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  • Power Words for Your Resume: An A-Z Guide (Part 1)

    January 19, 2016

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    Looking to increase the effectiveness and visibility of your resume and cover letters? Try incorporating some power words into your job search communications. Grab the attention of recruiters and staffing departments by using these action words at the beginning of a sentence. Power words are little clues that help match talent to job descriptions. We’ve developed an alphabet of power words you can incorporate into your job search. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, tips and examples in our upcoming blog posts, Power Words Part II and Power Words Part III.

    A – Accomplished. Toot your horn, because if you don’t, who will? This is your opportunity to wow a hiring manager and describe your accomplishments.

    B – Built. If you built an organization, a website, a sales team, a marketing process, then you just moved to the top of a recruiter’s candidate. Some people talk a good game, but you? You build things. You’re hired!

    C – Changed. Change agents are worth their weight in gold, especially in large, complex organizations. When you change things, you move people and companies to a different (hopefully better) place. That can be a daunting task, but you did it. Now, make another change—to a better job!

    D – Decreased. Wait, what’s that sound? Ooooh, it’s the sound of all the money piling up because you decreased cost. Employers like that. A lot.

    E – Exceeded. This is your “above and beyond” word. When you exceed goals and expectations, you leave your customers (and your company) in a better place. Organizations are always looking for an ‘A player.’ Show them how you’ve got game.

    F – Found. You found solutions. You found opportunities. You found a new revenue stream. Make sure recruiters know about it and you might have just found a better career.

    G – Generated. You’re like a nuclear reactor generating power to drive organizations. If you’re generating revenue, sales or actionable reports, then you have a leg up on the competition.

    H – Headed. Want to be head and shoulders about other job seekers? Describe which teams you led to show your leadership.

    I – Improved. You don’t settle for the status quo. In fact, you make things better. Explain how you improved processes and you just might improve your salary.

    J – Judged.  Making judgment calls is tough. Not many people have the fortitude to make difficult decisions on people and processes. You’re not most people. That’s why recruiters will judge you a notch above the competition.

    Transform your job search by making these powerful words an integral part of your resume. Stay tuned for Parts II and III.

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  • 3 Tips on Staying Motivated During Your Job Search

    January 14, 2016

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    What does your life look like when you reach your goal? Are you are happy and satisfied in your career? If not, follow these tips and start climbing that mountain. Stay motivated and you’ll reach the mountaintop before you know it!

    1. Picture it. Imagine the details–what you are wearing, feeling, how things look and smell around you. It may sound silly, but take a moment and try. Maybe you have had an awesome meeting, you are wearing your favorite outfit, and are getting ready to head to lunch at a delicious restaurant with your best friend. Then, because you are so efficient, you wrap up work a little early and are able to get your best workout in before you meet friends for dinner and conversation. Finally, at home you are taking in some news, music, reading, or vacation planning before a perfect and interrupted nights sleep. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Visualize what your goal is and keep moving toward it.
    2. Cut it up. There are lots of factors that come into play when striving for a goal. Think about the scenario above. All the details—clothing, interaction with co-workers, interaction with a friend, health, entertainment, sleep, and self-care. Whew! That is a lot to chew in one bite. Don’t do it! Instead break it down into bite-sized pieces. Take each piece of that goal and identify what you can do to get closer to it. For example, only wear what you feel great in. You’ll always be ready for that picturesque life you imagined. Identify ways you can be more efficient and put them into action. Always make sure you have planned snippets of enjoyment in your days too. Before you know it, your imagined picture is realized.
    3. Be prepared, it’s not always a picnic. We get it. It’s not as easy as described. So, what will you do when your motivation wanes? How will you get back on track? Maybe it takes pulling out your favorite motivational book, writing in a journal, going to a kickboxing class, a hike in the woods, etc. Whatever it takes -know your course of action. It’s not negative thinking – it’s being proactive.

    Remember – you got this! Follow these tips, stay motivated and you are on your way to reaching your goal.

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