Your resume is the foundation of your job search. If you don’t get it right, you won’t move forward—but it is all too easy to make a mistake with this critical document.
What should you never include on your resume?
Mistake #1 - A 3rd Page (or 4th page)
This can be a big issue if you have 20+ years of experience. Naturally, you want to show how much you know, how much experience you have, and how valuable you are.
However, hiring managers (employers) don’t like seeing extra-long resumes. They only take a few seconds to glance over a resume anyway, and they want to take it in quickly. If you’ve given them too many pages, chances are they won’t look at them.
Here’s the rule: No resume should be more than 2 pages unless you have publications or (possibly) if you are at the C-level in your career (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.).
If you do have 20+ years of experience, you have an advantage here, because you can edit your resume to show the most impressive accomplishments of your career. You’ll have 2 pages of ‘wow.’
We just received this email from Jane. I wanted to share it with you because it goes to show that the most talented and qualified of us can have a lot of trouble landing a new job simply because of how we present ourselves to employers.
Jane had been downsized, was living in an unfamiliar city and 63 years old. She made it to final interviews 6 times and lost every one, which killed her confidence--until she got our 30-60-90-Day Plan and landed a job within 2 weeks:
I love your program & assistance! After getting your 30-60-90 plan 2 weeks ago & listening to several of your webcasts, I spent Labor Day weekend preparing for my 3rd interview with the same employer. I had to do a video conference on 9/7. I emailed the 30-60-90 plan following my interview with a thank you note.
I have been job hunting for almost a year now, after a traumatic downsizing, from my employer of 10 yrs. They transferred me across country 3 yrs ago, with promotion. I worked 60 hour weeks & was on call 24/7. I am 63 & was facing a lot of age discrimination as well as not having a professional network in my new city.
Getting thru to HR, computer screenings etc & multiple interviews, I made it to the finals on 6+ occasions, only to be excluded. It was a nightmare & very humbling as well as depressing!
I am happy to tell you that 3 hours after my video interview with the hiring managers, I received a call & awesome job offer!! Thank you for all your help & knowledge!!!!
Best regards, Jane
Simply changing how she presented herself to employers with a little training and a 30 60 90 day plan made all the difference, as it has for thousands of people. I can't recommend it enough to anyone interviewing for a job today.
Zanetta Siciliano - Career Coach, IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing Expert
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Create a resumethat sells you to employers (specific recommendations for YOU)
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All coaching will be done by phone or Skype. You can buy coaching time in several options: 30-minute increments, 1 hour spots, or 2 hours (when you buy 2, you get 1 hour free)--as much or as little as you need.
Once you purchase the time, you can use it as you see fit--all at once, or in increments over several weeks (whatever works for you). Your phone calls can be recorded (let Zanetta know) and the audio sent to you--this is amazingly helpful when you're covering a lot of information you don't want to miss.
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This actually happens a lot--I recommend to a job seeker that he or she take some action, and they balk, because it's maybe a little different than what they're used to, or more aggressive than what they're comfortable with.
Garrett was paying consultants who were giving him conflicting advice, and still not getting a job (for 7 months). He came to one of my free online workshops and thought my advice was 'nuts.' Then he decided what he had been doing for months wasn't working, so it was time to take a chance with me.
With my advice and tools, he got an 'amazing' job with a $20,000 salary increase. Congratulations Garrett!!
He estimates that if he'd contacted me when he was first unemployed, he would have an EXTRA $40,000 in his bank account right now (with his savings still intact).
The takeaway here? Don't wait to get the job search or interview help you need, and make sure you're getting that help from someone who is proven. (To date, Career Confidential has helped more than 22,000 people in 90 countries get hired--see some of our success stories.)
I wanted to send you a little note to thank you for all of your help and assistance on my job search.
After six months of sending out resumes and basically harassing my network of contacts I decided to use your services after watching one of your webcasts. I had spoken with multiple “career consultants” before seeing your webcast and all of them would make recommendations that went against what the others said. I was very skeptical of your services as I believed it would be a similar experience and after watching and participating on a few webcasts I thought you were just interested in selling your services but decided I needed to try something new so I was not doing the same thing over and over and over month after month after month.
I thought you were out of your mind with the recommendation to make the email the actual cover letter. I thought you were completely nuts when you recommended I change formatting on my resume to a bullet format. However, I followed your recommendations and what a difference it has made for me.
I received an amazing public relations job offer for a great company and best of all . . . I negotiated a salary increase of $20,000 a year to the top of the range the hiring manager was comfortable with. Had I reached out to you when I first lost my job, I would have made more than $40,000 over the last seven months instead of spending all of my savings and depleting most of my financial assets.
Thank you very much for your help, valuable advice and insights into the hiring process. Your systems and services truly work and are absolutely worth the investment. I start my new job this Thursday – X/X/2016 and can’t wait to get back into the workforce.
There are a plethora of jobs to be found on LinkedIn. Once you have an optimized LinkedIn profile, you can start using the platform to find employment opportunities; however, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile is a whole different article. Most job seekers just check the Job Board on LinkedIn. After browsing the board, they spam some resumes and call it a day.
This method rarely works. LinkedIn is a social media site created with business networking in mind. There’s no networking in spamming resumes to job postings. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to find work using the platform with the help of your Linkedin profile writing service. Here are a few ideas for finding more great job opportunities on LinkedIn.
Are you over 50 and in the job search? Plan on being more aggressive than you may have ever had to be before. You are fighting some biases and pushing past some obstacles, but it can be done.
Tom got 4 interviews and 2 job offers even though he was over 50 and hadn't interviewed in 20 years. Because he interviewed so well, the company elevated the position and the pay. (Goes to show that even if you're not entirely sure about the job, interview for it anyway and bring your A game--you never know what will happen!)
I've been involved in some of your webinar presentations and purchased the 30-60-90 day plan (I thought it to be genius!). I just turned 50 & was 20 years at previous employer then took a few years off to recoup, educate & focus - several items to work through when seeking a new employer.
After your materials I became more aggressive & focused in job search - found five opportunities of interest, interviewed live after a phone interview for four and was offered two - the position of most interest initially paid less but they elevated the position and increased the pay. I had another final interview scheduled but declined based upon this new opportunity fitting so well into my life.
Your materials and information are "point-on" and a huge benefit to anyone in the job market especially those over 40!
Thank you for your information & I have shared your contact with about anyone I know looking for a next position. I am sure this new position is not my last and I look forward to learning, refining skills and going onto the next.... with your material assistance!
(Tom, congratulations on your job, and I love that you thought the 30-60-90-day plan was genius! I agree!)
What I hope you take from this is that it doesn't matter that you're a little older...you can be just as successful as ever, but you're going to have to turn up the heat and be more aggressive.
I know what you're fighting and can show you what you need to do with your resume, interviews, and job search that will change the game for you and make you more successful than you can maybe even imagine right now.
See what it can do for you:
...I would like to inform you with pleasure that after 8 months of trying I finally got a job...I am 57 and needless to say the challenges are enormous and I had to face a lot of discrimination due to age. (By the way, in this part of the world, there is no legal recourse available.)
However I followed all the tips and guidance I received from you --right from creating a killer CV, sharpening up my LinkedIn profile and crushing the interview with the 30/60/90 day plan!!
Peggy, I am so thankful to you for the tools you exposed me to --without which I would not have succeeded.
I did all the things that you suggested in the webinar for "job hunters over 50" and it was really a game changer.
I am not good at writing endorsements but you can use this in any manner you like --once again I thank you very much and I am going to recommend to all my job seeker friends that they listen to you and only you to achieve accelerated success in their job hunt.
I applied for a job on the 18th (about 2 weeks after I heard your webinar). I had to submit it online and also attach my resume but I researched who my supervisor would be and addressed it to her. I was called in for an interview this past Tuesday. I only had 1 day to prepare but I used your advice and prepared a 30-60-90 day plan. I presented it to them and they were blown away about the plan, my initiative in putting the plan together and immediately said that just put me above the other candidates. A day later I got the call and was offered the job.
I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. I'm excited about this new opportunity. I had applied for about 14 jobs several months ago with not even one call back/interview.
This was my first job I applied for after listening to your system and buying the program. It was a great investment!
Thank you again,
Taking the time to get some training for your job search is an investment in yourself just like your formal education was--only this one is free!
I encourage you to sign up for the next How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks training. You'll get free gifts along with some outstanding advice you can put into practice immediately.
If you are discouraged with your job search today, I want to encourage you to keep going. Job searching can be frustrating. There's a lot of rejection built into the process. If you are rejected for an opportunity, learn what you can from it and put it behind you. Believe that you will get a job.
I do want to say that if something happens several times -- for instance, you are consistently sending your resume but aren't getting interviews, or you consistently get interviews but not job offers -- then what you need to learn from this is that it's time to make some changes.
Also, consider investing in yourself through personalized coaching. This is the fastest, most efficient and effective way to get you where you need to be in your search. Find out more about coaching with Peggy McKee or Zanetta Siciliano.
Are you at a disadvantage in your job search? Maybe you're a little older. Maybe you don't have the connections that someone else has to draw on and network your way to interviews. Maybe you don't have the experience that someone else does. Maybe you were laid off from your last job, or you have a big gap in your employment.
All of the things I counsel job seekers on all the time--
...these are all things that will help you outwork the competition and win the job, no matter what disadvantage you are playing the game with. It does take a little more work on your part to do these things, but this is how you will get the job you want.
The good news is...anyone can do these things. It doesn't matter what your past is or what your situation is. These strategies work for people in all kinds of circumstances, in all kinds of fields, around the world.
It's true that job searches can be difficult--they're filled with uncertainty and rejection. It doesn't say anything about you personally. It just is what it is. Know those problems are coming and attack your job search with power and positivity! Be proactive.
Strive not to be a success,
but rather to be of value.
~ Albert Einstein
Not only is this a great guideline for life, this is a great guideline for your job search.
All potential employers want to know how you will be valuable to them. This is what you're doing when you are selling yourself for the job.
Many job seekers think, "Well, I can do what they say they want in the job description. Isn't that enough?" No, it isn't enough. All cars can get you from Point A to Point B, which is the primary purpose of a car. But when you go to buy a car, you are looking for things that make that car stand out and appear valuable to you.
How can you show your value to employers?
Quantify your resume. Candidate X and Candidate Y may both have been 'responsible for' some task, but the person who adds a number to that shows evidence of their value. See examples of how to quantify your resume.
Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your interview. This will show your value in a big way. It shows that you are thoughtful, strategic, informed, driven, and already dedicated to the job. Candidates with no experience have beaten out candidates with years of experience through the power of these plans--because they demonstrate your value, now and in the future.Read more about how 30-60-90-Day Plans make you stand out and get the offer, and how to create a 30 60 90 day plan.
Are you ready to wipe off the old resume and update your executive bio? Before you do, you’ll want to pay attention to a few things. Each and every year brings new trends in the job market. One industry’s demand rises while another is on the brink of extinction. This is simply the nature of the job market.
If you haven’t been looking to change jobs for some time, you may notice a lot has changed since the last time you searched for work. While it can be tempting to completely change careers and reinvent yourself, most find a company culture change is all that’s needed to ramp up their enthusiasm for work.
No matter your situation, here’s a few things to consider when transitioning to a new company or career:
Accept the challenges
so that you can feel
the exhilaration of victory.
~ George S. Patton
If you're feeling the challenges and difficulties of a job search, this is a great quote for you. The bigger the challenge the greater the victory. Always keep in your mind the prospect of your success: the job offer. Imagine how great it will feel to get that offer and tell your family and friends. Always remember that is it coming and stay positive.
If you're doing everything right as far as you know and you're still not getting anywhere, do something different now. Don't keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. You have lots of options:
The secret of my success
is a two word answer:
~ Harvey Firestone
Harvey Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) knew a thing or two about how to be successful.
People are important to our job search and career success--we learn from them, ask for favors (and grant them), make connections to others that we may otherwise never meet, and more. Never discount their importance to your success.