Seven Ways To Craft A Killer Resume

Writing your resume can be one of the hardest parts of job hunting. Writing about yourself and showing off your professional achievements can be difficult, especially if you’re not naturally a writer. If you’re struggling with your resume, follow these tips to ease the struggle and craft a resume that will lock down that job interview and help you get the job. 

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  1. Tweak your resume for the sort of job you’re looking for. You don’t have to list every job you’ve had since you were 18. Your retail job from college probably isn’t relevant for the career you want now, so leave it off. Instead, showcase the jobs and skills that are the most relevant to the job you want. 
  2. Keep a master list of all your jobs in a document on your computer with your complete employment history. Add some bullet points of key achievements too. As you’re changing up your resume for each application, you can easily go to your master list and just copy and paste the relevant parts you need, rather than having to type them out every time. 
  3. Make your resume still makes sense when skim read. Hiring managers have a lot of resumes to read through. Use clear headings and bullet points to make sure a quick read can still get your key skills across clearly. Allow for recruitment software too. Some companies use software to search for keywords before a human sees your application, so make you use relevant key phrases to get through this stage. 
  4. Keep your resume compact. If you send across a huge document, the person in charge of hiring is unlikely to read it all. Cut the fluff out, and trim your resume down to a shorter length. Aim for about a page, and definitely no more than two pages if you’re struggling to get it to a single page. If you’re struggling to slim it down, read this guide to organise your resume in a more concise way. 
  5. If writing your resume yourself is proving to be too difficult a challenge, think about bringing in a professional. There are plenty of online services for resume writing, so you can hire an expert to write a top resume to show off your skills. 
  6. Keep formatting simple. Choose a simple font in a size that is easy to read and leave plenty of white space on the page. This makes your resume clearer and easier to look over. Separate out different section with headers, but keep the rest consistent and classic in style. 
  7. Be careful about adding too many extras to your resume. Some people advise adding extra details to stand out like infographics, but use these kind of things with a light hand. If you’re applying for a job with a more traditional company, leave off anything too flash. If you go for a job that requests the application in a particular format, make sure you follow their specifications and don’t get too wild trying to make your resume stand out.

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The Jobs You Might Not Have Thought About

When you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, they will all probably say the same traditional jobs. They will usually mention becoming a teacher, doctor, hairdresser, or vet. Even though these jobs are traditionally very popular, they aren’t the only ones out there. In fact, there are so many great jobs out there that not many people think about when they are deciding on their career.

Do you think it’s time for a new career? How about one of these fantastic jobs that you might not have thought about.

Professional Driver

Do you love going for long drives at the weekend? If so, then a career behind the wheel might be a great option for you. There are lots of truck firms, such as CRST, that are always on the lookout for both full-time and freelance drivers. As part of this kind of work, you will be able to enjoy driving all around the country and discovering new places. Of course, driving trucks isn’t the only kind of driving work, though, as you will also be able to become a limousine driver or a courier for a small local firm.

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Tour Guide

If you love traveling, then becoming a tour guide could be a great way to earn some money. This is an especially great opportunity if you have a in-depth knowledge of a specific city or tourist hotspot. You will be able to set up in that location and offer guides to all of the visitors and tourists. This is the perfect job for anyone who wants to be self-employed. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy becoming a freelance tour guide, though, as many travel firms also hire guides on a full-time basis.

Doula

Doulas are becoming very popular and are helping many women bring their babies into the world. A doula is basically a midwife with a much more holistic view and method of childbirth. They help women come up with the best birth plan that meets all of their needs and wants, and will also be with them through every step of labour. If you love babies, then this is a great job option for you!

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Brewer

Do you love experimenting in the kitchen? If so, then you might have already considered becoming a chef or a baker. But how about becoming a brewer and making new beers? The beer industry is booming at the minute, so going into this industry could prove to be very profitable indeed. If you already know a thing or two about beer and brewing, you could always set up your own company. Alternatively, why not apply to one of the thousands of breweries that now operate across the country.

Driving Instructor

Another possible career opportunity for those who love to drive would be to become a driving instructor. Then you will get to pass on all of your knowledge and wisdom to those who are just starting their driving career.

So, which of these cool jobs will you go for?

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7 Key Steps To Making A Career Change

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When it comes to your career, you may not find yourself on the right track to begin with. And that’s natural. Because when you leave school, you may feel as if you’re on the right track. You may think you know what you want. But, it’s not always easy for you to think about what kind of work or job or career will suit you for the rest of your life. But then as you get older and you start to find yourself unfulfilled with work. And we all spend a lot of time working, so it’s important for you to make sure that you find a job that’s fulfilling and that you love. Yet when you’ve started out on a certain path, you may feel as if you cannot make a change. But you can.

However, when it comes to making that change, you need to think about what you want to do and how you’re going to make the leap. Anything is possible, but it does take a lot of work. But if you know that you really want to make a better career for yourself or do something that you love, then you will want to commit to this. And the good thing is, it can be easy when you get started and enjoyable! This is how you’re going to do it.

  1. Decide What You Don’t Like

To start with, something that you may feel helps you here, is to decide what is making you unhappy or what you do not like about in your current career. Sometimes, it’s easier to start out by pinpointing what you don’t like and why you’re not happy, so that you can then start to work out what you do.

  1. Understand What You Do

And then, when you’ve worked out what you don’t like, it’s so important for you to then pinpoint what you like and what you want to do career wise. First of all, you’ll want to think about whether or not you have any passions to pursue. Sometimes it’s easier for people to know  what they are passionate about, but if you don’t it’s time to start digging out to work out what you love and what you might like to do.

  1. Do Your Research

Then, you need to start to do your research. Get online and take a look at some of the career options that are available to you. Think about what kind of roles there are and what you might like to do. Also have a look at what skills and experience you may need to move into that particular career, because that’s what you need to work on next.

  1. Top Up What You Know

But then also, at this stage you may realize that you need really look to top up your knowledge, skills, or qualifications. Maybe you need to look at doing some studies in the evening to do this? And if so, you might want to look out for well known brand schools or educational establishments to study with? It’s important for you to learn what you need to and get the right qualifications, so make sure that this is a priority.

  1. Get Some Experience

And then, you may need to get some more experience under your belt. Do you need to get an internship or do some work for free? Think about how you can start to make waves in the industry and build up your CV so that you’re ready to make a move.

  1. Network

You may then find that the next thing you need to do here, is to start networking. Because when you’re moving into a new industry, it’s so important for you to think about meeting people and looking for new opportunities. And it might be something that you’re weary of or worried about, but when you start networking, you’ll soon find your feet and get comfortable. And this could be the step that gets you going places.

  1. Make The First Step

And then, you’re going to want to think about making the very first step towards your new career. This can look different to different people. But essentially, you want to make sure that you are getting the ball rolling. For some, that may be sending out applications and going to interviews. Or it may be to build a portfolio and start building up a bit of business for yourself. But you have to get started and make it your dream career a reality.

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Do You Still Need a Resume? Yes, Even in Good Times!

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As I write this, the economy, especially where the availability of jobs is concerned, times are good in the U.S.A. right now and may be in a number of countries around the world as well.

Yes, when I look at Craigslist or simply look around me from day to day, I see lots of signs saying things like, “Now Hiring!”, “Help Wanted”, and “Positions Available!”.

Does that mean you can simply walk into any business establishment and they’ll simply give you the job you want if you simply ask?

No, times have probably never been that good for the job seeker. There are still things you need to do, and one of them is to have a resume.

Any employer, no matter how desperate for workers they are, will still want to know something about you before they make a hiring decision. And a resume will help you in this area.

A resume gives the prospective employer needed information about you

Remember, even if you are the only candidate for the job, the prospective employer will never be desperate enough to hire you on the spot when they know absolutely nothing about you! And, even if you are the sole candidate for a job opening, that is not likely to last long, even in the greatest economic times.

A resume tells them some basic information and gets your foot in the door. And remember, a resume allows you to “toot your own horn”! And in these good times, it can still put you ahead of the game when other competing candidates decide they don’t need a resume and can cut back on the things they felt they needed to do when job hunting was tougher and jobs were scarce.

And, having that resume in hand gives the prospective employer something tangible to work with when deciding whom to hire.

Having a resume keeps you prepared for bumps in the road

So, what if you have a job that you like and plan to stay with? Should you even hang onto your resume?

Well, today, there’s no such thing as a secure job, and it has always been this way to some extent. Even if you’re the best employee in the world, your employer could go out of business, or retire, the company can be bought out and the new owner may want to replace the staff with his or her own, and oftentimes, while times may be generally great, small “spot” recessions can come up, which can mean layoffs.

So, Yeshang onto your resume and remember to update it periodically, even if you have a job. Just having a resume, even an old one that needs updating, is better than none at all.

And, especially as you gain more work experiences and achievements, it will help you to keep track of what you’ve done and what you’ve achieved over the years. You’ll be less likely to forget that one achievement that could get you that job you’re going for now.

Also, if you are trying for jobs in differing fields, or that emphasize different types of duties, you may want to have several resumes that emphasize your different skills and experiences. Even having an old resume that hasn’t been updated will provide a foundation for creating additional resumes.

So, if you don’t have a resume, get one now. And if you do have one, be sure to update it.

Happy job hunting!

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

While many people like to spend the holidays lying on a couch watching TV, others take the opportunity to make some extra cash. Businesses always need additional staff during the holiday season, which makes it a great time to look for work — especially if you don’t have much experience and are just starting out in your career. Whether this is your first job hunt or you’re a seasoned seasonal worker, here’s what you should keep in mind.

Choosing a Job

When it comes to looking for work, many people like to just apply for every available job. However, this is not necessarily a smart use of your time. It is a much better idea to narrow down what you’d like to do and focus on that area. You can then expand your scope as the job hunt continues. It’s a good idea to start as soon as possible, as companies start hiring for the holidays in the fall, and being proactive may place you ahead of the curve.

Don’t think that the only holiday job is retail. There are plenty of other high-paying seasonal jobs available, so take a minute to think outside the box. If you’re still struggling to come up with ideas, this article has some great tips on how to think like a seasonal job hunter.

Also, consider whether getting a holiday job is the best choice for you. There are several advantages, but are you willing to spend most of the holidays working? Getting a seasonal job is a big responsibility, so make sure you understand both the pros and cons before applying.

Sending Resumes

For many people, creating and sending resumes is the most frustrating part of job hunting. However, it really doesn’t have to be the case. As long as your resume looks professional, it can be enough to land you a good job. That said, it’s a good idea to check out sample resumes for different industries to see what you should be aiming for.

If a cover letter is required and you’re applying to loads of jobs, you should at least create different templates for different types of work — say, one for serving and one for retail. If there’s a job that you are really passionate about, write a separate cover letter from scratch — employers can usually tell the difference, and it can set you apart.

The Interview

If the resume stage has gone well, you will be invited to an interview. This is usually the scariest part, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience being interviewed, but it’s actually a lot more straightforward than you might imagine. Jobs in each industry tend to ask more or less the same questions, so prepare by writing down your answers to them.

Some interview questions are kind of tricky, especially around the holidays. This is because companies want to hire someone who seems committed but is still only willing to work for a few weeks. Monster has some great advice on how to deal with these holiday curveballs.

Finally, don’t be discouraged. Job hunting can be a tedious process, but it is one of the most important skills you can develop. Looking for work during the holidays is great practice, and you are more or less guaranteed to find something if you follow these tips and don’t give up. It will all be worth it when you get your first paycheck.

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5 Things You Need To Include On Your Resume

Are you out for a new job, one that’s bigger and better than the position you used to hold? Maybe you’re looking to grab that promotion within the company you already work for, and know you need an edge over the competition? Maybe you’ve been out of work for a while and need to get back in the game, and you want your CV to be able to minimize the damage that could cause? Whatever your reason for needing to look up what to include on your resume, this is the post for you!

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The Right Orientation

If you’re going for a job in a niche sector, or you haven’t updated your resume in a while, not just any old CV will do! You’ve got to make it relevant to the job you’re trying out for.

The Right Words

You’re going to need some keywords in some key places on your resume, that describe what you can do in one word for the job in one word, to make sure any software a hiring manager runs your resume through flags up on their system.

You want even a computer to be sure about you; be sure to look up sites like Hloom to help you out with templating these keywords.

Your Qualifications and Their Certifications

Sure, you’ve got qualifications, and you’ve got the stones to talk about them for hours. But all of this means nothing if you don’t have the certificates you graduated with to back up these stories of yours. So make sure you include information about any certificates you’ve earned within your resume, and have copies of them ready for an employer to look at should they ever ask. If you don’t know where to include these details, look over this advice here.

Your Contact Details

This is a pretty obvious point, but if you don’t include your contact details, and you don’t include them in a clear place, the employer has no way to get ahold of you. And that makes contacting you for an interviewer of job offer impossible, and the person on the other end of the phone is very unlikely to try and look you up before moving onto the next best candidate.

So make sure you’ve got your phone number and email address, as well as your living address, just under your name at the top of your resume.

Try Using Stats

So this one might not be as important as the other points, but if you’ve got statistics to back up your achievement claims, you’re going to have a much better chance of scoring a position within your dream career field than ever before!

And you’re definitely going to stand out from the crowd, as a lot of people aren’t aware they need facts and numbers to help them out with impressing an employer. After all, you do that during the interview, but you need something to tide the interviewer over before you get there!

Always have details like these included!

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These Things Could Be Stopping You From Landing Your Dream Job

Landing your dream job is something you should make an effort to do if you’re sick of feeling dissatisfied with work. We spend an enormous portion of our lives at work, and this can mean ending up with compromised mental and physical health if we’re not careful.

You can definitely enjoy your job, even love it! It doesn’t matter what anybody says. All you have to do is go through enough effort to actually find out what your dream job is – and it might not be what you think. Maybe you’ve made a little effort to find or land your dream job but you haven’t got anywhere. Whatever stage you’re currently at, the advice here can help you:

Not Making An Effort To Find Your True Passion

Before you can land your dream job, you need to have a very good idea of what it is. Make sure you do lots of research so you can get it right. What do you love to do in your spare time? What lights you up? What have people always said you’re good at? You can even do great quizzes that can point you in the direction of the right sort of jobs, and these quizzes will take things like your personality and what you’re good at into account.

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Your Limiting Beliefs

If you have limiting beliefs holding you back from landing your dream job, you’re going to get nowhere fast. We all have limiting beliefs to some degree, but we need to figure out what they are and work through them if we’re going to make big progress. Everybody’s limiting beliefs can be different surrounding jobs and careers. Here are some pointers you can use to work yours out:

  • What did my parents believe about jobs/their jobs/work in general?
  • Is there anything I remember being told about work/jobs/my ability when I was a child?
  • What thoughts creep up most when I’m job hunting or thinking about my dream job?

Write down the things that come into your head and you should get an accurate picture of what you really believe. You can get over these beliefs my making sure you shut them down as soon as you think them, and by using methods such as the tapping solution!

Not Creating A Great Resume

Creating a great resume is going to get you through the door of your dream job. You have to make it compelling enough so that they can’t ignore it! You can find the fastest way to build resumes online and take advice when creating your own. Make sure it’s relevant and that you’ve tailored it to the position that you’re applying for!

Not Preparing Enough For The Interview Process

Preparing for the interview process is a must. You should know what questions they will ask you or have similar questions and come up with answers to them. Also, make sure you have questions to ask them!

Are these things stopping you from landing your dream job?

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