ATS Allows for Longer Resumes? Yes and No

We may have a posted an earlier article in which you were told it is okay to have a longer resume for Applicant Tracking systems. Today we want to caution you that although it gives you an opportunity to have more data and keywords for the ATS to identify, when your resume gets to human hands, too much can be a deterrent to the job interview.

The article we are linking today is basically ‘hot off the press’ to give you sound advice when applying online through Applicant Tracking System software. Read carefully and thoughtfully as you prepare your resume for uploading. Remember ATS rejects files uploaded in .pdf format even though you will not receive any confirmation of such rejection.

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-length-ats/

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Are you an Encourager?

Are you asking yourself what this means to my employment search? A person who practices encouraging actually exudes positive energy which draws others to them. An encourager smiles more easily and comes up with positive ideas for problem solving. If you find that you’ve been more of a “terminator” than an “encourager” the linked article is a good place to start for you to understand the importance of changing directions. Whichever position you are practicing, it can reflect in an interview, your daily work relations and even more within your family life. Sometimes we can fall into the role of “terminator” when we’re being hard on ourselves for our perceived failures. Think about it, you probably want others to give you a break, won’t you start today by giving yourself a break? Let your co-workers or the employer who interviews you see the hopeful, positive energy you have kept covered until now. Watch the sunshine of encouragement take the dreary clouds of the terminator away. Read on, have a breakthrough of change and gain success in all you do!

http://baird-group.com/articles/taking-stock-are-you-the-terminator-the-encourager

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Not Hired Again? Reasons Why

It can be difficult to keep a stiff upper lip in the day-to-day challenge of finding a job. If you’re getting the interviews, then it is probably safe to say you have the resume, cover letter and application portion of your job search buttoned down. Give yourself credit for nailing this portion of your job search. We’ll assume if you’re reading this article, you are on the receiving end of “you didn’t get the position”. Now it’s time to evaluate how you are presenting yourself to the employer. It could be any one, or more than one, of the list provided by recruiters in the linked article. Review the list, evaluate and perhaps even ask a friend if they think you have any of the items on the list going on. Be open and courageous to make changes. These changes generally are not just external but must be accompanied by your outlook as well. Drum up your positive, confident self and go forward with renewed energy.

http://www.careerealism.com/10-things-recruiters-wont-tell-you-but-i-will/#!bDWTDX

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Being Smart About Your Career Change

If you’re thinking about making a career change, consider the wisdom of those who have gone before you. There are practical steps you can take to ensure a successful transition. Hopefully, you are not in a position where you are making a hasty retreat from an employment position you are unhappy with. We encourage you to exercise maturity and thoughtfulness about your next steps to prevent you from stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Planning your direction, your goals and how to get there in advance can enable you to keep stability in your life during this change. Read the linked article with openness of mind. It may stretch you a little to sit down and answer the questions of the steps recommended but just as creating a good budget keeps your finances in check, this process can assist you in making career changes that line up with your future needs and goals.

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/tips-for-surviving-a-career-transition?int=9d4c08

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Be an Active Interviewee

Are you aware a good interview should come across more as a conversation rather than a grilling? Now you should be asking yourself, “Exactly how do I do that in the best possible way?” Today’s article will help you to understand the ways in which you can present yourself, your skills and your past work experience in a positive, informative light while marketing yourself as the best candidate. Isn’t it best to start out by demonstrating to the employer that you are their “go to” person for the open position? Resumes have now advanced where we no longer use the “Objective” Statement which told the employer what you, the job seeker, is looking for in your employment, to the “Personal Brand” which tells an employer what you have to offer, what is unique about you that makes you stand above the rest, and what you are bringing to the table. Therefore, it only makes common sense that our interview should advance to a place where we become a presenter to the employer of the value of our marketable talent, skill and experience we bring while being able to converse on a one-on-one level. Read the article and see if you get some clarification and an “aha” moment to change up your interview skills.

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/how-to-be-an-active-interviewee?int=9d4c08

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Passing the LinkedIn Resume Comparison Challenge

Did you know employers will view your resume on LinkedIn to see if what you have provided them matches up with the endorsements, group conversations and other information you’ve provided on LinkedIn?

In the age of digital technology and social media, you need to learn to be savvy about all of your online activity. Providing your realistic information on LinkedIn and then embellishing for a job offer could get you in hot water. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, an employer may find you outdated or lacking in skill. You’re stuck between a rock and hard spot. We recommend you learn as much as you can about LinkedIn from our previous postings and read the inserted article to learn all the particulars employers will be looking for in your LinkedIn account.

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/08/18/can-your-resume-pass-the-all-important-linkedin-comparison-test/

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Practical Ways to Stop the Negative Self-Talk

Are you frustrated with the way your thoughts tend to replay incidents or conversations over and over while you try to make sense of your interaction or reaction and put the puzzle pieces together to make sense of it all? Do these moments affect your life in the hours or days after, creating a snowball effect of frustration with yourself? Are you punishing yourself over and over because you just can’t measure up to what you believe the standards of expectation are? There are some things in life that just can’t fit neatly together and therefore you must find another way to lay the situation to rest. Everyone has moments where they’ve said something out of place, or does something odd various times in their life; you are most definitely not alone.

Negative self-talk can take you down, if you let it, and eliminate opportunities around you. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take yourself a little less seriously and shake off your momentary lapses while putting them in the proper perspective to how miniscule they really are in the bigger scheme of your life? The linked article gives you practical ways you can implement thought processes to overcome the negative self-talk to reach your best potential. Don’t hesitate, jump right in and let the shadow of negativity be drowned out by the light of your new way of thinking!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/06/negative-self-talk-think-positive_n_3009832.html

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