Sending out a resume is a little spark of hope. You’re looking for something better than your existing job. More responsibility. Higher salary. Better opportunities. Or perhaps you’re currently unemployed, and you desperately need a way back on to the job ladder. Either way, you need a resume that catches the eye.
Studies show that prospective employers make a decision within eight seconds of looking at a resume. HR people know what they’re looking for, and they do this every day. They know quickly whether you’re the right person for the job. That means your resume and your cover letter are the key to getting through the door. photo
Not only that, but some companies now run their prospective candidate CVs through a computer. It highlights keywords and eliminates the useless resumes before they even reach a human being. It’s tough out there, job-hunters! But, we’ll show you how to craft a killer resume. Let’s take a look.
In the middle of every difficulty
- Albert Einstein
It's easy to get discouraged or intimidated by a job search--it can be a difficult time. However, I hope you remember that in this difficulty is a chance for you to make a great change in your life--to find a job you love, great people to work with, or even a move to a wonderful new place to live.
It's a lot more difficult to contact hiring managers directly than to just keep applying online--but it leads you to much greater opportunities. Candidates who apply to companies unsuccessfully get interviews when they contact a hiring manager.
I hope you remember these things this week and focus on the opportunities you're about to find and the positive outcome you'll enjoy.
If you don't know how to find and contact hiring managers, go here:
I speak to a lot of job seekers in their 50s and 60s with flagging self-confidence (for a lot of reasons--age bias, a job search that's very different from the last time they had to look, health issues, or personal circumstances).
So, I wanted to share with you this email from a job seeker in his 50s who learned how to answer interview questions, gained confidence, and got the job:
I would like to let you know for the last few weeks I have been reading and listening to your advice and would like to say a big 'Thank you' to you. I have put your advice into 'action' and was offered a position today from a quality company.
I am in my 50's and looking at the employees, it looks as if I will be the most mature of the employees in the company and it did not affect my chances. Your experience, advice and enthusiasm has help me tremendously to have the confidence to answer the questions correctly knowing the reasons behind the questions, so I was armed with the correct tools, to do as you say 'nail that job'. Thank you once again.
Here are 2 ways you can give yourself a job search edge and get the offer:
Mr. Frost said it helped him to know the "why" behind interview questions. I cover this information extensively in 2 ebooks on Amazon:
“While not new, predictive analytics is an important factor in assessing a candidate’s fit and potential. What is new is its accelerating use in corporate America as a means to filter candidates in and out of consideration long before any personal assessment is made.” — Lou Adler
Lou Adler is a regular contributor to LinkedIn and has so much experience and authority in his perspective on the hiring process that it is worth taking the time to understand what he says about the way Big Brother is Now Determining Your Hirability. Today, a person seeking a position is filtered by all that is in their resume, and all that is in their online brand as well. There’s a list of characteristics that fit into a pattern; the pattern of the Achiever.
Are you getting interviews but no offers? Watch this video.
In the video, I talk about working with a job seeker (as a career coach) who came to me because he could not make the cut past the first interview, and couldn't get a job offer. This guy was an articulate, educated, talented person--there really should have been no reason why he couldn't get the job. The advice I give him is good for any job--sales, accounting, finance, health care or medical, education, retail, you name it. If you aren't making the cut in your interviews to move forward and get the job offer, you need to watch this video.
Here is your key to getting the job offer every time:
The question isn’t who is going to let me;
it’s who is going to stop me.
- Ayn Rand
If you get scared or intimidated or less confident than you would normally be in a job search, this quote is for you!
The one job search strategy that can get you more interviews than any other (contact hiring managers by the dozens or hundreds) is the one that scares job seekers to death: "That's not the way I'm supposed to do it...I have to apply online."
When you think this, you are handing over control of your life to a nameless HR person you don't know and who doesn't know you. To them, you are a number in the system instead of the talented, educated, skilled, likeable person that you are.
When it comes to your job search, YOU should take control. Contact the hiring manager. Who's going to stop you? No one. The worst that can happen is that they say, "You have to go through HR." But guess what? Now they know your name and they may be looking for you--which gives you a huge boost ahead of the other candidates who didn't do that. The best that can happen is that they say, "As a matter of fact, I'd love to speak with you. Can you come in on Tuesday?" This outcome happens all the time, and it's worth taking a risk for. Who's going to stop you? No one.
If you don't know how to find and contact hiring managers, go here:
Business owners who want to move back into the world of employee can have a hard time--the resume alone is difficult, especially with job titles. Transitioning into medical sales is also difficult--and Wayne did both, faster than he expected, all because of how he approached this goal.
I need to thank you. I used your services to write my resume and transition from owning a manufacturer's rep company to medical device sales. I have been employed for 1.5 months and am loving it! Without your guidance and helpful insight I would still be looking for a job today! I got a job quicker than I ever thought I would; it happened so fast that it put me in a bind, as I was selling my company and transitioning to this new career all at the same time (a problem I gladly welcomed!)
Thanks again, and I am recommending your services to anyone I know who is making a career change!
One of the assumptions about executives and those higher on the career ladder is that they have expertise in their field. The problem is, people have to realize you have that expertise. Your plan for your business, career, or any kind of future acknowledgement really needs to include ways to show the world you know what you are talking about. Fortunately, it is easier today than it’s ever been to establish yourself as an authority: an expert in your field.
How do you 'do your homework' to prep for a job interview? If you follow typical rules, you're going to get a typical result: no job offer. To stand out and get the job offer, you need to do a little more than everyone else.
Watch this video to see what you should do to prepare for every job interview (click the video to play).
Did you know that anybody can enhance their life, and thus their career, by improving some simple, basic skills? Once you have a handle on these skills, there’s no telling what can happen but you have to apply them consistently: everybody needs to learn how to learn and learn how to teach.
Learn How To Learn
Learning is essentially acknowledging that you don’t know everything and being open to expanding your horizons.
Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered--just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.
- Barrie Davenport
As a career coach, I give advice and strategies to people who want to get a job or move up in their career. A lot of the time, I am not just giving instructions--I am also boosting the self-confidence of the person I'm coaching.
Many, many talented and skilled people are being held back only by a lack of confidence. Some people are born with lots of it--but if you weren't, or if circumstances have taken your confidence away, you need to develop it. If you add confidence to skill and talent, the sky is the limit.
To build up your confidence, try one (or all) of these:
Sometimes the idea of “Reputation Management” seems like a big business thing, but each one of us has a reputation, right? Your reputation is not based on who you actually are or what you actually do. Reputations are what other people say you do and who they think you are based on what is being said.
Why Are Reputations So Important?
Reputations are important because they either limit us or allow us to grow. A reputation for always doing a good job is going to be pretty helpful when a prospective employer checks your references, but if you never finish what you start, that may be what keeps you from being hired.
The world of law is vast and expansive. If you’re thinking of a legal career, you may already be struggling to find your place in the industry. The first thing to understand is that a typical law degree requires coverage of the full spectrum. So, when you first enroll, you’ll study every single aspect of the law. It will help give you a broad understanding, and give you a sense of where your passion lies. Throughout this period of study, you should find yourself leaning towards one particular discipline.
Today, we’ll go into a bit more detail on each discipline, and help you make that decision. Each area of law provides a different career experience. Each has its unique benefits and weaknesses. Some are more lucrative than others while some provide a stronger sense of civic duty. Whatever your reasons for choosing a law career, you’ll find a wealth of opportunity here. Without further ado, let’s take a deeper look at the options available to you.