Sunday, June 18, 2017

Highlighting your Achievements and Soft Skills will make you stand out

Here is a good and short article that helps to guide how you should approach writing details in your resume:  http://lifehacker.com/improve-your-resume-with-this-simple-formula-recommende-1566107526 in short it says:  "The key is to frame your strengths as: 'I accomplished X, about Y, by doing Z.”

Achievements:  Objective information about your abilities – Won Best Employee of the Year Award 3 out of 4 years OR Numbers based information about your abilities – Handled 40 accounts concurrently or reduced anticipated costs by 40% (more info here: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumewriting/a/resumewow.htm)

Soft Skills:  Qualities rather than skills - personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Can also include qualities that make you a good worker – Creative, Persistent, Problem Solver, Team Player, Leader, etc  (more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_skills)

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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCMOccupational Consultant | Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989
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Know thyself: Some Tools for Self assessment

How rational are you?
http://programs.clearerthinking.org/how_rational_are_you_really_take_the_test.html#.WUaeu2jyvIW

Identify jobs based on your transferable skills:
https://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/default.aspx

Learn what skills and abilities matter to employers:
https://www.careeronestop.org/Videos/SkillandAbilityVideos/skill-and-ability-videos.aspx

Learn about what you value in a work environment:
https://www.vawizard.org/wizard/value-assess

Learn about what is required for specific positions using the Skills Profiler:
https://www.careeronestop.org/TridionMultimedia/tcm24-34912_HowtoOccupationProfile.pptx

Learn about Informational Interviewing:
https://alison.com/topic/learn/36321/engage-in-informational-interviews#

Need help to ensure you are thinking about your goals clearly?
http://programs.clearerthinking.org/introduction.html#.WUaf8GjyvIU

Feel like you need to learn more from past mistakes?
http://programs.clearerthinking.org/mistakes.html

Ready to go with your short and long term goals?  Enter each step here:
http://programs.clearerthinking.org/goal_trainer_ct.html#.WUafK2jyvIW 

For more along these lines: https://www.clearerthinking.org/?gclid=CjwKEAjwvMnJBRCO2NSu-Puc6AUSJAAf-OSUHzr5SJTr1aSMJndpQdHDOZEBNnIoPqFsWNY3po8AwBoC8Mrw_wcB 

Learn Essential Business Skills:  https://alison.com/learning-path/essential-business-skills

Learn better workplace communication skills:
https://alison.com/learning-path/communication-skills-in-the-workplace

Looking to learn a bit more:
https://alison.com/learning-paths?q=essential+business+skills&sorting=relevance

Need more help - contact me! 

Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
Occupational Consultant | Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989
LinkedIn Pro: https://www.linkedin.com/pro/marysevinsky                                                     

The Hidden Job Market - a picture really is worth a thousand words

Hard and Soft Skills are what will set you apart from the competition

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Job Search Driving You Crazy? Use a job search schedule



Sticking to a job search schedule can really help you get results from your job search.  One of the biggest complaints I hear from job seekers is that they get little or no positive feedback for all of the time they spend job searching.  They typically are spending their valuable time applying online to positions...only!



This can be very disheartening, to say the least!  Not only do employers not often provide positive feedback - often they don't even have an auto-responder.  A job seeker may think their resume is being reviewed when it might never have been received. 

Follow-up is a great way to get both positive feedback and ensure your resume has been received. You may even get to schedule an interview. Varying your job search activities will keep you from feeling as if you are hitting your head against the wall on a daily basis.  Click the link above to download your free Job Search Schedule. 


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