Thursday, February 21, 2019

ATS Tip - Remove Tables, Charts, Logos, Grids and Other Images.

Applicant Tracking Systems are built to read text only. Other elements will block the scanner and “disqualify your resume. Submit a single-column text based resume when uploadingvia a web interface. You can have a graphically-designed resume to submit directly to a hiring manager or to bring to the interview.

#resume #resumewriting #ats #jobsearch #applicanttrackingsystems #singlecolumnresume

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

ATS Tip - Section Headers


Many ATS programs cannot understanding non-traditional headers, so it’s best to stick conservative, common headers (i.e. “Work Experience” or “Professional Experience)” as opposed to "My Background" or "My Qualifications".

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

ATS Tip - Font, Style

1. ATS programs can read most font types.  However, stay with conservative fonts (Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Garamond

2. You can use bold faced print and italics - should not be an issue for any ATS.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cover Letter Tip

Write down five (5) of your top attributes on a separate piece of paper (ex - presentation skills, analytical, follow-up, detail-oriented, versatile).  On the same piece of paper, add three (3) successes that you have accomplished in the last three years (i.e. - largest sale, size of project(s) management, marketing campaign results).

Now, make certain that ALL of these attributes and successes are weaved into your cover letter.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Job Posting = Wish List for an Employer

If an employer is looking for a 100% match of candidate to requirements, it is unrealistic.  Therefore, if you have ~ 75% of the credentials required for the position, do not hesitate - apply for the position.

#resume #jobsearch #followme #credentials

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Paradox of Choice


The best class I ever took in school was the “Dynamics of Group Discussion”.  I learned that the more people that became involved in the process, the more screwed up it becomes. 

When you are looking for a new job, stop asking so many people for advice.  Ask 1 - 2 close confidants who know your history.  This will minimize head-spinning, stress and inefficiency.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Salary Requirements


Salary Requirements
When asked about salary requirements, try the following approach:
"That's a great question that I will be able to answer later in the interview process once I know more about the position and its challenges, I should be able to accurately answer your question. Still, I have done research on www.salary.com, so I'd be looking for a position within the $k-$k base salary range. Clearly, you will want to be confident that I'm the right person for this position, as well, before discussing salary and benefit information with me...am I correct in assuming that?"
Excerpt from Salary.com