Grab The Resume Reader’s Attention

Grab Resume Reader’s Attention

 

Whether your resume is being read by the HR manager, the head of a company, a hiring manager or a recruiter, you can bet it’s sitting in a big pile of other resumes. When your resume hits the top of the pile you have about six seconds to grab that person’s attention.

 

Make your intentions immediately obvious

If you are applying to a posted job, use the job description to highlight the skills and qualifications the employer is looking for. Make it part of the mission statement. Use bold type. Put the most pertinent information front and center.

 

Highlight accomplishments

When listing the what I did’s on your resume don’t leave it at just a list of bullet points. Expand on those bullets. Explain how what you did impacted the company, improved efficiency (in quantifiable terms. I did X and productivity increased by Y), made for a more enjoyable, productive workplace.

 

Demonstrate your leadership attributes

Even if you were not in a leadership role, you talk about the leadership role you took with yourself. The times when your imitative impacted the job or the company or others. Never be afraid to shine a positive light on your accomplishments.

 

Show a career progression

Think of your resume as a timeline for your career. Make it easy to see how you grew from position to position with an increase in responsibility. Make it easy for the hiring manager to see your professional development through each position.

 

Don’t forget your keywords

Each industry has certain keywords that are an integral part of the community. Use those keywords in your resume to ensure the hiring manager knows you are in integral part of that community.

I’m Ready!

i'm ready

You’ve got your job. You’ve got your family and your social life. Maybe you’ve also got big goals on the backburner, things you dream about doing.

How do you approach those different aspects of your life? Are you more excited about new projects than the ones you do everyday. Do you put things off? Do you get the things you like best off your plate first?

You might be more enthusiastic about some things than others, but chances are you don’t stray too far from your median level of enthusiasm. Imagine how much you could accomplish, how enthusiastic you would be about just about everything, if you approached life like SpongeBob!

Things you normally dread: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Things you’ve done a thousand times before: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

People you’ve been meaning to get in contact with: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Projects you’ve always wanted to get a handle on: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

If you’re ready, ready, ready for everything then you get the things you’re not thrilled with out of the way. You make mental and physical space for the things you really do want to do in your life. You create the relationships you want.

Ready?

Just Do It

If you really need and inspirational speech, who better to give it to you than Shia LeBeouf. You may have seen his moving motivation video across the internet a while back. It’s as inspiring now as it was then!

I Have No Weaknesses

I Have No Weaknesses

In our continuing series on tough interview questions, we present the Greatest Weakness Edition.

 

One of the most common questions a prospective employer will ask is for you to describe your biggest weakness.

 

As with any question you get in a job interview, its important to understand what your interviewer is looking for in a response.

 

Avoid a long list of personal flaws

When and interviewer asks you about your weaknesses they don’t want a long list of things you don’t like about yourself. They aren’t looking for a big regret or even something you’re terrible at. What they want to know is how well you know yourself and how you are working to improve.

 

Don’t throw yourself out of the running

Before going into the interview make sure you are thoroughly acquainted with the skills and responsibilities they’re looking for. They’re likely in a list as part of the job description. If one of your weaknesses is in that list, it’s probably not a good idea to mention that as your biggest weakness.

 

Know matter how self aware you are, no interviewer wants to hear that key parts of the job you are applying for are the things you don’t feel confident about.

 

Avoid sounding self-congratulatory

You want to answer this question with honesty and integrity. Saying you are a perfectionist or that you work too hard or care too much are not going to get you any brownie points with the interviewer. It will make them think you don’t have any idea about what your weaknesses are or that you do know and don’t want to share them.

 

You can talk about something that you know you need to work on. For instance you could say you sometimes have trouble speaking up for yourself.

 

Talk about how you are already addressing the situation

After identifying the weakness, don’t just leave it sitting on the table staring at the interviewer, discuss the steps you’re taking to address it. Say although you’re not comfortable speaking up for yourself, you are currently putting yourself in situations where you have to speak up. Give examples. You will come across as a self aware individual who has plans to move forward with your own future.

Why You Need To Disconnect For A While Everyday

Why You Need To Disconnect For A While Everyday

 

Technology is great for so many things, from helping you get a job, to keeping you informed about news and current events, to getting you to that restaurant for your first date with that new person you met online.

What you may not realize is, technology can also lead to depression, stress and sleep disorders. That’s why it’s so important to enter the technology free zone for a while every single day.

Technology gives us the illusion of doing things faster

Having the ability to find everything you need with the click of a few buttons make us feel like we should be doing things faster.

With customer service calls or data entry, the next thing is always waiting for you to be ready.

People are expected to move in lockstep with the technology around them. It can be stressful trying to keep up with programs and technology that’s always changing.

Happy faces everywhere are depressing

When you’re always plugged in everyone else seems to be having a better time than you are. We see their happy faces on Instagram or Facebook and wonder why we aren’t living lives as fun filled and spectacular as the people around us. Even if we realize most of what we see is being posted for show, it’s still hard not to feel inadequate.

Too much light makes for too little sleep

The light from TV and computer screens messes with our sleep rhythms. If you’ve been looking at one screen or another all day you’re going to have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.

Do you really need to be plugged in?

Is being plugged in all day essential for your job or is it also an excuse to see what’s going on over on Facebook or Twitter. If you really want to be productive, you will get a lot more done if you disconnect. Don’t even give yourself the opportunity to stroll over to the too much light side. Without the chatter and instant gratification of the world’s silly antics distracting you, you can concentrate and think in the quiet space of your own mind.

You sometimes need to unplug to realize how relaxing it is. There is no reason to go and live on an island with no access to the daily buzz, but there are very good ones to leave all your connections unplugged for a while everyday. To give your eyes and mind a break. If you want to really do yourself a favor, take yourself outside for a walk or a run. Technology free, it’s a way to recharge mind and body.

You’re Braver Than You Think

winnie the pooh

Sometimes when we’re worried or things aren’t going the way we hope we lose track of just how strong we can be.

Like when Pooh worries about a time when he and Christopher Robin will be apart, Christopher Robin reminds him, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Whether we’re nine, nineteen or ninety nine, each and every one of us should keep those words of wisdom somewhere in our back pocket to pull out and remember during times when we forget just how strong, resourceful and full of potential we truly are.

It’s my birthday today, and I’m going to make a point of remembering!