Everyone messes up. But when it comes to your job search, the stakes are high and one wrong move can make a bad impression on the hiring manager. So what are some of the most common ones to avoid? The career coaching service experts at ResumeSpice have the answers you need. Here’s a look at a few: (more…)
Looking for a new job? Afraid your current title will limit the kind of position you can secure? You might be thinking about editing, tweaking or changing it altogether in order to make yourself more marketable.
But you should take a cautious approach when doing this. Otherwise, a hiring manager could call your existing company to confirm your job title and employment dates, then get a nasty surprise in the process. Rather, if you’re concerned about your job title impacting your search, consider tweaking it slightly instead. (more…)
When it comes to your resume, your job history is the most important part. After all, this is what tells a potential employer whether or not you’re a good fit for the role. But when it comes to actually writing about the different positions you’ve held in the past, what’s important to include and what should you leave out? Here are some tips from the resume writing experts at ResumeSpice to help you:
Write a brief overview of each position.
It’s important for hiring managers to understand what you’re capable of. To do that, determine which tasks and responsibilities were primary to each role and most pertinent for the job you apply to, then write them out in bullet point format.
Align each task with an accomplishment.
Once you have a clear sense of which duties and tasks are important to include, connect them to a clear accomplishment. For instance, rather than just stating that you answered phones and transferred calls, say something like: “Managed a system with 10 phone lines, seamlessly transferring calls and taking detailed messages whenever necessary.”
Prioritize each task and accomplishment.
When it comes to your resume, hiring managers only spend a few seconds glancing at it. That’s why the most relevant information needs to be front and center. To do that, make sure you’re ordering your lists of tasks and accomplishments, so the ones that are most important are at or near the top.
Edit it all down so it’s as concise as possible.
Once you have all the details that are important to include, you then need to edit it down so it’s clear and concise. Go through each point looking for any unnecessary information that you can cut out.
As you’re editing, keep in mind that your resume doesn’t need to include every job you’ve had since high school. It’s meant to be a marketing document that offers your career highlight reel to potential employers, showcasing why you’re a great fit for their position.
Get help with the process.
If you’re tired of spinning your wheels on your resume and want to bring in experts, call the resume writing team at ResumeSpice. We’ll work to get to know your background, skills and key strengths, all so we can help your resume stand out. Find out more by reaching out to us at 832.930.7378 or by contacting us online.
Set up your LinkedIn profile a few years ago and haven’t given it a second glance since? You’re certainly not alone. However, if it’s been months or even years since you last laid eyes on your profile, it could have a negative impact on your job search.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time, investing just a little effort can go a long way in sprucing it up, so it has more appeal among hiring managers and recruiters. And our LinkedIn profile writing experts can help. Here’s how:
Post a professional headshot.
If your profile picture looks too casual, or worse, you don’t have one at all, then it’s going to reflect on you negatively. In fact, far fewer recruiters and hiring managers will take you seriously. So make sure you post a professional-looking picture, one that positions you in a positive light.
Make sure it includes keywords.
The ones you use depend on the types of jobs you’re looking for. But whatever they are, be sure to optimize your profile page with these keywords, including them in the top portion of your profile, especially in the Summary.
Don’t forget about your industry.
If you work in a particular industry and want to remain in it, then be sure to include it in your profile. When you do, you’ll be more likely to be found by potential employers in that industry looking for professionals like you. Not only that, but this positions you as more of an expert in a specific field, rather than a generalist.
Spend some time on the Skills section.
Don’t include every possible skill. Instead, focus on those that are most relevant to the kinds of opportunities that you’re looking for. In addition, order them by priority, making the most relevant ones first.
One of the best ways to stand out and attain more credibility is through recommendations. So don’t be afraid to reach out to past colleagues and managers and ask them to write one for you. When you do, it will be one of the first areas that a recruiter or potential employer will read.
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