Friday, February 23, 2018

Top 3 new resume trends to take a look at in 2018

Finding that new job creates some tough competition. Here are the top 3 new resume trends to take a look at in 2018. Will your resume get you that interview that will land you that job?

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#1. Ditch the objective statement

Use a resume summary instead. So what is a resume summary? Think of this as a 30-second  impressive, attention-grabbing elevator pitch to sell why a prospective employer should hire you.

Who are you? What do you do? What are you looking for?

How do you write an elevator pitch?

Between 3 and 5 sentences

  • summarize who you are
  • what you have to offer
  • why an employer should hire you. 

What is your “why”? Is it for
  • a career change 
  • growth opportunities
  • re-entering the workforce
  • launching your career.

#2. Format & Style

Format your resume so top one-third of your resume, which is valuable real estate, contains the ways you are the best fit to the job position for which you are applying.Tailor your resume to the job you are applying to and  emphasize those skills.

Use word cloud generator to quickly see what is most important to the employer

  • Use with job description
  • Use with the “About Us” page of the company to learn their vision and goals.
  • Use with your resume to compare to what the employer is looking for

Reverse chronicle order--last(current job) first for 10-15 years. If the experience still applies, regardless of when it occurred, put it on your resume

Don’t include irrelevant work experiences

Use bullets rather than paragraphs

#3 Hacks to beat ATS

The Wall Street Journal reports that resume screening software use is widespread among larger companies to the tune of the “high 90 percent range.” Applicant tracking systems reject 75 percent of candidates. First, the software removes all formatting from the resume and scans for specific recognized keywords and key phrases.Next, it sorts the content of your resume into individual categories, such as, education, contact information, skills, and work experience. Then, the employer’s list of desired skills and keywords is matched against the results of the resume to determine your potential value to the organization.
High scores...move to higher levels.
Highest level =  The eyes of the hiring person

  • Remove the headers in your resume. Headers and footers jam the algorithms.
  • Use professional specific lingo and key words
  • Repeat important keywords related to your skills two or three times in the resume,
  • Use acronyms and spelled out form of titles, professional organizations, certifications, and other industry lingo, etc. 
  • Basic and advanced skills --include them both. Go in depth and discuss all the relevant skills.
  • Include your postal address. 
  • Don’t only include it in the header or footer, which most algorithms ignore completely.
  • Don’t use graphics, logos, or tables in your resume. 
  • Use sans-serif fonts — like Verdana or Tahoma — instead of serif fonts like Times New Roman or Cambria 
  • Submit resumes in text format rather than PDFs or MS Word. 
  • Don’t place dates before work experience on your resume. Begin with the name of the employer. Move on to your professional title and the date range. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Top 5 Common Resume Writing Mistakes

Top 5 Common Resume Writing Mistakes- Do you need to edit your resume?
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The vital resume tells your professional story to potential employers.

Your resume needs to be concise, clear and easy to read to get the attention of the hiring manager. In addition to typos and grammatical errors, the biggest mistake is submitting a resume that doesn't match the job for which you are applying.

Don’t let your resume errors keep you from your dream job.

Here are the top mistakes in resume writing.

1.Misspellings and grammatical errors. Don’t rely on your word processor’s spell check. Use a service like Also, have a friend look over your resume.
2.Not tailoring their resume for each job. Make sure your objective and keywords reflect your target job. Use the job description and the company’s mission statement to tailor your resume.
3.Including every single job you’ve ever had. Your key skills in the summary should match many of the job requirements or else leave it off.  Remember the resume is designed to sell you to the hiring manager.
4.Highlighting duties instead of accomplishments. Use active instead of passive verbs and quantify accomplishments to provide concrete evidence that substantiate you are the best candidate for the position.
5.Including misinformation. Do not embellish your skills and experience. Do not lie.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

What is Slice The Pie? Get Paid to Listen to New Music!

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Slice The Pie is a website that allows artists and aspiring musicians a chance to have their music reviewed and rated. You are paid to write in-depth reviews on musicians' pieces. Each review pay from 5 to 40 cents. You can also refer friends to join Slice The Pie and you earn commissions from their reviews as well.
In less than 10-minutes, I joined, set up my profile and earned 16 cents. I know that doesn't sound like much, but that was only 4 times 90 seconds of music and a quick reviews.

What kind of music do you listen to?
There is a wide variety of music on Slice The Pie, with new tracks uploaded every day, so you should find that you do hear lots of different genres! 

Write Meaningful Reviews
Your motive is probably to earn some cash, but these musicians have put themselves out there for constructive and helpful criticism. Artists can use these reviews as feedback that can help them improve their music and advance their career.

Some Tips
Use creative words: Captivating, interesting, talented, strong, rich, creative, imaginative, original, heart-warming, inspiring, awkward, powerful, memorable, upbeat --- I had the thesaurus open! The best reviews contain a wide variety of vocabulary that genuinely help the artists evaluative their craft.

Sample Review
I Won't Forget
Steff Neff
This is a captivating piece and nicely performed. The song is very melancholy with a reflective accompanying piano instrumental with soft swells and falls. The story of missing a loved one is universal. This song helps us with those sad moments and leaves us feeling that it will be okay. Great for dinner or mood music when you need to listen to the pain of someone else. I would add this one to my collection.

Slice The Pie looks very promising. They pay you through PayPal. I am going to have some fun and make a little cash when I get my next writer's block. Come in and join me.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Resume Can Land Job Interviews

Are you becoming frustrated because you can't find a job?

Are bills piling up with no way of paying them?

Are you tired of applying for jobs with no call-back or interview?

Knowing exactly how your resume will stand up against the competition is your best defense against being passed over for the perfect job. BECOME MORE EMPLOYABLE! Get the job YOU WANT! Learn how to write an effective Resume and Cover Letter
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Are your ready to flood your calendar with interview appointments?

 FREE Resume Video for job seekers (very unusual)

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A Little Resume "Twist" you can use to land
more job interviews and job offers?