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Are you looking to find your dream job, or do you just want to earn some extra money in your spare time? Not sure how to write a resume that gets the job? Want to prepare for the interview like a pro?
Then follow this blog and connect with Matt Krumrie, Resumes By Matt Founder, and resume writer, on Twitter.
Krumrie was recently named a Top 50 Career Professional to Follow on Twitter in 2017 for Job Advice, by artgrad.org. The web site stated this:
"We have scoured the web to find 50 career coaches and 'job seek' consultants...and created a top list for you to learn job advice and career tips from the experts themselves. This is the list every job seeker must follow and inside you'll find pure gems."
For nearly 15 years Krumrie produced the Ask Matt career advice column for the Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper. Krumrie still contributes articles to the Star Tribune, such as this one on Resume Secrets Revealed and How to leverage LinkedIn that were part of the Star Tribune's January 2017 Career Guide special section.
Krumrie is also a contributing writer for CollegeRecruiter.com, the leading, interactive, recruitment media company used by college students and recent graduates to find great careers. Clients are primarily colleges, universities, and employers who want to recruit dozens, hundreds, or thousands of students and recent graduates per year.
He also contributes career and job search articles for the Job seeker and employer blog for Flexjobs.com. FlexJobs is an innovative job service that specializes in providing professional job listings that also include some type of work flexibility, such as telecommuting, part-time or alternative schedules, and freelance contracts.
In addition, Krumrie has provided hundreds of articles for the Zip Recruiter Blog since 2014, and is a contributor to Rework, a guide to helping executives and HR leaders succeed in the new, tech-driven economy.
He has also been quoted in numerous publications on resume writing, including this 2015 article on How to Write a Resume If You're Inexperienced and this 2017 article on Why your resume isn't working.
Krumrie also previously contributed to Monster.com, and was editor of Twin Cities Employment Weekly, a weekly, recruitment advertisement newspaper. In 2013, he was named a top 50 resume resource for teenagers seeking employment.
Krumrie has been writing resumes for 15 years, and works with clients all over the country, from recent college grads to entry-level job seekers, mid-career professionals, executives and older job seekers all looking to stand out in the job search. He has taught resume writing classes through adult basic education centers, and through job clubs.
If you're looking to update your resume, contact Krumrie today.
It’s a new year and you are finally ready to make the leap and find a new job.
An updated resume that best reflects your most recent achievements and successes is the key to getting noticed, and standing out from other applicants.
What's the best way to get your resume noticed? We checked in with Stacey Stratton, President of True Talent Group, the fastest growing marketing, creative and interactive placement firm in the Twin Cities. True Talent Group specializes in staffing and recruitment services for marketing, creative, and interactive.
Here are 5 simple things you can do right now to have a resume that is sure to get you your dream job, according to Stratton:
A good resume, combined with a solid job search plan that includes networking, and registering with a staffing firm like True Talent Group are good ways to get notice, and move ahead in your career.
Follow this advice and these additional resume writing tips to advance your career in 2017.
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Ready to revamp your resume? Need assistance? Hire Matt Krumrie to accomplish your resume writing goals, and start the process to move ahead in your career in 2017.
Imagine this...you are on the elevator heading to your hotel room after dinner. The car stops on the 5th floor and the vice president of a company you want to work at steps into the elevator. The doors close and you have 20 to 30 seconds to grab his interest. Quick! What do you say?
Situations like this will happen again and again throughout your job search. Taking advantage of the short amount of time you have with a prospective employer, hiring manager, networking contact, is crucial. An ‘elevator speech’ – a concise, pre-planned statement about yourself – will allow you to use this time to your best advantage.
This statement should spark interest, be interesting and memorable, and last no longer than 60 seconds. A good elevator speech will succinctly share what makes you unique.
Unsure of how to begin? Follow these 3 tips from IMPACT Group career coaches to start crafting your speech today.
1. Use LinkedIn to get started.
Fabienne Hansoul, a career and transition coach in China and Thailand, recommends utilizing your LinkedIn profile to generate ideas. “LinkedIn lists your experience, expertise, core skills and personality traits. These elements paint a clear picture of your strengths,” says Fabienne. Tie these key points about yourself together by sharing an accomplishment, your career objective and your skill set.
2. Determine which keywords you want to convey.
Your elevator speech will come in handy when you meet a recruiter, introduce yourself during a networking event or attend a workshop, among many other scenarios. It is important to know how you want others to remember you in these situations. “By way of preparation, I give my clients 7 post-it notes and ask them to write down the 7 keywords they want to convey during their speech,” comments Fabienne. “At the end of their speech, I write down the 7 keywords that stood out to me. We then compare post-it notes.” Obtaining feedback from your career coach or a loved one will ensure you properly convey the points you want to share.
3. Address a few basic questions about what you do.
One of our Hong Kong-based career coaches, Iris Kloth, uses the following template to help her clients form their elevator speech. “The answers to these questions should be used to create 1-3 sentences about yourself,” says Iris. Consider these questions:
Who do you work with? (This applies to internal employment as well as an external coaching or consulting position.)
“I work with__________________________________________________________...
Describe the situation or problem these individuals face.
“…who are challenged by ______________________________________________.”
What do you do, or what role do you play?
“What I do is _________________________________________________________...
What result is achieved? (Describe the change or success you bring to this role.)
“…which brings about__________________________________________________.”
All career coaches agree that it is important to clearly communicate what you do, what your strengths are and why you are great at what you do. There is no right or wrong way to create your perfect elevator speech, providing the end result gets YOU the results you need!
Now that you have learned how to perfect your elevator speech, take the next step in advancing your career by updating your resume. Do so by hiring Matt Krumrie to write your resume, combine it with advice like this from Impact Grop Career Coaches, formulate a solid networking plan, and watch your career take off.
With the new year upon us, you may have your personal new year’s resolutions all mapped out, but have you given any thought to your career resolutions? It’s an important time to re-evaluate your career goals, where you’re headed and your workplace happiness. Staffing firm Robert Half offers five ideas below based on their surveys of executives and workers over the last year.
1. Put a hard focus on soft skills. Executives polled said the top characteristic necessary for career success is being motivated to learn a new skill. That was followed by having strong interpersonal skills and adapting easily to change. Choose a skill to acquire or improve in 2017, and consider making it a soft skill, like listening, communication or conflict resolution.
2. Go on an email ‘diet.’ Executives polled said, on average, 17 percent of the time they spend on email is wasted. The biggest culprits are spam, being copied on irrelevant messages and information that would have better been communicated another way. Take time to set up better spam filters. Also, vow to respond to email several times a day versus as each message comes in – it will save you time and enable you to provide more thoughtful, relevant responses.
3. Get some Zzzs. Nearly three-quarters of workers polled said they work while tired. The result? Lack of focus, procrastination, grumpiness and mistakes. It can be very challenging to find more time to rest, and it may feel self-indulgent. But that mid-day nap or extra hour of shut eye just may improve your job performance.
4. Find the right mentor. Eighty-six percent of executives feel it’s important to have a mentor. Yet only 26 percent actually have them. The biggest benefit of these relationships is learning from someone in a role you aspire to, according to respondents. So, pair up with someone who is doing what you want to be doing and commit to the relationship. Make it easy for them to guide you by being respectful of their time and showing appreciation for their insights.
5. Get a move on. More than one-third of professionals polled believe relocating to a new city will help their career prospects. But finding that right locale can be tough. Research the job market for professionals with your skills in various areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data that can help. The Robert Half City Comparison Tool can help you find a city that suits your tastes.
If you're a job seeker and looking for a fresh start or change in 2017, start by updating your resume. Then follow these tips and make 2017 a great year, both personally and professionally.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,