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Thomas Jefferson Would Tell You to Write a Résumé Before You Need It and to Support Our Veterans

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By Scott Vedder - #1 Best-Selling Author and Résumé Expert

April 13th marks the 271st birthday of Thomas Jefferson. Often called the "Father of the Declaration of Independence," Jefferson gave some fatherly advice to his granddaughter including the famous quote, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."  That's also great advice for job seekers.  The best time to start writing a résumé is today.

Don't put off writing your résumé until you see your dream job posted tomorrow... or the next day, or next week!  Today is the best day to start writing a résumé full of !@#$%, the Signs of a Great Résumé

! - Any part of your experience that was “amazing!”

@ - Defining points, places, dates and things in your career

# - Numbers that quantify and prove your past successes

$ - The dollar value of your contributions

% - Figures that easily show growth and results

It is critical that you customize your résumé for each job application.  However, you can start writing your résumé today, beginning with your core skills and most significant accomplishments. Then you can customize it to directly align to the qualifications listed in each job posting.

For example, Thomas Jefferson may have started writing his Summary of Qualifications by highlighting his outstanding written and verbal communication skills.  We hold the truth that he was a great communicator to be self-evident.  And in addition to writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson’s résumé would surely include the fact that he spoke four or five languages!

If TJ started writing a résumé to apply for a leadership role in government land acquisition, he’d likely describe one of his most significant accomplishments, the Louisiana Purchase, using !@#$%, the Signs of a Great Résumé.  Perhaps he’d write:

"Increased the size of the continental United States by nearly 100% through the $15 million purchase of 828,000 square miles of land."

That’s certainly an “amazing!” achievement which is explained and quantified with lots of !@#$%.  If Jefferson applied for a position where the job posting also required experience negotiating international treaties he could customize the statement on his résumé to match the posting:

"Negotiated an international treaty to increase the size of the continental United States by nearly 100% through the $15 million purchase of 828,000 square miles of land."

By customizing his résumé based on the job posting and using !@#$%, Thomas Jefferson would be writing a résumé that speaks for itself.

From the early days of the militia that won the American Revolution to today's modern military, Americans have enjoyed life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness thanks in large part to the brave military men and women who have proudly served our country.  I'm sure Thomas Jefferson and all of our Founding Fathers would encourage you to support our nation's veterans.  Jefferson did his part to prepare and support our service members when he signed the Military Peace Establishment Act to create the United States Military Academy at West Point.  One way you can support our nation's military veterans today is to join our Indiegogo campaign to help 2,000 veterans, transitioning service member and military spouses get to work.  You can send deserving veterans a copy of Signs of a Great Résumé: Veterans Edition and help them find a great new job in the civilian sector.  Don’t put it off until tomorrow, contribute today.

Jefferson loved to read.  In a letter written in 1809, Jefferson said "I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books."  I'm grateful that the Central Florida Employment Council has identified a few "well chosen" books to help job seekers and has recognized Signs of a Great Résumé and Signs of a Great Résumé: Veterans Edition as recommended reading.

In an 1815 letter to John Adams, Jefferson said "I cannot live without books."  When you write a résumé that's full of !@#$%, you'll wonder how your résumé ever lived without at least one book... Signs of a Great Résumé.

Scott Vedder is a Fortune 100 recruiter and author of the #1 best-selling book, Signs of a Great Résumé and Signs of a Great Résumé: Veterans Edition.   Scott has been recognized by the White House and Pentagon as an expert on veteran résumés.  He’s taught thousands job seekers in résumé workshops at colleges, universities, conferences, veteran service organizations, military installations and non-profits across the country.  Scott has been featured as a career expert in national and international media. For free résumé and interview tips, visit http://www.authorscottvedder.com/free-stuff-.html.

The Silver Bullet of the Job Search

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5,647 was the number of applications I had submitted online, or at least that is how many it felt like. Fresh out of college and ready to start my career, I was in a new city and felt like I was banging my head against the wall searching for a job. Surely my spray and pray application method would pay off eventually, right? I did have a college degree after all. After several months of job searching without much traction, I stumbled upon the silver bullet of the job search: the informational interview. Whether you are just starting your career, like I was, are considering a new field, or are just seeking out a job, the informational interview is a great step to succeeding in your search.

             My strategy for conducting the informational interview was four-fold. First, have a compelling reason for meeting with the person you contact. I was a recent college graduate who had just moved to the area and was interested in learning more about the local nonprofit sector. Your situation may be different than mine, but that does not mean you do not have a unique reason as to why someone should sit down with you. Maybe you are interested in learning more about a specific field or want to find out what it takes to be in your new contact’s position. Whatever it is, do not make it about the fact that you are job searching. Let that fact come out naturally. Mentioning it before you have even sat down will tie the person’s hands and make it tough to get appointments with people.

             Second, keep it short. Only ask for 15 to 20 minutes of their time and was sure to keep that promise during the meeting. If the meeting goes longer, make sure it is on their terms and not because you forgot to keep an eye on the time. People are busy, so asking for only 15 to 20 minutes of their time makes it more manageable for them and more likely that they will meet with you.

             Third, ask questions about them. Do not make it about yourself. You are there to find out more about them, their background, and the field they are in. Listening is an excellent skill to develop and communicates that you are genuinely interested in the person across from you. Plus, most people love to talk about themselves. Your ability to ask the right questions and actually listen to the answers will speak volumes about yourself without saying a word.

             Finally, do not get out of that chair until the person you are meeting with has given you 2 to 3 more people with which to meet. In order to keep the ball rolling, you need to continually meet new people. In addition, with their permission, you can use their name as your compelling reason for meeting with your next contact, saying, “I recently met with John to learn more about the field, and he recommended I meet with you. Can I have 15 to 20 minutes of your time this week?”

             Conducting informational interviews will expand your network and help you to learn about the community and industry you are pursuing. Not to mention getting out and meeting new people will boost your morale tremendously after sitting on the couch endlessly churning out applications to no avail. But how does it help you find a job? The people you meet with will have a pulse on the local job market and will likely know of openings in the field. If not, they will know somebody who does. Even though your meetings are not about the fact that you are job searching, it will likely come up organically. Even if it does not, you can reach out to your contacts later if you see they are connected to a position you are interested in for a reference or advice on your application.

              If you are stuck in your job search, connect with people through the informational interview. Consider it a useful tool to add to your toolbox of job search skills. In my experience, limited as it may be, landing the right job really is all about who you know. The informational interview is a great way to quickly expand your network and gain some traction in what can be a difficult and discouraging job search.

CFEC Guest Blogger for Job Seekers in Central Florida:

Christopher Burke

Development Coordinator at Christian HELP Foundation, Inc.

Job Seekers over 45: re-branding, overcoming obstacles and how to present added value to an employer

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"Do you have vague, childhood memories of milk being delivered to your door?  Can you recall when your Mom would bring your shoes to be fixed at the shoe maker on Main Street and you might get a Root Beer float at the counter at Woolworth’s afterward?  Was your older sister learning to type on an IBM Selectric so she could get that great job after she graduated high school?

Did you think when you choose your career as a young adult that you would work in that field until you retired and are now finding out that’s not quite true?  As a job-seeker over 45 years of age, loaded with experience and wisdom, are you finding it hard to get a good-paying job (or any job)?  Are you discouraged?  Then this segment is for you (honestly, it’s for everyone).

Our time together will be fun and productive.  We will explore what it takes to overcome your obstacles, how you can present your added value to a potential employer and how to effectively position yourself for a good paying job in a difficult job market through branding.  Laugh if you must, but let me ask you this: ”What brand of bottled water do you buy?”  You think about that until we meet together." 

To find out more about this great topic by Tracy E. Trimblett, Consultant join us Thursday evening, April 3, 2014 from 6-9pm for our Re-Charge and Re-Energize Your Job Search Seminar© in the fellowship hall at College Park Baptist Church 1914 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804.

 

Guest Blogger for Job Seekers:
Tracy E. Trimblett, Consultant

Staying Positive during Crossroads-What you say will come following you!

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I was recently speaking to a local licensed mental health counselor, Cheryl Malone, M.A., about the mental struggle we all go through while looking for employment.  She stated, “Humans feel the most stress and anxiety during a cross road in their life.”  Think about it and look back in your life to some of the worst times.  Some of those times were due to events in your life that caused a cross road. What is a cross road? A cross road is a time when your life seems to be stuck or literally standing still. You feel like you don’t know what to do or that there isn’t anything moving forward. Cross roads can be mentally and physically painful. 

When you are looking for employment you are at a cross road and it’s very easy to think negatively, get depressed, and lose hope.   Every application that you submit goes into a black hole, your phone never rings, and your email inbox is empty which all has a physical and mental effect on your body and self-esteem. 

In my book, “The Recruiting Snitch, Recruiting Secrets to Help Land Your Dream Job”, I’ve provided an arsenal of tips and ideas to help get you through this time in your life. I never admit to have all the answers but I know after reading “The Recruiting Snitch” you will feel empowered to keep going and achieve the success in life that you deserve.

Please join me at the CFEC Job Search Seminar on April 3rd, 2014, to learn more about the “employment game” and secrets recruiters don’t want you to know.  I would love to meet you!

Change your circumstances today by following these tips:

1.       Stop saying, “I’m unemployed.”

Whatever you say and put in the universe will come following you. So if you keep telling people you are unemployed, guess what? You will stay unemployed. Change that sentence to, “I’m currently in transition and on a mission to find my next career.” Then guess what will happen? You are going to find your next job. I know it sounds crazy but the power of your words is beyond mighty, so begin by putting an end to sending negative words in the universe.

From here on out, only positive statements and words will be released from your lips.

2.       Stop saying, “No one is hiring.”

If no one was hiring, I would be unemployed. I’ve been a Recruiter for 10 years. This means for the past 10 years I’ve been working for companies that are hiring. I receive hundreds of emails, LinkedIn messages, and see all day companies who are hiring and looking for talent every day. So, the truth is, companies are hiring, you just aren’t holding the skills they are looking for or you are looking in the wrong places.

By using the excuse, “No one’s is hiring”, you are immediately showing your lack of research in the current economy and job market because the fact is companies are hiring everywhere. You are also sending negativity out in the universe, which again will only breed negative reactions.

So the best way to rephrase that sentence is to say, “I hold a very niche skill set so I’m currently looking for a company that can use my skills to provide me with an opportunity.”

3.       Stop sitting behind your computer.

In “The Recruiting Snitch”, I provide a detailed plan on how you should spend your days looking for employment. In summary, the first 2 weeks are heavily on the computer but then in week 3, I advise the reader to get out of the house at least 2 times per week to meet up with other people. This can be at a professional networking event (www.meetup.com), meet up with a family member, old co-worker, past teacher, professor, cousin,  friend, or just start a friendly conversation with anyone at the mall, gas station, grocery store, or library.

The fact is you have a better chance of receiving employment through a personal referral. So you need to expand your personal network as much as you can. This does NOT mean sending more friend requests on Facebook or liking more pictures on Instagram.  Have a face to face conversation and interaction with at least 2 people a week.  You may meet someone out at the library and find their cousin is a manager at the company you’ve wanted to work. That’s all it takes sometimes.

4.       Stop comparing yourself to others.

Social media has made it easy for us all to look in to everyone’s life and immediately think, “Man, they have an awesome life.” Then what do you do? You immediately think, “Gosh, my life is horrible, I wish I had what they have.” The depiction of your friend’s life is based on the pictures they chose to post, it’s an edited or Photoshoped version of their life. So of course! They post the most attractive pictures or the most exciting stories to share.   

Here’s the truth, we are all going through our own struggle and you are not in the boat alone. When you are feeling bad about your current situation say to yourself, “Everyone goes through this and I’m not alone, it may be a tough time, but I know this is just a moment in my life that isn’t fun but it will get better very soon.” See how you changed the negative to a positive?

In summary, this method of positive thinking will not come easy but it is worth the change.  Once you can start viewing this time as an adventure, a change for the better, and just a bump in the road, you will start to see little opportunities open up for you.  The universe will bring you people that will inspire and help you get to where you need to go, and you will take your life and happiness back.

If you enjoyed this reading or want to hear more, please join me at the CFEC Job Search Seminar on April 3rd, 2014. I will be speaking on recruiting secrets, how to ace the interview, networking, and resume writing. All very valuable topics if you are looking for employment.

Also, make a $15 investment in yourself and pick up a copy of “The Recruiting Snitch” at www.recruitingsnitch.com today!


In Success,

Alysse Metzler

The Recruiting Snitch

Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) Job Fair, Orlando, FL March 26, 2014 w/ 70-80 companies

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HUGE Orlando JOB FAIR w/ over 70-80 companies offering thousands of upper, mid, and entry level career openings in various industries as well as career resources on hand to assist you with your job search!

Find your next employer in person at…

Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) Job Fair

(interviewing, recruiting, connecting, networking, hiring, face to face)

Hosted by: Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) \ Christian HELP


Pre register as a job seeker with the Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) today by visiting www.CFEC.org

March 26, 2014
12 Noon - 4:00pm
Central Florida Fair Exposition Park
4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando FL 32808

(located on W. Colonial Dr. (SR 50) between Kirkman Rd. & John Young Parkway)

Free Admission & Free Parking at this job fair in Orlando, FL
Open to all Job Seekers
Bring résumés for selected companies
No children please
Professional / business dress required
Our job fairs are now military-friendly and we encourage veterans to attend
ONSITE: Resume Reviews and Computer Workstations
Pre register as a job seeker today w/ the Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) at www.CFEC.org

An invitation for those who pre-register as a job seeker at www.cfec.org are also invited to: Let's step it up a notch…First come first serve for an original signature CFEC pre job fair workshop at 11:30am: “How to work a job fair and get the job you want!”  (mini versions of seminar will run continuously from 12-2pm too). Reminder to wear proper attire and bring resumes too!

Company Listing TBA Updates at CFEC.org click Job Fair...

Job fairs give you face to face contact with companies who are hiring, and are a great way for you to network with key people in the employment community.

This is a general job fair, so there will be companies from various industries. Possible industries and jobs may include and are not limited to:
Professional, Mid, and Entry Career Level openings in: Clerical/Administration; Customer Service; Computing; Education/Training; Engineering; Financial Services; Insurance; Business Opportunities; Hospitality; Food Service; Purchasing; Professional Services; Sales; Marketing; Trades; Mechanical; Administration, Customer Service, Entry Level, Healthcare,  Human Resources,  Insurance, Management, Trades, Drivers, Marketing, Retail, Sales, Accounting, Financial, Advertising, Public Relations, Financial Services, Education, Training, Hospitality, Travel, Restaurant, Food Service, Job Fairs, Open House, Clerical/Administration, Computing/MIS, Education/Training, Engineering, Financial Services/Insurance, Government/Social Services, Health Care/Science, Hospitality/Food Service, Human Resources, Manufacturing/Purchasing, Other, Professional/Creative Services, Sales/Marketing, Trades/Mechanical, Trades/Construction, and many more~!


Please visit www.CFEC.org to register as a job seeker today, and then be sure to check back in two weeks before the job fair for company listing.

Thank you and see you there!!!

For questions or one on one job search assistance, call our main office at 407-834-4022

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