Can you believe we’re almost done with 2014? It’s been a roller coaster of a year for me and I can’t wait for 2015!
I am excited to announce that I am in the process of writing my first book How to “Do” a Job Search and Actually Find One! That’s the working title and it’s been years in the making but it’s finally coming together and I want to give you a first look. If you know someone who is looking for a job or is thinking of looking for a job then this book will help. It will make you laugh, cry, and think about life. Ok, that’s not exactly true, but it will help you if you’re in the job market, which is something that can make you laugh, cry, and think about life.
I don’t have a final publication date yet, but it should be finished in late January or mid-February. It’s going to made available on fiverr.com, along with some other gigs that I offer there.
Here’s the sample. Let me know what you think and please feel free to share this with the job seeker in your life.
I have to be honest here. I’ve been on the bandwagon of “keywords” in resumes and how important they are. After all, they are THE buzz word of the recruiting world. The truth is, though, if you have a great resume, it doesn’t matter how many keywords you use. You will shine no matter what. Keywords are needed for resume banks and getting found by employers. But I can speak from experience that they are not as vital to your job search as you have been told.
The whole idea behind them are being able to speak the language of your potential employer. If they have a fun, relaxed culture, it will show through in all that they do: their marketing, their website and yes, their job postings. The same thing is true for more formal employers. Keywords are not some gimmick a recruiter dreamed up one day. They are a real thing, but when you just throw a bunch of them into your resume, you’re not fooling anyone. Don’t eat a thesaurus or use words that make you a different person because an employer used them in their job posting. That’s a huge mistake. Instead, you should have the mood of your resume fit the culture of the company. You can find a lot about a company’s culture through some good ol’ website research. Pay close attention to their products or services and their About Me page. Those will tell you volumes.
So, short story long, are key words important? Yes, to a certain extent. But when that is your only concern, they become irrelevant. The more you focus on saying the right stuff, the less you will say it. Be true to yourself, don’t over – or under-sell yourself, and know that YOU are the best YOU around. Keywords will never replace the person behind the resume.
Never Lose Hope,