Is Your Resume Grabbing Attention for the Right Reasons?

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 2, 2016

in Resume Tips

yes-or-no-does-your-resume-land-in-the-to-be-interviewed-pileYour resume will either grab the reader’s attention or not. However, it’s not simply enough to capture a person’s attention; you must capture it for the right reasons! This is why many job seekers hire a resume writing service.

Receiving the phone call for a job interview is music to the ears during a job search.

First, we will examine why a resume might attract attention for the wrong reasons:

  • Poor physical layout – visually unappealing
  • Cramped text or not enough space between bullet points and categories (i.e. a lack of white space)
  • Too much white space
  • Using an abundance of different fonts or font styles (i.e. bold, italics, underline) used improperly
  • Use of “I” statements
  • Neglecting to include essential information such as Education, Work Experience
  • Too short or too long
  • Looks like a standard Microsoft Word template
  • Overuse of graphics (problems could arise if scanned), plus it takes away from the content
  • It wasn’t submitted with a cover letter to complement and introduce your resume and why you are interested in the position

If you fall into any of the above categories, you must seriously consider revamping or rewriting your document altogether. You only get one shot at making a first impression, so make sure it’s a great one!

Do not potentially throw away your only chance of landing a job interview with the company of your dreams.

Steps to take to make sure your resume gets noticed for the correct reasons

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How to Find the Hidden Job Market to Land Career Opportunities

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 29, 2016

in Job Search Tips

hidden job market search and find job

When searching for a job, there are a few ways to find one, the hidden job market can uncover a wealth of excellent career opportunities.

So, you can have an employer look for you, or you look for an employer. This is known as the advertised job market and the hidden job market.

The advertised job market is frustrating and slow for both you and the employer. For you, it means a lot of competition, particularly for entry-level positions. For the more experienced and specialized roles, the advertised job market may barely exist.

The company’s network is faster, cheaper, and more effective than advertising. This is why finding the hidden job market can be so important to your job search. 80% of all positions are …

How to Write a Resume for a Career Change to Ignite Interviews

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 18, 2016

in Resume Tips

resume for a career change taking the right directionKnowing how to write a resume for a career change is a learned skill or should we call it a talent or art? One of the hardest decisions you will encounter during your professional career is the decision to change jobs. The safe decision is to stay in your current job, where you know what to expect and where you feel safe. In a new job, you have no idea what to expect. As a result, the process of entering a new job can be very intimidating.

What to Consider When Writing a Resume for a Career Change

When you are considering a career change, there are many things to think about and research to be fully prepared for the career transition. While you have to consider the benefits, financial changes, your family, and even where you live, you also have to think about how to prove you are qualified.

This can be hard if you don’t know where to start. There is a wealth of information and sites that can help you with this (sometimes enormous) task.

This can be hard if you don’t know where to start. There is a wealth of information and sites that can help you with this (sometimes enormous) task.

Where to Find Information

The internet is an excellent source for finding information and advice about drafting your resume. It is also a good place to start looking for positions that fit the genre of your career change requirements. You’ll also find that there are many resources which make the resume writing process considerably easier. You will be able to compose the right resume for a career change, save it, and send it to numerous job search engines and recruiter sites. When you are looking for advice about how to draft your resume, be careful about the advice you take, and use common sense. [click to continue…]

How To Scrutinize Postings To Write Targeted Resumes

by Candace Alstad - Davies on August 6, 2016

in Resume Tips

How To Scrutinize Postings To Write Targeted Resumes blog postIt is important to scrutinize job postings to write targeted resumes for specific jobs – job postings and descriptions will help provide keywords and direction when you are stuck.

You can find useful and helpful information to incorporate into your career documents directly from job postings. Before creating or updating your resume and cover letter, search available job openings in your field for a list of responsibilities and essential skills. Don’t look at just one position but many so you can get an overall impression of the desired skills and expertise that organizations are searching for a valuable candidate. From these job postings…

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

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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 […]

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Improve your resume with these strategies 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-rich, and accomplishment-based to highlight the value you can bring to an organization. You don’t get a second chance to make a […]

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Sales Executive Resume Sample Loaded With Accomplishments

Sales executive resume sample: Emily was seeking senior sales and marketing position. She had written her resume, but it failed to generate enough of the right kind of interviews. We worked with her to develop a targeted resume profile and listed relevant core competencies. This resume example contains action words and keywords that potential employers […]

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