Think of your resume this way: It’s an advertisement, and you are the product. Your goal is to get hiring managers to buy into what you’re selling — which means giving you an interview.
To accomplish that, you need to see it as your marketing tool, your trusty belt buckle of tricks. Without it, you are powerless. However, simply having a one isn’t enough to get you an interview.
To stand out from the crowd, it’s important that you know what to put on a resume to quickly demonstrate your ability. Otherwise, it might get thrown into the “no” pile before the hiring manager sees the full extent of your experience.
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LINKEDIN HEADLINE IDEAS THAT DON’T SUCK
LinkedIn headline is the very first step to help your profile stick out from the crowd.
The good news is that your LinkedIn headline is one of the easiest and most effective areas that you can fix. If you haven’t already noticed, your headline will default to your current job title and company. For example, if you are currently a sales manager at the company Find My Profession, your headline will automatically read “Sales Manager at Find My Profession”. If you are going for boring and uninspiring, then make sure to keep your default headline.
If you actually want to get noticed and create a LinkedIn headline that doesn’t suck, then make sure to add something compelling and interesting to start attracting those recruiters!
Be specific but not boring – Tell people exactly what you do while captivating the reader to want to learn more. Add your specialty, industry focus, or whatever it is that you are most known for.
Add some personality – Don’t be afraid to spice it up a bit with a little bit of personality. Make sure not to go overboard and mention something unprofessional such as “Number 1. Wine Guzzler”
LinkedIn Headline Ideas:
Worst: “Sales Manager at Jewelry4You”
O.K.: “Sales Pro Specializing in Wedding Jewelry and Cosmetics.
Best: “Sales Pro Specializing in Wedding Jewelry and Cosmetics. Classically Trained Pianist.”
Alas, you now have a LinkedIn headline that doesn’t suck!
you stand out!
What Are Your Long-Term Career Goals?
what are your long-term career goals
What are your long-term career goals? Have you ever been asked this question in an interview? This may seem like an easy question, but in reality, the right answer might be tougher than you think. Don’t walk into an interview unprepared.
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Make sure the email is short enough that a person can read it without having to scroll down on his or her smartphone.
You see, nowadays, everyone checks their email on-the-go, which means most people have enough time to basically open a message and give it one glance. So, while your message may’ve looked short and sweet on your laptop, it could be tedious to get through on your average phone’s screen.
And as you know, the easier you make it for someone to read your message, the more likely it is you’ll get a response. Not to mention having to scroll for days doesn’t exactly scream “I won’t take too much of your time.”
This means that before you send that “perfect” message off to someone important, send it to yourself first and open it on your phone to make sure it doesn’t involve too much scrolling. And while you’re there, also take a look at formatting. What looked fine on your computer may not look so polished on the phone (I’m looking at you, email that suddenly is in six different fonts when I’m checking it on my iPhone)
This small extra step could mean the difference between radio silence and getting your foot in the door at your dream company.
- Find out what’s expected of you.
Try to find out as much as you can before the interview. Who will be in the audience and how long will you be required to speak for?
You should also be told if you’re expected to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and when your slides should be submitted. Don’t be afraid to ask if anything is unclear – the more you know, the better you can prepare
2. Focus on your opening and ending
It’s important to plan and rehearse the exact words you’ll use to start and end your presentation and also how you’ll link different sections of your presentation. What can you say that will grab their attention? It could be a thought-provoking question, a brief story or a fact.
3. Rehearse against a stop watch
It is very important you rehearse with a stop-watch, as most candidates try to fit in too much. Most recruitment presentations I’ve seen require a 10-minute presentation and you’re not likely to be able to get through more than 5 slides during this time.
4. Use PowerPoint carefully
The worst PowerPoint presentations contain too much text, which the presenter then reads off screen. Don’t make that mistake.
Keep attention on what you say rather than what you’re showing and keep the slides simple. 3-6 bullet points per slide plus an image typically works well.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend giving our handouts as it is then easy for the interviewers to lose attention.
5. Prove that you’re suitable for the job.
Depending on the topic of your presentation, show that you understand what the organisation is trying to achieve and what the wider challenges are. Show them how you can help them meet some of these challenges.
Be confident in your capability – this is not the time to be modest.
6. Conquer your nerves
Giving presentations is intimidating to a lot of people but being well prepared will make you a lot more relaxed. Walk into the room confidently and greet the panel with the smile – it’s a great way to
7. Be engaging
Audiences enjoy listening to people who know their stuff and speak with energy about the topic. You don’t need to be the best presenter to make an impression – but enthusiasm and good preparation will win the audience over.
“Tell Me About Yourself”
So, the first question you’re probably going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” Now, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to go bullet by bullet through your resume. Instead, it’s probably your first and best chance to pitch the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.
what you don’t know is the hiring manager is really testing your confidence, breaking the ice and seeing how you really market yourself.
A formula I really like to use is called the Present-Past-Future formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, segue into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.
Let me give you an example:
If someone asked, “tell me about yourself,” you could say:
“Well, I’m currently an account executive at Smith, where I handle our top performing client. Before that, I worked at an agency where I was on three different major national healthcare brands. And while I really enjoyed the work that I did, I’d love the chance to dig in much deeper with one specific healthcare company, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity with Metro Health Center.”
Remember throughout your answer to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the hiring manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. And ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories and anecdotes—the hiring manager already has your resume, so they also want to know a little more about you.
Many people say we living in tough times it’s so hard to get a job.
To some extent I agree however, I say to them have you updated your Resume does it stand out?
With so many Resumes out there competing with how do you stand out from the rest of the pack?
Would you hire you?
Does your Resume Market you perfectly?
Does your resume tell the recruiter what you can bring to the table?
If you answered No to any of the above you need my Help.
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Sometimes it takes losing someone to make you realize the impact they left on you…
You may not even be close to them but they can do so with just a single memory…
Saddest part of all is this story will never be shared to them … cause time waits for no man …. quoting William Shakespeare…
I didn’t understand the depth of those words until now.
All we can do is make the most of your time, always make time for others. Let your life be just as impactable if not greater.