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Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-3

resume writing mythsMany 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 and throughout your career. 

In Part-1 we exposed the first four resume writing myths. These resume writing myths included 1-page versus 2-page resumes, chronological resumes, accomplishments and employment history.

In Part-2 we exposed resume writing myths five through eight. These resume writing myths included your education and GPA, community service and functional resumes.

Today we will expose the final four resume writing myths in this 3-part series. These 12 Resume Writing Myths are all from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-3

  9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.

10. Create a list of all your accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age.

 

resume writing myths 9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.  Absolute, not.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Employers are looking to see what you accomplished going back 10 to 15 years. For this reason, it is necessary to put the dates on your resume going back up to 15 years in order to get through the Human Resources initial screening process.  It is not recommended to include dates for positions beyond the 15 years.

I cover details of this topic in Part-2 of the 12 Top Resume Writing Myths Exposed!

10. Create a list of all accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes. This is another one of the resume writing myths and one of the reasons your functional resume may not be working for you. A functional resume is a skills-based resume. For this reason, it is important to create two to four skills sub-headings under Selected Accomplishments. Then, rearrange or type your accomplishments under the appropriate skill sub-heading. This is the beauty of the functional resume for those of you making a career change or a lateral change in your career. The resume screener and/or employer can quickly see within the 15 second glance you may be a great candidate for the interview.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Unless the employer specifically asks for a 1-page resume, your resume should be only 1- or 2-pages. If you have 1-page or 1/2 page of related publications, patents or projects to add to your resume, I recommend creating an "Addendum to Resume" and add this information to the Addendum. This way you will get through the screening process and the employer can see what they want to read first and review the Addendum when they are read to do so.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age. Another one of the resume writing myths to be exposed, here and now. This is true, it certainly is the electronic age. I agree to go green by being environmentally conscientious. However, you will need to bring your resume to the interview. I recommend bringing at least 5 copies of your resume on resume paper to give to each interviewer. A good resume paper is "Linen."  The best color of Linen paper for your resume is brilliant white, ivory or light grey. It's important to make sure the paper you select compliment the words on your resume, not dominant it.

 

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 me 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

From the Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! 5 Interview Statements. True or False?

Interview QuizAs a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs on success stories and tips for job seekers going through career transition on the topics of resumes, the interview, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects to help you through career transition.  Today, I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different.  So, this week we’ll take a quiz to review two of my blog posts written earlier this year on the interview and relevant today. Let's see what you remember.  If you haven't read my former interview posts, let's see how much you know. Let’s have some fun with this. Ready? Here we go…

Below are 5 true or false questions based on two of my popular blog posts titled “Job Interviewing Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember” and the “Top Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts for Women and Men to Dress for Success.”

5 Interview Question

 Review the interview statements below. Are they True or False?

 1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments. Even if it’s unrelated to the job, it’s still one of your accomplishments.

 2. Focus your answers on your skills

 3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer.

 4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses in the interview.

 5. Do wear light cologne or none at all.

 

Man Reviewing Interview Quiz1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments even if it's unrelated to the job.  False. Do answer all situational questions with an accomplishment. However, you do want to direct your answers to the company needs.  And, present your answers on what you can do for the company, not what they can do for you.  Many interviewees do not remember to do this.  I also recommend using the S.A.R. statement to answer all accomplishments. S.A.R. stands for Situation, Action, Result.  Begin with the verb that best describes your role. For example, managed, developed or represented. Discuss briefly 3 or 4 actions without too much detail. And, end with the result.  What was the outcome of your accomplishment that made it a success? If possible, quantify the results with a specific dollar amount or percentage increased or reduced.  If the results are not available yet, projections are acceptable. Remember to speak the language of the industry where you are interviewing.  This will tell the interviewer you are a good fit and ready to make the change.

2. Focus on your skills. True. Be specific. Say the skills the interviewer is looking for in your answers at least three times throughout your interview.  For example, if you are in Human Resources Management, you may want to name drop the skills Talent Management, Human Resources Management, and Training and Development.  What the employer hears three times in the interview, they will remember.

3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer. False. Do wear conservative colors onlyConservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you.  Do not wear power colors to the interview. For example, red is a power color.  Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

Business at interview wearing sunglasses4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. False. It is not acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. Eye contact is important.  Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would wear sunglasses, however, interviewers see it often. I remember seeing someone in an interview with sunglasses and a bright orange tie.  This is a perfect example of what not to do.

5. Do wear light cologne or none at all. True. Ladies and gentlemen, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne of an allergy. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this week’s blog fun and 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 …

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 …