Archive for Resume/Cover Letters
Many people want to include everything they have done on their resume. Whether it’s their first job, details of every position they’ve had, or even where they attended high school. This can be overkill. You only want to highlight relevant experience because you may lose the recruiter or the employer who is looking at your resume.
Don’t get lost in the shuffle. It isn’t important to go back to what high school you attended (unless you are a recent high school graduate). Include things that you feel are most important for an employer to see. Sometimes things that are important may not be a traditional job. My career coaching client, Scott, is in financial sales and would like to get into medical device sales. He listed his time volunteering in a hospital on his resume, even though it wasn’t a job, because it is somewhat relevant experience and shows passion for the industry.
Put yourself in the employer’s shoes, what do you need to see in a candidate?
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1. Keep it short – Keep it at two pages or less. Most people hiring prefer one page, but two pages is okay if the content is appropriate. For example, someone who has had a longer career.
2. First Person Implied – As a rule, your resume should be written in first person implied. No, you don’t want to write in actual 1st person. Be sure to remove words such as ‘I’ and ‘my’.
3. Triple Check – Mistakes in your resume can cost you an interview. Triple check everything such as grammar, formatting and spelling. Be sure to ask a friend or two review it for some constructive criticism.
4. Get to the point! - Employers statistically spend only 10-20 seconds reviewing a resume. So keep it direct and simple.
5. Cover Letter – ALWAYS include a cover letter with your resume (unless it’s specified not to). It demonstrates communication skills, shows you are interested and gives you a chance to highlight what you want them notice.
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Here is a great Huffington Post article that I wanted to share, Getting Organized: The Key to a Successful Job Search. Job seekers often obsess about their resume and cover letter. You have to pay attention to these things, but even if you have the best resume ever, it doesn’t matter if you’re not timely and efficient when you send it out.
I recently spoke to my career coaching client, Justin, and it reminded me again of how important it is to remain organized in your job search. He and I talked about creating a job search spreadsheet which he hadn’t yet done it. As a result, he was overwhelmed in his job search because he had gotten lost in who he was supposed to follow up with and when.
Don’t forget the basics for your job search. Sit down and get organized if you haven’t already, and then be sure to stay organized! Don’t let your career transition fall by the wayside.
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I can’t tell you how many times we have career coaching clients come to us wondering what is ok to put on their resume and what is not. I find that most people we encounter fall into the category of not of wanting to lie on their resume (a good thing!!) but as a result they end up selling themselves short. They are so worried about telling the truth on their resume that they go to the other extreme, and aren’t fully comfortable selling themselves.
Your resume is a marketing or sales piece and you need to understand that first. It’s not about lying or exaggerating, but it is about promoting yourself and putting your best foot forward in everything you say on there. Include anything that would be relevant to the position you’re applying for, including volunteer work, serving on a board, seminars you’ve attended. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself!
On the flip side, the answer to the question“Do I tell a white lie?” is no. If you’re hesitant to put something on your resume because you’re being modest and you are afraid to promote yourself or “toot your own horn” that’s one thing. You need to get over that. If you’re hesitant to put something on your resume because it feels wrong, like you’re not being honest or you’re exaggerating the truth, draw the line.
The short and long term impact of lying on your resume is obvious and not pretty. I’ve had career coaching clients who didn’t have a college degree who were wildly successful in the corporate world but they could not put they had a degree on their resume. They just had to work around it. You can too.
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This summer we added two new associate coaches to our team, Katie Weiser and Jasmine Marchong, to help you with your job search and crafting a winning resume. Before you approach a recruiter or resume writer you have to remember to be prepared. You need to know exactly what you’re looking for. Some people make the mistake of thinking a headhunter can help them with their career direction. They can’t necessarily – That’s not always their area of expertise.
Before you approach either, make sure you have a clear idea of the jobs you’re interested in, and also bring job postings with you. They need these in order to help place you, and resume writers need this to help you craft your resume.
One of our new team members, Jasmine Marchong, is a professional resume writer and has been writing resumes for approximately eight years. She offers a complimentary resume review to help you get started with ideas on what to do next to improve your document.
Contact Jasmine to get help with your resume here: http://www.halliecrawford.com/contact-resume.html.
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It is much better to spend more time applying for positions you truly want and that you are most qualified for. This should be done in addition to submitting your resume and spending time networking your way into the organization. It is much better to take extra time making your application the best it can be, than sending out a mass of resumes that aren’t tailored to the positions, and for which you may not be a fit.
Yes the job search game can be a law of numbers, but you’ll increase your odds if you spend more time on each one.
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One of my career coaching clients recently sent me a copy of his sample cold cover letter to inquire with companies about possible openings. These are companies where he doesn’t know anyone so it’s very cold. This process is still worth doing though! Remember you need to diversify your job search strategies. You never know what will help you get your foot in the door.
His cover letter had one possible problem however; it said “Dear hiring manager”. We all know this isn’t ideal. Sending a cover letter with a generic greeting can easily be thrown into the circular file (a.k.a. the wastebasket.) You have to do everything you can to find out who the hiring manager is before you send your letter. Pick up the phone and ask the receptionist at the front desk. Look on LinkedIn. See if there’s a company directory online. Do whatever it takes to get that name.
It is always beneficial in the long run to go the extra mile to make an impression. It will be worth your time and effort. Do what it takes to stand out from the crowd!
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