Career Thought Leaders newsletter of 7/27/2017 shared the following statistics every professional should understand about the importance of social media in today's job search:
"5 DATA POINTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL PROFILES (from JobVite and CareerBuilder):
- 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates
- 57% are less likely to interview a candidate they can't find online
- 54% have decided not to hire a candidate based on their social media profiles
- 92% of recruiters use social media in their outreach; 55% use Facebook, 87% use LinkedIn
- 67% who used social media to find their most recent job used Facebook"
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Are you stuck in a dead end job? Do you want to change careers but are uncertain of which direction you should take?
These 12 steps will help you transform your career and land your dream job:
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, The Occupational Handbook. Retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh.
Sharing an article written by Pamela Skillings of BigInterview.com explaining how to leverage Twitter in your job search. https://biginterview.com/blog/2015/03/twitter-jobs.html
U.S. News Top 100 Jobs Report lists jobs in high demand.
Be sure to scroll to the end of the article to find best jobs by industry.
Cheers to your job search success!
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Are you stuck in a lengthy job search?
Today, we'd like to share an article written by Lillian Childress, "7 Reasons Why You Were Not Hired," which was originally posted on Glassdoor. It explains possible reasons why an applicant may not be hired. Just click on the blue article title above to read it.
You can avoid some of the pitfalls that would prevent your resume from getting noticed by the right people by working with an experienced and certified professional resume writer.
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Today, we're sharing an article "LinkedIn Unveils the Top Skills that Can Get You Hired in 2017."
The embedded slide presentation is broken down by country with the USA listed on page 17.
It's no surprise that technology skills rank high on each list.
What kind of professional development courses do you see in your future?
We are happy to report that Mission Possible HQ weathered Hurricane Matthew with only minor property damage, and we are thankful for sunny skies.
FYI: here's a link to Glassdoor's list of 10 amazing companies that are hiring now:
Would you like to learn a secret that professional resume writers use to save time and create compelling resumes? They use a ladder strategy, rather than a parachute approach.
Before I explain, let’s take a moment to review the basic anatomy of a resume: The assertions section makes specific claims that you are capable of doing the job while the evidence section provides a record of your accomplishments.
The assertions section includes the headline, tagline, and professional profile statement. Place your assertions in the top one-third to one-half of the first page. The evidence section includes your education, certification, professional associations and, of course, your employment history with performance highlights written in bullet points using the PSR format showing the:
To write your resume like a pro, start from the bottom of your resume and work to the top, saving the headline, tagline, and professional profile for last. Think of it as starting from the bottom rung of your career ladder and climbing up. This is much more effective than taking a parachute approach and writing from the top down for two reasons: The ladder strategy gives you an easier starting point and an overall view of your employment history.
Here’s a step-by-step plan for writing your first draft using the ladder strategy:
1. List memberships in professional organizations along with dates of membership and any leadership roles you held. Save your document and scroll up.
2. Above professional organizations, type in your education, certification, and any professional development courses. Save and scroll up.
3. Next, list your professional experience. Start with your oldest job (typically your first job out of college). Why? With the passage of time, you have gained a better perspective of your contributions to the company.
5. List your top 9-12 professional skills in a three-column table in the top 1/3 of your resume or create a functional listing of specific skills under each job description, or both.
6. Next, create a professional profile statement. Remember, your profile should be future-focused and position you for the next rung on your career ladder.
8. For the tagline, write your unique selling proposition, core value proposition statement, or competitive differentiation statement (similar concepts with differing terminology). Answer this question: How do you make a difference in the workplace?
9. Create your letterhead with your contact information and your headers for subsequent pages of your resume. Make sure your page breaks fall at appropriate places. Save your document and print.
10. Google the top 20 worst words to use in a resume. Now, scan your resume to see if you have used any of the overly used words and delete them wherever possible.
11. Proofread thoroughly.
Job Seeker, knowing these 12 tips and tricks from the pros will take the mystery out of writing your resume. However, if you find that writing about yourself is mind boggling, we’re here to help you strike the right balance between assertions and evidence and take the guesswork out of writing your career story. Starting with an in-depth interview and fit/gap analysis, we’ll create an authentic, purpose-driven, and focused resume that paints a positive yet realistic portrait of who you are and the value you bring to your next employer. Our mission is to help you land your dream job fast. Call us today at 912-656-6857.
© 2016, Sharla Taylor, Written by a Pro. All rights reserved.
Sharla Taylor is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Writer (CCELW), experienced job search strategist, and published author. Sharla is the owner of Written by a Pro, a freelance writing and editing service. She approaches her business from a Christian perspective. Her favorite Scripture is Matthew 19:26 "with God all things are possible."
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