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Don’t have much experience? Here’s how to boost your resume
It’s one of the most frustrating experiences any job seeker faces: After a rigorous search, you’ve found a job that you’re really excited about, where you’ll work on interesting things with like-minded people and in a great location. The catch? The job requires experience, often more than a recent college graduate has under his belt. As disheartening as this situation is, it isn’t necessarily the end of the line.
Here are some ways you can boost your resume to help you secure your dream job:
Become an intern
Many colleges and universities require students to complete an internship prior to graduation. This might lead some to believe that internships are only for students, which is untrue. Some internship programs do require that their interns receive class credit, but those typically are unpaid and rely on the class credits as compensation. Many paid internships have no student-status requirements or age limitations. Internships offer excellent experience and networking opportunities, and they can often lead to a full-time job offer.
Experience doesn’t have to come from the private sector. While volunteer work is mainly associated with altruism, there’s no reason it can’t benefit your career as well. Doing nonprofit work that is associated with your education and your desired job is a great way to hone your skills, gain real-world experience and help others in the process. Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer their time, which is a great opportunity for you to network with professionals and show how you’d fit in with the corporate culture.
Just because you’ve graduated, it doesn’t mean that you’re done learning. One question employers commonly ask in a job interview is how you’ve been spending your time since graduation. Telling them you’ve been sleeping late and filling out the occasional application isn’t going to make you stand out. However, talking about continuing-education classes or industry-related seminars you’ve attended, and discussing how they relate to the position, will likely make a lasting impression.
Strengthen your cover letter
The cover letter is your opportunity to explain to an employer how your experience measures up to the company’s needs. Highlight similarities between work you’ve done and the work that will be required in the open position. Smart employers don’t make their hiring decisions based on years of experience alone. This is your chance to sell them on why your specific experiences make you uniquely suited for the job.
Personally, these are the things I like:
- Chronological Resume
- Bullet Points (please don’t write paragraphs)
- Summary NOT objective (showcase your strengths)
- If you have graduated in the past 5 years (Education on top)
- Certifications, such as the CPA listed behind your name!
- Software section….detailed excel skills…lets face it I work with Accountants and Finance Professionals
- Achievements – What have you done to save time or money? Can you quantify that? Again, I work with F&A Professionals
- A brief explanation of what the company does and their annual sales, i.e. 300M publicly traded Manufacturer of Widgets
Now on to the article…….
3 Steps to Improve your Resume by Erica (Wezner) Tew, CPRW
Writing a quality resume will take some time. For best results, do not rush this process. Spend time in your job search researching an employer before sending a resume. It is better to have three value-driven resumes sent in one week than it is to send 30 of the same document at the click of your mouse. The goal of your resume is to get an interview, so if you haven’t been receiving invitations, try out some of these modifications:
- Don’t hide important information – You may be changing careers or industries, and may be prone to try out a resume that is more functional in style than most. However, all recruiters and hiring managers want to see your work history. If you bury your work history and dates of employment, or choose not to include them at all, you will be raising red flags. To mitigate this, state clearly up front which field you are transitioning into and focus on your results. Although your work history may be outside of your target field, refusing to mention it at all will lead the employer to draw their own conclusions about a potential gap in employment.
Hiding recent dates or work history will also make your resume unclear or even confusing. At a time when recruiters are reviewing resumes anywhere from within 30 to 6 seconds, you need to make sure the sections they want to scan towards are readily available.
- Show your results – Not everyone will have executive level achievements, but if you only state your job duties, you are missing a chance to impress a hiring manager. Figuring out your achievements can be tricky. You may not have gotten any formal recognition for a particular event, or maybe you just think you simply “did your job” every day.
To start, think of a time you improved, or helped improve, a work process and describe it. Did you ever go above and beyond for a customer? Did that customer become a regular customer because of your service? Did you see a way the company could save money and either implement a solution, or successfully raise the idea to your manager? Any of these items could be incorporated into your job descriptions, and they will add more weight to your work history. Recruiters and hiring managers want to see your results, so show them what you have done. The job search isn’t the time to be modest: own your achievements.
- Customize the resume – This one is huge. Most job seekers that work with a resume writer or career advisor know they have to customize their resume for each position, however, this means more than just editing your Headline or Objective. Achievements, Education, Areas of Expertise, and Work History descriptions: if a section does not relate to your target job at all, modify it.
For example, although many people may be proud of their collegiate accomplishments, these should not take space over your work history and results. Turning a solid one- or two-page resume into three or four pages because you want to include names of companies or school awards from over 10 years ago will not effectively market you. Further information can always be provided upon request, but focus on keeping your resume concise and to-the-point for your initial contact.
Say you were using a dating website and you sent the same message to every person that said something like, “Hi, I read your profile and you seem interesting. You would be perfect for me. Call me at 555-555-1234.” Would you call that person? Or would you think they were a bit presumptive (and maybe a little odd, coming out of left field)? Most people would rather respond to the person that said something that shows they really read your profile, and wanted to get to know you more. Although the job search isn’t dating, both are the beginning of potentially long-term commitments. Focus on finding a match for you and then do your best to create a positive first impression.
Use the job posting as your guide and make sure you try to match each qualification or skill called for in the advertisement. Try to make the recruiter’s job easy and show you have the qualifications, then see Step 2 and emphasize your results.
If you don’t know where to begin with customizing your resume, showing results, or determining the best format for you, then I recommend getting in contact with a resume writer or someone within your field. Conduct research on job search sites such as this one, and you can be better prepare yourself on what it takes to draft a resume that will capture attention and secure an interview.
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Bending the truth in your resume can be a double-edged sword. It may help you get the job you apply for, while getting caught bending the truth can come back to bite you years later. Depending on the truth you bend, you might cause legal issues for yourself, especially if you are bidding for a project as a contractor.
It’s sometimes a temptation to exaggerate your experience or give your job title a slight upgrade, but I suggest you think twice before “embellishing” your skills or experience, or you may find yourself looking over your shoulder for years to come.
Background checks are common practice when making hiring decisions, so it is likely that you will be caught out, and it’s foolish to put the effort into applying for a job and going on job interviews, just to lose out because you’ve been dishonest to try and make your resume look more impressive.
Fake it ‘til you make it:
What’s wrong with this strategy? If you are experienced and knowledgeable and you just need a little boost to your confidence to help you get your dream job, you are not really faking anything. This strategy may actually benefit you as it gives you confidence and motivation to move forward. However, if you are really faking your qualification and knowledge when, in reality, you have little or no capability or experience to back up the way you represent yourself on your resume, this will not end well. You will come across as disingenuous and deceitful, and will likely shoot yourself in the foot.
Leave out certain information:
Although you never want to outright lie on your resume, you do want to present yourself in a favorable light. This could mean leaving certain information out. If you are applying for a technical position and you have worked as a shelf stocker at a grocery store, you don’t have to include this in your resume. Doing so will just waste valuable space on your resume that you can use to elaborate on the achievements you had at the relevant jobs.
In addition, sometimes you may want to leave out information that make you seem overqualified for the job you are applying for. The bottom line is you want to leave out information, no matter how impressive, that makes you look like the wrong candidate for the position.
Don’t exaggerate your position:
While you might have done more than your position required and think that you deserve a more senior position, you don’t want to lie about your position. For example, you worked as an intern at a company but worked as hard as your manager. You can’t change your job title from intern to manager on your resume. You can still explain your achievements at the job and demonstrate to your prospective employers that you are a hardworking candidate.
Sometimes it is tempting to stretch the truth a little on your resume. However, if you don’t want to be worried about someone in Human Resource decides to audit their files, don’t lie on your resume.
Get the job without lying:
If you are well-qualified and your skills are in demand, it’s likely you will be able to overcome some obstacles to the land the job you want. Referrals are a good way of boosting your chances of getting hired, even if you do not fit the exact criteria for the role, as a good recommendation goes a long way; so do your best to impress anyone who has influence over the hiring decisions.
If the job you want requires a degree, instead of fabricating one and risking getting caught out, look into how you can actually attain one. There are lots of options available for working professionals to study from home, so why not take up a course in your free time?
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Industry News and Updates
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With Q1 behind us lets jump right into the update for Houston. I am sure everyone is curious about the oil & gas prices and what impact they are having on the job market in Houston. I have been in the recruiting industry for almost 14 years and have already been through 2 full blown recessions. 2015 has been an interesting year so far. I feel like our local economy has taken a hit from the drop of Oil & Gas, but it’s not as severe (knock on wood) as I thought it would be. Some might beg to differ but, let me explain!
Obviously, Houston has been impacted by the depressed prices. Most Exploration & Production companies are not hiring at all. Some are even laying off, but downstream and midstream companies are still hiring. They are actually benefiting from the drop in price. Not to mention the back log of construction projects that are still on the books. We are also seeing increased demand from consumer products based companies (retail, restaurant, healthcare). Houston has gained nearly 570,000 residents in the past 5 years!
Just imagine the resources they will need from housing, healthcare to groceries and cars!
So, is the job market as good as it was last year? The simple answer is no, but there are still a lot of opportunities out there in several other industries outside of “oil & gas”.
Until next time..
- National / Houston Unemployment rate:8/4.3
- Price of Oil:$56.71(last year $100)
- Oil Rig Count:1109 (last year 1803)
- Industries hiring:Manufacturing, Construction, Consumer Products related companies, Real Estate & Homebuilding, Healthcare
- Positions in demand:Controller, Financial Analyst, Tax, Internal Auditor, Payroll,
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– Treasury Analyst – Heavy Cash Management
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– Controller – WIP / POC a MUST
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– AP Supervisor – small company, family atmosphere
– Senior Accountant – Oil & Gas – Right hand person to the Controller
– Tax Analyst – Federal & State – Amazing tenure in this group!
– CFO – San Antonio – retail background preferred
– Budget Analyst – banner experience preferred
– Billing Clerk
– AP Clerk MUST speak French
News and Resources
Your dream job is within your grasp. You have swotted up on the company – you can name its Chief Executive Officers all the way back to the day it started. This is an important job; the job you have been aiming for all your career. You have had the tour, you know the premises inside out. You know the product. You KNOW the company. Now all you need to do is clinch it. Your time is NOW.
And then, it could all go pear-shaped, as they say. An epic fail of gargantuan proportions. You dry up. Your mouth is not connected with your brain, or even worse in some cases, there is no off button. Everything in your brain comes tumbling out, in a completely random order.
You are making a mess of it. It is a nightmare. But you can wake up from it with these 9 rather surprising interview tips, amassed over the years from thousands of interviews across all sectors.
A word of caution:
You need to gauge the panel sat in front of you and you need to measure the risk of how some of these tips will go down with them. In some interview situations, they can work a treat but in others they can fall completely flat.
You only have seconds to create a favourable impression and faffing about telling jokes may not be the way you want to start the conversation. However, during the interview, as you feel more comfortable, you may feel you need to add some zest and zing so that they see a different side to you.
Hence, proceed with caution – it is your responsibility how well you come across.
Tip 1- Breaking the ice:
There is sometimes a tricky question or two thrown into an interview and one of them is this: what are your biggest/greatest weaknesses? It sends a trickle of sweat running down the back of any interviewee, but there is an answer.
You could name your favourite film star and then add further to the chuckles hopefully coming from the panel with something faintly ridiculous such as ‘persistent lateness’. However, once you have done this you need to answer.
Drawing a blank?
You need to turn this negative question into a positive one. Think of it as what would you like to improve in the next year? What are your goals, etc?
Tip 2- Two-way conversation:
Everyone likes to feel that they are taking part in a conversation and it shouldn’t be any different when it comes to interviews. Many candidates turn up, assuming that the interview is a one-way process – they ask the questions, you answer.
Try this – research, research, research will throw up some interesting information about the company. Why not ask them about their new product, service or a part of their history? Be proactive and encourage a two-way exchange.
Tip 3- Appearance is tactical too:
You really do need to dress for the job. Having said that, if it is a role that requires a uniform or protective clothing of some kind, clearly turning up dressed ready to begin work will not make the best of starts.
If it is a ‘suited and booted’ position, then wear a suit; if it is not that formal, then opt for conservative, block colours rather than bold, dramatic patterns. Keep colours rich and elegant, rather than patterned and over the top.
Tip 4- Be nice to EVERYBODY:
You will be amazed at how much sway the receptionist can have in telling a panel member how rude/ignorant/uncommunicative x candidate was when they arrived, etc.
Wherever you go in the building, whoever you talk to, assume they have the authority to hire or fire you – and treat them as such. It pays to be nice.
Tip 5- Honesty works:
Many interviewees are nervous and anxious, which is understandable. In some cases, it can help to ‘admit’ to these nerves. But, before you think this will make you look like a dribbling wreck, turn it on its head; by acknowledging some of these anxious behaviours, you will make yourself more comfortable…and people hire people they are comfortable with!
Tip 6- Don’t be bombarded:
Allowing the interviewing panel to take complete charge can make you feel that you are being bombarded so make sure that you retain partial control of the interview too. The best way to do this is to have some key questions prepared beforehand. Try these:
‘What is the company’s long-term vision?’
‘Is there anything from my previous experience you would like me to elaborate on?’
Tip 7- You WANT the job:
Remember, you do need to give them signals you want the job.
Tip 8- Résumé:
Always have several copies of your résumé, and anything else you feel could help with your application and interview for the job. This shows you are professional and prepared, two key abilities that many companies would give their right hand for.
Tip 9- Follow up:
95% of candidates, if they are unsuccessful, leave it at that, but rather than phoning and asking why you didn’t get the job, write to them thanking them for interviewing you and outlining what you gained from the experience. You never know, if a job arises in the near future, they may just contact you.
Author: James from Staffbay
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• Research, analyze, model and evaluate tax impacts on the firm and recommend courses of action
o CPA license and college degree required
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