College Grads – What not to do…

I read the below article from Fox Business and thought it was a great article for recent college graduates on what not to do and what to do on your resume!  

Please read the article and then if you would like a FREE resume critique contact Resume’s Plus Online!  We also offer full resume writing services if you need assistance!

Enjoy the article! 

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/04/10/4-resume-mistakes-college-seniors-should-avoid/

 

 

A Bigger Thank-You than expected….

I had to share the fact I completed a resume for a person who was a retired disabled veteran who is working for the government at a Naval Base and was trying very hard to get a higher level position than he currently held.  

It was just one step up from where he was currently, but I could tell it was important to him, that he really wanted this and wanted my help.  We worked quickly and effectively wrote him a new resume focusing on his leadership skills, since the position he was applying to was a “lead” position.  

He seemed to be an older gentleman who called me Ms., Mrs. and even Ma’am.  He was providing me respect and courtesy.  I felt he had a very gentle old soul and did things the old fashioned way, by phone and chatting rather than emailing or texting!  

We completed the resume to his complete satisfaction and he thanked me profusely for it.

The last step was for me to email him an invoice that he could pay through PayPal or via credit card if he didn’t have a PayPal account.  I was pretty sure he didn’t have a PayPal account but he did say he could pay me via credit/debit card.  This kind gentleman attempted to pay me using his cell phone.  It didn’t work.  He called me and said he paid, but I showed no payment.  He then decided to go to his local library down the street from where he lived and used one of the library computers to try to make the payment.  He called and said he was having problems opening the invoice or paying it through the library computer.  I contacted PayPal to see if they could track down his attempted payments as I really didn’t want him to pay me twice…or more!

I called him back and explained the payment didn’t go through, he asked me to give him about 15 minutes and he would call me back.  When he called me back he was leaving the library, stating he got a library technician to assist him but they thought he got it completed.  I still didn’t see the payment post, so I again called PayPal to track it down.  Nothing.  I felt bad because I could tell this disabled vet was sincerely doing his best to get me paid.  I waited for a half hour and resumed the search for the payment with PayPal and still nothing showed.  PayPal felt my gentleman may have hit the “mock” payment button instead of the “make” payment button.  This would give him a response saying he was successful in the payment.

An hour went by and still no payment showed.  I finally conceeded that this wasn’t working for him and I didn’t want to delay his resume.  I called and ask if he didn’t mind he could send me a money order by mail, and I would go ahead and send him his finalized resume on good faith.  He was so grateful that I would work with him on the payment.  I ended up charging much less than I would have normally but at this point I didn’t care.

I kept thanking him for his service to our country, because I truly believe we all need to be thankful for their service or we might not be the greatest country in the world!  Even the craft workers are just as important if not more important than the Captains or Generals!

I upheld my end of the agreement and sent him his finalized resume immediately after making the payment arrangements.  I also volunteered to give him interview coaching for free if he gets the interview, all he has to do is call me.  The next morning I received a call from him that he just mailed me the payment and again he was so happy that I helped him on short notice with a quick turn around.

I received the payment the very next day (remarkably) in the mail with a money order stuck in a beautiful “Thank-You” card, hand written inside it said “Have a Great Day Mrs. Beth Jenkins”, and he signed his name and the money order was for $5 more than what I charged him!

This DID make my day, but it actually has lingered and made my week!

Sometimes we must go on faith that people really will do the right thing and we need to give just a little more to our disabled vets for what they’ve given up for us.

So Thank-You to all of my Clients and to all of our Service Men and Women!!

Free Resume Critiques by Recruiters!!

Yes, that’s right, you can get a free Resume critique by actual recruiters at various employers!

How you may ask???

It is much more simple than you think.

Have you attended a job fair lately?  I did – just a week ago and decided to test my theory.

The job fair was at a Military Base for ex-military, their spouses, dependents and the general public.

I went to several government contracting companies and spoke to their HR Reps and I went to several Government Agency booths, which was really my target.  I decided to produce my own resume to see if the Government Recruiters might critique my resume to see what I could do to improve it in order to obtain a civilian position within a government agency.  Well, I hit a home run with one man in particular.  He actually spent about 30 minutes with me going over my resume and speaking to me at length with great tips!

As an HR Professional I knew what I always looked for, what my company looked for and the managers within my companies looked for.  It was very different being on this side of the fence and helps to keep all things in perspective.

So keep this in the back of your mind as you go through your job searches and take advantage of the recruiters at the job fairs in your area!  If you are at a job fair you are typically finding companies you would like to work for.  What better way to get your resume up to speed (for the company you want a job with) than to have that same recruiter critique it for you!  Once that is done, you go home, update your resume with the tips they provided, then email it to the recruiter who provided you the critique!

Last tip….don’t forget to get the recruiters business card so when you email the revised resume you have the recruiters details and can remind them you spoke with them at length at the job fair….connection is key!

Resume Email Address Tip

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A resume is a tool to showcase the professional you!  Not the you that hangs out on weekends with your friends at the clubs.  When seeking a new position you should do your best to ensure everything about you is as professional as can be. 

This includes your email address!

When a recruiter is looking at an emailed resume, do you think they will respond the same to an email from BoysNiteOut@email.com or to BobsName@email.com?

I am pretty sure the recruiter will pick Bob’s over BoysNiteOut, unless the recruiter is perhaps single and looking for a fun boyfriend!  We both know the likely ending to this scenario.

So now might be the time to create a new professional email address if you don’t already have one.  Then update your resume with it! 

If you need some assistance in this effort, contact a resume writing professional that offers free consultations and ask for their opinion or assistance.

Best of luck in your search efforts and remember…..Resume’s Plus Online is always available to assist you.

Resume Writing Tip

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Do you know the average amount of time a professional reviews a resume before deciding if it should go in the pile for further review or the “not interested” pile?

The reality is it takes approx. 10-15 seconds only!! Yes, that is correct.

So what is the most important part of the resume? The top 1/3 of the first page. It must grab the readers attention or risk getting tossed in the wrong pile.

Don’t risk letting that happen to you. Pump up the top of your resume or consult with a Professional Resume Writer for assistance.

The whole point of a resume is to get you noticed, to get you in the door for an interview and that’s it. So keep it fresh, keep it professional and make the beginning pop!