Just A Series of Choices

Written by Bruce Benskin

Steve’s a pretty regular guy – wife, 4 kids in their blended family, 12+ years of engineering experience, a degree, mortgage, car payments, some debt… and feeling depressed because he waited to look tillrepparttar end. Last time he transitioned was 5 years ago for more money and he liked some ofrepparttar 140027 people and it was simple…this time he’s heard some in his professional association have been looking for almost a year...and they weren’t lightweights. No wonder he’s sweating.

Steve’s wife can’t figure out why he’s so moody and angry…she doesn’t understand that Steve has feelings of rejection from a company he had been loyal to for 5 years. He had poured heart and soul into his projects. Even though he didn’t always agree with his manager’s direction, on a project he shepherded, he had been recognized for achievement. Gosh, only 2 years in and already a rising “star”.

In hindsight, Steve saw he had subtly butted heads on howrepparttar 140028 team was treated by management and that he made suggestions that “his bosses’ way” was backward. Things began to slip. It was more real when he didn’t get a merit raise. He didn’t fathomrepparttar 140029 basic tenet that consistent values withrepparttar 140030 management are fundamental to longevity. You see, Steve made an “easy” choice to compromise his work ethics and principles because he thought he was onrepparttar 140031 upside of lots of growth (money).

Choice #1 – Choose based on values – not only on personalities inrepparttar 140032 organization.

Now that his desk was cleared out, a few weeks to wind down was in order before he could mountrepparttar 140033 energy to start looking. After all, he deserved a break, didn’t he? It gave him time to think over what went wrong…to concentrate, to brood overrepparttar 140034 calamity that landed on him because others hadn’t done their jobs. It simply wasn’t fair…Jesse, their 6 year old, couldn’t understand why “daddy just sits inrepparttar 140035 den and won’t play with me anymore…”

Choice #2 – You have power to choose your reaction to difficulty. It was business, not personal, and even if it was personal, so what, get some support, get some direction, get some help to tackle this bump inrepparttar 140036 road and get on with life.

Steve’s wife finally pushed him to get his resume posted online…this is easy! What he didn’t know wasrepparttar 140037 internet is only about 4% ofrepparttar 140038 market and that less than 10% ofrepparttar 140039 companies who have posted have ever hired someone fromrepparttar 140040 internet. He has complacently fallen into a deadly trap believing quantity will always yield quality positions!

Make Your Resume Keyword Rich and Scanner Friendly

Written by Mary Carroll

If you haven’t looked for a job recently, there are new tactics that hiring professionals are using that you should be aware of before updating your resume.

Employers and recruiters increasingly rely on electronic resumes, resume posting boards and job banks to find job candidates. Resumes are either being scanned or input directly into keyword-searchable databases, and accessed when an employer inputs a keyword list of requirements that best describerepparttar position they are seeking to fill.

The database searches for keywords describing job titles, responsibilities and descriptions, degree requirements, computer knowledge as well as personality traits. This software scans through thousands of resumes and identifies those that most closely matchrepparttar 140007 imputed keywords. The more keywords or "hits"repparttar 140008 software finds in a resume,repparttar 140009 more likely it will be read by a HR professional. Keywords arerepparttar 140010 most important element of a scannable resume.

What exactly are keywords? Keywords are nouns or noun phrases that identify skills unique to a specific profession or industry. Although active verbs have long been essential for building a successful resume, nowrepparttar 140011 noun or noun phrase that follows an active verb is equally important. For example: - Self-motivated IT manager with a strong work ethic and problem solving abilities - Talented Graphic Designer of 4-color direct mail catalogs and corporate web site design - Accomplished in Microsoft Office software applications, Excel, Word and PowerPoint - Nominated byrepparttar 140012 New York Times forrepparttar 140013 Pulitzer Prize in news photography

Keyword nouns arerepparttar 140014 experience and skills that are specific terminology used in your job and are still relevant to your job search. Other sources for identifying keywords are job descriptions, job titles, software requirements, educational degrees, college names, company names, professional organizations, awards you’ve won and personality traits. Words that are repeatedly used in trade journals and classified ads in association withrepparttar 140015 job title you are seeking are also keywords.

Whatever your final word choices are, your keywords should accurately describe your skills, talents, and experience. As a word only needs to be used once for it to be considered a "hit" in a keyword search, use synonyms wherever possible to broaden your number of hits.

The Summary area of your resume should consist of several short statements that highlight your most important qualities, achievements and abilities. By tailoring every word inrepparttar 140016 "Summary” to your targeted goal, you can make this area keyword rich.

The most common ingredients of a well-written Summary are listed below; use what best describe you: - a sentence describing your profession - followed by a comment stating your level of expertise - followed by two to three statements related to any ofrepparttar 140017 following: - unique mix of skills - range of environments in which you have experience - a special or well-documented professional accomplishment - a history of awards, promotions, or superior performance commendations - one or more professional or personal characteristics - a sentence describing your professional objectives or interests It’s important to list onlyrepparttar 140018 skills you would feel comfortable using if you were to be tested. Shouldrepparttar 140019 position you are seeking require knowledge of software you don’t know, consider taking lessons before listing it on your resume. If you’ve submitted your resume online to sites like monster.com or careerbuilder.com your resume has already been electronically imputed into their databases. But what happens if when it’s scanned from a paper copy?

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