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HOW TO: Spruce Up a Boring Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]

HOW TO: Spruce Up a Boring Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]
Writing a resume is such a nebulous activity these days. You have to figure out which type of online resume format is best for you, whether to include a cover letter, how to incorporate social media into your resume, if a video resume is a good idea and what you should include on your LinkedIn profile. Above all that, to get the job, you need to beat out all the other creative digital peeps who are producing dynamic digital resumes. Phew — that's a lot of work! We're always finding new resources to help you on your journey to perfecting your digital resume, and we happened across this nifty infographic by the team at Colorado Technical University, which includes tips on creating a digital resume, as well as tips for sprucing up your traditional resume, for potential employers who still like the smell of top-linen paper. [via: Colorado Technical University] Social Media Job Listings Every week we put out a list of social media and web job opportunities.

How To Protect Your Resume From Identity Thieves Someone responded to one of my videos with a statement and question. Here it is… “Great tips Jim. Just one concern I have about posting a resume online for free viewing- Security, how can you keep your personal information safe from identy thieves? – Clara” I gave a few thoughts from the top of my head and then I thought, why not add them to the blog too? Clara, My 2 cents of advice… 1. Happy Hunting! Jim Stroud P.S. Optimize Your Resume Don't Forget the Cover Letter Stand Out From The Crowd – Include a First Rate Cover Letter With Your Resume What does a well written cover letter do for your resume? It helps you stand out; assisting by distinguishing you individually from the endless list of names applying for the same job. Writing a cover letter can be intimidating for many otherwise eager job seekers. Here is the template suggested for where to start building a high-quality cover letter, excerpted from the CDDTC website: YOUR ADDRESS (Do not put your name here) TODAY’S DATE Mr. FIRST PARAGRAPH: This is the “why I’m writing to you” paragraph which immediately tells the employer the position you want to be considered for. Why you are writing and which position you are applying for. SECOND PARAGRAPH: This is the “why I’m qualified” paragraph. The first sentence should be a hard-hitting opener. The final sentence is a summary of what you’ve discussed above. FINAL PARAGRAPH: This is a short 2-4 sentences paragraph. Now get out there, and apply!

How Interviewers Know When to Hire You in 90 Seconds Infographics In these times, we can’t get enough of interviewing tips and guides. People are always fretting about job interviews, try to prepare as much as possible but there is no way of predicting the outcome. In this video and infographic, there are some cool stats from our friends at Come Recommended. RELATED:The Weirdest Interview Questions and How to Answer them About Jörgen Sundberg The original Undercover Recruiter, after 7 years in tech recruiting Jorgen now runs Link Humans, a social and digital marketing agency in London. Get recruiting and career tips direct to your inbox once a week with more like this!

7 Examples of New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…” If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line. Entice them with the job title and some of your standout accomplishments… 1. As an IT Director for ABC Company, I manage IT operations for a 500+-employee organization. Keyword-rich opening lines that demonstrate fit… 2. 3. 4. Highlight the fact you can meet their needs to keep them reading… 5. 6. 7. Words to remember… It’s important to remember your cover letter should be a brief introduction that demonstrates fit and motivates the employer to read your resume. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Creative Resumes : Best of The Best Times have changed. What worked in the past still works but if you want to stand out from the crowd sometimes the only thing that is needed is a little creativity. We all have the creative juice in us but only some of us dare to squeeze it out. There are 35 resumes altogether. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. duhkine 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. hippiedesigner 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Now that you are done looking at all these amazing resumes, its time to check out one more. If you had to pick a winner which one would it be? Related Posts Bardo: WSU becoming innovation-focused university | KSN-TV WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita State University President John Bardo has outlined a major expansion of the WSU campus to support job creation and a university strategy based on innovation. In a presentation to faculty and staff today, Bardo described plans that will transform the Braeburn Golf Course into an Innovation Campus serving students, companies and the community. WSU plans to close the golf course to the public, and they have not decided how many cases will be kept. The changes Bardo described are tied to the university’s mission as “an essential educational, cultural and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.” “The world has changed,” Bardo said, “and Wichita State offers the best hope for the economic expansion of this region and the state. Twenty years from now we want people to say that the Innovation Campus changed the economy of this community and made it possible for my child to stay here.” RELATED LINK: WSU Innovation Presentation Like this: Like Loading...

7 Words That Make Your Resume Irresistible inShare709 Make no mistake about it, writing an effective resume has to be a highly individualized matter, since no two people are alike. Nevertheless, it is such a constricted and standardized format, that we resume writers find ourselves adopting certain phrases or words that each of us tends to prefer and that in fact help our clients get jobs. Every resume writer has his or her own list. Here is mine: 1. "$3,000,000" (vs. "$3M") - To a skimmer's eye, "$3M" looks like three dollars. 2. 3. | 1 | 2 | Next Page Five Critical Issues Facing Higher Education Leaders in 2014 By Leadership Content Director, Karlyn Borysenko Higher education is facing more critique than at any other point in recent history. From the college scorecard to President Obama’s focus on the affordability of a college education, 2013 was the year during which higher education, as a whole, went under the microscope. To stay competitive and to thrive in the current higher education landscape, it is critical that college and university leaders prioritize, focus, and evolve their operations and their offerings. Below, we offer our advice and insights on the five most important issues facing higher education today, taken from our latest report: Prioritize Focus, Evolve: Five Critical Issues Facing Higher Education Leaders in 2014. The Continued Scrutiny Of Higher EducationIncreased scrutiny and attention is resulting in key stakeholders (students and alumni) questioning the value of their degree, with 24% of alumni saying the cost of their education exceeded its value.

7 Reasons Why a Potential Employer Won't Read your Resume, and What to Do About it inShare700 When you write your resume (with or without advice and professional help), who is your target audience? Who are you trying to satisfy? First of all, you’re not writing your resume to satisfy yourself. For that matter, you’re not writing it to satisfy any “expert” – the author of the resume book you just read, or the recruiter you’re working with, or your career guidance counselor, or your cousin Fred who is a human resources manager, or even a professional resume writer. You are writing your resume for a particular kind of reader: a potential employer. But you’d better take off the rose-colored glasses. Here are 7 characteristics of the psychology of the typical resume reader: 1. 3. | 1 | 2 | Next Page

Strategic Thinking Exercises - 13 Point Strategic Change Management Checklist As we mentioned recently, we’re on the lookout everywhere for strategic thinking exercises to share. We spotted a recent “Inside the Executive Suite” feature from the Armada Executive Intelligence Briefing featuring a thirteen-question checklist for strategic change management. The origin for the strategic change management list was two stories in the Wall Street Journal. While issues (some major) exist for both Wal-Mart and Apple, the Inside the Executive Suite piece offered the strategic change management checklist as an example of introducing more aggressive innovation and change management when a company doesn’t exactly seem to need radical change. A 13-Point Checklist for Strategic Change Management If you’re contemplating (or even in the midst of) making dramatic changes within your own organization, this list is helpful as a strategic thinking exercise to make sure you’re considering the breadth and depth of changes two pretty successful companies are undertaking.

Keywords in Your Resume Lead to Interviews Eighty percent of all submitted resumes (and 100 percent of resumes sent to Fortune 1000 companies) get scanned by software commonly known as an applicant-tracking system (ATS), and such scanned resumes are stored on a server in a digitized format. Humans are seeing your resume only if it resurfaces based on a query. That’s why most job applicants don’t receive responses from companies after submitting resumes. Therefore, in order to increase your resume chances of being at least viewed by a human–even if it’s not thereafter considered suitable–you have to understand the process and beat them at their own game. Human resources departments that use ATSs base their queries on keywords they lift from job descriptions or receive verbally from hiring managers. Your job is to ensure that you embed sufficient keywords in your resume. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The two resulting lists will display which keywords from the descriptions are missing from your resume.