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The Job Hunt: Researching Where You Want to Work

This article will cover how you go about gathering information prior to an interview, regarding the companies you are interested in and the ones that you have sent resumes or applications to.

Begin Your Research

Google

This may seem easy as you will just google Company XYZ and find out everything you need to know. Ok then let’s try it. Let’s Google American Express and see what you learn.

Well the first thing that happens is you arrive at the ‘Official Site’ of American Express and guess what? It’s all about what they offer to customers. Now this is good information. It tells you what the company does. Take note of the variety of customers and services that they have.

Now you know what Amex does. You now need to find out what American Express is and who American Express is. Will this ‘Official Site’ geared to customers tell you that? Perhaps. Some will and some won’t.  What about this American Express site?

In fact this American Express site will give you a lot of information if you know where to look. Now scroll down to the very bottom of the page where all the really small writing is. What do you see there?

First of all you see “About American Express”. Click on this. On this page you find news about Amex –press releases and statistics about the business. Now look at the top of this page where again you will find tabs you can click on to get further information. These tabs include things like news, corporate responsibility and investor relations among others.

Read each one and note the important things to you and any questions that come to mind. These questions will be vital to you in the interview process, so make note of them. Now go back to the main page and look at the other tabs at the bottom of the page. Click on and read each one, following any other tabs to learn as much as possible about American Express from this site.

Pay particular attention to the ‘Careers’ page as it will tell you what openings they have and how to apply. At the top of this page there are additional tabs to tell you what it is like to work at Amex. The ‘Our Company’ tab gives you a history of American Express.

So this was a good site for gathering a lot of information. Not all official sites will have as much, but all of them should offer you some. However there is one concern with this information. It is all good to know but it is all what American Express wants you to know. The same is true when you look up the American Express Facebook page or their Linked-In site. Now you need information that does not come from Amex.

Non-Company Information

This is a bit harder to find and you have to be careful about the negative information you find online. There are also many scams and frauds online. However you still need some non-company information.

Let’s return to the original search that you ran on American Express and see what else is available there. Unfortunately when you do this you find that almost every item is an American Express link except the Wikipedia information which cannot be verified. What do you do?

The American Stock Exchange

Look them up on the ASE and see how they are trading. Search their history and see if they are going up, going down or just treading water. With a company like Amex you need to know the financials. You will want to know some of this with any company. However with a company like American Express it is the heart of their business.

Glassdoor.com and Vault.com

These are great sites for unbiased information regarding major corporations. Here you will get access to the salaries they pay, the company culture, evaluations of top executives and real interview questions. All this information is free and it comes from the company’s employees.

Company employees also rate the opportunities at that company, compensation, the atmosphere, the culture, benefits and company values.

This is good comprehensive information. If you need more just continue to Google further.

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We have looked at the best degrees for this economy and the worst places to look for a job. Now let’s take a look at the industries with the highest employment needs and the ability to hire quickly. Even in the worst economy there are always some jobs that go wanting. This was clear even during the Great Depression. Who hired then?

“New” industries tend to do well in economic downturns and the Great Depression was no different. Industries like broadcast radio and talking cinema tended to do well during this time. A few others joined them. These were mass produced cars from a very young auto industry and air travel for the very wealthy.

So what are the industries that have stayed viable in this recession from 2007-2013 or so? Are there any differences between the industries that were hiring during the recession and those that are hiring in this almost jobless recovery?

Industries that Hired from 2007-2013

1. Google was hiring then and they are hiring now. With over $37 billion dollars in revenue Google has taken off since the auctioning of ads on searches and sites began. Google also has new products in the pipeline. So if you have IT or social media skills, Google may be for you.

2. Liquor stores always do well in hard times. It is not the kind of job that will get anyone but perhaps the owner rich, but it will keep food on the table during a recession.

3. Haircuts are always in need for both men and women no matter what the economy is like. We might pay less for a haircut but if you are considering beauty school, now would be a good time to do so. The Census Bureau reports a boom in barber shops, hairdressers and salons during the recession.

4. Pawn shops had perhaps one of their biggest booms during this time period as families struggled to make ends meet and people sold whatever they could just to keep going.  Count the gold and silver dealers in here as well.

5. Drop box is an IT company that hosts documents and data in backup on the cloud. Drop Box increased from 5 million to 25 million users in one year.

Industries with Needs Now

1. Video game development was popular during the recession and the industry still needs developers, animators and engineers. When times are hard people distract themselves with games. Once the recession is over they are hooked. Also in this jobless recession, many are still playing them while looking for a job. In 2010 the industry made $40 million and is projected to grow another 8.3% between 2010 and 2016.

2. Environment Issues are a constant regardless of the economy, but right now we are seeing a surge in development and implantation of environmental problem solving innovations. Engineers and entrepreneurs as well as major companies are designing and implementing these solutions. From windmill farms to solar farms this is an industry that is taking off.

3. The skilled trades are in need of workers according to Manpower, Inc. Specialists in HVAC, Pipefitters, Boilermakers, Plumbers and Electricians are among those in high need. We seem to have less skilled tradesmen in the United States these days so if you love to work with your hands, find yourself an apprenticeship.  It also seems that we need to increase the locations and opportunities for young people to train in these trades after high school. Training is paid and pay is good. There are also many chances to be self-employed or run your own business.

4. Transportation Industry jobs are growing and it is anticipated that they will continue to do so. The types of positions in more demand are transportation managers, analysts and warehouse coordinators. The need here is particularly due to an increase in manufacture ring. You can get into the industry as a drive and move up from there with internal training.

5. The Auto industry is in recovery and there is a demand for perhaps as many as 100,000 people in the next year or so. Sure the salaries are not what the once were but they are not minimum wage either.  Compared with other manufacturing opportunities and retail, the pay scale is very good.

6. Education is also hiring and this is great news for a professional work force. Teachers are needed in math, special education, foreign languages and bilingual teachers. It is a challenging field no doubt, but if you can handle it there are plenty of jobs there to be had. Many states are now letting people into teaching who have been professionals in other fields but now could use an alternative certification to enter the industry.

7. Health Care Industries have seen their opportunities level off but there is still a need for home health aides, nursing home aides and x-ray technicians. These jobs do not require advanced education. Health Care expects to have 600,000 jobs open between 2008-2018. With so many baby boomers aging, there will be even greater need for these types of jobs in the future. Fully half of the fastest growing industries are in health care.

There are also opportunities in engineering and customer service.

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Welcome to the final article in The Resume Series. This series has covered the process of writing resumes for some very specific and a little out of the ordinary situation. So far we have covered the situations and written sample resumes for:

1. An experienced lawyer changing from Criminal Law to Personal Injury Law after 10 years.

2. An experienced Human Resources Manager of 24 years with several gaps in his work history.

3. Entry level Stanford student with strong grades and internship but had been looking for over a year.

4. Experienced not for profit manager looking to make a move into for profit business management. She was working on her MBA.

Today we will look at the 5th situation and the 5th candidate who is a Call Center Manager.

Candidate:

Today’s candidate has been a Call Center Manager for 3 years, but she has worked in call centers for 12 years. Her call center recently closed and she was laid off. She is looking for another call center manager position.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format:

· So what is the right resume for this person? She has a moderate amount of experience, but she has not been a manager that long.

All of her experience is in the same field and she wants the same kind of job. Given this her situation lends itself to the traditional chronological resume in ways none of our other candidate’s did.

· What is the most important information in this resume? Accomplishments, accomplishments, accomplishments!

· She has been focused on her career and so her outside activities and training are all centered on the job and should be included.

Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Janice Doeme

Email address

Phone number

Website address

Professional Overview

I am a high energy professional who understands that customer service in any call center requires a sales orientation. With 12 years of call center experience as a representative and 3 as a manager, I bring expertise, a record of success and a strong knowledge of the technology to my next employer. With these traits I can make an important contribution to your company.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Industrial Organization and Management, 1999

Purdue University

Lafayette, Indiana

Experience

XYZ Communications 2003 – Present

Pittsburgh, PA

Call Center Manager 2011 – Present

Managed and supervised a 120 seat customer service and sales call center.

Recruited and hired center staff

Increased revenue by 23% each year since 2011.

Reduced turnover by 17% in 2013, 15% in 2012 and 35% in 2011

Cut budget over 3 year period by 19%

Call Center Representative 1999 – 2011

Top revenue generator 9 of 11 years.

Highest revenue production ever by center rep in 2009

Handles maximum allowed 22 calls per hour

Received Best Customer Service Award three consecutive year 2008-2011

Skills

Expert with Call Center CSM and RSM call center technologies

Monitor center rep calls and grade their customer service

Expert at remote call technology and predictive dialer technology

Provides monthly call analytics to upper management

Other

2011- Present Chair of American Association of Call Center Managers

2001-2004 Rep to Association of Customer Service Representatives

You can see how traditional and chronological this resume is. This is the only candidate we had that could benefit most from the chronological resume.

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By now most of us are familiar with the contemporary resume and what goes into it. Many of us wonder what goes into a cover letter these days or do you even need one? Do hiring managers like me even read the cover letter these days? The answer is a definite yes – a loud and clear – yes. Yes I read cover letters and I was disappointed if there was none.

In today’s online world, where does the cover letter come in and what should be in it? If you are doing an online resume there is still a place for the cover letter. Perhaps it does not look like the traditional place, but there usually is a space for additional comments or anything else you want to say. This is where you put your electronic version of the cover letter. Believe me, if that information was provided to me along with the electronic resume, I would read it and if it was well thought out and well written, it would carry more weight than the resume.

So what makes a well written and well thought out cover letter? What is in it? Unlike the resume, the cover letter is less about what’s in it and more about the story it tells. Of course you want your skills, experience and education front and center IF it directly matches the job requirements. But the cover letter is about how you present those skills, experience and education. What story do they tell about you? What story do you tell about them? As a hiring manager this has as much relevance for me as your resume does.

Types of Cover Letters

There are really two types of cover letters but your goal with each is the same – to enhance your resume and give more information about your professional career. There is the cover letter that you write to go along with a specific job opening that you are applying for and there is the generic cover letter

What’s in a Cover Letter –Specific Job Opening?

What goes into this type of cover letter is very important. Here you can talk about the skills, experience and education you have and how it relates to the job you are applying for. If you’ve had a break in employment – illness, childcare etc. – this is a great opportunity to present your background in a different light than the resume does.

· Why are you sending this resume? Attach the resume to the job opening with the answer to this question. “I am contacting you in respect to your opening in the IT department.”

· Cover in detail what your experience, skills and education are and relate these directly and specifically to the job you are applying for. This is the most important part of the cover letter and the most critical aspects of it. Spend the most time and energy on this. Relate to the person reading this how you can/will help them or their company improve, make more money, or in some way reach their goals. Use very specific examples of your success in other positions as you relate it to this company.

For instance: “At company C I increased sales by 43% and would like the opportunity to do so at Company A”

· Give the reader of sense of you – your enthusiasm, your work ethic, your energy, your motivation and reason for wanting to work in this company, in this job and your motivation for wanting to succeed in this job. Again this is a critical aspect of this cover letter.

· Close strong by reiterating briefly and succinctly why and how you can help the company through this job. Now ask for the interview. Assume it. Use a statement like “I look forward to the opportunity to discuss in person how my experience can make a difference for Company A.”

Generic Cover Letter

The difference here is you obviously don’t know if there are job openings or what they might be. You are fishing. There is nothing wrong with fishing. If done well you just might make the catch. The differences in your cover letter come in its orientation.

· Why are you sending the resume? Because you admire the company, its values and mission and want to be a part of it. You don’t know if they have any openings but you feel you can make a contribution to their mission.

· Cover in detail what your experience, skills and education are and relate these directly and specifically to the mission of the company.

· Just like in the cover letter for a specific job, in this cover letter Relate to the person reading this how you can/will help them or their company improve, make more money, or in some way reach their goals. Use very specific examples of your success in other positions as you relate it to this company.

For instance: “At company C I increased sales by 43% and would like the opportunity to do so at Company A”.

· Give a brief overview of your values and your mission as it relates to the company’s mission.

· Close by asking to meet to discuss any possibilities within the company or anyone the hiring manager might know otherwise.

Conclusion

All cover letters should be a page or less, never more. Use a font style and size that matches your resume if possible. No matter what type of cover letter you are using be sure to tell your story. This is your chance to be personal in a way that your resume cannot be. Take advantage of that and your cover letter can go a long way toward getting a hiring manager like me to look closely at your resume.

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The Functional Resume

When you have been out of the workplace for years – that’s right – years not months, and you want back in a conventional resume will not do. Whenever you have any kind of a major gap in your work timeline you will want to use a functional resume rather than the traditional chronological resume.

What is a functional resume and why is it better than the chronological resume when you have gaps in your work experience?

Overview

In order to answer that question we should first touch on the role of the resume. Many people think that their resume will get them a job. No resume ever got anyone a job. Resumes get you interviews. Resumes get you in the door. After that it is up to you, but you need a resume to get you in the door.

For the most part the traditional chronological resume is the choice of hiring managers, recruiters and Human Resource personnel because it outlines one’s entire work history and shows how long you have worked and where you have worked at a glance. The chronological resume has proven its worth over the years.

The chronological resume starts with the most current job, responsibilities and duties and works backwards to the first job you ever had. With this type of resume, the employee’s skills are buried in and among the duties and responsibilities. This is the weakness of the chronological resume and the strength of the functional resume.

Who Needs a Functional Resume?

The functional resume is a skills based document. It is a document that shines a bright light on the employee’s skills and targets those skills directly to the needs of the employer in their job listing. Who should use this type of resume?

· If you have several different jobs in a short period of time. This is a red flag for many hiring managers and the functional resume gets you beyond the question.

· If you have a long period of time or several short periods of time when you did not work at all this is the right resume for you. For example: if you stayed home for 3 years to raise a child.

· You are applying for your first job ever. You have no chronological history. You need to be able to list the skills you have gained in school or part time jobs.

· You spent a year and a half caring for your dying father and now you are ready to go back to work.

· Your current job veers away from your primary skills and career goals. The functional resume can get it back on track.

What is a Functional Resume?

A functional resume lumps all your skills into one section instead of hiding them within the duties and responsibilities of a chronological resume.  So what does this look like? A functional resume can often look like this:

Name

Email

Phone

Web profile

Summary or Personal Profile: This is a brief overview of your history and skills. This is not a detailed outline or in depth discussion of your skills. Rather it is an overview but it is an important piece of a functional resume.

Core Qualification and Skills: This is where you want to list all the skills you have whether attained through work or volunteer experiences or relevant hobbies. Cover these in detail and connect your skills to what the hiring manager is looking for.

Experience: Now take your work experience and skills and quantify your accomplishments. In a functional resume this section is not a listing of jobs with duties and responsibilities as in a chronological one. It is a clear description of what you have done for the companies you worked for. What was your real value to them? Did you save them money or make them a lot of money? That is the kind of experience you want to list here.

Education: College and post college only.

Employment History: Now just list in chronological order from current to first the name of employer, title of your job and dates worked. No other information is added here.

This is a template for a functional resume. You need to group the skills in your core qualifications and skill sections in such a way that they can easily be seen by either a person reading your resume or a computer program such as the applicant screening software in use in many companies. These programs look for keywords that are also in the job description of the position you are applying for.

Organize your skills under headings like Computer Skills, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Organizing Skills and any specialty or field related skills such as engineering, accounting, materials management etc.

So if you fall into one of the categories listed here try using a functional resume instead of the traditional chronological one to open those doors and get an interview with a hiring manager like me.

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Challenges Your Resume Faces in 2014

Your resume has been and continues to be one of the most important tools in your career tools bag. No matter how much the hiring process changes, no matter how the internet impacts this process, the resume still stands at center stage for most job opening and most hiring managers. Despite this truth, your resume also faces some serious challenges in 2014 in terms of getting the hiring manager’s attention and getting you the job interview.

The Road to the Interview

What is the road to getting an interview for the job you want based on the impact of your resume? What are the roadblocks? We’ll take a look at some of these factors, though I am sure this will not be a complete list.

Getting Noticed

The first opportunity your resume has to get you an interview is to get noticed among the hundreds of resumes sitting on the hiring manager’s desk and the thousands of resumes available to the hiring manager online.

Inappropriate Information and Irrelevant Information: Years ago we were all taught a certain format for developing a resume that no longer holds our attention as hiring manager’s today.

· Objective

· Duties and Responsibilities

· Reason for Leaving

These are three of the biggest road blocks your resume runs into. We taught you to put these things on your resume but we no longer want to see them. We almost want the opposite.

· Instead of an objective that tells me what you want from me, from my company and from this job, I want to know what you can offer me, my company and this job. Don’t tell me what you want. Tell me what you have to offer. Give me a summary of your skills and success instead of an objective about what you want to accomplish. Tell me the best qualities of who you are now instead of telling me who you want to be.

· Instead of duties and responsibilities tell me your skills and achievements. I don’t want to know what your job description says. I want to know what you can really do and what you did for your current and previous employers. Remember the road block you are facing is inappropriate or irrelevant information. What your job description says is irrelevant to me. I want to know what you can do if you fill my job opening. I need to know how you are different than the hundreds of others also applying for this job. Most importantly your achievements must be quantifiable. How much money did you save or make for your current company? What percentage of goals did you achieve?

· Do not tell me your reason for leaving. Hiring managers in general have heard “left for a better opportunity” more times than we can count and we consider those to be buzz words that have no value. Worse yet many candidates will say they were fired, or they left for medical reasons. You are just better off dropping that line.

Differentiating Yourself

If your resume can get noticed it will go into a new pile of resumes. This new pile will probably get weaned down as well before interviews are scheduled. Now your resume has to pass a second test. Now you have to differentiate yourself again. What more can your do?

· Use the right words – Your resume has passed the first test by replacing the old way of telling me what you have done to a new way of telling me what you can do for me. Now you need to sell yourself against other candidates who have met the same initial test that you have. The words you choose to use now are vitally important. They need to grab the hiring manager, make me sit up straighter and say, “I have to talk to this guy.”

The type of words that will stand out and that hiring managers look for both in a paper resume in a stack on the desk, or as keywords when searching the internet, are ‘action oriented words’. They are active not passive. They are words such as:

Accelerated                                       Built

Allocated                                           Augmented

Analyzed                                           Budgeted

Acquired                                            Automated

Collaborated                                     Communicated

Calculated                                         Determined

Developed                                         Eliminated

Arbitrated                                           Consolidated

Expedited                                          Delegated

Coordinated                                      Enhanced

Expanded                                          Distributed

Extracted                                           Created

Verified                                              Validated

Trained                                              Tracked

There are many, many more active words but you can get the idea from these.

· Formatting still matters, but you want an up to date, current look for your resume. For one thing the paper resume is actually out of date and you are better off not sending one, but rather emailing it or posting it online in response to the job opening.

Too long or too short can make you look out of date. So what is the right length? If you are a new college graduate then a one page resume is fine. For everything else go with a two page resume even if you have to just list name of company and title for anything over 15 years ago.

How about the font? Arial is the most accepted where Courier and Times New Roman are passé.

Conclusion

The most important challenge your resume faces on the way to getting you an interview is how to make you stand out from the pack. Use the ideas listed here and see how quickly you jog around those roadblocks and into a face-face interview.

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The Resume Writing Process

Whether you are just graduating and looking for your first job, or you have decided to change jobs, you will need a resume. You will need a resume in order to let potential employers know what your work experience is, what your skills are, what training and education you have.

There are some dos and don’ts when it comes to writing a resume and some controversies as well. However in my over a quarter of a century of management and recruitment, I have written hundreds of resumes. Let’s walk through the process that I always found to be extremely effective in getting an interview.

Preparation

The goal of the resume is not to get you the job. The goal of the resume is to get you an interview. From there getting the job will be up to you. So you want your resume to capture the attention of the hiring manager or interviewer. You want your resume to stand out from the others in that stack of 100 resumes on her desk. How do you do this?

Your first step is to get yourself prepared to write your resume. What materials will you need? What information will you need? Will you need educational transcripts? Documentation regarding other training or certifications if you have any are helpful. Now make sure you know the spelling of the names of the companies you have worked for, their address, and your official title. If you have a job descriptions for your current or previous jobs keep that with you as well.

Lay Out the Format and Data for your Resume

First decide what the format will be for your resume. Will you use a chronological resume or will you use a functional resume? This decision often depends upon how closely your current job is to the one you are applying for or if there are gaps in your job history.

Chronological Resume

With this type of resume you list in order from the most current to the first one, every job you have had. For each job you list the official title, the dates you held the job, and the responsibilities and duties of each job. You list your education and special skills as well. Sometimes you might list an objective, though I advise against it. Why lock yourself in to one specific vision?

The chronological resume used to be the only resume and it is the traditional resume. However these days it is used specifically when the job you are applying for is in the same field as the jobs you have worked in already. This format is used when your education and experience are exact preparation for the job that is available. In today’s technological society you need an email address but not a street address. You also need a phone number. You will want to set up an online profile that the employer can look at also. You need to put a link to this page on your resume.

You might also include information about achievements such as the dean’s list, projects you succeeded at, or volunteer activities. Just be sure these items are relevant to the job you are applying for.

Functional Resume

You would use this type of resume when you want to highlight your skills more than your job responsibilities. You might have gaps in your resume due to childcare or you might be attempting to change the career you are in to the one you are applying for. You want the hiring manager to notice your transferable skills.

With this type of resume you will list your name, phone, email address and online profile site. Then list your education. What comes next makes the functional resume different from the chronological one. Next you will list your skills as opposed to listening job by job with duties and responsibilities. Instead you will have a section entitled Skills and list things such as fluent in C+ language if you are a software engineer.

You should follow the skills section with an achievement section. The achievements should be quantified – such as “rewrote the software for product X and in so doing saved Company A $50,000. In other words list the achievement and what it did for the company.

Follow this with a very brief chronology of employment. Just list the company, where it is located, your specific title and the years you held that job. Do not add any responsibilities and duties.

Conclusion

So if need help in getting started with a new resume, follow the tips in this article. Decide for yourself which type of resume you need and make sure you put clear and concise data in it. Be straight forward and honest.

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How to get the Best Return on Investment from your Resume

The way to get the best return on investment or ROI from your resume is to use it to show potential employers what a good investment you are. What kind of a return on investment will an employer get from hiring you? Does your resume answer that question? If it doesn’t then it needs some sprucing up.

What ROI did your Current Employer get from You?

How do you show what return on investment your current and previous employers got from you? The ROI that you can generate is determined by taking the amount of revenue that you personally generate for your firm divided by what it cost to hire, train and develop you. If it cost $10,000 to hire and train you then in year one you need to make or save your new company at the very least $10001 in year one for them to gain any ROI from you.

In reality what you want to do with your resume is show a substantial difference between what the company spent on you and what you make or save for the company. A more realistic example would be for you to make or save $30,000 or $50,000 that first year. Now there is a return on investment. Still better is a substantial ROI like $150,000 minus $10,000. In this example your company made a return on investment of $140,000 from you.

Showing Return on Investment on your Resume

The trick is how to show this information in your resume. Of course you will have to gather some data to do this. For each job that you want to show this information on your resume, you need to know what it cost to hire and train you, what it cost to develop you each year and what you made or saved the company each year in terms of dollars.

Now you do not have to show this information for every single job you have ever had, but you will want to show it for the most current and where you have the best ROI. However, you will really want to show it for any job where the information is available to you and you can ascertain that you made the company a fairly good return on investment.

Always, always put the emphasis on what you were successful at rather than what you did. The days of “Responsibilities and Duties” on the resume are gone. Human Resources as well as departmental hiring managers don’t care that much about what you did as much as what you accomplished.

You can show this in many different ways but the point is you are demonstrating your actual worth to the new company. How many of your competition do you think will be doing this? The majority probably will not. Now you are ahead of the game and your resume will jump of the screen at the HR or the hiring manager, whoever is doing the screening. The next thing you will want to do is explain to the potential employer why you were able to earn that return on investment. For instance if you say you developed a new software program that made your company $700,000 so far in profit and your hiring and training costs were $30,000. The company’s return on their investment in you is $60,700 to date.

That is a substantial and impressive ROI. Now explain why or how you did it. Everyone who is properly trained can write software. You were this successful because you are innovative and like to color outside the lines. This tells the potential employer that this ROI is not a one-time occurrence. It tells them that they can count on you to be creating and innovating for them as well.

The most important thing is to show your success and do so with numbers. Don’t sell the features of your experience and skills – which would be your duties and responsibilities. Sell the sizzle – the benefits – which is the return on investment – the numbers – the actual hard currency that you are responsible for bringing to the table for your employer(s).

Conclusion

To get the best return on investment from your resume you need to leave the old formats behind. Don’t worry about showing your responsibilities and duties. Focus instead on showing results, successes and how your current and former companies were able to make a profit from hiring you. Show how you were able to generate revenue in excess of what it cost to hire and train you. If you do this you will have more interview requests than you can honor.

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So you have been looking for a job for a while and you are not even getting any interviews?  You just cannot understand it. You have great work experience. You have great performance reviews and a strong history of advancement. All of this information is spelled out on your resume. What could be the problem?

The problem is your resume. Let’s take a look at the things that might be on your resume that are keeping you unemployed.

What Not to Say on Your Resume

· Abstract or Strange Objectives: These days we would recommend not even having an objective on your resume. However if you do have one make sure it is concrete, not outlandish or overconfident.

Your objective should not sound like you think you can run the company after a month or that this job is just a stepping stone to the next one. If you have a long term goal that means leaving the area of the job you are applying for, do not put that on your resume.

· Irrelevant experience: Do not list part time jobs that have nothing to do with the job you are applying for. Unless you are applying at a landscaping company do not list your part time job cutting lawns. Other irrelevant experience is something like running the office NCAA pool for ten years. Do not put this on your resume. It will cost you the job.

· Irrelevant achievements: Don’t list as achievements things that are outside of the professional or civic charity worlds. Belonging to a fraternity in college is not an accomplishment. Winning a post graduate fellowship is. At the same time if you do have relevant and important achievements, spell them out in detail. Do not say “I saved the company money”. Say how you did it and how much you saved. Say something like “Developed a process that saved the company $500,000 per year for ten years.”

· Pictures: Never put your picture on your resume. Even if you are applying for an acting job or to a modeling studio, provide your portfolio or a web page with your pictures. Pictures do not belong on the resume.

· Hobbies: It used to be really vogue to list hobbies on your resume and show that you are a well-rounded person. However hiring managers are not really interested unless your hobby directly relates to the job you are applying for. However if the hobby doesn’t relate to the job don’t list it. If you like to read great. If gardening is your thing wonderful. Just remember I am reading a hundred resumes. I don’t care about your hobbies. Don’t include it unless it is relevant.

· Personal Information: Again I am not really interested in your personal information. Don’t tell me you are married with three children. Don’t tell me your sexual preference or what church you go to. Do not list your age or political affiliations unless you are applying to be a political campaign manager. If you don’t care for the current government administration keep it to yourself if you want to land an interview. First of all it says you are unprofessional. Second you may be offending the hiring agent. Third the hiring manager does not care. Also do not include your social security number.

· Unusual or funny email addresses: Do not have an email address like smokingjoe@aol.com or gottaloveme@gmail.com These are unprofessional. Use a simple, professional email address like johndoe@gmail.com.

· Obscure words and poor grammar: Proofread, proofread, proofread. If you want your resume to be taken seriously keep it simple, fairly traditional and with correct grammar. Avoid the buzz words of your industry. Everyone multi-tasks these days and we are all team players. Stay away from these type of clichés. Use easy to read and more traditional fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial with a font of 11-12. Do not use colors or perfumes.

· High School Diploma: If you have a college degree there is no need to list this. If you do not have a college degree, but only a high school diploma, don’t advertise that fact either. So simply do not list it.

· Weaknesses: Do not share this. If you are great at Excel and Data but not so great at Word, then list Excel and Data under skills but do not mention Word until you get to the interview and they ask you about it. Even then turn your weakness into strength, but do not even mention it on the resume.

· Negative Comments: Never, ever, ever make negative comments about anything on your resume, but certainly not about your previous boss or employer. No one wants to read your complaints and you will be labeled a whiner before you ever get a chance to interview.

· Never Lie: About anything but again especially not about your credentials – your education, your achievements or your experience.  Don’t make up a salary or a job. The truth and only the truth is relevant.

If you want our resume to stand out, then do not put any of these things on it. If you want to get an interview, do not say these things on your resume.

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Do you remember when you were little–you were asked the big question–“what do you want to be when you grow up?” Your answer came from a very narrow perspective, and somehow you often manage to create space for either: a fireman, lawyer, doctor, or even a princess in your answer. The point is, from an early age you learnt to choose one! One career path was the universal benchmark for careers – back then, and to a large degree, still is today; forget about technology and the fast-paced, Modern World we live in.

No one tells you that you’re free to choose more than one–that successful people have become just that—successful by diversifying their skills, wearing several hats, and building multiple income streams throughout their lives.  But, who’s to tell you all this? Not the individuals you are likely surrounded by, who may view having more than one profession perplexing and laborious.

“Youth is Wasted on the Young” and Foolish

By the time you’re in your late teens the question about “what you want to be when you grow up” takes on a more invasive, interrogative tone. Your parents and teachers now insist upon a reasoned, planned-out response. With college on the horizon, if you hadn’t decided before which part of the school curriculum you’re really ‘in-to,’ then your degree-major was about to set it for you–in stone. That’s when you might realize the full weight behind those earlier career questions. But by then it’s too late; your singular choice of livelihood had already begun its relentless stranglehold on the rest of your life.

So here’s the thing, more than half of all college undergraduates are saddled with a major they are not satisfied with—worse–many go on to find jobs they’re utterly miserable in. Some stay in these dead-end jobs for years, drawing in a monthly income that’s a little more than pedestrian.

Yes, the pressure to find the perfect, singular career will transform you into a hopeless underachiever.

What the ‘Unsuspecting Underachiever’ Looks Like:

It’s not what you think! Unsuspecting, underachievers have ambition; they are often well-schooled and skilled, but they lack the tenacity to go after their dreams. And, they HATE their jobs–with a passion. Here’s more of what they look like:

· They first picked their careers between ages 14 to 22

· They had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives

· They thought that only one career option was open to them

· They gravitated toward jobs that had prestige, commanded a certain income and fulfilled only the desire for independence.

Many ‘underachievers’ after working in their profession for 5 to 8+ years feel locked-in; they  don’t know what to do next or how to change their present circumstance.

‘Overachievers’—Championing Multiple Career Roles

In contrast, ‘overachievers’ are champions of multiple career roles.

It’s never too late to get out of a career rut, even if you’re over age 40; in fact being older and wiser with more transferrable skills makes you an ideal candidate, able to combine several career roles to boost your income.

Here is what ‘overachievers’ might look like:

· They are smart thinkers, who have built multiple vocations by combining transferrable skills, talents and formal knowledge, infused with passion.

· An example of an overachiever is: the financial consultant, writer and advice columnist, trade investor, and amateur athlete all rolled into one.

· They have flexible hours and manage their time between professional roles.

· They have active and passive income streams.

If this speaks to you, then tap into that burning desire to do more with your life than what you’re doing now. Sometimes it takes losing your job to get there. But once you’re there–figure out what you’re good at—then commit some regular time to honing your skills. It’s hard work (that’s why not everyone is successful), but you’ll derive the fulfillment of having professional choices you never imagined you would have before.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011

1. Be yourself in an interview.

2. 3 Rules for effective informational interviewing

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

1. Six Mis-Branding Mistakes.

2. 5 Easy Tips to Make your cover letter stand out.

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2010

1. Writing a Resume for Recruiters Interest.

2. Advice to Help you Make your Resume Stand Out.

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Friday, January 14th, 2010

1. How Social Media can change your life.

2. Advice for job seekers.

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Tuesday, December 21th, 2010

1. Should I be using an objective section to apply for an entry position?

2. Does Your Resume Contain These 7 Overused Phrases?

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

1. HOW TO: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile.

2. 4 Top Employers for Social Media Professionals

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

1. Mistakes to avoid while doing an interview.

2. 10 Ways Hiring Managers Can Relieve Interview Pressure.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

1. Advice for hiring a great resume writer.

2. Matching your resume to the job you want.

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

1. What type of job should I pursue?

2. Social Networking can both help and hurt your job search efforts.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

1. The first 1/4 of your resume is the most important part of the resume.

2. The Cover Letter quick test.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

1. A great interview starts off with a great handshake.

2. How to socialize your way to the top of the ladder.

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Monday, November 29th, 2010

1. Too Old for the Job? Here are five strategies for 55+ job hunters.

2. Creating a resume profile.

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

1. Injecting some life in your resume writing.

2. Developing your face-to-face resume pitch.

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Monday, November 8th, 2010

1. Three strategies for making it past the initial 5-second resume scan.

2. Resume Rescue: Tame my resume from long and shaggy to short and chic.

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

1. How to Choose a Resume Writing Service

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Monday, October 25th, 2010

1. How to Create a Strong Profile Statement for Your Resume

2. Easy methods to write a resume for your first job.

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Friday, October 15th, 2010

1. Online job search do’s and don’ts

2. How to write a professional resume.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

1. Creating your 30-second commercial.

2. College career centers aren’t always a wasteland.

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

1. Great video about writing a resume.

2. Resume writing mistakes to avoid.

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Friday, October 8th, 2010

1. Job Search Tips: Thank You Note Do’s and Don’ts.

2. How to Tell When a Job Interview Is Going Well.

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Thursday, October 7th, 2010

1. Four Keywords For A Winning Resume.

2. What to Include in a Resume.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1. Accuracy is crucial when writing your resume.

2. Five reasons to use a professional resume writer.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1. Is Your Resume Ready for a Recruiter?

2. 40 Stunningly Creative Resume Designs on DeviantArt.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Going into a interview without knowing what the hiring manager may ask can be a very difficult challenge. By preparing for the interview before the actually interview, a job candidate can be better prepared to answer hard questions. This list includes some of the most popular questions asked by hiring managers.

100 Interview Questions

1. Why are you successful?

2. What are your strengths?

3. What are your weaknesses?

4. Tell me about one of your major accomplishments.

5. What kind of a position are you looking for?

6. Why are you looking?

7. Why did you choose to approach our company?

8. How would a friend describe you?

9. How would one of your subordinates describe you?

10. What’s the worst thing someone might say about you that’s true?

11. What is your management style?

12. Tell me about your XXXX experience.

13. What are your current responsibilities?

14. What are your priorities? What’s important to you?

15. What are your regrets?

16. \Why should I hire you?

17. What are your short and long range goals?

18. What are your salary expectations?

19. What are your qualifications for this position?

20. What do you know about our company/products/services?

21. Do you work better alone or on a team?

22. Do you enjoy leading other people?

23. How well do you take direction?

24. How would you describe your attitude?

25. Which “tools” (of your trade) are you familiar with?

26. Can you provide references from your current or previous employer?

27. Where would you like to be in XX years?

28. How strong are your written communication skills? Example?

29. Have you given any seminars/courses/presentations?

30. Which of your jobs have you enjoyed the most? Least? Why?

31. What training do you think you will require to do this job?

32. How do you feel about business travel?

33. How do you feel about overtime?

34. How do you feel about being on call?

35. How do you feel about company politics?

36. How will you resign from your current employer?

37. What would your current employer have to do to make you stay?

38. How much notice do you require?

39. What is your budgetary experience?

40. Are you currently taking or enrolled to take any job related educational courses?

41. What are your technical strengths?

42. Would you like to work here?

43. What are your preferences as far as industry is concerned?

44. What levels of people do you have regular, on the job contact with?

45. Who do you respect? Why?

46. Where are you willing to work? (geographical)

47. How much are you currently earning?

48. Specifically, what dollar amount do you need?

49. How important is money to you?

50. How does a salary of $XXXX sound?

51. What have you done as far as your search is concerned so far?

52. What are some of your outside interests?

53. How do you organize your time?

54. How do you prioritize?

55. Do you have other “prospects” in the works?

56. When do expect to make a decision?

57. Would you consider a contract?

58. What is there about our company that interests you?

59. Are there any particular companies that interest you?

60. How do you handle conflict?

61. Why are you using an agency?

62. Why did you choose your particular vocation?

63. What level of earnings would you like to be receiving 5 years from now?

64. What have you learned from some of your previous jobs?

65. Are you results oriented? Explain. Example?

66. Can you work under pressure?

67. How do you deal with company politics?

68. Could you draw your current employer’s organizational structure for me?

69. Are you willing to relocate?

70. Define teamwork.

71. Define cooperation.

72. Define quality.

73. Define service.

74. Define commitment.

75. Define discipline.

76. Define dedication.

77. Define integrity.

78. Give me an example of how you have lived out (one of the above) definitions.

79. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever done?

80. What types of books do you read?

81. How many books do you read per year?

82. What were the last two books you just read

83. If you could only tell me one thing about you, what would you want it to be?

84. What is your experience in short and long range planning?

85. What’s the most menial thing you’ve done at work lately?

86. How do you maintain balance in your life?

87. If you could do everything over again, what would you do differently?

88. If you were President of your current or last employer, what would you have done differently?

89. How do you delegate authority?

90. Have you ever fired anybody? What were the circumstances and how did you handle it?

91. How do you deal when you’re asked by superior to do something you disagree with?

92. Why did you leave each of your former positions/employers?

93. What obstacles have you encountered in your career? How have you overcome them?

94. What are you most proud of?

95. Do you set goals? Why?

96. What do you expect to learn from this job, that you’re not currently getting?

97. If I offer you the position, will you take it?

98. Are you prepared to sign an employment contract?

99. Are you currently under any employment contract obligation form current or previous employers?

100. If a customer or user demands a date that you know is impossible, how do you handle it? What if the order or project would be sacrificed if you didn’t agree to their demands?

The competition for jobs has been increasing due to a high unemployment rate. In order to gain an edge over the competition, job seekers must prepare for their interviews. By studying what might be asked by the hiring manager before it is asked, a job seeker can increase their chances of getting a job.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

1. Get a job by getting off the job boards.

2. Cleaning up your cyberlife.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1. Bad Career Advice: Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day.

2. IT Career Guide: Advice for IT Professionals.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

1. Here are some resume writing mistakes from CareerBuilder.

2. Three tips to creating a professional resume.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

1. Making sure you include keywords when writing your resume.

2. Arguments About Resume Writing.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

1. Secrets to Career Change Success.

2. Why You Should Never Skip the Interview Thank-You Note.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

1. Hiring Managers Share Most Memorable Resume Mistakes in New CareerBuilder Survey.

2. Which resume format should I use?

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1. Is Your Resume Plagued with Overused Resume Terms?

2. Writing a resume with the right keywords.

3. Three basic resume topics to improve your resume writing. Format, demonstrative, and no frills.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

1. 3 job search lessons.

2. Curious on how you can use Linkedin to find a job? Here are 13 essential tips.

3. Is social networking hurting your job search?

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

1. How to Nail a Phone Interview.

2. The importance of your handshake at a job interview.

3. Biggest possible mistake in a job search.