CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 This is weekly program whether career expert J.T. O'Donnell reviews skills and techniques needed to succeed in your career. She also answers question live from our views. Tune in Tuesdays at 1pm ET on www.careerealism.com to join our weekly Career Q&A! CAREEREALISM clean CAREEREALISM info@careerealism.com info@careerealism.com (CAREEREALISM) Career Q&A with J.T. O'Donnell CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com/home/jtodonnell/careerealism.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/CTV_Podcast_Image-01.png http://www.careerealism.com LinkedIn Profile Review: Jennifer [Aired: 7/22/14] http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-review-jennifer/ http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-review-jennifer/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:34:46 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39743 In this episode, J.T. reviews the profile of Jennifer and show viewers what it is that Jennifer needs to change in order to improve her profile. Don’t miss out on this informative episode of LinkedIn Labs. Want to suggest a topic? Please submit your LinkedIn Lab topic to info@careerealism.com. If you can’t wait until the... Continue reading

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In this episode, J.T. reviews the profile of Jennifer and show viewers what it is that Jennifer needs to change in order to improve her profile.

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#1 Solution For Nasty Employment Gaps On Your Resume http://www.careerealism.com/employment-gaps-resume-nasty/ http://www.careerealism.com/employment-gaps-resume-nasty/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:25:32 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39701 Wouldn't it be nice to have a flawless resume? Too good to be true if you have employment gaps in your professional vitae, right? Not necessarily.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you were one of the few that have a flawless, linear professional development without any significant employment gaps? Just imagine how much easier it would be to get that interview for that dream job. Your phone rings the very afternoon you submitted your resume – an out of breath hiring manager wants to see if you are still interested or if you already signed on with the competition.

Watch: How To Explain A Job Gap On Your Resume

Too good to be true if you have employment gaps in your professional vitae, right?

Not necessarily. I will not sugarcoat it; apparently employment gaps are not going to make your job hunt easier. But, and here is the good news: you can still compete with the folks with that flawless and linear professional development. Due to globally competing economies, and also particularly due to the big crisis a few years ago, having employment gaps is becoming more and more the “new normal.” So, far so good, but how do you to present yourself in the best possible light?

Chronological Vs. Functional Resume

The two major types of resume formats are the chronological and the functional resume. The chronological resume is the “traditional” kind of resume where you list your work experience with dates after your summary and key skills section in a reversed chronological order. Now let’s assume you were out of work for four years when raising your children, then you had a job for two years followed by a term of unemployment of 1.5 years. In this case, the chronological resume will more or less “highlight” your periods without a job. In a stellar resume, however, you only want to highlight your pros for a specific position.

That’s why there is a resume format called functional resume. Here you “extract” your major skills and achievements from your work experience and highlight these in a special section before your actual work experience, which will subsequently be much shorter compared to a chronological style resume (which draws less attention to your employment gaps, and/or convinces the employer of your unique qualifications so that he does not mind the gaps). So, problem solved? No, not really.

The Problems With Functional Resumes

There are two major problems with a functional resume:

1) Potential employers and recruiters are well aware that functional resumes are used to “conceal” and de-emphasize employment gaps. The “trick” might thus backfire on you.

2) There are Applicant Tracking Systems (computer software that filters resumes when submitted via online-application processes) that don’t really appreciate the functional resume format and you might thus end-up with an undesirable Applicant Tracking ranking.

The Solution

To optimize your chances you will simply have to come-up with a hybrid version of a chronological and a functional resume. Extract highlights and core values from your work experiences into a special section, yet deliver a more than rudimentary work history then you would in a functional resume. You are still “exposing” your employment gaps this way, but you get at least a shot to convince the potential employer with a stunning “Key Accomplishment Section,” which can increase your chances significantly.

Always remember: Employment gaps are rapidly becoming the new normal.

Need more input on your resume? I provide a free first resume check. Simply email me via my website: www.windhof-communications.com or check out my new Ebook “How to Fix Your Resume in 7 Steps.”

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The 4 New Rules Of Recruiting http://www.careerealism.com/recruiting-new-rules/ http://www.careerealism.com/recruiting-new-rules/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:07:46 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39703 The recruiting is huge, yet businesses still struggle to find, engage, and hire the best candidates. Here are the new rules of recruiting.

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The recruiting and hiring market is huge—to the tune of $400 billion. Yet businesses still struggle to find, engage, and hire the best candidates.

Related: 5 Things To Avoid During The Hiring Process

At SmartRecruiters, we took a look around the industry to better understand why this disconnect remains and what businesses can do to overcome the challenges plaguing their recruiting and hiring process. This infographic explains those pitfalls and proposes four new rules of recruiting.

Infographic 4 New Ways Of Hiring

Many of the problems start with technology: hiring managers and recruiters are typically working in silos with spreadsheets and outdated applicant tracking systems that are clunky and frustrate candidates. These tools leave little room for collaboration among hiring teams and don’t foster engagement with applicants.

A deeper look at the industry reveals several other issues with the recruiting and hiring process, including:

  • 48% of candidates drop out of applicant tracking systems when applying for a job.
  • 65% of candidates who job search on a mobile device will leave a non-mobile optimized site.
  • 42% of candidates who had a bad experience would never seek employment at that company again.

As a result, businesses are losing tens of thousands of dollars due to bad hiring decisions and are missing opportunities to attract the best talent. Add up all these problems, and it’s clear that recruiting and hiring technology is broken.

The good news is, there are ways businesses can overcome these challenges. Central to the solution is making the entire recruiting and hiring process more social, collaborative and transparent. For instance, hiring managers’ social networks can be talent goldmines. Businesses can better connect via mobile to  easily access their talent pool fort hiring managers to quickly find great candidates.

Also key is putting candidates first in the recruiting and hiring process. Businesses aren’t the only ones making a decision; so are candidates. That’s why it’s crucial to engage candidates in a positive hiring experience where they feel welcomed and important.

Feel free to share the infographic if it strikes a chord with you and how you’d like to see recruiting and hiring evolve for the benefit of hiring managers, recruiters and candidates all around. It’s time to spark a hiring revolution!

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How To Market Yourself In Today’s Economy http://www.careerealism.com/market-yourself-todays-economy/ http://www.careerealism.com/market-yourself-todays-economy/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:40:09 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=29313 Full-time jobs are hard to find these days. Make sure you are prepared to compete successfully. Find out how to market yourself in today's economy.

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You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to recognize that job seekers face obstacles today that they never imagined in the past. A lot has changed in the last few years, and you’ll need to adjust if you want to succeed. Competition is intense and more and more companies are turning to temporary, or contingent, workers in place of full-time employees. Since the pace of change is unlikely to slow, if you want to be successful, it’s up to you to keep up.

Related: How To Build An Effective ‘Marketing Yourself’ Plan

Make sure you are prepared to compete successfully. Find out how to market yourself in today’s economy:

Evaluate And Identify Career Trends In Your Field

Open your eyes and ears and keep abreast of what’s hot in your industry. You need to know what skills and experiences employers seek for the jobs you want. How can you uncover this information?

  • Review job descriptions; what keywords show up again and again?
  • What topics are keynote speakers including in their presentations at your professional conferences? (You can discover this online, even if you don’t attend.)
  • What topics are thought leaders in your field writing about and discussing? (Read their blogs, newsletters and social media updates to find out.)
  • When you have informational interviews with people in your field, what do they identify as their biggest obstacles, pain points and concerns?
  • What do online tools (websites and social media sites) tell you about your industry?

Choose A Career Specialty

Even though employers are doing more with fewer people, the trend is to hire candidates with niche expertise. If you are a Jack (or Jill) of all trades and can do a lot of things, but don’t have a specialty area, it’s time to decide what you’re really good at and focus your energies on being the best in the business.

Need some help deciding what you should market as your go-to skill? Use the research you did to evaluate trends in your field to discover the most salient issues in your industry. If necessary, enroll in continuing education courses to fine tune your unique talents. Then, highlight those niche abilities.

You will stand out in a crowd of applicants when you market your specialty expertise. Then, you will be able to make your targeted case via strong application and marketing materials.

Demonstrate Your Career Expertise And Expand Your Network

Don’t just say you’re an expert in your field – show people that you have your finger on the pulse of your industry by using social networking tools to highlight exactly what you know. When you post frequent, smart updates on Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn and engage in conversations with colleagues and thought leaders, you prove you have useful ideas and opinions.

The result? You’ll grow the number of potential allies in your network who are willing to refer you for job opportunities. Statistically, referrals are the best way to land jobs, so you’ll be well on your way to getting a position.

Learn How To Market Yourself

Using social media to demonstrate your expertise is a great first step, but it’s not enough to just engage in topical online conversations. You need to think about how to market yourself as if you were a company. Even if you aren’t seeing it in your field yet, studies suggest freelancers will eventually make up about 50% of the workforce, up from 35-40% currently.

If you can’t describe what you know and why someone should hire you, expect long periods of unemployment in your future.

Review your online bios; do they tell a compelling story about you? Does your LinkedIn headline include keywords and a pitch to inspire someone to want to learn more about you? Are you taking advantage of all the opportunities to make sure people who want to hire someone like you can find you online?

Do you have a professional avatar that makes you appear friendly, yet intelligent? All of these are key elements to help you maintain a competitive presence in your field and have a chance to land jobs – and gigs.

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Single Most Important Career Question To Ask Yourself http://www.careerealism.com/single-important-career-question/ http://www.careerealism.com/single-important-career-question/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:31 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=14782 One thing that can help "wake" job seekers up more than anything: asking the single most important career question out there. Find out what it is!

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Most people are unaware of seemingly subtle points in their resume that scream out certain things to employers. What may seem vague and somewhat insignificant to you usually is one of the first things that an employer looks for when evaluating candidates.

Related: How Career Changers Can Identify Transferable Skills

Employers are evaluating resumes and looking to see what you’ve done to keep yourself up-to-date, and many are on a talent shopping spree. This means they are hiring top industry subject-matter experts who have demonstrated their understanding of applying new skill sets and ideas in the workplace.

Most Important Career Question To Ask Yourself

To wit, I jokingly (but not really) say your resume is not an obituary, but instead, a dynamic, driving career road map.

And there’s one thing that can help “wake” job seekers up more than anything… by asking the most important career question that will impact their competitiveness in today’s job market:

“Are My Skills Obsolete?”

If you ask this question, and realize the skills you offer are just run-of-the-mill abilities or are outdated, this is your red flag cue you need to get moving… FAST.

If you hope to survive what’s now being termed the “Great Recession,” which is continuing with no foreseeable end in sight. Your ability to navigate the requirements of companies hiring will rest solely on how you have kept up your skill sets.

Being aggressive in stockpiling skills and knowledge will be critical to making your candidacy the best value in the marketplace… and you’ll need to be strategic about how you map out acquiring those skills.

Apply the following questions to your resume to better see what employers are thinking when they read this document:

  • Have I attained any industry-specific certifications?
  • Have I taken any classes, workshops, trainings, conferences, conventions, webinars, continuing education units, or gone to any corporate learning university sessions?
  • How have I demonstrated the practical application of what I have learned into my work?
  • Has there been any peer recognition for my subject-matter expertise (as in any awards, speaking engagements, publications, etc.)?

These factors alone are worth their weight in gold to employers. They simply don’t want someone who will do the minimum possible and push papers around their desk from 8 AM – 5 PM. Companies today are struggling to optimize every company system while squeezing every ounce of profit out as possible in order to stay afloat in this volatile economy.

Similarly, you need to take the same approach.

Don’t wait for a company to offer to send you to a conference. You NEED to be your own advocate. Identify the key opportunities where you can enhance your skill sets, and present these to your boss as ways you can improve your on-the-job productivity. Be prepared to provide justification in terms of return on investment.

And if your manager doesn’t approve the expense and your time out of the office, you’ll need to make a life-changing decision and empowering one:

Invest In Yourself

Be willing to pay for additional professional development yourself. If you are currently employed, think of it as a way to become more indispensable. The job may be eliminated, but if you have demonstrated ROI every step of the way, chances are, the company will find a way to retain you.

If you are looking for work, the good news is everyone who is currently employed is so busy doing the work of 2-3 other people due to staff cutbacks, they don’t have the time to go out and take class. You have the time to identify those core skill sets and take classes that add to your value proposition.

Passivity and blatant ignorance aren’t going to cut it today. You need to cast a critical eye to your résumé and look at it from an employer’s view… what have you done to keep your job skills up to date? Is your professional development section blindingly empty? Or was the last class you took over five years ago?

If so, you’ve got your work cut out for you… and by updating your skill sets, you’ll improve your viability as a candidate for open positions.

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Is Vlogging Becoming The Latest Career Path For Graduates? http://www.careerealism.com/vlogging-career-path-graduates/ http://www.careerealism.com/vlogging-career-path-graduates/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:37:56 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39706 One of the biggest up and coming career path choices for Generation Y is becoming a video blogger also known as a ‘vlogger.’ Is vlogging right for you?

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According to latest figures, the graduate job market has recovered to its pre-recession peak, with a 12% rise in the number of jobs for university leavers. Top employers recruited more graduates this year than they expected, causing it to be the biggest increase for four years after a 23.2% dip between 2007 and 2009.

Related: 5 Dynamic Ways To Reinvent Your Career Path

However, while it is a positive factor that graduate employment rates have increased, the number of UK graduates have also increased by 85,000 to a staggering 365,000 since 2007. This implies that a further significant increase in graduate-level jobs will be needed to keep up with the increasing number of graduates looking for a job.

Many graduates are recognizing that the graduate job market is still very competitive and are seeing it as an opportunity to kick-start their career on their own and start up their own business. According to the BBC, self-employment jumped by 183,000 in the quarter to March and the number of people working for themselves has reached a record high of 4.55 million.

One of the biggest up and coming career path choices for Generation Y is becoming a video blogger also known as a ‘vlogger.’ Individuals are using their obsession with social media to turn it into a career and become well-known social media stars. They video blog about their interests, whether this might be fashion and beauty, or gaming and the latest technology. Over time, they manage to build up a huge fan base because so many other fellow Generation Y’ers value their opinion.

So, how is video blogging a career and how are these young entrepreneurs making money from this? Well, because they have such a massive fan base and are so influential on other peoples buying habits, companies want them to review their products. Well-known brands will give their products to vloggers for free or pay them to advertise their products to the millions of followers that subscribe to the vlogger. For instance, Tanya Burr, a fashion and Beauty vlogger with over two million YouTube subscribers, has teamed up with retail giant Unilever beauty brands including Dove, Tresemme and VO5 to advertise products to her huge fan base.

Great freebies aren’t the only benefit of vlogging, they also get a good source of income from advertising banners on their video blog sites. For example, a banner ad on a vlog can pay up to £20,000 a month and product placement can cost as much as £4000. What’s more, they might find themselves being invited to big name events like London Fashion Week as well as a whole host of other opportunities with all the networking that is involved.

Ryan Stone, who has his own video marketing blog and is creative director of Lambda Films, a video production company, expresses how delighted he is to see so many young people becoming interested in video, “It’s great to see young people who have grown up with the emergence of YouTube and social media are using it to their advantage to earn a living.”

However, although the benefits of vlogging are great and they are doing something that they are passionate about– it’s important that anyone looking to get into vlogging understands that it is certainly no easy task. It requires complete dedication with constant attention and regular updates on their social media channels, if they want to be successful and build an influential fan base.

So, as video becomes increasingly more influential on peoples lifestyles, it is a wonder whether more and more people will see video as a way to kick start their career. However, if graduate job prospects continue to improve in the same way as they currently are, perhaps more graduates will settle for a graduate career rather than kick-start their career on their own.

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How To Keep Tough Interview Questions From Ruffling Your Feathers http://www.careerealism.com/tough-interview-questions-feathers/ http://www.careerealism.com/tough-interview-questions-feathers/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:52:55 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39681 Do tough interview questions throw you off your game? If so, check out these difficult interview situations and how to deal with them effectively.

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You’ve won the employer over with your cover letter and resume, now the challenge really begins with the interview. How you present yourself, respond to questions, and build rapport will leave the most important impression an employer uses to decide whether or not you are the one for the job.

Related: How To Answer 7 Of The Most Common Interview Questions

Yes, there will be the usual questions like, “Tell me about your experience at XYZ Company,” but the questions that really ruffle feathers include, “Tell me about a time you faced a challenge and how you addressed it on the job,” “What’s your weakness?” or the employer may present its own scenario to see how you respond. Often, interviewers ask these questions not only to look at your answer, but also to see how you react under pressure.

Here’s some tips and guidance around the tough areas of the interview.

Talking about weaknesses

Nobody likes to talk about their weaknesses – it’s awkward. Find ways to turn what’s negative into positive, but remember that employers are not fooled by the canned answers like “I work too hard.” So, when you speak of a weakness, discuss what you’ve done to improve in that area or what you have learned so it’s no longer a perceived weakness.

Answering behavioral questions

Employers want to know how you think so they may ask you behavioral type questions like “Tell me how you would handle catching an employee stealing credit for their peer’s work” or “How would you count the number of manhole covers in New York City?” There are no real right answers here, they just want to see how you think and approach issues. In these cases, feel free to work your response out in front of them so they can see your thinking pattern.

Talking about holes in your resume

A period of unemployment is not uncommon. Rather than focus on unemployment, focus your discussion on valuable experiences during that time period. It may include volunteer work, additional training and education, or travel experiences. Always find ways to tie the experience with things you learned that’ll be beneficial to the job. And there is nothing wrong with stating that you are selective and didn’t just jump to accept any job.

Talking about departure

Whether you are no longer employed at your own will or because you were fired, just remember to not answer with blame or negativity. Focus your answer in a positive light, whether that means saying you’ve valued the experiences provided and are looking to expand on it with new experiences, or that you were fired due to XYZ and you’ve learned from that experience. The job may also not have been the right fit because it required expertise in ABC, but you’ve come to realize your real expertise lies in another area – state an area for the job you are interviewing for.

To perform well in an interview, always respond in a positive light that further demonstrates why you are the one for the job.

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9 Areas Of Your LinkedIn Profile You MUST Optimize http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-optimize-areas/ http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-optimize-areas/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:29:07 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39685 Want a great profile? Here are the eight areas of your LinkedIn Profile where skill words/phrases need to be used to improve being discovered on LinkedIn.

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LinkedIn Skill Words/Phrases are important for your success using LinkedIn. However, don’t just leave them in the skills area. You have to get creative and deliberate about the use of these skill words.

Related: 8 Steps To Make The Most Of LinkedIn Skills

I asked LinkedIn to share with us exactly what fields are searched by the LinkedIn search tool. They declined to share this information. That’s OK – my testing answered the question for us.

There are at least nine (yes 9) areas of your LinkedIn Profile where you should put the words and phrases that present your Skills and Expertise. Spreading these words out across your LinkedIn Profile is one way to improve the chance your profile is viewed by the right people, and for you to be perceived as a professional in regards to the skill words you use.

Here are the nine areas of your LinkedIn Profile where these skill words/phrases need to be used to improve being discovered on LinkedIn:

1. Your Headline

Too often LinkedIn members are led to believe this is their title. It is not. It’s called a headline because you can use it for much more than just your job title. Consider using the pipe character “|” (usually shift the “\” key) and putting your top 2 or 3 Skill phrases in your Headline after your normal title words.

2. Summary

Sprinkle your skill words/phrase out in the story you tell in your Summary area. This story needs to be all about who you are today including your skill words/phrases.

3. Job Titles

Your Job Titles should include the primary skill words/phrases that represent what you do in your current and job and what you did in previous jobs.

4. Job Descriptions

This area of your LinkedIn Profile is not for your resume. Instead, it’s the story of what you do/did in this position. It’s also a great place to strategically sprinkle your primary keywords relevant to who you are.

5. Publication Descriptions

The only publications you should display on your LinkedIn Profile are documents relevant to who you are today. The description area is searched by LinkedIn search. Put relevant skill words/phrases here.

6. Organizations

This area of your LinkedIn Profile is where you present the relevant civic and industry Organizations you are a member of. If these Organizations have the Skill words/phrases in them, use them here.

7. Recommendations

Yes, make sure the people you ask for LinkedIn recommendations know what Skill words/phrases to “talk” up in the recommendation they share about you.

8. Education Descriptions

If you learned or honed your Skill words/phrases in school, list these words in your Education Description(s).

9. Skills

Oh Yeah, select all of your Skill words/phrases in LinkedIn Skills. This is the primary location for your Skill words/phrases, but as you can see, not the only useful place. You get to have 50 Skill words/phrases. Use them all deliberately. Hopefully your network will endorse you for your most important skills.

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3 Resume Mistakes You’re Making And How To Correct Them Now http://www.careerealism.com/3-mistakes-youre-making-resume-correct/ http://www.careerealism.com/3-mistakes-youre-making-resume-correct/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:15:55 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=15746 Updating your resume? Here are three most seen resume mistakes that tend to tarnish that five-second review you get from hiring managers.

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As a former hiring manager I tend to have a critical eye on resumes that pass through my line of sight. Because I’m so involved in this industry I see tons of resumes on a daily basis.

Related: How To Show A Company Why You Want The Job

Although job seekers tend to make many different kinds of them, there are the resume mistakes I see most often that tend to tarnish that five-second review you get from hiring managers.

Disorganized Or Unattractive Resume Format

You can preach all day about the keywords and content of a resume, but I stand by this as the most important principle in resume writing—you MUST have an attractive resume format if you want to be seriously considered. Messy, disorganized, unpolished resume formats say exactly that about the type of candidate you are—not to mention they are difficult to read.

If you’re making it hard for the hiring manager to find the information he or she needs to consider you for employment, you just lost your shot at the job. Someone else will have taken the time to construct a strategically laid out resume that is polished, easy-to-read, and attractive to the eye.

Don’t believe me? Think about print advertising. If it’s hard to read or looks messy you’re not going to waste your time reading the ad. But, if it’s eye-catching and professional looking you just might invest the time.

Call Out The Critical

Yes—keywords are extremely important. But that being said, just haphazardly throwing them into the resume is pretty much pointless. Sure, you may get past the computer scan, but when that entry-level HR rep or hiring manager prints out the resume or pulls it up on the screen to review it—if he or she can’t immediately see your qualifications you can forget about him or her investing anymore time reading it. He or she will probably just skip to the next person.

Create a bulleted section that is NOT too text-dense but is eye-catching and calls out the most important keywords relevant to the job. Put this in the top one-third of the resume to catch the employer’s attention. Again, it’s all about making the information they’re looking for easy to find.

Watch Your Text Density

Let me tell you a little secret we professional resume writers use: Try to keep your paragraphs to a maximum of 3-5 sentences long—especially your opening career summary and personal branding section. You’ll lose the reader’s attention before you ever catch it! If it looks too text dense, she’s not going to waste (or invest) the time in reading it.

Most hiring managers will just quickly scan your resume—just like you scan articles like this one or stories on the web. Hiring managers scan your resume briefly to see if it’s worth a more in-depth read. If it’s too text-dense and you’re not calling out important keywords or accomplishments, they’ll skip right over all the high-impact text you’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into.

So let’s recap the critical points here:

  1. Create an attractively formatted resume. Hint: using color can definitely be a plus—if you use the right color.
  2. Call out the important stuff. Bold, underline, and create targeted sections with white space that draws the eye.
  3. Keep it between 3-5 sentences—no longer. Remember, you’re writing to catch their attention during the initial scan but also to provide compelling content for the hiring manager who will invest more time once you’ve caught his or her eye.

Of course, there are many other factors to consider when writing your resume, but these three areas are critical to that initial first impression and quick scan the hiring manager will give your resume. The pertinent information the hiring manager is looking for needs to be easy to find and eye-catching while professionally packaged in an attractive format.

Incorporate these tips into your resume and you’ll be more likely to make it past the initial scan and have the hiring manager invest more time in reading the content and calling you for the interview.

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