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Don’t Add A Video to Your Resume?

A hiring manager only looks at your resume for a very short amount of time. So why would you want to distract them from your resume by adding a video?

Besides the fact that they are distracting, videos have issues. Sometimes they don’t play, are incompatible or they just don’t get opened because they look suspicious. Even adding a picture to your resume is not a good idea. Save for media personalities, actors and the like, they just don’t belong on a resume.

Your experience, work history, pattern of employment and education is what’s most important to future employers. Don’t waste your time creating new fancy websites and profiles with colorful animation and gimmicky agendas. No one will look at it. Of course if you are an animation developer, go for it…that’s great experience to have on your resume.

For the rest of us, before you labor over learning a new emerging technology or add holograms and 3D videos to your resume make sure that you have a resume with a solid foundation.

If you want to find out if your resume is being built on a solid foundation, get a free resume review at www.nightanddayresume.com

 

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Bringing Candy to Work

We’ve all been faced with the “candy” dilemma. We’re sitting at our desks, trying to mind our own business, working on a project, when we see Jane from HR walking down the hall with that ever so crisp catalog, smelling of school and ink, that’s about to be placed directly under our nose.

The dreaded school fundraiser.

Automatically, we feel obligated when Jane tells us that her daughter won’t be able to go on the band trip this year, if she doesn’t sell $500 worth of candy. We stare at the pages, flipping through the options, usually looking for the cheapest one.

I really don’t want to buy a $15 chocolate bunny, but if I don’t, do I look mean? Is it wrong of me to think like this, or is wrong for Jane to ask?

Bringing fundraisers into the office can be handled a better way. If the fundraiser is left in a common area for us to peruse at our leisure, there’s a much better chance I’ll take a look at it, and buy something if I can.

A former co-worker brought his son’s pizza fundraiser with his own candy bars. He put the catalog in the break room, and told people if they bought something, feel free to take a candy bar. Bribery? Yup. Did it work? Most definitely! We were all walking around with our giant Snicker bars, feeling like we were rewarded for helping his son. Whether it is praise, thanks, free candy – for some reason it makes us feel better.

Fundraisers are here to stay, and if you’re like me, you’ll have a hearty selection of candy, cookies, shiny wrapping paper, frozen pizzas and cheese wheels to enjoy throughout the year.

What are your thoughts on bringing these into the office? How have you handled these situations?

 

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Tailoring Your Resume For A Position

Tailoring a resume is different than patching it! When you apply for a role that you know you are a good fit for why aren’t you getting a response back? Could be they can’t see that you are a good fit because what they are looking for is buried in your resume.

When you are applying for a business development role and you surround all your business development experience with your sales and marketing information you are essentially hiding it. When a hiring manager looks at your resume and scans for what they want to see, if your resume has too much detail, then what you want them to find gets over looked.

When you are sending off a resume only include the bullets that pertain to the specific job requirements. However, when you are putting a resume on a job board to be searched on you want to have a resume that includes details of everything that you have done. Hiring managers and recruiters could be looking for any combination of skills so if you have two or three different resumes like I hear from so many of you, no one will find you.

Compile one quintessential resume for search ability and a more focused and concise resume for human appeal. If you need someone to guide you through the process we offer real human contact. Night and Day Resume includes a One-on-One consultation as part of our Re-Fresh and Re-Write services. Let us help you make the quintessential resume!

 

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Don’t Mess With a Good Thing

When updating your resume make sure that you start with the right foundation.

Too often when looking at resumes I see sections that look like they were tacked on. If you make a change to your resume you need to make sure that the formatting and alignment stay consistent throughout the entire resume.

This is why I suggest when adding new information to your resume just change the content, not the formatting. Issues will always arise when trying to fandangle, patch or re-work your resume with the addition of education, new jobs or just an added bullet to your current job, so stay consistent with the formatting. Remember that format is your foundation and if you start chipping away at it, inevitably it will crumble and turn into a mess.

That being said, if you open up that resume from a decade ago and shriek at the content you wrote in your less formative years or you realize that making the entire thing bold or neon would “set you apart” you may need to scrap it all together.

There is no need to be unhappy with your resume, so if this sounds like you, check out some of our previous blog posts or better yet, send it to us and we will reply with our honest opinion. You can find our FREE Resume Review Service HERE.

 

Brandon
Co-Founder Night and Day Resume

 

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Working From Home: The Pros and Cons

For the past seven months, I’ve had the great opportunity to be a work-at-home mom and in this blog, I’d like to explore the pros and cons of such a lifestyle.

Sure, waking up in the morning and going to your own coffee pot with your favorite coffee (not the one that was on sale when the office put in their five bucks this month) is a plus. But a con goes along with this seemingly boring morning ritual. When you’re in the office, you often run into one of your co-workers in the break room and hold a conversation. Maybe about last night’s reality TV, or how the meeting went last week, nonetheless, it’s a human interaction that we at home people don’t get. Sure, I get to watch the TODAY show in the morning as I’m typing away, but it’s a lonely start to a long day. Matt Lauer can’t talk back…

The biggest pro has got to be wardrobe selection. It’s definitely fantastic to work in comfortable clothes all day and not have to concern yourself with makeup and hairstyles. But, this is a con, as well. When you don’t get up and “get ready” for work, it can put you in a lazy mindset and you can’t let that happen. Sometimes I throw on a pair of jeans and do my hair just so I feel like I’m awake!

The biggest con of working at home (when you’re also a mom) is distractions. At work, distractions can be avoided. You can turn your phone off, shut your door, whatever it takes to hunker down and get that project complete. At home, with the little one, they dictate your day. If they want to play, or eat, or run around the house, you have to learn to step away from what you’re doing and then be ready to get right back to it when they finally settle down for a nap. Your brain is on a lot of different paths all at once, so you have to be calm and ready for anything.

Another pro is getting to plan your day the way you want it to go. If you feel like working early in the morning and running errands in the afternoon, you have that luxury. But to do this, you’ve got to be organized. I literally have notebooks for every single client with schedules and details of my week. Being organized and putting yourself on a schedule is key. It’s fine to go run and get a gallon of milk, or throw in a load of laundry, but if you let yourself get too out there (sure, I can meet for coffee and go to the mall!) then you can get into trouble, too. And if you slack one day, get ready for a marathon day some other time that week.

I do miss the social element. I miss being able to bounce ideas off people, or just take a break and say hello to someone. In today’s world with social media, you’re never really THAT alone, but it’s different and something you have to be able to handle. By the time my husband gets home, I’m Chatty Cathy telling him about my day. Poor guy.

But as a mom or a dad, if you have this opportunity, don’t pass it up. I get to see my son progress and grow every single day. I get to see the milestones happening, not just read about them on a daycare sheet. Even though I may be working and not paying attention to him every second of the day, I’m still at home and he knows I’m there.

My main tips for making working at home a success:

Conceptualize – see the dream and figure out a way to make it happen
Organize – know what you have to do and plan it out every day
Minimize – keep distractions to a minimum and learn to cope
De-Socialize – learn to be lonely and be okay with it
Realize – it’s not going to be easy, but it’s worth it

Tara
Marketing and Promotions Manager
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Looking At vs Reading Your Resume

There is a difference between reading and looking at a resume. When you are writing your own resume you are actually reading it. Making sure that there is appropriate sentence structure and wording; correcting for spelling and punctuation. You read each word carefully and contemplate its importance and only after hours of arduous work are you happy with what you have done. You have read your resume and are in love with the story it tells.

A manager looks at your resume and they simply look at it. They open your email scan up and down the resume for about 15 seconds, looking to see if the information is organized and aesthetically pleasing. While scanning they look for key words such as what technology have you used what were your sales figures, ect. They check your last title and see how long you have stayed at previous company’s.

If it fancy’s them, they look to see where you went to school and what certifications you might have. Once they have scanned for all that, they make a decision…do they forge ahead and read more, or do you go atop the no thank you for now pile. If a manager can’t clearly find the things they are looking for, those 15 seconds could be used up just trying to find things in the jumbled mess that might just be your resume.

The point is, even if you have done your due diligence reading your resume you should always give it to someone to look at. Make sure they tell you what they see first and what stands out to them the most. Looking at a resume for a first impression is just as important as any other step in the process.

Brandon
Co-Founder

 

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Are you LinkedIn?

Remember when status updates, tweets, hangouts, pinning, and being linked in didn’t mean anything to us? Now they are staple words in our everyday life and if we haven’t yet joined the party, we are going to get left behind. Professionally at least, we have to be LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the professional in the midst of the social networks, and gives you a space to highlight your talents and skills, while keeping your personal life out of it. LinkedIn is kind of the nerdy uncle that always seems to be at the party. The nerdy uncle who seems to know everybody and the one that just happened to introduce you to the CEO of XYZ company, because they were “old chess buddies.”

It’s a place where you don’t need to be “friends” with someone to be “connected.” It’s an online cocktail mixer without the drinks and the hors d’oeuvres, just the networking.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use LinkedIn: check out the profile of someone you are about to meet for a business lunch (if you see that their hobbies include golf) you have already found a conversation topic you know they will be interested in.

Pay attention when people make changes to their title, skills, or expertise. One of your connections may have just made a move that could ultimately benefit you.

Share interesting links and videos from your profile page. It keeps your name coming up in people’s feeds and if you share the right content, can give potential employers a good idea of who you are.

Lastly, use it for job searching. There are many jobs listed on LinkedIn, and even if you have a connection or a 2nd or 3rd connection that is somehow related to that job, you might just be able to get to that decision maker via LinkedIn.

Tara
Marketing and Promotions Manager

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Keep It Positive People!

It’s my job as a recruiter to prepare candidates for interviews. Sure, candidates have to support their resumes and what they put forth on the resume, but as a recruiter, I must take some responsibility if they fall on their face during an interview, so here is my one interview tip for the season (well this blog, anyway). Keep it positive people!

We have all had that job where you couldn’t stand your manager because they have no clue what they are doing and couldn’t manage themselves out of a parking lot, but during an interview, that person shouldn’t be called an incompetent manager, or worse.

Why keep things positive if it was such a bad situation, after all you are just telling the truth? Simple, because even though your manager might have been the negative factor in your last job, the more you explain it, the more it looks like you are loving the negativity and it now reflects on you. The more you explain it, the worse it sounds. I’m thinking most married people can relate to this concept.

Short and sweet is the best answer. Use terms like “they were always swamped with work” or “the boss put my manager in a situation that was a bit over their head”. These phrases distance you from the negativity but show you could tell your previous manager isn’t the person to call when a manager role opens up.

So recruiters, do your part and help out your candidates. Candidates help your recruiters and keep it positive during the interview.

 

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Get That Spring Back in Your Job Seeking Step!

We saw a huge jump in our website traffic and sales after the first of the year. Folks were all excited to get that job search started and we were happy to accommodate. Now that Spring has sprung there are even more folks venturing into the job search market and looking to get their resumes in order. After all, the market is coming back nicely and companies are hiring. I’ve seen more help wanted signs around town in the last 2-3 months than I have in the previous 2-3 years. That’s a great sign.

Here’s the problem…when you get disgruntled with the long commute, or you don’t get the raise you know you deserve, or when the offices move to a new location that just doesn’t work for you, you are going to be looking for a job.

It’s an emotional time and you don’t want to have to scramble for an old resume to update. You might end up transferring your emotions to the resume with an objective that reads something like this: “To obtain a job where my skills are used effectively, I have an opportunity to learn and grow, and take a pee without my annoying boss putting a stopwatch on me”!

Hopefully you delete that line before you actually send the resume, but better you get your resume in order when you aren’t so emotional and when your role is not in jeopardy.

For those who have been looking for a bit, don’t get discouraged! You might have lost a bit of your mojo from earlier this year, but it’s spring and it’s a great time to print some resumes and hit the road to introduce yourself to some new potential employers. I’m not a tax accountant, but do yourself a favor and document all your costs and your mileage as I’m almost positive job seeking expenses are tax deductible. Hah, look at that, resume advice and tax tips!

 

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Who Are You, And Why Are You Here?

When you send your resume in to a company for consideration they are going to review your resume and forward it to the hiring manager if they like it. Some may call you first to ask questions, but for the most part your resume gets a couple of viewings before they invite you in for an interview.

During the interview, this is when the hiring manager needs you to sell yourself. They are saying “who are you and why are you here” because they have other people to meet with and they need you to sell yourself and let them know some details of what makes you unique and why are you looking for that job within their company.

This sounds simple, but I recently had a candidate do a phone interview with a client and the client feedback was “there is no way he can be that non-technical with that resume, so lets bring him in and see if he is better in person”. That’s a first for me….this guy was so bad they figured he couldn’t be that bad a developer, he must be a bad phone interviewer? Yup!

Of course the candidate feedback was…”I did great, but it wasn’t as technical an interview as I thought it would be”. In my prep I not so subtly told the candidate to “sell his technical skills” “make sure they know who you are and why you want the job”. Now I don’t want him to fabricate his level of knowledge…tough to fudge it when you are speaking to other technical prodigy’s, but mix it up a bit.

Oh, another thing…if you don’t know why you are there and don’t want the job, don’t take the interview. And another, other thing….if you don’t know the answer to something just say “I don’t know, but I’m willing to learn”. You would be surprised how honesty can be a selling point in an interview.

 

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