Monday, March 16, 2020
Why Should Job Seekers Tailor Each Resume and Cover LetterYouve heard that you should tailor your rsum and titelblatt letter to each company that you apply to, right? If youre like a lot of job seekers, when you heard this, you probably thought, But thats going to waste a lot of time cant I just write a single rsum and cover letter to represent myself for all of the jobs Im applying for? Absolutely notand heres whyHiring managers read hundreds of cover letters and rsums every day. A large majority of the people applying for those positions dont even read the job descriptions or application requirements in their entirety. Instead, they simply upload their stock rsum and cover letter and click Apply. They spend no time thinking about whether they have included all essential materials and information, or even if they are qualified for the position.You can set yourself apart just by ensuring that youve fulfilled all of the application requirements. If you go a step further and tailor yo ur cover letter to address the specific requests in the job posting, you will immediately show your potential new employer that you were paying attention and that you are a viable candidate for the position.Furthermore, you should also showcase the specific skills and experience asked for in the advertisement on your rsum. This shows that you have not only read the job posting and its requirements but also that you have the knowledge and experience required to do the job. Believe it or not, fruchtwein people do not do this when applying for jobs online.For example, we recently posted a position on LinkedIn for a certified rsum writer. Almost immediately, we had twenty applicants. Of those twenty, only two were actually certified, and only one of those two bothered to read the advertisement and supply writing samples. In other words, we may have had twenty applicants, but we had only one viable candidate.This is just one illustration of what happens when job seekers get in a hurry to get a job. Submitting the same resume to every job posting in your field will not land you a job it will only waste employers and recruiters time. In fact, it also wastes your time, as well. Instead of spending all that time clicking Apply to every ad you see, focus on the ones youre really qualified for, and tailor your rsum and cover letter to them. Youll see much better results.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
How to Find Yur Passion When Youre a Pessimist Passion. We convince ourselves that only a couple of types of people are allowed to have this in their lives. And Im talking about passion in your career, not the Romeo and Juliet-type stuff. We convince ourselves that being passionate is reserved for the following people the naive, people who arent in student-loan debt, people who are unrealistic and so on. Passion for a logical, hard-working part is seemingly out of the realm of possibility. Or is it?Could it be that you havent given passion a chance? Has the pessimistic side of you been holding you back? Lets tackle this. Like, right now. Because life is too short to sit on the sidelines, watching other people go after their dreams.How to find your passion as a pessimist1. Take a reality check.You are the captain of your own life. There are no rules for how this whole passion thing is supposed to work. A lot of the time, the problem isnt actually that we dont know what our passion is. Its that we are terrified to go for it, because theres a negative voice dwelling in our head that tells us day in and day out that our dreams are out of reach. Soon enough, we not only convince ourselves that we have no passions, but we truly believe thatwe are not better than the mundane life we are leading.Yes, I said it. Mundane. If you are living your life without passion day in and day out, it is, by default, mundane. And if you have convinced yourself that your life should be nothing but paying bills and meeting adult deadlines, then you yourself are being mundane.But ErikaYou say.I am a grown-up, and you are clearly an immature child who probably has money thrown at you or something like that so that you can live your dreams. Dont tell me what to do.Believe it or not, Im an extremely responsible grown up most of the time. My bills are mapped out on a meticulous calendar. I have a full-time job with benefits that leaves me exhausted at the end of the day. I pay rent on time. I read the news. Im an adult, okay? But theres a little voice in my head 24/7. And I listen to this voice every day.Have you ever seen The Little Mermaid? You know the part when Ariel opens up her heart and is singing I want mora to the heavens? The part where she literally is the princess to a sea king and seemingly has everything, but there is still something missing in her life? The essence of that moment dwells in my heart every single day. There is mora to living our lives than showing up to work, paying bills, and washing, rinsing, repeating. I know this. And the best part is? You know this, too. You know that deep down, even on your worst day, there is something in your life you have dreamed of accomplishing. And you deserve that. You deserve that crazy rush of adrenaline. You deserve to bash the mundane and kick the wall down and re-build something powerful. You have always deserved this.The truth is that there are absolutely no rules as to how your life should look. We ten d to think that you either have to have a 9-5 job with full benefits, or you have to rebel away from the system and live the gig-life and travel often. But the reality is, you get to live your life as you choose. You dont have to follow a set career path to live up to your familys expectations. You dont have to do what you think youre supposed to do. And half the time, we are doing what we think were supposed to be doing. We are told to not be selfish. To focus on our partner. To be there for our family. And then we crumple by the wayside because we have put the world first. The truth is, happy peoplearesuccessful people, and you cant have happiness without a little bit of selfishness. So Im telling you to be selfish right now. Because if you figure this passion thing out, youre about to inspire every single person in your life. Lets get abfluged.2. Listen to your inner voice.When seeking your true passion or trying to figure out the route to pursue one, its easy to find every excus e in the book to prolong the journey.I dont know what I want.I dont know what I want.I dont know what I want.Im calling your bluff. Youdoknow what you want. You are an intelligent person. You have thoughts. And therefore, you know what you want. It feels like you dont because you have been burying down what you want so deeply, you wouldnt recognize it even if it knocked on your door and watched an afternoon of HGTV with you. You know what you want. We all have an inner voice. Something that slowly and carefully whispers what we love in life. My inner voice tells me lots of exciting stuff. Theres actually a lot of stuff that I love. So how do you make sense of all of it when youre going through life being a responsible philanthropisch? Keep a notebook nearby. Start jotting down the blurbs of happy ideas that come your way. It may make zero sense to you at first. My list reads the following Disney, Halloween, Fall, Theatre, storytelling, theme parks, circus, carnival.Its a weird list, but a specific one if you think about it. I clearly have a theme going. When Ive pieced together all of the elements that my inner voice has been telling me, its helped me push myself into the direction that I want to pursue. Ive worked in theme parks. Ive written plays. Im finally starting to find ways to push my passions together to understand what jobs are out there for people like me. I just had to persistently listen to my inner voice.3. Ask yourself What do I wanna be when I grow up?If this process is still a massive struggle, lets think back to a truly innocent moment of our childhood. That moment when a teacher or parent asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. If you think about this as a grown up, it actually seems silly that we ask kids what we want to be as a grown up. As a kid, you have very little life experience and zero work experience to base our decision-making on. What this truly means, then, is that when you are asking a child what they want to be when the y grow up, you are asking them to make a decision based on their gut instinct. We could all learn a lesson from kids. ntzlich instincts are our best instincts, and yet we let that stuff drift off into oblivion and write it off as irresponsible.Think back to when you were a kid. What were your dreams? What did you say that you wanted out of life when you wrote your college application essays? How did you envision your future? Your answer might inform the true passion youve been looking for. The passion that youve probably told yourself time and time again, Well, I was clueless back then. You cant just pursue that route. Sure you can or, you can remain unhappy, if that is what is fulfilling you.Focus back on the child version of yourself for a moment. Lets say that you had wanted to be a cook. What things about being a cook were interesting to you as a child? Did you like to try different foods? Did you like the activity of helping your parents cook? Maybe your destiny isnt necessari ly to become a cook. Think about the different ways that this passion can branch out. Food Blogger. Food Instagrammer. Cooking Instructor. Personal Shopper. Trying a new dish at home every week while watching a scary movie (my favorite personal passion). Step outside of your head for a minute and you might find your answer.4. Play the starting-over game.If you could start over tomorrow, what would you do? What would your new purpose be? I know its an unrealistic scenario, but maybe thats what you need to get the gears moving. Im not sayingquit your job without a plan. Please dont do that. But lets wander into the unknown for a second and let our imagination have a little fun.If you could quit your job today and start a dream job or path tomorrow, what does that path look like? Ask yourself a few questions Do you want towork from home, for a major company, or for yourself? Do you want thefreedom to travel, or are you more of a homebody? Do you want to be surrounded by people every da y or go at it alone? Which industry excites you? What are your strengths? How could those skills be applied to a career, any career? Do you want to create something (photography, theatre, art, etc.)?Now that youve started asking yourself the important questions, lets move on to the next common roadblock5. Gain experience.Literally no one has experience until they do. They get the experience little by little, accomplishing the difficult task of jumping in. bedrngnis having enough experience is an excuse. Youre better than that. Think of the passion thats in your heart. Lets say you want to be an artist, but you studied business in school and have only had office jobs. Thats okay Thats great Its all life experience.And life experience informs the art that you create. Some of the coolest people I know work office jobs and dabble in the arts because they are listening to their heart. They play different instruments. They sketch. They build stuff. They film stuff. They are creators. You dont even need tochange your job. Keep it if you want to. But you can definitely discover new interests and pursue something on the side in a proactive way if thats what you want.Lets go back to the art example. Lets say you work a 9-5. Take an evening to go to a Paint and Sip auffhrung in your community. These events are awesome because they are intended for recreation, not for serious artists. We just need to break the ice. Go paint and drink wine for an evening. Make a couple of new friends. Then, try finding an art class in your area. One that requires a schedule. Buy art supplies. Create at home in front of the TV to unwind. Just start taking baby steps any way you can. Your actions will inform what art means to you. Maybe its a great cooldown from work for you to relieve stress. Maybe it will make you more hungry to incorporate art into your life. You wont know how you feel about it until you start climbing.6. Find your support group.Find the go-getter inyour friend circle. I f there isnt one, start finding acquaintances who have a go-getter friend that you can meet. Find a person who has jumped out of their day job tostart their own business. Find the person who traded the 9-5 pattern for a greater purpose. Find the person who works a full-time job and pursues their passion day in and day out to build it into a career.These people exist. And being around them will not only inspire you, but it will show you that what you want is possible. You will start to realize that the people you are meeting are sane, responsible grownups who have found a way to make stuff happen. You will start to actually see how baby steps can play out in the big picture. Most of all, you need behauptung people more than anything. These people are stronger than the most negative voice in your head. Because these people are real. Andyour negative thoughtscan be defeated by them.7. Try new things.If you literally dont know which step to take next or honestly have no clue what a pote ntial passion could be for you, its time to start trying new things. An open mind is key here. Start a garden on your patio. Starting a garden requires time, effort, and a little bit of knowledge. I started a patio garden recently and it required me to take a trip to the local gardening store. There, I got distracted and saw a bunch of awesome house plants. Ive been stuck in a rut and have been wanting to redecorate my apartment, and magically, this store had ignited a vision of what my home could look like.Get involved with something in your community. Volunteer at the museum or in another capacity that lets you help people. Get a night gig of working as a stage manager or stagehand for the local theatre. Take a specialty class at the gym.Step outside your comfort zonea little bit and allow your creativity to be sparked. Your world will get bigger because of it.8. Travel, travel, travel.Travel changes your perspective on your life. Plain and simple. For some,travel can be life-chan ging. You dont have to necessarily travel to another country or plan a luxurious vacation. Just get out of your house. Now. Get in the car. Pack an ice cooler. Take a weekend trip to a town you havent visited. While youre in this new town, chat with shop owners. Go to a restaurant. Take pictures. Buy a silly souvenir. While youre out, bring a journal with you.What does your life look like when youre looking at it from the outside? What are the parts of your life that youre struggling with? Are you in atoxic work environmentand need a major career change pronto? Are you okay with your job but want to crawl out of your comfort zone a little bit more? Taking a step away will help you see your life clearly and make a better game plan. Half of the problem with pursuing your passion in life is that were afraid that by doing so, we will have to be poor and make terrible decisions. That couldnt be further from the truth. Pursuing a passion actually means making extremely careful and thought ful decisions with your life. It is less about making extreme decisions, and more about listening to your heart, pursuing your interests and living your life with care.9. Hobby vs. passion know the difference.Maybe youre a person working a full-time job and already know what your passion is. Maybe you already pursue it late into the evenings after work. Maybe you have a plan. If youre in this situation, it can be equally frustrating. You feel like you are killing yourself working all the time and scraping together every second of free time to make stuff happen, then someone will go and call your passion this fun hobby that you have.I hate the yep hobby. It takes away all of the hard work that is poured into the passion project that you are trying to build for yourself. It belittles the care you are putting into your life. A hobby is a side thing that you enjoy, but wouldnt be wrecked if it was removed from your life. My hobby is reading magazines cover to cover. Wait, I might be wr ecked if you took that away from me . . . moving on.When other people call your passion a hobby, they are getting into your head and allowing you to doubt yourself. Suddenly, all that hard work that you are putting into your passion is a waste of time, because other people dont understand the hard work that it takes for a passion to become a reality.Dont let those trolls get to you. And thats what they are. Trolls. Dream stompers. They cant fathom a world in which happiness can be a career. Dont let them get you down.10. Remember that its not too late.I dont care if you are in your 40s, have a family, have a mortgage or have committed to a completely different area of study. Its never too late to pursue your passion. I was once in an acting class in Hollywood. Most of the students in the class were people in their early 20s who had just gotten out of college, had a B.A. in acting under their belt and were taking this class for the networking and to polish up on new skills.There was one woman in our class who hadnt taken acting since she was in high school. She was at least a decade older than the youngest person in the class. It would be easy to think, Its too late to start pursuing acting.Guys, she was the best person in the whole class.She had something that no one in that room had life experience.And that life experience poured into her work. She had experienced more in life than the kids who just got out of college, and that card catalog of knowledge gave her a more nuanced performance time and time again. Never be afraid of the life experience that you have. It could quite possibly be the best thing that you have to bring to the table.To all my dreamers out there, I wish you the most exciting pursuit of your passions. Start next week. Start tomorrow. Start right now after you read this. I want you to be excited about your life. Most of all, I want you to inspire others. Because trust me, others need it. I promise you, there is someone standing in the win gs excited for you to just go for it. Because they need you andyourlife experience as an inspiration.--Erika Jenko is a playwright and theme park junkie trying to navigate the magical world of adulting. Also, a YouTuber and blogger at www.subwaymouse.com.
Friday, March 6, 2020
A Secret Weapon for How to Say Technical Writing Skills on Resume The Foolproof How to Say Technical Writing Skills on Resume Strategy Your skills section stipulates a window into how much capability it is possible to bring to the business. Technical skills turn you into a valuable commodity for potential employers and have to be suitably highlighted to demonstrate your worth. Listing your skills provides a perspektive to showcase your abilities and experiences to prime employers for the remainder of your resume. Written language skills are an essential part of many positions in nearly every business. If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This Report on How to Say Technical Writing Skills on Resume A technical writer should have strong communication skills, together with exceptional writing and grammar abilities. Resume language skills are the same. Instead, review the job posting for the essential skills and be certain to list the important skills which you do possess. Fina lly, you should have excellent writing skills. Soft abilities, on the flip side, arent simple to quantify. Key skills are work-related skills that you will need to do a job. Soft skills are the skills that are applicable to every job. In the majority of instances, your soft skills can boost your hard skills. Details of How to Say Technical Writing Skills on Resume Technical writing has ever been an essential part of the product lifecycle. Written Communication Writing well is an important element of your professional presentation. Writing and editing is a rather wide category. Writing and editing need a lot of interrelated abilities, and its really hard to understand what to include. The Battle Over How to Say Technical Writing Skills on Resume and How to Win It The skills section of your resume shows employers youve got the abilities needed to be successful in the part. Essentially, a skill is anything which you are good at. Perhaps your skill set is entirely different. Technical skills are either something youve got or you dont, but theyre always something which youre able to learn.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
The Art of the Informational InterviewThe Art of the Informational InterviewLast week, we looked at the many networking opportunities available to law students and lawyers, including formal events, social networking sites, and volunteer organizations. But once youve expanded your network of contacts, how do you take the next step of putting those new relationships to use?Step one Just ask.It can be daunting to get in touch with an accomplished practitioner, but keep in mind that successful attorneys are accustomed to receiving networking emails and are often quite open to providing guidance. The key is finding- and explicitly stating- any connection that you share with your target contact. This can be a direct link, such as a shared alma mater or mutual friend, but it can also be as simple as a shared interest in an area of the law. State your connection in the subject line of the email to ensure your message will be seen- for example, Fordham alum seeking career transition advice, o r Question about careers in antitrust litigation. If you met your contact at an event, its a good idea to put the name of the event in the subject line.Make your introductory email short and to the point. State your name, background, goal, and question or requestDear Ms. SmithMy name is Joe Lawyer. Im a graduate of Northwestern Law School (class of 2010) and have been practicing law in the general commercial litigation department of Jones, Jones Jones herbeie in Chicago since graduating. After working on a matter for a publishing company, I became interested in transitioning to an entertainment law practice. I am specifically interested in copyright and trademark disputes.I know you are quite busy, but I welches hoping you might have time to speak briefly about your practice and your transition from practicing at a large law firm to working at a smaller entertainment boutique.Thank you so much in advance, and I look forward to speaking with you.Best regards,Joe LawyerDo not attach a resume to your email. Sending an unsolicited resume to a potential networking contact sends the message that you are only interested in speaking if the contact can offer you a position. You will receive far more responses if you frame your request as solely informational- even if your ultimate goal is to secure a job offer.Step two Be prepared.Hopefully, your contact will respond with an offer to meet in person or speak on the phone. At this point, he or she may also request a resume (at which point, of course, you should send one).In preparation for your call or meeting, carefully read your contacts biography on the firms website. Pay attention to her career path (where she worked prior to her current firm), and the matters she has worked on recently. Dig in to this information search for more information on her recent deals or cases, and visit the websites of the companies where she was previously employed. You should also review your own resume and make sure you are prepared to speak about any past experience you have.Step three Ask the right questions.Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask during the meeting or call. You should be ready to direct the flow of the conversation, if needed. Examples of the types of questions you should ask during an informational networking conversation includeWhat was your path to your current role?What is a typical day for you like?What types of cases do you focus on?What advice do you have for someone looking to transition to this field?What is the best way to find out about opportunities in your field?Step four Make your intentions clear, but dont ask for a job.Again, informational interviews are not about landing a position. It is not appropriate to ask your contact for a job (unless, of course, he or she brings up an opening that interests you). However, it is perfectly acceptable to make clear that you are looking for a new position, and to offer to provide your resume at the end of the meeting. Your contac ts will be more likely to keep you in mind as they hear about new openings in the market if you do not pressure them.Step five Follow upAlways send a thank you note via email within one day of your meeting or call. This email should be short, but make sure to mention something about your interaction that was particularly helpfulDear Ms. SmithThank you again for taking the time to speak with me yesterday. Our conversation was very helpful, and I especially enjoyed learning more about your recent trial. I will definitely look into your suggestion of joining the Media and Entertainment Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.Best,Joe LawyerHave you had a successful (or not so successful) informational interview? Wed love to hear about it in the comments below, or you can tweet us at VaultLawRachel Marx, Law Editor
Saturday, December 28, 2019
A few hours is the longest 31% could go without a smartphoneA few hours is the longest 31% could go without a smartphoneWhile research has found that were so obsessed with our phones, we emotionally connect to them, it makes sense that we like to have them close by at all times.New results from YouGovshow that 31% of Americans say they think the longest amount of time that they could be without their smartphones for personal use is simply a few hours. Millennials were defined as people born anywhere between 1982 and 1999, Generation X-ers were people born between 1965 and 1981, and lastly, Baby Boomers were those born between 1946 and 1964.How long people could be away from their phonesThirty-two percent of all surveyed said that they never check their phone while on a date, while 24% admitted to doing so once or twice.But that doesnt mean that we dont have a strong appetite for our phones.Respondents weighed in on the longest amount of time that they could not have their smartphones for personal use.A few hours 31%A full day 17%A few days 13%More than a year 10%An hour or less 8%A week 5%A few weeks 4%But where work is concerned, 53% said that they never look at whats going on with their phones while in a meeting lasting 30 minutes.Where Americans smartphones are during sleepOn my bed next to me 17% of all respondents, 24% millennialsDirectly next to my bed (nighstand or table) 42% of all respondents, 46% of millennialsSomewhere else in my room 11% of all respondents, 16% of millennialsIn a different room 22% of all respondents, 7% of millennialsMillennials clearly arent fans of having their phones in another room while theyre getting some shuteye.Twenty-three percent ofrespondents said that they always use their phones for functions other than the alarm clock within the first 10 minutes of waking up, like apps and the Internet.
Monday, December 23, 2019
Why being a workaholic could come back to bite youWhy being a workaholic could come back to bite youIn todays work culture, its not surprising when you come across a workaholic. You know, those people who stay way after hours because they want to. Maybe youre one of them. And while some companies revere this eat, sleep, and breathe work attitude (some even guilt their employees into it), its an awful way to live.Being a workaholic is a hell of a lot more than just working after hours from time to time. Workaholics often are literally addicted to the work theyre producing or the environment theyre in. They choose not to take a single vacation or to check their emails obsessively throughout the weekend. If you identify with any of unterstellung characteristics, you, too, could be a workaholic. And heres why all that OT could hurt you in the long run.Your health will probably suckThough it might be pretty obvious that working for nearly every waking hour of your life could take a toll o n your mental health, its more serious than that. Participants in a University of Bergen study who identified as workaholics - people who work excessively without being told to - were at a much greater risk for developing mental and personality disorders like ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.And lets not forget that those who sit at desks for their jobs are already in health danger. But if youre choosing to spend more hours in the chair at work than normal, youre only further increasing your risk of prostate and breast cancers, as well as potentially ruining your posture permanently. Dont think standing desks dont have their risks, either.Youll be prioritizing work over everything elseIf youre a workaholic, it means youre spending the majority of your time - yep - at work. Any outside friends, family or other commitments typically fall by the wayside, which means those non-work connections will suffer. One 2017 study found that those who worked excessi vely had more issues with their homes and family.You may not actually be getting more work doneWorkaholics often lose out on rest throughout the day - and sometimes at night. While they may feel fine temporarily, their lack of sleep and general off time could actually affect their productivity negatively. Extended mental fatigue could actually make you less productive than those who have a clear work-life balance. But it gets worse Those who dont generally take time off from work could be damaging the problem-solving sections of their brains.It could actually cost you ($$$)Being obsessed with your work could not only cost you more money, but also your company some serious progress. Choosing not to take paid vacation and sick days means losing out on a ton of money, according to this report from Oxford Economics. Only 57% of Americans reported taking all of their vacation time - the average being 16 out of 20.9 vacation days. When adding up all that unused PTO, Americans lost a tot al of $52.4 billion in benefits that year.Your companys growth could seriously suffer as well. Work-related stress costs U.S. businesses up to $300 billion each year in productivity loss.This article originally appeared on Swirled.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
9 Quick Resume Fixes from a Career Expert9 Quick Resume Fixes from an Expert9 Quick Resume Fixes from a Career ExpertBy now youve probably seen our Dont Be Dave video resume spoof. Daves cringe-worthy video blunders are fun to watch, but if youre hungry for usable tips to help your job search, check out this recent post on AOLs Jobs blog by Barbara Safani, expert resume writer, job search strategist, and owner of Career Solvers. Safani translated Daves video missteps into nine valuable recommendations you can use to fix your traditional written resume. Cleverly categorizing the errors under headings such as The Task Master, she points out that Dave describes skills and tasks, but offers nothing to back them up or show an employer the potential value he can offer. When you are up against hundreds of applicants with similar skills, says Safani, you are unlikely to stand out by just talking about stuff you do. Your job tasks arenot unique.Thats a mistake many written resumes share. The fix?Highlight the way you execute on those job tasksthat is what differentiates you and makes you successful.Be sure to read the other eight categories of tips, including The Time Warp, The Contextual Train Wreck, and The Cheese Doodle.In the end, if you really want to stand out, leave the gimmicky schemes to the unhirable Daves of the world, and stick to a well-written resume that targets the employers specific needs and illustrates how qualified you are to meet them.