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Six Tips About the “Who Gets Hired?” CareerBuilder Study

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

An interesting CareerBuilder study just came out detailing who is getting hired and who is hiring whom. This was a nationwide study of 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries. Pretty impressive. Check out some of those stats. It may give you pause. Forewarned is forearmed Job Hunters. Right?!!


So, just who IS getting hired these days? (Click link to see the full details of the study.)

  • The candidate with the better sense of humor – 27 percent
  • The candidate who is involved in his or her community – 26 percent
  • The candidate who is better dressed – 22 percent
  • The candidate whom I have more in common with – 21 percent
  • The candidate who is more physically fit – 13 percent
  • The candidate who is more on top of current affairs and pop culture – 8 percent
  • The candidate who is more involved in social media – 7 percent
  • The candidate who is knowledgeable about sports – 4 percent

CareerBuilder Study Reveals Surprising Factors in Determining Who Gets Hired

What’s a red-blooded and earnest Job Hunter to do? JobTownResumes did your resume and you landed that interview! Now what? Can you change yourself to fit all these CareerBuilder tips ASAP please? Quick?!! Where’s my handy career/life coach when I need them?

Here’s some advice on this study.

1. BE YOURSELF. When I was a recruiter for 17 years, my advice was, and always has been, “Be yourself when you interview, but be your BEST self.” A lot of people strongly disagree with me.

But here’s the thing. You can go in and pretend to be someone else; alter your personality  for a short while attempting to match everything for which the manager is seeking in a candidate. But in the end, if you get the job, you are going to be miserable, the manager is going to be miserable, and most probably all your co-workers are going to be miserable. You might even leave there with bad references.

2. DON’T BE FRANTIC. Maybe you are so desperate for a job that it doesn’t matter if you are miserable for a little while. You figure, “Just grin and bear it.” It is what it is. Unless you are a really good actor, that desperation is going to show up in the interview too. You don’t want to go into an interview saying, “PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN,” because just like the Wizard of Oz, you’re gonna get discovered sooner or later. You remember that scene, right? Poor guy frantically trying to maintain the facade of an all powerful wizard right up to the end.


Wizard of Oz movie clip, “Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain!”

3. GET HELP IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE. If you DO have some troublesome personality quirks, or even some problems that seem to actually be getting in your way all the time, get some help. There are super good Career Coaches and Life Coaches and Psychologists that can help you deal with those traits you WANT changed.

4. LOOK FOR THE FIT. But on the other side of the coin, some people like themselves the way they are. They don’t want to change. No matter if you do or you don’t, look for the job that fits your personality. Do you have a large facial tattoo that usually gets a negative reaction? Are you inordinately quiet or extremely shy? Exuberantly loud? There are jobs where a seemingly negative attribute is actually a plus. I’m not saying don’t try for every job you like. Just be sure to ask questions in the interview to make sure you’ll like it there. Remember, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. You’ll be happy. They’ll be happy. And that’s what it’s all about.

5. THE GOOD NEWS!  This CareerBuilder survey isn’t bad. Not really. I mean, WOW! SPORTS! SOCIAL MEDIA! POP CULTURE! HOW MUCH FUN IS THAT?! Things are looking up, right? And you saw that one about, “The candidate whom I have more in common with?” Trust me on this, folks. There is every kind of personality in a manager. Just because you have a few quirks doesn’t mean your manager doesn’t have the same ones. Right?!! SO TAKE HEART!

6. MOVIE CLIP FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Don’t minimize the importance of a good job fit. The following interview scenes from these 3 movies are classic. I know! I know! They’re just movies. But you get my point. Besides, you knew I was gonna throw in a movie or two, didn’t you? (Interview from “You, Me, & Dupree,” interview from “Good Will Hunting,” and interview from “West Wing.”)


The Dupree interview from the movie, “You, Me, & Dupree” on Vimeo.


Will’s interview with the NSA from the 4-star movie, “Good Will Hunting.”


Leo interviews Ainsley Haynes on the award winning TV series, “West Wing.”


GO FORTH AND PROSPER. Oh! Wait! That’s “Live Long and Prosper” ~ Spock

Kind Regards, Sandy, Your Resume Writer


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

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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! 

James.Bond.th  (click on image)

Warm Regards, Sandy, Your Resume Writer

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

“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

Images by Shutterstock and Bing free vector images.