10 Things to Do to Make a Great First Impression in Your Job Search

Sep 01, 2018

We often make judgments in less than 7 seconds on a person’s character based on how they communicate, appear, and act (body language, mannerisms, and habits). We decide if they are likable, honest, arrogant, professional, capable, trustworthy, etc.

When looking for a new job, typically the first impression many recruiters and hiring managers get is from a candidate’s resume or LinkedIn profile. If the hiring manager or recruiter’s interest is not piqued in less than 6-10 seconds, they’ll most likely MOVE ON to the next candidate.

Whether you’re looking to connect or engage in-person with someone or pique the interest of the recruiter or hiring manager reviewing your resume or LinkedIn profile, here are 10 tips to help you make a great first impression:

  1. Customize your resume (so it’s a no brainer to call you for the interview).
  2. Optimize your LinkedIn profile (so it communicates the professional value you can offer).
  3. Send error free introduction...
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How to Ask for a Raise and Get It!

Aug 01, 2018

As a career coach, I often speak with employees who have been in a certain role or with an organization for a long period of time and have the mindset of ‘I'm due a raise!’ Usually, he/she has this mindset because of one or all of the following reasons:

  • tenure (they've been with the company or in a certain role for x number of years)
  • good attendance (in at 9am; out at 5pm)
  • positive reviews (received a consistent ‘meets expectations’ on their reviews)

Unfortunately, in today’s highly competitive environment, the above reasons usually aren't enough to position yourself as the top contender for a raise or promotion. Instead, make it your goal to say 'yes' to the following six questions before you request a meeting with your manager for a raise or before your next performance review.

Six Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. YOU'VE RECEIVED FIVE GOLD STARS
    Have you consistently exceeded your employee evaluations on all levels for, at least, the...
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How to Write a LinkedIn Headline that will Attract Recruiters

Jul 01, 2018

When recruiters or hiring leaders review your LinkedIn profile, the first area they see is your profile headline. Your LinkedIn profile headline is the very first sentence opposite your photo and under your name. 

Having a well-written profile headline can help catch a recruiter’s attention by giving him/her a clear understanding of the value you offer from a professional standpoint and where you are interested in moving next.

First, let’s look at what not to do when crafting your headline and why. The three examples below are what we (recruiters), unfortunately, see 99.9% of the time.

Example #1 of what not to write in your LinkedIn profile headline: 

‘Marketing Director at X company’ or ‘Marketing Director’ or ‘Software Engineer’

95% of people note their current job title and or place of employment. This is a wasted use of the headline area (you have 117-character spaces to use for your headline). ...

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4 Steps to Ensure You Get the Call to Interview

Jun 01, 2018

Are you tired of sending in your resume and not getting the opportunity to interview? I've heard this frustration time and time again. I've outlined 4 steps to overcome the main challenges that professionals of all levels are affected by when applying for positions of interest. 

If you'd rather watch me walk you through the step-by-step instructions, head over to my YouTube channel and watch my free video tutorial for step-by-step instructions about how to implement these steps.

Challenge #1 
On average over 75% of resumes sent by candidates are NOT qualified for the role -- which means, most candidates don't know how to effectively self-qualify for the role in question.

Step #1: Self-qualify for success.
Self-qualify with two key questions and you will know with certainty if you're qualified to apply for the position. You will then spend your time applying for positions that you’re genuinely...

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The 12 Best Resume Tips to Land the Interview

May 01, 2018

Having been a recruiter for 15+ years, I have screened and reviewed thousands of resumes. When I am asked to share my thoughts on how to craft and write a great resume, there are two options that typically come up:

1.) write your own resume
OR 
2.) use
 a resume service/writer.

Let's start with option 2: using a resume service/writer.
Based on many conversations with job-seekers and clients over the years, using a resume writing service can result in disappointment and more frustration for the job seeker.

  • For the most part, the resume presented is written in a style that does not reflect the job seeker's personal communication style.
  • It soon becomes clear that one resume does not work effectively for all positions.  
  • And last but not least, you can find your self spending $400-2000 out of pocket and still have no interviews to show for it. 

So, I recommend option 1: writing your own resume.
I know this can seem like a daunting task for many,...

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6 Ways to Get an Interview without Applying Online

Apr 01, 2018

1. Optimize your LinkedIn Profile.
Grab the recruiters attention in 6 seconds or less. Be easily searchable for the positions you’re interested in most. 

  • 100% of the candidates I have hired for my clients over the last 10+ years have come from my LinkedIn network or a referral from LinkedIn.
  • 89% of recruiters have made hires through LinkedIn (source Bullhorn)
  • Enroll in the LinkedIn Master Course to optimize your profile for 3x more jobs (and much more).

2. Make a Coffee or Lunch Date.
Reconnect with friends, past colleagues, and bosses who work with companies that are of interest to you. The higher degree of relevance these companies have to your current industry and work experience, the better. Networking is still one of the best ways to land your next role. 

3. Get a Personal Referral or Recommendation from an Internal Employee (ideally Manager level and above) 
A personal referral or introduction can and will open...

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