Turning the Entry-Level Resume Into One With Experience
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
Resumes are a popular topic on LJNRadio for good reason, and for this episode Tim Muma takes a slightly altered approach. He speaks with Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, who brings her experienced insights with her. The strategy she brings to this show is finding a way to take one's early resume - often short and light on experience - and finding ways to create a stronger, more professional...
 
  Writing Great Career Stories and Accomplishments on Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2016
If you want a chance at a good job, tell a story. No, I’m not talking about “Once upon a time,” or “In a land far away.” What I mean is a story that tells about who you are, what you have done with your career so far, and what you can bring to a new position. C.A.R. Stories What I am asking you to do is create a CAR story. It stands for Challenges, Actions, and Results. In short, what you do is look back over your car...
 
  How to Create A Resume that Shows You Have the Right Experience
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2016
So, you have a great resume that showcases all your achievements and your educational background. But is it relevant to the position you are applying for? Relevance simply means a connection between who you are, what you want, what the position you are applying for is, and what the company offering the position wants. Is Your Resume Relevant? If you have the experience asked for by the company, and you have shown it o...
 
  Using the Right Keywords in Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2016
You have to love keywords. OK, you don’t have to LOVE them but you do have to know how to use them, because if you have the right keywords, employers will find you on LinkedIn, and their algorithms will find you when you submit a resume. If you are not using the right keywords, no one is going to find you. And that’s not good. So, how do you know which keywords to use on your resume? Which ones will get you noticed, and whi...
 
  Optimizing Your Resume For ATS
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
If you are submitting your resume online, then you need to know about ATS. It is an abbreviation for Applicant Tracking Software, and it is a catch-all term for programs that allow employers to upload your resume that you have created in Word or plain text, and then deliver it to a database that searches it for keywords. Large corporations often use ATS to weed out suitable resumes and identify the candidates that they want to...
 
  How Long Is Too Long For My Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
You know the myth—a good resume should be no longer than one page. Why in the world should that be etched in stone? Maybe one page is not the right length. You might have a lot of accomplishments to share. You might have a very long career history. And it might not be even remotely reasonable to expect you to sum yourself up in one page. Now, that said, how long is too long? Best Length for a Resume Here is my best...
 
  How Should I Represent My Education on My Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
It is important to include your education on your resume, even if you have none. Now, how did that statement even make sense? Well, having no formal education doesn’t mean that you have never learned anything during your lifetime. There has to be something in your background that is relevant to the position you want. You just have to make it fit your resume. Where Do I Put My Education? Okay, the good thing about e...
 
  Why & How to Quantify Information and Use Numbers in Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
Why is it important to use numbers on your resume? It’s simple. Numbers tell your potential employer where, how, and why you have succeeded. You can always make general statements. For instance, I could say “I have helped a lot of people create resumes that got them interviews and jobs.” Is that quantifiable? No, it is not. But if I say: “Of 1,000 clients who came to me for assistance, 85% had multiple interviews in under t...
 
  Creating A Brand-Driven Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
Creating A Brand-Driven Resume Is your resume brand-driven? In other words, does it market you as a brand, in the same way that companies market a product or service? A brand-driven resume will make it easy for an employer to see the differences between you and another candidate. Types of Personal Branding Communicating your personal brand can be accomplished three ways; visually, verbally, or through strategic, targe...
 
  Write A Resume That Positions You as the Perfect Fit
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
In today’s job market employers want specialists—industry experts—instead of “generalists”. The burden is on the candidate’s shoulders to convince the employer they’re the best choice. How can you do that, though, when what one company resume writing 2016is seeking varies from another or when the positions you want are not the same? Employers want to see that you’re the best fit—and you can show them you are by making connec...
 
  2016 Cover Letter Tips
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2015
In May Microsoft published an interesting study detailing research on the changes in our attention spans over the last several years. From 2000 to 2013 our attention spans dropped from 12 seconds to a mere eight seconds. We now have an attention span one second shorter than that of a goldfish. Let that sink in for a minute … Which makes me wonder … What effect does dwindling attention span have on our job searches—and our cove...
 
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