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Your Resume: Save or Trash?

If your resume is not winning quality interviews, then consider that what you are sending out is ineffective.

Your resume has approximately 6 seconds to make a lasting impression. 5-4-3-2-1. That’s it! Then it’s either in the trash can or in the “save” folder to call for an interview.

Below are 3 quick questions to see if your resume can pass the 6-second “save or trash” test:

  1. Can your reader read it? If the font is too small and the reader needs reading glasses to see your phone number, do not expect a call.
  2. Did you define yourself? I recommend a header that makes it clear who you are, and how you want to be perceived. (Chief Marketing Officer, Director of Food and Beverage, Entry-Level Public Relations, etc.) If your reader needs to dig to see where you might fit into their organization, they will not bother and your resume is in the trash can.
  3. Have you immediately indicated the value that you have to offer? The profile is one of the most important components of a resume. If yours is filled with generic statements such as “Hard-working individual with 5 years of marketing experience…”, then you are headed for the “NO” pile. Employers want to know what you have to offer them and what you bring to the table. Your profile must be unique and quickly convince your reader that you are an exceptional candidate that brings value to the table.

In 6 seconds or less, can you convince a reader to keep reading? Re-read your resume and ask yourself if your document passes the “save or trash” test.

* Guest post by Michelle Riklan of Riklan Resources, Inc.


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 Write a Resume: How to Quantify Your Resume (e-Report)


The #1 Improvement You Can Make To Your Resume -
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 Find a Job Fast: With This 7-Step Plan (e-Report)


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 LinkedIn: Use Your Profile To Attract Employers (e-Report)


Tips and Tricks to Using LinkedIn Like a Pro
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 Cover Letters eReport: 17 Tips - How to Write Cover Letters


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 Brag Books: The Powerful "Reference" You Take With You To the Interview (e-Report)


“Wow” Them in the Interview with an
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 "Sell Yourself" For the Job: What It Means To "Sell Yourself" for the Job (e-Report)


Stand Out and Get the Offer
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 Job Interview: Get The Job By Asking Two Critical Questions (e-Report)


Boost your chances of getting the job by 30%-40%
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 Follow Up After The Interview: Beyond "Thank You" (e-Report)


 Seal the Deal and Get the Job with a Smart, Professional
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 Salary Negotiations: How to Handle Questions About Salary (e-Report)


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How Do I Get My Resume to Land on the Top of the Pile? (and to stay out of the trashcan) Tip #1 – Cut and Paste?

Can someone else cut and paste what you wrote and put it on their resume? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to re-write your resume.

A resume is a marketing tool. The #1 goal of a resume is to get an employer to call you and schedule an interview. Employers are looking at hundreds of resumes — so how do you get yours noticed?

If it has the same generic wording as everyone else, it will most likely go to the trashcan. Your resume should grab the reader’s attention and compel them to keep reading.

Showcase what you bring to the table and highlight your unique value. Employers want to know very specifically what you can do for them.

 * Guest post by Michelle Riklan of Riklan Resources, Inc., our newest Career Confidential Expert Partner!


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LinkedIn Now Allows You to Re-Arrange Your Skills and Expertise!

When you first selected your skills and expertise on LinkedIn you could put them in order of your preference. But once you started collecting endorsements, LinkedIn automatically listed them in numerical order for you. You didn't have a choice and once they started to accumulate you couldn't strategically place the skills you wanted endorsements for.

That is no longer the case. LinkedIn just recently has allowed users to re-arrange the order of their skills and expertise. Now, if you want endorsements for certain skills, you can place them at the top of the list--hoping your connections will take the hint and endorse you for those skills they see first.

When I do presentations for job seekers, one the most frequent questions I get is if it is possible for people to move their skills around so they can be endorsed for the skills they want to be recruited for. Up until this week the answer was no. Now, you can rearrange until your heart is content.

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Three Keys for Your LinkedIn Headline to STANDOUT!

Most of the LinkedIn profile Headlines I see on LinkedIn today are LinkedIn default headlines. What is the LinkedIn default headline? The default setting is your last job title and the company you worked for.

Example: Marketing Manager at ABC Company. Sounds terribly exciting doesn't it? I just did a search on LinkedIn for "Marketing Manager" and the results were 1,329,169 results for "Marketing Manager". Yes, I used the quotes because I wanted that exact phrase. Just a little competition.

So being a Marketing Manager, that's OK, but it's JUST OK. You need to breathe some life into your headline in order to stand out on LinkedIn. You are competing with almost 300 million profiles. Your headline does not have to be your job. You are not your job. Even if you are in a job search your headline should showcase who you are. It should be your ideal target position and what you do, not just a job title.

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A Franchise – But I’ve Never Owned a Business


It happens all the time.

Many people say they have always wanted to own their own business, but few follow through.  One of the most common reasons they give is that they have never owned a business.  “How will I know all the things I’ll need to do?”, they ask.  “I’m a good manager.  But there are so many other things involved in owning a business.  How will I know how to do those?”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, captures the reason to invest in a franchise.  With a franchise, the franchise company will train you in all of the things you’ll need to know.   And they will help and support you after you get started.

Nobody has mastered all of the different skills needed to successfully start, grow, and run a business.  But with a franchise, you don’t have to know all of that before you start.

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How to Work With Recruiters Effectively (New eBook on Amazon)

Picture this:

Your dream job is opening up in a great company.  Someone the company knows and trusts says, "Hey, I've got the perfect person for this."

That perfect person is YOU.  The company is excited to meet you.  You already stand out from all the other candidates and have a fantastic shot at this job.

If you would like this to happen for you, then you need to read my latest ebook,

How to Work With Recruiters Effectively:
Get Headhunters to Market You

I am so excited to be releasing this book.  I worked with my business partner Carl Chapman (an award-winning recruiter) to bring you the best advice for not just working with recruiters now, but building relationships with them that can put your career on the fast-track for years to come.

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LinkedIn's Profile Strength Indicator - How Do You Measure Up?

LinkedIn says 51% of profiles are complete, and 49% are not at the All Star level.

LinkedIn calls it a profile strength meter. The Profile Strength meter is on the right side of your profile and gauges how robust your profile is. The strength will increase as you add more content.

Move and hover your cursor over the circle in the box to view the next level of strength you can reach. You can click the Improve Your Profile Strength link for a guided tour that’ll guide you through adding content to your profile.

There are 5 levels of strength

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13 Things You Have To Do Every Week on LinkedIn!

One of the most important social media platforms for business is LinkedIn. So how do you stay top of mind with your connections on LinkedIn?

Here is a list of ideas to make you stand out from the crowd.

1) Share an article in your updates with others on LinkedIn, or in your groups, and even a connection that you think may benefit from reading it.

2) Use the contacts feature under the drop down for your network. Congratulate someone for landing a new job, wish them a Happy Birthday, or send them a note about an article they were mentioned in.

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  How To Answer Interview Questions


Can you explain why you're the person they need to hire? Employers ask you a hundred different interview questions... but what they really want to know is,
"Why should we hire you?" If you get interviews but you don't get the job, you have not explained that to them. This is the book that will show you how to use your answers to get the job.

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