What Other Experts Are Saying – Refocus Your Job Search, Cover Letter Secrets & Recruiters’ Methods

In this week’s Friday Feature – “What Other Experts Are Saying”… How to re-energize your job hunt; are you smarter than a 6-yr old?; and recruiters are finding candidates differently these days….

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 …

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…

Resume Formatting Tip – The Headliner

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Here’s a resume formatting tip designed to help you make a strong impact. It’s not the most ideal solution for every resume, but it’s pretty handy when you want to emphasize a certain stand-out feature about yourself, highlight your personal brand or show multiple functional titles or areas you’re going after. I call it the headliner format. Some experts call it the title format…

Posting Your Resume Online

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Recently, I helped a client with his resume, and he followed up with a question about where he should post his resume online. My response: Well, I will answer your question about posting your resume online but with full disclosure – I’m not a big fan of doing that. Only because it opens you up to “spammers,” but if you’re okay with that, then you should definitely…

Resume Basics: Styles – The Chronological Resume

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Today I was talking to a colleague about resumes. I told her that I think that most people know the basics, which is why I spend so much time on the more strategic uses for resumes and provide a lot of tips on advanced concepts. She had a differing opinion, pointing out that many people are tackling a job search for the first time during these challenging economic times. She’s right, of course. So, today, I’m going back to the basics…

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