A Resume That’s All Killer No Filler

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Applying for jobs is a real test of your temperament. All those different job sites, and filters, and all that scrolling and reading and scrutinizing and hoping. It is can be a long and arduous process, especially for a Millennial that doesn’t just want to land in any job, but rather the job. But the hunt is only part of it; snaring a potential employer is where the real battle starts, which is where your resume comes in.

 

Your resume is your chance to intrigue an employer just enough to land yourself an interview, and we use the word intrigue very consciously. Your resume is going to be one of many, all printed black on white, all on A4 paper, all arriving around the same time. That is why you need to make it stand out from the crowd, and here is how:

 

Tailor Your Resume To The Job

When a hiring manager advertises a role they are doing so with an idea of what sort of candidate they want; skills, qualifications, personality, and experience. They want to know that the candidates they attract will be the right candidates for the job, which is why your resume should mirror what is said in the description. You need to tick boxes; out of the sea of mundane, you need to be that one that meets the requirements. If you are applying for a manager’s role at a manufacturing plant and have had injection molding training, then make a point of this early on. If, however, your recent experience has nothing of value, then get creative and tweak the angle of which you write; find that bridge.

 

Don’t Focus On Responsibilities

The thing with focussing on your responsibilities is that you end up telling your potential employer that you did what you were supposed to do, which isn’t actually going to impress them. Let’s say you worked for Deliveroo and you stated that you delivered food. Brilliant. But that was your role. What you need to show are your achievements, what made you the best at your job. So find some achievements that can take you from being a delivery rider to a superstar, find some ways that will clearly show how you excelled, that’s how to do it.

 

Cold Hard Facts, Nothing Else

If you’re wishy-washy with your resume and relying on fancy words to dress up your past experiences, your accomplishments and your qualifications then you’ll be placed into the ‘no’ pile then you can say, ‘I just need one chance’. So hit them with cold hard facts, figures if you can. If you were a cold caller then tell them how many calls you made a day and what your success rate was. If you were a salesperson then hit them with figures about your monthly sales. What size was the budget you managed, how much money did you save the company through your methods, why were you picked to meet with clients face to face? All of these things will make a potential employer intrigued by you. Not only that, it will also give your hiring manager a much clearer idea of what your skills and efforts.

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Hotels From Hell?

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A job in a hotel can often seem like the perfect thing for someone who loves to travel. How else to share the love than by helping others enjoy their time away? You get to surround yourself in that fun holiday atmosphere all day, every day. But, that doesn’t mean it will be all fun and games. In fact, hotel work is a lot tougher than you might realize. We’re going to look at a few of the realities before you decide this is the career for you.

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

We’ve all heard this old saying. Most of us who have worked in a customer facing role know that it’s rarely the case. Even so, we’re providing a service, so we smile and agree to the most absurd accusations and claims. When working in a hotel, this phrase will come back to haunt you. Mainly because you’re dealing with customers for extended periods of time. They don’t enter your space for half an hour; they move in. Worse, everyone will have a different idea of how things should be. You’ll soon reach the stage where you realize that the customer is never right, but you have to please them anyway. Of course, some of your guests will be easy going. But, some will become your nightmare. They’ll expect you to read their minds, and will let you know if they aren’t happy. Some will take insult if their towels aren’t folded the right way. And, you’ll have to grin and apologize. If you want help preparing for this, it might be worth getting some experience. Browse hotel management courses to see if any suit. If you can’t beat them, you should at least know how to deal with them.

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DISCRETION IS ESSENTIAL

 

Hotel work may not seem like the juiciest career option, but you can guarantee you’ll see some sights. That’s why discretion is important for the role. It may be that you hear heated goings on in some of your rooms. You may even have to check in men with women who are quite obviously not their wives. But, you have to let it wash over you. Even gossiping about these things with colleagues is a risk. You don’t want the guest in question to overhear you! You need to let these things go over your head. You are there to serve, not judge.

 

THE WORK NEVER ENDS
To guarantee great reviews for your hotel, you will need to be on call at all times of day. It may seem unfair, but your guests are there all the time, and they won’t see why you can’t be. This is a full on job. Of course, just how full on depends on your role. But, if you’re in an important position, you’ll be expected to drop everything if a guest requests it. Even if it is your day off. Remember, the customer is always right. If they say you should be there, it must be the case.

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All The World’s A Stage: How To Be More Than A Mere Player

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Stand up comedy is a lot of fun to watch but if you ask most people, they would probably say that they could never do it. It may be because they do not think they are generally funny people and would struggle to write jokes, let alone tell them. Others would probably demure because the idea of doing anything on a stage scares them. The idea of strangers looking back at you expectantly, waiting to be entertained, is for some a nightmare. However, the facts remains that people do stand up comedy and many of them claim to enjoy it. What is it about these people that enables them to do it? Is it a pathological sense of self-worth that propels them to implicitly suggest that what they have to say is worth listening to? Maybe it is something as sad as their not being able to do anything else. Besides, stand up comics sometimes say that they too get nervous. The difference may be that they know how to utilise that feeling and make it work for them. The fundamental aspect of something like stand up, or acting, or any kind of performance, is confidence. The performer is demanding attention and the consequence of that is that they will be expected to warrant that attention. If they do not prove that they are worth spending time on, they will lose their audience, and they deserve to until they improve.

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The odd thing about people who claim that they could never do any type of performance is that they do it everyday. When you go to work, you are performing professionally. If your performance fails and you seem to have a disregard for your company or your customers you will likely lose your job. Another common performance that people indulge in is the one they adopt when talking with children. You sometimes cannot be as honest with children as you would with adults and it is incumbent upon you to pretend to answer a toy phone for instance, because failing to do so would hurt their feelings. Everybody assumes different roles at different moments, and they switch between them all the time. Even the way we speak changes depending on our interlocutor. The discipline of sociolinguistics is dedicated to it.

 

There are lots of situations in life where you do not just need to behave in a certain way, you have to think about how to present yourself to your best advantage. One important example is in trying to find a job. Everybody needs to do something and to succeed, everybody needs to prove that they are the best at a particular role. To secure employment, you have to demonstrate your value to your potential employer. The first stage in this process is writing a concise, convincing CV or resume. This is the first thing that the HR department will see and if they do not find that it holds their interest, you have no chance of even securing an interview. Once you get an interview, a different, more personal sort of performance is required. The people interviewing you are trying to assess whether you would be a good fit with their organisation. The way they are going to get this information depends less on what you say than you might expect. Their first impression of you will be important, as will your body language throughout the conversation. If you are visibly nervous, they may not acknowledge it, but you can be sure that they noticed. A study conducted by Albert Mehrabian once famously found that what we say accounts for only 7% of what we communicate. Whether this is true or not is another matter, but the point remains that non verbal communication plays a big role in how we are perceived. If interviews are something that you struggle with, you may want to consider interview coaching. The best advice, when faced with a weakness, is to seek out the help of experts.

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Once you have found a job, you may think that you can take a break from pretending and be yourself. However, that is not really the case. In 1969, Laurence J. Peter wrote a book that surmised that in a hierarchy like a corporation, people will rise to their level of incompetence. A person who is good at their job gets promoted. This will happen every time they find they can still do the better job until they get promoted to a job they cannot do. Peter suggests that to stay in a job that suits you, you should pretend to be incompetent at it.
In a world where you seemingly always have to pretend to succeed, the path to success is being smart and learning what you do badly, and improving on it.

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Seriously? My Own Website Can Help Me Find A New Job?

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Finding a new job is never simple. In fact, it is one of the most complex and frustrating things any adult can go through. Firstly, you have to beat the competition to an interview, and then you have to impress during said interview. Finally, you have hope that no one is better qualified. It can take weeks and months to secure a new position the old-fashioned way, so why not try a new age method? Yes, your own website can be a great help, and here are the reasons why.

 

It Makes A First Impression

 

As soon as an employer comes across the site, they will make a judgement. And, if it’s a positive one, it will stick in their minds like mussels stick to rocks. Think of a website like an artist’s canvas where you have the freedom to express yourself how you please. All you have to do is express yourself in a creative and unique way and the employer won’t be able to say no. So, start with a quality web design company because the looks matter. Plus, you don’t want a site that is similar to thousands of others on the internet. After all, how is that unique? Then, pick your best pieces of work which you think shows off your talent. A tip: always go for a variety of different genres and styles.

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Better Than A Resume

 

When you think about it, a resume is a lot of words on a page. There is no way to know whether the words mean a candidate is the best fit for the company, yet that’s how businesses think. Sure, a great CV will get you through the door and into an interview, but a great site will get you the job. Because the website hosts all of your work, you can show a potential employer what they will get if they choose you. Employers love this as it lowers the risk of hiring someone who isn’t for the role. All you have to do is give them the URL and wait for a phone call.

 

Networking Potential

 

The savvy among you will notice that the first two steps need you to be on a firm’s radar from the beginning. That is to say; you need to find a way to get them to your site as they won’t stumble across it out of luck. Or will they? Thanks to social media platforms like LinkedIn, employers are seeking out employees more often than ever before. As you can network and show off your skills, there is no need to go running to job sites and job agencies. What you should do is create an excellent profile and converse with any interested parties. Indeed, you never know when one will offer you the position of your dreams.

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Also, don’t forget that it shows employers that you are a modern job seeker. Searching for jobs isn’t the same, and you have to demonstrate that you understand the process to stand out from the crowd.

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It’s Easier Than You Think To Propel Your Career Forward

When it comes to jobs, we can all sometimes feel as if we’re in a rut. It’s that feeling you get when you’ve mastered something, but you don’t see any opportunities to move onto the next challenge and the next pay grade. The wheels are spinning, but the rubber isn’t hitting the road.

 

According to a study by David Neal and Wendy Wood called Habits – A Performance Repeat, our careers are actually defined by our habits. They say that 45 percent of the time we spend at work, we’re doing things that involve habitual, or everyday behaviours, and that it is these habits that define our success or failure in the workplace.

 

These so-called career habits take up roughly 3.8 hours a day for men and 3.5 hours a day for women and so getting a handle on them and putting them to our advantage is essential. From the website we look at when we’re supposed to be working to our willingness to look for new jobs; it all makes a difference toward how far our careers progress.

 

Here are some habits that can boost your career and take you to where you want to go.

 

Always Arrive 30 Minutes Early

 

According to a study conducted by YouGov, around 19 percent of workers are late to work at least once per week. Unfortunately, arriving late to work simply won’t cut it anymore, thanks to increased competition in the labour market.

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This is why so many people are beginning to arrive at work 30 minutes early, giving them time to plan for the day ahead and making sure that they don’t turn up after they are supposed to.

 

Search For Alternative Jobs In Your Industry

 

It’s a common feature of working for a specific company that your pay will rarely rise more than the rate of inflation. Companies aren’t keen on increasing the pay of their existing staff, often because they assume that they won’t take the plunge and leave for another company. Therefore, it’s worth asking yourself a question like: “what are jobs near me paying?” Usually, you’ll find that by simply moving company, you’re able to secure a pay increase over and above what you’d be able to negotiate with your existing firm. If you want your pay to increase rapidly during the first few years of your career, keep looking around for new opportunities and businesses willing to pay you a higher salary.

 

Add Excessive Value

 

The whole point of going to work is to add value. You need to create revenue higher than your income to justify your employment in the first place. The greater the difference between what you earn and what you bring in the better as it puts you in a far better bargaining position. Those who go above and beyond and bring in double their salary in revenue are often in a good position to ask for a pay rise, especially if that pay increase will incentivize them to work even harder and bring in even more money for the company.

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Job-Hunting Myths Debunked!

Like most people, you’re probably approaching your current job hunt with a firm set of beliefs as to how the process works, and the things that will or won’t be effective. However, a lot of these common beliefs are completely wrong, and won’t do anything other than hold back your job-hunting activity. Here, I’ve debunked some of the most common myths that hold people back in their job hunts.

Your CV Isn’t That Important

 

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First impressions count for a lot in every aspect of life, and this is certainly true when it comes to job hunting. Your CV and cover letter are the first impressions that prospective employers will get of the kind of person you are. With this in mind, you can’t afford to let any interviews slip through your fingers by sending out shoddy CVs. Make sure you tailor your personal statement and the way you word your work experience to the job you’re applying for. Take steps to ensure the whole document is completely free of spelling and grammatical errors. Remember to explain why you took on any extra training and applied for previous positions. You don’t have to meet the standards of professional CV writing, but you should be striving to get pretty close!

The Interview Is About Convincing the Interviewer to Hire You

It can be easy to think that the interview process is all about getting on the good side of the interviewer, and convincing them to give you the job. However, if you dig slightly deeper, you’ll find that it’s more about figuring out if you’ll fit neatly into the position, and how much you really want the job. Obviously, we all need to keep roofs over our heads and food on our tables. However, if you neglect to think about what comes after the interview process, you can easily wind up in a position that you’ll struggle with and eventually become miserable in. Think of the interview process as a two-way communication channel, rather than the interviewer putting you under a microscope. This will always result in a better outcome.

If You Don’t Follow Up, They’ll Think You’re Not Interested

 

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Yes, this may have been true at one point in the past. However, it’s 2017 now, and these calls don’t help in the majority of cases. In fact, they can sometimes hurt your chances of getting the job. The modern job market is pretty saturated. There are going to be dozens, if not hundreds, of other applicants aside from you applying for the exact same position. If they wanted every single applicant to follow up, the employer would have to spend all day fielding calls, rather than going back over interviews and applications. If you have reason to believe that there’s been some kind of mix-up with your application, then go ahead and make that call. Generally though, once you apply, you need to accept that the ball is in the employer’s court, and it’s up to them to decide whether or not they want to speak to you.

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Want to See The World? Why Not Work in a New Location?

Seeing the world is an ambition for many people. There is nothing better than exploring new places and learning new things from new cultures. If all of that sounds appealing to you, you need to find a career that allows you to move around and see new things. Here are some ideas for you to consider.

 

Travel Writing

 

Travel writing is not an easy profession to break into. But there are opportunities out there if you’re willing to start small and work your way up the ladder slowly. You’ll need to have a flair for a story and the ability to find the right angle for each piece you right. You’ll see all kinds of new places that you’ve never been to before, the stranger and more obscure they are, the better your work will be. People want to read about places that they don’t know much about.

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FIFO

 

Fly in, fly out work is when you go to a particular location to work for a company. These locations are usually in remote spots. Many people who do this kind of work are employed in different locations at different times, so you can move around a lot if you want to. FIFO workers have to be willing to live in a new location for weeks or months at a time. So, you have to be willing to move away from your home for relatively long periods of time. But it can be great for people who want to travel.

 

Cruise Ship Working

 

Cruise ships are always moving around and stopping at new places. If you work on a cruise ship, you get to see all kinds of different places. You will see the world when you have time off during breaks when the ship stops. And there are all kinds of interesting jobs you can do on a cruise ship. You could be a manager, an entertainer or you could work in the kitchen or bars. That’s just a few of the job types that are required on cruise ships.

 

International Teacher

 

Teachers are always required all around the world. If you already have a background in teaching, you might want to become an international teacher. This is when you take time away from your ordinary work to teach children in other parts of the world. English language teachers are always required, especially in Asian countries. And if you have a specifications that is in demand, you should be able to find work in the vast majority of countries you want to visit.

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Tour Guide
Tours guides operate in parts of the world that tourists usually flock to. You can show people around and get to know a certain part of the world. When you get bored with that place and that job, you could move to a new location and become a tour guide somewhere else. It’s the kind of job that allows you to move around and do lots of things and learn things too. It’s a career you should definitely consider if you want to see the world.

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