Does your resume say you are a fluffy-nothing or white bread candidate?
When asked about mistakes people make on their resumes, the first three that come to mind are: Including number of years working in the profession, offering your opinion about your work and using empty or cliche’ comments.
The first is easy to fix. Never say, Marketing executive with 12 years experience. Doesn’t matter how many years. What matters is what you accomplished in those years. “Marketing Executive who brought 7 products to market for xxx$ in revenue” resonates with employers.
About those opinions; employers don’t care about your view of your work. They want to know results. If you say, for example, ‘Excellent team builder,” that communicates nothing. If you say, “Built team of 15 technical and marketing personnel with no turn over,” I am impressed with your team building.
Employers don’t want to hire a ‘white bread’ candidate. Cliches’ are rampant and don’t flag your resume or experience with employers. Here’s a short list of empty words.
Instead, use action words that have metrics associated with them.
Simple, right? Then why do job descriptions and resumes and even LinkedIn favor the wrong words? Stand out from the crowd and use metrics to prove your abilities, not opinions and empty words. Answer the needs of the employer with examples, metrics and deliverables. Think multi-grain, not white bread.
Do you know how to catch a 100 pound sturgeon?
Do you venture into deep waters where there are sharks, deep sea anglers and dragon fish; lots of activity where many others fish in hopes of snagging a big sturgeon? Do you follow their lead. By day’s end, you are worn out and demoralized from trying. You used your best equipment and you know you know how to fish; but still, no sturgeon. Continue reading…
How to avoid your job search:
- Clean the shower grout with a toothbrush
- Get started writing that “Great American novel.”
- Watch soap operas and make up new names for the actors.
- Cook pea soup knowing you hate it and will never eat it.
- Play Jeopardy on-line and reward each correct answer with a slug of beer.
- Learn to knit and crochet
- Sort the family photos beginning with your grandparent’s arrival in the U.S.
- Edit Charles Dickens’s books for modern word usage.
- Write to your favorite celebrities and ask for a response
- Sort your email files from the last five years.
- Write new-year’s resolutions for your friends and family.
- List all the people who have disappointed you in your life and possible retribution
- Consume copious amounts of caffeine and sugar to assure you can’t focus
- Call you cable company and telephone company to wait on hold
- Take your car to your mechanic to find that annoying rattle
- Ask your car insurance company to compare rates and explain coverage
- Play Tetris one level above your usual, don’t quit until you beat your score
- Commit to mastering Photoshop
- Call your grandparents and ask how they met
- Clean your closet.
Corporate culture, what is it and why you should care.
Ping Pong or empowerment? There are those who believe corporate culture is the root of executive success. Want proof? Why is it that you and others you know have been more effective in one company and not so much in another? Is it all the trash and treasures? Is is the informality and dog-friendly environment? Is it the long maternity leave and open-ended vacation days? Continue reading…
Executives, don’t hit the job search wall.
There is no doubt about it, looking for a job plays havoc with self-confidence. And if you are forced to look for a new job because you have been laid off or worse, fired, the grief and anger can sabotage your job search efforts. Executives visit a different playing field from those more junior and the time it takes to land a good job can be as much as six months even for the most qualified. Most advice is geared to folks without your senior status. It just doesn’t work. So, reengage, reenergize and don’t hit the wall.
As a senior executive you are use to being in charge, very busy and accomplishing. You have a mission, a charter, a goal and all kinds of known good resources to help you cross the finish line. You have done this before and know what to do. You can predict the outcome. You are use to daily recognition, important things to do and deadlines with consequences. Continue reading…
No one said you don’t have perfectly good reasons to be angry. Don’t let them win twice when that anger gets in the way of landing a new job.
Are you angry? Did your last boss frustrate your best efforts to do a good job? Was he such a bozo you decided to quit? Did you get laid off? Are you frustrated you can’t find a new job? Get over it! Continue reading…
Those young in their career or those seeking to change their career path are often given very bad advice.
Do what you love and the money will follow.
Follow your bliss.
Follow your passions when looking for a job.
If you do what you love it will never seem like work.
If you don’t love your work, find something else.
THEY CALL IT WORK FOR A REASON.
Photography and writing are my passions. If I dedicated mindshare and time to pursuing either, I am certain I could make some sort of progress and earn a few bucks. Instead, I take pride in my work as an Executive Coach. I have trained for and know how to do it, some say well. My work provides an income, loads of satisfaction and the wherewithal to write and photograph. Continue reading…
￼Excerpt from Job Search Debugged which can be purchased and delivered immediately as a PDF download from the book store, the red tab above. A sample of the tough love found in the pages of the book that has guided many a career.
BASICS FOR SIX-FIGURE INCOME CANDIDATES
Most readers of this book earn significant income in salary, bonus, and stock. Landing $100,000+ jobs can often take six months or more. The amount of time is less important than what occurs in that time. To be effective, focus on your networking activities: Your objective is to rise above the competition with recognized expertise, outstanding messaging, and industry presence. Your objective is not to get your resume to rise to the top of the stack, it is to not be on the stack at all. Continue reading…
Every time you try to hide your sexual orientation you give haters power.
A prospective coaching client told me he was reluctant to join GLBT groups on LinkedIn because he didn’t want people to know he is gay. I nearly reached through the phone to hit him upside the head with a 2 x 4. Continue reading…
“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” Lao Tzu
Successful executive job search starts with your objective. Are you looking for that next big job? Is that the focus of your job search and your networking? Or have you taken the time to learn how to build your career over the long-haul? Continue reading…
A quick scan of a resume sets expectations instantly.
Here’s what you need to know to make that fact work for you in your executive job search.
Let’s set the stage. The person reading your resume is a hiring authority or refers candidates to hiring authorities. They want to spend time with only the best candidates and a triage based on a resume is their perceived best first step. Here’s how it works. Continue reading…
Tired of hearing it yet? The best jobs come from successful executive networking.
Networking is the single most effective method for landing your six figure executive job. You know the majority of management positions are filled through referrals and you want people to recognize and remember you when they are chartered with finding top management. Invest in your occupational future now. Get to the right people and engage in a highly targeted job search when the time comes, make time now and change your lifestyle. Learn business networking beyond the typical social networking opportunities. Continue reading…
MINIMIZE AGEISM issues.
Few comments from prospective employers are so demoralizing to candidates as, “We like you but you are overqualified for this job.” Most people interpret this as, “You are too old.” Continue reading…
THE ELEVATOR PITCH–Is Yours Working?
Your brand [Elevator Pitch] is the promise you make to a prospective employer. Shivonne Byrne, Microsoft Branding Executive.
Do people respond to it with questions about your work, your success or processes? Do they want to learn more? Do they invite you to talk about your credentials? Do they offer to introduce you to others? Do they show interest so you can invite them to meet at a future date? Do they ask for your Continue reading…
Time management is the demon that destroys a carefully executed job search. One client of recent memory spent seven hours a day at the computer sending emails, requests for introductions and participating in various LinkedIn groups. After three months he had only made five new connections that referred him to opportunities. And not one of the opportunities was right for him. He was demoralized. The demon was elated. Continue reading…