Category: Update Your Resume Week

September 16, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 16

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five cool career-advice articles you may have missed during your busy week.

5. To start, we'll point to a post on this very blog. Did you know that September is both National Preparedness Month and National Update Your Resume Month? The two clearly go hand-in-hand, because having an updated resume is an important way to stay prepared for career emergencies. Read "The Importance of Being Prepared." 

4. The Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy interview with "What Color Is Your Parachute?" author Richard Bolles -- in which he shared his thoughts on new job-search technologies, as well as his outlook on the search for "dream jobs" (which echoes Monster's beliefs). Read "People Are Still Finding Their Dream Jobs." Yes they are!

3. BostInnovation reported on the latest thing in mobile networking -- that is, Monster's own BeKnown application, which is now available on the iPhone and Android. Read "Monster Worldwide Adds Mobile Functionality to Facebook App, BeKnown."

2. About.com career expert Alison Doyle provides some great tips on digital communication in one of her latest posts. Read "How Not to Email About a Job."

1. And now maybe you can end your week with a laugh (while learning an important lesson about the need to proofread your resume). This week, Yahoo! ran a Monster advice article that provides a collection of cautionary tales. Read "10 Classic Resume Bloopers."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.

 

 

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 16, 2011 at 04:56 PM in Books , Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Networking , New Media , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

September 12, 2011

The Importance of Being Prepared

IStock_000015979253Medium September is National Preparedness Month -- all this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, is raising awareness and encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces, and communities are prepared for emergencies of all kinds. 

The Ready Campaign's website lists three key parts of being prepared: "1. Get a Kit. 2. Make a Plan. 3. Be Informed." That's some good advice, and the Ready website has a great many more details.

September is also Update Your Resume month -- and having a well-crafted and up-to-date resume is a crucial part of career-emergency preparedness. So after you've made sure you have a three-day supply of water (for you and your pets!), a well-stocked first-aid kit, and a supply of batteries for your radio, take a moment to think about how you can prepare for a job-related disaster. A first step is making sure your resume is updated.

Of course, updating your resume should happen more than once a year. So consider creating a recurring monthly appointment with yourself to update your resume and other job-search materials.

Stay Alert
Throughout the month, stay alert and keep track of things you can add to your "career emergency kit," which can be a file on your hard drive or a folder in your filing cabinet -- whatever makes sense as a place for you to store your resume builders and career-emergency supplies.

   1. Note major achievements and successes at your current job, especially those that are quantifiable (numbers on a resume are very persuasive).

   2. Record praise from managers, colleagues, and clients (save commendations and letters of praise in a file for future references).

   3. List conferences, seminars, and classes (and so on) that you've attended.

   4. Keep track of industry-related books and periodicals you've read (jot down some quick impressions of each -- these can be great conversation starters when you're in a job interview or at an industry networking event).

   5. Add new contacts you've met to your professional network (and look for ways to stay connected).

Be Prepared
Of course, not all of these things will make it onto the standard version of your resume, but they should be available for when you need to tailor your resume to a specific job you're applying for. And don't forget -- nowadays, updating your resume may mean updating your profiles on your blog, career-networking sites (such as Monster's BeKnown), and other online spaces.

Consider these tips:

   1. Make sure your resume instantly communicates your career target with a descriptive headline and adequately reflects your depth and breadth of experience in a brief, hard-hitting opening summary. (For more, read "Refresh Your Resume.")

   2. Not sure where to begin? Well, you don't have to begin at the beginning. Consider taking a fresh eye to the bottom of your resume first. (For more, read "Five Steps for Updating Your Resume.")

   3. Updating isn't just about adding new things to your resume -- it's also very important to remove old information or information that doesn't support your goals. This resume clutter can distract hiring managers from your relevant skills. (For more, read "Declutter Your Resume.")

   4. If your resume is like those of most people, it contains a lot of deadwood words and phrases -- empty cliches, annoying jargon, and recycled buzzwords that you should cut away. (For more, read "10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume.")

   5. Of course, before you can put something on your resume, you have to actually do it -- if you don't have a job that's providing you with new things you can put on your resume, consider volunteer work, an adult-education class, or another resume booster. (For more, read "Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume.")

How do you stay prepared for a career emergency? Share your thoughts in the Comments section -- and don't forget to follow @monstercareers on Twitter for the latest career and job-search advice.

 

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 12, 2011 at 05:07 PM in Career Development , Current Affairs , Current Events , Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

August 17, 2007

Resume Quick Tip: Reorganize Your Resume

As part of Monster Career Advice’s Update Your Resume Week, we’re featuring a daily Resume Quick Tip from Monster Resume Expert Kim Isaacs.

You can quickly improve your resume by reordering your accomplishments according to importance. Review your employment section and think about which accomplishments would most impress hiring managers. Be sure to list those first.

Additional resources:

Posted by Christine on August 17, 2007 at 10:33 AM in Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

August 16, 2007

Resume Quick Tip: Use the Active Voice

As part of Monster Career Advice’s Update Your Resume Week, we’re featuring a daily Resume Quick Tip from Monster Resume Expert Kim Isaacs.

Add punch to your resume by using active voice instead of passive voice. If your sentences are written in active voice, they will present you as a doer and achiever. Compare these sentences to see how active voice is more concise and dynamic:

  • Passive: $1.2 million in new products were sold.
  • Active: Sold $1.2 million in new products.

Review your resume, and look for ways to express your accomplishments in active voice.

Additional resources:

Posted by Bryan on August 16, 2007 at 04:44 PM in Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

August 15, 2007

Resume Quick Tip: Tailor Your Response to the Job Posting

As part of Monster Career Advice’s Update Your Resume Week, we’re featuring a daily Resume Quick Tip from Monster Resume Expert Kim Isaacs.


If you're responding to a job posting, pay attention to the information the employer asks for. Review the job requirements, desired qualifications and special requests such as salary information, and customize your resume and cover letter to address these key points. You will stand out as well as prove the opportunity is important to you.


Additional resources:

Posted by Elizabeth on August 15, 2007 at 10:24 AM in Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

August 14, 2007

Resume Quick Tip: Emphasize Accomplishments on Your Resume

As part of Monster Career Advice’s Update Your Resume Week, we’re featuring a daily Resume Quick Tip from Monster Resume Expert Kim Isaacs.

Employers like to see you have a track record, so mention your top accomplishments early in your resume. Use your Objective section to briefly mention several key achievements, getting into the details in your Work History section.

Additional resources:

Posted by Brooke on August 14, 2007 at 09:49 AM in Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Resume Quick Tip: Keep Your Kudos to Update Your Resume

As part of Monster Career Advice’s Update Your Resume Week, we’re featuring a daily Resume Quick Tip from Monster Resume Expert Kim Isaacs.

Want to make updating your resume a snap? Keep an ongoing kudos file, containing performance reviews, notes about recent accomplishments, letters of reference, awards, training and new skills developed. When it's time to update your resume, your kudos file will put your recent achievements at your fingertips.

Additional resources:


Posted by Bryan on August 14, 2007 at 08:40 AM in Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

August 13, 2007

Have You Updated Your Resume Lately?

Right after I began working for Monster, about seven years ago, my old computer went to a better place and took some important documents along with it -- like my resume. So for a couple of years, I kind of didn’t have a resume. It was like the cobbler’s children not having shoes.

One day, inspired by an article I was editing about the importance of keeping your resume up-to-date, I retrieved a text version of my resume from my boss and set out to craft a new version. After all, even if you aren’t looking for a job, it’s important to keep your resume current. Otherwise, it’s too hard to recall all the great work you’ve done, and you end up glossing over details that could help you secure the interview.

Why am I sharing this story that I find somewhat embarrassing? Because we’ve designated August 13-17 Update Your Resume Week. This time of year is prime time to be in the job-hunting game. So get your resume ready, and see what opportunities come your way.

Check out these resources we’ve put together to get you started:

Posted by Norma on August 13, 2007 at 10:35 AM in Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

August 10, 2007

Get Ready for Update Your Resume Week

You may be surprised to hear this, but the doldrums of the summer, namely August, has historically been a hot time for employers to view resumes on Monster. That’s why we’ve designated next week, August 13-17, as Update Your Resume Week.

Here on the Monster Blog, we’ll present a resume tip every day to help and inspire you to update your resume. And these resources provide even more resume guidance. So enjoy the weekend, and get ready to make your resume the best it can be next week.

Posted by Christine on August 10, 2007 at 11:51 AM in Resume , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)