#56 – What To Include And Exclude From Your Resume

 

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Have you ever started applying for jobs and submitted a ton of applications but didn’t really get any responses or getting a ton of rejection letters?
Or not making it past the application stage?
If the answer is yes, there might be something wrong with your resume.
Today we are going to be talking about what we should be including and excluding from your resume.
There are definitely certain things we should be including on our resume and certainly things that need to be taken off.
The reason this is so important is because in majority of the organizations you are applying to and submitting your resume to, most of the time a recruiter is going to see your resume first and they are making a rather quick decision on whether or not they should reach out to or to turn you down.
In that short window we have to catch a recruiters attention we need to make sure your resume is easy and quick to understand, read and to digest.
What to include on your resume: 
1) Contact information
  • First and last name (put what you want to be called on your resume, you can put your legal name on your application)
  • Phone number – it should be the number you want to be contact at (cell phone vs. house phone)
  • Email
  • City and state
2) Education
  • If you have a college degree, include your college degree and beyond
  • If you do not have a college degree, you want to make sure you have your high school education on there
3) Skills
  • Should be bulleted out
  • 5-10 skills
  • Relevant to the jobs you’re applying for
4) Experience
  • Job history
  • If you don’t have any working history, you can include college projects and / or volunteer experience
What to exclude from your resume: 
1) Graduation dates
2) Objectives
3) References
  • Remove the references
  • Also remove the line ‘references available upon request’
4) CAPTIAL LETTERS
5) Long summaries

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#55 – Help! My Boss Is A Jerk / An Ass / Mean / A Bad Leader

 

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Have you ever worked for a boss that was a complete a jerk? Or a complete asshole? Or you thought they may have been the spawn of satan?
I want to talk to you about this situation today because I know it is not easy.
We’ve all had the boss who is completely terrible or we have had a spouse or significant other who was working for the devil. It’s like the Devil’s Wears Prada situation LOL
When we are working for a boss who is total ass we sometimes have to be the leader that they aren’t. And we have to what some people refer to as manage up.
We have to do this in a very careful way. We don’t want to be offensive, we don’t want to be rude, we don’t want to be on their level. We want to be the bigger person and be that leader.
12 Action Items 
1) Observe
Pause, slow down and just observe
2) Don’t jump to conclusions
3) Not to let your work suffer
At a certain point, either you are going to depart or they are going to leave.
You don’t want to leave or have a new leader as a bottom performer.
4) Document
The intention is not screw somebody over but rather if we need to go to HR we have reference points to track the situation.
5) Keep emails
6) Have really open, honest communication
Attempt to have that conversation 1:1 and on your own. However, if it is something like harassment this may not be your best choice. Rather, if they are just being rude you might be able to have this conversation on your own.
Ask questions in case you are misunderstanding, this will also keep the conversation non confrontational.
7) Being that leader
You may not have direct reports.
You may not be in a formal manager position.
However, the reality is we are the more mature ones than the leaders we are working for so we need to set a better example than what they are capable of setting.
8) Taking the high road
Do what you know is correct even if someone else is doing something wrong.
9) Being the better / bigger person
10) Try to determine what motivates them and what sets them off
11) Contributing to and celebrating success
12) If you need to jump ship:
Do your research.
Determine interview questions that you can ask while you’re in an interview with your next future boss.

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#54 – Need To Make A Career Change? Not Sure Where To Start? I Got You!

 

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Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you needed to make a change in your career and you weren’t sure what change should be?
Or what you want to do?
Or what that change should be?
Sometimes when we need to make a career change it can be overwhelming if we are unclear on what we want to do or where we should be going or even how to get there.
Really the most important thing when we are looking at making a career change is working your plan backwards. Meaning, reverse engineering your career plan. We start out where you want to end up and then work our way backwards and figure out step by step how we are going to get there.
5 Steps to Career Clarity
1) Figure out where you want to go
What do you ultimately want to accomplish?
What role do you want to have?
2) Ask yourself why you want to get there
What is is about that position that is so appealing to you?
Be honest with yourself and real.
3) What skills do you need to accomplish, or acquire, that you don’t already have now?
If you are unsure of what skills you are going to need, go over to sites like Indeed or LinkedIn and find job descriptions of the titles you are looking at or even people on LinkedIn who have that title and look at some of the titles they have.
4) Figure out how you’re going to close the gap on the skills you need to have (number 3) and the skills you have now.
Make a plan to close that gap.
5) Start having conversations.
Talk to people that are in these positions.
Ask them: what do you like about your job? What do you regret? What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

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#53 – 10 Ways To Lead Without Authority or Title

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  1. Make sure you are coming from a genuine place
  2. Be constantly learning and growing
  3. Want to be the one who is asking the tough questions
  4. Always be asking for feedback
  5. Helping your colleagues when they need it
  6. Don’t wait to be asked to do something
  7. Take on additional responsibilities and be that leader
  8. Asking your manager how you can help
  9. Be a top producer with top quality work
  10. Being positive and staying positive through tough situations

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#52 – Top 13 Reasons You Are Failing Your Phone Interviews

 

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Top 13 Reasons You Are Failing Your Phone Interviews: 
  1. Research or lack thereof research
  2. Eating and / or chewing gum
  3. Not knowing the company you applied to
  4. Not knowing the job you applied to
  5. Coming across as desperate
  6. Applying to every job
  7. Not being able to talk about money
  8. Working out during your phone interview
  9. Smoking
  10. Lying / being caught in a lie / just being shady
  11. Inability or unwillingness to answer questions
  12. Saying yes to a drastic payout
  13. Not aligning with the level of the position

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