Monthly Archives: March 2016

31Mar/16

The Value Of Listing Coursework On Your Resume And LinkedIn

Coursework is good to list, even if you have been out of school for some time. It is a great way to help keyword optimize and show your knowledge of the position you are applying to, but should be short and industry relevant, showcasing the most important courses only.

When listing coursework on your resume and LinkedIn:

  1. List only your senior courses with no more than 7-10 courses in total.
  2. DO NOT list Introduction to xyz. Just list the course (Introduction to Communication – just Communication); DO NOT list course I, II and III. Just list the course (Accounting I, II and III – just Accounting)
  3. Do not list the course number – keep it short!
  4. List RELEVENT coursework!  If you were a history major, but changing your degree to marketing, just list marketing coursework.
  5. Do not list general required coursework (English, Math, etc.) – just industry relevant courses to help key word optimize.

Recent graduates looking for a job or current students looking to build their resume through an internship should always include relevant course work on their resume. Your course work could make up for your lack of hands on experience in the industry. Listing your entire transcript will make your resume or LinkedIn profile too long, and you will lose interest of potential employers.

For more about this and other tips for enhancing your resume, contact one of our experienced resume writers at sales@myimprovedresume.com..

30Mar/16

Why LinkedIn Should Match Your Resume

Think of your LinkedIn (LI) profile as your digital resume. LI profiles should mirror your resume – some people think they should summarize, or add different skill sets, but this is NOT the case!  Like your resume, you are showcasing your top skills, which can lead to a job interview. Even though it might seem redundant, LI and resumes should be VERY similar, with LI offering a more personal view of colleagues endorsements, recommendations, etc. The more information you provide, the higher rankings you will receive, and the more searchable your profile will be for recruiters and hiring authorities.

29Mar/16

Always Update Your Resume

While it is common to update your resume when you are in search of a new position, but many lose key opportunities because they do not constantly update their resumes. A typical example is while currently holding a job, a potential candidate is approached by an employer who wants to hire them. The employer asks for a current resume, and the individual does not have one which is up-to-date. This happens frequently, and results in the opportunity being lost, and someone else being hired. So always keep your resume updated regardless of whether you are currently looking, so you are always ready for those excellent job opportunities!

23Mar/16

So You Finished the Interview – What’s Next?

Keep the momentum going after the job interview with the perfect follow up.
You submitted your beautifully crafted resume, made it through the pre-screening phone call and had the interview. You think it went well, but with no mention of an offer you are left wondering what comes news. Well the work for you does not end after the interview. Post interview etiquette is just as critical as the actual interview itself. Here are four things you should absolutely do:

Send a Thank You Note to the Interviewers
It is very good protocol to find out the contact information for each and every person who interviewed you and send them a personalized thank you card or email the day following your interview. Make sure to address them by name, thank them for their time, and mention something they said in the interview, to show you are serious about the position. It is fine to restate your interest in the position as well. Your job search is essential to your personal brand. Thank you’s say you are grateful and professional.

Follow Up
It is perfectly appropriate to reach out if you haven’t heard back to inquire as to the decision making process and reiterate your interest. Following up excessively or demanding a response is unprofessional (this will not help your cause) but be polite and respectful.

Touch Base with the Recruiter
If the person who set up the interview was not the same person who interviewed you, make if a point of circling back with them. Not only is this common courtesy, but it allows the recruiter to mention any concerns that came up and allow you a chance to overcome any objections.

Continue Your Job Search
Regardless of what was said in the interview or how well you think it went, until you have a written job offer in hand you do not have a job, so consider yourself a free agent and continue to network and apply for jobs. The worst thing that can happen is you will have more than one job offer to choose from.

Leave Your Interview Experience Offline
Do NOT talk about your interview on social media. Recruiters use social media and if you are positive, you risk sounding presumptuous. In contrast negative talk has cost more than one hapless applicant the job.

For more about this and other tips for enhancing your career, contact one of our experienced consultants at sales@myimprovedresume.com.

22Mar/16

What to Consider Before Relocating for a Job

Relocating for employment can be a very exciting and challenging experience in a person’s career. But before you pack up and head towards your next destination, consider the following essential questions:

Do jobs in my industry exist in the location I am moving too?

Is the company I am seeking to work at willing to cover any expenses for relocation or even glance at my resume for that matter?

Am I truly a risk taking, entrepreneurial spirit who can adjust if the job does not work out?

Am I willing to deal with traveling and relocation cost out-of-pocket for a better job quality?

For more about this and other tips on what to consider when relocating, contact one of our experienced career consultants at sales@myimprovedresume.com.

18Mar/16

Making a Stellar Elevator Pitch

As the old saying goes, ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’, so make it count! Create an elevator pitch that is poignant, succinct, shows your value and leaves a memorable impression on a potential employer.

Review Idealist Careers’ quick guide to writing an elevator pitch with examples here.

17Mar/16

The Power of Thank You

Though a simple gesture, a thank you note has a huge impact on whether or not you are the leading candidate for a job. Here are some of the reasons why:

Respect
Sending a thank you note shows courtesy and respect for the interviewer’s time. This means a lot to busy hiring manager.

Stand out from the Crowd
So few candidates send thank you notes that you will automatically stand out and be remembered.

Reminder of Your Strengths
Sending a thank you note reiterates what you bring to the position and also gives you the change to mention anything you left out.

Shows Ability to Write
Show off your written communication skills with a short but poignant thank you note.

To learn about our thank you note services, contact one of our experienced resume writers at sales@myimprovedresume.com.

15Mar/16

What Body Language Says About You During An Interview

 

From how you wear your hair to whether or not you sit back or lean forward, learn what your body language says to employers and how to avoid some of these slip ups in your next interview.

Posture

Leaning back says ‘lazy’ or ‘arrogant’ but leaning forward says ‘aggressive’. A neutral position will give off confidence and competence. So make sure to sit upright as if the top of your head is touching the ceiling.

Eye Contact

Not only is it important to look directly into the eyes of the employers, but it is just as important to not shift eye-contact when they are talking. This conveys you are unsure of yourself or not telling the truth. Direct eye contact for a second more before looking away is key –especially when shaking hands. Avoid starring for long periods of time as this can make for a rather awkward interview.

Arms

Avoid appearing distant and defensive with crossed arms. Instead, relax your arms at your sides or place them on your lap or with hands crosses at a table, if sitting down.

Facial Expressions

If you are speaking about your passion for the job you are seeking, but your face says that you are sad, employers will see you as insincere. Doing face exercises to relax your face or practicing smiling before your interview can help.

Hand Gestures

Pointing cuts the space between you and the employer. It is also an aggressive movement. So is moving hands excessively when talking – this appears that you have little control. Make hand gestures seldom, but poignant.

For more about this and other tips for enhancing your interviewing skills, contact one of our experienced career consultants at sales@myimprovedresume.com.