Resume Writing is Important; Your Communication is Important Too
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2013
If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably have an understanding of the importance of a proper appearance for work, presenting an impeccable resume, and maintaining a professional social media presence. The fact that you are reading this tells me that you are dedicated to your career. How much time do you think about the words you speak? What verbal cues are you giving about your personal brand? Here are some...
 
  Résumé Requirements for Technical Staff
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2013
After working with thousands of high-tech clients, I’ve noticed some universal résumé strategies that most techies don’t get. If you can master these strategies, you will make an excellent first impression and your interview request rate will be on the rise! Show Skills Relevant to Your Target Job In your technical skills section, list the skills that are most relevant to your target job. This should not be a listin...
 
  3 Easy Tips For Cover Letter Therapy
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2013
Ah… the dreaded resume cover letter! Nothing stirs fear in the hearts of job seekers more than the thought of writing a cover letter. It must be the pressure of being succinct, factual, and original. Before you reach a state of high anxiety, consider therapy – cover letter therapy. To write an excellent cover letter, you must really know yourself. Before you begin to draft your cover letter, you must dig deep. Read these tips...
 
  Six Things You Must “Nail” in a Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2013
Cover letter! Those are possibly the two most dreaded words known to any job seeker. If you feel your cover letter is weak, take a look at the list below of six things that you must “nail” in a cover letter. If you master these categories, you will have an effective cover letter. Not only that, you may even enjoy writing cover letters. (Well, that may be extreme.) Salutation Take the time to get an appropriate contac...
 
  The Science Behind Your Résumé
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2013
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to your résumé. The trick is to be sure the most impactful parts of your résumé are viewed and absorbed by the recruiter or hiring manager. Other than mind control, (which is not an option) how can you direct the reader’s eyes to particular places on the résumé? How can you get them to retain key points? The answer is proper construction. I’ll share a few trade secrets used...
 
  Three Signs That You Are on the Job Search Ferris Wheel
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2013
Have you lost control of your job search? Are you stuck on a Ferris wheel, going round and round, and not getting anywhere? If you have been searching for months without a job offer, it is time to evaluate your job search strategy and performance. Either you are not doing something that you should be doing, or you are not conveying the information in an appropriate manner. Let’s look at the top three signs that indicate...
 
  Do You Want That on Your Permanent Record?
by Debra Wheatman - Feb, 2013
The permanent record sounds so ominous. I recall that threat being held over our heads throughout the school years. I never thought to ask the details of this record. Just who is the keeper of this inerasable record? Now, as a parent, I have stopped to using the threat of the (ominous music playing) permanent record. However, I have news for you. It turns out there is a permanent record! We never truly delete any mess...
 
  Résumé Help: The Case of the Prickly Profile
by Debra Wheatman - Feb, 2013
Today we explore the case of the prickly profile. What is a prickly profile? It is a profile that detracts readers. Just as the thorns of a prickly cactus prevent animals from taking a bite, a prickly profile can prevent prospective employers from reading the remainder of a résumé. In other words – no interview! Here are ways David can remove the thorns from his profile and entice a hiring employer to take a bite....
 
  A Guide to Negotiating Compensation
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
Negotiating is an art, no doubt. Done correctly it will lead to victory. Done poorly it could lead to failure. When it comes to negotiating salary and other benefits in the workplace, nothing makes people more uncomfortable. He who talks money first loses as they say. Why? Well, it’s because the minute you reference your previous salary, the other side has a distinct advantage. If you reference a desired salary, you may put yo...
 
  Before You Can Walk the Walk, You Better Be Able to Talk the Talk
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
So, you want to change verticals; financial services is no longer your cup of tea -- maybe you are thinking of moving to a role in healthcare. Or maybe you spent your whole life working in engineering and think it might be good idea to work for an investment bank. Certainly, it is not uncommon to change jobs or industries multiple times throughout your professional career. But, you better make sure you can talk the talk as wel...
 
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