It’s Not Your Resume, It’s You!

You spend hours changing, editing and preparing your resume that will surely land you that dream job!  It is sent out through every job board, imported into your LinkedIn profile and scattered to the 4 corners of your geographic preference!  Then, after all that – NOTHING!  You are confused, baffled, angry and blame everyone else for not seeing your talents and abilities.  Guess what; it … Continue reading It’s Not Your Resume, It’s You!

Are You Innovative Enough?

Ask yourself a question….”what is the most innovative thing I have accomplished professionally this year?”  My journey started with a New Year’s resolution.  That resolution included being happy at work, using my creativity to build something cool and never being required to wear a tie ever again. Thus began a new job search in January 2011.  As many people know, a job search is no easy task; I sent … Continue reading Are You Innovative Enough?

Evolution of the Resume

Remember the days of sending your resume via snail mail.  You purchased the perfect stock of paper and envelope, addressed it ever so carefully, bought a….ugh…what’s that sticky thing called, oh yeah, a stamp and sent it off.  You waited weeks to hear back and nothing.  Maybe you sent it to the wrong person, maybe you had a typo or maybe it just got lost … Continue reading Evolution of the Resume

12 Questions to Ask Yourself After the Interview

[tweetmeme source=”alexputman”] You have spent the last year or so looking for a job.  After all the resume revisions, the multiple hours spent searching and the 1000’s of emails, the market has changed and you are getting multiple interviews. Now you need to gauge how well the interview went and if this is the position for you?  Ask yourself these 12 questions to evaluate. Who … Continue reading 12 Questions to Ask Yourself After the Interview

Do’s and Don’ts of an Interview | Part 5: Long Term Outlook

What a great month April has been!  It’s time to wrap up Part 5 of the 5 part series “Do’s and Don’ts of an Interview” .  This post will focus on what companies expect from an employee that will stay with their company for an investment period.  Most companies do not suspect you will stay and retire, but they are seeking the potential of 3-5 years … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts of an Interview | Part 5: Long Term Outlook

Do’s and Don’ts of an Interview | Part 4: Communication

Part 4 of 5 in the “Do’s and Don’ts of an Interview” series will focus on communication.    As a refresher the 5 primary categories I am discussing include: Personality Experience Relationship Communication Long Term Outlook Interviewers will judge your communication on more than just verbal (how well you translate your thoughts), they will also rank: Written (your resume, application, paperwork etc…) Body Language (what are … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts of an Interview | Part 4: Communication

Write a Kick Butt Resume

Do you want a resume that kicks butt?  Do you want to know the secret to landing job interviews with just a few pieces of paper.  Well, I don’t have those answers, but here is some solid advice for writing a great resume. 1.  Create bullet points that highlight “proveable” experience.  Managers want to see what you have done, so don’t use works like;  “facilitated” … Continue reading Write a Kick Butt Resume