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Now that jobs are opening up, how will you get one of them?

Let’s start with some good news! Yes! Jobs are opening up…

“We expect the worst of the job losses are behind us and the labour market will slowly recover as restrictions are eased. Looking ahead, employment levels should pick up slowly as provinces are easing restrictions on economic activity, which should bring people back to work in May.” says Cory Renner, Senior economist (The Conference Board of Canada)

So, who’s hiring?  Human resources director, Jessica Hodgson says….“The tech sector for sure is well positioned to handle this [Coronavirus pandemic]. There are also industries where they’re looking for more people. Anybody that’s involved in shipping, logistics, supply chain manufacturing, those people [companies] are still operating and still expect to be operational.”

And, “…there are postings for obvious jobs at grocery stores, pharmacies, seniors’ homes, and for health services, but employers are also looking for cooks, trucker drivers, mechanics, cleaners, and sales people in electronics, building and garden supplies. [MORE HERE]

LinkedIn recently published this article, saying, essentially…as of May 15th, 2020, there are at least 340,000 jobs available across Canada in a variety of industries.

So, now that jobs are opening up, how will you get out there and get one of them?

With your resume?

You betcha with your resume! Covid-19 may have changed the way we work, but it hasn’t changed the way we get work. Whether you’re going after work-from-home-jobs or get-in-your-car-and-drive-there-jobs, you’ll need to submit a resume to get into an interview. And I’m going to make darn sure your resume gets you into the interviews you want for the jobs you’ll be going after!

I’m going to teach you to write your resume exactly the same way I’ve written hundreds of resumes that have put people in the job interviews they wanted to be in. People like these:

Are you confident to present your resume to future employers?

Jobs are opening up, but…

…you’ll need an excellent resume to compete with hundreds of job-seekers. In some industries, you could be competing with as many as a thousand for a single job posting!

There’s a right way and a wrong way to write a competitive resume. That’s a fact.

If you’re sending out resumes and getting calls for interviews, then you’re doing it the right way–kudos! But, if that’s not what’s going on for you, you might need a little help to write your resume the right way.

And, hey. Listen. It’s not your fault. No one ever taught you how to write a resume the right way. Not your parents. Not your teachers. Not even your career counselor. Since the beginning of time, resume-writing has never been considered an essential high school or college subject. Personally, I think that’s because so few people (even teachers, professors, and career counselors) know how to write a proper resume.

Back in the dinosaur days when I was going to high school, we didn’t even have books in our school library on resume-writing. I had to borrow one from the Public Library. It was 202 pages long. I remember thinking, “This must be the definitive book on resume-writing. Cool, I’m going to learn everything I need to know to write a kick-ass resume.” (We said “kick-ass” back in the day)

That 202-paged book was a big disappointment. All theory–no action. But, it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Going through those 202 pages taught me something….

It doesn’t take 202 pages to learn (or teach) how to write a killer resume. Years later, I set out to prove it. I did it in 30 pages. And I did it because I want everyone to know how to write a killer resume!

Okay. Let’s get where we’re going….

…to your free workbook: HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME!

If you don’t need this free workbook because you’re writing and sending out awesome resumes that are getting you invited to the job interviews you want, cool! But, if that’s not exactly your experience, you should grab your free copy of HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME!

This workbook is straightforward, concise, and easy to follow. It’s 60 pages cover-to-cover, but only half are “working pages”. You’ll learn (and do!) 5 distinct steps that are designed to help you write your killer resume by the time you reach the book’s end. It’s full of resume examples showing you step-by-step how to:

  • get your resume through the ATS scan and in front of the hiring decision-makers
  • format your resume cleanly and include only what employers and recruiters want to see (with the Free Resume Format Template ATSs and recruiters love!)
  • write your work experience the way employers and recruiters want to see it
  • get access to the absolute must-have basic resume-writing resources
  • discover the universal Do’s & Dont’s of resume-writing
  • get a fully-completed resume and cover letter sample to use as a guide to writing your own killer resume!

It doesn’t take any special skill or talent to write a killer resume.

In fact, it takes no more than what you already have in your head! With a little guidance from HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME!, you’ll learn how to get what’s already in your head down on paper….the right way.

You’ll learn the right way to write for the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that about 86% of companies use to screen resumes, and, you’ll learn how to write for the human reader as well. (Because, after all, it’s the human reader who decides who to call in for an interview!)

Grab your free copy of HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME! now! You have nothing to lose but job opportunities

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3 tips for landing a job interview in an industry you’ve never worked in

Job-searching during the Covid-19 pandemic?Take a breath because it’s not going to be easy to find work right away,” says Sharlene Massie, founder of Calgary-based About Staffing.

Landing a job interview even as countless businesses have closed their doors, putting millions of Canadians out of work, might seem impossible, but it’s not. Though the economy has been hit hard by Covid-19 changes, there are some bright spots. Several critical sectors are surging during the pandemic. Here are 10 that are actively hiring right now.

If you are job-searching right now, you might be applying for jobs in industries you’ve never worked in before. You might also be looking at your current resume wondering how the hell it’s going to get you into an interview for a job you’ve never done before. Don’t sweat it, and don’t over-think it.

Writing a competitive resume for a job you’ve never done before isn’t much different than writing a resume for a job you’re experienced in. Just respond directly to the job posting, use its keywords, and make your resume relevant. Easier said than done? Not really.

Let’s look at how you can spin your resume to make yourself a viable candidate for a job you’re not experienced in.

1. Landing a job interview starts with reading job postings carefully.

Sound like a no-brainer? You’d think. But Indeed’s Client Success Specialist, Sara Buonvivere, recently told me, “due to feedback from employers, our product teams have added the “if qualified” verbiage to the [Apply Now] button to encourage job seekers to ensure they are qualified for the role they are applying for. The hope is that it will prompt job seekers to read through all of the relevant details of the job”.

When you’re reading job postings for jobs you’ve never done before, you should be looking for the employer’s spin on “qualified”.

Just because you have no experience doing a particular job doesn’t mean you’re not qualified to do it. “Qualified” means different things to different employers.

2. Look for job postings that highlight soft skills.

Unless you have a great deal of education and training, and/or the right education and training, skip job postings that list a lot of hard-skills requirements.

Hard skills are taught/learned skills. They are quantifiable and are often learned through education, certifications, training, and/or previous work experience. Hard skills are specific to each job and are often the basis of job requirements.

Hard skills are what they are — you either have them or you don’t. When looking at job postings, be realistic and use common sense to determine what is a viable job opportunity for you, and what isn’t.

Look for job postings that call for soft skills. Soft skills are typically interpersonal skills and desirable personality traits that revolve around character, teamwork, communication, and work ethic.

Soft skills tend to be transferable between jobs or industries and, though more difficult to quantify on a resume than hard skills, soft skills are the ones you can spin to give yourself a shot at an interview for a job you have no experience in.

The job posting below for a line worker in a manufacturing plant is all about soft skills:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Set-up and operation of the seasoning machines
  • Maintaining quality controls for seasoning application and salt tests
  • Manage the conveyor system to ensure appropriate product feed
  • Complete loading/unloading of finished cases into trailers using powered industrial truck
  • Troubleshoot Automated palletizer
  • Complete all necessary paperwork, ensuring accuracy of information
  • Understand and participate in inventory counting and reconciliation processes
  • Maintain a high level of sanitation in work area
  • Able to execute against reject materials, action steps including coordination with the Lab and basic troubleshooting
  • Observe Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and provide GMP coaching to any personnel coming through work area
  • Support end-of-week sanitation duties and preventative maintenance responsibilities as required

Not a single hard skill mentioned. Everything listed here can be accomplished by anyone who has the right soft skills. When you’re reading job postings, focus less on the actual job duties and more on identifying the soft skills it takes to do the job.

Here’s what I get from the ad:

  • attentive and observant
  • mechanically adept
  • troubleshoots and solves problems
  • pays attention to detail
  • takes initiative and action
  • works responsibly with other departments
  • follows rules and regulations
  • shares information
  • assumes accountability

So even though a job-seeker might never have worked in the manufacturing industry before, he or she would have a shot at an interview by showing the employer how they used these soft skills in previous work.

Once you identify the soft skills the employer is looking for, your resume-writing takes on direction. You then have something to work with to help you write a responsive resume. Think about your previous job(s), focusing less on the actual duties you did and more on the soft skills you used to do them.

3. Show, don’t tell.

Use your previous work experiences to describe your soft skills and how they’ll transfer over. Show you are capable of doing the job the employer needs done by describing how your soft skills match those she’s looking for.

You can’t simply say, ‘I can do that’. Even if you can do it, or think you can, simply saying so isn’t good enough. You have to show the employer how you used your soft skills in your previous work. It’s all about proof.

When you’re digging around in your brain thinking about all the things you did in your previous job(s), remember to go right back to the beginning.

  • Did you go into that job inexperienced?
  • How did you learn to do all of the things you eventually got good at?
  • Did you use your own observation to see how things were done?
  • Did you learn how to operate new equipment, or software, or systems?
  • Did you recognize problems and figure out solutions on your own?
  • How did you conduct yourself in a way that aligned with company regulations?
  • Were you really good about openly sharing information?
  • In what ways did you go the extra mile whether it was your responsibility to do so or not?

Typically, job-seekers tend to emphasize the duties they did in their jobs rather than the soft skills they used to do those duties. This is never a good idea, and even less so when writing a resume for a job you’ve never done before.

Writing a resume for a job you’ve never done before isn’t much different than writing one for a job you’re experienced to do. Follow 3 simple tips:

  1. Read the job postings carefully and skip those that call for hard skills you don’t have.
  2. Identify what the employer is looking for in soft skills.
  3. Show you have the soft skills by describing how you used them in your previous work.

Number 3 in that list, “describing”, is the one most job-seekers have a hard time with. Need some help with describing? Grab your FREE copy of HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME!

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Get Your Resumes Ready for the North Edmonton Job Fair

You can write one generic resume and throw it around the Job Fair like mud, hoping it will stick somewhere, or, you can put in a little effort and give yourself a real shot at getting noticed.

The “one-size-fits-all” resume just doesn’t work. Employers and recruiters aren’t interested in applicants who are merely taking a shot at a job. They are interested in people who have a true desire to work in a particular occupation and, even better, at a particular company which, ideally, is their company!

The people who know this are the ones who invest time and energy to customize their resumes and cover letters to the jobs and companies they’ll be approaching at the Career Fair. So. With that in mind, let’s get your resumes Job-Fair-ready!

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5 Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes on Their Resume

So, you’ve sent in your resume for a great job opportunity. Do you envision the employer pouring himself a cup of coffee, settling into his chair, kicking off his shoes, and devouring every word of your resume with riveted attention? Not exactly.

He’ll devote six seconds to scanning your resume and if you’ve made even one of these fatal mistakes, your resume gets tossed. All your hard work—in the garbage. Don’t let that happen. Avoid these 5 resume mistakes to give your resume a chance!

The #1 Mistake

Failing to show how you meet the job requirements.
Employers try to be very specific when listing their requirements in the job posting. They do this to attract applicants who closely match the job requirements, thereby drawing qualified candidates which streamlines the screening process.

Yet, an average of 98% of the resumes they receive do not show how the applicants meet the job requirements listed in the ad. No matter the lengths employers and recruiters go to to clearly describe their requirements, 98% of the resumes they receive are full of irrelevant, useless information that contains no value to the employer.

If you are qualified to apply for the jobs you’re applying for, your resume should include all (or most) of the keywords and phrases used in the job posting’s description. You should develop your own descriptions using keywords and phrases used in the job ad.

If your previous work experience is sufficient to qualify you to apply for the job, you should have no trouble describing that experience using the job ad’s keywords naturally in your descriptions. Employers, hiring managers, and recruiters spend an average of six seconds scanning a resume. They are looking for only two things:

1. how applicants’ qualifications, experience, and skills directly meet their requirements, and,

2. the number of years of direct, relevant experience.

That’s it, and it takes only six seconds for whoever is reading your resume to find out what they need to know.

The #2 Mistake

Including every job you’ve ever had, no matter how irrelevant or long ago.
A resume isn’t meant to be an exhaustive accounting of every job you’ve ever held. The employer cares little, if at all, about anything you’ve done that is not relevant to the job he needs to fill.

Job-seekers tend to fill their resumes with all of their work experience thinking a potential employer may find some value in their previous, unrelated work experience. Not so! Employers are interested in only how you are skilled and qualified to fill the positions they need to fill. They need you to speak directly to, and only about, the job requirements listed in the job ad and how you meet them. That is all employers and recruiters are interested in!

The #3 Mistake

Listing only job duties, rather than accomplishments.
Resumes that really stand out go way beyond showing a laundry-list of job duties. Today’s resumes are all about describing accomplishments and achievements.

That doesn’t mean writing a book about what you did in each job. It means describing not only what you did, but how you did it. That can be easily accomplished in a single, meaningful sentence. Here’s a before and after:

Before:
DutyDrove crews to job sites.
Yawn.

After:
Accomplishment: Maintained a spotless safe-driving record with the company while transporting daily crews to and from job sites on time by planning routes and leaving time for unforeseen conditions.

One little sentence that packs a punch! The person reading this can visualize this applicant conscientiously driving a crew truck and making sure he gets those guys to the job site safely and on time. I love it!

It’s a single sentence packed with meaning! Once you start thinking about not only what you did, but how you did it and why you did it, you’ll easily come up with some meaningful work descriptions to wow-up your resume. Here’s some extra help on writing accomplishments.

The #4 Mistake

Making self-assessed claims about yourself.
Your resume is a document to describe experience and accomplishments only. It’s not the place to offer your opinion of yourself, like “great leadership skills” or “creative innovator.”

Hiring managers generally ignore anything subjective that an applicant writes about his- or herself because so many people’s self-assessments are wildly inaccurate. If you do have great leadership skills and that is something relevant to the job requirements, create a meaningful sentence describing how and why you are/have been a great leader. Quantify!

By describing how you gained and used your leadership skills you quantify your claim and show you have a valid definition of what a great leader is. Here’s another before and after.

Before:
SkillGreat leadership skills.
Yawn.

After:
AccomplishmentFormed, led, and motivated a five-person office-renovation committee coordinating human resources so efficiently the project was completed early and under budget.

Wow! Again, one can almost visualize this great person leading a small team to victory! They would definitely want to meet her and ask her all about it! If you cannot substantiate your claims with a simple, meaningful sentence, don’t bother laundry-listing them on your resume.

The #5 Mistake

Relying on outdated sources of advice.
Resume conventions have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. If you’re following advice or sample resumes you find on the Internet, chances are good you’re reading something outdated (or listening to someone who hasn’t written a successful resume in the past ten years).

An “Objective Statement“, is the BEST example of what not to do on your resume, yet I promise you, if you jump online right now and look up “resume samples” you’ll see dozens and dozens of resumes using an objective statement. It’s garbage!

Also, do not buy or borrow printed books on resume writing. By the time the writer finishes writing the book and it goes to publishing and finally hits the bookstore shelves, it’s outdated! e-Books, on the other hand, are great because the author can update them regularly and send the updated version to his or her readers.

I spend countless hours researching everything to do with resume-writing and job-searching. I pull information from several resources, one of which, perhaps the most reliable, is Recruiting Agencies.

These agencies would not be in business if they could not furnish their clients with qualified employees. Recruiting agency personnel are in close relationships with the employers and the HR departments who hire them to find qualified people. They know what employers are looking for, and they know, in turn, what they need to see on resumes to develop a viable pool of suitable applicants.

And that’s why I love sharing this information with my readers – I know it’s real, it’s timely, and it comes from the people “in-the-know”.

How to Avoid the 5 Mistakes Most People Make on Their Resumes

• clearly and quickly show the employer you are qualified, according to his description of qualifications provided in the job posting
• show only your work experience that is directly related to the work he needs done—not your entire irrelevant work history
• avoid throwing a bunch of meaningless words at him, but instead describe not just what you did, but how you did it, and, go a step further by describing the outcomes

The only way to get your resume past an ATS and in front of human eyes is to write in direct response to the job posting. Remember, employers and recruiters spend only about six seconds scanning resumes looking for the keywords and phrases that match those they took the time to spell out in the job description.

Why not grab your FREE copy of HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME! to really learn how to avoid these 5 fatal resume mistakes!

 

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Get Your Resumes Ready for Career Fair February 25th!

You can write one generic resume and throw it around the Career Fair like mud, hoping it will stick somewhere, or, you can put in a little effort and give yourself a real shot at getting noticed.

The “one-size-fits-all” resume just doesn’t work. Employers and recruiters aren’t interested in applicants who are merely taking a shot at a job. They are interested in people who have a true desire to work in a particular occupation and, even better, at a particular company which, ideally, is their company!

The people who know this are the ones who invest the time and energy necessary to customize their resumes and cover letters to the jobs and companies they’ll be approaching at the Career Fair. So. With that in mind, let’s get your resumes Job-Fair-ready!

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Hey Job-Seekers! Did You See the New Thing on Indeed!

Trolling Indeed.ca the other day, I noticed something new. Did you see it?

The big, orange Apply button now says “Apply if Qualified”. Having a pretty good idea what that was about, I wanted to confirm my suspicions and reached out to Indeed’s Customer Service department. Client Success Specialist, Sara Buonvivere, got back to me right away with this: “Due to the feedback from employers, our product teams have added the “if qualified” verbiage to this button to encourage job seekers to ensure they are qualified for the role they are applying for. The hope is that it will prompt job seekers to read through all the relevant details of the job. This is both in the interest of the job seeker and employer”. So, yeah, my suspicions were confirmed.

98% of Job Applicants are Unqualified

Later that same day, I happened to be chatting with one of my recruiter contacts at a well-established Calgary staffing agency who told me that “2% of the applicants sending in resumes [to her agency] are qualified for the jobs they’re applying for”. Two per cent! Now that, I did not know.

But with the economy being what it is here in Alberta, it’s not surprising to hear. People are desperate for jobs – they’ll apply for anything they think they have a hope in hell of getting. And that’s okay, but there’s a trick to showing you’re qualified to apply for the jobs you’re applying for. It’s all about the resume.

What I wrote in my incredibly-helpful e-Book: HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME!, is supported by each of the comments I shared with you above. Early in the book I explain why reading job ads with a magnifying glass is so critical before you start writing and firing-off resumes. That’s what Sara was saying: “The hope is that it will prompt job seekers to read through all the relevant details of the job”. Qualifications are everything to the employer! If you don’t show the employer you are qualified to do the job he or she needs done, you don’t have a hope in hell.

But Here’s Some Good News!

I came across a great post on reddit’s r/resumes sub written by a friggin’ genius (as far as I’m concerned:) He talks about using keywords and phrases in your Indeed job search to open up a whole new world of opportunity using the qualifications you do have! My reddit friend kindly consented to me sharing his post with you, so have a look: My Analysis of Job Keywords and How to use them Effectively. 

Then, go grab your FREE e-Book, HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME! It’s actually a workbook, designed to help you write your killer resume by the time you reach the book’s end, which probably won’t take you more than a couple of hours. It’s written in plain language, easy to understand and follow, and is full of “how-to” examples. It gives you a free Resume Format Template to make sure your resume is laid out properly. At the end of the book I give you a full resume and cover letter sample to model your own resume and cover letter after.

If it seems like too much bother to learn how to customize your resumes to show you’re qualified to apply for the jobs you want to apply for, you’ll likely remain in that 98% unqualified group of applicants. And that would be unfortunate.

Why not give yourself the best shot you can at the job interviews you want?

Get HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME! and give it a go! Best of luck!

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