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Although I have blogged about resume writing before, this time I would like to include new information that will help you update your resume for future submittals.

There are innovative ways to present your resume that look great; however, they are not working for you if they lack key pieces of information.

Contact Information

What should you include?

First Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip
Phone (Cell/Home)
Email Address

Many of you may be skeptical about including your address in your resume, but you are making it harder for the recruiter to include you in their search. You may be willing to drive 30 miles one way to work, however that distance could be the deal breaker for the employer.

Degree v Skills

Education

What is the salary difference between a degree from XYZ prestigious university and a degree from ABC state college? According to Riviera Partners’ placement data, the difference is about $12,482. The difference is not as much as what most people assume it is; however, those that graduated from prestigious universities had to pay more tuition than those in state and jr colleges.

Skills

Resumes are parsed into a database that recruiters are able to access and browse by field. The recruiters browse through hundreds and thousands of resumes in search of a candidate with skills specific to a job order.

The skills and experience content in your resume will determine your qualifications for that specific position.

Experience

Recent graduates should read our post on the importance of internships.

Gaps in employment are not uncommon, but should be filled with relevant information such as volunteer work. Doing volunteer work is fulfilling and beneficial to your career. A cover letter may be used to explain employment gaps, but they are often not parsed.

Don’t forget to give examples!

 

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Thirty-eight years ago the first cellphone call was made, and since then we have witnessed how cellphones have transformed the way we go through life. Cellphones used to be for the elite top executives, and now they’re a must have for everyone. Just as cellphones have evolved, the way we use them has too. Are we overwhelmed, distracted, or using mobile phone productively?

Cellphones are a communication tool, and we don’t use them just to make phone calls to clients or candidates. Checking e-mails and replying is a great way to stay informed when you’re out and away from a computer. What’s easier than writing and sending e-mail? Texting. One text [160 characters] to reach a client to let them know you’re on your way or any last minute changes. Today people feel more comfortable sending out a text than making a call. Office employees used to worry about developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), but now we also worry about developing BlackBerry thumb (even for those not using BlackBerry phones).

The on-the-g0 business person also benefits from mobile applications. Mobile applications they have become a helpful tool when navigating through traffic (or avoiding it with traffic and GPS applications), and getting to your destination. Available on the app store you may find applications that help you keep track of lunches, organize clients, shipments, and stay in touch on social networking sites. Moreover, in a previous post we mentioned that there are helpful applications for job seekers just by going to the app store and searching “jobs” you get over 25 results–most of which are available for free.

According to a survey released last September, “1 in 4 U.S. Adults Now Use Mobile Apps” in the two years since the development of mobile applications the most downloaded applications are games.

So do you have the applications on your mobile device that are productive or counterproductive?

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We are a week into the new year and one of your resolutions  is most likely to find a new job in 2011. Where do you start?

Technology

The internet has made it easier to find new job openings and research companies. Popular job search engines like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Dice, LinkedIn, and Craigslist provide job seekers a variety of job opportunities. Today you can keep track of your account using your mobile phone using their free apps.

 Social Media

Twitter

You may be reluctant to sign up for a Twitter account, and you don’t need an account to search for jobs. On the Twitter.com home page you can enter words into the search box.

The search results you get back are a result of tweets with hashtags, which are words preceded by the number sign (#jobs).  You can make it specific to “Accounting jobs” and the search results are updated live.

I recommend reading How To: Use Twitter Hashtags to Boost Your Job Search on Mashable for more basics on using Twitter.

LinkedIn

It’s important to update your LinkedIn profile. Update your picture, jobs/titles, summary, etc. Add people to your network. Networking helps you where Monster and other websites can’t. That is to say, you make connections with people that work somewhere, recommend you or provide information about their jobs.

Resume

Some websites may ask you to upload your resume in pdf format to avoid viruses. On Word 2007, you choose the option “Save As” a PDF instead of .doc or .docx.

Before you send it, make sure you look at our post Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips

https://protemsolutions.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/careertips/

Good luck!

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The essential purpose of an evaluation is to assess the employee’s overall effectiveness in regards to the organizations goals and objectives for the month, quarter, and/or year. Along the same lines, it is designed to assure the company they have right people working for them. As a result, an organization is able to control their company by measuring its success and failures based on the results.

Helpful

Although the performance review is used mainly by superiors, the person being reviewed benefits from the review as well. Depending on how the review is done, the results may cause the employee to feel feelings of accomplishment, personal growth, and self-worth. Similarly, reviews with unexpected results reflect poorly on the salesperson self-worth. It is important for each individual to take responsibility for his or her transgressions or failure to meet the organization’s goals and objectives. A great review can lead to promotions, bonuses, you name it! You take control of your own career when you transcend your supervisor’s expectations.

Scary

Those who oppose performance reviews argue that they are flawed. They may believe that their review has some biases. Issues with co-workers or team, for example, may be a reason to fear what they have to say in regards to your work ethic although you feel you have done the best you can. Another reason to fear evaluations is related to the fear of being fired. Donald Trump does it for entertainment, but when your boss does it.. it’s strictly business.

It is what it is…

Every member of the organization should be reviewed in order to ensure success, improve and continue to innovate. During a tough economy evaluations become more significant to managers because as Jim Collins would say you want to have the “right people on the bus, and the wrong people off the bus.”

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Avoid making these mistakes during your interview, and increase your chances of closing the deal.

Being Late

Being Unprepared

Second, being unprepared for interview questions can cause you to digress from the question by  rambling on and on…. Rehearse! Be ready to answer questions like “why are you looking for a new job?” or “tell me about yourself” and be specific.

  • Being under dressed to the interview

What you should do to avoid this mistake? First things first, go to the interview dressed appropriately. It’s better to be over dressed to an interview than being dressed too casual. The job may not require a suit and tie every day, but if you can look your best then you have made a positive first impression.

  • No examples that demonstrate your skills

What you should do to avoid this mistake?  Avoid giving general answers like “I’ve worked with balance sheets, income statements, Microsoft Office…” Instead you should respond by giving specific examples that have quantitative data. You’ve probably worked on a project, so explain what you did. Let the interviewer know how much money you saved the company. “I saved the company $10,000” sounds better than “I saved the company money.” Other candidates may be leaving out details that can make you stand out.

  • You have not researched the company & you do not have any questions

 Once the interviewer is done asking you questions they’ll ask you if you have any questions for them. If you don’t have any regarding the company itself, ask the interviewer how he/she has been able to progress. You should definitely have looked up the company before your interview on their website, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Bad Mouthing Your Bosses/Company

In the news we’ve heard about people being fired for social media updates bad mouthing their bosses. Similarly, it is not the best idea to bad mouth your boss because you may come across as a disgruntled employee.  It is in your best interest to come across as positive .

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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Last week as I was going through my news RSS feeds, I came across an article on Fortune. The article described GILD and every thing it had to offer to IT professionals. Pro-Tem Solutions specializes in accounting, finance & IT, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Basics

Your profile is created once you sign up, but you still need to fill in the rest of the blanks. One quick way to do that–if you have a LinkedIn account–is by clicking on the LinkedIn icon under “Import Your CV.” By doing so, a pop-up window appears and asks you if you will allow gild access to your LinkedIn account.

Personality

In addition to your average looking profile, Gild has a personality test that you can take. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes. After I completed the test I was directed to a page that stated I would receive an E-mail notification once my results were ready… But I didn’t. I was able to view the results on my Gild home page (under Activity Feed).

Skills

Gild’s skills feature allows you to add and edit skills applicable to your field.

  • Click on the specific skills you want to edit
  • Determine how much experience you have based on years & hours                                               
    • The numbers are displayed in a graph
  • Skills are classified under:
    • Business
    • Tech

References

Similar to LinkedIn, Gild allows job seekers to request references from people they know. The request may be made to people who aren’t necessarily on Gild (yet) by sending them an e-mail. You may ask that the person reply to your request based on a set list of skills or as a colleague.

Extras

As you are completing your profile, you earn achievements. Gild combines professional social networking (LinkedIn), social games (FourSquare), and competition to help job seekers. Aside from those features, you can complete certification tests on https://www.gild.com/certifications 

Gild has plenty to offer its users, but we would like to know how many of you are already on Gild or will try it. Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us!

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Yesterday the words “unwritten résumé”  were brought up in a conversation, and I realized that many people don’t think beyond their professional résumé. Many of us have posted our résumé on LinkedIn and on job boards then we either got a call back or didn’t. The times you didn’t get a call back, you question why they didn’t bother to interview you or get the job. You’re unwritten résumé may be the reason behind that.

  • Here’s an example… Abc company has a job opening that is perfect for you.
    • You submit your résumé, you get a call, and you get the interview.
  • Here’s where things may go wrong… 
    • You didn’t go to the interview because you don’t want your current employer to find out.
  • Here’s what you could have done
    • You could have gone on your lunch break.
    • Depending on your work dress code, you may want to have some extra clothes in your car to change into for the interview.
    • Be straight forward with the interviewer. You don’t want to waste their time, and risk getting a bad reputation.

Don’t close the door on the opportunity of a life time!

Pro-Tem Solutions works with some of the most seasoned recruiters, that browse through many résumés daily, and they have interview many people throughout their career. Recruiters and line managers have certain impressions that may affect your placement. As a result, when jobs become available they will typically have someone in mind. Recruiters have recommendations from people they trust, they or someone they know have/has been in contact with you in the past.

Before ending this post… think about the things people can say about you professionally–good and bad–and how you can improve or change how they feel about you.

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