Resumes: Accomplishment Statements, Part II

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In part I of “Resumes: Accomplishment Statements,” I explained why you should consider adding your value proposition to your resume. I also told you what accomplishment statements can be based on: How you impacted the bottom line (money) and/or productivity (time); Your awards, patents, publications, etc.; Situations in which you exceeded your job description. Today, I want to show you how to develop your accomplishment statements and where to integrate them into your resume…

Resumes: Accomplishment Statements, Part I

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Accomplishments statements are used to elaborate on and liven up relevant task descriptions. However, the main purpose for accomplishment statements is to show your value proposition as it relates to the job you are trying to attract. Why do you have to show your value prop on your resume? I’ll put it right out there… I suggest you do what it takes to stand out from the pack. Let’s face it. We are still in an employer’s market. Even though …

Quick Tip for Job Search Networking with Former Colleagues

A Client’s Question: “A former colleague works for a company on my target list. Should I flat out ask if there are any opportunities at the company, or should I approach it in another more roundabout way?” Best Approach for Networking with Former Colleagues: Since your objective is to get your resume in front of the hiring authority, I would…

Top 10 Tips For Building A Strong LinkedIn Profile

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The Compass Group – the career networking group at Unity Church of the Hills hosted a panel discussion with Recruiters from Dell, HP, and Google, and LinkedIn to provide an insider’s perspective on how LinkedIn is used to fill positions. The #1 piece of advice was to have a strong profile. Here are the top 10 tips from LinkedIn on building a strong profile:

VP of Monster Talks About Best Strategies for Job Hunting

The video below (click here if you’re not reading this at the GreatOccupations.com site) features Gabriel Bouchard, VP of Monster.ca, who talks about the “hidden job market” and says that in addition to looking for a job online, you need to leverage relationships in your network. In 2:38 minutes, Bouchard summarizes very well the most critical things you need to know about effective job hunting. In addition to networking to find jobs that aren’t posted, he suggests you…

Job Search: “What you need to know to get noticed.”

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Surely, by now you’ve heard that recruiters are using social media to find job candidates. Years ago, recruiters would type keywords into their resume databases or into a job board resume database (I know, I was one of them!), but today they’re typing keywords into social media sites like LinkedIn. On TheBostonChannel.com today, you’ll find a succinct article and video news story about a job seeker who was found and eventually hired because of her online presence. The reporter also interviews a recruiter…

Job Search: Tips & Templates for Thank You Notes

I remember a story that Richard Bolles tells in his classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, about a baseball team hiring someone for their public relations position. The woman who was hired later asked why they picked her out of the 35 or so applicants. They told her that she was the only one who had written a thank you note after the interview. Sometimes I’m still taken aback when a client asks me if he or she should write a thank you note. Yes, always, always write a thank you note. Since it’s such an overlooked step…

Job Search: The Dual Mentality

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Last night I gave a presention to a group of about 40 job seekers at a local church. I focused on the concept which was first introduced by Tom Peter in his 1997 Fast Magazine article, “The Brand Called You.” That is… you need to think like you’re the CEO of Me Incorporated during your job search (and, well, really during your whole career!). This message is a core theme in my book, What You Need To Know To Get A Job Now!, and I’ve mentioned it many times here on the daily career blog. As CEO of Me Inc, you have many roles to fulfill. In the beginning stages of your job search, there are definitely 2 you have to jump into…