The first day of spring has finally arrived! You know what that means: spring cleaning! While now is the perfect time to clean out your closet and get a slick new haircut, it’s also the perfect time to update your professional accessories. You know, things like your resume, LinkedIn profile, and portfolio. You don’t need to be an active job seeker to take part – revisiting & refreshing your professional accessories periodically is good practice. Here is The Judge Group’s guide to a professional spring cleaning.
As someone who has spent the better part of his career in the Staffing & Professional Services industry, I probably read more resumes in a year than many people read in a lifetime. It’s an important part of the world in which I operate, and tells me what someone has accomplished in his/her career to date. Often times the resume is well-written and I can tell early on whether or not I feel the candidate is on the right track. And then there are times when the jury is out, and I just can’t get a read on the candidate. Yeah, the matter-of-fact stuff is on the resume, but WHO is he/she?
As a job seeker, your resume is the first impression you give to a recruiter or hiring manager. As such, your resume needs to show off your experience, project what you will bring to the position, and generally reflect on you as a person. This is a lot for a single piece of paper to convey! To help you create a resume that will accomplish all these things, we went around and asked our recruiters their advice for crafting a resume. Here’s what they had to say:
Are you looking for new career opportunities but don’t know where to start with your LinkedIn profile? As a millennial, I was introduced to LinkedIn early on in my career. In college, my professors stressed how IMPORTANT your LinkedIn profile is for your professional life. It was always connect, endorse, recommend. These were the KEYS to building a great LinkedIn profile. I still believe those three actions are very important in creating your LinkedIn profile, but there is so much more to it than that…
A few years ago, I learned that one of my favorite clients was downsized from a major bank in New York. I contacted him to offer support, and we agreed to meet for lunch in the city a few days later. As I walked in the door, I expected to find him dressed casually, maybe jeans and an untucked shirt. Instead, I was surprised to see him in a full suit, right down to the spit-shined shoes and a handkerchief tucked rightly in his jacket pocket. I asked him, jokingly, if he had done all that for me. He chuckled and replied, to my surprise, that he got up early every day, did the shower and shave routine, got “dressed for work”, and headed out the door to a job he didn’t have. Or did he?
Being laid-off is a challenging time. This is why I am writing a series of posts to help you get through it. In my last post I talked about properly using keywords in your resume. In the final post of this series, I’m going to talk about utilizing all the resources available to you to land your next job.
Being laid-off is a challenging time. This is why I am writing a series of posts to help you get through it. In my last post I discussed the importance of creating a Plan of Action. With that in-hand, it’s now time to shift your focus to your resume.
Being laid-off is a challenging time. This is why I am writing a series of posts to help you get through it. In my last post I discussed the importance of taking an honest assessment of your finances. In this post, I will show you how to create a Plan of Action.
Being laid-off is a challenging time. This is why I am writing a series of posts to help you get through it. In my last post I discussed the importance of taking an emotional assessment. This time, I’m talking about something more concrete: a Financial Assessment.