8 cringeworthy phrases that are ruining your resume (14-October-2019) –

  • “A proven track record” vs. give concrete examples
  • “With a passion for” vs. come up with a better reason for what you do
  • “Goal oriented” vs. find a more descriptive term for your work instead
  • “Detail oriented” vs. exemplify this characteristic in the work examples you provide
  • “Synergy vs. stick to pain terms when describing your accomplishments
  • “Excellent communication skills” vs. list specific skillsets or nail your cover letter.

Job Hunting?  A Google Executive Says to Use This 3-Part Resume Formula to Stand Out: Get Noticed, Get Hired (11-October-2019)

  • Google receives over 50,000 job applications per week.
  • Resume with a typo in it is automatically rejected.
  • Excessive length
  • The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview
  • 3 part formula to strengthen as many bullet points as you possibly can = Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z]
  • Start with an ACTIVE VERB, then NUMERICALLY MEASURE what you accomplished, provide a baseline for comparison and DETAIL what you did to achieve your goal.

3 must-see resume writing tips for anyone who actually wants a job (20-Sept-2019) –

  • Follow a standard format full of easy-to-read bullet points
  • List quantifiable accomplishments beginning with action verbs
  • Focus on networking if you really want to find a job

6 Ways to Make Recruiting a Stress-Free Process

  • Choose who you want to target
  • Create a set of standard questions
  • Use a Calendar app
  • Take a Mental ‘Break’
  • Avoid Distractions Before, and During, Interviews
  • Don’t be critical of yourself

8 Ways to Always Stay Employable in Changing Times (08/12/2016) –

  • MASTER THEORY.  Those with deeper understanding survive better.  Allows you to be more adaptive and you will have a wider scope.
  • FIND MENTORS.  Surround yourself with people who have achieved what you want to achieve and engage them.
  • LEARN HOW TO LEARN.  If you create your own process for learning and exploration, you will rarely be left behind regardless of an industry shift.
  • NETWORK.  Invest in your connections and be proactive about networking. If you treat your professional relationships as investments and make a genuine effort to help them grow, you’ll have a diversified set of relationships that will be the catalyst to your growth and mobility in the job market for years to come.
  • DEEPEN YOUR EXPERTISE.   If you know your tools on a deeper level than what you use day to day, you will make better decisions, be more effective in your role, and be adaptive to the future – helping both you and your team excel.
  • ENGAGE OTHERS IN YOUR GROWTH.  If you ask for help, assistance is immediate and the benefit you gain far surmounts the 10 seconds of discomfort when asking the question in the first place.
  • BECOME A STRATEGIC THINKER.  To be an attractive hire, you need to be accountable and get things done. But people won’t really know that about you until you are hired. In a tough job environment, companies want to hire the people with great ideas that will help a company grow during disruptive change. Before an important interview, Patel suggests taking the time to brainstorm ideas that may help the company grow its product offerings or cut unnecessary expenses.

8 Common Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make

  • Mistake -> Kicking Back and Taking a Break.  Fix: Keep busy.  Employers look for self-starters.  Remain active by consulting or blogging in your field, so you can raise your profile.
  • Mistake -> Using Dated Email Accounts.  Fix: AOL and Yahoo email addresses mark you as dated.  Consider creating a professional email address for your job hunt with Gmail or Outlook.   If your name has already been claimed, add something that identifies your profession, such as jsmitheditor or jsmithmarketing
  • Mistake -> Missing a Digital Presence.  Fix – Tweet, friend and connect.  Consider this: Recruiters use LinkedIN and other social media tools to find candidates.  “The biggest mistake I see is older job seekers confusing privacy with invisibility,” says Susan P. Joyce, an online job-search expert.
  • Resource – AARP’s Job Board.
  • Mistake -Lacking Salary Flexibility.  Fix – Temper salary demands.  This is a deal breaker for lots of older workers, who find it insulting to be offered less than they were making in their last job.  One way to soften the blow is to negotiate for more flex-time, vacation days and other perks that can bump up your package so you don’t lose face.
  • Mistake – Overlooking Contacts.  Fix – Network, network, network.  This is business.  You never know who might be in a position to help or introduce you to someone who can.  Dig deep into your network.
  • Mistake – Overdoing Your Resume.  Fix – limit your resume to 2 pages.  Recruiters will scan it in 20 to 30 seconds.  Choose a traditional font.  Tell a story in snippets.  Restrict your work history to the past 10 years.  And proofread it.
  • Mistake – Ruling Out Jobs.  Fix – Don’t overthink the job description.  Treat a job posting as an ideal.  Often it’s a wish list of what a company would love a new employee to have, but only a number of the requirements are really essential.  A good attitude and a solid work history will carry you the rest of the way.
  • Mistake – Waiting for the Perfect Job.  Fix – Stop living in the past.  Don’t pass on a job because you don’t think it’s an ideal fit.  It might be; it’s just now what you have been doing.  When it comes to landing a job, don’t be stuck in the idea that you need to replace the job you had before.  Look at your skill set and experience as transferable.
  • Lifelong learning

20 must-have skills to put on your resume (24-Sept-2019) —

  • (Soft skills) – Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, Flexibility, Communication, Teamwork, Organization, Creativity, Emotional Intelligence, Attention to Detail, Responsibility
  • (Hard skills) – Computer Software & Application Knowledge, Design, Data Analysis, Negotiation, Mathematics, Project Management, Marketing, Administrative, Writing, Foreign Languages,
  • (Organize the Skills Section of Your Resume) – sort by relevance, add a highlights section, categorize by skills

21 Ways To Improve Your Resume (10-Sept-2019)

    1. Emphasize results
    2. Use keywords
    3. Focus the resume
    4. Be concise
    5. Limit resume to 2 pages
    6. Use a bullet style format
    7. Add a summary of qualifications section
    8. Note your skillset first
    9. Don’t hide graduation years
    10. Make it visually appealing (readable, sharp, professional, Arial 12 font, save as PDF to preserve formatting)
    11. Do not lie or embellish
    12. Clarify a job title
    13. Use action verbs
    14. No abbreviations or acronyms
    15. Use the correct tense
    16. Skip tables
    17. Avoid graphics, artistic designs, color inks, emojis & photos
    18. Don’t advertise negative information
    19. Proofread
    20. Cover your bases.  Network.
    21. No tag lines.

Google Recruiters Say Using ‘X-Y-Z Formula’ on Your Resume Will Improve Your Odds of Getting Hired at Google, (09/12/2019)

  • BASIC FORMATTING – highly readable, format as PDF, skip the objective, check for typos, use bullet points, include contact info,
  • FOR TECHNICAL JOBS – include your Github link
  • CUSTOMIZATION – write a new, tailored resume for every position you apply for; keep it to 1 page, unless it is for a technical position
  • USE THE X, Y, Z FORMULA – Accomplished (X) as measured by (Y) by doing (Z)
  • ADVANCED FORMATTING – organize your resume.  For recent graduates – “school, degree, major, GPA, month and year of graduation
  • FOR TECHNICAL APPLICANTS – include your Github link at the top of your resume alongside your contact info.  List prominently – programming languages, projects and experience

How to update and edit your own resume (and land the job) (Sept 2019)

    • Recruiters & hiring managers scan resumes for 6 seconds
    • Track your accomplishments and wins, update your skillset
    • DIG DEEP TO DEFINE THE “WHY?” (Soul Search – exercises & self reflection) – Your top interests, key motivators, skills you want to employ, ways you want to contribute/find purpose, top strengths and talents, your best qualities, the best work environment, activities you get the most enjoyment from, salary & benefits
    • Statements are optional depending on circumstances (What are you trying to accomplish professionally)
    • List your most impressive/relevant accomplishments first.
    • RESUME = provide context, details & results to reflect why you are the right person for the job. [ metrics ]
    • Don’t rush to update a resume, take your time.  Red flags to recruiters = spelling errors, incorrect verb tenses, personal pronouns, alignment & spacing issues.  Have friends review your resume.
    • Be concise in your wording
    • Use keywords carefully.  Look at keywords in the job description and customize your resume accordingly.
    • Customize the cover letter.  Why you would be a good fit, research the company, add insights, curate bullet points.  Make a good impression.

Marketing yourself as an older job seeker (25-September-2019)

  • “over-qualified, not technically skilled enough, perceived as too old, lost their edge”
  • hybrid approach, well thought out resume, emphasize experience, eagerness to learn, comfort levels in working with diverse groups, to the best of their ability the latest technical skills germane to the job, “thumping” including a willingness to travel or relocate, keeping abreast of the latest versions of popular business software,

Resume reinvention: Storytelling and its connection to your brand, (09/12/2019)

  • Unique brand centered around a theme – ONE.  “One moment, one journey, & one life to make a difference.”
  • Resume as marketing collateral

Setting Goals to Improve Your Career (09/19/2019) –

  • Why?  Gives you a framework to achieve milestones
  • Short term vs. long-term goals
  • Setting personal goals
  • Setting professional goals
  • “SMART goal framework” – Specific + Measureable + Achievable + Relevant + Time-Based
    • Make your goal as clear as possible
    • Define how you will measure success
    • Check whether your goals are achievable
    • Make sure your goal is relevant
    • Set a beginning and end date

Stanford career experts explain the 5 things that will get your resume in front of top hiring managers (9/12/2019) –

  • Functional descriptions – Design your descriptions to focus on your achievements.  Use action words – increased, attained, chaired, developed, adapted, solved, persuaded, directed, coached, managed, executed
  • A good length – keep it brief, consistently well organized, concise.
  • A proper format – choose a format that presents your strengths clearly
  • Quantified results – make sure your descriptions include quantifying results
  • A peer review – ask others to review your resume for content & grammar.  Ask for areas of improvement

The Secret to Getting Your Resume Noticed (9/13/2019)

    • Competitive job market – resume must stand out
    • (<) job descriptions, duties & responsibilities
    • Demonstrate your accomplishments & prove your value to employers
    • (Blank paper exercise) – brainstorm everything you’ve done in the last 5 years, things you got an award or promotion for
    • Highlight the 3 best accomplishments per position you’ve held – these will show off skills you believe make you a special employee and different from everyone else.
      • ie. “Managed project to convert paper files to digital records.”
      • ie. “Won Employee of the Month”
    • Emphasize Results
      • What  was my action?
      • What was the positive result of my action?
    • Rewrite –
      • Negotiated contract with new office supply company to save the employer money.  Won Employee of the Month for this.
      • Managed project to convert paper files to digital records.  Made it easier for employees to access information.
    • Last step/hard to do – adding the specifics that will prove you accomplished what you said you did.  (ie. money saved, %, #)
      • Negotiated contract with new office supply company to save employer 35% in monthly bills, amounting to a $2000 yearly saving.  Won Employee of the Month in June 2009 as a result.
      • Managed 6 month project to convert 50 years of paper files to digital records.  Enabled employees to retrieve records in seconds instead of minutes.  Saved staff an estimated 2 hours a week each in document filing and retrieval time.
    • Quantify Your Accomplishments/Reinforce Your Points
      • Can you list awards, accolades or promotions you earned as a result?
      • Drop names
      • Was your budget increased?, were you recommended for other work?

JOB BOARDS (California)