“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
A good tip for job-seekers to remember is to only give information that is relevant to the employer. While you may have a plethora of skills and abilities, it is important to list the ones that are applicable to the job for which you are applying. Extra fluff is unnecessary and it wastes both your time and the employer’s time. The Human Resource (HR) managers and directors in the video below share excellent advice about writing a resume.
Many employers today want more from the job applicant than the ability to do the job. They want highly qualified individuals that communicate effectively, have a good team spirit, utilize critical thinking, and are adaptable. Most of these desired qualities can be identified during the interview process. Employers look at the way an applicant is dressed and how they present themselves during the interview. Usually, it is the lack of “soft skills” that prevent employers from hiring an otherwise qualified candidate.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the top six essential job skills are critical thinking and problem solving skills, teamwork, communication, networking, enthusiasm, and professionalism.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – using knowledge, facts, and data to identify and solve workplace problems in an effective manner. It gauges the ability to improve processes and create solutions to problems.
- Teamwork – establishing a joint effort to work towards accomplishing a common goal. Being part of a team is essential in today’s workplace. Effective team members know when to lead and when to follow; staying focused on the goal and working well with others is vital for successful teamwork.
- Communication – effectively relating information and ideas through verbal or written communication formats. Communication includes active listening. Good communicators listen attentively to what is said to make sure that they have an understanding. They also make sure that they are understood by others.
- Networking – creating and nurturing positive relationships with others in order to exchange information and ideas. Networking shows a willingness to make positive connections in the workplace.
- Enthusiasm – showing interest and eagerness in the task at hand. Having a can-do attitude demonstrates initiative and a tenacity to do a good job.
- Professionalism – demonstrating business etiquette and a professional behavior. A professional demeanor in the workplace helps facilitate good work ethic.
Utilizing these “soft skills” will make you a more appealing candidate for the job you desire. You can hone your soft skills by practicing with close friends or family. You can also stop by your local One-Stop Career Center, such as CareerSource Capital Region, and ask for available workshops and training seminar that you can attend.
Read Forbes’ article on “10 Job-Search Skills Today’s College Students Need to Master” for additional information on “Soft Skills”.
verb – to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
While attending a workshop at the Executive Center of CareerSource Capital Region, Jynelle Sneed posed this question: “What could you do, if you knew you could not fail?” It is a question that greatly impacted my frame of mind. When trying to achieve a goal, I need to subtract failure from the equation. Too often, I find that I will postpone one of my goals because it does not seem attainable at the moment. This is a BAD habit. Putting off goals until you think you will have a better chance of achieving them is a dangerous game of procrastination. You do not need better odds against circumstances in order to succeed, but you do need perseverance. Despite obstacles and difficulties in the way, those who persist on the path are the ones who succeed. Perseverance is an absolute necessity for anyone trying to achieve greatness. After all, how can you fail if you never quit?
I found a very interesting video on YouTube today. It gives some great advice about interviewing. It goes over some key principles that are highlighted in the free workshops given at CareerSource Capital Region.
Resume writing can be a difficult process. Personally, I do several drafts of my resume until I am convinced that the resume will me get the interview.
Here are some tips for Resume writing:
- Begin with the interview in mind
Tailor your resume to fit the needs of the employer. It should express why you are the best fit for the position.
- Keep the job description near
Be sure that you can meet the employers needs. Your knowledge, skills, and abilities should align with the description of what the employer desires.
- Highlight employer preferences
If you have any of the preferred qualifications that the employer requests, make sure that they stand out on your resume.
- Stand Out – Show Results
Make sure that you have information that shows the results of your work on your resume. For example: “Organized fundraiser and raised over $2,000 for charity”. Showing the results of previous work experience shows the employer that you are capable.
- Be Creative, Yet Concise
You can be as creative as you want to be on your resume; just remember, the resume should be appealing to the employer. Be sure that you resume gets the point across. Creativity is not helpful if the initial message is not received by the employer. Your resume should reflect the best of who you are.
- Critique and Constructive Criticism
Be sure to go over your resume with a fine-tooth comb. Have someone else read your resume. Share it with your friends, or take it to your local career consultant (ie: me). Remember, constructive criticism is not a bad thing; it is the opportunity to create something better.
For more information on resume writing, visit your local one-stop center; or visit www.careersourcecapitalregion.com form more information.