

It is important to ensure your resume and cover letter does not contain spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. These types of errors can significantly reduce your chances of being considered for a job. In fact, many employers will toss your application if they spot these types of mistakes. For foreign applicants, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are especially damaging since they can lead the employer to conclude that applicant has a poor command of English. It is important to use spell check and grammar tools function in your word processing software before submitting your resume. Another option is to have a professional write it for you or at the very least someone competent to proof your resume. If you prefer to do it yourself, you may enroll in a resume writing course . Many of these courses focus on providing resume templates or resume samples instead of teaching resume writing techniques. While resume templates may be easy to follow the template presented may not be best suited for your particular employment background. For this reason, we advise courses that teach resume writing skills and concepts rather than providing resume templates.

Unlike spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, inappropriate writing style is not so easy to identify. Nonetheless paying attention to writing style can pay huge dividends. Your writing style can signal to the employer that you have paid attention to learning about the local work culture and how professionals communicate within it. For example a cover letter from a foreign applicant that ends with, “I am very excited about this opportunity and would welcome meeting with you to discuss my qualifications in detail. I am available for an interview at your convenience” suggests that the applicant has paid attention to how business professional communicate in North America. On the other hand, a cover letter that ends with, “I would be most respectfully thankful if you would accept my application for your excellent company” would suggest that the applicant has not taken the time to learn the communication styles in the work environment and thus may not fit in so well.

Personal Information Not Related to the Job.

In Canada and the US, Human Rights legislation prohibits hiring discrimination based on grounds such as religion, race, marital status, age, and so on. As such, application forms will not include fields for this type of information and professional interviewers are trained not ask for this type of information in an employment interview. While it may be accepted practice in some countries for job seekers to include such information in their application, it is not accepted practice in some countries such as Canada, US and the UK.

We have received many resumes containing photos and personal information such as religion, marital status, age and so on. While we just advised you not to include a photo or your age, in some situations you may be asked to do so. For example, in some industries like modeling or acting it is common practice as it may be a requirement of the job to cast an individual to play a certain age. The important point here is to know the work culture and environment that you want to become a part of. You want to avoid sending flags to the employer that may suggest that you would not fit in.

Leverage Your Strengths

Foreign applicants frustrated with a lack response need to know that many employers do value foreign experience and knowledge. Companies commonly seek to gain this foreign knowledge by sending their top managers and executives to international offices or by participating in an employment exchange program. While employer may value international experience, it is your responsibility to communicate to the employer how they will benefit from your experience. It is important that you leverage your international experience to your advantage. Perhaps the prospective employer can benefit from your relationships that you have in your native country. Or it can be as simple as your language or knowledge of a specific culture.

In summary, we have observed many common mistakes made in resumes from foreign applicants. Learning how to fit in, while leveraging your differences is the key to success in the employment market. Learning how to fit in doesn’t mean losing your culture. It means learning basic business writing and showing that you can communicate effectively with local professionals. By following the tips above, you will make your resume more “North American” friendly.

When a Free Resume Ends Up Costing You More Than a Professional One

The most commonly searched keywords regarding resumes inevitably include "free" or "template" in them. Nobody wants to pay for something they think they can do themselves. A quick search will yield dozens of different services and sites offering free assistance with writing your own resume. But before you decide to sign up for any of these services, you ought to do your research on them first. Just like with any industry, even resume writing services has its shady underbelly.

One of the most common free resume template services involves an application where you provide your information such as name, education, work experience, etc., and the application plugs it automatically into a ready-made template. But before you are allowed to save your document or print it out, you are asked to pay a small, negligible fee, often around $ 2 or sometimes give your credit card information for a "free" trial that you can supposedly cancel at any time. Not so bad for something other people may pay several hundred dollars for, huh? Think again.

Hidden deep in the fine print, that no one seems to read anymore anyways, is the agreement you make to be charged for an automatically renewing subscription service. Before you know it, your credit card is being charged $ 40, $ 50, or even more every every month. If you take a look at some of the consumer reviews for some of these "free" resume services, you will find that unfortunately many people do not pay very close attention to their credit card statements and may end up having these reoccurring charges for more than a year. What you thought was "free" or only a couple of bucks ends up turning out to be several hundred dollars or more, depending on when you notice the fraudulent charges.

Oftentimes, you will have little to no luck disputing the charges with your bank or credit card company. If the charges are reoccurring on your account, you will have been assumed to have agreed to them. This is another good reminder to always keep a close eye on your bank and credit card amounts. And good luck trying to dispute the charges with the actual company over the telephone or email. Why would they want to give you the time of day to cancel the charges when hidden fees and surcharges are their bread and butter? Always be suspicious of businesses without verifiable, physical addresses, and do your consumer research beforehand.

Many people who are looking to have a resume written are unemployed and looking to save money wherever they can, so they turn to "free" resume making websites that they believe will improve their chances of securing interviews. The sad reality is that there are many companies out there whose entire business model is based off scamming the poor and destitute with hidden fees and a sub-par product. If you are looking for help writing your resume, always do your research before you hand over any credit card information. Furthermore, ask friends and family what has best worked for them. Legitimate, professional resume writing services may not be for everyone, but they do help a great deal of job seekers. Sometimes the initial investment is well worth the reward. A well-written, effective resume could be the difference between you getting a new job in the next couple of weeks vs. you getting a job in the next couple of months, and all of that lost income will add up.

Actually Free Resume Templates

It is likely you have resume templates already installed on whichever word processing software you have. There are plenty of places where you can legitimately download them for free online and just enter in the necessary information yourself. For many people, this is as far as resume writing goes. Write a simple objective, name the school you went to, describe your work experience, and list any certifications. The problem is that, while templates may give you a basic format outline, it does not tell you what to actually write in it or how to write it. Just as all individuals are different, so should every resume be different.

Remember, free resume templates are designed to grab your attention, not the attention of the people who actually matter, such as hiring managers and recruiters. They may try to wow you with different fonts, graphics, and colors, but this is not what employers are looking for. You may think you will come off as interesting, creative, and eye catching if you used a unique resume template, but in the eyes of the hiring authority it will be clear as daylight that you used just another generic resume template.

When I have been in charge of hiring before, one of my most memorable examples was an individual who described themselves as a "creative type" and "proficient in Microsoft Office." Their resume formatting and style was a little out of the ordinary for sure, but it was also obvious they used a rather common resume template. Why would I want to hire someone who says they are "creative" and "proficient in Microsoft Office," if they can't even format their own resume?

When looking at resumes, hiring authorities want documents that are simple, clean, and get straight to the point. With a competitive job market, a Human Resources official may sift through hundreds of resumes for a single position. They don't spend too much time on each one, normally just a quick glance before they decide if it goes in the garbage or if the candidate needs a closer look.

A final warning about free resume templates is the question of how Applicant Tracking System (ATS) compliant they are. Many companies, especially large corporations, use ATS software to pre-screen applicants. This software scans the document for things like experience level, skills, certifications, educational background, industry keywords, and more. If you have a strangely formatted resume, it will be difficult for the software to read your resume. Even if you are the perfect candidate and have an otherwise well-written resume, it may get thrown in the garbage before a pair of human eyes ever actually looks at it.

Resume Writing With Resume Templates

Resume Templates

Understanding the difference between a resume and curriculum vitae is more important before choosing a template. Curriculum vitae is used to for an academic education whereas a resume is used to apply for a job opening. Job aspirants should look out for a resume template rather than a curriculum vitae template. While selecting resume templates pick the one that matches the work experience and not the work profile. This information is based on a research conducted with top Indian companies. Once the right resume template is chosen, carefully search and delete if there are any watermarks or logos of the website were the resume templates were downloaded. The recruiters would have come across similar resume patterns in their experience, so it is very important to alter the resume template so that it looks different from the usual one. There are many websites offering free resume template without any watermarks or logos in them. It is advisable to use those websites to download the required templates for a better work. With a right resume template in hand the candidate can start editing the information precisely.

Resume Format

Resume Format is nothing but the layout or order of information. There are numerous websites featuring resume formats that are categorized as IT, BPO, Manufacturing and more. Very nearly every resume formats be full of the same set of information. Do not write resume based on a profession, but on experience. It does not matter whether the applicant is using a resume template or not, what matters more is the resume format. If the template is not in a suitable format there is no value of using it.

Resume Writing

Even with a resume template the candidate need to concentrate more on professional resume writing . Walk through the resume writing tips before editing the resume template. Using these guidelines a candidate can prepare a qualified profile even without a master of pattern. The below mentioned resume writing guidelines are provided by experienced HR professionals.

Career Objectives

Writing a career objective is too basic on a professional resume format. Candidates with good work experience need not have to write a career objective. It is more suitable only on a fresher resume. The career objective should explain the candidates focus on the job applied for.

Experience Summary

The experience summary is where the recruiter mainly concentrate on a resume. Always begin the resume with a nice experience summary. Keep in mind that resume writing is not about the past, but for the future, so never go too deep into the previous job details. Just brief the work experience with roles and responsibilities and mention the key achievements accordingly. The awards and promotions gained on the previous company add high value to the profile without doubt.

Education Details

Education details should be mentioned on the resume in an inverted pyramid style. The highest or most recent qualification must be mentioned first. Schooling details can be furnished only if the school is well recognized. Other qualifications like computer courses, languages ​​or other valuable curriculum can also be mentioned if they are relevant to the position applied for. Awards and merits earned during graduation will definitely put on usefulness to the resume.

Personal Details

Personal details should comprise the age, gender and other additional languages ​​the candidate can read write or speak. A descent personal profile includes the candidate name, age and gender which is more suffice for the recruiter to understand the candidates esteem. Never mention father name, religion or blood group on the personal detail which is immaterial and immature.

Extracurricular and Hobbies

Extracurricular activities and other interests can also be mentioned on a professional resume. Never mention watching movies or listening to music as a hobby. It is better to leave the resume without mentioning hobbies as they are not required for a recruiter to select a candidate. A qualified resume format will only feature experience summary, Key achievements, qualification and personal profile.

Other implications

Before writing a resume go through the advertisement posted for the job opening and use the keywords used in the advertisement on the professional resume. Always use Serif fonts for the heading and sans serif font on the content for a fashionable look. The "verdana" font is mostly preferred on the content with a font size of 10. If you maintain a descent LinkedIn profile do not hesitate to mention your profile url in your email note while forwarding your resume to the HR professional. These are the additional information collected from HR professionals. One should not necessarily follow these guidelines, but knowing this information may have a very good impact on professional resume writing.