6 Steps to a Flawless Resume, How to Get Hired

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Your resume is often the first way a potential employer will judge whether you are a top candidate for a job. A resume is a valuable tool to highlight your employment history, training and the skills you bring to a new position. But a poorly written resume, or one that contains even the slightest error, can give a hiring manager a reason to discard you from consideration. It’s crucial not to give hiring managers any reason to toss your resume out of the stack, especially when you’re going after a position that several other candidates want. Think about it, if you’re reviewing 30, 40 or 50 resumes you’ll be looking for anyway to thin the pile. So don’t give them an easy rejection.

Crafting the perfect resume isn’t a difficult task, especially if you follow our steps. We’ll assume that you’ve found a good design.

Below are six steps to ensure your resume is flawless:

1. Update
Make sure your job history is updated and correct. Be sure to list what you’ve actually done for an employer and how you’ve helped solve problems or take ownership of a task.

2. Spell Check
This may seem like an easy one but it is crucial. Read back through your resume carefully, and look for any spelling errors. Double-check the spelling of company names and titles. Do not rely solely on the spell checker to catch any errors.

3. Check for Consistency
You need to make sure that you’ve followed a pattern when it comes to things putting words in bold and italics. Have you bolded the first and second company names but not the third? Pay attention to the places you have used italics, underlines or bold font and make sure you are consistent throughout your resume.

4. Keywords
Look for keywords in resume that match the job description. Have you reviewed the job description looking for keywords that they use that you should incorporate in your resume? Many companies will use a search function to filter through resumes quickly for candidates that match what they are looking for.

5. Check Punctuation and Grammar
Review all uses of contractions and apostrophes. These can easily be confused (you’re and your as an example). Also, don’t use exclamation points! No hiring manager wants to read a sentence as if you’re screaming at them. Check to make sure you’ve placed periods and commas where they should actually go, or if you even need them. Be sure you’re used consistent capitalization and not capitalized words that don’t need to be.

6. Ask for Help
Finally, have someone else proof your resume. By the time you’re ready to submit it, you’ve should have reviewed it many times. Having a fresh set of eyes read through the entire document, looking for any errors, consistency and overall flow will pay off. It’s almost a guarantee that there’s going to be something you missed or thought you changed.

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Networking Dos & Don’ts During a Job Search

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Searching for a new job takes a multi-faceted approach, and networking has to be part of the process. But let’s face it, being “on,” making new connections, engaging in small talk you hope leads to job opportunities and hunting for the right people isn’t easy. Though it’s a necessary step in order to sell yourself, as we covered in Selling Yourself During a Job Search . If you’re a veteran in your field you may already know the best places to network. If you are going through a career change, or new to an area, you may need some help. JobMob https://jobmob.co.il/blog/networking-events-tools/  has a great list of websites you can use to get started.

 


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Also, think outside of the box. What natural networks are you already a part of? For example, there may be all kinds of people in different fields with varying connections at your gym, faith community, your kid’s school, or within your circle of friends. Even distant relatives, say that second cousion once removed, might know someone looking for a person with your skill set. Don’t forget to use them too. Now that you’ve got ideas on where to network, here are some quick tips and reminders on what to do and not to do:

Check out our Networking Dos and Don’ts…

Do:

  • Connect with a handful of people. Really connect and have a meaningful conversation.
  • Work the room. Make it a goal to get in all areas of the room. Don’t stay in one spot.
  • Use small talk to get a conversation going if you need it. Using a compliment or a question is great ways to get things going in the right direction.
  • Have a your personal sales pitch prepared and perfected. No sense wasting time stumbling for words or not sounding confident in what you want and are looking for.
  • Bring those cards! Give them to the folks you connect with and ask them if there is anyone they know that might be a good connect or that you can help. If you have meaningful interactions they will be remembered.

Don’t:

  • Look for the people you know, (unless they are with people you don’t know). Networking is about adding value to your career and life, not keeping it the same.
  • Appear distracted when you are talking to folks. Eye contact is important to appear interested. For gosh sakes, put your phone away.
  • Follow up if you say you are going to follow up. Make and send yourself a note if you’ve told someone you’ll email or call.
  • Don’t try to close the deal right then and there. Take your time and nurture relationships you start building. See if they want to meet for coffee, then maybe lunch.
  • Put your head in a screen and stand on the periphery. You can do digital networking at home. At networking events it is all about handshakes, eye contact and interacting directly with people. Just turn your phone off.

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Networking is an essential cog in your career search wheel. So often we hear, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It’s true! Being at the right place at the right time and talking with the right people can change your life. Now, get your best self together, find your networking outlets and get out there. Work that plan to you next dream job.

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Selling Yourself During a Job Search

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Ever heard the phrase, “It all goes back to the sales department?” While we may not want to admit it, this saying is true. Look at the care we provide at Brookdale, which is tied to how well we “sell” our philosophy to caregivers, or how well we “educate” our residents on the benefits they have in our communities. It all goes back to “selling” our messages and getting “buy in” from our associates and residents.

This idea applies to your job search too. You’ve got to sell yourself. We know it can be difficult, especially if you are a humble person. But to land a good job you’ve got to have a good sales pitch, marketing plan and close the deal. So, how do you do it? Here are 5 ways to get you started on selling yourself to a potential employer:

 

  1. Know Your Top 10 – Identify and be ready to present and discuss your top 10 accomplishments. No, this doesn’t mean you are bragging, it means you’re conveying the facts and showing a potential employer what you’ve done and why they might want to hire you. Reference our power words post to help trigger your thoughts on what things have you done to make a difference.
  2. Find the Core – Think about the core reason why companies are hiring. They have a need. There is a gap or a problem that they need fixed. So figure out how you can help them fix it. They’ll be impressed with the information you’ve gathered on the company, your ability to identify their areas of need and the solutions you have come up with. Do you have examples of times when you have came up with other fixes for company problems? Work these into the conversation and you’ll be amazed at the positive reaction you get.
  3. Stick to Specifics – Try not to generalize. Go back to number one on this list and use those accomplishments to expand on your work style and ethic. You have skills! The way you acquired them is through experiences and decisions. Put them into words. Anyone can say they are a team player. A great salesperson (and that’s what you need to be during your job search) will give specific examples of how they were a team player.
  4. Get Creative – Your projects, experiences and work characteristics aren’t the only things on display at your job. Do you have skills or a philosophy that matches the company outside of your career? Maybe you’re a leader or participate in your neighborhood association, or are active in an outdoor club that does charity work. Perhaps you coach your son’s baseball team. You use skills and problem solving methods in these groups too. Don’t be afraid to use those examples to sell yourself to a hiring manager.
  5. Know Your Sales Material – You don’t want to be caught off-guard or seem a little fuzzy on anything you’ve submitted during your job search. Know your sales materials, which include your resume, cover letter, or reference. Make sure you know them backwards and forwards. Turn all of these things into talking points about actions you’ve taken or philosophies you hold that match the company brand. Consistency and authenticity are important. That last thing you want is to appear unorganized or, even worse, disingenuous.

Marketing or selling yourself pays off in numerous ways. You’ll establish your own personal brand and prioritize your skills, accomplishments and goals. Take time to research yourself and you’ll gain more confidence in applying for jobs that may seem out of your comfort zone, but that find yourself attracted to.

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4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Job Search

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Spring has sprung! It’s a time for renewal and replenishment. Why not fold some of those practices into your job search. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Organize Your Efforts. Create containers in your mind– you got it, compartmentalize. Think about where you are going to put those containers in the closet of your mind. Think through what you’ve tried, what you have wanted to do but haven’t got to. Categorize your efforts based on the value they’ve brought to your search. Did the large networking luncheons bring you leads? Were the one-on-one meetings more fruitful? Which recruiters really worked for you? What recruiters are left on your list to explore? Rate your containers. The ones that weren’t as helpful go in the container that is put toward the back. Spend your time on the efforts you’ve not had time for, have wanted to get to, and the ones that were helpful.
  2. Clean Up Your Resume. Start with a complete review of your most up-to-date resume. Do you have power words in it? If not, we have a list to get you started. Are your accomplishments and experiences up to date? Simplify it. Think back over your search, where have you been applying and what were the places that really inspired you. Try rearranging your resume and targeting different areas of interest. You may end up with a few versions that are more specific to your search. It just might be the ticket to grabbing the interest of the next HR director that gets your across their desk.
  3. Make Room for the New. Revitalize your network. Do you have the very best references to point to? Go through your contacts, decide who needs to be purged and identify those you have forgotten about. Start a list of the people you need to reach out to. Do a search for new networking groups. Get that calendar ready and start making some appointments, phone calls or just reconnect on-line.
  4. Look In the Mirror. Do you need some cleaning up? Tighten up your style for the kind of job you are looking for. Are you in a creative industry? Add something to your look that inspires you. Are you in a professional office environment? Check out that haircut. Clean out your closet, take stock of any needs you have in your wardrobe. Freshly press anything that needs it and shine up those shoes. You’ll be ready for that spur of the moment meeting, networking event, or interview. Take a look at yourself; make the updates/changes you need and take care of business.
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Power Words for Your Resume: An A-Z Guide (Part 3)

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Pump up your job search with your own secret weapons, Power Words! These little letter vessels are your way to make your talents shine. We’ve created an alphabet of power words to get you thinking about the actions you’ve taken that will help you land your dream job. These words and phrases alert recruiters all the things you can do to help their company. They use power words to as hints to let them know who is a good fit with the job descriptions they work from. Below is Power Words for Your Resume Part III.

R – Revamped. Did you change a program, report or a process for the better? Better revamp that resume and list those accomplishments!

S – Streamlined. This word is a dynamo. Know why? It boils down to dollars and cents. Streamlining means dollars saved or dollars earned. Every recruiter likes the sound of that.

T – Tracked. Just using the word means you understand the importance of tracking. In this outcome-based world, it is essential; so if you have tracked anything, let it be known!

U – Unified. Let’s face it, all companies like when things are running smoothly and staff is connected and working as a team. Have you brought together team members or departments? Make a note of it!

V – Verified. You found the truth! You made sure a conclusion, report or bottom line was accurate. That is awesome and very valuable to companies that want to stay profitable and want to grow. Let them know!

W – Won. Yes! You closed a lot of deals, got new clients, or met a sales goal and were rewarded for it. What else have you won? Go ahead, you’ve got bragging rights.

X – Sorry, we tried. How about another “S?” There are a lot of those “s” words…and this one is perfect for you …succeeded.

Y – Yield. Think about what you’ve produced or been the cause of. Did your marketing plan yield more referrals or your team yield more sales?

Z – Zoned in. Did you focus and improve an area or issue in your career? Zone in on some power words to sell yourself in your next resume or cover letter.

Enhance your resume by using a full alphabet of power words to help you land your dream job .Check out the first two parts of this series, Power Words Part I, and Part II, and good luck on your job search!

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Power Words for Your Resume: An A-Z Guide (Part 2)

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Power Words are a great way to give your job search the injection it needs to increase effectiveness and visibility. We’ve created an alphabet of power words to get you thinking about the actions you’ve taken that will help you land that next great gig. They grab the attention of recruiters and staffing departments because they are little clues that help match talent to job descriptions. Below is Power Words Part II. Check out, Power Words Part I, previously published.

K – Kept. Are you the stable factor on on the team? Do you keep things moving and flowing because you are a good project manager? Those are great qualities that companies love.

L – Launched. Boom! If you started something new, be it big or small, you launched it. Use the word, “launched” for big impact no matter what the size of your new program, system, or idea.

M – Managed. Whether it was people, numbers, or files – employers want to know you have leadership capability. Let them know what you managed and they’ll understand you can take charge and take care of things.

N – Negotiated. You are balanced, fair, AND tough. Employers love that. They want to know you were able to see your way through an issue, bend when needed, push when needed and got to the ultimate goal.

O – Oversaw. Trust. It’s huge in the workplace. If you oversaw a project, chances are someone trusted you to take care of it. Recruiters will pick up on that.

P – Produced. It’s true, every employer wants data, products, and to increase the bottom line. What have you produced that you can cite that will let your next supervisor know you are in tune, on board and ready to produce for them?

Q – Quantified. Sometimes proof is in the numbers. Employers want to know what you have measured, or even that you know it is important to measure!

Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet in our Power Words Part III post, coming next week.

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

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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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