Resume & Career Advice

June 21, 2011

Is Career Objective Still a Good Resume Strategy?

Resume Career Objective

Will you still employ a career objective on your resume?

No. Definitely not. Human Resources Managers and Recruitment Officers will say the same:
“Indicating career objectives is no longer considered a good resume writing strategy.” May this short post help you understand why you should no longer employ the outdated resume strategy.

The resume reads: “Career Objective: To be able to enhance my professional skills in a dynamic and stable workplace and to grow with company.” Admittedly, this doesn’t sound as bad as it may seem. However, HR specialists and hiring executives are now more critical than ever. Read again and identify whether the text is company-focused or personally-focused. Recruitment specialists have found out that most career objectives are centered towards what the applicant wishes to get from his or her possible employment for the company. While ‘to enhance professional skills’ and ‘to grow with the company’ are positive objectives, they do not indicate what the applicant’s objectives are for the company. Because majority of non-professional resume writers write similarly text to the above example, experts suggest that applicants should no longer use career objective in their resumes.

The alternative to ‘career objective’ is the presidential message, which is also called as banner.
Presidential message, unlike career objective that tells what they want to achieve in the company, tells the employer ‘why should the employer hire the applicant.’ Presidential message is quite more difficult to draft though than their outdate career objective. However, the presidential message provides stronger impact because it tells the prospective employer what his/her company can expect from the applicant and what the applicant’s professional strengths that will benefit the company. The best ways to write the presidential message are: (a) Point out the strength of experience (number of years in the field/industry); (b) Point out greatest accomplishments within the field; (c) Point out the professional strengths that are required for the position. For presidential message to be more effective though, it needs supporting statements.

Career Objective is no longer a good strategy to make your resume standout. Presidential Message is the new and more effective strategy for your resume. Seek professional help if you have difficulties in coming up with the presidential message that would carry your qualifications in your resume.

June 6, 2011

Summer Job Strategies

Summer Job

Looking forward to a career this summer?

As summer approaches, you’re probably already thinking about that trip you want to take. You contact people and tag them along to make it more fun! Are you going with your friends or with your family? Then you decide where to go and what to do. Should you go hiking at the Grand Canyon, explore the beaches in Southern California, experience Vegas, or enjoy the theme and water parks in Orlando? After that, you prepare the things you need for the trip—sunscreen, clothes, cash, camera and more cash. Finally, you fly or drive to your destination.

Interestingly, to find a summer job, you must follow pretty much the same steps.

1. Contact your friends and family: Your network is perhaps the most important tool in finding a summer job. Ask them if they know someone from some place that is hiring. Announce on Facebook or Twitter that you’re looking for a job. Update your LinkedIn profile to show your skills and abilities. It helps to be referred in getting a job, and you won’t be referred if you don’t ask your friends.

2. Think about where to go and what to do: Do you want to babysit, wait on tables, or flip burgers? Do you want to be a lifeguard, a camp counselor, or a movie attendant? A lot of businesses boom in the summer. Some company somewhere is going to need the extra help. Frequent campus job fairs or online job sites to get an idea of what’s available. It’s a matter of knowing what you can do, what you want to do, and where to look for a job that might need you.

3. Get ready: Prepare your resume (make sure it’s professional-looking and error-free) and a list of your references (make sure they know you listed them). Practice for the interview with a trusted friend, so that you’ll ace it when you go through the actual thing. It takes work to find work. You won’t find a job by playing Xbox games all day. And no, I’m not saying that you should switch to PlayStation 3.

4. Head on out to your summer adventure: Looking for a summer job is an adventure. Only one out of every 4 job seekers will find work this summer, but don’t give up easily. Remember, you’re a jobseeker. You’re looking for a job, and certainly jobs won’t look for you. You can’t bring your summer getaway to your doorstep. You’ll have to go there yourself. The same goes for a summer job.

May 16, 2011

Establishing Professional Online Identity

Employment: Professional Online Identity

Can your professional online identity get you hired?

The internet is a very powerful tool for communication, commerce and even for marketing oneself for employment. However, one must be aware that internet is both professionally constructive and destructive depending on how a person uses the internet and whether or not he or she practices discretion and moral ethics in his or her online activities. The modern day practice of Human Resource executives, who are tasked with doing background check as part of the recruitment process, includes checking an applicant’s online identity. When applying, one should keep in mind that the internet may make or break future employment. There are many ways to establish a professional online identity that would serve as a good reference to a person’s character, professionally and personally. These are:

1. Discretion and prudent use of networking sites. Popular networking sites such as myspace, multiply, twitter, friendster and facebook have become so prevalent that almost all people with internet access have at least account on at least one of the mentioned sites. These sites are very much trendy and fun, however, self-restriction and prudence must be practice in posting photos, blogs and comments. Photos wherein an applicant is drunk or nude and comments that are racist and insensitive are not the way to establish professional identity online.

2. One good practice is to join professional forums where one can air professional opinions and polite exchange of thoughts and ideas. Presence of these will imply that the person is intelligent. Another similar approach is development of an intelligent, prudent blog or contributing to online publications.

3. Make an online portfolio or a web-based resume that can be easily searched by employers and that can easily be referred to when hiring and recruitment are urgent. The trick is to develop as professional looking web-based resume that uses language excellently and that could market personal and professional strengths.

May 2, 2011

Royal Weddings – How Many Jobs Do They Create?

Royal Wedding Jobs

How many jobs does a “royal wedding of the century” create?

The wedding of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton has created a worldwide extravaganza that practically no one could escape. But aside from the feel-good atmosphere it creates in London and elsewhere, the Royal Wedding is also, as one writer calls it, “a Royal Flush for Jobs.” Indeed, lavish events such as the recent Royal Wedding are actually good for the economy.

For one, if you were in Britain, you could have applied for a couple of Royal Wedding Job Vacancies: a coffee room and a wash-up assistant. Locals also had the advantage of possibly being providers of the food, flowers, security, and other event necessities.

Whenever a Royal Wedding takes place, people all around the world typically scramble to produce event-related souvenirs and trinkets, from Royal Wedding commemorative coins, to teabags and refrigerators with the likeness of the Royal Couple. Particularly with the holidays created by such affairs, the tourism industry also gets a jolt. With the influx of well-wishers and spectators who flock to the location to witness the event, travel agencies abroad, as well as local businesses, benefit from the spike in the number of clients.

During Prince William and Kate’s wedding, one woman had an instant dose of fame and employment when she was shortlisted to be a citizen reporter representing USA Today in the Royal Wedding. In fact, the news industry in general would need additional, if temporary, workforce to cover such an event.

Finally, the Royal Wedding created a situation where businesses encountered two successive four-day weekends. A Silicon.com report suggested using the extra down time for system upgrades, patches, or test runs. In retrospect, IT professionals could have offered their expertise to businesses, benefitting both sides.

Royal Weddings are a goldmine for employment and business opportunities. These prospects might not be long-term, but they are plentiful. If nothing else, something like “Ensured timely service to the future King and Queen of England and their 1,900 guests” might just look good on your resume.

April 19, 2011

Industries That Thrive With Earthquakes

Earthquake-Proof Industries

Are there industries seemingly unaffected and thriving after an earthquake?

The recent earthquake and the resulting tsunami in Japan have killed thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands, and left a nation of 100 million and the whole world—in tears. The tragedy is nothing to make light of, but in order to perceive the proverbial rainbow after the storm, we would need to move forward and see what we could learn from the disaster.

Not surprisingly, Japanese stocks fell after the catastrophe. However, it would seem that certain industries ought to thrive with earthquakes in Japan, Haiti or anywhere else. In fact, the data supports the theory that some industries boom after an earthquake hits.

One stock analyst pinpoints certain companies that develop storm and tsunami warning systems as potentially good buys. Also, businesses that deal with earthquakes, whether offering warning devices or building fortifications against such are expected to do well. In fact, the construction industry as a whole seems to be one that bounces back quickly after an earthquake. Less than a month after the incident, construction seems to be on the rise. It seems logical, as after the dust settles, people start to rebuild. However, the real winners are businesses that manufacture metal products. The industry has been doing consistently well after the calamity, registering the highest gains in the Tokyo Stock Exchange as of April 4.

Furthermore, despite the initial drop, insurance companies, even in the US, are starting to get better, as people begin looking for ways to survive financially after a disaster like in Japan. Another trade that seems to benefit from an earthquake is pharmaceutics, considering the resulting injuries. Numbers from both the TSE and Standard & Poor’s substantiate these claims.

Finally, while real estate is sure to suffer after an earthquake (would you buy a house in an area just devastated by an earthquake?), Haiti, struck by a 7.0 last year, showed how hotels, at least those that did not crumble, could benefit from such. The Haiti earthquake, one writer says, “shrank the market and jacked up occupancy rates.”

After an earthquake, not all industries are crushed to the ground. Not to be opportunistic, but some even tend to do better.

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