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Creative Resumé vs template Resumé??

Creative Resumé! It represents YOU and where you WANT your career to go. It’s creative in a poetic license way- -formatted so your strengths and experiences are quickly understood. Recent Graduate, 20-Something and Experienced Professional samples are attached.

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MyCareerCatpult.com can help YOU with a creative Resumé.  #WinningTipsfor20Somethings  #InterviewPrepTip

Recent Grad Resume

5 Years Experience Resume

Experienced Professional Resume

 

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“To My Fellow Job-Hunting College Seniors”

“When it came to my job search, I discovered a disconnect between my education and the real world.”  Easy tips from a successful college job seeker:

To my fellow generation of entitled adult-adolescents who expect a $75,000 salary if they’re going to get up before 10 a.m., here’s my advice from the other side of the job search. You won’t hear any of this from your college career center.

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• Set up your voice mail like someone who has a real job or deserves one. Don’t make people sit through even five seconds of your favorite song or your jokey explanation of why they need to leave a message. If they’re calling to set up a job interview, they just want to be sure it’s you.

• Never wear a black suit to an interview. Black suits are for weddings and funerals. Go to a classy men’s boutique and have them fix you up with a nice $500 suit, gray or navy blue. It’ll last you five years. The key is to make sure it fits so you’ll feel snappy in the job interview despite your stutters and flop sweat. If you can swing it, buy the grayand the blue suit. Wear the blue for the first-round interview, and the gray to the more formal second- or third-round interviews. (Women: Sorry, I’m not qualified to advise on pencil-skirts and heels.)

• If you get nervous in social situations, make an effort to go out to a bar—not with your buddies—a few months before interview season, have a couple of drinks, and strike up a conversation with an unfamiliar girl (or guy). Bars are low-pressure, and even if you do get shut down, you’ll realize that the rejection isn’t that bad. More important, you’ll gain new confidence that will help in higher-pressure environments such as interviews and networking sessions.

• In networking sessions, don’t talk about the fascinating people you’ve met or the exotic places you’ve been if that information hasn’t been strongly solicited by the other person. Better to talk about your friend who deep-fried an entire bag of Doritos than the semester you spent at Oxford. You’ll get laughs and seem down-to-earth.

• Don’t use your university email on your resume. Schools often discontinue email addresses, and if an employer wants to get in touch after graduation you’ll be out of luck. Get a Gmail account with some easy-to-understand form of your name. Note: It’s safe to assume that job interviewers think people with Yahoo or AOL email accounts are suspect.

• When you get a business card, write on the back where and when you met the person and any useful notes about him or her. Keep track of these cards. Personally, I use a spreadsheet for all the info. Email your contacts—even a few lines—every three or four months and make sure you have something to say.

• Trying to network with someone in a company but don’t know their email? If you have someone else’s email from the company, follow the format. If an analyst’s email is John.Doe@bank.com, and you want to get in touch with Jane Smith, send the email to Jane.Smith@bank.com. I have used this trick a few times and it works.

• LinkedIn. Get one.

• Social Media. As you’ve noticed, parents now use Facebook more than we do, and the people who are thinking about hiring you will probably be parents. Before you start your job or internship search, reset your privacy settings so that strangers can see only your profile picture. Choose a presentable photo—no random arm around you or red Solo cups. Make your Twitter and Instagram private. Oh, and delete your Myspace if it still exists. Any potential employer will Google you, so if there’s anything floating around on the Web that you don’t want them to see, take it down.

• Write thank-you notes for job interviews. Emails don’t cut it, so play it safe and do both. Write and mail the note the minute you get home.

• Once you accept a job offer, don’t talk about your salary—you’ll either sound like you’re bragging or you’ll discover that you should have held out for more. An exception: Friends may ask in earnest, especially juniors, so they can better grasp the job market. But tell them at your own risk.

• If you’ve accepted an offer, do everything in your power to help classmates find a job. Getting an offer means you’re doing something right and probably have at least one valuable piece of advice to pass along. Share if others ask. You would want someone to do the same for you.

Don’t worry, if you get one or more of these things wrong, it isn’t going to totally kill your chances of landing an internship or job. And it was probably time to clean up your Facebook anyway.

Mr. Pierce is a senior finance student at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. After graduation, he’ll be working as an investment-banking analyst.
http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com for How to Find a Job Coaching
Borrowed and adapted from The Wall Street Journal Opinion article by DAVID L. PIERCE.
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30 Seconds to Better Information Retention

 

The 30 Second Review: Immediately after any lecture, conference, meeting, or other significant experience, take 30 seconds to think through (summarize; write down if you can) the most important points. That’s it. It sounds so simple—almost a useless exercise—but after several months of trying it out, Scott shares her experience and the multiple benefits:

“You learn to listen better, and ask better questions: Once you get into the habit of the 30 second review, it starts to change the way you pay attention, whether listening to a talk or participating in a discussion. It’s like learning to detect a simple melody amidst a cacophony of sound. And as you listen with more focus, and ask better questions which prompt actionable answers, so your 30 second review becomes more useful.”

Additionally, she says, it helps you interpret information and decide what really matters, capture nuance in conversations, and better help others. 

Thanks to The Daily Muse and Robyn Scott.  Read her on Medium.com

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4 Million Open Jobs!

Don’t settle for mediocrity. There are 4 million open jobs in the US. Job Seeker: look online; submit resume; wait. Employers: post online; review resumes; wait.  But this doesn’t work. For you to be hired, you need to radically re-imagine how to navigate the job market, connect, engage, and build the kind of personal brand to attract employers.

Re-imagine how to market yourself, develop your target companies and jobs, and expand your network. 4 million people need to be hired, so invest the time, creativity and persistence to be successful.

For more ideas, hire a Coach! http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

 

Adapted and borrowed from Business Insider: “This Simple Strategy Will Make You The Top Candidate For Any Job” by Joel Capperella.

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True Grit

What sets high achievers apart?  According to psychologist and “genius grant” recipient Angela Lee Duckworth, it’s ruthlessly pursuing a goal over time: grit, perseverance. This is the trait that, “as much as, or in some cases more than, talent can predict success in a variety of difficult situations” according to an December interview in  Monitor on Psychology.

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   A Defining Factor of Grit is Perseverance: Perseverance in this case is defined by the ability and stamina to go after long-term goals. If you pride yourself on, say, resisting late-night snacks, but change your career goal every time you face a setback, grit is not your forte. Self-control, a more temporary concept, may be. (And yes, it’s possible to have both.)

   You Can’t Have Grit Without a Goal: People who are gritty, Duckworth says, are hard workers who don’t see pursuing their goal as “work.” They value it deeply, believe that good things will come from achieving it, and don’t waste time second-guessing themselves or worrying about what they could be doing instead. In other words, if you find a goal you’re passionate about, the grit may follow.

   There Are Ways to Boost Grit: One may be to practice looking on the bright side. Since grit usually involves overcoming obstacle after obstacle, pessimists are less likely to have it. Another may be to commit to committing. According to Duckworth’s research, showing up is indeed half the battle—if not more. “Woody Allen once said that 80% of success in life is just showing up,” she says. “And I think grit inclines individuals to show up for their commitments, and to keep showing up.”

Know someone who needs help defining goals and sticking to a career plan? Find career and job search coaching – -and job search success at http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

Article borrowed from Anna Medaris Miller, The Daily Muse

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Workplace Passion…?

Yes! Bosses have discovered that passion -about the business! -makes a better employee.

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A passion for the business. A zeal for the industry. An excitement, an enthusiasm, a zest for the art, and the craft, and the science, of what makes a company in the field succeed. In an information economy, the measures of success are increasingly intangible.  Finding people who can make decisions well, and then execute on those decisions, is difficult for bosses.They have to figure out who is going to understand the customer better, the manufacturing process better, the marketing better, the interface better, and so on.

What’s more, bosses need to determine who’s going to stick with it — there are a lot more forks in the road, and bumps along the way, in this intangible world. Perseverance through the inevitable fumbles and fiascos is needed because without perseverance there are no victories.

Because somebody who is passionate is inherently motivated, and internally driven to succeed, they try harder to find answers. They think up clever stuff on their own. They enjoy the business, and the customers, and the industry so much that they’re always discovering new things or perceiving additional ways that the business could succeed.

In short, passionate people are better employees because they care more than dispassionate people. Celebrate your passions in your work and job search, and enjoy the sweet taste of success. http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

Excerpted insight from article by MARC CENEDELLA, THELADDERS

Read more: http://www.cenedella.com/so-if-not-me-who-did-get-the-job-2/#ixzz2n58fuCTs

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All he wants for Christmas is – – – – – – – – – – – – – – a Job Search Coach!

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Give him what he wants for Christmas; Give him the help he needs so he can achieve Career Success. A Job Search Coach can bring Holiday Happiness to all of you.

So find a Coach — a friend, co-worker, former boss or ME- – and “hire” them for ideas, strategies, coaching and success. Strategic action and follow up pay off in the job search- – and the Holidays are a great time for networking!   The single toughest part of the job search is the frustration, rejection, lack of leads, losing confidence, no strategy, loss of ambition, no new ideas — Wait! That’s a lot of tough things about the job search. And they all can be addressed and overcome with the help of a Job Search Coach.

http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com – The How-to-Find-a-Job website with your own personal Coach!

 

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3 Tips for Selling Yourself

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1. Know exactly where you want to go. 

You need to know exactly what you want to achieve or no one can help you get there. Your elevator pitch should answer three questions: Who are you? What do you do? Where do you want to go, or what are you looking for?

2. Eliminate Jargon.

A good strategy is to imagine explaining what you do to your parents and using a similar formula in your elevator pitch. Making sure your pitch is in layman’s terms is especially critical for those in accounting, finance, and technology.

Dumbing down complex ideas is a “real art,” says McDonald. You need to be able to explain what you do and who you are in a way that appeals to most people. This means avoiding acronyms or terminology that wouldn’t be understood by someone outside of your industry.

3. Pitch it to your friends and colleagues.

Keep practicing and tweaking your pitch until it’s natural for you to say aloud and convincing to the listener. After you’ve got your story down, practice your elevator pitch with friends and colleagues. Ask them to give you feedback. Ask them what you should do to make it better.

“Most people can’t present what they’ve done effectively,” Paul McDonald, a senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half, tells Business Insider. “They’re not used to giving sound bites of what they do.”

Thank you to Buisness Insider for the article below which inspired our top 3 tips. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-tell-your-story-in-30-seconds-2013-11#ixzz2kf4xxdqV

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Dreamer? Lover? Thinker? Warrior?

 

The Answer?  All the above. Tap into your strengths – -and these 4 easy tips- – to excel at your interviews and networking.

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  • Use your inner Dreamer (Possibilities) to share a professional vision about yourself in the future.

    Now it’s time to shift your focus from your past to your future. That’s your inner Dreamer’s specialty. Paint a picture for them of how you hope to make a difference: in your work, in your life, at their company or organization. Inspire them with your aspirations for the years to come and how working with them helps you achieve them.

 

  • Use your inner Lover (People) to make a personal connection.

    An interview isn’t a transaction. It’s a mini-relationship.This is where the inner Lover excels – at building relationships. The number one reason people hire other people is because they like the idea of having them around. So reach out, and ask some questions about the person interviewing you: what do they love about the company? What excites them about their work, or gives their job meaning? Shift from showing your interest in landing the job to letting them feel your interest in getting to know them.

 

  • Use your inner Thinker (Perspectives) to move beyond superficial answers.

    Your inner Thinker is designed to gather information, analyze a situation from a few angles, and generate ideas to solve problems. Shift your answers from upbeat generalities to responses that invite your interviewer to think about what you’ve said. You want the interviewer to get engaged, to join you in an interesting exchange. When the interview is over, you want them still considering some of the points you made, and wishing they had a few more minutes to explore that last topic with you.

 

  • Use your inner Warrior (Performance) to show commitment, resolve, and the discipline to get things done.

    In your interview, instead of listing job titles you’ve held, shift to giving examples of projects you’ve worked on and completed. Tell stories of how you’ve contributed to completing important tasks, or accomplishing impressive goals. Even if you’re just out of school, you can describe how you hung in there and finished your thesis, despite the temptation to give up. This gives your interviewer confidence that you have the stamina and determination to deliver when it matters. After the interview, take a small action step that goes beyond just emailing them to thank them for the meeting. Attach an article related to the discussion you had, or a link to a website that extends the conversation. This reinforces that you’re not just talk — you’re also about practical follow-up and focused completion.

 

 

Thank you Erica Ariel Fox and Winning From Within for these great tips.

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Invest in relationships and be patient.

While this is geared to hiring managers – – it offers great advice to job seekers: invest in relationships, get to know people in your target companies, and perform well on all levels of work and networking.

Warby Parker Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal: Invest in relationships and be patient.

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Blumenthal writes:

When it comes to hiring, slow and steady wins the race. Recruiting is much like fundraising — you don’t want to jump the gun with your ask. There are a couple reasons for being patient. First, you’re more likely to get an offer accepted when you’ve taken the time to build up a relationship with a person. Second, you’re more likely to make the right decision about a hire when you have plenty of data at your disposal — and by “data” I mean weeks, months, or even years of interactions with a person.

…In order to play the long game in recruiting, of course, you need to keep a few things in mind:

1. Stay ahead of the hiring curve. If you wait until the situation is desperate, your choices will be severely restricted. Any leader needs to think ahead and plan for both the best-case scenario and downside scenario.

2. Good people are hard to find, even in a recession. The best people are always sought after — and rarely looking for jobs.

3. Set sights high. A-players perform at an A-level and hire A-level people. B-players perform at a B-level and hire at a B or C-level. There are longterm ramifications to making suboptimal hires that often aren’t visible until months or years later, by which time it’s extremely difficult to course-correct.

4. Know the identity of your company, and actively share that identity. This will help potential hires to self-select in or self-select out.

5. Finally, invest time in building relationships — and always be recruiting.

Read the full post at LinkedIn

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-execs-look-for-in-hires-2013-9?op=1#ixzz2hECoyFaa

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