YOUR SOURCE FOR RESUME WRITING AND JOB-FINDING INFORMATION
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Arlene Schwartz Personalized Resume Service provides you with over 15 years experience in resume writing, preparingresumes and cover letters to secure interviews and optimize jobopportunities for high-level executives, professionals,technical specialists, and new graduates in diverse fields. She has expertise in writing resumes for all levels of workers, including:
• CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, presidents, and vice presidents • Sales executives, directors, managers, and representatives • Computer, IT, networking, directors, and managers • Medical and healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, PTs, OTs) • Lawyers, finance managers, and accountants • Teachers, administrators, counselors, and school psychologists • Engineers,operations managers, project managers,plant managers, and supply chain managers
Arlene's clients are located in Cleveland, Akron, and throughout Ohio; almost every state in the United States; and worldwide in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
Arlene's resume writing and job finding assistance give you the tools to clearly illustrate your unique benefit and value to an employer by quantifying your accomplishments, telling yourspecific story, and using key words to focus on your skills and competencies. Her resume writing style uses powerful action words, eye-appealing layouts, and profiles that grab and hold the attention of employers and recruiters. Arlene's resumes avoid fluff, maximizing your marketability.
If you are seeking a new job, career advancement, career change, or just want to explore your options, you need a resume writer who works collaboratively with you to identify your needs, assists you in focusing on your goals, and writes a high quality, personalized resume that entices employers to want to meetyou. Arlene has a passion for helping you through the resume writing and job search process, and a record of resume writingsuccess.
Executive Resume Writing
Curriculum Vitae (CVs) - Medical, Academic, Scientific
Cover Letters to Employers and Recruiters
Microsoft Word (.doc and .rtf), ASCII, and PDF Files
Outplacement Resume Packages
Thank You Notes
Job Search and Interview Tips
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Your resume isa marketing tool, not a biography.
Emphasize skills and accomplishments not responsibilities and tasks in your resume and during interviews.
Quantify your achievements using numbers and percentages, and use examples of problems, actions, and results (PAR statements).
Never say, "I was responsible for ...". Say I managed, orchestrated, spearheaded, directed, championed, drove, produced, saved, increased. Wipe responsible for out of your vocabulary.
Always send a specific cover letter with your resume.
Make the specific cover letter the first page of your resume file, followed by your resume unless instructed to send two separate files.
Send your cover letter and resume as a PDF file to ensure that the file will not be corrupted and will be viewed as it should be when transmitted through the Internet (MS Word 2007 enables you to easily convert a doc or docx to a PDF file.
If you are required to send your resume as a Word file, send it as a Word 2003 documentattachment. Unless a company has upgraded to Word 2007 or they have downloaded a patch, they may be unable to open a docx file.
Place an E-Cover Letter and an ASCII file of your resume in the body of your e-mail when you send your resume as an attachment.
Send a hard copy of your resume, when possible, after sending your resume as an attachment.
If you can, follow up with a phone call to arrange a meeting.
Research the company and ask questions at your interview.
Make sure to get the names and titles of everyone who interviews you and send handwritten thank you noteswithin 24 hoursafter the interview.
To increase your chances of getting an interview when resubmitting your resume, consider revamping your Profile or Core Competencies, change your e-mail address, use LinkedIn to try to find a contact within the organization, and don't be afraid to pick up the phone, be persistent - keep calling until you reach that person. All you need is one YES!.
THE BEST WAY TO FIND A JOB IS THROUGH NETWORKING!
Do not quit your job before you have a new job.
Do not stopnetworking, sending out resumes, and following up.
Even when companies are laying off, they may continue hiring.
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Gender Pay Gap Starts to Close
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Boomers retiring – changing demographics in the workplace
Employers create new ways of filtering candidates
More companies provide wellness programs
The continuous job search
ROI of college is looked at closer
Reputation becomes more important for both professionals and companies
Allow yourself to be upset and grieve, express your feelings to someone you trust, and then let go of it and move on. Don't let your feelings interfere with your ability to conduct an effective job search.
Don't wait - start your job search now, create a resume and cover letter that clearly shows your skills and achievements, research and targetindustries and employers.
Explore new industries - sustainable energy, healthcare, medical device, education (teachers, counselors).
Be open to relocation.
Network with everyone you know, use the telephone and meet face-to-face with people.
Get on linkedin.com and use it.
Use cold calling and walk-in to apply in person.
Prepare for interviewing by knowing your resume well and being able to expound on everything on the resume. Read interviewing books (and this website), and role play using problem, action, result (PAR) statements. Make sure your answers are focused and no more than 2 minutes.
Follow-up with handwritten thank you notes.
Work at getting a job like a job.
Build a support network and be willing to give as much help as you hope to get.
DANGERS IN SOCIAL NETWORKING
If you are using social networking on sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, be aware that anything you communicate online can and often will be accessedby current and future potential employers. Words are powerful tools, and they can be powerful in preventing you from getting your next job.
If you are seeking employment or will at any time in the future, do not undermine your chances by:
Complaining about your boss, coworkers, or customers
Expressing feelings of being overwhelmed by your work
Using unprofessionallanguage, including swearing
Exhibiting obnoxious or drunken behavior
Discussing activities that are illegal or show bad judgment
Providing questionable photos of you and your friends
Remember anything you write on these sites is accessible to employers forever and will be used to determine your desirability for a position. Don't hurt your chances of getting the job you really want!
Frequently Asked Questions Answers to your questions about how to write and distribute your resume and cover letter. Tips on conducting your job search.
Successful Resumes Titles of some specific careers for which Arlene Schwartz has developed effective resumes and CVs for career advancement, career changes,outplacement, and new graduates in Ohio, California, Texas, Washington, Florida, throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. List of some companies and organizations with which clients have secured positions.
What to Expect A description of the process of having your resume and cover letter developed by telephone and e-mail.
Testimonials A sampling of positive results and responses from clients all over the world.
Networking One of the best methods to secure a job is through networking with everyone you know and even those who you don't know. Tips to help you be a better networker.
Job Market Information on the best places to work and live, and careers, industries, and companies with the greatest possibility of finding jobs.
Best Methods for Using Your Resume Information on the most effective job searchmethods.
Enhancing Your Chances of Getting a Job Techniques for improving yourchances of getting a job in a highly competitive job market.
Resume Cover Letters Tips on writing cover letters to entice employers to want to meet you.
Interviewing Tips to help you with all aspects of the interview process.
References A guide to assist you in selecting and preparing your references to receive calls from potential employers and recruiters.
Thank You Notes How to write and use thank you notes, one of the most neglected aspects of a job search.
Job-Finding, Job Interview, Networking, Green Jobs, and Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs Book Stores Books recommended by job seekers and recruiters to assist you in the job search process, and sold through Amazon.com.
Links Great links to help you research companies and industries, find the best job postings, and assist you in locating job opportunities.
Hot Topics / Job News Latest information, tips, ideas, and reminders to help you with your job search.
AND MORE Guidelines for a Good Job Search Schedule Getting a job is a job! A good job search week for someone who is unemployed would include:
30-40 hours of work
2-3 new contacts with decision makers
Follow up contacts with decision makers
5-50 letters, notes, and e-mails
If you are employed, you can cut the numbers in half.
The average response is 1 interview for every in 200 resumes sent, according to Harvey MacKay (Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door), but if you follow the guidelines on this web site and use networking as your primary strategy, your rate will be much better.
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Researchers have found:
In a job interview, you are most likely to get hired if you:
Talk half the time and the interviewer talks half the time
Answer questions between 20 seconds and 2 minutes
Send 2 thank you notes, one e-mailed for promptness and one handwritten and sent by snail mail for a personal touch
Type a note on quality paper and send it by snail mail if your handwriting is terrible
Sending resumes to Internet job postings is anineffectivemethod for finding a job with a 4% success rate. But if you are interested in IT, engineering, finance, or healthcare jobs, the success rate increases to 10%.
Mackay uses short chapters and interesting stories to show you how to be at your best when things are at their worst. His hard-hitting topics include: > Beating rejection > Networking to find jobs > The importance of lifelong learning > Acing interviews > Researching people / companies > Negotiating your next position MacKay offers a money back guarantee if you do not have a job after 6 months!