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How to Write a Resume Recruiters Want to Read

How to Write a Resume Recruiters Want to Read

job search, resume
I love transforming resumes. Other people’s resumes that is - I’m not sure if anyone likes working on their own! Helping clients revamp their resumes is one of the most tangible aspects of the work I do. Unlike crafting your story or building your network, which can take a little longer to bear fruit, updating a resume is more straightforward and the results are immediate. Resumes are also an important place to demystify the job search process, which is what drives me to do what I do. I love seeing the lightbulb moment when one of my clients realizes that what they thought a resume was - a chronological description of their work history and education with a few skills and interests thrown in - is very different from what…
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Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (And How To Create Yours)

Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (And How To Create Yours)

job search, strategy
Are you approaching your job search strategically? If you’re not sure how to answer that question or you’re shaking your head with an emphatic “no”, this post is for you. Having a job search strategy sounds like a good thing, but what does that really mean? We tend to throw around the word “strategy” a lot, and I think it helps to come back to the definition: “a method or plan to bring about a desired future” and “the art and science of planning and marshalling resources for their most efficient and effective use.” So, having a strategy means you have a plan to bring about your desired future (a new job), while efficiently and effectively using resources (your time and energy). Sounds straightforward, but it’s something many job seekers…
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When Will It End? What to Do When Your Job Search Takes Longer Than You Thought

When Will It End? What to Do When Your Job Search Takes Longer Than You Thought

career coaching, interviewing, job search
As I write this we’re in the depths of February. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the rain is constant and the sun is scarce. Even though I know spring will eventually come, at this point in the year it always seems like winter will never end. It can feel like that when you’re job searching too, especially when the process takes longer than you thought it would. The job search has so many ups and downs, and at times it can feel like it will never end. It will end eventually of course, but as you’re in the midst of the process it can be hard to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A longer than expected job search can be very challenging, yet…
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You Set Some Goals – Now What?

You Set Some Goals – Now What?

career coaching, job search, strategy
February is sneaking up on us. Are you faithfully executing on all your New Year’s resolutions? Or do you have some ideas scribbled on a post-it note that you are semi-implementing and you know that you need to spend more time to actually plot them out? If you’re nodding at option #2, we have something in common! As most of us have experienced, turning ideas into concrete action can be challenging. Many well-intentioned goals fall by the wayside when the rubber meets the road and life takes over, especially when they focus on the more complex areas of our lives, like our careers. Last month I shared four questions to ask to give yourself a year end career review, and today I’m following up with some specific strategies and tools…
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Give Yourself a Year-End Career Review With These 4 Questions

Give Yourself a Year-End Career Review With These 4 Questions

job search, strategy
There’s lots of research out there about the benefits of regular reflection and journaling. I don’t do as much of it as I’d like, and that’s something I want to work on in 2018. But I do periodically take time to write things down, and it’s always interesting and instructive to go back and read through old journal entries. Recently I was reading through some entries from about five years ago, before I started my business and moved across the country. My life was very different then, and I was clearly ready for a change. I was working for an organization with a great mission and I liked the people I worked with, but I knew that the work I was doing wasn’t the right fit for me. In particular,…
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What Recruiters Think About Phone Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

What Recruiters Think About Phone Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

interviewing, strategy
In my career as a recruiter I’ve done hundreds of phone interviews. Now that I’m a career coach, I share the same advice based on this experience over and over again with my clients. Why are phone interviews important? In a typical recruitment process, organizations select 5-10 candidates to phone screen, 3-5 for in person interviews, and 1 to offer the job. With the average job receiving at least 100 applications (and some many more than that), that means you have at best a 5-10% chance of being selected for a phone interview even if you do everything right, so it’s important to make the most of the opportunity. Of course these odds will increase if you've played your cards right by networking with people at the organization and getting…
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Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

career coaching, strategy
I recently worked with a business coach. “Why would a coach need to hire their own coach?”, you may be asking. For the same reason a doctor can’t treat herself of course! I had come to a point where I was feeling stuck with some decisions I had to make in my business, and I knew I needed help. A few of the reasons I knew it was time to hire a coach were: I was feeling overwhelmed by the decisions I needed to make, yet stuck and unable to actually move forward with any of them I needed to talk things out with someone objective who didn’t have a stake in the business (i.e. not my husband), and I wanted to get feedback and input from someone who had…
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Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

job search, strategy
I was fortunate to participate in a design thinking workshop last week at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (aka the d.school) with other consultants from around the country. While I’ve used and taught design thinking for years and it’s a central part of the job search approach I use with my career coaching clients, it was refreshing to be in the midst of it again as a practitioner and it reminded me why this approach can be so transformational when applied to your career. 1. It helps you think in new and creative ways: the core belief of the d.school is that “everyone has the capacity to be creative”. I don’t consider myself a particularly creative person in the traditional sense, but being together with a…
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The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

interviewing, job search, strategy
One of the biggest frustrations with job searching is that it can can feel like so much of the process is in someone else’s hands. What we often forget is that the biggest success factor is in our control: coming from a place of confidence. If you believe you can do the job, you will project that and help the employer believe it too. Conversely, if you have doubts about your abilities, are trying to figure out the “right” answers to their questions, or are trying to be someone you’re not, that will come through. The key is to be the best version of yourself by projecting your strengths and confidently sharing how your unique combination of skills and experience will solve their problems. Yes, there are other candidates and…
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LinkedIn Update: 3 Things You Need To Know

LinkedIn Update: 3 Things You Need To Know

job search, LinkedIn
As you may have seen by now, LinkedIn has recently undergone a pretty major facelift. If you haven’t gotten the new interface yet you will soon, since they are releasing it to users in waves. If you’ve already been using the mobile app you’ll find that the new site has a similar look and feel to what you're used to there. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades, there are a number of changes that are likely to impact your experience on the site. Much has been written online about these changes, including summaries here and here, so I won’t rehash them all, but I do want to share several important implications and updates I’m recommending that my clients make: 1. Make sure your summary has a strong “hook”: in the…
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