You Are What You Achieve! Why You Should Use an Accomplishment Based Resume.

You’ve posted your resume to the big box job boards, applied to corporate websites, blasted your resume to hundreds of sites, and hoped and prayed while waiting for a response.  Nothing happens – No phone calls, no emails, and no text messages from recruiters saying they loved your resume and would like to meet you.  What could be amiss?

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If you used the SAME exact resume for every job application, that could be your problem. Resumes are not one size fits all.  Your resume is more than just a laundry list of previous jobs and responsibilities.  It should be a specific advertisement of how great you are for the job you are applying!  Let’s take a look at the specifics of an accomplishment-based resume.

What is Accomplishment-Based Resume?

An accomplishment-based resume focuses on your achievements as they relate to the specific job you are applying.  The resume lists the achievements, awards, innovations, inventions, and the ingenious of who you are and the skill set you have to offer.  Let’s look at an example of an Administrative Assistant who makes travel arrangements as part of their job: 

Responsibility-based statement:

“Duties include arranging travel, scheduling meetings, and managing a 10-line switchboard.”

Accomplishment-based statement:

“Saved $250 per round-trip airline ticket while arranging domestic and international travel for senior executives.”

In this example, the responsibility-based statement says this person performed a job ( Boring…..chances are there will not be a phone call).  The Accomplishment-based statement says this person not only performed their job, but saved the company money while doing it.  This speaks of initiative and creativity which essentially creating value to the company.  A recruiter would be more likely call this person to find out more ways this person created value.

How to create an Accomplishment-Based Resume

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As you think about how to create your accomplishment statements for your resume, pull the achievements out of your job responsibilities.  Change achievements into accomplishments by asking yourself a few questions:

1. When was I the most proud in my previous/current position?

2. What steps did I take to complete the task or fulfill the responsibility?

3. What was the final outcome and who was positively affected by the task or my efforts?

As you answer these questions, you will find yourself with a list of accomplishments, value statements, and skills to add to their resume. Instead of stating job responsibilities, you can illustrating how effective you are in performing job duties.  In essence, painting a complete picture of a professional and not just a worker.

Businesswoman shouting her victory to the worldEnding Thought: Successful professionals do three things for any company they work: make money, save money/time, and create something new.  Successful job seekers create accomplishment-based resumes and include these three values within their accomplishment statements which could lead to the phone call for an interview.

Good hunting!

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Holly Bunn is a resume writer, career coach, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology. She is sought out as a subject matter expert on resumes, LinkedIn, job search, and career management. Holly has delivered job search workshops and written resumes for hundreds of job seekers who have secured interviews and landed jobs. Her clients experience success almost immediately after applying her winning techniques.  For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or holly@msresumehelp.com.

5 Real Ways to Improve Your Resume

Everyone should update their resume a least once a year. If you’ve been updating your resume regularly you may not need an entire overhaul of your resume just a little housekeeping. If it’s been more than one year since your last resume update, you may need an overhaul. In the meantime, here are five tried and true ways to update your resume to get better results in your job search. No fluff here…..

1. Update the Headline – many people make the mistake of using the headers feature in MS Word to write their contact information. MS Word Headers can seriously cause formatting issues in an applicant tracking system making contact info unreadable. Instead simply type your Name, City/State/Zip (Province or Locale), an email address you check regularly, a working phone number, and LinkedIn address in the body, at the top of the your resume leaving a minimum of .5″ of margin space. Do not include street address to protect your identity. Keep it simple as seen in the below template example.

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2. Remove Objective Statements – Objective statements are so 1980 and a big signal that your resume is outdated. Instead add  the name of the job or job title that you are seeking. This replaces the objective statement and clearly states the job for which the resume is being submitted.

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3. Add a Technical Skills Inventory – Catalog a list of software that you are skilled at using. Most people forget to list the software, even when the employer clearly states the software requirements in the job posting. A simple inventory list is often enough. No matter the job, you should include a technology skill list. This list can also function as a keyword list for search engines.  50% of job seekers do not list a technical inventory on their resume. The technical skills list will separate you from your competition. Below is an example of a simple inventory list.

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For IT professionals, a technical skills list is particularly important. The list should be segmented into sections as seen in the below example:

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4. Add Completed Training Courses to the Education section if they are relevant to the job you seek. Employers like to see candidates who are committed to improving their skill set and skill sets should be renewed every 3-5 years. This means you should be adding a degree, certification, or training to your resume within this time frame. Training can be a great way to supplement the absence of a degree or certification on your resume. The training can be on and off the job. It’s also a great way to supplement the time in between starting and finishing a degree or certification.  www.lynda.com is a great way to complete training at a low cost and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile automatically upon completion. Below is an example training list for an aspiring project manager who is not certified.

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5. Remove “References Available Upon Request.”  This statement is also from the 80’s. Believe it or not, candidates still include this statement at the bottom of resumes. Most companies today are aware that they can and often will request references. You are wasting valuable resume space by making an obvious statement. So do yourself a favor and remove this statement from your resume.

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Holly Bunn is a career coach, resume writer, LinkedIn profile writer, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology. She is sought after as a subject matter expert on resumes, LinkedIn, job search, and career management. Holly has delivered job search workshops and written resumes for hundreds of job seekers who have secured interviews and landed jobs. Her clients experience success almost immediately after applying her winning techniques. For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or holly@msresumehelp.com.

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9 Reasons Why Recruiters May Ignore You on LinkedIn

If you’re a movie buff you may remember one of the famous lines from Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) when he asks the often defiant Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr) for help because Tidwell rejects every piece of advice Maguire gives him. Maguire begged Tidwell, “Help me…Help me, Help you!” and take his advice so he could help him become a top player in the game.

As a career coach and resume writer, I can relate to Maguire’s plea.  If you just do a few small things to your LinkedIn profile, it could make all the difference in the world.  Your LinkedIn profile is a tool that helps lead to the ask for your resume.  A well-written resume may never see the light of day with a poorly created LinkedIn profile.

To help you increase your chances of being found by recruiters on LinkedIn, I created a video that includes ways to help you improve your LinkedIn profile.

Below is a list of 9 tips to help keep you in the game:

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3 Tips on Turning Black Friday Into Job Search Gold!

A couple of years ago, I posted job search tips that were better than a stuffed turkey on my blog. This year, I’m offering three updated job search tips that could turn your Black Friday into job search gold!

As you stuff yourself with turkey and all the fixings this Thanksgiving, be sure your job search stays strong.

“But Holly, no one is hiring during the holidays.”

Wrong! Employers are still looking for new candidates, even more during the holiday season to quickly fill those year-end quotas.  Don’t make the costly mistake of many job seekers which is taking a vacation from the job hunt on Black Friday.  What a huge mistake and costly mistake this can be for many in more ways than one!  The savvy job seeker (hint -hint – that’s you) should be using the holiday season to get a leg up on the competition.  To help you, here are my three best job search tips for the Black Friday without all the stuffing:

  1. Do not go Shopping on Black Friday! While it is very tempting to take advantage of a few sales during Black Friday, use this time to polish up your resume and interviewing skills.  Focus on finding a job before you spend loads of money.  No need to rack up credit cards before you land the new job.  Believe me, your competition is most likely shopping anyway.  So give yourself a leg up while the competition is low.
  2. Black Friday is Apply Day. Many employers post jobs on Fridays and Black Friday is no exception.  Use Black Friday as a time to apply for open positions while your competition is shopping. Trust me, recruiters will be checking resumes on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday following Black Friday.  Remember this rule, first in often wins.  Be the first to apply and get seen earlier than your competition.
  3. Digitize Your Resume. Did you know that the wrong font and file format can kill a good resume?  Get your resume ready for the technology managing your resume with a simple task: change resume font so that it is ready for online profiles/applications: Arial is one of the best fonts since it is san serif and easily read by application databases.  Also, use no more than 12 points (11 is preferred) and no less than 10 points.  Stay away from Times/Time Roman as it often translates into unreadable text.  The best font is Courier New as this is a universal font for all databases.   It may not be pretty in the UI (user interface) but it’s a beauty to the software that is managing your resume.   

    >>Expert resume tip: When copying and pasting your resume into an application, remove all formatting (bullets, bolds, underlines, etc.) and flush all text to the left.  Removing the formatting makes it easier to read in the database and will increase your odds of getting past the technology.

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Do it Now! Your Future Self Will Thank You.

It’s that time of year when we make resolutions and promises about the great things we will achieve in the coming year.  But more often than not, the dream is morbidly deferred to its eternal resting place on the unfinished “maybe one day” to-do list.  This time of year should mean a chance at a new beginning.

To quote a modern form of communication, the meme, “Do Something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Taking the First Step

The message is simple yet deeply impactful.  Get started right now on your dreams, projects, or your career.  Nothing is worse than realizing what could have been if you had just gotten started.  Do not defer your dreams or plans any longer. 2018 will be here in 364 days.  Why not arrive at this time next year doing something more than what you are doing today? Perhaps it’s finishing a degree, acquiring a certification, a promotion, a new job, career change, or starting your own business.  Whatever your dreams or goals, you already have the most important ingredient, your vision.  Why not take it to the next level and get started?

Getting Started is Scary…

What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yes, doing something new can be very scary and filled with lots of fear, mostly of the unknown.  But that’s exactly what fear is…the unknown.  Instead of thinking the worst, think of the unknown possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead.

I have crafted tried and true ways of getting started by turning your dreams into goals. These four steps are the first phase of making sure your goals actually get done this year.

Steps to Getting Started on Your Goals: 

1. Write down ALL of your goals.  Write down every goal – big and small. Knowing goals in your head is not the same as writing them down. Written goals are more real and you remember them better.   For example, if your goal is to acquire a degree, write something like “Earn a Bachelor’s degree.” It’s just that simple.

2. Prioritize each goal.  Setting a priority to each goal helps organize the list.  If you give each goal a priority it makes the intent real and gives it a sense of urgency.  For example, assign a letter to each goal such as A, B, or C where A is the highest priority.

3. Add due dates to each of your goals.  Adding a due date holds you accountable. Without a date, the goal becomes a suggestion.

4. Write the steps needed to achieve your goals.  All goals need an action plan or they have the risk of failure. Writing steps down makes the vision clearer about what investments (time, money, resources, etc.) are needed to actually make it happen.


SUCCESS TIP:
 Be sure to sit in a place or environment that is relaxing or inspiring to you when going through this process.  Try not to complete this process while multi-tasking or otherwise distracted so that you are focused.  You may need to revisit this list often at least every three months to recalibrate or mark off completed goals.

Your dreams are possible if you just take the first step.  You already have what it takes… YOU!  So go ahead, begin now.  This time next year, your 2018 self will be so thankful and grateful to your 2017 self for getting started.

In case you missed any of my blog posts or other resources, below are resources to help you get started on your future self.

30 Ways to Kick Your Career into High Gear

How to Calculate Your Asking Salary

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Holly Bunn
 is a career coach, resume writer, LinkedIn profile writer, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology. She is sought out as a subject matter expert on resumes, LinkedIn, job search, and career management. Holly has delivered job search workshops and written resumes for hundreds of job seekers who have secured interviews and landed jobs. Her clients experience success almost immediately after applying her winning techniques.  For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or holly@msresumehelp.com.

30 Ways to Kick Your Career Into High Gear

Everyone should have career goals but not everyone formulates an effective plan (if any plan at all). The New Year is a good time to reflect on your career goals and plan for the future. After all, the only person responsible for your success is you. If you wait until an annual review or when you suddenly need a new job to take stock of your accomplishments, polish up a skill set, or make networking connections, you put avoidable pressure on yourself and make it that much harder. Working on your career and yourself throughout the year is being a good steward of your success and will pay off in the end.

Here is a comprehensive list of ways to kick start your career today and throughout the year.

  1.  Update your resume – This should be done at least once per year. Here is a post I’ve written on accomplishment based resumes to get you started.  http://bit.ly/1Qq31TR
  2. Update your LinkedIn Profile – A stale or unfinished profile is a dead profile. Read more on why you should update and/or finish your profile http://bit.ly/1NL8bVT.
  3. Update your internal company profile (most people forget this) – Companies often look internally before they post externally. If your profile is unfinished or blank you could miss an opportunity.
  4. Learn a new skill set/take a class (skill sets renew every 5 years)  – www.Lynda.com  is a great way to learn a new skill at a low cost. The bonus is you can add  finished courses it to your LinkedIn profile.
  5. Finish your degree, certification, and/or training  – you are worth the investment, your future success depends on it.
  6. Set personal career goals – “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin
  7. Read and finish a book related to your career or skill set – Knowledge is power. The more you know the stronger your position among your competition.
  8. Write a book – sharing is caring. Great ideas should be recorded for posterity. What better way to establish yourself as a thought leader than to write a book? Here is an easy way to get started http://goinswriter.com/tips-writing-book/.
  9. Take a vacation (without kids) – Vacations reduce stress and offer a time of revitalization.
  10. Volunteer – According to Psychology today, Volunteering in your current career industry—or an area you’d like to transition into—is an especially effective way to leverage social connections for career gain.
  11. Do someone a five minute favor each day  – paying it forward brings good Karma and builds character. Learn more about the art of the five minute favor here: http://bit.ly/1Qq3Bkq
  12. Find a career mentor – surround yourself with successful people.
  13. Be a career mentor – When you share your knowledge with someone with less experience, you can change the world for them.
  14. Stop procrastinating today – your future self will thank you this time next year.
  15. Implement your plans start to finish – your future self will thank you this time next year.
  16. Keep your word – A kept word creates integrity, reliability, respect, and trust. People often do business with whom they trust.
  17. Find an accountability partner – This person will keep you honest  and hold you accountable for achieving your goals (or kick you in the rear if you need it). They can also be your biggest cheerleader.
  18. Be an accountability partner –  Being a career big brother/sister to someone with less experience than you is a great way to pass on the knowledge.
  19. Save money for retirement now (IRA, Annuity, 401K, etc) – Social Security will not be enough.
  20. Expand your network on and offline – Facebook friends don’t count. Start with LinkedIn.
  21. Listen more, talk less
  22. Under promise, over deliver
  23. Send thank you notes or email
  24. Invest in one good high quality suit  – dress for the position you seek.  Here’s my Pinterest page for inspiration http://bit.ly/1Qq3ZQ1
  25. Invest in one good high quality pair of shoes only for interviews and business – nothing kills a great outfit faster than a run down or low quality shoe.
  26. Create a budget and stick to it – living outside of your means can kill your future dreams.
  27. Create an online profile – your personal brand is your message when you can’t speak. Take control of the message by driving people to your personal profile. Start with a profile here : http://about.me
  28. Start a blog – A blog is a great way to establish thought leadership and can be a precursor to a book.
  29. Create personal business cards – when personal networking, your employer’s card may not always be appropriate to give out to personal connections. Great cards start here: www.moo.com
  30. Have a plan B – be prepared in case of emergency.

 

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Holly Bunn is a career coach, resume writer, LinkedIn profile writer, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology. She is sought out as a subject matter expert on resumes, LinkedIn, job search, and career management. Holly has delivered job search workshops and written resumes for hundreds of job seekers who have secured interviews and landed jobs. Her clients experience success almost immediately after applying her winning techniques. For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or holly@msresumehelp.com.

13 Winning Tips when Applying for an Internal Job

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Applying for an internal job is easy because you have already worked for the company, right? Uh…Not so much.  Being an internal applicant doesn’t give you an “in”vantage against other applicants.  You often have to take extra steps in the process that an external applicant does not. It is very important that you employ the same tactics you would as if applying for an external position. Bring your “A” game.  The job could depend on it.

According to Forbes online Job Seekers should do 7 things when applying for internal jobs:

  1. Take the process seriously – Prepare for the interview.
  2. Speak to employees already on the job – find out what they think about the job.
  3. Meet with HR/HR Business Partner – discuss the job’s responsibilities and requirements.
  4. Let your manager know – many companies require this
  5. Get your manager’s support – they are your best sponsor/reference
  6. Introduce yourself to the HM – let them know you’ve applied for the position.
  7. Send a Thank you note after the interview – be sure it’s customized.

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I wholly agree with all the steps Forbes mentioned.  In addition to this information, here is how I advise my clients on navigating through the internal job process:

8. Determine if you are qualified and meet the minimum requirements for the position.  Just as you would for an external job, be sure you are at least an 80% match for the job. Listen to Episode 13 for details about how to calculate the 80%.

9. Know the notice period – it could be up to 90 days at some companies.  Some company policies also require that you are in your current position for a specific period of time (6 months, or 1 year, etc).

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10. When you inform your manager, have a transition plan ready.   To give yourself an advantage, have a transition plan ready for when you leave your current position to help with the transition. Offer to be available for a specific period of time while you migrate to your new position. While creating a transition plan may not be your responsibility, creating one may decrease the anxiety of backfilling your current position. This sets you up for success.  This helps you beat out your competitors.   

resume11. Prepare a current, tailored resume. You should not assume that you don’t need a resume or that that the hiring manager knows your career experience and accomplishments.   Many companies ask for resumes from internal candidates to compare skill sets against the requirements for the position. Your resume is an opportunity to show you are a perfect fit for the position so invest in creating a value added resume. Listen to Episode 6 for tips on tailoring your resume.

Is_there_such_thing_as_a_bad_charity_-_shh_photo12. Maintain strict confidentiality – Do not tell anyone at the job you are applying for an open position – not even your best friend at work – especially if you haven’t told your manager.  Why?  Save yourself from uncomfortable feelings in front of an audience in case you don’t get the job.  If you tell just one person, chances are the information will get out.

image001113. Don’t complicate the application process with politics. Follow company procedure for applying for an open position.  It’s when you deviate from the policy to accommodate political, emotional, or social nuances that could disqualify you from the process (by not following policy) or turn the application process into a legal matter – and everyone should avoid both. Contact your local HR representative for procedures on applying for internal positions.

 Ending thought:  Treat the internal process the same as the external job process by taking it seriously. Follow internal policies and tell your manager even if you are not required. Submit a current, tailored resume.  Send a thank you note.  Following these tips will lead you to greater success.

red checkmarkTask for the week: update your internal profile within your company and your resume.

imagesCareer Tip of the Week: Review your education and training on your resume and LinkedIn profile.  Be sure to update your skill set every five years (new degree, new certification, new training, etc). Visit Lynda.com to take a course, then add it to your LinkedIn profile as a way to add a recent training on a new skill.

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Holly Bunn is a career coach, resume writer, LinkedIn profile writer, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology. She is sought out as a subject matter expert on resumes, LinkedIn, job search, and career management. Holly has delivered job search workshops and written resumes for hundreds of job seekers who have secured interviews and landed jobs. Her clients experience success almost immediately after applying her winning techniques.  For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or holly@msresumehelp.com.