Use Your Resume to Market Yourself

by Candace Alstad - Davies

market yourselfYou should use your resume to market yourself to potential employers. Picture the recruiting process as though it were a sale. The person who is recruiting is the buyer and you are the actual product. As a product, you have a description detailing what you are all about – an advertisement. This advertisement is your resume, whether you are a teacher, administrator, school counselor, college instructor, or director of curriculum, the resume needs to be focused on the position. This is the first thing that will grab the buyer, or in this case the recruiter’s or hiring manager’s attention. Just as the packaging of a product attracts the attention of the shopper, your resume must catch the attention of the recruiter.

When you are writing your resume, you are using it to market yourself to a prospective employer. For this reason you need to write your resume in a manner that presents you in the best possible light. The following things are what your resume should focus on:

• Career objective – position you are applying for
• Qualifications and education credentials
• Your key achievements
• Relevant experience you have gained
• Relevant professional development
• Associations and community involvement [click to continue…]

thank you letterYou wrote a strong resume and had a great interview. Now you have to wait for the company’s response. However there is one more thing you should do in this process – write a thank you letter. Many people disregard this action as old fashioned and unnecessary, but some employers are greatly impressed by this. They are more likely to contact the person who keeps contact with them, and shows an interest in getting the position.

In our technological and fast-paced society, this old-fashioned courtesy is often overlooked, but its importance cannot be underestimated. Here are ten tips to create the right thank you letter.

 Keep it simple:  Limit your thank you letter to one page. Employers are busy and don’t have time to read a long, drawn out document.

 Talk about the interview:  Refer to important details of your discussion during the interview. This shows you were paying attention.  Don’t forget to mention, politely of course, why you feel you are most qualified for the position. [click to continue…]

Creating a Career Change Resume

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resumeIf you are thinking about changing careers, then when you are creating a career change resume it needs to be completely different from your original resume. You will want to show how the skills, education and work experience you have transfers over to the skills, education and experience needed for the new position. There are a few steps you need to follow to make the resume show that you are qualified for the position you are seeking.

Analyze the Position: Read the requirements for the job completely. Make sure you understand exactly what the position entitles, what skills, education or experience are needed to get the position. If you aren’t sure, or the details are not clear, call the personnel department or the contact information listed for the position and ask a few questions to clarify the details of the position. [click to continue…]

What Not To Do When Interviewing For A Job

by Candace Alstad - Davies

interviewWhat Not To Do When Interviewing For A Job

When interviewing for that all important job opportunity, the last thing that you want to do is make a horrible first impression on your potential future boss. In an interview, you want to be likeable and win over your interviewer. So, here are five simple things that you should avoid doing at all costs during an interview.

1. Excessive smiling – This might sound at first like something you’d think you should do during an interview. After all, it is always a good idea to be pleasant. Excessive smiling, however, is going overboard into seemingly dopey. If you smile too much, it can make it evident to your interviewer that you are overly nervous and uncomfortable. Remember to try and act as natural as possible.

2. Sweating – If you have a problem with controlling your nerves and are prone to sweating when nervous, remember to wear lighter clothing. An interviewer will not want to shake your clammy hand or see your sweat stains. Wear a light undershirt that is designed to soak up excess perspiration to help in this area. If you know your palms will be sweaty, bring Kleenex or hand sanitizer to use right before your interview begins so your interviewer will not have to shake your clammy hand. [click to continue…]

Facebook Dos and Don’ts

by Candace Alstad - Davies

Facebook Dos and Don'tsFacebook is a great social networking platform that can be used for many positive reasons. You can reconnect with long lost friends and family, share photos, ideas, and videos, and use it as a marketing tool in your job search. When using Facebook though, there are some things that you should keep in mind.

Here are some critical Facebook Dos and Don’ts.

Do use Facebook as a place to connect with people within your company, organization, professional field, university, community, group, business, family, etc. It’s a great platform for communication, sending and receiving ideas and documents, and networking during your job search. You can even connect with companies by liking their Facebook page so that you can learn important information regarding their business and stay abreast of possible job opportunities. [click to continue…]

job search mistakesHave you found that your job search has come to a grinding halt?

If your telephone just isn’t ringing, it may be because you are accidently sabotaging your own success.  We have compiled a comprehensive list of the 10 biggest job search mistakes job searchers make to help you determine if you are guilty of committing any of the following.

1. No Clear Objective or Drive

We all know individuals who work in jobs they have grown to hate; they have become bored and uninspired with the day-to-day routine. To avoid turning into the “bored worker”, it is essential that you take the time to find work that merges nicely with your natural skills.  Finding a position that works well with your personality and abilities will ensure happiness, satisfaction, and success in your working life.

It is important to avoid choosing a career on the premise that “it is a family tradition” or “the money is good”.  It is essential that you use your own skills and abilities to carve out your own career path. Also determine what motivates you, your values, and the work environment you prefer. Before you begin your job search, you need to know what you are looking for. Being unprepared or unfocused will only increase your chances of being unsuccessful. [click to continue…]

Determining What Makes You Unique and How to Market It

Determining what makes you unique and how to market it can make all the difference in your job search. With the economy the way it is, employers have their pick of the litter. They may only receive a handful of applications or possibly one hundred, depending on the company and the position. For that reason, […]

Read the full article →

Preparing for Your International Recruiter Interviews

There is a lot you can do when preparing for your international recruiter interviews. This preparation will help you to feel more professional and more secure when the time actually comes to interview for that all important international position. Since recruiters are meeting with many candidate hopefuls, it is important that you put your best […]

Read the full article →

4 Ways to Stand Out in Your Job Interview

  4 Ways to Stand Out in Your Job Interview The interviewing process consists of several different steps. You have your initial steps that include showing up to the actual interview and handing in a resume. You also have the extra steps that a lot of people overlook, sometimes because they either do not know […]

Read the full article →

How to Create a Job Search Elevator Pitch

Knowing how to create a job search elevator pitch can help you get employed. You may have come across the term ‘elevator pitch’ recently during your job search. Basically, this term refers to the brief sixty-second speech that people use to describe the product or service they offer to others. And while this speech may […]

Read the full article →