Archive for the ‘Resumes’ Category

The Essential Cure for Exaggeration

February 8, 2015

First, I love Brian Williams.  I believe in him.  I watch his newscast whenever possible.

And I hurt for him in these difficult days.

He exaggerated in his narrative and he has been found out.

Has it happened to you?

  • When asked about an extracurricular activity in school, have you enhanced your role?
  • Have you stretched your importance on a work team?
  • Have you minimized your role in an losing campaign?

I think there are two steps you can take while seeking redemption:  you can take on a large dose of humility and you can correct the mistake immediately.  If you are job-hunting, stop right now.  Get out that resume and read it again.  Check it for total truth.  You might feel better and more confident that you don’t have to conceal a truth any longer.

It’s also a potentially great interview question. Have you ever stretched the truth about your performance on a job?  

I think the answer might be – Yes!  I was advised to stretch my role in a reorganization in order to keep my job.  I was so uncomfortable with that process that I vowed never to do it again.  And I haven’t.

Would anyone asking that question believe a no?  I don’t think so.  There’s something appealing and refreshing about a candidate who tells the truth about him/herself while showing emotional growth.

The colorful resume … literally!

January 21, 2015

What color is your resume?  If you are thinking I mean that metaphorically, sorry, that’s for another posting. Today it’s about color.  I could have named this post The Black and Blue Resume, but I think that’s a bit weird. Whether online or on a printed page, the all-black type on white background has a look of yesteryear about it.  You need a touch of blue. Blue as in hyperlinks. Blue that can lead the reader to a work sample, a photo, a positive review, press coverage, or any other aspect of your portfolio. Blue can guide one to your LinkedIn profile, your website, your blog, or your product. When I see a resume with no links at all, I worry that the writer isn’t connected to much.  Show us!  Lead us to your work and prove what you are saying about yourself. Reveal at least a touch of blue.

Resume Review – a reminder

September 29, 2014

As the fall job search season gets underway, I know you are re-thinking your interview outfit.  Switching from linen to wool, light colors to darker, is part of your challenge.

Another challenge is to make sure your resume is as current as can be.  If you have not seriously updated your new elements  document in a few years, this neglect will be obvious to all who read it.

What to do?  Get some help!  You really need such elements as hyperlinks and evidence of your involvement in social media (your choice which venue to use).

And please allow me to propose (humbly) that you check out my e-publication, Reflections on Resumes: Taking a Second Look. You can learn about little tips and tricks that will give you the confidence that you are as current as can be,  and that you are displaying your accomplishments to best advantage.  You can be reading this small guide on your computer, tablet, or e-reader within a minute or so.

I’m Career Counselor Anne Headley and I approve this message!

Resolution Update #3 – what about your goals?

February 13, 2014

If goals are fun, why wouldn’t you want to pursue them?  I like fun, although yes, it does take a bit of energy.  I’m vowing to say yes to things I might ordinarily be inclined to sleep through.  But fun beckons, or at least the possibility of fun.  So yes, I’d love to go to the theater with a friend, or meet a relative for dinner even when it requires a bit of effort.  It just might be rewarding.

What is fun for you that might lead you into a more rewarding career path?  Have you pursued that kind of fun so far this year?

Did you know that some kinds of fun can make your resume more interesting?  I’m talking about volunteer activities, community involvement, or a special niche activity in your current job.

There’s quite a fine little ebook available on polishing up your resume that (I happen to know) addresses taking the threads of your very interesting life and weaving them into a unique document that can help you stand apart from the crowd.  I know, because I wrote it.  Check out Reflections on Resumes at your nearest online bookstore.

Have fun this year, let it show on your resume, and let other readers know what is working for you.

You are invited…

January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!  If your resolutions include keeping yourself up to date in the latest job hunting techniques, I can help you meet that goal for January. Times are still tough, competition remains stiff for good positions, and you need contemporary ideas for your resume.

On January 16, 2014, I’ll be at the Prince Frederick library (Calvert County, MD) for an afternoon of exploring resumes for the digital age.  From 2:00 to 3:30, you can pose a question or two, share a concern, and learn a few tips about bringing your resume into the 21st century. I’ll share strategies that are featured in my e-book, Reflections on Resumes: Taking a Second Look.

I’m putting together some information for the workshop, so if you are planning to attend and you have a concern about your resume, let me know in advance and I will address it.

If you have a question about location or directions, you can contact the library at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.

More on this later…

The Birth of a Book

July 25, 2013

It’s not royalty, it’s not going to be King of England one day, but I, too, have given birth this week.  My bouncing baby ebook, Reflections on Resumes: Taking a Second Look, has been published and is available in the amazon kindle store, on the ebook store at lulu.com, and via my website.

As the title suggests, the thoughts expressed therein are inspired by interactions with clients and students over many years.  A few truths about resumes hold constant with time, but many do not.  If you know someone who is (or should be) job-hunting, this small book might be helpful.  I have blogged on this and similar career topics for over five years now, and I’ve learned how to discuss the questions most people have when compiling a resume.  I hope I have written in a conversational, concise style, and I can’t wait to hear from readers.

The QR Code – has its time come?

July 6, 2013

You know those little black and white boxes on products that will take your smartphone to further information?

Did you know they are called QRs, or Quick Response Codes?  (I didn’t know, either.)

I read recently that this little icon will be on the resume of the future.  And it will serve as a link to your website or whatever you’ve linked it to.

What do you think?  Are you already using one in your job search?  Would you be willing to share your experience with the rest of us?  I’d love to hear from anyone with personal experience using the QR code in your job search.

Resumes: Paper or Cyber?

June 6, 2013

I’m curious.  When you are asked to submit a resume, how often do you email it?  Or do you track down a large envelope, guess at the postage, and hope for the best?

I’d love to hear from some readers about the tools they use.  In these days of fast information, rapid turnaround time, and anthrax screening, what’s a jobhunter to do? Have you ever regretted the delivery method you chose? Care to share?

Coming soon to a small screen near you…

May 24, 2013

Resumes!  Thoughts about them, the dos and don’ts, the history and the future….

Sometime this summer,  I’ll be publishing an e-book on resumes.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, some of the content will be familiar to you, only now in a more accessible and updated form.

You’ll be able to download onto your pad or nook or almost anything (the kindle will come a bit later).  So if you are an active user of your resume, that is, a person who is always ready for a new opportunity, or you have a relative, neighbor, or friend in need, watch this space for an exact release date and ordering information.

According to Jobs: Tap the Experts

September 5, 2011

In Newsweek’s The Ten Commandments of Steve, Leander Kahney has reminded us that Jobs hired the best designers and marketers.  It worked for Apple.  Can it work for you?

Are you seeking help from the best?  Or your brother-in-law?  (nothing personal, sir)

Do you ask advice from an expert?  Or did someone tell you you’re just not going to make a living in your field anyway?

Who says your resume is great?  Did you visit the career center of the local community college or your state’s employment services or a certified career counselor, coach or resume writer? These are all great resources.

Who helped you pick out your interview outfit?  I hope it was the top sales person in the best store in town.

Jobhunters, think about your team of advisors.  I hope you can identify the expertise of each of them, and why they deserve to be listened to.

It worked for Jobs.  Think about it.