Resume Tip: Out with the Old, in with the Achievements

RESUME TIP: Stop listing bullet point after bullet point of just your job responsibilities.

This is especially important if the position is already easily understood (realtor, administrative assistant, cashier, teacher, Uber driver, etc.). While, some positions have unique responsibilities, simply regurgitating your job descriptions doesn't do much to sell your candidacy to employers.

Focus instead on your achievements.

This is what separates you from every other person with the same job who is applying for that promotion. This is also what separates your resume from that stack of "regurgitate job description" resumes. It also helps you to feel like YOU are represented on paper. The reason you don't feel confidant with your resume is because your resume represents your jobs, not YOU.

This can also give you a head start on potential interview stories to tell when asked.

Resume's Evolved Workshop - September 25th

If you're in the Atlanta area on Tuesday, September 25, come check out my workshop Resumes Evolved.

The workshop will occur at General Assembly Atlanta at Ponce City Market from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Come learn how to create a powerful resume that excels through Applicant Tracking Systems and impresses recruiters/employers.

Follow the link below for tickets and registration.

https://generalassemb.ly/education/resumes-evolved/atlanta/59364

Silly unwritten rules of the workplace...

As a career coach, it's sad how often my clients feel the need to hide their job search from their employers.

For leaders of organizations, please continue to do independent research on job satisfaction (especially generational differences). It'll show you that the vast majority of employees value career development and support of career goals very highly. Employees who feel supported by leadership are going to perform better, but we should all know that by now.

Losing great talent sucks, but they are leaving for a reason. If you create an environment where there is no opportunity for growth or employees don't feel that their careers are supported, you will see the consequences in motivation, productivity, morale, and much more. If they are ready to leave, make them a better offer or help them transition to something better. It's that simple.

#CareerCoach #Leadership #JobSatisfaction

LinkedIn or Left Out

I was trying to think of a career tip for the day, and the first thing that came to my mind was LinkedIn. If you don't read anything I ever post again, my tip is to GET ON LINKEDIN!

And I don't mean: Create a basic profile and wish people happy work anniversaries, when you log in once every 4 months.

I mean create a profile that actually represents how great you are as a professional. Then, contribute to hot topics in your industry with other passionate people, post tips for beginners, ask questions, read articles on things like "10 Reasons Why You Need an Achievement-Based Resume & How to Write Achievement Statements" *Pssst.. I wrote that one. Enjoy the Beyonce GIFs.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-reasons-why-you-need-achievement-based-resume-how-write-ellis/

My friends hear me say this all the time, and it's usually met with some eye rolls and long sighs. I GET IT! It's not cool or hip, but you know what is:

  1. Getting job offers without applying for jobs.
  2. Making extra money (sometimes really good money) for your side hustle.
  3. Staying relevant in your industry. Knowing to expect changes, and sometimes being the one to lead those changes.
  4. Being found online for good things. Some people still think employers are looking for candidates with a clean slate online. They aren't. They want to see results, and they want to see GOOD results.

I could go on, but I won't. You get the point, and I sound like a total nerd. But....If you are interested in learning more, feel free to reach out.

It Only Takes One "Yes."

These are emails. The same ones many of you receive. The same emails that say “Thank you for your participation, but we decided to move forward with another candidate.”

Just because I do career coaching, doesn’t mean that I can get any job I want. This used to discourage me because of my work in helping others find jobs. I even made it through one job’s entire process twice and still got denied!

Now, it reminds me to be humble. It reminds me of what my clients and students go through on a daily basis. Ultimately, it makes me a better, more understanding, more empathetic Career Coach. Despite what you may think, there are times when you do everything right, and you still don’t get the job.

Keep pushing. It only takes one yes. Fortunately for me, the "yes" came from myself.

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Feeling Uninspired? Take Action!

Recently, I have received more and more messages from old friends, college peers, and others about not feeling a sense of purpose in their work anymore. The worst part: Many of them are waiting for excitement and purpose to fall into their laps.

I'm not sure what is causing people to feel this way, but many of them are doing the exact same thing they were doing 5-10-20 years ago, and they are doing things the exact same way. 

In the book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (my favorite book), Mark Manson shares that "To be happy we need something to solve. Happiness is therefore a form of action; not something bestowed upon you, not something that you magically discover...." 

If you are unhappy in your job, what you are studying, or your business, it may be time for you to find something new or different ways to approach what you currently do. If you are feeling not-so-inspired on this Monday morning, and you would like to discuss with a career coach, let me know! Send me a private message or email me at brettelliscms@gmail.com

#CandidCareerCoach #CareerAdvice

Resume Tip to Prevent Identity Theft & Discrimination

Just a friendly reminder: Remove your physical address from your resume, especially if it’s posted online. There are no benefits or practical reasons to provide it, but it can expose you to identity theft.

Did you know that some job postings on sites like Indeed are fake? They are created to get your information. If your resume is made public on those sites, it can be even more risky. I know. I know. As if job searching wasn’t difficult enough...

You can simply put something like Atlanta, GA or remove that altogether. If employers are interested, they will reach out via phone or email. Think about it. When is the last time you were sent a letter in the mail to come in for an interview.

As always, feel free to contact me at brettelliscms@gmail.com if you are looking to create a resume that grabs the right attention from the right employers.