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  • networking resumeAs you know, any resume that is going to consistently work needs to be developed with the goal in mind. This not only means targeting for the specific position, but taking into account the environment in which it will be ready. The networking resume can be a little different and its regular job search counterpart.

    One of the major differences is that your resume review is in a different state of mind than your garden variety human resources professional reviewing your resume along with perhaps 100 others. The networking resume is not swimming upstream with dozens of others, so it’s reader can concentrate more on the content. In the standard job search, your resume has ten seconds or less to impress the reader. As such, everything from content inclusion to layout and design is geared toward delivering enough of a punch to clear the first hurdle to get you into the interview. When your resume is read by someone within your network, you already have their attention. This allows you some latitude in how you lay out your information and then what you include.

    There are also cases where your networking resume may want to go into more or less detail than you would for a standard submission, depending upon the situation. If your contacts know you pretty well and are familiar with your background and accomplishments, then perhaps your networking resume does not require a great deal of detail. The reader is someone familiar with you and your background already. So in this case, more of an outline style resume maybe all that you need. Then again, perhaps for this reader they are looking for details on a more complex background. Where as your standard job search resume may not be able to go into this detail because of space limitations, you’re not working resume has the latitude to do so.

    The networking resume has the benefit of knowing exactly what the reader dates. Because of this, we are able to sidestep some of the standard rules and guidelines of the process. As always, the name of the game is to give the reader what they need to pull the trigger. When putting together you are networking resume, think of your reader and what they will need to see. And don’t be afraid to violate some of those rules that you have learned in the past. After all, you are trying to win a job, not a contest.

  • sanity at workWhen No One Else On The Job is Invested in Being Great

    Not every place of employment is populated with high-energy, motivated champions eager to step up and lift the organization to greatness. This is no mystery, nor should it be. If by definition most people are “middle of the road”, then if follows that the organizations employing them will be mediocre as well. The problem comes when you have been hired under the pretense of playing a major role in helping to raise the company’s performance, but you seem to be the only one who is pursuing that mission. This is compounded even more when management and ownership are counted in this number. The result for you is daily frustration, as minimal gains are achieved due to consistently having to swim against the current. Here are a few tips for keeping your sanity at work in the face of such wide-spread complacency.

    STEP 1: Ramp Up Your Network Chatter

    Let’s face it, the worst-case scenario is that you may have to leave. Eventually. Networking and personal contacts have always (and will always be) the #1 way jobs are landed. If you are doing as you should, you would be doing this year-round BEFORE you need them. If not, start now, because you may need them soon if things begin to go south with later steps.

    STEP 2: Get Your Resume Together

    Why? See Step 1. If the time comes to fly the coop, you don’t want the added hassle of trying to get a resume written during what could be a trying period. This, as well as the step involving reaching out to your network, is emergency preparation.

    STEP 3: Decide Your Course of Action

    When the organizational environment has been poisoned to wholly accept underperformance, you have some decisions to make. You can:

    • Begin plotting your exit strategy in hopes of landing someplace where they care more about the job and direction of the organization.
    • Decide to take your case to management and see if there is hope for a turnaround. Perhaps there is a housecleaning coming soon. Of course, if you don’t like what you hear, see Bullet 1.
    • Say nothing, but change your perception of your job so as to reduce your ownership of the results in your own mind.

    Now, bullet 3 is the tricky one. What you are essentially doing here is lowering your expectations and psychological investment in the results of your efforts to keep your sanity at work. On the surface, this seems a bit irresponsible. But if you are stuck in this position due to circumstances and don’t see the environment improving, you have to keep your sanity in some way. Perhaps the job pays great comma have excellent benefits, is close to home comma or has favorable hours to allow you family time. These reasons maybe why you don’t pursue another option in mediately. So in the meantime, you will want to keep your stress levels low.

    If you have done all you can to help the team meet its mission, set some boundaries and do not let the lack of accountability from others encroach upon you and your peace. If you have been stressing out trying to “pick up the ball” everyone else has been dropping, stop. Answering late-night calls or emails as a result of the rest of the team’s proper functioning? Don’t. Have you executed your duties to the best of your ability but others around you not putting forth the effort? Document, document, document. Be sure that when things hit the fan and projects fall through, you can show where you performed to task and then some. If that major presentation falls through because everyone else on the team did not get the job done, you should not be expected to physically OR psychologically carry the entire load when management and ownership won’t.

    But for long-term career satisfaction, you should still plot your departure if the environment seems set in stone and you are looking to stay engaged in achieving personal career heights. Maintaining one’s sanity at work is key to keeping the rest of your life on track.

  • commitments-for-2016As we kick off the new year, everyone is looking to do better in various areas of their lives. Improving health, improving careers, and improving relationships take center stage as we all try to vault into 2016 positioned for better success. But you know what they say, insanity is defined by doing the same thing and expecting different results. While the specific goals of every individual will vary, the mechanisms for increasing the chances of success in implementing them are usually the same. Here are a few tips to help create an excellent foundation for success.

    Improve Your Personal Organization Strategy

    In my opinion, this is where you set the table. The way in which you are organized and your tools made available to you can increase your efficiency and allow you to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Find a way to utilize integrated tools that work together. This will reduce steps needed to maintain organization across platforms. For example, Google makes available a host of tools that all work together. Their email, contacts, scheduler, documents, and file storage tools all sync up to across your cell phone and computer to make for easy management. When you update a contact on your computer and it automatically syncs with your phone, and also shows you the last few emails transmitted between you and the contact, this is a very powerful tool.

    Strengthen Your Professional Network
    Most professionals do not spend enough time in this area. This is because the best time to nurture your professional network is in fact when you need it the least. There may come a time where you will need to access those in your network to provide a lifeline. But to do this with no good will in the bank will more than likely mean you will come up drive when you need help. This is why it is always a good long term strategy to reach out to those in your professional network to see what you can do for them at a time when you don’t need them. I have a client who wants told me that everything stops for him during a two week period where he does nothing but reach out to his professional network to see what he can offer them. No strings attached. This has resulted for him in a wealth of professionals eager to assist him whenever he needs it. Consider this as building a bridge for future use.

    Add At Least One Skill to Your Skill Set

    Hey, if you are looking to be bumped up in 2016, you cannot end this year with the exact same skill set you had in 2015. Seek out opportunities to expand on what you can offer your employer or future employers. If you employer offers free training, by all means take advantage of it. Are there certifications you can obtain that will make you more marketable? And then go after them. Make the commitment right now to identify one or more areas and you can improve your toolbox, set a date, and make it happen.

    Commit At Least 5 Hours Weekly To Working on Your Long-Term Goals and Dreams

    Remember the phrase earlier regarding doing what you have always done? Working sometimes for drain you, but if you are ever going to get out of the orbits of your old job and achieve that dream of yours, then it will take sometime. There is very likely somewhere your week where you can find + 5 – 7 hours to dedicate toward working on your dream. But do not look for these hours indiscriminately. Schedule them in advance, and do not let anything interfere with that schedule. At the end of the week, you should have those five to seven hours in the bank. Perhaps it is working on a business plan. Or maybe it relates to improving that skill set that was discussed earlier. Regardless of what it is, it is critical that you dedicate time that is top priority in getting this done. So, if you ever want to get away from that horrible 9-to-5 job that is raising your blood pressure, schedule time for your long-term goals and dreams NOW!!!

    Get Your Resume and Cover Letter Ready for Opportunities

    I am a resume writer, so of course you knew this was coming. Good opportunities really announce when they are coming. They are on you, and then they are gone. Never be caught without your resume and cover letter being up to speed. If you have a quality writer, then chances are that their schedule remains busy. You don’t want to be caught trying to get services for an opportunity that ends in a couple of days and your resume writer can’t get to your project in that window. Be proactive when it comes to this and keep that resume current. If you have more than one unrelated potential target, then you need more than one resume at the ready.

    2016 is your year!!!

  • public relations resumeMore than anything else, what determines the long-term success or failure of most organizations and business enterprises is its reputation. Fortune 500 companies annually spend, well, A FORTUNE on crafting and shaping their public perception. This is usually done through their Public Relations department and / or personnel. If you have decided to go it on your own with developing your public relations resume, then there are certain concepts you want to ensure your reader easily grasps within the resume. Remember, you have 10 seconds or less for a resume to impress. The important concepts shouldn’t be hidden and hard to find.

    Crisis Management

    In the life of any company that had enjoyed any longevity, you can bet that an event will happen that can negatively affect the public perception. This is when a good public relations team steps in the control the narrative. When writing your resume be sure to provide examples of how your crisis management skills have helped save an entity’s reputation in the aftermath of a crisis.

    Media Relationship Management

    When you need to get a message or narrative out to the public, it helps to have connections and relationships that can quickly provide a pipeline to the most eyes and ears. As a public relations executive, your ability to build relationships with media professionals will be essential to your effectiveness. Your public relations resume should point out your experience in growing valuable relationships with media professionals who can be an agent in disseminating your message.

    Industry / Sector Knowledge

    Good communication is nuanced. A good public relations executive should be well versed in every aspect of the industry in which their employer or client is involved. You resume should communicate your knowledge of the industry’s trends and other players. It should also demonstrate your mastery of industry terminology and sector’s preferred communication style.

    Social Media Strategy

    The new century has brought about another outlet through which an organization’s message gets out to the public. Most every entity maintains social media accounts that allow direct access to the public. For some companies, social media is purely informational and simply to further cement the brand. For others, it is an additional sales portal that adds yet another revenue stream. A public relations executive has to have the ability to build an overall social media strategy that aligns with the organization’s objectives. Your resume has to show your skills in the development and maintenance of social media pages that bring eyeballs and delivers the desired message.

    Press Release Writing

    What better way to maintain the organization’s image in the public than to announce news and milestones? A good public relations executive resume will tell the reader of press releases written, as well as white papers. Well crafted press releases can sometimes lead to magazine or television interviews that move an entity’s brand to the next level. So your reader needs to be able to see this in your resume clearly.

    Hopefully, these tips can help you in your quest for the perfect public relations resume. However, if you decide you need assistance in developing a resume that will bring consistent interviews, The Resume Clinic (A+ rating with the BBB’s Online Reliability Program) is here to help with a certified resume writing staff.

  • career mentorOnce you decide on a particular career direction, the next thing you will want to do is to begin developing a strategy for making it happen. So you begin to consider any education and training you may need to achieve your career objective, along with conducting research on the industry or profession you will be pursuing, right? But what if you did not have to do this type of leg work? What if the path you are trying to forge has already been traveled? This is where a good career mentor comes in. Finding and engaging a professional who has achieved a level of success in the arena you are seeking can be one of the most important tools in your career arsenal. Here are just a few things that a good career mentor can do for you.

    Career Mentors Help Eliminate Unnecessary Effort

    As we all know, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. When pursuing your chosen profession, there can be dozens of ways to get to the place that you want in your career. But wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the pitfalls, mistakes, and time wasters that delay your progress? Or even worse, take you completely off the path? A career mentor who has traveled the road to get to where you are trying to can provide you with insight as where to focus your efforts. Why take a course that you don’t have to? Or take a job that leads you to a dead end? If you were looking for directions to someone’s home, wouldn’t you want them to tell you where the potholes, dead ends, closed street, and heavily trafficked areas where? A mentor can turn you on to resources that perhaps they wish they accessed when they were coming up.

    Cultivate a Relationship That Leads To A Fertile Professional Network

    If you have just graduated from college, there is a chance that the only people you know attend beer bashes and toga parties. As enjoyable as that may be, these don’t usually do a lot for your career advancement. When you secure a good career mentor, you are also on the verge of accessing a pipeline of like-minded professionals who can lend a helping hand when it comes to securing employment or other opportunities. A good career mentor for you will be someone who is well established within the profession. With years of experience, they will likely have built an extensive network of others just like themselves who are a “speed dial button press” away. When you prove yourself worthy, there is an excellent chance that your mentor will open up their contact list to you. (Now, you must be sure to be on your game before most will do this for you. When they introduce you their reputations are also on the line. But if you are serious about your career, things will eventually fall into place.)

    Career Mentors Can Show You the Ugly Side You Many Not Have Seen

    Have you ever seen a movie trailer so exciting that you could not wait to buy your ticket and see it, only to find that the movie have numerous holes and that the only exciting parts were the trailers you already saw? This can sometimes be the case when it comes to pursuing a career. All of the website and periodicals you’ve accessed can show you all the great aspects of the career. But what about the things that only someone in the profession would know? With any profession, there may be some aspects of it that just will not work for you, but the research you conduct may not reveal it. A career mentor that has been there for 10 to 20 years is liable to have run across every scenario and be able to point out those things that no amount of research will reveal.

    Too many people are fond love the concept of wanting to learn from their mistakes. But be smart people know that the best way to do it is to learn from someone else’s. Committing to a career path can take time and resources that you may not ever be able to repeat. Traveling the road alone leaves you vulnerable to all sorts of mistakes. As you can see, a good career mentor can help you to avoid many of these, while potentially providing a pipeline of contacts to utilize in the future. Along with a great resume and excellent interviewing skills, the career mentor is a must for your tool box.

  • biz man on newspaperIf you are conducting your job search properly, then you are spending more time on working your network than any other tactic. To this day, networking is still the #1 way people find new jobs. But many clients seem perplex when they are told that they should have the best resume possible, even after their connection has come through with a job for that. “I don’t need the resume writer to make a strong resume. After all, I already have the job”. This is a consistently running theme I hear from clients in this position. But let’s take a minute and think about the situation past “today”.

    Your network and connection may have gotten you on board, but there is still the need to “dot I’s and cross t’s”. You may have the job but there is still on-boarding documentation that needs to be filed with HR. You know, just in case 5 years down the line someone wants to know what made you qualify for the job. It would make your new employer look pretty bad if there was no paper trail that justified you’re hiring. You may be qualified, and your connection may know it. But individuals and other departments, or perhaps your future department head 8 months from now won’t know it.

    Now, depending upon the type of work you do, it may be necessary to package the qualifications of a team that may be working with another organization. Your resume may serve as part of the engagement package future clients. Your resume will be used by your employer to secure new business and establish relationships. You will want to provide them with a resume worth presenting. And let’s face it, it will go a long way toward establishing your professionalism with the management team if you come in with a polished product. If it appears that you are taking things for granted by handing in any ol’ thing after you have already gotten the job, well, that tells them something else well.

    And last but not least, remember that you are also representing your Network contact that brought you on board. The document that you submit to management reflects on them as much as it does you. If you want them to be available to assist you in the future, then you should be doing everything in your power to represent them well. A strong resume will tell management that your contact was looking out for the company when the decision was made, and not just you.

    If any good resume writer or career professional will tell you, the job search it does not officially end when you get the job. Tying up loose ends is the sign of a true professional. Submit a strong resume regardless of the situation. You never know who may end up seeing it for future opportunities. Remember, when it comes to one’s career you should be playing checkers and not chess. Always consider the long game.

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