Resume critique tips ENERGY?

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I am overjoyed to write this post. I was working with a new client this week and I told him to go to my blog and review these tips, and guess what? They were not posted. So here they are Resume critique tips.

A resume must . . .
Show an employer that (you), the job seeker is worth much more to them (value) than they cost (salary and benefits)! A great resume should compel human resources to pick up the phone and call the (you) job seeker. Its content must be relevant to the reader. It should also provide quick insight into the (your) personality and drive to succeed. It must create an unsolicited demand for your skills. Here are Resume Energy’s Resume critique tips for 2013.

TIP # 1
The header is always the reader’s first impression. Similar to having on polished shoes, it should be in 18-20 fonts. Single Spaced!

TIP # 2
Never ever should (you) job seeker use a cheesy email address? You should use a professional sounding email address. If the resume still has this telephone format (856) 571-1507, you have just dated your resume style to 1989. Use the modern yet digital, phone-number format: 856.571.1507. Don’t forget you should also include your social media address. Just as employers use multiple avenues to push out job postings, (you) the job seeker need to use all the channels available to put yourself in front of recruiters. Using Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn as a means to give updates on your career or connect you with other professionals gives your résumé legs and can make you more memorable as a candidate.

TIP # 3
(You) Job seeker’s should avoid starting their resume with an Objective! Gone are the days of an “objective” statement. Instead, use a “Professional Summary” to list the qualities they can offer immediately to the prospective employer.

TIP # 4
Another great way to get a resume noticed is to use job titles or a job title bar. A title bar is a good choice because it is a list of three of their career experiences. They can also list their top three skills in a title bar, across the top of their resume.

TIP # 5
Learn from commercials: Be brief. A resume is a lot like a television commercial, and the job seeker is the product. They’ve got seconds to identify a problem they can solve; show your greatest attributes and to take action. No more than 10-12 years of work history should be included on a resume. Leave off job experiences that show more than those dates. Remind them that a resume is a living document that should be updated every two years!

TIP # 6
(You) job seekers must tailor your resume for each prospective employer. The same point applies to their cover letters. That is why they must have career focus, and use “key words” from the job lead.

TIP # 7
“Pobody’s Nerfect”! Having a poor design and layout, with careless inaccuracies is a no-no! A resume must be free from grammatical and typographical errors. Get someone to review and edit the resume before the job seeker applies for a job.

TIP # 8
Write the resume from your voice. You are not like everyone else. Find the precise words that describe what makes you unique and valuable.

TIP # 9
“References Available upon Request” This was often used as a way to end a resume, but it’s completely unnecessary. Of course you have references! Otherwise, they have no business applying for a job! The age-old “references available upon request” has become archaic. They should have solid references lined up from the get-go, so when the hiring manager asks for them, they are ready to share them.

TIP # 10
Yes, you need a cover letter, even when you are emailing a resume, posting it to a job board, or sending it electronically. A cover letter is the best place to introduce yourself, identify your goals, and briefly describe why you are a good fit for the position. A well-written cover letter is a sales tool that will ensure that the resume will be read.

For everyone who is looking for a job right now, may God be with you. You are in my prayers. I pray that you find that job as soon as possible, and that you are able to live a happy and fruitful life.

My Best Regards!

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Vision Board ENERGY?

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What I am sharing with you is nothing new. I cannot take credit, nor do I want to take credit for creating such a life transforming activity. All I can say is that each year, when the new year begins, you can always find me sitting, cutting, and gluing pictures, words, and photos on a brand new piece of oak tag. I don’t know if it is the quiet and reflective time that I enjoy most, or if it is just feeling like a “little girl” again, sitting at my mother’s dining room table, creating an art project. But I always feel so wonderful after my vision board is done.

This year for 2013 I added a few lit candles and poured a glass or two, of my favorite wine, while preparing my vision board. Let’s say, I am so happy to have survived such a year. Looking back on 2012 I experienced the sudden loss of my young brother in law, “Chuck” and my beloved pet, “Kobe”. What a pill to swallow!

But as always, I believe that even though this something good will happen, so as I am always excited about the month of January, and the New Year, I eagerly set down to create my vision board 2013.
This year I decided that one board wasn’t enough, so I have and are creating two boards, one personally created for “me” and the other one for my business; Resume Energy and the Clarity in Communication Project. Here is some more info on the power of a vision board.

Vision boards have become a powerful part of my life. I have been using them for more than 25 years. You just take any kind of paper, I love buying “oak tag” or poster board, grab some old magazines, and get started. I believe that my vision board is a visual representation of my prayers for the year. As I sit there cutting, and pasting, I am putting my heart’s desires down, without any restraints; just words and pictures that mean something to me.
You can use travel magazines and/or books. The idea is that you create a board that has your deepest desires, things that you just love, things that inspire you, things that motivate you, and places that you want to go and be. But please don’t worry about how you are going to do them, have them, or achieve them.

I believe that the world instantly starts to reorganize once I glue those pictures on that board, because once there down, you will notice the opportunity to have the things that are appearing on your vision board.

Sometimes it is so amazing and just startling. The best example I recently had was when I saw, really saw, the picture in the center of my 2013 vision board that I started working on the first week of January 2013. If you look closely at my vision board, you will see a picture of a heart and a microphone. I love using the expression, “speak from your heart” and “follow your heart”. I had no idea when I cut that picture out; that it would mean much more than that. To all my followers, I am starting a heart centered radio talk show to help job seekers. Which I did exactly two days after cutting that picture out. If you look carefully at my vision board, you will see the picture I am talking about.

I also put words on my board to lay the foundation of what I want to build in my life. On my 2013 vision board, I used the months of the year to give me a monthly focus on the things I do and experience each month. You have two weeks to select books, magazines, drawings, or whatever resonates with you and create a new vision board. Then I want you to put it somewhere that you can see frequently. You don’t have to share it with me, but you can if you are lead to. I am a big fan of keeping secret your desires. I think it is important to protect the seeds of your heart desires until they have taken root, grown, and translated from the non physical to the physical and are viable That’s probably where that old saying comes from, watch who you tell your “business” too. So I protect my dreams and desires from anyone who may something that is not helpful to say. It is like planting a seed. You place it in the safety of the dirt, you water it, and tend to it, and once it grows, you place it for everyone to see. If you dug it up and didn’t water it, it would not have grown. So keep your secrets and look at it every day. Don’t have any expectations. I look forward to hearing about you finishing your board!

For everyone who is looking for a job right now, may God be with you. You are in my prayers. I pray that you find that job as soon as possible, and that you are able to live a happy and fruitful life. As always, if you want to talk with me personally about this topic, email me at resumeenergy@yahoo.com, as my personal mission remains, to help you establish YOUR career focus.

My Best Regards!

Jobs Gone Wild ENERGY?

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All job seekers, Philadelphia has gone wild! Just in case you are sitting at your computer, wondering how you get OFFLINE, and improve your job search efforts, Resume Energy has some fierce news to share. Resume Energy and its fantastic team of professionals will be conducting free resume reviews at the Jobs Gone Wild Career Fair, on January 16, 2013, held Harrah’s Philadelphia, 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013. Employers will be hiring for a wide variety of positions in accounting, finance, banking, retail, hospitality, IT, healthcare, sales and more! And, if you pre-register online, Harrah’s will comp you $10 of Slot Play so you can have a bit of fun after the career fair is done! You must be 21 to qualify and must present valid ID). The event is scheduled from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. Here is the direct link to the website: http://jobcircle.com/public/jf.mpl?id=83.

The Jobs Gone Wild Career fair is a fun and productive day where you can come and meet 60 to 70 of the area’s hottest companies and instantly interview for a wide range of employment opportunities. So go to the website now, and do just that.

We at Resume Energy know that looking for a job right now may feel overwhelming, but companies are hiring, and if you do the right things, one will hire you. So get dressed for success in your professional interview attire, grab your portfolio, loaded with extra copies of your resume, some pens, a notepad, and business cards with your name, your email address, and cell phone number, and come and check out the companies that will be in attendance. My suggestions: arrive early, attend a workshop, network, show initiative, be enthusiastic, ask questions, and collect business cards, and what I suggest a Resume Energy, get names of people to whom you can snail mail your resume!

My Best Regards!

2013 New Year’s Resolution Energy?

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New Year! New plan! New vision! New goal! New Resolution! New hope! New dream! New motivation! New opportunities! New deals! New chance! New habits! New thinking! New commitment! New way! New challenge! New beginning! New path! New direction! New words! New mindset! New view! New Thoughts! New direction! New friends! New colleagues! New attitude! New start! New life! New you! New Career focus!

What better time it is to make some Job Seeking resolutions for 2013. I know you may want to lose weight, reconnect with some old friends, and have some quality me time, but if you were unemployed in 2012, the clock has struck and it’s time for some New Year’s Job Seeking Resolutions.

Since most of us reading my blog are job seekers, the number one resolution for the year 2013 is to go out there and land that dream job. Here are a few resolutions you should be making in order to meet that goal.

Goal/Resolution #1: Know What You Want To Do
You must ask yourself what you really want out of your career. Spend some time focused on exactly what you want to get out of your job search. I love January, not only because it is my birthday month, but because it is also a great chance to think about whether you should stay on your current path or switch industries. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re truly dedicated and passionate about your goal and you will be one step closer to achieving it.

Goal/Resolution #2: Strengthen your networking skills and network
As we have discovered, networking is a great way to discover hidden job opportunities and to set you apart from the pack. It’s important to resolve to make 2013 the year you really focus on building up your circle. Please plan to network in person and through social media and make sure to remember to follow-up with your contacts in order to keep them fresh. This way, when a great opportunity opens up, you’re smiling face is the first they imagine.

Goal/Resolution #3: Work on that elevator pitch
This pitch must be perfect. I practice my elevator pitch all the time. Each time I complete a resume, and my client is so excited, I tweak my elevator pitch. My elevator pitch is a live, working, pitch.

Your elevator pitch is the concise way you introduce yourself to new contacts. Make sure you have all the vital information about yourself, but don’t ramble on. You want to make an impression quickly so the conversation can move on from the introductions. This will also be helpful in the interview process, whether it’s in person or through online video, when the interviewer asks you to tell them a little bit about yourself.

Goal/Resolution #4: Get Visual
Visual media is everywhere you look now, from your college friends posting Facebook pictures to your grandma merrily pinning away on Pinterest. Everyone is obsessed with visual media these days, and the job search isn’t much different. If you can find a way to make an impression visually, you’ll be more likely to grab the attention of hiring managers. If you need to update that professional profile, do it now!

Goal/Resolution #5: Just do it, have a Social Media Plan
Social media is an ever-increasing part of daily life. From keeping in contact with friends to networking with potential contacts, social media is an important tool to stay in touch. Make sure you’re not just using social media on a whim when it comes to your job hunt.
Goal/Resolution #6: Brand Yourself

We’ve talked about this in earlier posts. It is so important these days to establish a personal brand for yourself as a candidate in order to quickly and efficiently tell employers what you’re all about. Consider it your elevator pitch for when you don’t have the opportunity to speak to a potential contact in person. You might want to consider a personal website, video resume, or an online work portfolio where you show off your skills. At the least you should make sure your personal brand is consistent across all your social media profiles and anywhere else you can be found on the Internet. Ask me for some other easier ways to brand your resume file.

Goal/Resolution #7: Focus on Time Management
This is where many job seekers lose their momentum. You don’t have time to apply to every job opening, which is good because not every job is right for you. Instead, focus on managing your time by only applying for the jobs you’d really and truly love to have. Make sure both the position itself and the company culture are a good fit. On the same hand, even though online job searching is efficient, you have to get out and offline.

Goal/Resolution #8: Volunteer Your Time
My favorite resolution of them all! If you know me, you know that I love to use stories from my life as examples instead of giving advice. Well almost 22 years ago, I had a new client, who got up every day, dressed, and volunteered her services at the training program that I directed in Camden, New Jersey. I would love to mention her name, because she was so proud of her determination. She just wouldn’t stay home. In the early 80’s, Camden, New Jersey had one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Each day, she would get up and get dressed, as if she had a job.

Well volunteering paid off; she followed up on several job leads that she only heard about because she was volunteering, and eventually became a state employee in the Camden City’s prosecutor’s office. Having a passion for criminal justice and police work, she eventually became a police officer for the city. She was off of her path, got on in, and discovered her passion.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. It’s also a great way to show employers how dedicated and hardworking you are. If you have a gap on your resume, volunteering is a great way to fill it. And if you find a volunteer opportunity in which you can use your industry-related skills, this shows employers you’re passionate even during your off hours.

My dear friend, retired not so long ago with a great pension.

Goal/Resolution #9: Keep Learning
Never stop learning and adding to your knowledge base, but please don’t use attending school as a crutch. If you have more than two degrees, and two certifications, you have too many. Know what skills and qualifications are necessary in your field and got out there and brush up those skills. Take a certification course or even spend some time with someone in a different department to find out how other aspects of the company work. Make sure you never stay stagnant in your career and who knows what doors you might be opening for yourself in the future.

Goal/Resolution #10: Give Yourself a Break
Job hunting is tough, make no mistake. If you spend 100 percent of your time hunting for a job, you will burn out. Don’t forget to relax and take a break occasionally. Make time for the things which are important to you, so you can return to the search refreshed and ready to snag your dream job!

Just in case you are new to my blog, I am a daughter, sister, niece, mother, grandmother, friend, educator, and new business woman. My passion is and always has been empowering people. This passion comes from a deep need to take every wonderful and even every tragic event that I have experienced, as well as, all I have learned from my years of mentoring and supporting others, and use it to help you. I started this blog to give guidance, support, and wisdom to job seekers who want to find heart centered employment that aligns with their life’s purpose. I would love to hear from you, to connect with me on Twitter type (@resume_energy). I also encourage you to join my emerging Facebook community by going to facebook.com and search Kim Gardner, Resume Energy. As always, if you want to talk with me personally about this topic, email me at resumeenergy@yahoo.com, as my personal mission remains, to help you establish YOUR career focus.