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A Contrarian View About Resumes #3

Posted by on Jun 30, 2022 in Blog

In most situations, sending in resumes into the electronic black hole will be used to “deselect” you, not “select” you.

 There is a pervasive and overwhelming believe that all you need to know and find regarding job searching is on the Internet. Not true!

First, while the Internet offers so much to so many, please keep in mind that it is a big, paid unregulated ad, especially so when it comes to job postings. Be a thoughtful, careful, and realistic consumer. Based on my 39 years as a career coach, maybe 3% of submitted online resumes result in being offered the advertised job. But why?

Bottom line, 80/85% of my wonderful clients are finding or creating new and rewarding employment opportunities via personal referrals or advocates. Yes, we are country of laws, rules, and regulations, but in the end, it is people hiring people they are comfortable with and almost impossible to create this via the Internet.

Getting around this involves having a balanced, realistic, and doable plan of action that focuses first on in-person networking with like-minded people you know who will be much more likely to put their thinking caps on for you whereas strangers not so much. Being focused on what you are looking for allowing others to help you more effectively.

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A Contrarian View About Resumes #2

Posted by on Jun 30, 2022 in Blog

Most resumes look like historical documents or obituaries rather than sales or marketing brochures.

95% of the resumes I see are backward looking listing of titles and experiences. Few if any, tout successes, achievements, and results. Resumes with the potential for success are focused and targeted looking forward and supported by the added value past and future.

Less is more when resumes are focused to the key words contained in the job description. Their words are much more important than yours. In my opinion, your resumes need to speak directly to 80/85% of the key requirements in the job description. Anything less and you will probably not be considered.

I would have you strategically incorporate using the “I” word. Lots of debate here, but keep in mind your resume aka sales brochure is all about you. We, they, them, and us is not applying. At the very least, please try writing in the first person.

Whenever possible using the word “results” followed by numbers and/or percentages further highlights you contributions.

Finally, your resume/sales brochure highly focused and needs to catch the eye of the reader in 10 to 15 seconds, so being too wordy will generally work against you. This is your sales brochure, not your life story.

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A Contrarian View About Resumes

Posted by on Jun 30, 2022 in Blog

There is no such thing as a perfect resume, except in the eye of the beholder.

I most cases, unless you know the person asking for your resume, know firsthand what they really want it for, what specifically they want your resume to focus on, what layout/format works best for them, samples of your work, copies of work evaluations and letters of reference …. blindly sending in your resume to the electronic black hole will generally produce results somewhere between slim and none.

Taking your unique gifts, talents and interests seriously, putting most of your search energy into in-person networking with people you know will both make the process of finding or creating a new and rewarding employment opportunity more enjoyable and successful too.

While there are no “absolutes” in finding meaningful work, having a realistic doable plan of action being more people centric than over focusing on the Internet. The proof … in my 39 years of career coaching 9,000+ individual clients, 80/85% have found new jobs putting smiles on their faces and money in the bank via personal referrals and/or advocates.

I fully understand and support the laws, rules, regulations and the social pressures we live with today. But please keep in mind, when the hiring person sifts through these, in the end, they are more likely to hire someone they are comfortable with, so it is imperative that the job seeker become known and not be a stranger.

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You Are The Star

Posted by on Jan 11, 2022 in Blog

Finding or creating a new, better fantastic job is not unlike a play with actors, actresses, stagehands, producers, and directors. Putting on a successful play takes commitment to producing the best possible performance, coupled with the wiliness to expend the time and energy to assure it will happen.

Finding a new and rewarding employment opportunity really has many similarities and you are the star, and hopefully, you have many positive, encouraging, and committed helpers assuring that you will have a winning performance to an audience that wants to give you a welcome reception and rave reviews.

Stars take their gifts and talents seriously, have a focused plan, practice like crazy, knowing that each time they step onto the stage, they will be performing to a new audience. Each time you extend yourself to someone, you too, are in effect performing. Are you really ready? Do you have a plan to achieve the desired outcome? Unfortunately, many job seekers really don’t. Even seemingly small acts like making a phone call and really knowing what you are going to say if you reach voicemail or a real person can have less than desired outcomes if you are not fully prepared to perform.

The same surely goes for interviews. Networking to job interviews needs to be researched, planned, and rehearsed if they are to be truly successful and given a welcome reception. The more your “own” your staring role in the job search process, taking your unique self seriously, listening to your heart, and following your smile, your audiences will take you seriously with a standing ovation and an enthusiastic bravo.  My best wishes to each of you in your staring performance.

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Referral Very Encouraged

Posted by on Jan 7, 2022 in Blog

Since our birthing in the early 1980’s CareerMakers has touched the lives of over 9,000 individuals, most of whom were referred by a previous client, friend, or corporate outplacement.

Referrals came in all shapes, sizes, and abilities. What bound them together was the love and caring of others, wanting to help them achieve a new, better fantastic job and that is exactly what we have been blessed to be a part of. From presidents to first jobs. Pilots to nurses, finding or creating new and rewarding employment opportunities in all sectors, from for-profit to non-profit, government, and universities. A true collage of landing places.

If you know of someone who is struggling to find or create a new job or is currently employed, but unhappy in their situation, please feel very encouraged to send them my way, and be assured I will take very good care of them.

People often ask what I do, and I most often respond “I’m in the personal services business, helping good people find their way in the world of employment.” But I am quick to add that this cannot be achieved without the gracious help of others, just like you and this gift is what sets CareerMakers apart from others.

So we’re all in this process together, people helping people. So as you have been helped by the good efforts of others, take a minute and think of someone you can help by sending them my way, thereby putting a smile on their face and hope in their heart.

My best to each of you and wishing you a safe and happy day.

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Commitment and Willingness

Posted by on Nov 17, 2021 in Blog

Almost on a daily basis, I am privileged to receive inquires about my services and I am more than pleased to discuss what I do, how I work, and what results potential clients can reasonably expect when engaging me.

Knowing I can’t do it for them, but being their successful mentor, coach, and partner in their potential job transition, I focus on two very important considerations they must make. Commitment and willingness.

Commitment to doing something good and positive for themselves. On a scale of 1-10 where are they/you? 1 is a phooey and 10 is a wow! If they/you are in the upper quadrant, then we could be a good match, other, probably not because of the lack of real motivation.

Secondly, is the willingness to expend the time, energy, and resources to make the commitment happen. Again, using the scale of 1-10, in the upper quadrant, looking to find or create a new and rewarding employment opportunity as an investment in themselves, then we are probably a good match. Anything less and probably not going to work.

Finding a new job in today’s environment takes focus and dedication, with a “doable” and realistic integrated plan of action, balanced 85% involving people first and 15% with the Internet second. People help, create and hire people they know and are comfortable with. Hard, if not impossible to effectively tell your story on a resume and submit blindly to an electronic job description that may, or may not be real.

My best to each of you and Happy Holidays!

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