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CREATIVE IDEAS FOR STALLED JOB SEARCHES


You’ve updated your resume and customized it for each new job application.

You’ve successfully nailed a few interviews and sent thank you letters after each one. In the mean time, you’re not waiting around for that call back as you diligently continue your job search. It’s been a few months since your last job and you start

wondering - is there something missing? Have you considered all of the angles?


You might need to try a different approach and add a little creativity to your job search.


Here are three ideas you might want to consider:


  • Email an interviewer that you had a good rapport with, within 12 hours of the interview, an article or website that you think he/she might be interested in that relates to his/her job or something that you picked up during the interview that corresponds to a sport, hobby or past time that the two of you discussed or had in common.

  • If you had a working relationship with the interviewer/employer such as an internship and you’re now seeking full-time employment, you might have the advantage of knowing someone in upper management who is familiar with your work. Contact that person directly and let them know that you’ve interested in working with the company, give them a status of what you’ve been doing and ask for their advice and tips on how to proceed if your job search with the organization has been stalled.

  • Make every effort to get a good and thorough understanding of the top, current problem that the interviewer’s organization or company is facing and design a strategic very high-level plan for resolving the issue. Send the one-page strategy to the interviewer within 12 hours of the interview.

Contact A1 Premier Resume Services today for a resume that makes you stand out and gets you noticed – 301.439.9436 or [email protected].


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TOP ONE-THIRD OF YOUR RESUME


Why is the top one-third of your resume so important to recruiters and employers?

The top one-third of your resume contains critical information and in many cases, it’s the only content that receives critical review by those who are considering you as a candidate.


It’s likely that they will only review your resume for ….under 10 seconds! If you pass electronic scanners (application tracking systems), then a recruiter or employer will evaluate your candidacy and they receive many resumes, possibly hundreds so they won't have a lot time to spend on each resume.


If your resume is properly formatted and contains the details that they are seeking then you’ll have a greater chance of getting called in for an interview. Your resume represents you and if employers see that you care about the details and view you as a possible match then you enhance your chances of getting a call.


What are some things that you can include in the top portion of your resume?

  • Position or area that you are seeking
  • Value you bring to the table
  • Skillset
  • Ways that you excel that distinguish your abilities from other candidates
  • Accomplishments

There’s a lot riding on the top one-third of your resume as you can see. It’s a well-written summary of what you have to offer. This portion of the resume may be all that recruiters pay any real attention to so make it great.


Thinking about switching jobs or careers? Looking to receive a promotion? Want to be ready for changes in your company before they occur?

Then contact A1 Premier Resume Services at 301.439.9436 today!


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HOLD ONTO YOUR JOB IN TOUGH TIMES: THE IMPORTANCE OF DILIGENCE

It’s not always easy to hold onto your job in tough economic times.
Today’s competitive environment demands even more from workers. Those with a business as usual attitude may be the next one on the chopping block. 

Employers, especially now, are always looking for good people that they can trust with more responsibility and for those who aren’t eager to work so that if budget dollars shrink they can quickly identify where to start decreasing the headcount. Don’t let that happen to you...
* Understand the goals and the work required to accomplish the goals
* Listen to instructions and then set your hand to the task with diligence
* Work smart and hard
* Be creative and thorough
* Go beyond what is expected
* Communicate with your superiors, colleagues and those you’re working with
* Have a humble and confident attitude that is willing to serve and help others


Below is an excerpt of a letter written in 1899 by the publisher of a newspaper who penned his thoughts in one hour on the real hero of the Spanish-American war. This should give you an idea of what’s required from employees.


Excerpts from A Letter to Garcia
How One Man Took Hold of An Important Task
By Elbert Hubbard

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba - no one knew where. No mail or telegraph could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly. What to do!

Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and having delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?

There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies; do the thing - “carry a message to Garcia!”

Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook, or threat, he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel of Light for an assistant.

My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off,” nor has to go on strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks will be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town, and village - in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such; he is needed, and needed badly—the man who can
Carry a message to Garcia.

Read the entire article - http://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/199th/ocs/content/pdf/Message%20to%20Garcia.pdf


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DID YOU GET YOUR INTERVIEW CONFIRMATION?

Build Your Confidence
Interviewing for a new job can seem daunting but with preparation and
practice you can develop the confidence needed to do well in your next
interview.

Below are a few tips regarding your job search and interviewing:

1. If possible, find the name and contact information for the hiring
manager of the position where you are applying.  Address the cover
letter to the hiring manager and send him/her a copy of your resume and
cover letter
in addition to submitting your resume online. (Note: Always use an
ASCII resume when submitting a resume online otherwise, formatting
issues may garble your resume)

Locate the hiring manager by checking out these sources: LinkedIn
connections / current & former employees / company's executive
administrator / job description.

2. After forwarding your resume to the hiring manager (or possibly the
HR manager) follow up with a phone call and request to discuss the
needs of the job position.

3. When applying for the same type of position at various companies,
it's highly suggested that you tweak your resume to include some of the
major keywords listed in the job description.

4. As you prepare for your interviews, develop at least 15 'stories'
also known as CARs:
* Challenge (what was the situation like when you arrived? why was your
expertise needed for the project? what was the issue?)
* Action (what specific steps did you take to resolve the issue?)
* Results (what did you accomplish?)

Why use CARs? Because they are…
- Easy to remember (when you practice, practice, practice them)
- Memorable to interviewers
- Helpful in getting you to stand out among potential candidates

5. Research the companies that you plan on applying to and/or receive
interviews at: company websites (also see their press releases);
Google News.

Gather the following information: company history; products or services
/ mission / challenges they are facing / trends / direction. Align your
skillset to their issues.

6. Secure a copy of the job description prior to your interview to help
you prepare.

7. Send a thank you letter that recaps the conversation and
communicates what you bring to the position immediately after the
interview.


Contact me today on 301.439.9436 or email me at [email protected]



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SETTING UP YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT

1.    Headline (120 character limit).  Determine how you want to be known to recruiters or others that might view your profile. What is your prominent skill?  Are you an IT Manager? Registered Nurse?  Certified Public Accountant? Human Rights Lawyer?  Business Owner? Do you want to reflect a particular industry? If you have a certification or a license you can include that information in your headline. 

2.    Location. Let others know the general area where you live.

3.    Summary Statement (2,000 character limit). Your summary statement should reflect your passion and the things that make you tick.  You can include your specialties, your contact information and a synopsis of your skills/gifts/talents/achievements.

4.    Experience.  Populate the jobs that you’ve held. You may decide to go back more than the 10-15 years that are on your resume to reflect jobs relevant to your current position as well as other professional positions that you’ve held. Your current work experience will be the default for the “Current” section listed underneath your name. If you are looking for a job, “Looking for an Opportunity” may be an appropriate title.

a.    Your job listings can include a description of your responsibilities and major achievements that were accomplished. 
b.    The Experience section does not need to be identical to your resume. Your LinkedIn job experience can be shorter and should be easy to read. 
c.    Go to this link and fill in your job skill to find keywords you might want to incorporate into your LinkedIn profile - http://www.linkedin.com/skills

5.    Specialties. Add specialties to your profile - a list of things that are your niche.
6.    Education. Add the schools and degrees that you’ve earned.
7.    Certifications/Organizations/Additional Info/Publications/Honors & Awards, etc. Include additional information on your profile where appropriate.
8.    Connections. When you invite someone to be a part of your network, personalize the message that you send. Include their name and where you met them to encourage a positive response.


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** 8 COVER LETTER WRITING TIPS
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Are you at a loss for words when it comes to writing your cover letter? Do you wonder what’s the best way to present yourself?

Here are some tips that will assist you when writing your letter:
1. Before writing the cover letter, do your best to secure the name of the person to whom the cover letter should be addressed. Otherwise, address it to Hiring Manager or use ATTN: Human Resources in place of the salutation along with a subject line (RE: name of job position).
2. It’s highly recommended that you include a cover letter whenever you are mailing or emailing your resume.  It gives the prospective employer an introduction with details about who you are and what you can do for them.
3. Open with a point of interest or something to draw them in to the content of the letter:
4. Ask an intriguing question (Where is your company likely to be at the end of this year?).
5. If you’ve spoken to the hiring manager previously, use the letter as an opportunity to remind them about your meeting (i.e. It was a pleasure meeting with you last week to discuss your ideas regarding…).
6. Point back to the position and your ability to meet their needs (I found your position listed in the Wall Street Journal an excellent match for my credentials.).
7. State your purpose for writing in the first paragraph.
8.  Include some of your qualifications and demonstrate how they align with the employer’s stated requirements for the position. The employer will want to know how you can assist them in accomplishing their goals.

Remember that the employer is interested in what you can do for them not the other way around. Keep the employer’s perspective in mind as you write your cover letter.

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** 10 TIPS FOR PHONE INTERVIEWS  

In the September 2012 A1 Premier Resume Services Newsletter, we talked about preparing for the interview.

How should you handle yourself in a phone interview?

The phone interview is  part of the screening process designed to determine if you are a good candidate for the job.  They may assess your skills, performance, employment history, competency, get a sense of who you are, how you communicate/interact/fit, etc..

You’ve already prepared a list of anticipated questions and practiced the answers:
* Tell me about yourself
* What are your strengths and weaknesses?
* How do you handle it when others criticize your work?
* Why did you leave your last job?
* What was your most significant achievement?

Practice, Practice, Practice in preparation for your phone interview.  Treat this as an important first step to getting another interview.

Have the following in front of you:
- your resume and answers to anticipated questions (have the papers spread out on your desktop so you don’t rustle the papers during the interview)
- pen and paper
- list of key questions that you are going to ask

10 Things to Do For Phone interviews:
1. Maintain a good energy level in your voice
2. Have good tone and intonation
3. Listen very actively. Ask for clarification if you don't understand anything.  Use their information as a reference to ask questions and understand what they need.
4. Help them to understand how you can meet their requirements
5. Listen for sighs, ums, ahs (signal that interviewer is bored so step up your responses a notch)
6. Have confidence in the way you speak
7. Modulate your voice
8. It's been said that you should stand up for a phone interview. This is a good idea but makes it difficult to write notes :). If you sit down, sit upright in your chair and maintain good posture, don’t slouch. Slouching carries over the phone.
9. Ask them what's the next step in the process
10. Write a follow up thank you letter to the interviewer - get his name, contact phone number and email address

Need some assistance in preparing and practicing for the interview?

Is your resume getting you interviews?

Contact me today – 301.439.9436.

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HOW TO REENERGIZE YOUR JOB SEARCH - THESE 3 EASY WAYS
 
 I have been considering creating a career related email newsletter for
a while and thought it might be time to launch it. Frankly, I was
having difficulty coming up with topics and content to share that
people might find interesting and valuable. This is the first edition
of the A1 Premier Resume Services newsletter and hopefully, you will
find the content useful for yourself or to share with others.

 If you want to sum up your job search in a nutshell, here it is: The
secret to reenergizing  your job search is constant and proper planning
and execution.

You’ve heard it before but the maxim is true. You’ve got to create a
plan to get where you’re going.

1. Maintain an upbeat attitude.
It’s easy to become discouraged if you receive no replies and / or job
rejections but you must swim upstream, against the tide, mentally and
remain in the game. Don’t quit. You can only win if you stay in the
game.

2. Write down your plan – everyday.
Take 15 minutes, at the end of every day, and develop a plan by writing
down a list of things to do the next day. I learned this tip from
FranklinCovey which is an excellent exercise that’s helpful in a number
of ways: it serves to gear your mind towards the action of
accomplishing your goals; helps you to focus on a few key items that
can impact your career; and encourages you to avoid wasting time.

3. Execute your plan.
Writing your plan without execution is meaningless. There are plenty of
people who are documenting their plans and accomplishing their goals.
What’s the consequence to you if you don’t follow through on your
plans? Consider this…

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run
faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion
wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve
to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when
the sun comes up, you’d better be running. – Abe Gubegna

Extra Tips:
If your plans are not yielding the results that you desire, re-think
the strategy that you’re using. Do some additional research on how to
apply for the jobs. Determine if you are pursuing the right type of job
or should consider something else.

Using LinkedIn for your job search? Be sure to use a dynamic headline
and keywords related to your job/industry in your profile.

Applying to jobs on government websites such as USAJobs? Match keywords
from the Job Summary/Qualifications/Duties on the job description when
writing your resume.

Want a tip on one of the best ways to find jobs? Referrals. Find a
friend, previous co-worker or employer or someone on LinkedIn who can
provide an introduction for you in the position that you are applying
to or at the company where you’d like to work.

Leaving your current employment? Maintain a good relationship, to the
best extent possible, with your colleagues and managers. Don’t burn
your bridges behind you. You might need to cross back over them.

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Resumes, LinkedIn Profiles, Cover & Thank You Letters, Bios

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