NOV
23

Top 5 Resume Do's and Don'ts in 2021

Welcome to my Blog.  As many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on how to write the resume, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. 

 

 Today we will be discussing the resume do's and don'ts.  Interested? Read on ...

 

Resume Do's 

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.

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NOV
09

Top 3 Steps to Salary Negotiating, Before You Get the Offer

Here are the 3 steps to salary negotiating that will assist you in getting the salary you really want and deserve.

1. Know what you want. 

2. Show your enthusiasm. 

3. Ask for a higher salary than you really want. 

 

1. Know what you want.  Have all your ducks in a row. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?  Know what you want before you get the offer.  Make a list of what you want, salary, benefits, computer, etc.  Prioritize the items on your list and these become your negotiating tools.

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SEP
23

More Holiday Myth Busters! The Truth about your Holiday Job Search

Here we are folks, entering the Holiday Job Search season in 2020. Can you believe how time flies by so fast. This week I’m writing about one of my favorite holiday myth busters, even through these crazy times of the Pandemic, Holiday Job Search success story and many job search tips . I will continue to write holiday tips and success stories throughout November and December. So, remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Below are important questions and answers you need to consider for your Holiday Job Search.

 

 

 

1. True or False? “No one hires in December and why?”

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AUG
03

Older Job Seeker? Here's the #1 Resume Writing Tip For You

Whether you are the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, an Older Job Seeker whose a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world, or an Older Job Seeker going through career transition, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.

If you are an Older Job Seeker faced with the need to write a resume for the first time in many years, this week's blog is for you. I’ll discuss the #1 Resume Writing Tip for the Older Job Seeker.  Read on …

#1 Resume Writing Tip for the Older Job Seeker

If you are an Older Job Seeker writing a chronological resume, it is recommended to include jobs with your accomplishments and dates going back only 10 to 15 years under the title “Professional Accomplishments.” The reason for this is employers are only interested in what you accomplished in the past 10 to 15 years.

For the Older Job Seeker who held an added value job or company prior to 15 years…

Are you asking yourself, “What if I held a job(s) or worked for a company prior to 15 years that adds value to my resume? Here’s the solution which will save you lots of resume writing time while including the added value you need to show the employer the titles you held and where you worked beyond 15 years.  

At the end of your resume include a section titled “Previous Employment.” In this section you will list on one line your job title, company name, city, and state. Leave the dates out of the “Previous Employment” section, since it is not necessary. Yes, you are an Older Job Seeker, perhaps with 30 years experience, however, remember, the employer is only interested in what you accomplished over the past 10 to 15 years and you already gave this information with the dates in the “Professional Accomplishments” section of your resume.

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AUG
03

One of many lessons I learned from my son, Max

My vision started pulling me many years ago (long before I was aware) when I had a fear of public speaking. You see the companies I wanted to work for told me it was required to facilitate workshops first in order to be a coach. It was common in the industry. So for a long time I just didn’t bother applying for the jobs when I learned this. Can you relate?

 

Later, whenever I saw a trainer position available, it would jump out at me. It would give me a nudge. I noticed it, but I wouldn’t pay attention to it because it required getting up in front of a group. Eventually, I would land the interviews and sabotage each one over and over and over again. I would start out doing great in the interview. When the interviewer started describing the job to me and I saw myself standing in front of a group of people, the fear would overcome me with an internal panic and I would sabotage the interview. It was very subtle. I didn’t even know I doing this. However, I do remember thinking back in 1995 over 15 years ago “I not going to get up in front of that group.”

 

Today, I know there was clearly something trying to emerge from within my soul. My passion, my purpose. What I didn’t realize was I was in an internal war between my EGO and my soul’s purpose, my true vision, my destiny.

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JUL
13

The Executive Leader's Toolbox: Creating an Inner Circle?

The Leader's Toolbox: Creating an Inner Circle!

 

 

 

Are you in executive leadership? Have you thought about the people in your inner circle? Who are they? What are their characteristics?  It’s a process to intentionally create your inner circle. You can start where you are right now. Be clear of what you need.  Do you need a mentor? You can be good on your own. No one does anything great alone.

 

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MAY
08

Great Interview? Top it Off with a Strategic Proposal in the Thank You Letter

Welcome to this week’s Ask Coach Kim’s Blog! – If you're new here, my blog topics are centered around career advice to help job seekers. With 27 years experience as a Career Coach and Resume Writer, this advice will help you or someone you know be successful through career transition.  If you’re on Twitter, please Retweet.  If you’re on Facebook, please Share with your friends or with everyone. If you’re on LinkedIn, please send to your Contacts.  LinkedIn was originally created for job seekers going through career transition.  Topics in my blogs include resume writing, interviewing, social networking, volunteering, public speaking, salary negotiating and managing change. Last week, we discussed Job Interview Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember.  These rules give you a framework to help you successfully answer any question the interviewer asks you.

 

Today's blog focuses on a strategy that positions you as the ideal candidate for the job by writing a proposal to close the deal.  How? By preparing for the interview and asking the interviewer the right questions.  Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? It is. The answers you receive will give you the information you need to turn the employer needs into a proposal.  A proposal of how you can make a positive difference based on the interview.  Sound like a strategic plan for you?  Read on …

When the interviewer asks you “Do you have any questions for me?” Answer “Yes, I have three or yes, I have four.”  Let the interviewer know how many questions you have so they give you the time you need to ask your questions.  After you ask each question, it is important to take notes. Write the key words to the answers the interviewer gives you, in their language.  Below are the strategic questions to ask.

Here’s an example of my experience with a client closing the deal with his proposal.

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APR
20

Networking Success! Job Seeker Transitions to New Career!

I had a blast discussing Resume Makeovers Saturday morning on Dream Job Radio, hosted by Daniel and Leah Lakstins. If you missed the show, you can hear it by going to iTunes Resumes Makeovers. Daniel asked great questions and youll hear the answers on how to make your resume pop. In addition to blogging about resume writing, many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on preparing for the interview, networking, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. These are some really great tips to help you in your daily life, I mean I don't think people realise just how important something like networking is though. This is what helps you get the job, so if you are an electrician for example, then you really need to get started on your networking, why not check out something like http://yoursgi.com/electrician-network/ to give you a better idea of what to do next. Todays blog is a story about Ashton who networked his way to a successful career transition. This is quite a story. Interested? Read on

 

When I met Ashton, he had not utilized networking in his search. He had been downsized already for a year.

 

Ashton had a family to support and was working nights at UPS. He was a really great guy. I remember how tired he looked as I interviewed him to write his resume. The Nuclear Power Plant where he worked was closing down, so we decided to write a skills-based, functional resume so he could transition into a different industry with more job opportunities. After we finished his resume, I told him I had another client waiting in the lobby and discussed networking with him.

 

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APR
13

Job Interviewing Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember

Happy Monday everyone! – So far, this year, we covered topics on resume writing, interviewing, social networking, volunteering, salary negotiating and managing change.  We discussed the 3 things employers look for in the interview, i.e., your experience, motivation and fit.  And, specifically how to answer “Tell me about yourself,” while letting the employer know you have the experience, the motivation. and you're a great fit for the company.  For a refresher of all these details, I recommend reviewing the blog titled "Interviewing Tip #1." We also covered two topics on Dressing for Success to the Job Interview.  Today, we’re going to discuss the basic rules critical for your job interviewing success. These rules will give you a framework to help you successfully answer any question the interviewer asks you.

 

The 7 Critical Job Interviewing Rules to Remember

1.  Use your Impression Management skills wisely.

 

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APR
02

3 Networking Success Stories of Job Seekers Landing the Job

I've been thinking about what to write to you for this week's blog - resume writing, interviewing, social networking, how to write a business letter, or salary negotiating. Then, I remembered three of my favorite networking success stories I'd like to share with you today.

What is networking? Networking is developing relationships with people. The first step in the networking process is to recognize, its' three-tiered process. It's not just who you know, its who the people you know, knows. I call them angels along the way. Why? Because you may be standing next to someone waiting in line at the grocery store today who could lead you to your next job. Finding that next job in modern times is always difficult but there are endless opportunities nowadays too. Who knows, one of the Franchises for sale online may take your fancy. But if you haven't found your calling online, then every day should be a networking opportunity for you. You know, the check out line you're impatiently waiting, that's taking too long, when you're in a hurry. Sound familiar? Read on ... I would like to suggest to begin thinking "network minded." When you begin thinking "network minded" you'll turn "impatience into an opportunity" and seize the moment in the grocery store example above.

 

It's true, when one door closes there are new doors opening up for you. And, metaphorically speaking, I would like to help you recognize these opened doors, one-door-at-a-time. Start thinking "network minded" by keeping your eyes, ears and mind open. Like a lot of newly graduated law students for example they find it hard to break into the employment stage of their education to become a lawyer, this is made easier by law firm recruiters like Lawyer Exchange. This is your preparation time for your job search. Be prepared when you are out and about in your daily life to let the people around you know you're networking, not just looking for a job, but looking for contact names. This will open the doors wide. Remember, there are a lot more people with contacts in the workplace than those who may know of an open job. Networking is also about people helping people. Its about being in the right place, at the right time. Its how most of my clients land great jobs, i.e. networking their way through the informational meeting process.

 

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FEB
24

Age 50+ Business Owner Transitions to Corporate Job through Networking

As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interviewsalary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.

 

Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn’t quite sure how to apply networking to his job search. 

He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking.  This is what happened.

Cal’s daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient’s teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad’s buddies. “Don’t you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?”    Would you like to hear more? Read on …

Annie told the patient that her dad was networking looking for networking contacts.  She asked if he knew anyone in the construction industry.  And he did. Cal was very excited about this new networking opportunity.  The following week his networking contact emailed him the contact information. 

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FEB
17

Top Job Interview Do’s & Don't for Women & Men to Dress for Success

Dressing appropriately for the interview is important.  Why?  Think about it.  For the interviewer, it is the first image of you when they first see you.  It is their first impression of you. Quite often I am asked “how do I dress for the interview if the employees dress casual.” 

 

Below are the top do’s and don’ts for women and men to think about when preparing for the interview.  Think, dress for success!

 

Do’s & Don'ts for Women

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FEB
11

Military to Civilian Job Success!

Welcome to this week’s blog.  As a professional resume writer and career coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition.  You will find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition.  Today I will be touching base on tips for job seekers looking for work after serving in the Military and how to use the skills gained from the Military Service. This blog will include tips on writing the resume, interviewing and networking through informational meetings for Military job seekers. These same rules apply for job seekers making a career change to a different industry.

 

Today's blog is a true success story about John. When John came home from serving in the Military, he first got a job as a Store Manager for one of the big retail equipment and office supply chain stores.  When I met him, he had recently been fired from that position after two years at the company. John said he was looking for a similar position.  He was concerned because he was fired by a boss who did not like him and this work was all he knew besides his military training. Sound familiar?   Read on …

 

In my experience, John was positive, a highly skilled store manager and a great employee.  He was very creative, organized and a motivating team leader.  He was always creating efficient ways to save money for the company.  His boss asked him to do something one day that didn’t work out and he became the scapegoat in the situation.  This is why he lost the job. This happens when the leadership is not in alignment with integrity of a true leader. This is an opportunity for John to find the right company focused on Leadership for all employees.

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FEB
04

Join LinkedIn Groups to Develop Your Online Presence!

I love LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great place to be a voice. And to also connect with people you in a similar industry to yourself. For many of us, LinkedIn is used as a way to search for jobs and connect. But for businesses, it can go beyond this, with the use of something like Linkedin Integration, by targeting the right audiences for their products and content. There is so much more to this platform than we think. Today I'm going to write about one of the many ways you can begin to establish your online presence through LinkedIn Groups. When I discovered people were watching me on LinkedIn, I honestly had no idea. I was just doing what I do, i.e., helping people. After all, I am a Career Coach. And, I do participate in Groups on LinkedIn with other professionals related to Career Coaching.

 

Typically, I would simply answer a question by commenting for one of my teammates or Group members. I didn't realize I was creating an online presence until people started contacting me and telling me they knew who I was from my online presence on LinkedIn.

 

 

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JAN
20

Interviewing Tip #2

Last week we discussed the 3 things employers look for with Interviewing Tip #1, i.e., your experience, motivation and fit.  For a refresher of all the details, I recommend reviewing Interviewing Tip #1.  Are you ready for Interview Tip #2?  Read on ...

 

INTERVIEWING Q&A

Today, I am going give you a great example of how to answer one of the most tough questions asked to specifically let the employer know “I have the experience.  I have the motivation. And, I am a great fit for the company."

 

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JAN
15

Interviewing Tip #1

Hi everyone.  I finally got my blog up and running. What career coaching tips would you love to read in my Blog?  Do you need interviewing help?  Would you like career advice from an Executive Coach with over 25 years experience?  Let’s discuss the job interview.  Read on …

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR?

INTERVIEWING TIP#1

Do you know what employers are really looking for? 

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JAN
06

True "Career Transformation" Success Stories by 7 Fabulous Coaches!

I am so excited to bring to you 7 true stories of “Career Transformation” told by 7 of the greatest coaches you could ever meet.

 

As part of this team, I've captured these 7 "Career Transformation" stories in 7 individual (5-10) minute interviews.

 

Click here to listen to the "Career Transformation" interviews FREE!

 

The 7 coaches who have shared their true stories are:

 

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JAN
03

Two Ways 50+ Job Seekers Landed Great Jobs Volunteering!

I was thinking about what I would like to write to you this week - resume writing, interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating. Then, I read a comment on volunteering as a job seeker on LinkedIn Groups. The group is called JobAngels, a Hiring for Hope program.

 

I have many success stories of real people going through career transition while volunteering.  I would like to share two of these stories of encouragement with you today. As a job seeker, whether you want to change careers or need help networking, I hope this blog will encourage you to volunteer, network and help others do the same. If while you're volunteering and you need to earn some cash you could look into real work from home jobs some more and see if you can earn money from home. The following are true stories from professionals who were once in the position where many of you are today. Volunteering made a positive change to their lives forever. Are you interested in hearing more? Read on …

 

Success Story #1

Lucy reached out via email.  Her response back was a job offer.

Lucy was looking for a job due to a company buyout where she worked for 19 years.  She lived in a small town in the Midwest with a population of about 5000 people. Her position was in Human Resources.  I remember, for several weeks, every time I asked her how she was doing with her job search, she would start the conversation with “I live in a small town, I’m 55 years old and there are no jobs here for me.” We had already discussed how to network and contact people she knew to let them know she is available and looking for work. Lucy had only been seeking jobs posted in her local paper and online.  After several weeks, she was finally ready to step out-of-the-box and let others know she was looking for a job. She already had been volunteering 17 years for a local non profit organization.  When she emailed the Assistant Director to ask her to be a reference for her job search, the Assistant Director's response was “I just got promoted to Director. Would you like to have my job as Assistant Director?” Lucy was thrilled. She loved working for this woman and at this time of her life, she was ready to make a career change. She had been preparing for the latter part of her work life all along and didn’t even realize it. She gratefully accepted this paid position. Does this sound familiar to you?  If so, are you ready to take the challenge and start networking to let others you know you’re looking for work?

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OCT
22

Job Seeker Holiday Tips! 3 Gifts to Give Yourself

Welcome to this week's career blog post. My hope is to give the Job Seeker Holiday Tips! Tools to help each of you through the holiday season with encouragement. The holiday season is a joyous time for so many friends and family members around the globe. However, for the many job seekers and their families, the holiday season is bittersweet, a sad time. Today I am writing to all, including those folks in the grieving process after losing a job or the loss of loved one or maybe you were caught in the floods or fire and lost your home.   If you are interested in having career blogs sent directly to your email box, I welcome you to sign up for your FREE job tips on my website JustResumesUSA.com.

 

 

 

Below are Beautiful Job Seeker Holiday Tips! These Tips are Both Simple and Powerful!

 

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SEP
02

Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

The holiday season is approaching. Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas are just around the corner.  If you think it's time to slow down your job search, think again!

Why? There are two big reasons why you should be prepared for the Holiday Job Search and Networking. The first reason is because most job seekers are taking a break from Holiday Job Search and Networking and there is a lot less competition. The second reason is most companies are hiring through the holidays to ramp up for the first of the year. I have had many clients land interviews and receive job offers in November and December. Holiday Job Search and Networking is a great time for you to connect at party’s and gatherings with friends and family members. 

In this week's blog, I will share with you great tips on how to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking. I will also share with you a couple of great client success stories.

Below are Great Tips for Your Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

Tip#1. Prepare Networking business cards and bring them with you to hand out at the Holiday parties and gatherings. For example, when you're Holiday Job Search and Networking as a sales manager, your networking business card may say “SALES MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL” with your contact information, i.e., phone number(s), email address and LinkedIn URL from your resume. I recommend going to Vistaprint.com. They print many business card styles for free. You only pay for shipping.

Tip#2. Have your 30 second commercial or elevator speech ready to connect to people through the holidays. For Holiday Job Search and Networking, your 30 second commercial will be something like this … “I’m exploring Sales Management job opportunities in the Denver market, however, I’m not just looking for a job, I’m networking, looking for contacts. Do you know anyone in the ABC industry or ABC company? May I use your name?" This way you can call and set up your own informational interviews where you may have a job created for you in the process.

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