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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.
Mortgage & Real Estate, HR and Accounting & Finance among career categories with the most growth in remote job listings in the past year
Remote work continues to grow in popularity, with 38 percent of employees currently able to work from home at least one day a week. Remote work is increasingly embraced by companies in a wide range of industries and for an often surprising variety of roles. To identify key trends, FlexJobs, the leading job service for telecommuting and other flexible jobs, analyzed over 100,000 job listings from the past year to identify five of the top career categories where the number of remote job listings has increased significantly.
Mortgage & Real Estate, HR & Recruiting, Accounting & Finance, Pharmaceutical, and Education & Training are among the career categories where remote job listings have grown more than 20 percent since January 2016. This high growth indicates they will be strong job categories for 2017 as well. A “remote job” is defined as a professional-level job that allows the worker to telecommute either entirely or part of the time.
“Not only is demand for remote work stronger than ever, but 65 percent of workers say they would be more productive telecommuting than working in a traditional workplace. With worker productivity a key component of a company’s success, companies are recognizing that the traditional in-office model of working isn’t addressing the needs and wants of today’s workforce,” said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs. “Given the overall benefits of telecommuting to both employees and employers, we’re not surprised to see remote job opportunities growing across industries, even those that haven’t been historically associated with remote work,” Sutton Fell concluded.
As many as 80 to 90 percent of the workforce reporting they would like to telecommute at least part-time. Telecommuters are almost twice as likely to love their jobs than employees who work in traditional offices and report higher levels of productivity.
Five of the top job categories which have seen growth in remote job postings in the past year, as well as specific employers that are currently or have recently hired in this category, and examples of common job titles within the category are as follows:
Mortgage & Real Estate
Zillow, Homeward Residential and American Advisors Group have recently recruited for remote jobs in mortgage and real estate. Mortgage loan officer, underwriter and mortgage processor are some common remote job titles in this category.
HR & Recruiting
Aon Hewitt, Xerox and IT Pros have recently recruited for remote jobs in HR & recruiting. Recruiter, human resources specialist, and human resources manager are some common remote job titles in this category.
Accounting & Finance
Wells Fargo, Citi, and Ally Financial have recently recruited for remote jobs in accounting & finance. Accountant, bookkeeper and auditor are some common remote job titles in this category.
CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Pharmaceutical Product Development have recently recruited for remote jobs in pharmaceutical. Pharmacist, clinical research associate and account manager are some common remote job titles in this category.
Education & Training
K12, Kaplan and Connections Education have recently recruited for remote jobs in education & training. Online tutor, adjunct faculty and virtual teacher are some common remote job titles in this category.
Earlier this year FlexJobs identified five of the top job categories where the number of flexible job postings has increased significantly. In January 2017 FlexJobs will release its 5th annual list of the top 100 companies hiring for remote jobs.
Are you seeking a more flexible work arrangement? Start by updating your resume, and continute to follow the tips and advice from Flexjobs to find a more satisfying and flexible work opportunity in 2017.
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over two million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Conference (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes and cover letters, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for the Star Tribune, Flexjobs.com, Ziprecruiter.com and more.