When Writing a Resume You Need to Find Your Achievements

by Candace Alstad - Davies on July 9, 2016

in Resume Tips

ID-100236273 (250x236)A resume needs to have the “wow factor” in order to earn an interview. The document must have substance and make a person stand out from the crowd. That is why when writing a resume you need to find your achievements. The best way to set yourself apart from the competition is to highlight your relevant accomplishments that have been achieved in your past professional positions. Some of these accomplishments may spring to mind quite easily such as boosting sales by 20%, eliminating employee absenteeism, or organizing a company-wide retreat. However, if a person digs deeper, he or she is sure to find additional achievements.

The key to unlocking hidden accomplishments is to ask uncommon questions that you may or may not hear in an interview. You will want to address issues in-depth and think really hard about how you as a professional have performed during each specific past role. Start by looking at your duties and responsibilities. How did you perform…

Tips For Writing an Email Cover Letter

by Candace Alstad - Davies on July 3, 2016

in Cover Letter Tips

writing an email cover letterReview these tips for writing an email cover letter, because many companies request applicants to send their resume and cover letter by email.

You will want to ensure your cover letter is neat, enticing, concise, easy to read, and in a professional format. Try to make your email look different than “just another e-mail”. Most employers will print the cover letter out to keep it on file with your resume, so making an excellent impression is critical.

Here are some tips for writing a cover letter in an email:

1) Follow the Company’s Submission Instructions

If you are applying to a job posting carefully read the instructions from the prospective employer – sometimes employers check to see if you are able to follow instructions. Make sure you understand what format they want the cover letter and resume delivered. Some will want it copied and pasted into the body of the e-mail – if this is the case, you will need to ensure the formatting is stripped from the MS Word file. Others may want it sent as an attachment. If they request you send it as an attachment then save the letter in PDF or Rich Text MS Word format before attaching it to the email. 2) Use the Subject Line to Your Advantage

Recharge Your Energy with These Job Search Tips

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 14, 2016

in Job Search Tips

Recharge Your Energy with These Job Search TipsIf you’ve been conducting a job search for a while now, chances are you need some job search tips to recharge your energy.

Let’s face it: a job search can be a very thankless and grueling activity.  It takes a lot of work to maintain your job hunt: updating and editing your resume and cover letter for each job posting, researching opportunities, preparing for interviews, following up on opportunities, and coping with rejection. Too often searching for a job can feel like nothing more than dead-end career opportunities and disappointments. SO Stop!

10 Ways to Change Careers From Oil and Gas to Another Industry

by Candace Alstad - Davies on December 11, 2015

in Job Search Tips

10 Ways to Change Careers From Oil and Gas to Another Industry (1)Many people change careers from oil and gas to another industry with great success.

Unfortunately, the oil field industry has taken a huge tumble, and job losses are increasing. This economic slow-down will, of course, impact the stability of other sectors.

Losing your job or actively seeking to change your career can both be scary endeavors; however, they can also be seen as opportunities. Take some time to reflect on what is important to you, what you are looking for in a career, and what will make you happy.

Ask yourself these questions to determine if your career in the oil patch has come to and end:

  • Did you enter the oil field straight out of high school?
  • Did you join the rigs thinking it would only be a brief career, but became hooked on the money in the interim?
  • Were you really happy working those long hours in such harsh conditions?
  • What profession did you dream about as a kid? I’m assuming it probably wasn’t roughneck or driller.

And now ask these questions:

  • Is the industry volatile and unstable?
  • Are you tired of submitting resumes and getting no response?
  • Are your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile communicating your actual VALUE?  If not and you still enjoy oil and gas work, this should be where you focus your efforts.

Keep in mind your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile is the only things that represent you in your absence.

One opportunity that the downturn in the oil field affords you is the chance to apply for a job you always dreamed about, but never ended up pursuing. The key is determining what experience and skills you gained from your former positions. Even though you may not think you have any, everyone has transferable skills.

Interchangeable Oil and Gas Areas of Expertise

  • Quality Control Management
  • Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance
  • Preventative Management
  • Safety and Compliance
  • Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Efficiency Improvement
  • Budget and Cost Control
  • Staff Training
  • Process Redesign and Reengineering
  • Customer Service and Client Relations

Transferable oil field skills and abilities – known as soft skills or non-tangible

  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Organizational
  • Time Management
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership

There are a lot of others ones; these are just a few to get your mind thinking.

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10 Proven Ways to Improve Your Resume to Increase Interviews

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 21, 2015

in Resume Tips

Resume writing tips for your career success

Implement these 10 ways to improve your resume to generate more interviews and ultimately job offers.

As a resume writer with 16+ years of experience, I know it’s critical to write a resume that is visually-appealing, keyword-word rich, accomplishment-based and show the value you can bring to an organization. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

  1. The first step to creating an outstanding and effective job application document is ensuring that it looks visually appealing.You want to make sure that the reader knows you are a mature and respectable individual, who will be an asset to their company or organization. The appearance of your resume and cover letter speak greatly about the person writing it. Use a crisp, appealing design that looks like its rightful place should be in an employer or hiring manager’s hand. Ask, “Just by looking at these documents, would I hire myself?”

2.    Content needs to be relevant and contain keywords and accomplishments.

Everything you write in your resume and cover letter must also sound professional. Use appropriate words and phrases and avoid ambiguous words such as “thing(s)”. If you are uncertain how to express yourself, ask someone else for his or her opinion or try completely rewriting the sentence or paragraph until you get it right. If you are applying for a management position, you must make your document sounds as though a manager is the one writing it and applying for the position.

3.    Resume writing is often difficult for many because they need themselves to stand out.

Do not use the regular old Microsoft Word Resume Template! Many people get caught in this trap. Yes, it may contain a good basic outline to start with, but if every person uses the same template, then no one will stand out above the crowd, including you. There is nothing wrong with using a template, but find an uncommon (yet correct) one and make it your own. Play with the font, borders, spacing, etc to make it eye-catching.

4.    Make sure your VALUE is communicated.

Even though it may seem like you are selling your resume and cover letter first, you are actually selling yourself first and foremost. Even though your resume must look and sound appealing, you need to make sure that you come across as a desirable candidate. While concentrating on developing an appealing design, ensure that you include all pertinent information, for instance education, credentials, work experience, professional development, etc. Assess the company’s job advertisement, if available, and make certain that you have touched on all required qualifications in your cover letter.

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Sales Executive Resume Sample

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 10, 2015

in Resume Samples

Sales executive resume sample: Emily was seeking a senior sales job. She had written her own resume, but it failed to generate enough of the right kind of interviews. We worked with her to develop a profile, loaded it with action words and keywords that potential employers were looking for, and uncovered her many accomplishments that she had overlooked.

The end result? Emily received an overwhelming response from employers and had many job offers to choose from.

Click here or on the image to view this example of a sales executive resume.

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