Writing a Better Resume

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Even with all the networking, personal branding and social twittering that keep the internet alive and well, your resume can still be the first impression of you that recruiters and employers have, whether a paper copy lands on their desk or they’re scanning your work history on LinkedIn.

So what’s your resume saying about you?

Our Twitter #careerchat went beyond the basics of resume-writing with career coaches Laura Parrino Byxbe from Right Management (@LauraByxbe), Donna Svei from AvidCareerist.com (@AvidCareerist) and recruiting experts Jenny Mayotte and Jill Kempka from Manpower (@ManpowerProUs and @manpowerus). We discussed traditional and non-traditional approaches (such as the video resumes), how to handle employment gaps, and tips for making yourself stand out from the crowd.

Quick takeaways from the chat:

  • Don’t send a generic resume. Tailor your experience and qualifications to the requirements of each position.
  • Skip the objective: The reader already knows why you’re applying.
  • Include soft skills that make you stand out from your peers, such as the “technician with great people skills.”
  • Remember, the best format is the one preferred by the hiring manager. Make it easy for them to find out who you are and what you provide.
  • Quantify your accomplishments. Use numbers and percentages to help showcase your results.
  • Include links to your website, blog, LinkedIn profile and any other relevant resource in your contact details at the top. Double-check to make sure they work.

Resources:

Special thanks to our top participants: @kimkabob, @AnneMessenger, @DrWoody, @myFootpath, @AnneMessenger, @Kblennon, @jwarrenny, @Beamena, @ComeRecommended, @navitasHR, @chriskongsvik, @Salestart, @laurenkgray, @inspiredtrain, @kbaumann and @rockthehunt.

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on MyPath.com.

How to Get a Rockstar Team

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When does a group become a team? 

Our Twitter #careerchat focused on how team-building activities can foster teamwork in the office and help the department prosper. But for team-building efforts to succeed, you really need to consider team makeup: Make sure the activity suits the people as much as the purpose.

Quick takeaways from the chat:

  • Teamwork is about putting aside differences, learning from others and focusing on the company’s goals, not just your own projects.
  • Team building shows employees you value your most important resource: Them.
  • Make sure the team-building activity is appropriate for everyone. It’s more important to get employees talking to each other than trying to make everyone play kickball or go on a ropes course.
  • Include activities to celebrate diversity. Exploring experiences, backgrounds and cultures will help the team view challenges differently and solve problems better.

Resources:

Special thanks to @souzifrancis, @EmilieMeck, @SaleStart, @talentculture, @BillBoorman, @laurenkgray, @ShanaDouglas, @Tina_J_Wagner, @myFootpath, @zachhisert, @buona_vita, @CDonnet and @jendiva1.

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on MyPath.com.

Networking With Confidence: How to Break the Ice Without Falling Through

When you’re walking into a networking event, you want to be sure you’re putting your best foot—and face!—forward. If you’re desperately shy or the room is full of strangers, how can you overcome those conversational jitters and make the impression you want? 

Our Twitter #careerchat found great networking tips to help even the most introverted. Debbie Langford (@LangfordDeb), a Right Management career consultant, added her considerable guidance and navigation.

Key takeaways from the chat:

  • The first icebreaker is your smile.
  • Networking is like sales: First build the relationship, then find out their needs, and then sell yourself as the solution.
  • Provide value to others before you ask for help. Switch your thinking from “What do I get?” to “What can I give?”
  • Research event attendees beforehand so you’ll know who’s in the room and what their accomplishments are.
  • Sign up as a door greeter or check registration at the event to meet people more easily.
  • To network your way to a job, identify the decision-making contacts and set up informal interview sessions to present your value.
  • Don’t forget the people you work with. Network through vendor contacts, clients and co-workers to stir up offers in related fields.
  • Discipline yourself to keep networking. It’s easy to get to a “comfortable place” and think you’re done.

Resources:

Special thanks to… @theantiresume, @jendiva1, @KCDEE5, @hfazlani, @rockthehunt, @jackiej04, @ComeRecommended, @SuzanneLahaije, @Careerbright, @michmerc, @SeanMMasters, @CareerAction,  @CondeNastJobs, @SaleStart, @jessieolivia, @Recruit4u, @PushJobs, @norateele and @MaggieMistal.

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on MyPath.com.
Networking pic from here.