Success Story Friday–Intro

Here at ReFresh Your Step, we are lucky to have played a role in the success of so many of our clients.  Our mission has always been to not just work for our clients at a basic level, but to collaborate in a way that will showcase the unique background they possess, in order to propel them above and beyond their career goals. We are often asked about some example success stories and decided to showcase a few monthly. As such, welcome to the inaugural Success Story post (#SuccessStory #ReFreshYourStep #CareerSavvy).

All of our ReFresh Your Step Success Stories illustrate the motivation behind our mission and the “method to our madness;” by sharing a weekly example of recent client success, we hope you’ll find yourselves just as motivated – to invest in yourself, to make a change, and to know that you have a support team to partner with you every step of the way.

On Success Story Friday, help us celebrate the kind of success that ReFresh Your Step strives for – the results speak for themselves! Remember: it’s YOUR Career: ReFresh. Revive. Renew

Back to the Future (of Resumes)

Contributor: Michelle Dempsey

October 21st, 2015…

The futuristic date we all remember seeing punched into Marty McFly’s time-traveling vehicle of awesomeness is now upon us. For over 25 years we’ve watched Back to the Future II (along with I and III) without being able to shake the thought that the early 21st century may very well be filled with water-skimming hoverboards and sophisticated highways in the sky.

Well, here we are. We’ve made it. No hoverboards or roads in the sky, but rich with technological advances nonetheless. Suffice it to say, though, that while Marty McFly would have been highly impressed by the internet and the remote car starters of late, he would be at a huge disadvantage if he simply clicked “send” on his application email without knowing the REAL futuristic ways to land yourself the dream job.

Marty would have so much to learn about what it would take to get himself set up with a new career in the 21st century. His best first step in navigating this new world would be to collaborate with ReFresh Your Step, to ensure that his ride to success would be as smooth as hover boarding over water.

One of the first pieces of advice we’d give to Marty? Ditch the ancient “fax in your resume” technique – in fact, don’t even JUST email it in. Yes Marty, we know you’re really into this whole internet thing, so don’t worry – we have a few tricks up our sleeve for you that will let you use this “newfangled internet thing” for your job search in a whole new way!

  1. Social Media

Marty would obviously need to get with the times and create a social media presence. Then, he’d learn that interacting with the company of his dreams via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest or Google+ could help him secure a career without ever having to have actual interaction. Following a company’s social media account, liking their posts, re-tweeting their clever business ideas, sending a clever LinkedIn message are all surefire ways to get Marty noticed and start a conversation that could lead to an interview and even better, a job offer!

  1. Skype and FaceTime

Video conference calls may not have been Marty McFly’s specialty, but not to worry, we’ll brush him up on the basics of interviewing via Skype and FaceTime. Skype interviews are continuing to gain popularity, which is why ReFresh Your Step offers interview prep sessions which would help Marty not only look confident using said technology, but would also help him treat this techy interview as the REAL deal. Of course, it’s tempting to jump behind the screen dressed the part from the waist up, but we’d be inclined to remind Marty to cover up the Calvin Klein’s, as he’d do if he were walking into a live office interview.

  1. Smartphone-Ready Resumes

As new as the smartphone concept would be to Marty, we’re sure he’d be equally as shocked by the idea that his resume could be viewed on one. The truth is, most of our lives are handled from our smartphones. Employers are busy, and if your resume hits the inbox of an HR professional who has already left the office for the day – you (or Marty) would need to be sure that this piece of emailed gold would be compatible on their smartphone (or tablet!). ReFresh Your Step would be Marty’s partner in ensuring that his document’s layout and content would be prepared for optimal viewing in any new age technological device – so that his resume wouldn’t hit the trash bin just for not being smartphone (or 21st century) compatible.

Consider these three helpful tools the highways-in-the-sky for a ReFresh Your Step client. While we can’t propel your car off the ground, we can certainly help to propel your career to levels that you (or Marty McFly) would never have dreamed of! Great Scott!

It’s YOUR Career: ReFresh. Revive. Renew.

 

 

Quality Versus Quantity: Why it Matters for Your Job Search

I wish I had a dollar for every time a client mentions that he or she is “only applying to roles online” or “submitted 100 applications online over the last week” and is shocked no one reached out for an interview. Seriously; with all that money, I could have then justified buying the latest iGadget that will inevitably end up in my home anyway (sigh).

That “sigh” is lamenting both my household’s unexplainable need for Apple products as well as my clients’ equally unexplainable need for making their go-to job search strategy almost exclusively applying online. Let me clarify, though: this appears to be their go-to strategy before we start working together. When I delve further into the “why” behind their thinking, I am met with one of a few rationales:

  • I was told this is the way to go. I need to get as many applications in as I can!
  • I didn’t know of another way. I am just submitting as many applications as I can.
  • Isn’t this the best way? I want to apply for as many roles as possible and can do so in my jammies.

As much as these statements make me want to either bang my head against a wall or laugh (it depends on the day), I typically respond in kind and with the following point:

Your job search strategy should be about quality rather than quantity.

Any guesses about what I mean there? Bueller? Consider this:

Your resume is no longer a stand-alone document and it’s not all about your responsibilities; rather it must be a strategic marketing tool that focuses on your achievements and is aligned with your LinkedIn profile, use of the full LinkedIn platform, considers your interview prep, etc. Even if your resume and LinkedIn profile are both amazing and your LinkedIn use is top-notch, no one will bother to view either or invite you in for an interview if all you do is apply online willy-nilly (note: I need to use the term willy-nilly” more often).

Sidenote: Ever heard of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)? This is the software that automatically scans your resume/application whenever you apply online. What happens next to your job application for that role is based on a keyword scoring system. Basically, even if your absolutely amazing resume submitted for the role indicates you are a great fit for the role but it is missing out on the keywords connected to said role, your whole application will be on a dead-end street and NOT in a recruiter’s inbox. Basically: APPLYING ONLINE IS (typically) A GINORMOUS WASTE OF TIME!

As such, here are my *Top 5 Strategies for a Quality Job Search:

1) Job Search Documents: Actually ensure that your resume and LinkedIn profiles are focused on your achievements, well-written, and supportive of one another (but not identical!).

2) Identify your Goal: Are you looking to move up in the same sector you are in? Are you looking to transition to a new sector? Regardless, what are the top 5 companies you wish to target and do you know anyone at any of them? Make lists!

3) Target for a Bull’s Eye: Regardless of whether or not jobs are available at a specific company, reach out to people at each target organization. When possible, leverage your connections and/or leverage yours to leverage theirs. Your goal is not first and foremost to get an interview but rather land an informational conversation. Doing so may very well lead to an interview but you have then bypassed the whole “online application to nowhere” route. Ask your connections to make connections for you, also offering to do the same. This goes a long way!

4) Messages: Consider your message when reaching out to people; remember, it’s not about a specific job at this point. Your message to individuals, whether it is a personal connection or not, is more focused on learning about the company and hearing his or her opinions on the organization, how that person landed a job there, and what advice he or she has for you. In short, show contacts that you value their opinion and they are more likely to go to bat for you and provide essential information about the company itself.

5) Apply Online…When Necessary: Look, I live in the digital age and spend just as much time on my iDevice as you do (see above); I get that you will likely need to apply online at some point but here are some extra considerations:

  • Identify the central keywords in the job description and tweak your resume for that specific role; remember to keep a main resume and save another version as the one you will use for a specific role. Minor modifications to your resume that reflect a specific job description will do wonders in getting you past the ATS (Note: you do NOT need to do this for your LinkedIn profile as that is not scanned automatically by software when you apply for a specific role. Rather, a person will look at the profile once you have gotten past the ATS and people are generally smarter than software programs. Generally.)
  • Apply online and let someone at the company know you did so because it is protocol but you wish to speak to someone about the role and overall organization. Request to know whom your contact suggests would be the ideal person to speak to regarding the role? Follow-up!

Bonus Tip! Track Yourself (a.k.a., Spreadsheets are Fun!): Look, I may be preaching to the choir here if you have Sheldon Cooper-ized your life (for my non Big Bang Theory readers, if you obsessively label everything and adore organization). Regardless, I suggest tracking your progress. Start with Point 2 and craft a spreadsheet that breaks down the companies you wish to target (aiming for 5-7 at first) and including any contacts you have. Note whom you reach out to, when, and the result. When needed, send gentle reminders to people for conversations or connecting emails and note that as well. Look at your progress and make alterations when needed.

Countless clients have reported being shocked at just how quickly this job search strategy overhaul has led to informational interviews, real interviews, and job offers. While applying online sounds like a good and the only route, placing some strategy and parameters around your search is a superb way to ensure a more efficient and effective to landing your next big role.

 

So Many Career Services!

Here at ReFresh Your Step, we continue to aim higher, and seek out more opportunities; all in an effort to help your organic growth. We love that you want to engage our services in more than just resume writing and for that we are grateful.  The roots we have built are certainly here to stay, and are the foundation of who, what, and how ReFresh Your Step matures each and every year. However, as the needs of our clients develop so to does our portfolio. The branches of our deep rooted tree have grown and will only continue to sprout to meet our clients where they are in their career journey.

To your expansion…

ReFresh Your Step  has its own core services, values, and strengths to help elevate our clients careers. As we know our client’s individual career paths are  not always a straight path, we have crafted a structural framework that absolutely works when tailored for each unique need.

First and foremost, connecting with each and every client is our top-priority moving together through your story, past and present, ultimately threading all the roots of where you are today in your career into a successful future. We know you know about our resume/cover letter writing services, but we thought it would be advantageous for you to become more familiar with the plethora of other career services our team can support you with in your journey.

To your career …

    • Resume & Cover Letters: This is our bread and butter. We believe every job applicant should start their professional job search with strategic, impactful documents.
    • Salary Negotiation: Walk into your interview with confidence prepared to ask for what you deserve.
    • Networking Techniques: Learn how to work smarter on your job search and grow your network to help grow your career.
    • Social Media Presence: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter…it’s a whole other world out there. Don’t get left behind as the job search continues around you. LinkedIn, specifically, is integral to your job search and growth (and for entrepreneurs/consultants!) so make sure to ask us about our Profile overhauls and Best Practices advisory!
    • Interview Strategies:  Honing in on your interview skills and learning best practices will be the key to landing your dream career.
    • Career Advisory:  Not quite sure the next step in your career? We can help get you there.
    • Re-Branding: Whether a large company or sole proprietor, your brand speaks volumes.   From web content to printed materials ReFresh Your Step will reignite your brand.
    • Job Proposals & 30/60/90 Day Start- Up Plans: Asked to craft your own job description or lay out a road-map of your performance expectations for the first 90 days of your job? We can certainly help you navigate your way through these strategic documents.
    • Professional Documents: From personal statements, thank you letters, resignation letters to admission materials your career growth is never over!

We are here…

Just a click or phone call away to help you ripen your career dreams.  Your career growth means being able to catapult you, our clients, to the next level in your career.

Now, it’s your turn! We would love to hear from you: What does career growth mean to you? Please post your comment below.

To Our Career Growth…and Yours!

One of the most rewarding things about being a top career advisory firm in South Florida (and nationally!) is the opportunity to help our clients rise to the top in their careers. While we see growth in our own company month-after- month, it really all comes back to your growth and the trust you have in us to support you along your journey.

After 10 years in the Career Advisory industry, we are proud to continue fostering  your growth and in order to do so, my team and I set and reach our own milestones.

It was with great excitement and truly a career dream of mine since opening the doors to RYS in 2008 that I officially  became one of the youngest in the world, and only South Florida based resume writer to hold the highest certification degree in the industry AND offer highly tailored, fully-scaled career advisory work! The MRW (Master Resume Writer) is like the PHD of resume writing. Not only am I the one of the only writers to have this certification in South Florida, but there are only 25 other writers in the industry – globally – that hold this level of certification.

In addition to my own personal growth, I have loved expanding the company to include a powerful, amazing team of writers. They have each been integral in the organization’s expansion (thanks, guys!) but also in partnering with countless clients. As I tell each client who works with a team writer, not only do I stay personally involved in each project but you also have the added benefit of working with another highly certified writer and career adviser on your personal career growth. That’s right–all of my writers are certified, hand-picked by me, and serve as an additional resource for each of our clients.

Let’s hear it for our career growth…and yours!

Big News from ReFresh Your Step ◆ Triple Certified! ◆ MRW

A few weeks ago, Americans glued themselves to TVs around the country to witness a piece of U.S. history. We were handsomely rewarded as American Pharaoh took the Triple Crown at the 2015 Belmont Stakes.
This past weekend, with a decidedly smaller audience, I received news that would forever change my career. There it came almost from around the bend, like American Pharaoh winning the triple crown of resume writing!

  • It is with so much excitement and gratitude I let you, all my loyal clients know, I am honored to be one of only 25 Master Resume Writers (MRW) in the world.
  • On top of being in this exclusive group, I am one of the youngest to hold this certification and the only person globally to be Triple Certified as a  CPRW, ACRW and MRW, in conjunction with my Masters in Educational Psychology (the academic backbone of our career advisory work).

You might be thinking, Congrats Emily, but what is the MRW and why should I care?

The MRW (again, a Master Resume Writer), is the world’s most elite and highly distinguished title in resume writing.  This certification is granted to only those who have mastered the art and science of resume writingstrategic approach, content development, formatting and design, English language and grammar, and other key elements of resume development.

I want to take the time to thank all of you, my loyal clients, who have allowed me to write hundreds of resumes and trust me and my approach to land you your dream job. For me, this is my dream and earning the highest title in my field is many thanks to all of you!

Here’s to Career Success for all!

Best,

Emily Kapit, MS, MRW, ACRW, CPRW

 

PS: Please join me in also congratulating Jodi Rogozinski, our newest CPRW on the team (Certified Professional Resume Writer). While Jodi has been working with RYS for the past year as our Lead Project Manager & Content Specialist, we are thrilled she will also be part of our certified writing staff! Each of our writers specialize in different areas and all of them are wonderful collaborators with our clients; we are excited to have Jodi start partnering with clients on their career success!

PPS: To continue our celebration, we will be honoring a $50 credit towards your next booking with ReFresh Your Step! Just mentioned the code TripleCrown to receive your discount. This offer is valid through July 31, 2015. Offer can be extended to friends and family.

Three Ways Your Job Search is Like Dating

This post was originally published on Scott Singer’s (Recruiter Extraordinaire) fantastic blog, No Charge For These.

I do not normally dole out dating advice, seeing as how I have been out of the dating scene for several years and my work revolves around doling out career advice. That said, I am keenly aware of how similar the two are and often draw comparisons when speaking with clients. Why? Simple: many people have some fear of both but can relate better to dating; in drawing a parallel between the two, I feel that it helps people better understand how to more effectively job hunt (though, if someone is a great job hunter but not so great in the dating department, the advice could go both ways!). Without further ado, here are three ways your job search is like dating.

 

1) Going With the First One that Comes Along Rarely Works Out Long Term: If you are out with friends one evening, how likely a scenario is it that you will meet “the one” within the first five minutes at a bar/club/concert/whatever you single people do these days (I am obviously taking dating into the real world here; I did just have a brilliant idea, though, of creating a Tinder for the job search…).

My Advice: Clearly, playing the field for a bit is in your best interest. Look around, talk to people, do some research to find out where you will find the best fit for your current situation and long-term goals. If a “dream job” comes along and sounds like it is too good to be true, it probably is. Additionally, even if you REALLY feel connected to an opportunity one day, take your time to think, learn about it, and speak to others so you can make more of an educated decision (i.e., don’t accept on the first offer. How often does a one-night stand work out!).

 

2) Negotiation is Key for Future Happiness: Although I am off of the job and dating market, I know this for sure: dating and job searching both require a certain amount of negotiation (both up-front and over time). All too often, people fall into the trap of believing that he/she needs to say yes in order to move forward. While that may work initially, it becomes obvious within a few weeks that only taking into account the other side’s needs or requests results in a bad match. At that point, one can cut his/her losses or try to make it work but neither option is really ideal.

My advice: Remember that whether you are courting a job or a person, the process works best as a 2-way street. Yes, your needs are important too! Think now about what you prioritize in a job: a great office culture, the option for occasional tele-commuting, a superior benefits package, free on-site haircuts…Obviously, be realistic in what your needs are, especially for your given level and sector, but have some chosen points in mind and be prepared to discuss them when the time is right. This also might mean passing on opportunities that are not up to your standards but that’s what standards are for: waiting for Ms. or Right (Boss), not Right (Now).

 

3) Your Friends Can Help you Score: I’d like to rephrase the words to a popular song for you. “We all get jobs with a little help from our friends.” Here’s another song rephrase: “Applying online killed the job search.” Both are true and yield important lessons; turn to your friends, your actual (non-virtual) network of connections to help you find the right fit. Think about where people work, who they know, what they do, and if any of this information is relevant for you. The best opportunities are found not via applying online to countless roles but rather through leveraging your network to leverage theirs.

My Advice: Identify your Wingman/Wingwoman for the job search. No, this person is not the one who is most likely to speak to strangers in a bar and ask for a number; rather, it’s the person who knows a lot of people (in real life and has 500+ connections on LinkedIn), is willing to makes introductions for you, and can provide you with the advice you need to make an informed decision about a particular opportunity.

Here’s to much success in your job and love life…and that you find a job you love!

The Top Ten NEW OddBall Interview Questions You Need to Know

In this new age of interviewing, savvy career searchers know to expect a “Huh?” question just as much as the standard “Tell me about yourself” inquiry. Google made its mark on interviewing forever several years ago with such quandaries as, “How many ping-pong balls do you need to fill a Boeing 747 plane?”

I’ll let you ponder that one for a few minutes.

I’ve been telling clients to expect these questions and training them on how to answer such queries. Tip 1: remember that it’s not about a precise number or response so much as talking out loud about how you would go about getting the answer. Tip 2: in addition to thinking out loud, ask questions of your interviewer to better formulate your response as opposed to panicking or appearing flustered by the question. Also, email me if you are interested in answers to this plane/ping-pong ball question.

As a tip of the hat to recently retired David Letterman, we bring to you a Top Ten List of NEW Oddball Interview Questions and are also providing tips on how to approach answering them.

1) Batman Vs Spiderman: Who Would Win? This is a “stop you in your tracks” question that came from Stanford University; how does one even approach answering a query such as this? What if comic book heroes – and their movie franchises – are not topics you even know much about? Here’s my thought, and I believe you can apply the logic to many similar questions.

  • Potential Response 1: If you are familiar with the characters and can reason an answer, go for it (I am quite familiar with both characters and do believe that Spiderman’s capabilities truly outweigh those of Batman and here’s why…).
  • Potential Response 2: If you are not familiar with the characters, answer the question without really doing so at all (Although comic book heroes are not my forté, I believe that both characters are good guys and fight the bad guys. As such, I believe they would not ever find themselves in a fight as they are both on the same side!).

2) In what ways are you lucky? This is an interesting alternative to the “Tell me about yourself” question; Airbnb asks it and given their penchant for upbeat employees, it makes sense. What this question is really asking is, “How do you see yourself?” and is therefore a behavioral interview question. The key here is to be thoughtful without being too revealing (please avoid such responses as, “I’m really lucky to even be here after escaping from prison last week…”). We also suggest keeping your answer somewhat career-focused.

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The Ethics of Resume Writing

The NY Times recently asked in its Ethicists column whether one should hire a person to craft his or her resume and cover letter. I read it ­– and the resulting comments – with great interest. Have I made a career out of something unethical, I wondered?

Not just to defend myself but I do believe the work of a highly certified resume writer is perfectly ethical, assuming the following points:

1) The applicant is honest if asked who wrote the documents. Although I’ve personally never heard of this happening, I do recommend to clients that they answer honestly if asked, “Who wrote these documents?” An appropriate response might be, “I partnered with a resume writer on crafting the documents to ensure my information was not just accurately represented but clear and concise as well.” If one is looking at a team management or project management role, you could point out that this is similar to collaborating with others on ensuring an optimal outcome. 

2) The applicant is responsible for providing requested writing samples or anything else relevant for the role itself. Though this is not common either, there are roles where writing samples, portfolios, or other materials are requested and relevant for the job itself. While it’s one thing to have a trusted writer (including your resume writer) review any such work as another pair of eyes, we do suggest clients prep those materials themselves.

3) The resulting documents accurately portray the background. I previously hinted at this but it is essential that the information be fully accurate. Surprisingly to some, this is very much a two-way street: the client must provide accurate information while the writer must ensure that the content correctly indicates the client’s background, accomplishments, goals, etc.

Additionally, a strong writer will be able to identify opportunities for re-positioning information to best suit a client’s goals but recognizes the line between “well-positioned” and “incorrect.” Lastly, it is not the writer’s job to verify a client’s information – honesty is the best policy, especially in the age of Google!

If you are in the market for strong resume and cover letter and are also looking for more than a service that simply reformats your info, I would also suggest considering the following points:

Collaboration: Look for a writer who will partner with you on the project. The ReFresh Your Step philosophy is that while we are the expert writers, you are the expert in you. You know your background, accomplishments, and goals best so it is ideal that we collaborate to ensure truly excellent documents. Not all writers share in this philosophy but many do. All you need to do is ask!

Methodology: Resume writing, similar to the overall job search, has changed quite a bit in recent years. We have found that it is essential for clients to understand why we did what we did with each section on the resume and overall. As such, we provide a methodology overview for each person that is tailored for each client and answers the vast majority of questions. This is especially important for the…

Interview: The resume gets you the interview and the interview gets you the job. If you follow that logic (and we suggest you do), then it is helpful to understand all aspects of the resume so you can speak to it in an interview. A highly skilled resume writer will collaborate with you on the full resume and cover letter project, provide you with the overall methodology, and prep you for the interview.

What are you waiting for? It’s YOUR career: ReFresh. Revive. Renew!

The Biggest Changes to Your Job Search

I was watching Back to the Future II the other day and noticed that “the future” on that infamous Delorean dashboard was 2015. 2015! Where are the hoverboards? Is anyone working on that? (actually, yes!) I find it hard to believe that we are in the year 2015 when 2005 feels like just yesterday.

In thinking of how quickly the last ten years have flown by, it dawned on me that this period has brought about some significant changes in handling a job search. As such, we present to you The Top Three Biggest Advancements in Job Searches, along with how to make some small changes to ensure these new developments work for you.

 

3) LinkedIn: It goes without saying that LinkedIn is one of the job search landscape’s biggest changes in recent years. While some regard it as the “professional Facebook” (not true!) and the profile as “just an online resume,” (also not true!) there is so much more to this significant career platform.

Scary Part: Not everyone loves LinkedIn and many more have just a very basic presence on there, believing they have fulfilled the LinkedIn requirement. Think again! People will look for you on LinkedIn and either not showing up or appearing like you don’t understand it can very easily work against you.

Make it Work for You: We suggest that you, regardless of level or sector, have a presence on LinkedIn and learn at least the basics of how it works, how hiring managers and recruiters use it, as well as a few “best practices” for effective LinkedIn profiles and messaging.

 

2) Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): Not sure what an ATS is? Have you ever applied for a job on-line? If so (and that is the case for most at this point), your resume ­– and whole application – was automatically scanned by a computer program and scored based on how many key words in your application matched the key words for the job description. That score determines if your resume is sent to a hiring manger.

Scary Part: While you may be an excellent fit for a specific role, if your key words don’t match up, you are unlikely to move forward in the process (at least, if you only apply online).

Make it Work for You: Online job searches are great for researching what companies are hiring and you may have to apply online to at least be in their system. Take a second and tweak your resume to reflect their keywords before submitting it; small changes can have a big impact.

Additionally, and this is huge, go beyond applying online and connect with people directly at the organization to learn more about the role and company that can be helpful during an interview should you progress to that part of the process. The mini-goal? Start a conversation ­­– via email or LinkedIn – with an internal source; once you have an “in,” the ATS results won’t matter!

 

1) Social Media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter are now just the basics; Instagram, Vine, and Tumblr are all the rage and who knows what social media platform will be knocking on your digital door tomorrow? Some clients find that knowledge of these platforms are helpful for their job search and others find it to be either a hindrance or not really a source for leads…or is it that they don’t know where to look?

Scary Part: Social media can work for most in terms of finding opportunities (see “Make it Work for You” below) but everyone, everyone needs to put their profile privacy settings on high (for each profile you have) and think twice about what you post. What seems like a good idea in the moment can work against you if you forget that not all of your connections care to see what you did last weekend or are interested in your political leanings.

Make it Work For You: If you are in a sector where knowledge of social media should be on your profile (i.e., advertising, digital marketing, etc.) or are applying to a social media company (a role at Facebook or Twitter, for example), make sure to include knowledge of social platforms on your resume as well as start using said platform more frequently. Companies can track these things and do like to see organic, true familiarity with the platforms themselves.

For everyone else, source leads by identifying some companies you wish to target for your job search and start following them on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (at least). Interact with the companies and see with whom you can directly connect. Social media is a beautiful thing if you actually use it for digitally – and strategically – socializing!

 

Bonus! Smart Phones & Tablets: Ah, my iPhone; I don’t leave home without. Know the feeling? So do most hiring managers and recruiters; hiring work is often done on the fly these days, and that includes reviewing resumes for open roles. How does that impact you? See below:

Scary Part: Most “before” resumes that come my way need formatting work in addition to content overhauls. Poor formats are tough enough to read on a regular computer or laptop; add a smaller screen to the mix and your resume will likely head to the “trash” box in a matter of seconds.

Make it Work for You: If you know your resume format is a bit lacking, make some minor modifications to ensure it is visually appealing while still conservative. Some easy changes include updating the font to a sans serif (Calibri and Arial are easy on the eyes), selectively bolding a few key words or phrases that indicate your effectiveness or accomplishments, and using darker, muted colored bullet points (like dark blue or green) can jazz up even the most boring of resumes. Don’t forget to always send a PDF­­ ­­– Word documents can look different from device to device but PDFs are frozen!

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am off to find a Kickstarter campaign for some of the other Back to the Future inventions that we NEED; who’s in to fund some self-tying shoes? They would look great on a hoverboard!

 

Please note that a version of this post was featured on the Job Hero blog.