Why a Face-to-face Resume drop-off is a Good Idea

There are a lot of industries that you have to apply online including Information Technology or any computer related jobs. However, in many other industries dropping off your resume can work to your benefit. If you are in sales, hospitality, customer services or any trade popping in to drop off your resume is a great idea to get the ball rolling in your job search. Here are some positives in dropping off your resume in person.

The Employer gets to meet you

The resume is the number one tool in helping you get the interview. Unfortunately in many instances the propective employeer doesn’t have time to go through all the resumes. If you pop in to drop off your resume, the HR professional or the hiring manager gets to see you before looking at your resume. In any position related to customer service for example–strong communications skills is very important as well as being attentive and presentable. These are three key areas that managers analyze you and it’s great if you ace this test. If they like you and your demeanor a possible interview is in order.

Build instant repore

You shake hands. You smile. You are already building a relationship by showcasing your positive body language when you drop off your resume. You are building an instant repore with someone and that can lead you to something more powerful than only applying online.

Getting an Interview

The ultimate aim when dropping off your resume is to get an interview. If your resume is well written, properly formatted has the experience matches what the company is looking for as wellnas coupled with your personal visit it just might be the power combo that the doctor ordered!

It is a powerful 1-2 punch especially if you are in a very interactive field like sales. In a trade, they can see what you are made of by testing your skills quickly and on-site.

Quick Overview

Going in and submitting your resume doesn’t excuse you from writing an average one. You need a great resume regardless. Additionally, even if you have a great face-to-face meeting, you still more than likely have to apply online to satisfy Human Resource/Hiring corporate requirments.

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3 Quick Ways to Build Your Online Experience

Companies have always craved experience and that is often difficult to fufil if you are a recent graduate and new in the workforce. So how to you turbo-charge your experience section on your resume quickly?

One of the best things to do is to go out to a few non-profits and local businesses and ask them if you can run their social media/online marketing efforts. They are sometimes strapped on cash and time when it comes to their marketing. You are now the solution.

Be ready for rejection and if you do get a gig the pay may be terrible or even non-existent. Regardless, online marketing/social media is needed so acquiring this type of skillsets and experience only enchances your resume. Here are 3 quick ways to build your online experience:

1.Facebook

Facebook is perhaps the greatest marketing tool any business has at their disposal. It’s easy to use and easy to set up. The tricky issue is keeping it up-to-date with great content. And this is where you come in! By maintaining a local businesses’ Facebook page you will be learning how to create content by writing, photographing and curating existing content. You will also learn a lot about that business.

After a while, you will build your arsenal with 3rd apps that can help your marketing efforts as well as gaining a deeper understand of what your audience wants. Additionally, you are getting a crash course in marketing 101 by actually doing it hands on. Keep a journal of your methods, apps that you find helpful and books/websites/blogs that you are gleaning knowledge from.

2.Google My Business

This is an underrated online marketing tool that many companies either misuse or simply don’t know about. Helping put a non-profits’ goals front and center on Google My Business will get more people to join their cause; as for small local business tapping into the power of GMB will help gain new fans while keeping local ones up-to-date.

Similar to Facebook, giving the option to organizations that you can help bring them more business through GMB will be welcomed! You simply need to maintain reviews, photos lots of great and interesting pictures and encourage customer feedback. Any Google product you master is another feather in your cap.

3.Website Content

We have all seen it before: business sites that have no new content; who has time to write anything for the site anyway? But that ageing static site can be so much more! And this is where you save the day. Position the site as a online sales person.

By writing new blog entries it keeps the site fresh especially if the content is timely and helpful: it is then ‘selling’ products or services through content. Share the content on Facebook and GMB and encourage interaction!

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5 Simple Tips for Writing a Great Resume

Writing a great resume can be time- consuming, but when you have it all polished and ready to roll it can be your ticket to landing you that coveted interview. But sometimes we stick to the same format and end up sending the same resume everytime we go on the job hun. We tweak it a bit and then send it out without really thinking what we sent out. One of the best tips is keeping it simple and short. Here are a few more simple tips to help you write a great resume:

Only include revelent information

It’s so easy to keep lots of information on our resumes because…well..it’s our resume. We don’t want to leave out any information about our skills or work history and before you know it the a resume is dangerously creeping towards three pages. One of the most important things to keep in mind is only including relevant information on your resume especially if you are applying for a very specific role.

Use action words

Action words drive your resume and make your experience come alive. Spearheading, leading, Encouraged, Actioned are all words that establish you are a doer. Don’t be afraid to use these action words.

Use Sans Serif or Serif Fonts

This might be a small thing, but using particular fonts can mean the difference between having and not having an interview. Keep font size between 9 to 12 point and use only Sans Serif font if you are applying online and Serif font in person. The Sans Serif has no ‘tail’ and is easily read by scanning programs while the Serif gives the font a nice look and great for in-person resume drop-off. Times New Roman is a popular example of a Serif font.

Make Use of White Space

One of the easiest mistakes to make when writing a resume is trying to cram in as much information as possible. Can you imagine someone trying to read a resume so dense with words there is no time for their eyes to rest? White space can help make your resume easier to read.

Keep it to One Page

Sometimes two pages might be ok, but usually one is best. As noted in the introduction: keep it short and simple. Typically someone reviewing your resume will do so for about 5 to 7 seconds! That means you need to keep all information on one page. If not, your resume might not make the cut.

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How to Create Your Own Workshop

When you are on the job hunt the focus is simply to find a job! One interesting way of finding a job is by creating a workshop. You might have been to one before whether it was related to school or your past job.

Workshops are a great way to meet people that share the same interest as you do or need help with something. Since you may have experience in a certain field or a specific set of skills it might be a great idea in creating a workshop of your own. A workshop is a great way of building a network with like-minded individuals while helping you on so many levels. Creating a workshop isn’t tough; simply pick a topic/subject (especially one that resonates with people), find a venue (preferably free), create ads/online posters and market the event. Be sure to talk to people about why they need to come to the event. If you good at social media offer your talents as the main thrust of the workshop. You can then refine the workshop to entrepeneurs or small business owners who work in your community. Invite them to bring their labtops and encourage questions and discussion.

Have Fun

No one likes a boring anything. Have fun at the workshop by smiling and engaging. Sure you are looking for work, but that doesn’t mean your audience needs to know that off the bat.

Show them what you know

Guide them through the nuts and bolts of running a successful social media marketing plan (in this case.) As your audience follows you, try to make it around and talk with them. Show them what you know! Engage. Be a teacher.

Applying knowledge

You have the knowledge and/or experience so show your audience how you have applied it in the past. Provide real world scenarios. Show them what you know works in the real world.

Building Your Brand

You are offering your time and expertise and people will see that. You are truly building your brand with your audience–your value.

Find out more about your audience

Think about how you can help them and how they can help you! In this case you invited several small business owners– ask questions about their companies. Think how you can fit in–can you provide value to their company?

Never stop thinking

Your job search must be geared in finding a company that needs an employee like you. Never stop thinking ways you can expand your job search–one of the focal points must be the aspect of networking. How can you meet people? How can those people help you secure a job.

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3 Great Places to Volunteer and Build Your Experience

Volunteering is an awesome way to meet people, strengthen your ties with the community, learn humility and gain invaluable knowledge. It is also a great way to build your experience when you are young (and lack job experience) or you just want to volunteer your time to worth while causes! Here a few places to consider when you want to volunteer:

Retirement Homes

Spending time with the elderly can give you insight to people who lived during a different time. You can share what you know or like to do: play guitar, do crafts, or even bake! It’s an amazing experience especially if you are young! Additionally take a proactive approach: see if you can create any workshops or events that the residents can be a part of.

Art related Events/Organisations

Art is essential in every local community. It represents history, customs and people. Being a volunteer at an art event or at an organization can give you a deeper prospective of your community.

Church-based Initiatives

Even if you don’t belong to a church, they often have many initiatives in the community including fundraisers, shelter programs, or help for the disadvantaged–the list goes on. Even you aren’t the religious type finding more about how you can help out can open a door to endless possibilities in your career and your life!

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How to Maximize Your Mobile during Your Job Search

In the last decade the mobile phone has gone through many amazing changes. It has become the ultimate tool in our day-to-day lives. We use it to play, organize, and some of us even have well-paying careers relating to the smart phone! It is also an important tool in any job seeker’s arsenal. So how can you maximize it during your job search? Here are a few tips:

Download helpful apps

LinkedIn and Google G-Suite are two amazing apps that you need on your phone. They are free and powerful apps that are essential for your job search. Other apps like Udemy Academy is great–providing you with great courses (paid and free) to upgrade your skills and knowledge. And don’t forget the Indeed Job Search app. Find and apply to jobs on the go.

Contact App

One of the simplist and most underappreciated resources on your phone is your contact list. Everytime you network immediately add the person’s professional contact info to your phone. Linking it to your Google cloud account is a must where you can get more detailed in your contact’s info.

Social Media

Along with LinkedIn, adding Facebook, Instagram and Twitter apps to your phone is a must. Follow companies and people that you plan to send applications to–you can glean a lot of information doing this.

Word Docs/Notes

Setting up multiple word documents on your phone can help you stay organizated–typing in notes, copying and pasting text or even writing a quick resume! Google has a free Word Doc app where you can download free 3rd party resume templates. Setup, create, edit and pdf your resume on the go!

Screen Shot function

This function is a quick and easy way to capture and store info. Use it to snap screen grabs of job listings, contact info, Facebook posts and save it into a job search folder. Be sure to organize your screen shots every few days–it’s such an easy tool to use that you might find yourself overwhelmed with them!

How to Think like a Sales Pro during Your Job Search

If you are a sales professional you have might have already worked your selling magic during interviews and while your were networking for your next career opportunity. For the rest of us selling might not come as naturally, but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking like a sales pro during your job search. In fact, by utilizing some of the tips below getting your new job can be easier than you think.

Know what you are selling

In this case: You! You need to know yourself inside out and outside in–which means how you brand yourself to prospective employers. You need to know what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are and create an ‘objections chart’–if someone asks you about a weakness you will know how to handle the objection.

What tools will help you sell

What will help you sell your brand to prospective employers? A concise well written resume is one tool and a other could be a job search business card you hand out to people you meet. Research specific tools and resources that can definitely help you land a job.

Networking

If you meet people on a daily basis you are networking. You should be constantly networking and finding out how you can help them and how they can help you. You will discover that before you know it you have a strong network of people that you can leverage for potential job opportunities.

Following up on Leads

In order for your network to work for you, you need to constantly follow up with them. Emails, calls, social media messages or even letters are all easy yet effective ways to strengthen your growing network and form stronger professional relationships.

Know your market

You have to know who you are selling your brand to! Find out about hiring managers and Human Resources personnel and what they need in an employee. Scour any sources of information to create a selling profile of the person/company you are selling to. Hubspot Academy has a great free certificate online course that can give you the nuts and bolts of persona-based selling.

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How to Turn a Part-time Job into a Full-time Opportunity

Sometimes we have to start low on the totem pole in order for us to grow professionally. Sometimes that means taking on a part-time, seasonal or even a temporary position in order to get our foot in the door. Is it a position you want to do for the rest of your life? Maybe not. But you must look at every opportunity you get as an chance to learn, grow and build.

You have to start somewhere and even if you are repositioning yourself in the work place, it’s sometimes a tough pill to swollow especially if you have loads of experience in another field. So if you currently find yourself at a part-time position how can you parlay that into a full-time?

Do the little things right often

Even if you spend 15 or 20 hours at your job every week–give it your all. Do the little things right that others might overlook. Try working a little harder and be consistent.

Complete online training

Many companies often provide an internal online training program. Although these programs are mandatory sometime work itself gets in the way of completing them. Be proactive and try completing the programs even if it’s on your own time. When you are done talk with management about other internal training you can do.

Take other online courses/certificates

There are online resources websites like Utemy that offer free and paid courses that helps you gain knowledge and add to your skills. Take these courses whenever you can. Always learn and keep learning some more. Gaining knowledge is key and application is when you unlock the door! Additionally if you are serious about turning your parttime job into something more investigate certificate courses and even degree and diploma programs. Anything that gives you the edge is a win!

Take the Initiative

Always take the initiative on projects within your company. Assess if you will be good at a certain project and take a leadership mentality. Don’t be scared to ask for help when leading. Remember you are in a part-time role that you want to build upon into some thing better.

Learn from Managers

For every good manager that exists there are a lot of mediocre and flatout bad ones that are out there. If you are stuck with a bad one, try your best to work within the system. You can still learn a lot from a bad manager-primarily what not to do if you want to be a good employee. In the rare chance that you get a very good manager try to learn as much as you can from them. Don’t hesitate to learn from them by asking and listening. Typically if a good manager sees this type of employee they will help him or her try to succeed!

Internal job openings

Always keep an eye out for job openings within your company. Even if it’s a different location or even a lateral move there is an opportunity to learn a new set of skills and gain invaluable experience. Try applying for full time positions if they become available, however only if you feel you are ready for the jump and that your manager(s) will support you.

External job openings

Applying for jobs within your company is a great idea, but don’t forget to apply for opportunities externally. Sometimes your company isn’t hiring or they might like you in your current role ( and won’t promote you.) Whatever reason if you need to make a move to better yourself and take on a more challenging role then taking a position with another organization is a good idea. Remember a reflection of how even-heeled your company is how they treat you when you tell them you have accepted another job! A good company will try to retain you (if you are a decent employee) in someway; while a bad company won’t react to you leaving.

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4 Confidence Boosters during Your Job Search

Your job search can take a lot out of you. It can be long and tedious, it can also be stressful. So you owe it to yourself to take care of yourself–eat right and getting a decent amount of sleep. Your job search can also be taxing to your confidence: no calls for interviews for example. It might be a good idea to get a confidence jump-start by taking these 4 tips to heart.

1.Take a mini trip

Take some time away from your job search. That can mean leaving town for a few days to clear your mind. Sometimes leaving familiar surroundings can be a good thing and help you confidence. Enjoy your time away. Take pictures. Write a short journal. Have some fun!

2.Do something you enjoy

Do you have a hobby that you enjoy doing? Take some extra time away from your job search and immerse yourself by doing something you love exploring–maybe organizing your baseball card collection or doing crafts. It can help you take your mind from the stress of your job search.

3.Hang out with Friends

Good friends will always help you out when you need it and this might be a great time to hang out with them a bit more. Go out and have fun. Don’t talk about jobs or trying to find one. Enjoy social interactions! If there is one thing a good friend does it’s making you feel better and giving your confidence a boost when you are down.

4.Read and Watch Inpsirational Vidoes/Books

Whether it be Tony Robbins or Wayne Dyer or other great motivational speakers, watching them on You Tube or reading their books might be a great confidence boost for you. They will definitely impart some great positive chats your way. Write down any quotes or sections that you find especially uplifting; add these positive ideas to your daily thinking. Finding new ways to inspire yourself will give you a new perspective when you restart your job search.

9 Tips to Preparing for a Job Interview

Congratulations! You scored a job interview! Your perseverance, well written resume and experience have gotten you a job interview. Now the real fun part begins; it’s time you must truly bring your A-game. If the company chose you over other candiates thats a good sign.

Now you can build on that momentum and prepare to show them why they should hire you. If you don’t know where to start don’t worry, here are 9 tips to help you prepare for your job interview:

1.Research the company

It’s a good idea to get a better, more well-rounded view of the company that is interviewing you. Check out their website, social media accounts, articles, and key employees on LinkedIn. Make notes and formulate questions that you may have for them after the initial interview is done. Companies are impressed with candidates who know about them and equally have intelligent questions to ask!

2.Print Multiple Resume

Having an interview with multiple people isn’t uncommon. Be sure to have at least 5 resumes handy to give out to additonal people interviewing you. Doing this makes you look prepared and professional.

3.Show up well groomed & dressed

This might be a given, but there are people who don’t do this for whatever reason. Showing up to your interview well groomed and wearing decent clothing brings off an air of professionalism. Don’t over do it though–like putting on too much perfume or over dress might turn off the interviewer. Keep it simple and professional.

4.Be there on Time

Another given, yet some people still come late. This isn’t an option at a job interview. You need to come on time ready for the interview. Try to show up half an hour before the interview assuring you won’t be late. Also if you aren’t familiar with the area try coming a few days before to see where the interview location will be taking place. This might be overkill but in some cases can save you a lot of hassle the day of the interview. Additionally, the area might be filled with other businesses that might be hiring–get business cards if you can!

5.Be Well Rested

Going to bed a bit early and waking up early gives you a good opportunity to be well rested for the interview. Other benefits include: time to eat properly, to do other tasks, and review any notes you may have prepared.

6.Have Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are a great way to get you ready for the real one. Ask family or friends to interview you and then discuss what you can improve on. Mock interviews get you loose. If you can get any family or friends who are also hiring managers can give you an edge.

7.Prepare Questions

The interview is all about finding out if you are a good fit for a company. However, sometimes you have an opportunity to ask some questions to the hiring manager. Be sure to formulate some questions before the interview–ones that you feel will help you learn more about them. Also ask if you can write down the answer to those questions if possible. You can review them after the interview.

8.Learn more about Job Interviews

Google is your friend so use it! There are a lot of great resources on the net to get you ready for a job interview. You tube is another amazing visual tool to help you watch mock interviews–chose videos that are produced by legitimate companies or organizations or professionals. Also ask people around you about their experience on what a good interview is–as mentioned before, seeking tips from seasoned professionals who hire is perferred.

9.Bring a Portfolio

Prepare a short portfolio of some of your accomplishments like certificates, past projects, and awards. This gives an interviewer a visual aid to your accomplishments. Even if it isn’t requested ask if the interviewer if they would like to check it out–you never know, this might be something that separates you from the other candidates.

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