I love cats. I had two in my life at one point, and one of them was my Best Buddy. I brought him to work one time (long story involving him hiding behind a piece of heavy furniture).
A potential employer might also love cats. And the hiring manager might think it's cute if you use your cat's name as part of your email address: " FluffytheImperialQueen@google.com.' Hey, look at this person's address...! So cute!"
Except, it's not.
When you are crafting your job seeking materials, follow this rule:
The best thing? Use your name, so everything matches.
Your resume has your name at the top (and on page 2).
Your LinkedIn profile contains your name.
Your email address should also contain your name (example: Sarah.Davidson@gmail.com). Don't worry if you have a few numbers after your name. It's unavoidable nowadays. But try different combos, such as using a "dot" between the names, or a dash, or an underscore. Try using a middle initial.
Yes. It's more professional. But it also ensures that whoever is reviewing the resumes will find yours easily on the list of emails in their inbox.
And here's another tip: Use gmail. It has become the accepted standard. You may think that this doesn't matter. But trust me, if you have an AOL address, you are dating yourself! You don't want to be seen as behind the technology curve.
Here's a bonus: When you create a NEW personal email account, it will become the main place where you can find all your job-related correspondence. That way you won't miss that email about a possible interview.
Need help creating your search plan? I'm here to help. Let's set up an appointment to chat.
Getting downsized is a shock to the system. Even if you knew the news was coming, it can throw you into a tailspin. Looking for a new job is not super-comfortable, either. It requires research, connections with people you may not have talked to recently, and the finesse to present yourself as The Standout Solution to an employer’s problems.
It takes quite a bit of work.
That’s why it is important to ease into your search with a few steps that can cushion your reentry into the fray.
“Just write me a general résumé.”
I get this request frequently. There’s a feeling that having one great document can you get you into many doors.
It used to be somewhat true.
But it’s not anymore.
These days, employers are sophisticated. They want to know they are hiring the exact right person, so they don’t waste a lot of capital on rehiring. Large companies (and some smaller ones) employ computer methods to screen the candidates. It’s much harder to stand out.
Employers also are wary of being contacted, often don’t provide phone numbers, and well, they generally don’t make life very easy for job seekers who just want to find out more about the position and make themselves known.
It is these circumstances that create a complicated situation. It’s also why trying to correct for all of these situations is stress-inducing – and may require professional assistance.
Today’s effective résumé does these main things:
One size does not fit all. You need documents that are optimized to address each employer you are contacting. It is not an easy task. But I can help.
That's why I do this work. I want you to succeed.
Talk to me about your résumé challenges. Contact me at email@example.com. You may also call me at 614-746-4587. The conversation is free. Your career is gold.
We've all heard the truism, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
I was reminded of this when a client told me about her experience hiring an unseen and unknown writer to retool her résumé.
When we first talked, she wanted to know more about working with me, then sheepishly admitted she was already working with someone she'd found on Thumbtack. If you don't what that is, it's a website through which you put out a call for a certain contractor, such as a plumber, painter, or writer, to do a project. Then a bunch of people tell you their prices, and you pick one. She liked the price. Seemed like a bargain! So she bought.
I asked if that person had interviewed her to find out details. No, she said. I asked if that person had talked to her on the phone. No, she said. She received a questionnaire, filled it out and sent it back.
What came back a few days later was a not-bad-looking document. It was nicely formatted; all the lines were straight. I thought, okay, maybe this is fine.
Upon closer inspection, however, I realized that all the writer had done was take the answers on the questionnaire and compose them into a giant list of all the different things she had done in various jobs.
Nothing stood out. There was no central "theme" to the résumé that aligned all of her work with a certain type of expertise aimed at certain employer needs. In fact, it was so jumbled, that it looked like the work experience of two or three different people.
She wrote me a text, "It's awful." And then she called me.
We are working together now to design something that truly showcases her talents and achievements. I'm quite excited about it, because she has moved mountains during her career and the world needs to know it! There's an employer who needs her.
Next time you need your résumé retooled, do me a favor. Do not go online and hire a person you haven't talked to, who hasn't asked you anything, and who hasn't heard your story. You will find a lot of companies that spit out résumés by the dozen. They use the same templates over and over.
Find a professional writer who is a CPRW or has a similar, recognized certification. Because here's what you don't want: to submit a document you've paid for, and hear nothing back. That will mean you've MISSED OUT ON AN OPPORTUNITY to interview for a job you probably took a lot of time to identify. There's no going back.
You've lost time and money!
YOU ARE NOT A TEMPLATE.
A certified, trained writer will interview you and find out why you shine, and then will work hard to showcase you on a document that is yours and yours alone. A credentialed and experienced writer will position you to attract interest.
Will the price probably be higher than on Thumbtack? Yes. In all likelihood. Because a professional résumé writer is not a clerical worker. We are artists of a sort, taking the material you have crafted during your career and creating a marketing piece that shares your genius with employers.
Isn't that worth the investment to get you a better, higher paying job?
If you're ready to get serious about your job search, tell me here.