The Truth About Your Resume

Here in the United States, there has been quite a lot of talk about lies, “alternative facts”, and truth in the past few weeks.  It is difficult to decipher what is honest and real when being fed a mixture of all three of these.  In contrast, in the context of a resume, it is quite clear.

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No Room for Falsification

In the world of resumes, there is absolutely NO room for falsification of facts, employment history, skills, education, certifications, licenses, etc. A resume is a 2-dimensional version of who you are. How you choose to represent yourself on paper directly effects how you want others to perceive you.

When on the job search, it is the ULTIMATE first impression that people gather about you.  When individuals lie on their resume, and people find out, it can be solid grounds for immediate dismissal.  Even if you have worked for an extended period of time, you will be released because you lied on the resume from the very beginning.

It then raises questions about your character, trustworthiness, and reliability in work performance, follow-through, etc.

Legal Issues

In certain environments, there could be grounds for a lawsuit.  It could be said that the employee lied to get the job and misrepresented themselves, ultimately causing the company to invest time and money in that individual that should not have been spent.  

In addition, going into an interview with a resume that is padded or full of lies only increases your internal anxiety level.  Thi will ultimately affect your performance in the interview.  Subconsciously, you will exhibit telltale signs of lying.  Those signs will tip the interviewer off if they are reading your body language.  Lying on your resume will undermine your success over time.  It will definitely catch up to you in the interview process (by stopping it dead in its tracks).  Or you won’t receive the offer or you will be fired for misrepresentation and lying.

Avoid Problems

You can avoid all of this by working with me to create a competitive resume that is 100% real and differentiates you from your competition.

The long and the short of it is;  There is “NO Place” for lying on a resume.  If you are struggling with how to accurately represent yourself on paper while showcasing your abilities and are considering stretching the truth, please call and talk with me.

Contact Me

If you or someone you know has a resume that is padded and wants to create a solid, reliable resume that differentiates you from the competition and helps you rise to the top of the stack, please contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for a consultation.  Working with her will help you yield job opportunities and get to where you strive to professionally be.

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By |2017-01-27T10:51:03-05:00January 27th, 2017|Resume|Comments Off on The Truth About Your Resume

The Art of Sending Cold Email Introductions

Do you ever worry that once you submit your resume online it goes straight to the “resume black hole”? How do you separate your resume from others when you don’t have any ties to the company?

Landing a job without any connections can feel like the ultimate challenge. Here are some tips on how to put yourself ahead of your competition when applying for a job and don’t have any connections at the company.

 When considering sending a cold email, ask yourself these questions first…

    • Are you actually qualified for the job?
    • Is this genuinely the right job for you?
    • Have you done your research on the company and the position you would have?

If the answer is Yes to all 3 questions, then your next step is to send a cold email.

  • Start with researching on LinkedIn to find the ideal company contacts. Whether it is a person in the group you would be working in, someone from the recruiting team or your potential boss, get their first and last name.
  • Now for the email... Create a personal and tailored version of your cover letter. Find a way to relate to the person you are sending the email to. Feel free to reference an article or blog post they wrote or a project they worked on. The most important thing is be respectful and not entitled. They don’t owe you anything.

With every cold email you send, you are attempting to differentiate yourself from everyone else and some responses are expected. This tactic is not a guarantee that your application will be seen, but it’s a great way to get a leg up on your competition and increase your chances.

For more ways on how to stand out from your competition, contact Career Find.

By |2016-03-22T11:41:40-05:00March 22nd, 2016|Resume|Comments Off on The Art of Sending Cold Email Introductions

Does Your Resume Need Updating?

Are you looking for a new career opportunity and feeling a little left out of the job market? If potential employers aren’t responding to your resume, your skills and experience listed on your resume could be the culprit. Here’s how you can tell that your resume needs an update…

1. Dated Resume Trends – Some old resume rules don’t apply any more. In addition to tailoring your resume to each company, you’ll also need to tailor it to the way that you share it through different formats.

2. Dated Industry Terminology – If you’ve been adding to the same old resume over the years, your skills and experiences may have obsolete terms. Read through industry publications or attend a professional association meeting to catch up on the latest industry jargon.

3. Dated Technology Skills – Read the job descriptions within your industry to see what technologies employers really want. Then decide what you need to learn or do to fill that technology gap.

Don’t be disheartened if your resume is out of date. Career Find can help you rework your resume and create an updated version that will help you get the job you want and deserve.

By |2016-03-08T11:38:39-05:00March 8th, 2016|Resume, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does Your Resume Need Updating?

2014 Hurricane Season is Upon Us… Be Prepared Not Scared

The time to prepare for a Hurricane is well before one shows up on the radar and is moving closer to your home. Taking some time now to prep will save you a lot of trouble down the road.  

1) Discuss evacuation plans and routes with your family NOW. Everyone needs a game plan that works best for their family.

2) Make a checklist of what you need to do before you leave town in the event of an evacuation. If you can make this list now with a clear head, you will be able to trust it when you are in a hurry.

3) Pack a Hurricane Supply Kit that includes: a radio, flashlight and extra batteries, extra eye glasses, bottled water, non-perishable food, dry clothes, bedding, games to pass the time, insurance information, important documents, medications, copies of prescriptions and special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.

4) Back up your resume and other important documents on a jump drive and keep one sealed in a zip lock inside the Hurricane Supply Kit.  This way, reconstructing a resume from scratch in a time of hardship is totally avoided.

5) Learn evacuation routes and keep your gas tank as full as possible.  Expect and prepare for traffic delays.

Spending a small investment of your time pulling things together now, before they are needed, will save you headaches, frustrations and potential heartache down the road.

Don’t roll the dice with this one.

Make a Hurricane Supply Kit with your resume included in it this weekend.

By |2014-07-07T13:00:55-05:00July 7th, 2014|Hurricane Prep, Resume|Comments Off on 2014 Hurricane Season is Upon Us… Be Prepared Not Scared

Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

It is easy to make an error when preparing for your job hunt.  However even little mistakes can be very costly, especially in a very competitive environment. Common misspellings aside, here are 5 common job search errors to avoid:

  • It’s not all about you – While finding a job may seem all about you, it isn’t for the employer. Your potential employers are looking to grow their business with the right team that needs the least amount of training and can help improve the bottom line. Instead of focusing on the “why I need this job”, focus on how you can provide value to the company.
  • You have on blinders – When you are looking for a job, don’t be afraid to interview with several companies at once. This way, you can be ready for any opportunity and are able to brush off disappointments that come along in the job search process.
  • You forget the Thank You note – If you are rejected for a job, you should still send a thank you note. What? Yes! By thanking the employer for the opportunity and wishing them well, you open yourself up for future opportunities within that company.
  • You forgot to double check your ‘real’ reputation – Only give out references that you’ve prescreened. Don’t forget to Google yourself occasionally because the person interviewing you will. Lastly, use your personal email on your resume, not your current employer’s email account. It sends the wrong message.
  • You don’t have a clear strategy – When submitting resumes for several companies or industries, you need to tailor every submission like it is the most important. Have a plan of attack to help keep yourself organized and on schedule in order not to miss a step in the follow-up job search process.
By |2014-04-15T13:27:02-05:00April 15th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, Interview Prep, Job Search, Resume|Comments Off on Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

Worried About Your Employment Gap? It’s Time to Get Back to Work!

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After a few years at home, you’ve decided to head back to work.  What is the best way to get back into the game?  Sadly, you may apply for a job and hear from the interviewer,

“Well, you’ve been out of the workforce for a while…”

How do you handle this type of obstacle?

A recent Today Show report interviewed moms who want to go back to work, click here to see their challenges. First, step back and start by asking yourself what you want to get from your new career.

  • What are you willing to give and give up?
  • What are your career priorities or goals you want to accomplish?
  • What type of role best suits your career goals?
  • What type of company culture are you looking for?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you are ready to do extensive research on companies that would meet your needs. Then, develop a resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments and most importantly, how the company can benefit from hiring you.

When it’s time for the interview, think of the employment gap question as, “Why should we hire you?” Tell the interviewer what you are looking for.

For example, “I’m looking for a long-term position where I can contribute to the efficiency of your accounting department.” Reiterate why you are qualified for this role with examples from previous positions or projects you tackled while at home. If the interviewer still has reservations, don’t get discouraged. Cross that company off your list and move on to the next.

By |2013-08-20T13:22:08-05:00August 20th, 2013|career search, How to Be Happy at Work, Interview Prep, Resume, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Worried About Your Employment Gap? It’s Time to Get Back to Work!
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