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Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-2

Resume Writing MythsIf you're new to my blog, I'd like to welcome you. Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

Last week we exposed the first 4 Resume Writing Myths. This week in Part-2 we will expose Resume Writing Myths # 5 through #8 of this 3-part series.  Again, I am discussing 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths each week. These Resume Writing Myths are from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-2

5. Always include your GPA.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume.

7. Community Service is not important on your resume.

8. The functional resume does not require an Employment History section

 

5. Always include your GPA. This is one of the Resume Writing Myths I would like exposed. The truth is “Only add your GPA to the resume if it is a 3.5 or higher. Why? Because some companies require a GPA of a 3.5 or above, most do not.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume. This is another one of the Resume Writing Myths that needs to be exposed, here and now. If you have a degree, include your degree on your resume. If you do not have a degree, include the major, university name, city, state and one-line stating how many years or credits you’ve completed.

For example, (Earned 42 credits towards degree.)

Your resume is the place for you to give yourself full credit, where credit is due.

Resume Writing Myths7. Community Service is not important on your resume. Again, this is one of the Resume Writing Myths. Unless you are in Health Care or in the field of Education or Academia it is not necessary to add your community service or volunteer positions held. However, I find it valuable for most of my clients for two reasons. The first reason is this … If you’re an accountant and volunteer in the role of “Treasurer” this adds value by including additional experience to your resume. The second reason I like to include community service to the resume is it can add character to your resume, your good character.

8. The functional resume does not require an Employment History section. This is absolutely another one of the Resume Writing Myths. I still see functional resumes today without the Employment History.

 

This is one of the Resume Writing Myths that has given the functional resume a “bad rap”over the years.

It is very important to include all the same sections on the functional resume as necessary on the chronological resume, including the Employment History. Why? Because the Human Resources professionals look for this information on your resume and you will need this information in order to get through the screening process.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Stay tuned next week for Part-3 of "Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth Be Told!"

 

Job Seeker’s 3 “Must Have” Networking Tips! The 30 Second Commercial

NetworkingI have had requests for quick tips on networking. Many of you know I am an Executive Career Coach and Professional Resume Writer. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, networking, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition.  Today, I’ll share with you the importance of the 30 Second Commercial and the 3 “Must Have” tips to include in your 30 second commercial.

Why the 30 Second Commercial is important for job seeker's networking!

Your 30 second commercial is often referred to as the “elevator speech.” As a job seeker, you want to be ready, at a moment’s notice, with your “30 Second Commercial” as you run into people in your daily life. I call these people "angels along the way." Why? Because metaphorically speaking, when one door closes, new doors are opening up for you. And, I would like to help you recognize the doors as they open. For example, without being prepared with your 30 Second Commercial, you may never know the person who was standing behind you in line at the grocery store was the one with a contact for your next job. So, it is important to think “Networking minded” by being prepared at all times to let people know you are networking.

In addition to social networking on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, it is wise for you to be networking with your banker, doctor’s office personnel, veterinarian office, cleaning lady (you don’t know whose houses she's cleaning, now do you?) She could be cleaning a business or house of someone you’d like to work, or knows someone else.) Maybe it’s your neighbor.  Remember, it's not who you know, it's who they know that may lead you to the next great job!

Networking

Here are the Top 3 “Must Have” Networking Tips for your 30 Second Commercial.

1. Let the potential networking contact know you’re not just looking for a job.

2. Make it clear to the potential networking contact you are interested in a contact name for a specific company or specific industry.

Networking3. Create a networking business card.

 

1. Let the potential networking contact know you’re not just looking for a job. It’s important when you’re preparing a 30 Second Commercial to include, “I’m not just looking for a job. I’m networking, looking for contact names." Why? There are a lot more people who may know someone working at the company or in the industry you are interested, then people that know of a job opening.

2. Make it clear to the potential networking contact you are interested in a contact name of someone they may know at a specific company or specific industry. It’s important you ask “Do you know anyone at the ABC Corporation or in the ABC industry. Why? This is an opportunity for you to tap into the unadvertised job market and set up your own informational meetings, before the potential jobs get posted. There is no competition which is one reason this process works so well.

3. Create a networking business card. It’s a good idea to have networking business cards with you ready to hand out to the people you meet at all times. This networking card is similar to a business card without the company name. Include your contact information, i.e., your name, phone number, email address social networking information for LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook along with a descriptive job title. For example, Health Care Executive Manager. Vistaprint.com will print networking business cards for free. You just pay for shipping.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're a job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! Negotiating? Be Creative. Think Outside-the-Box

Negotiating Story from JustResumesUSA.comMany of you know, I am an Executive Coach and Professional Resume Writer. I write weekly blog's of success stories and valuable career tips to help professionals with resume writing, interviewing, networking, social networking and negotiating.

This week's blog is one of my favorite negotiating success stories. This is the story of Dane.  Within his 15 years of hard work and dedication, Dane became the #1 Executive Sales Manager at the Corporate Office of a retail chain in the construction Industry. 

After a reorganization and negotiating, he stepped down in salary and position to keep his job. 

Dane had a family to support.  He accepted the position of Sales Representative as he looked for another sales management position.  Now, with lower pay, whenever the executive managers had questions, they came to him.  Afterall, he was the problem solver and was still the most valued employee at the company.  Dane was in a difficult, frustrating position as he began his job search.

We discussed the importance of networking as his primary focus for his job search.  And, we discussed how to maximize his networking skills.  After several weeks of networking and interviewing, he got a great job offer with a property management firm for the position of Director of Capital Expenditures.

With creative negotiating, he took on this new company as a client and moved back up to Executive Sales Manager with his current employer.

How did this happen? And why?  During the reorganization, Dane's current employer was sold to an international company. He liked the new management team and they liked him. The new owners wanted Dane back in Executive Sales Management.  They needed him.  His current employer made him a counter offer. With creative, out-of-the-box negotiating ideas, I suggested he bring this new company on as a client with bonuses and commissions and keep both job opportunities. Dane's current employer worked on an Agreement which allowed him to oversee the property management company as his client and move back up to the Executive Sales Management position. His new client picked up the tab for his car allowance and cell phone expense.  And, my client got the salary increase he always wanted and more! Cool story?  With creative, out-of-the-box thinking, this can happen to you, too!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Executive Job Search Networking! 3 Tips to Land Informational Meetings

As an Executive Coach, I work with Executives through their career transition and beyond. I write professional resumes and coach professionals on how to successfully network, social network, interview, negotiate the salary and/or move up to the next level at the company.  Last week, we discussed how to get past voicemail in order to reach the decision maker when networking and making follow up phone calls. Networking purposely and successfully is the key to reaching your job search goals in today’s job market.  This week, we will continue to focus on “Networking for the Executive job search.”

 

If you have a mutual networking contact, most of you are aware, the percentage of landing the informational meeting is higher than without a contact. I’d like to share with you 3 tips that will be sure to increase your success to land informational meetings on your follow up phone calls without a networking contact. 

As an Executive Coach, I have listened to many phone calls while clients made their initial calls in my office. Through listening to client phone calls and hearing the decision maker’s needs on the calls …

 

I discovered 3 common responses from decision makers. And, created 3 not-so-common answers for the Executive to successfully land informational meetings

 

These 3 tips will increase your chances of landing the informational meeting without having a mutual contact, simply be meeting the decision maker’s immediate needs.  I recommend the Executive make follow up calls immediately after you send your resume or networking brief and informational cover letter.  Here are the 3 most common responses and answers for you to respond. 

 

1. If they say “I’m busy at the moment.” I recommend the Executive SAY this …”I sent you information, is it okay if I call back in a couple days after you received it?”

 

2. If they say “We have no openings.”  I recommend the Executive SAY this … “I understand, I am not JUST looking for a job right now, I am networking and looking for contacts and would really like your expertise and I find networking more effective, meeting face-to-face.  Do you have 15 minutes to meet with me in the next week or so?”

 

3. If it is clear that they are too busy to meet in person, I recommend the Executive SAY this…”Do you have time to schedule a phone meeting with me?”

 

If they say “I’m busy at the moment." Respond by letting them know you sent information and ask if it’s okay if you call back in a couple days. This response is mutually beneficial for three reasons …

First, you’re respecting the fact they are busy at the moment.

Second, they just gave you permission to make the next follow up call after they receive your resume or networking brief. 

Third, they are now expecting your call.

 

If they say “We have no openings.” This can be a very positive response for the Executive setting up informational meetings.

This is a common response when the decision maker has a need, but hasn't had the time to discuss it with Human Resources yet.  This is where you are in the right place, at the right time.  I found while listening to the initial calls, when the decision maker says “We have no openings,” they typically are thinking …

"They have a need for an Executive and would like to meet with you, but do not want the pressure of you thinking there is a job open.” 

Why? Because there is no job open, not yet, anyway. And, they want to meet you to see if you’re a good fit before they let you know they have a need. With the response of being respectful and honest by letting them know you really are networking and only interested in setting up an informational meeting, you probably will land that informational meeting.  And, they will let you know "at the end" of the meeting by asking you if you're interested in having Human Resources interview you for a potential, upcoming job opportunity.

 

If it is clear that they are too busy to meet in person, ask if they have time to schedule a phone meeting.  If they're not interested, thank them and move on to your next call. If you're still interested in the company, however, continue to look for a contact through networking or social networking, via Facebook, LinkedIn or join the company discussion's on Twitter to get to know employees at the company. And let them get to know you. I wrote a blog two weeks ago on the Job Seeker's Toolkit using Twitter.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information useful. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage other job seekers. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …