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A LOVE LETTER TO JOB SEEKERS

Copyright © Sandra Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 06/29/2014.All rights reserved.  

JOB SEEKERS ~ HERE ARE 5 INSIGHTS

YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR RESUME.

A Love Letter To Job Seekers

A Love Letter To Job Seekers

A Love Letter to Hard-Working Job Seekers and Employees.

  • You Are More Amazing Than You Think.
  • Resume Writers Are VERY Nosy.
  • Make Your Resume Be A Job Coach.
  • Makeover Surprise! Yes, That’s Really You.
  • “The Working Man’s The Tough Guy.”

“There are eight million stories in the Naked City.” This line from the 1930’s film ‘Naked City’ and, more recently, Jay Z’s rap song “Empire State of Mind,” always pops into my head after an interview with a new resume client. Many of you may not be familiar with this 1930′s film noir movie and one of TV’s popular 1950’s crime series (think Grandma’s version of “Law & Order”). But you may have heard that line in rap artist/entrepreneur Jay Z’s lyrics from “Empire State of Mind” (featuring Alicia Keyes).

A Love Letter to Job Seekers. You Are More Amazing Than You Think

A Love Letter to Job Seekers. You Are More Amazing Than You Think

  1. YOU ARE MORE AMAZING THAN YOU THINK!

I am a Resume Writer who loves movies … AND people’s stories. I have loved ALL my client’s stories. The thing that strikes me when I am interviewing to write resumes is that most everyday people don’t think of themselves as interesting. They downplay their experience on a resume, either because they don’t want to “blow their own horn,” or because they are too close to the subject to evaluate their accomplishments, or maybe they just haven’t asked themselves the right questions. But you are interesting! Hear me when I say, “There are millions of interesting stories in the naked city!”

Love Letter to Job Seekers.Nosey.dog_nose_by_celeryu-d30audp2. RESUME WRITER’S ARE VERY NOSEY!

Your resume writer should be a VERY curious person! Interviewing for a resume, is by definition, a confidential process. I’m going to find out stuff by questioning and, yes, even by intuition, that even your Mom may not know! If your resume interviewer is asking the right questions they get a window into what you are proud of, your philosophy of work, what is important to you, your industry core competencies, what colleagues and bosses think of you, if you are innovative, creative, thrive under pressure, etc. The average person has NOT always considered every one of the questions a resume writer asks nor have they organized them into sections that show off the whole picture. Everyone is different and there are millions of stories in the naked city!

3. SOLID ADVICE: MAKE YOUR RESUME BE A JOB COACH.

Here’s the deal: don’t take your resume out every 3 years and dust it off. Shoot! Thumb-tack that thing to your home office wall and start making notes on it! Review it every 3 to 6 months. Every time you look at it, think, “What would look great on my resume?” and then do it. Update your resume EVERY YEAR. Each year, assess what you want to do and what would look great on your resume. Make it a fluid work in progress urging you forward.

  • Visualize your future.
  • Determine the continuing education you want.
  • Find mentors and professional job coaches for the next step.
  • Search the internet for your job title. Read what you find.
  • Join professional organizations.
  • Network  like crazy and ask questions.
  • Pick the brains of people who are where you want to be.
  • Read your industry’s news.
  • Be courageous and reach for what you want.

4. MAKEOVER SURPRISE! YES, THAT’S REALLY YOU.

It is gratifying for a resume writer to take the job seeker’s information and craft it into a working document that demonstrates experience and capabilities to potential employers. But the best part of the experience is when the resume also demonstrates to the job seeker, themselves, just how amazing, interesting, and capable they are. A good resume makeover actually surprises some clients and gives them a new found faith in themselves.

Love Letter to Job Seekers.WomanFlyAmong my clients have been stunt women for major movies who are looking for a career change, graphic artists of the “Mad Men” genre, clients who have coordinated high-profile and complicated foreclosures on celebrity multimillion dollar properties, domestic violence counselors, social workers, selfless nurses, accountants, hotel events coordinators handling venues for bands and athletes, sales people, and information technology experts on the cutting edge of innovation, a successful restaurant manager who is now pursuing his passion for space technology, job recruiters who fill homeland security and FBI openings, real estate appraisers handling multimillion dollar properties, empty nest Mom’s courageously pursuing brand new lives and loves, football coaches, and an architect whose passion is leading liturgical communities in the unique design and construction of worship spaces. “There are millions of stories in the naked city.” Every one of my clients has a story and every one of them is amazing.

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5. THE WORKING MAN’S THE TOUGH GUY.

You knew I had to give you another movie quote, right? In ‘A Bronx Tale,’ Lorenzo Anello (Robert De Niro) said to his son, who seemed to falling under the spell of a flashy neighborhood gangster, the following (one of my favorite working man quotes):

… try and get up every morning day after day, and work for a living. Let’s see him try that. Then we’ll see who the real tough guy is. The working man’s the tough guy. Your father (*and your mother*) is a tough guy.

Love Letter to Job Seekers.You Are Tough.BronxTale.tumblr_m8l6qbsCmk1rdotqro1_400

 Kind Regards (and, yes, Love), Sandy, Your Resume Writer

 

 

The Ultimate Job Hunting Cheat Sheet!

Copyright © Sandra A. Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 03/01/2014. All rights reserved.  

A 4-Point Job Search Strategy to Land Your Next Job.

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  • All the Job Boards You Need
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Proactive Job Search Techniques
  • Tips From Major Universities

Does your job hunting feel a little like Mission Impossible? Here’s the 411 on job hunting.

 1. NETWORK, NETWORK:

That should be #1 on anyone’s job hunting list.

Talk to people you know and people you meet. Keep your network thriving even when you are employed. Always be helpful to those you know and and others will be helpful in return.     Job Hunt Cheat Sheet.21

  • Talk to People: Have a normal conversation. Don’t complain. Let people know you are job hunting. Ask what the job market is like in their industry. “Put it out to the universe.” Note: keep in touch with your contacts, even when you are happily employed. Keep the network alive; it will help everyone in the network.
  • Professional Associations: If you haven’t done it yet, join a professional association in your industry.  Use it to gain additional skills, certifications, continuing education, and to network.
  • LinkedIn.com: LinkedIn, a directory of professionals and companies, is used for networking, job searching, hiring, company research, and connecting with affiliates, including college alumni, industry colleagues, and a variety of other business-related groups. Here are directions on how to set up a profile on LinkedIn, use it for job searches, and join professional groups. How to use LinkedIn for job search networking  
  •  Twitter: Twitter, a social networking and microblogging service, can be used for job search too. Companies use it to post jobs, so you can also search it. Here are articles on the best approaches and the Twitter job search engine.Job Hunt Cheat Sheet.27
  1. How to use Twitter for networking and job searches from About.com
  2. How to use Twitter for job searches from Mashable.com
  3. Social Media for networking and job searches from US News Money Careers
  • Employee Referrals: Give your resume to your contacts for their employee referral programs. Without a doubt, one of the best ways to get a job is through an employee referral program.

Job hunters hired through employee referral are hired 55% faster than those who came through a career site.

According to Jobvite, percentage of hires-by-source is broken down like this:    Job Hunt Cheat Sheet.15.

  • Pink: Hires from Employee Referrals – 39.9%
  • Green: Hires through a Recruiting Agency: 4.6%
  • Orange: Hires from Employer Career Sites – 21.2%
  • Blue: Hires from Job Boards – 14.6%

2. JOB BOARDS:

Just as you are searching for jobs, recruiters and managers are searching the boards for likely candidates.  Job Hunt Cheat Sheet.7.

  • Search and Post: You should both search for jobs AND post your resume on these boards.
  • Use Social Media like a Job Board: Use the hashtag (#) with the type of job you are looking for to perform targeted job searches.
  • Social Media for job searches, US News Careers
  • Indeed.com: One of my favorite and one of the most robust job board search engines is indeed.com. It enables you to search millions of job listings from thousands of websites, job boards, newspapers, blogs, company career pages, and associations . You can save or e-mail your searches.
  • Simply Hired: Another great aggregate jobs search engine.

Caution: Take appropriate precautions with your address and personal information.

Also, if you are currently working and don’t want the company to know you are job hunting, find the job board security setting to block the company from seeing your resume.

(As a precaution, some job seekers set up an email specifically for responding to job queries and purchase a prepaid cell phone to accept job-related phone calls.)

3. PROACTIVE JOB SEARCHES:

Ok, you have posted your great resume to job boards. Now, what?  Job Hunt Cheat Sheet.3909810-753954-different-jobs-girls-on-white

  • Volunteer: Find a place you would like to work and volunteer. Do a great job. That could be the stepping stone to a full-time job or contract. Volunteering ANYWHERE gives you new contacts to network.
  • Contract: Work as a contractor could lead to a full time job offer. Work directly for a company as a contractor, or sign up with contract service such as Elance.
  • Find a Manager’s Name: When you find an interesting job listing, take an extra step. See if you can find the manager’s name for that department. Look on LinkedIn or do a Google search. If you find the name, submit your resume directly to the manager AND the advertised job posting. The reason: sometimes human resource departments mistakenly weed out resumes that should go through to the manager.
  • Seize Opportunities: Sometimes there is a job right there in front of you. You just have to be bold enough to ask for it. A young woman I know lost her job and was having severe credit problems with creditors calling and harassing her every day. She finally jumped on her bike and rode down to the credit office, went in, and said to them, “If you give me a job I’ll be able to pay you. How about it.” They figured this young woman had enough moxie to fill the bill and gave her the job! As another example, a young Marketing Writer told the Technical Writer at her company that she wanted his job and was coming after it. She counseled him that he had enough experience that he should start looking for a Technical Writing Management job somewhere else where he could make a lot more money, especially since he had been there forever, was complaining about not making enough money, and had a baby on the way. He did just that, and she stepped into his job!

Job Hunt Cheat Sheet.11.4. RESOURCES FROM MAJOR UNIVERSITY CAREER CENTERS:  Non-Academic and Academic Career Resources – advice from Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. These are a great websites.

If you follow these guidelines, you should be successful. Good luck and ABOVE ALL, don’t get discouraged! Keep at it.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ~ Calvin Coolidge

Kind Regards, Sandy, Your Resume Writer

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GRAD STUDENTS : a 4-Point Job Search Strategy

Copyright © Sandra A. Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 2013. All rights reserved.  

 

Follow this 4-Point Job Search Strategy to Land a Job in the Private Sector.

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  • Private Sector Job Boards
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Proactive Job Search Techniques
  • Advice from Major Universities

“Your mission, Grad Students, should you choose to accept it, is to embark on a 4-Point Path to your new job. Good luck, Grad Students.”

A few weeks ago we answered a Grad Student question about how to treat a CV when looking for a job in the private sector. The same Grad Student also asked me, “How do I search for jobs in the private sector.” She knew all the academic job boards to utilize, but not the private sector ones.

If searching for a job in the private sector feels a little like “Mission Impossible,” I have 4 methods that will make it Mission POSSIBLE.

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1. JOB BOARDS: First of all, I asked the graduate student if she had posted her resume on any of the academic job boards. She replied that she just used the academic job boards to search for jobs and to do some light networking and information gathering. That’s a good start, but you MUST post your resume on job boards – that goes for academic job boards as well as private sector job boards. Just as you are searching for jobs, recruiters and managers are searching the boards for likely candidates. And there are many, many job boards to choose from. A virtual treasure trove. Here is a link to website with a large number of well-known job boards in many categories. You can both search and post your resume on these boards.

  • List of Job Search Boards on JobTownResumes.com
  • Caution: When you post your resume on job boards, take appropriate precautions with your address and personal information. You may want to set up an email specifically for capturing and responding to job queries and job offers. And you can always purchase a pre-paid cell phone to accept job-related phone calls.

2. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. That should be #1 on anyone’s list. Use your Social Media tools to your advantage. Set up a professional LinkedIn page and join professional job and academic groups there. Use networking on LinkedIn, at Job Fairs, on Twitter, and in Alumni Associations to your advantage.   http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-image34305089

  •  Job Fairs: A career fair or job fair is a good option to include in your job search plan. Career fairs can range from “real life” multi-employer events to online job fairs. Here is a guide to help you optimize your time at a job fair.  How to Use Job Fairs and Career  Fairs from About.com
  • LinkedIn.com: LinkedIn, a directory of professionals and companies, is used for networking, job searching, hiring, company research, and connecting with affiliates, including alumni, industry, and a variety of other business related groups. Here are directions on how to set up a profile on LinkedIn and use it for job searches.  How to use LinkedIn for job search networking
  •  Twitter: Twitter, a social networking and microblogging service, can be utilized for job search as well as microblogging. Companies use it to post jobs, so individuals can use it to search for jobs. Here are articles on the best approaches and the Twitter job search engine.

         a. How to use Twitter for networking and job searches from About.com

         b. How to use Twitter for job searches from Mashable.com

         c. Social Media for networking and job searches from US News Money Careers

computer-mission-impossible-2-13. PROACTIVE JOB SEARCHES: Use each job board’s search engine to perform targeted job searches. Indeed.com is a robust job search board/engine that pulls jobs in from thousands of web sites and job boards.

On social media, use the hashtag (#) with the type of job you are looking for to perform targeted job searches.

  • Social Media for job searches, US News Careers
  • List Job Search engines, JobTownResumes.com
  •  indeed.com: One of the most robust job board search engines is indeed.com. It enables you to search millions of job listings from thousands of websites, job boards, newspapers, blogs, company career pages, and associations to find job listings that match or are similar to your search query. All searches can be saved and emailed to you or an email alert set, so new jobs are delivered daily. It keeps you from having to go to each job board to do your search. Using a job search engine will save you time and effort, because you can search many of the top job sites at once.   Grad Students. 4-Point Job Search Mission.harvard-logo-eps-i14

4. RESOURCES FROM MAJOR UNIVERSITY CAREER CENTERS:  Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences – Advice from Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. They have listed numerous resources. These are a great websites.

If you follow these guidelines, your mission should be successful. Don’t get discouraged. Keep at it.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

Grad Students. 4-Point Job Search Mission. canstock14615517But YOU KNOW THAT. It took amazing persistence to get where you are!!

Kind Regards, Sandy,

Your Resume Writer

 p.s. For my Mission Impossible oficionados, a little MI Trivia from IMDb.

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Job Hunters’ TGIF Drink: 5 Caveats For Each Shot of Advice

Call or e-mail. Let’s Get Started on Your Resume!

Copyright © Sandra A. Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 2013. All rights reserved.*

Job Hunters TGIF Drink. "Let's talk job hunters !"

Job Hunters TGIF Drink. “Let’s talk job hunters !”

  •  Add these 5 caveats to that job hunt advice.
  • Plus an  iconic James Bond drink recipe for Friday night!
  • And 4 articles from industry experts to help DIY resume writers.

Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Let’s talk job hunters!!

As a recruiter and resume writer for over 17 years, I have 5 advice caveats to keep you centered.  And the great recipe is from Colleen Graham from About.com ~ a “true” James Bond Vesper Martini recipe from Chapter 7 of “Casino Royale.”**

A digital truck-load of resume writing and job hunting advice inundates the internet highway. Here’s some TGIF advice. Just like finely distilled Vodka and Whiskey, you’ve got to distill it and filter it. You wouldn’t drink moonshine, would you?

Lots of really good information is coming from recruiters and career coaches for job hunters to incorporate in their recipe for success. There are articles on the 20 best resume words, power words, words that will get your resume thrown in the wastebasket, and surveys on surprising things that HR folks hold against you.

What are the Top 20 Words to Use on Your Resume? The Undercover Recruiter

20 Powerful Action Verbs to Kick Your Resume Up a Notch

What Every Applicant Ought to Know About HR People, The Undercover Recruiter

There’s also some bad advice and some of it even seems to be in conflict. Yikes! What’s an earnest job seeker like you to do? If you take all this to heart, you might get so overwhelmed you’ll feel a sense of defeat before you even start. I mean, there are so MANY things to keep in mind. Errrgh!

Four Things That Can Send Your Resume into the Trash, Monster

What’s the bottom line for job hunters? go-bottom-hi

As a recruiter and resume writer for over 17 years, I have some advice caveats for you.

Caveat #1: Everyone Ain’t the Same. Gauge all the advice you diligently read against the prism of your own experience. Does it really seem to apply to YOU? Does it seem authentic? Check several sources. And then trust your instincts.

Caveat #2: Be Good at What You Do. Then most of it really doesn’t matter. Most hiring managers are concerned more about your skills and what you can do for them.

Jigsaw-PuzzleCaveat #3: Find the Fit.

If you are too far outside the mainstream, i.e., a computer programmer with a large facial tattoo, etc., you’ll probably have a harder time getting accepted in the general job market. It’s a fact of life and not (yet) against the law. I’m not saying don’t try applying to all companies in which you have an interest if you are outside the mainstream, but be sure to also target companies you know will be more accepting. Just like getting married, you both want to know there is a match in personality. I once worked with a young woman who was really good at what she did, but was habitually late to a receptionist position. She was a great front-office representative of the company, she was very helpful and gracious to incoming calls and visitors, she always made appropriate referrals, and pitched in to help on additional projects happily. Never a misstep, except for being late. You couldn’t ask for a better attitude. But the receptionist for a company CAN’T be LATE. She was crestfallen when she got fired. Now, you’re thinking, “Just tell her to train herself to be on time!!” But, I counseled her to look for jobs where it wouldn’t matter if she was a little late. At the time, there were plenty of jobs like that. Look for the job that is a fit. Don’t try to fit your round personality in a square opening.

Caveat #4: There are Exceptions to Every Rule. If you are an IT person with a lot of experience, do not sweat the two-page recommendation. Information Technology people are almost always the exception to resume rules. Recruiters  for IT WANT to see that detail. But do make a succinct summary and qualification section on the front page. That two-second resume read that recruiters and HR people do is real! Those technical acronyms, buzz words, and versions are all important.

Caveat #5: “Relax Already!” (But not too much.) In that 1989 movie, “Tyoga-mdhe Sea of Love,” Al Pacino’s character, Detective Frank Keller, said it best, after ingesting his share of distilled spirits: “The circumstances are the circumstances.” It is what it is at the moment. Move forward from there.

Here’s your finely-distilled, filtered shot of bottom-line:  A whole lot of the internet advice is very worthwhile. Job hunters should read it diligently and take it seriously. BUT, don’t let it paralyze you or erode your self-confidence. The probability of ANY of these cautionary tales overshadowing years of good work experience, good references, industry knowledge, and your work ethic is highly, HIGHLY unlikely. Not “worst resume words,” not overpowering perfume/aftershave, not your HR-hated hinky walk, not any of that is going to sink you.

94116773_9Now, don’t get it twisted.

I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t make adjustments you think are appropriate. Just take a deep breath, be your best self, and find appropriate sidekicks (resume writers, career coaches, yoga classes) that will enhance and build on your strengths while respecting your personality.  Don’t let all this conflicting head-noise seeping in from a zillion internet lists erect barriers to a positive action-based attitude.

Timeline_Cover_doNotRename62ICONIC BOND DRINK RECIPE: Now, here’s that iconic drink recipe I promised! Colleen Graham at About.com says the following:

“Although the “average” Vodka Martini is better known in Bond’s adventures, it is the Vesper Martini that is the “true” Bond Martini as it was the first mentioned and the one that he claims to have invented in Casino Royale (and the only time he drinks one in the movies or novels). The recipe for the Vesper is dictated in chapter 7 as follows and is named for the lovely Vesper.

‘A dry Martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
‘Oui, Monsieur.’
‘Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large slice of lemon-peel. Got it?’

She swears that if you have not had a properly made Vesper Martini you are missing out on a fantastic drink.”

Now, what was it that James Bond said? Oh yeah, “Martini please. Shaken, not stirred.”  Now, go shake them up! 

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Warm Regards, Sandy, Your Resume Writer

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“While these blogs are humorous in nature, make no mistake about it, career development and job hunting is serious business. It takes research, networking, and knowledge of what employers are really looking for to land the position you really want. These blogs attempt to incorporate all of the above. My intent is to make you smile, but give you serious tools to get where you want to be. Hope you enjoy!” ~ Sandy Jackson, JobTownResumes.com

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