Job Tip #7 | Refocus

1 Jan

Happy New Year everyone!!!

It’s a new day, a new year, and a new decade. Great opportunity to refocus.

Job Tip #6 | How to Grow as a Leader.

20 Dec

What Do You Do to Grow as a Leader?
(Not necessary in this order)

1.  You ask questions
2.  You listen
3.  You engage
4.  You provide feedback
5.  You take action
6.  You show recognition
7.  You empathize
8.  You contribute
9.  You encourage
10. You empower

What are your thoughts?

Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #5 | Top Seven Reasons Why Your Resume is Invisible and You Don’t Get the Job Your Really Want.

13 Nov

Submitting an invisible resume to employers could be detrimental to your career.

But that begs the question; if your resume is invisible, how would a hiring manage know the resume was there in the first place?  Because when he initially scans your resume he doesn’t see anything that attracts him to it or to the person it represents – which is YOU!

So it’s important that your resume is the most visible resume in a stack with other job seekers’ resumes.

For many people, resume writing is a difficult chore. It’s detailed work and highly time consuming. However, it continues to be one of the most important documents you should have for your job search. Therefore, it should be a first-rate resume.

So here you are.

The top seven reasons why your resume is invisible:

  1. Poorly written content – your resume content is NOT clear, concise, descriptive, sound, and hard hitting.
  2. You aren’t professional – your resume was written by amateurs or someone who does not have the know-how of a writer and the communications skills of a sales and marketing professional.
  3. It lacks marketability – your resume is not marketable, or more importantly, your resume is not remarkable.  (Remember, if you are not remarkable, you’re invisible.)
  4. It’s Unfocused – your resume is NOT focused and tailored to the industry, career, or position you seek.
  5. It’s even less focused – more importantly, your resume is NOT focused and tailored to the hiring manager – the person who has the authority to say “yes” to hiring you.
  6. No added value – your resume doesn’t add value to the probable employer and/or hiring manager’s department.
  7. Not results driven – your resume focuses too much on your skills, experiences, and talents, and not enough on your accomplishments.

There you have it. If you want to write a resume that employers and hiring managers ignore then follow the examples above and you mission will be accomplished.  If not, then do the opposite.

Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #4 | Eight Reasons Why Good Is Never Good Enough and Why You Must Always Do Better

10 Jun

Recently, Tim Tymchyshyn, asked the following question on LinkedIn Answers:  “Why is it never good enough, even when you can’t do better?”

I received Best Answer for this question and thought I might share it with you.

At first glance this question seems easy to answer. But after considering the question I realize the difficulty of answering it.  But it’s a great question and in the end, I believe answering it will help make you and me a greater success.

In this case I’m assuming the word “it” refers to the word “good.” In other words, the question could have be phrased, “Why is good never good enough, even when you can’t do better?”

Here are my eight reasons why doing good is never enough:

  1. It is never good enough because when it becomes good enough you start doing mediocre work.
  2. It is never good enough because it REALLY can be improved upon. If not by you then by someone else.
  3. It is never good enough because you are only as good as your last project.
  4. It is never good enough because someone (your competitor) is always on the sideline waiting for you to give up or not perform at your best.
  5. It is never good enough because someone’s life or livelihood might depend on it.
  6. It is never good enough because when you concede that it is good, then your mind stops searching for ways to make it better.
  7. It is never good enough because you might be limited by the tools used to complete the project or job.
  8. It is never good enough because your subordinates might not be good enough and that limits you and/or your department.

That being said, do the best you can with the tools and staff you have. If you need help, then ask. But be certain you have indeed done the best you can because so much depends on it and so many are depending on you!

And when you are all finished and have done well (good), ask yourself the following question:

“What is the ONE thing I can do to make this the best work I can?”

Share your thoughts below.

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You can also connect with Marvin Wilson on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/MarvinWilson

Job Tip #3 | Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Take Control of Your Life at Work

29 Apr

(Note: This article has been modified since it was lasted posted on April 29, 2009)

“… In the years to come you will find yourselves up against gods of all sorts, big and little gods, corporate and incorporeal gods, all of them demanding to be worshiped and obeyed—the myriad deities of money and power, of convention and custom, that will seek to limit and control your thoughts and lives. Defy them; that’s my advice to you. Thumb your noses; cock your snooks. For, as the myths tell us, it is by defying the gods that human beings have best expressed their humanity.” – Salman Rushdie, writer (As quoted in Success: Advice for Achieving Your Goals from Remarkably Accomplished People, edited by J. Pincott)

In job tip #1 I suggested that you may want to start your own business and create wealth for yourself and your family and gain more control over your life.

In this tip I am suggesting that you think differently about your relationship with your employer, specifically the managers that manage your department or company.

So if you decided not to start your own business and work for someone else, that’s fine. But if you must work for someone else please understand this:

Your employer is only hiring you, he/she’s not buying you! Therefore, he/she doesn’t own you.

No matter how much he tries to convince you otherwise.

That’s right. We’re talking about a mutual business relationship here.

Never give an employer, manager, or anyone for that matter, authority over your life. Your first priority should always be to youself and your family. In other words, what’s in the best interest of you and your family first, then what’s in the best interest of your employer.

Now that doesn’t mean you won’t be loyal to your employers and their managers. It just means that managers and employers have their proper place in your life.

You have to stand up for yourself. You can never let someone hinder your success at work or control the quality of your life at home or at work.

Too often I’ve seen the stress, hurt, and frustration managers have caused their employees by dictating to them what they can and can’t do in their own lives.

Now let’s look at what happens when you take control of your life at work:

  1. You build your self-confidence.
  2. You decrease your work related stress levels.
  3. You self esteem will increase, resulting in your being more productive and successful.
  4. Your managers will respect you more and understand you can’t be manipulated and controlled.
  5. You do those things that matters most to you and your family. Thus you enjoy life more.
  6. You regain control of your life at home and at work.
  7. More importantly, you express your humanity.

Working for someone doesn’t mean giving up control of your life. Work for you should be a means to an end. And that’s to make a living.

Now, go take control of your life at home and at work and be successful and remarkable!

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You can also connect with Marvin Wilson on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/MarvinWilson

Job Tip #2 | Learn a New Job Skill and Add Value to Your Personal Brand.

7 Apr

Learn a new career or job skill you’ve always wanted to learn but never got around to learning. Perhaps you’re a professional php developer and always wanted to learn ASP.net or SEO. Or a graphic designer who always wanted to learn to develop web applications.

Developing new skills add value to your brand or image.

Spend some time daily learning a new job skill. Go outside areas of your comfort zone.

It doesn’t have to be anything pricey. You can teach yourself by using books or audio program; attending a seminar or simply taking a tele-class; going back to school; or simply learning on the job. There are plenty free or inexpensive online tutorials for almost any subject that might interest you.

Feed your brain something it craves, real food, not junk food such a TV and video games. Learn something new. Now more than ever it’s up to you to invest in your career growth.

What job skill have YOU always wanted to learn but never got around to learning?

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson.

Seven Things All Job Seekers Should Do To Get The Job They Really Want!

1 Apr

1.    Pay Little Attention to Details During Your Job Search: This will definitely get employers attention. And yes, you will stand out amongst the other job seekers. Think about this. The other job seekers waste the employers’ time by paying attention to every little detail. Paying too much attention to details is only for those job seekers who have all the time in the world.

2.    Arrive Late for the Interview: Managers are busy and important people. So whatever extra time they have between interviews gives them more time to get other important things done. Arriving late shows the employer that you are a busy and important person, too. This creates a favorable impression of you.

3.    Don’t Answer the Questions Asked of You During the Interview: Dodge as many questions as possible.  Especially since the interviewer has your resume with your glowing list of duties and responsibilities. Make sure the interviewer has to figure out what you are trying to convey during the interview. This way he has to listen deeply to really get the answers he needs to understand you.

4.    Make Sure the Employer Knows You Don’t Really Need the Job: Sure jobs are hard to come by these days, but talented employees are hard to come by, also.  So be as reserved as possible. Show little or no interest and you’ll increase you likability factor. This makes employers really want to hire you.

5.    Don’t Prepare for the Interview: Preparation takes up too much of your valuable job search time. Use this time conducting your job search and scheduling more interviews. Remember job searching is a numbers game. Save this time for those more important job search activities. Besides, the employer won’t know how little time you spent preparing for the interview.

6.    Do as Little Company Research as Possible: The only thing you really need to know at this point is 1.) the duties and responsibilities and 2.) how much the job pays. You can learn more about the company during the interview and on-the-job training once you get the job. Again, this saves you much needed time for other important job search activities and allow you to conduct more interviews in less time.

7.    Take a Look at Your Calendar and do the exact opposite of everything I said above. Have a great April Fools Day!

Yes you will differentiate yourself from the other job seekers by following these tips… but not in a positive way. Your first impression will be a lasting negative impression.

So pay attention to details, show up on time for your interviews, answer the questions asked, show interest in the job and company, prepare well, and learn as much as possible about the job and the company prior to attending the interview and you’ll differentiate yourself from the “me seekers” and get the job you really want.

What are your thoughts? Tell me at which point above you thought I was insane?

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson.