SAGE ADVICE FOR RESUMES, INTERVIEWING, AND MORE!
- By bruce w clagg
Résumé Writing 101
We have all had to struggle through writing a résumé since graduation. It’s fun, isn’t it? How to start, how to format, what to type in and not type in, when to ‘end’ it, style and font size, text boxes/columns, page frames, graphics, acronyms behind my name, format (Word ’97, .pdf), etc.? YUK!
Let’s start with 101. “Résumé” is French for ‘summary.’ SUMMARY! Over the decades, Americans quit using the accents above the ‘e’ and simply type it as “Resume.” You may have heard of a ‘CV.’ From the Latin, Curriculum Vitae means ‘[the] course of [my] life.’ Those in Canada and Europe still refer to their ‘summary’ as a ‘CV,’ which it is generally not. It's a cultural thing. Few, if any hiring decision-makers (DMs) want, or need to know your life history. In America, DMs and those in Human Resources skim a resume for 3 to 7 seconds seeking a reason to read it further and possibly contact you for an interview, or quickly delete it. THIS IS THE SOLE PURPOSE OF A RESUME! Only great interviewing will earn you the job offer. Then, how ‘fair’ is that job offer and how desperate are you?
Will Gig Workers Become the New “Employee?”
A gig worker (a term borrowed from the music industry: going from job to job, or gig to gig) is an independent contractor that is contracted by a company to perform a service, or services. This ‘contract’ may not have a term, e.g. 6 months, 1 year. Probably, when the assigned task(s) are completed, so is the job.
Is a Gap in Work History a Career Killer?
A gap in work history used to be a ‘red flag’ to hiring managers, but is it still as bad for a candidate to have months, or even years, without a job?
Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!
About 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, but most of us don’t make it to February with our goals intact. The good news for folks who are focusing their resolutions on their careers is that there are plenty of opportunities to make small changes at work. You never know what will have a big impact on your career.
I am not suggesting that everyone change their career path, but since more than 70% of executives have their resumes floating on the Internet, it’s apparent that many are open to other opportunities.
Sure, certain things may not be to your liking with your present employer and the grass always appears greener with the prospective employer. In my experience, that may be true however the grass that WAS green with the last employer may be brown with the new employer. You won’t know until you get there and then what?
Asking the best questions to (a) gain as much information as you feel that you need to confidently decide (which most candidates are content/forced into being interrogated in an interview), and (b) be as certain as possible as to why you are changing companies, and/or industries – it’s a whole, new learning experience!
I have coached more than 1,000 clients into an easier and more productive way to interview that provides positive separation between you and those competitors that appear ‘better’ in print. Even pro athletes have a coach! “SELL THE FIT!” Learn how!
I wish all of my readers and ‘followers’ the happiest of New Years!
Personality Tests. What Do They Mean…if anything?
These so-called ‘tests,’ or 'assessments' have been around for years. Many companies utilize them today, along with some possible people ‘certified’ on deciphering the results. Meyers-Briggs, DISC®, 360, and probably a couple of others are the most popular. 25+ available!
Those that swear by the results say they can assess your personality and behavioral traits and instincts that your mother may not know. Like so many other things such as political persuasion, or ideologies regarding anything, if you believe, then you believe. These folks are convinced they know how you will react to just about anything from a 30 to 60-minute test!
I DO NOT!
Hello! I'm Bruce Clagg,
Advanced Career Solutions
Advanced Career Solutions (ACS) is a professional resume writing services firm also providing unique, job interview training, LinkedIn Profile rebuilding, career counseling & coaching from the ONLY certified professional* in Texas. - Bruce Clagg, Rapid Employment & Career Management Coach
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