Marketing Through Resume: Achievements Over Duty

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This article was previously featured on TalentZoo.com. Click here to see the original article by Jessica N. Abraham. Aside from the new standards of quality that have been instituted into the new resume requirements for getting past Applicant Tracking Systems, we have to realize that, for most of our lives, we have been writing the resume wrong. Professional resume writers are often baffled at how some of the top professionals at Fortune 500 companies have included so few achievements within their resumes, but have listed many duties! For the most part, employers already know what your job duties entail. As a matter of fact, it is actually the duty of Human Resources or Administration personnel to know this while recruiting and screening talent. So, what is it that you achieved with this talent? This is what they are most interested in. They want to know what impact you can bring to their company. They want to know that you can make a difference. Oftentimes, applicants are worried about the wrong things. For those that have not created financial impact, they may have made a difference through leadership or process improvements. They may have contributed to a process that made things […]

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Don’t Forget to Be a Lifelong Student

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Previously Published to TalentZoo When life takes the backseat and we spend more time in transit than preparing a meal, we often forget how important it is to continuously invent self, evolve, and stay ahead of trends. We often forget how to keep learning and adopting new skills; how to form educated opinions, backed by research and facts. And, most importantly, we forget how to breathe. In a world run by technology, there are many executive professionals that remain computer illiterate. This is fine. Many of them can afford secretaries and administrative assistants to help them progress in an innovative direction. At the same time, they are restricting themselves, hindering growth, and spending time in areas that could be streamlined through technology. That time could be spent focused on taking their brands to the next level. In short, the business world isn’t progressing as rapidly as it could be, and the younger generation is looking to us for cues. Mentorship is amazing because we can get shortcuts to decision-making methods, adopt specific processes, and learn things about our industries that we never knew we never knew. We learn details about business that are either kept “hush, hush” or just not […]

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People-Oriented Management: How It Can Help Your Organization

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Previously Published to TalentZoo As you look around at businesses that thrive, what do you see? Businesses like Google, Amazon, VisualSoft, and many others have a people-oriented management style. They care about their employees — and that’s the bottom line! One has to consider that with digital organizations, in order to stick out — especially within rapidly growing and saturated industries — they have to be different. Being different isn’t always just doing something “crazy,” or even selling a unique product. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t have to deal with your income growth at all. Managers and companies that “dare to be different” in how they treat their employees have noticed that expansion, process, and revenue have greatly increased over time. Many companies that offer their “people” great bonuses, time off, work-from-home opportunities, a nice pillow to concentrate on one project at a time, benefits packages, and perks that improve their lifestyle often notice that the quality of work is improved and clients are happier. They notice that work is getting done on time and on task more efficiently. They notice that revenue is increasing. This is all because they show mutual respect for the employee as an […]

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To Lead or Not to Lead?

PUBLISHED TO TALENTZOO A very common misconception amongst the professional community, and especially where very talented people have the chance to “shine,” is that showing any type of leadership ability through resume or interview is a big “no-no.” Many equate the demonstration of leadership ability as something that should only be done if one seeks an executive role or a management position. The reality is that lack of leadership could be the one thing holding them back from that higher-paying senior position within the team atmosphere — or even barring them from an entry-level position within a company that requires self-starters in a fast-paced environment. Not showing leadership ability will not only hinder chances to get in the door, but also those for continuous promotion and increases in pay scale. As a matter of fact, lack of leadership ability may be why many have tenured a position for ten or more years without pay increase and without promotion. They are hardworking, serving employees, but they aren’t taking initiative. While they work hard and go above and beyond to meet goals, they may only be performing duties within the expectations of upper management. It is important to rise above expectations, take […]

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Career Development At Any Level

PUBLISHED TO TALENTZOO As humans, it is in our innate nature to want to evolve and become “better.” There are those that will be followers, and there are those who are natural-born leaders. Then there is that fine line in between — those who are in a cocoon, just waiting for their incubation into the next stage of the lifecycle of progress. They are waiting to be led, but are taking notes on how they can lead. Leaders, it is on you to take the reigns. It is on you to influence and inspire. Why lead followers when you can lead leaders who can help you influence those followers? When we talk about career development, we generally think about our college days and how we met with campus professionals in crafting now-obsolete resumes and following up with leads willing to take entry-level students under their wing. As professionals, we have surpassed those “good ol’ days” and have moved on to the real world. We aren’t competing with other students. We are competing with senior, seasoned, and tenured experts in our chosen industry. When we’re up against the pioneers, how do we measure up? Career development is often called “professional development” […]

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Marketing Yourself Through Breadcrumbs

PUBLISHED TO TALENTZOO Recently, I had a conversation with a young professional. I was working on his resume and realized that although he was only 25, he was very accomplished. He had a Master’s Degree and multiple certifications. He had leveraged massive growth and real estate acquisitions for his company while maintaining budgets of over a billion dollars. I was also crafting his LinkedIn portfolio. I was shocked to know it was his first profile and that he had no other social networks, websites, or mentions on the web. However, he had done many successful things on behalf of his company. Notice — I said “behalf.” He generated a whirlwind of income gain on behalf of that company and only earned a small entry-level salary. No one else knew he existed professionally, and he could not prove the numbers that his company is doing to the public. It was private equity. In fact, the only way anyone would know his level of success is if they saw his resume directly.I don’t know what shocked me more…the fact that he had no experience on social media, or the fact that he was, in my opinion, being taken advantage of due to […]

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Marketing Yourself Through Resume

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN TWO PARTS ON TALENTZOO As a professional in an ever-evolving world of technology, it is absolutely important to keep abreast of changes that occur within the standard operations of society and hiring processes. Not many realize that with the evolution of information systems, most hiring processes are initiated, if not fully executed, online. Therefore, hiring managers and executive decision makers are eliminating the number of resumes that they are scouring each week in order to streamline processes and maximize productivity in the job space while keeping staffing down to a minimum. Let’s take a deeper look into this science and discover how to get past all systems filters to at least be considered for the position that many are applying for. Did you know that as this World of Technology evolves, so does the way the business world approaches talent acquisitions and recruiting? Professionals aren’t just sitting back behind a desk glancing over resumes on a day-to-day basis. Time is valuable, and successful corporations are always looking for ways to cut back on unnecessary spending. As mentioned earlier, many recruiters are more than likely sitting in front of a computer and pounding away at their keyboards, seeking […]

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