Category Archives: Resumes
Sponsored by Memphis Urban League and Southwest Tennessee Community College
Positioned to be the Primary Target
Interview and Resume Workshop presented by Medtronic
Meeting is FREE and open to members and guests
You must RSVP to attend: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0445A8AA2AA20-nbmbaa9
Medtronic Main Campus Auditorium – 2600 Sofamor Danek Dr, Memphis, TN 38132
Whether you’re a young adult leaving high school and planning for a career, a student in college preparing for a career fair, an adult creating a LinkedIn profile, or navigating tech hubs, the websites below can help you.
- Career Planning for High-Schoolers: https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/career-planning-for-high-schoolers.htm
- Navigating the College Career Fair: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-career-fairs/
- The Ultimate LinkedIn Guide: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ultimate-linkedin-guide/
- Navigating Silicone Valley and Emerging Tech Hubs: https://www.computerscienceonline.org/cutting-edge/tech-hubs/
- Apply for jobs that seem a little out of reach but are not that far above your abilities and accomplishments
- Get to know people through LinkedIn who work in places where you want to work
- Instead of talking about how much you know, talk about how you can solve problems that potential employers have.
- Your pre-existing network of support, which includes your friends and family, can help you and provide networking connections.
- Create a specific resume and cover letter for each job you apply to. Don’t just use the same resume and cover letter for every job. Writing in the keywords from the job description into your resume and cover letter is critical to landing an interview. Companies use applicant tracking systems that scan your resume for keywords, so the more of them that show in your resume, the higher your chances of getting an interview.
- Prepare for each job interview and speak from the heart during the actual interview. This helps you project your authentic problem-solving abilities to employers.
- When writing thank you letters after the interview, which you should always do, try to connect with the interviewers based on a nugget of personal information they provided or how they provided useful information about the job to you during the interview. This technique helps you connect with them.
- Approach each company as a problem solver. You want to tell them what you can do for them. Always prepare for the interview ahead of time.
- When on the job, don’t settle for mediocrity. Be willing to stretch yourself and be “willing to learn a new role.”
- Listen to what you think about each job rather than what your friends or family tell you about it. Keep in mind that you’re the one who will be doing the work, so your opinion is really the only one that matters.
- “Do work that builds you up most of the time.” Your skills, talents, and strengths can point you in the right direction. Making a list of your skills, talents, and strengths will better prepare you to find work that is suitable to that list so that the job will be a good fit for you.
Source: Kalish, A. (2017). 11 things I wish I’d known when I started job searching, according to Muse readers. In The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/11-things-i-wish-id-known-when-i-started-job-searching-according-to-muse-readers
Angela Copeland of Copeland Coaching will present a workshop on resumes this Friday August 11 in the Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Room L-50, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
“Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.
Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.
Angela has received recognition for her work, including 10 Resume Writers We Love by Recruiter.com, Top Career Website by Career Igniter, Best Career Blog by Credit Donkey, and Top 25 Resume Builder and Top 25 Inspirational Career Advice Bloggers by PersonalIncome.org.
Angela provides job coaching at all stages of the job search process, including finding the right job, interviewing, and negotiating.
Angela’s areas of expertise include:
- Resume and cover letter development
- Personal branding
- Creative job seeking
- Interview skills
- Post interview follow up
- Negotiation strategy”
Source: Copeland Coaching. (2017). About Angela. Copeland Coaching. Retrieved from https://www.copelandcoaching.com/about-angela-copeland/
When writing your resume to apply for a new job, using action verbs to start each bullet point of your accomplishments under each job will show to the prospective employer that you made strides in your past jobs. Also, using numbers in your resume will show to the prospective employer how well you did your job.
When looking at the job description for the job to which you are applying, use the same keywords from the duties in the job description as you do in your resume, but in the form of action verbs. For example, if the job description asks for coordination skills, you may write something along the lines of, “Coordinated 5 team members to successfully meet project goals of serving 250 customers.”
It is helpful to add numbers to any accomplishments you had in past jobs. This is especially important in sales jobs, where dollar figures play a strong role. If the job to which you’re applying is in sales and one its duties in the job description is to, ‘Manage an account of $1,000,000’, then you’ll want to write in your resume that you ‘Managed an account of $2,000,000″ if you indeed did manage such a large account. That dollar amount shows that you exceed the needs of the potential employer.
Overall, writing your accomplishments with action verbs and using numbers in those accomplishments to emphasize to what degree you were successful in your past positions is likely to make you a candidate who receives a call for an interview.