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I recently started using the Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt and shifted my entire goal setting, calendar, and planning to good old fashioned pen and paper. Several colleagues asked,
“Why lose out on all the convenience of automation, copy/paste functions, and on and on.”
They asked why take more time and go analog?
Give it a try, reconnect with your thoughts this year, stay focused, and have the most productive year yet. Ditch the tech and go for the paper and pen.
If you’d like more time management tips or would like to speak with one of our career coaches on ideas that could take you to the next level in your career, please connect with me at email@example.com
Your resume is more than a piece of paper with words – it’s a painting. Just like you, hiring managers have imaginations and they will use that to read your resume. The question is, do these words paint a picture of you as a competent worker? Energetic? Joyful? A team player? Honest? Do they paint a picture of you as young, middle-aged, or old? No, those things aren’t covered in your resume and they may be right or wrong, but it’s human nature to imagine.
There’s also a difference between company size in how long someone will look at your resume. With a small employer, you might get as much as two minutes. With large employers, you will get between four and fifteen seconds of attention. That’s not long, so the top third of your resume better be good.
Every employer is going to be looking for something different, but two things that almost everyone looks for are competence and compassion.
Stop it with the empty claims such as able, accustomed to fast-paced environments, analytical, bottom-line focused, dependable, driven, go-to person, problem solver, self-starter, etc. Yes, you and everyone else who has ever made a resume are these things. The problem with these is that most managers consider them to be empty claims devoid of proof.
These days managers want evidence on your resume before they’ll call you. They want numbers, dollars, percentages, illustrations – that sort of thing.
Numbers are the most important evidence. Employers want to make money and you are a cost. They want to know if the money you make for them or the money you save them will exceed your cost. They’ll even guess at how much. Giving them figures regarding your past achievements helps them gauge that. They want to see things like:
Everyone will be asking are you going to cost me money or save me money. Remember all those empty claims from before. Try replacing those with these:
If you don’t feel like your resume is getting the attention that you deserve or landing you your dream job, send it over to us and for feedback.
Happy Job Hunting!
Our team has reviewed thousands of resumes this past year and the vast majority of professionals don’t have concise and compelling resumes. Let’s face it – writing resumes, interviewing, selling yourself is not what you do every day and for many people, it’s not what they’re good at. You’re good at processing accounts payable, preparing accruals, and managing cash flow. Here are some things to consider when you’re looking to #upgradeyourcareer and start exploring new opportunities.
First, stop with the objective at the top of your resume. For the most part, these are generic statements and hiring managers have become immune to them. Instead, go for a concise and compelling summary of your skills and list some stats.
Focus on the things that matter in your resume. When you think of your accounts payable function, a few things come to mind.
Think of examples of how you are the best at these three things and highlight them with statistics throughout your resume. You’re guaranteed to start grabbing the attention of leaders at companies you want to work for.
For more advice on #upgradeyourcareer, resume tips, or interview prep – send us note here!