Does Your Resume Need an Update?

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 resume format, skills and experience listed on your resume could be the culprit.

Does Your Resume Need to Be Updated

Potential Problems?

Here are some of the items on your resume that could be a problem:

1. Dated Resume Trends

Some old resume rules no longer apply. In addition to tailoring your resume to each industry, and also each company,  you’ll also need to tailor it to the way that you share it through different formats.

Some old rules you CAN forget!  A few are:

  • Your resume needs to list everything you’ve ever done.
  • All your experience needs to be listed chronologically.
  • A resume can only be one page.

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.  Make sure if you are listing the skills, they are current.

Don’t be disheartened if your resume is out of date, now is the time to fix those problems.

We Can Help You

Career Find can help you rework your resume and create an updated version that will help you get the job you want and deserve.

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Does Your Resume Stand Out  from the Crowd?

Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

By |2019-08-18T23:37:14-05:00August 19th, 2019|Resume|Comments Off on Does Your Resume Need an Update?

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

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!

Does Your Resume Stand Out  from the Crowd?

A resume usually gets less than 6 seconds to make an impression. So how do you get yours to the top of the stack?

A Career Find client’s resume was recently selected from a stack of 700 other resumes. He not only got an interview, but he was offered the job as well. What does his resume have that yours doesn’t?

Do you know the resume hot spots? A recent study by TheLadders showed that when a resume is scanned, the time is spent viewing your name, current title and company, current position’s start and end dates, as well as your previous title and company, previous position’s start and end dates, and education.

With such critical time constraints, you should make your resume as visually appealing as possible; To be clear, I’m not talking about adding pictures or graphics. Distracting visuals hamper the decision making process where the viewer is unable to locate the relevant information they need.

Not only was our client’s resume visually appealing, but it also achieved maximum exposure because of where the information was strategically placed and the use of certain keywords his employer wanted to see.

“CareerFind helped me tailor my resume to find the job I wanted. In a tough job market, my resume was chosen out of over 700 applicants. CareerFind also sharpened my interviewing skills to where I felt confident and prepared for every type of interview. Working with CareerFind has opened a new window of opportunity in my career.” 

 – Trey, 22

If you are looking for a job in a very competitive field with the possibility of hundreds of others applying for the same position, we suggest you give us a call to make sure you emerge from the clutter of your competition.

By |2013-05-07T14:14:52-05:00May 7th, 2013|Resume|Comments Off on Does Your Resume Stand Out  from the Crowd?