IN THIS ECONOMY, FINDING A JOB CAN BE DIFFICULT!
The jobs problem: With the economy in a slump, companies are not hiring like they used. They seem to be laying off more employers each day, and only searching for and hiring the top job candidates. Indeed jobs, Monster jobs, Craigslist jobs, etc. are all touting a ton of jobs you can apply to, but none of them have real resources that actually help you land the job. With wages decreasing as well, which job sites are able to train you, help you, and increase your chances of not only getting the job, but being able to succeed on the job? Even state jobs, government jobs, online jobs- both part time jobs and full time jobs, are requiring more from each employee. There are jobs in your area, but how do you know if it is the right fit for you and your situation? There are many problems, and thankfully there is a solution for finding the right jobs to search and choose from... you came here searching for jobs, so keep reading...
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Here are some very useful tips for writing your resume and how to interview effectively. Your ideal job is waiting for you!
How does a potential employer pick you over another candidate? It all starts with your resume. This is the document that literally tells the story of why you are the perfect fit for the job you are applying for. It's not just about listing your experience and hoping an employer gets excited about having you as a part of their team, it's about standing out and being recognized for all your accomplishments. So, while you are searching for jobs, remember that your resume is the foot in the door in getting the interview and landing the job.
What is the purpose of a Resume and why do employers want my resume?
- Ask yourself these question... if you needed a really good nurse to take care of your parents for a few days, how would you know who to hire? What kind of experience would they need to have in order to properly take care of your parents? How successful have they been in taking care of other people's parents? Even if a friend knew someone that could do the job, wouldn't you want to make sure that the person is the right fit and 100% qualified to do the job at hand? Obviously you would and it is a silly exercise to demonstrate what a resume, You on Paper, convey to an employer looking for your unique skill set.
First impressions are everything and your resume is your one shot to sell your future employer and boss that you are the right person for the job. Employers will potentially look through dozens if not hundreds of resumes and applicants for a single job opening before they even call you for the first interview. Resumes are the first tool an employer uses to see if you are the right.... be sure to check out the resume writing tips below so you have the best shot at being one of the applicants called in for the interview.
Second, your resume needs to be tailored to each unique job opening you are applying for. Even if the jobs are pretty similar, you will want to make sure that you organize the experience in your resume to tell the story that you have the experience to deliver the results, whatever they may be, that your potential employer is looking for. Be sure to sell yourself because you ARE the right fit for the position being hired for.
Lastly, it is important to remember that resumes are designed to get you the job interview, not the job. The resume opens the door so that you can sit in front of your potential new employer and share how you don't just look great on paper... the trick is making sure you look great on paper first. Here are some tips to consider when writing your resume:
Helpful Resume Tips
- Contact Information
- Your resume should have your name with your contact information such as address, email and phone number- preferably cell phone. If you are using an older resume, make sure you double check that your information is up to date or else you might lose out on the phone call to set up the interview
- Be tasteful
- Keep it simple by avoiding colored backgrounds, fonts other than Times New Roman or Arial, or images. Remember, you are selling you and the paper should never take away from that. HR managers want easy to read resumes because their jobs are to find potential candidates that fit the job position. Keep it simple!
- Font sizes
- Keep the font sizes between 10 and 12, this is the standard for most resumes. Remember, keep it easy to read and having a standard font size is something most of our eyes are used to- especially the HR manager who is going to be reading your resume.
- Single page Max of two
- If you are just starting out in your career, then definitely stick to a single page resume. If you have had many years of work experience, we recommend only including the positions that are relevant to the job you are applying for and your most recent employer, even if it is not related. Some positions may require you include a very detailed resume but those employers will be clear in what they are asking for... be sure to read the job listing thoroughly to submit the information requested. Chances are, your search for jobs, will require more simplified resumes, but better to double check in the job listing itself.
- Customize your skills and experience to each job you are applying for
- Your resume is the gateway to your new job. It is the first thing that employers will see and experience when it comes to who you are and what you have to offer to their organization. Be sure to let your resume (experience and skills) tell the story of why you are the ideal and perfect candidate. If you send a canned resume, or the same resume to everyone, you are going to be disappointed with your efforts. By customizing each resume basd on the job or position you are applying for, an employer will immediately be able to identify you as the potential candidate and get you in for an interview. This is how you will stand out from the other 50, 100, or more applicants, so be sure to customize your resume for each position you are applying for.
- How much personal information to share
- Most employers are looking for people who have experience in the job needed. They don't really care for personal information about yourself like your hobbies. One thing to note here is that you need to do a social media purge. We strongly recommend going out to your Facebook and other social profiles you have and deleting inappropriate comments, images, pictures, etc. Employers want people who have a great set of skills and experience that can help their organizations grow and succeed. They also want people who fit their culture and HR managers are more frequently investigating applicants' social profiles to ensure that they are a good fit culturally as well. If anything, at least make those comments, blog rolls, pictures of your cat and whatever else completely private for Friends only. Check the settings of these various social sites for ways to limit how much of your personal life is out there.
- Proof-read your resume
- Again, your resume is your one shot of getting the interview, so don't blow it by misspelling words or having poor grammar. Put your best foot forward, use a spell and grammar checker (they are free), re-read your resume at least 3 times looking for anything that might detract an employer from seeing your skills and experience.
- Ask others with the job title you are liking to be hired as for feedback
- Once you have finished your resume and have re-read it multiple times, have someone, other than a loving relative, read. you resume. Ideally, find people on linked in or through a site like Facebook that currently has the job you are looking for. Have them read your resume and ask them for constructive feedback, and even ask them if they would be willing to have their bosses read your resume for feedback (talk about a sweet networking opportunity). Once you get the feedback, decide if you should incorporate those changes into your resume. We recommend asking at least 3 unaffiliated individuals to read your resume. Once you have updated your resume with any changes and have customized it for each position you are applying for, you are ready to submit your resume for jobs.
Ok, you made it through the first phase... Congratulations on having a great resume! Now, it's time for you to shine-
Interview Essentials to help you standout even more-
- A general rule of thumb is to not just be on time, but to arrive at least 10 minutes early
- Suit is the only way to go... by dressing up, you are not only standing out, but you are showing a sign of respect to the employer for the opportunity to interview with them.
- Be well groomed: before the interview, take a shower, brush your teeth, floss, style your hair, and even put some cologne or perfume on. Stand out in a positive way.
- Have your resume practically memorized. Your resume will be the main topic of discussion; if you don't know what's on it, it might get awkward and be a very short interview. Another good tip is to do some background research on the company you are interviewing with. Check out their website, LinkedIn or other social profiles as well as those who will be interviewing you.
- Be sure to have a firm handshake... practice it with friends and family. Get good at looking people directly in the eyes and having that firm handshake that says, "I am what you need."
- Be confident and be sure to talk about your successes and experiences that will help the potential employer achieve their goals. Take a few minutes to discuss what their goals are and see how you can add value to their team.
- Be honest about your experiences and be careful when speaking of your former/current employers and co-workers. Speaking negatively of others displays your weaknesses in the team where those conflicts exist/existed. Instead, talk about the conflict and how you were able to take that experience and learn and grow how to be a better team member and contribute to achieving the goals of the company.
- Be polite and courteous. Please and thank you are always good form and show that you are a polished individual who can work well with others because you have that skill. Be sure to listen more to what they are saying. If you find yourself doing all the talking, take a deep breath and let the interviewer take control of the conversation. By having the interviewer speak as much, if not slightly more than you, the interview will flow nicely and you will gain points for being a solid communicator.
- Don't be afraid to talk compensation... but only AFTER discussing the opportunity in detail. Politely ask what the compensation package looks like for a candidate with your skill set and expertise, and then be quiet... don't say another word. Let the interviewer be the first to respond so that you know where the company is at with compensation.
- Thank the interviewer at the beginning and at the end of the interview for their time. Be sure to follow it up with a hand-written letter thanking them for the opportunity to explore how your skill sets and expertise can solve the challenges and opportunities they are facing. The hand-written letter will set you apart once again. Don't wait to do this. The interviewer should receive this hand-written letter no later than 3 days after the interview as you want to stay at the top of their minds as the right candidate.
- As the interview is winding down, ask what the next steps are and how many references they will need to finalize their decision. Be sure to get a firm date as to when they are going to make their decision by so that you aren't sitting by the phone wondering.
- Lastly, be confident. You have made it to the interview. You look great on paper, and now you are simply reflecting all of the experiences that make you the perfect candidate for the job. Take a few moments before the interview and imagine what the outcome will be, how you will handle the questions, the feelings that the interviewer will have about your skill set and experience, the end of the interview and how you will feel after the interview.... choose to be the one who gets the job because you are the right candidate. Taking a few minutes prior to the interview to perform this exercise will change the outcomes for the better. have the perspective that the interview is a learning experience and be grateful for the opportunity to improve your interviewing skills.
15 questions you are most likely to be asked in the interview
Tell me about yourself. (respond with your passion for the skill sets required for the job)
What interests you about this position?
Why do you want to work for this company? (this is where your prior research on the company will pay off)
What made you decide to leave your last job?
Why are you thinking about leaving your current job?
Tell me about your experience at [one of positions you previously or currently hold].
What experience do you have doing ____? (Fill in each of the major responsibilities of the job.)
Tell me about your strengths and/or weaknesses.
Tell me about a time when... [this is where the interviewer wants to see where your experience level is at]
What salary range are you currently at?
What questions do you have for me? (ask the interviewer why they chose to work at the company and why this is the right opportunity for the right candidate)
How does this position fit in with the career path you envision for yourself?
What has been your biggest professional achievement?
If I spoke with your previous boss, what in which areas would he or she say you need improvement?
What are the first things you would do if you got this position? (think about their reasoning for needing someone with your skills and experience and answer along those lines)
Best of luck in your search for jobs!