Starting the new year off with the “Getting the Job” Blog Series

Make sure you're ready to compete to secure that position!

Make sure you’re ready to compete to secure that position!

I am pleased to bring you the informative blog series “Getting the Job”.  The objective of this series is to share the insights gained while helping clients over the past few years to secure the job they want.

Assessing your skills, putting it all on paper, navigating the job search forums (although I don’t believe that this is the best way to search, by the way…but we will discuss this during the series), wowing prospective employers, and getting the salary and terms that work best for you can be daunting.

Well, I’m going to help take away the anxiety that comes with the process! Over the next few weeks we will cover:

*Knowing what you want in your new job, this will help you narrow down the positions you will decide to apply for

*Preparing for and creating your resume and cover letter, including honestly assessing your skills/talents

*Where to find your next position – forums, periodicals, and some of my other favorite ways to search

*How to apply and put your best foot forward to assure you’ll get the call

*Now what? The telephone interview and preparing for the in-person interview

*Let’s get that job! Having a successful interview

*Following up and deciding on an offer

*What to do when no one’s biting

A wealth of information is in store for you! Follow now to ensure delivery directly to your e-mail.  Stay tuned and get your questions ready.  Any that aren’t answered in the posts I will gladly answer for you.  Just post them in the comment section.  And you’re welcome to share your experience along the way.

 

Quora Resume Question

This question was posed on Quora:

What is the best way to write a resume/cover letter? How does one sell themselves without seeming arrogant?

My answer appears below:

In order to create an impressive resume and the cover letter that accompanies it, you must first make an assessment of your skills.  I say this because where you have worked and when is important to hiring managers, but what is more important is what you can do for their organization.  Consider what you did in your day to day working situations or what you learned while completing your degree (if applicable).  I will make this short by hitting the high points.

Your resume is not to be filled with job descriptions; it is where you advise prospective employers what your experience entails and what you have accomplished.  State what you DID, not what you were expected to do. So, instead of saying, “responsible for monthly reporting”; you would say, “Compiled monthly statistical reporting for project assessment.” This gives them a specific type of reporting, tells them that you did this, and what the reporting was for – something meaningful.  It shows you had the big picture in mind and were in the loop to some extent.

Some job seekers include an “objective” section.  I strictly forbid this for my clients.  You are stating what you are looking for; you are not telling them what you can do for them.  You are advertising yourself to meet their needs.  If you must group something at the top of your resume I would suggest a Summary of Qualifications where you can include the things that you can offer to them that match the job that you are seeking to obtain.  I would also try to include any groups or teams that you were involved in; it shows that you are a team player who is not focused on clocking in and out.

The resume is meant to impress prospective employers enough to contact you to discuss opportunities with them further. Telling them your strengths is not bragging.  How would they know anything about you if you don’t tell them?  Don’t shy away from patting yourself on the back, as long as you are being truthful.