Your Resume: Is it Your Piéce de Résistance or the Piece you Resist Most?
Time and time again I've seen the most strident and accomplished professionals literally blanch at the thought of working on their own resume.
I can understand why.
Even in a strong economy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to break away from the pack and there can be a lot of indecision around what to include, or not include, in a resume or LinkedIn Profile that will get you noticed and get your resume in front of the decisions makers.
Its not just their resume. Common struggles include:
None of us have 'putting ourselves on the line and facing rejection' on our top list of things we like to do.
What We Longing For
And yet, there’s a longing. The desire to take our career or life in a different direction, perhaps at a different pace or in a different environment. The longing remains. The feelings of being between a rock and a hard place increase and the chest squeezing notion of feeling stuck begins to overwhelm.
The Wrestling Match with Ourselves
Time and time again, I’ve observed that people get in their own way the most during a career pivot when they avoid tackling their resume in an intentional way.
They don’t want to deal with it. They want to farm it out. They sabotage their best efforts by allowing it to become something that they wrestle with, drenched in feelings of ‘not enoughness’, when they could be hoisting the completed, amazing, witness of their growth and development as a professional over their head in triumph.
How it can be.
Even though most professionals now realize we are definitely well past the days of a one size fits all resume that they can farm out to a resume mill, many people still don’t understand how to set themselves up for their best success and make their career pivot as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
They turn a time that can be one of excitement, adventure and discovery into a time dripping with anxiety, dread and procrastination, all elements that don’t play well going through the job search process or during interviews.
What Needs to Happen
I work with my clients privately, in groups or on line to
Even if you believe that resumes are obsolete (they are not!) and the your LinkedIn Profile is really your primary marketing device (not so), it is still your resume that gets submitted for online application and is the document that must clear the ATS.
It is still the document that gets passed along from hand to hand, or e-mail to e-mail when someone wants to recommend you.
It forms the basis for both your pitch and your LinkedIn profile, and it is still the document that your interviewers will have in front of them when they meet with you. It’s likely the first document added to your employee file. It counts at all stages of your process.
What Your Next Best Steps are
Creating your resume is not the first step in an effective career pivot but it is a key element of your job search success.
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If you still need help with steps 1 and 2, lets have a conversation and get each of these three steps tackled with confidence.
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Not every hiccup or ‘dry spell’ in a career means its time to throw in the towel and do something new. We’ve all had the occasional day when getting to work was not your first choice for how you wanted to spend your day.
However if boredom and bitterness become chronic it’s time to consider an alternative career path. That may mean a slight modification or a complete overhaul. Let’s take a look at some sure fire things that indicate, it’s time for a change.
Sign #1 Chronic Lack of Energy or Boredom.
If your iron levels are fine, you’re not anemic, you’re eating well and you’re at work and not feeling energized at all and really bored. It’s time to figure out which parts of your job are draining you. Is it the commute, the projects, your co-workers, your boss. Get specific. This will help you figure out what needs to change.
Like your work but hate the commute, move closer; don’t fancy your co-workers or your boss is overbearing , get reassigned to a different team or switch to a similar position at a different company.
If it’s the work you hate, well read on before jumping ship.
Andrew’s dad worked in Real Estate, he had done well and wanted Andrew to join him in the business. As Andrew began his work with dad after college, he noticed that he thought Real Estate was okay but found that the work he enjoyed was less involved with working directly with clients and more based in re-imaging how an older home might be upgraded, staged and it’s curbside appeal enhanced. He loved the challenge of having a budget and being charged with giving a home a ‘facelift’. He successfully worked his way into creating a team that did high-end landscaping and exterior/curbside redesigning. His energy and engagement were high. At the end of his day, he’s tired but satisfied with how he’s spent his day.
Sign # 2 : Apathy
If you feel like your on autopilot day after day, and you’re wishing you were somewhere else. it’s a good time to ask yourself what you would care about. Are you ready to work at things on a larger scale, do you want more independence, more brainstorming opportunities, more challenging work?
Sarah liked her team but wasn’t enjoying the project she was working on. She did great work but it didn’t energize her. She took the initiative and began looking at other projects within her company and soon found one the dealt with accessibility solutions for blind people. Her grandmother had gone blind it a later age and she felt very connected to the project. With a little convincing she was able to change projects. No major career upheaval just a simple change in how she applied her skills. She quickly noticed an increase in how invested she was in the new project.
Kim knew that she thrived when she was able to problem solve in creative ways. Shortly after taking a new job she realized that she liked her work but that the company culture was ‘by the book’ and she felt stifled. She decided to reboot her job search, this time with a focus on company culture and soon found a job that valued her out of the box approach and her passion for her work skyrocketed.
Clue # 3: Jealousy
When jealousy rears its ugly head it’s often a sign that you want something you haven’t given yourself permission to have. In the area of careers, it might be worth exploring why you are so ticked off about the job that a friend has. It may be that it’s a job in a field you yourself would secretly like to pursue.
What’s up with That?
Before doing anything drastic, you’ll want to identify what ‘triggered’ your jealousy. Do you get curious whenever you hear someone is involved in tech or feel envy if you meet someone who is in research?
First: Break it down. What aspect of the job is making your jealous? Are you jealous of Andrew the landscaper because he gets to spend a lot of time outdoors, or of Sarah because she’s working on innovative technology? What would be thrilling for you about the job?
Next: Is there a way to bring the aspects you crave into your current work? If not, a serious career switch may be in order.
When Trip started working with me as his coach, he was the head of a research lab working at the cutting edge of his industry and yet he was bored and still unsure about what he wanted to do. By his own admission, he pursued a second degree in Bio-Technology more to delay making a decision about a career than because of a passion for the topic.
On a regular basis he presented his work to the business side of the company and consistently found the discussion on what they would do with the science more interesting than his own lab’s finding and increasingly found himself resentful that once the meeting was over, that he was back in the lab, even though those that worked with him really disliked all the ‘suit-talk’ and couldn’t wait to get back to their test tubes and processes.
Once he realized he was really jealous of those that ‘got to work’ on the business side of the industry, he was able to begin bridging the gap between his education and his desired work. He spoke up and got himself involved with business projects and shortly became head of product development and got a hefty raise.
The universe is not sending you a signal to make over your entire career when you have an occasional slow day or a jealous pang. Sometimes just spending your lunch hour in a way that makes you happy can have a dramatic impact on how you feel about your day. However, if you are living your life by default instead of by design. If you start to notice that there’s an ongoing , chronic sense of boredom or bitterness, it may be time to think about making a change.
Deborah Guy is your coach for the personal side of a professional life.
Helping professionals like you sidestep overwhelm and manage your career and entrepreneurial goals effectively while creating a work/life balance that enables you to live the life your soul intended with clarity, care and courage! Learn more and connect at www.DeborahGuy.Com
The Applicant Tracking System of ATS is used by most HR managers to streamline their hiring process. These systems have been nicknamed 'robots or 'bots' and are programmed to compare the job descriptions keywords to the keywords in your resume. If enough of them match, your resume makes it through to the HR Manager for review. If they don't, a canned rejection e-mail is on it's way to you after a respectful waiting period.
And to answer the question you are thinking right now: "No" neither the HR Manager or their appointed minions ever see your resume or your perfectly crafted cover letter. it's the epitome of "nothing personal".
This filtering process, which saves the companies money and time, is creating growing anxiety amongst job seekers. This anxiety has become so prevalent it's been given itâs own name: Algoriphobia â fear of the algorithm.
How to beat the âBots
Unless you already have an especially well developed network to connect you to the influencers for the jobs you truly want, you will need to create an resume and by extension an application that the algorithm flags as human eye-ball worthy, which can land you the face-to-face meeting and ultimately get you the job you want, youâll have to adhere the to following best practices described by the experts:
Though cost savings for companies, it can leave job seekers feeling doomed.
Bonus Tip: A longer resume is okay. The Bots donât care about the length of a Resume.
If, you feel you are already doing all these things, still not getting anywhere and are beginning to develop your own case of algoriphobia, get in touch. As your Career Coach, I can evaluate how effectively you have implemented the above pointers, especially tips 1, 2 and 6 and help guide you to success and past the automated gatekeepers to the job of your dreams.
Deborah Guy, is your coach for the personal side of a professional life. Helping professionals like you manage your career effectively while creating a work/life balance that enables you to live the life your soul intended with clarity, care and courage! Learn more and connect at www.DeborahGuy.Com
Deborah is a Professionally Certified and Experienced G5(Get Give) Career Coach
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If Joan offered this sage advice in today’s market, she’d also add, ‘and be ready to face the camera.’
The above advice is timeless. You can’t go wrong following it. You also cannot go wrong if you prepare for the likelihood that, in today’s market at least a portion of your interview process will be conducted virtually.
Even in this day of Marco Polo and Instagram apps, job candidates are often not well prepared to face an on-screen interviewer. And I don’t just mean the candidates that dress only from the waist up.
Inherent in video conference interviews there are several unique concerns. To make a great professional impression, avoid unnecessary stress, and pitfalls, preparation is vital.
As a foundation, you'll need to be crystal clear about whether you've preparing for a one way or a two-way interview and if it's timed. A one-way interview is where you’re asked a series of predetermined questions, and you’re allowed to record and submit your response for review. Sometimes you are allowed to redo your answer until you are satisfied with it but often you only get one shot and a finite length of time to answer. A two-way interview is a live interview conducted via Skype or similar technology and attempts to mimic a more traditional in-person interview.
Key Tips to Acing a Virtual Interview
Tip # 1 Rehearse
Practice makes perfect. Be sure to go over any prep materials and sample questions thoroughly. Record yourself speaking into the camera if you have the appropriate technology. Then review what you’ve recorded and tweak your performance or have an interview coach like myself review it for feedback.
Tip # 2 Double check your tech.
Pay attention to what video service the interviewer will be using. You may have to install new technology before an interview. Be sure to allow plenty of time to both install and test it so you are familiar with anything that may be quirky about it and can handle it calmly. Adjust your lighting and make sure your face is well lit. Use lighting at face height. Too much overhead light causes shadows and makes you appear tired.
Tip # 3 Set the stage
Clear any clutter from the background. You want a simple setting so the focus is on you not what’s going on behind you.
Tip # 4 Dress well from head to toe
You won’t be aware if your interviewer is seeing your image, 3 inches high or 3 feet high. Details will matter. Don’t just do your hair and brush your teeth. Floss. Get those stray hairs. Pick out a nice outfit. Don’t be the person who gets caught out because they had to get out of their chair to handle a sudden computer glitch and It's revealed they are wearing pajama bottoms and a suit jacket.
Tip # 5 Look at the Camera
Eye contact is important. Even when you’re not speaking, it’s essential that you are giving the person (i.e., the camera) your full attention. Resist the natural tendency to look at your own image or even the interviewer's image on the screen. Looking down at your desk, off into the distance when you’re not speaking makes it appear that you’re not listening. This is one of those cases when it’s not rude to stare. Practice this, because if you do it well, you will engage the person on the other side and come across as a savvy professional.
Tip # 6 Practice your responses and speak at a steady pace.
Especially in one-way interviews where there can be a time-limit you want to make sure you are speaking clearly, slowly and yet concisely. Be aware of how much time you have per question and make sure you get the compelling details in within the time allotted. Some one-way interviews will allow you to re-record an answer until you are happy with it, but a lot do not. Make sure you are clear on what is available in each instance, don’t assume. There will not be an opportunity to have a ‘do over’.
As more jobs become remote video conferencing technology enables recruiters to tap into talent pools worldwide. Convey your potential by learning how to make the best impression virtually so that when they are considering who goes on to the next round, you’re at the top of the list.
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