Are you racing toward the finish line of getting a new job? Or are you stuck in the pits with your job search?
There are few simple steps you can take to super-charge your search. To beat your competition, however, you need to do the things other job seekers aren't doing.
In this short video you'll learn simple, easy to implement steps, so you can accelerate your search and get to your new job quicker. Don't forget to download a PDF transcript of this video at the bottom of the page.
In today’s world having the best resume you can is essential. Life happens and sometimes you encounter employment gaps in your resume. If you don’t know how to handle these gaps they can severely hurt your ability to find a new job. In this article we are going to teach you how to handle these gaps like a professional and come out looking better in the end.
Do you have a legitimate reason for having a gap in your resume? There are many different reasons that you could have a gap in your resume that can be easily explained in a way that a potential employer would completely understand. The most important thing to do about gaps in your resume is to have an explanation that you can give to a potential future employer.
If you are out of work for a while it is important that you spend that time doing something productive. Doing volunteer work is a great way to handle time away from being employed. You can actually list volunteer work on your resume and cite it as a core value of yours that you help others out. If you are out of work and not volunteering, start now.
EMPLOYERS WILL UNDERSTAND
One reason people cannot relocate today is because they are care providers for family members. If you were providing care for a family member and you needed to leave your full time job to do so, this is a perfectly valid reason. Many people want to shy away from saying that they were taking care of a family member. Employers understand these issues arise. Be sure to stress that now you are out of the role of caregiver and do not foresee needing to take up that role again any time in the future. They want to know that you are now available.
Another good reason for having an employment gap in your resume is that you did not believe in doing a job search while working. Explain that your ethics dictated that you focus all of your time working on the job you had so when it came time to leave it was also time to start looking for a job.
Continuing your education is never a bad thing, it shows employers that you want to better yourself and fulfill your role to the best of your ability. When it comes to going back to school though, most people need to leave their job in order to focus all of the time and energy on their education. Make sure to list going back to school on your resume and explain to employers that you were looking to better yourself by going back to school.
PACK YOUR BAGS!
Yet another one of the major reasons for having an employment gap in your resume is spending time traveling. Like education, traveling can actually be a big benefit if you are looking for certain jobs. Spending time traveling shows that you have experience with other cultures. Jobs that require you to interact with different cultures or travel will look upon time spent traveling as a benefit. Make sure to explain that you were spending time traveling during your interview and, if relevant, mention it in your cover letter.
Many people include consulting projects as different jobs on their resumes. Instead of this, list consulting as only ONE job on your resume. Put the time you were consulting as one period and then in points under that job put the different consulting contracts you worked. If you list each consulting project as a different job it makes employers think you are just bouncing around between jobs. Remember they are usually just glancing at resumes before actually reading them.
Having an employment gap in your resume can be a red flag during the hiring process. Prepare to discuss the reasons before the interview or make sure your resume reflects the reasons you were without a job (consulting, education, volunteer work). Having a gap on your resume doesn’t have to kill you. Just make sure that you can prove that you have done something productive during that gap.
Think for a moment about your job search process. When is the last time you received the reaction of “WOW” from a hiring authority or individual in your professional network? It is important that you determine your WOW Factor in order for you to differentiate yourself from other job seekers. When you attempt to determine your WOW Factor, you will be forced to stand back and be realistic about what you can offer a future employer that your competition can’t.
If you don’t know your WOW Factor, no one else will take time to figure it out. Often your WOW Factor represents the impact your accomplishments have had on your past employers. Future employers assume that what you did for your past employers is what they can expect from you. How you present yourself in your resume, cover letters and follow up telephone contacts greatly impacts the level of success you will have scheduling interviews.
You can earn a WOW reaction from your professional network when you share leads or useful information. When you help someone else, they are very likely going to want to repay the favor and help you. If you are not sure what differentiates you, ask your family and friends. Then, practice how you’re going to present yourself to everyone you meet during your job search.
Your homework is to generate the reaction of “WOW” before our next update!
This may sound like strange advice but this week we suggest you read the Dr. Seuss’s Book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! When you are frustrated over the lack of results in your job search, it helps to read something light that can just pick up your spirits. This book is filled with great quotes including: “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” This read will make you smile which is often the best medicine when your job search is bringing your spirits down.
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Your resume is the first thing that an employer will see. Most employers categorize their applicants solely on their resumes. That is why it is extremely important that you thoroughly review your resume before sending it to potential employers. In most cases, the resume is what makes or breaks an your chance of getting the job.
One of the most important characteristics of your resume is its appearance. Make sure its appearance creates a positive impression. You want your resume to stand out, but in a good way; a professional way. Avoid colored paper and flashy, hard to read print. An unattractive, unprofessional resume is the quickest way to get your resume into that “don’t bother,” pile.
You should also tailor your resume to the job that you are applying to, or at least the industry that you are hoping to get into. Tailoring your resume to each specific job will keep you one step above the competition. Don't leave the potential employer wondering if you even read through the job description. You do not want to be one of those applicants. This is another quick way to get your resume into that “don’t bother,” pile.
Another tip is to be careful of the resume's length. You want your resume to include as much information that is relevant to the job for which you are applying. If at all possible keep your resume around one or two pages long. When outlining your previous work experience and your education, you want to include accomplishments more than tasks. Anything else can further be discussed in an interview. Many employers hate reading long resumes, especially when the information's not relevant.
These tips should be able to help you create a professional resume; one that will get read. If you are not dropping your resume off in person, you will want to create a cover letter for yourself. A cover letter should be short and to the point. You can get more help on the cover letter HERE.
If you want more help with your resume, you can get it done quickly and easily with the professionals at Careers With A Purpose. They are hosting a web-based Resume Workshop on July 29, 2013.
Technology has changed the job search process forever.
You've heard the definition of 'insanity'.... Keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. If your resume is not leading to interviews, you may need to make changes. You can’t keep using the same document and expect it to generate different results.
Often your resume is being screened by an automated system or a parser versus a human being. This is why it is so important for you to have a keyword rich career summary and a list of your core competencies listed on the top third of the first page of your resume. If you are mass submitting your resume and not customizing your career summary to fit the jobs you are targeting, this could result in your resume being screened out.
It is time consuming to customize your cover letters and career summary but it is time well spent. Your goal as a job seeker is to schedule as many interviews and informational interviews as possible. Scheduling an interview should be your goal each evening when you are planning out your calls for the following day. If you don’t schedule interviews, you will not get a job.
Show your resume to an employment professional or utilize experts who will review your resume and advise you. The greatest thing about these services – someone calls you to make sure they understand what it most important to you. They also provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for some reason you are not satisfied with the end product, they will make any and all changes you request.
We recommend the experts at Careers With A Purpose to whip a resume into shape. They have an excellent Resume Writing Manual. You can review their services HERE
If Your Search Is Taking Longer, Here Are Resume Options To Use TODAY
One of the greatest concerns for job seekers is the lack of current experience. This issue becomes more prevalent if your job search continues for a longer time than you had anticipated. There are things you can do while looking for a job that helps fill in the current gap on your resume.
Some of these options include:
1. Volunteering – this is a WIN/WIN. You are helping others while you are out meeting people who all have personal and professional networks. These people will see your experience, skills and personality first hand and often are more than willing to introduce you to individuals who may be able to progress your job search. Volunteer in the areas where you have interest or passion. There is nothing better than to combine what you love with what you do for a living!
2. Working as a Consultant – if you have worked in a specific profession or industry for a period of time, you would be amazed how willing others are to pay for good information. Contact past employers, clients and co-workers to see if they can help you identify people who would need your services.
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3. Accepting a temporary or contract job – you may accept positions beneath titles you are targeting, but you are working, you are meeting people and employers are able to watch you work. Often times a temp assignment or contract ends up uncovering a full-time opportunity. This also helps you expand your professional network while you can list this work as current experience.
4. Enhancing your skills – most jobs require some technology skills. Take this time to enroll in courses either through an Adult Education Program, Government Sponsored job training or online that will enhance your skills to make you more marketable.
5. Going back to school – if you have determined that you want to change fields or direction of your career, this will often require additional schooling either online or on campus.
6. Accepting an internship – internships often become “working interviews.” You will increase your network and could end up accepting a full-time position.
When in doubt just get out there and expand your network as well as your chances of finding employment!
by Richard Yadon, MMS Group
In the hyper competitive job market it’s you have to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Networking is your most important job search activity. Your resume is your most important job search tool.
Everyone networks and everyone has a resume. Few do either very well. Companies are flooded with resumes, good and bad, and they all try to say the same things. If you can’t network your way into an organization then your resume has to do all the work. A resume sitting in a stack of a hundred others won’t get noticed. Unless you are using neon colored paper (not recommended) it just won’t get read, you won’t get called, and you won’t get an interview.
Fortunately today’s technology and pervasive social media gives job seekers creative ways to be noticed. Enter the Twitter resume!
How can you condense your resume into a 140 character tweet? You can’t and that’s not the purpose of your Twitter resume. Remember, you want to get noticed not educate someone about your job history. That can come AFTER you have gained a company’s attention. A Twitter resume is simply your elevator speech boiled down to 140 characters. In that short space of text you can tell an employer who you are, share a major accomplishment from your career (one that either made or saved the company money), or other reasons why an employer should call you. Add a website link where they can go to get more information. The link could be your LinkedIn profile.
Getting an interview is not always about competency. More often or not scheduling an interview means just getting to the right person in a company. Be creative and try tweeting variations of your elevator speech several times a week. Get noticed!
Need some help? Leave your Twitter resume in the comments below and I’ll give you some suggestions to supercharge its impact!
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