How To Effectively Read A Resume Sep14

How To Effectively Read A Resume

So you have a pile of resumes on your desk — wait, scratch that, this is 2016. So you have an inbox with hundreds of unread emails, and they’re all from candidates interested in working for  your  organization. Cover letters, resumes, portfolios. How will you know if they’re a fit for your position and your organization overall? Here’s how to read between the lines, interpret off the paper, and effectively understand a person’s resume: Don’t Jump To Conclusions Resumes are a story. It is easy to read what’s there and harder to uncover what’s not. Encourage yourself to DIG DEEPER! Gaps between positions and/or career trails don’t always make sense. Don’t let this scare you. There’s almost always a reasonable explanation; consider contract work (the candidate may not have stated this on his/her resume); a Master’s degree (blank space in career may be a forward-move in education/skills); or an illness (people get sick – they also get better). Give the candidate the benefit of the doubt to avoid the assumption that it was because the candidate was an unwanted commodity on the job market. Know Your Companies There should be a part of your brain marked “Glassdoor,” filled with reputations and reviews of the companies in your city and your space — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Before a candidate says “YES” they hopefully have done research themselves on your company. Knowing where a candidate chooses to work will help you better understand how selective they have been and will also give you a window into the types of cultures and companies they work well in. Look for patterns and allow for one-offs. How Important Is Progression? Career progression should be high on your “should-haves” list. You want to see clear advancement; someone who is climbing upwards either within the same...

Keep Your Resume in the Follow-Up Pile: 5 Resume Must-Haves Oct23

Keep Your Resume in the Follow-Up Pile: 5 Resume Must-Haves

The other day on LinkedIn, I came across a conversation that reminded me of this important rule of thumb: don’t underestimate the basics. Holiday party invite: don’t forget to RSVP. Cooking for co-workers: check for allergies. Interview etiquette: turn off your phone. Whether you’re applying for a job, following a business lead or even just replying to the boss’ last email, the ‘basics’ are the foundation of your personal brand. The smallest details can signify big things. Personalized content on a cover letter shows investment. Clean grammatical work speaks to diligence. Contact details prove common sense. Before you hit ‘send’ on your resume, give it a second look with these 5 basic reminders for keeping your resume in the follow-up pile: 1. Contact Information David Rogers, Recruitment Partner  for BC Hydro posted this on his LinkedIn the other day:“Reminder, as an applicant applying to any job out there, please remember to include phone # and email on your resume.” I had to give it a hearty “like” – just the other day I’d dealt with a candidate who’d listed an invalid phone number on her resume (no wonder no one was calling her back)!  While you’re updating your contact info, don’t forget your LinkedIn profile url, your Twitter Handle and any other relevant social media accounts (i.e. personal blog) too. 2. Spelling & Grammar 6 hours spent on your Vine Resume means nothing when your introductory email is full of spelling erors (oops). Double check everything. Don’t sound like a template. And certainly don’t plagiarize someone’s LinkedIn summary. For all its world-class fare, Vancouver is still a small town by many measures. And if you’re serious about the job (whether you’re a VP or a recent grad), you’ll need a second set of eyes on your final...

Love Monday #60 – Conflict “Resolutions”

Here’s our #LoveMonday question of the day: what conflict(s) are you overcoming? We all know that half the challenge of working is navigating the social and political jungle that is the “office.” Here are five of the most common conflict “resolutions” we hear from candidates and managers alike. It’s all about #lovingwhatyoudo I will not leave my unwashed mug in the sink I will not eye-roll I will speak my mind (but only loud enough that I can still hear what others are saying) I will decrease my sitting time and take the stairs I will not work on the weekends Do you know how to say you’re sorry? Are you able to effectively dispel tensions in the office? Here’s a conflict resolution refresher for managers, parents or anyone feeling the heat. … @VancouverSun is calling this Gastown-based HQ the coolest workplace in all of Vancouver. If your office can rival expansive North Shore views, a fire pit and free beer on tap, leave us a note in the comments below. … Weekend Warriors: we present Canada’s best hiking trails, including a pretty fantastic list within a long-weekend’s drive (Tons of great suggestions in the comments too). … Does your resume suggest a short-attention span? Read: confessions of a job-hopper. … #SmavvyTV alumnus and Coast Capital’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Lawrie Freguson, hits the CTV Morning circuit to talk Humanonics. Way to go,...

LoveMonday #59: The Big Sell May20

LoveMonday #59: The Big Sell

Selling is an art form – no question. When you walk into an interview, you sell yourself. When you meet with a client, you sell the business. And when you invest your time in regular and meaningful interactions, you sell the relationship. If you’ve ever been the one to “go dark” in any kind of union (employee/employer; contractor/client; recruiter/job hunter), then you know how detrimental a lack of communication can be to the health of your associations. A quick touch-point, like a check-in or email, can do wonders to keep your relationships on track and reinforce that those vital ‘next steps’ are coming. Who should you reach out to this #LoveMonday? It’s the little things that count, even at work. Here’s how to really reward your employees – one small CONSISTENT, SPECIFIC and SINCERE act at a time. [VIDEO] … Sales is a core part of any business, but how well do you understand the process and the people who excel at it? In this article, Mark Suster offers up the skinny on sales (for the non-sales minded). … “You can’t possibly know you want to work for my company, unless you know A LOT about my company.” Are you putting enough work into getting the job? Your resume alone won’t cut it. … Don’t leave another voicemail or write another email without reviewing this: “What part of this message is of value to me?” The example may be extreme, but we’ve all been guilty of this communication blunder. … Stick your gum under your desk and you’re liable to be called into HR. Stick your gum on this guys’ head, and it’s called, Art. Just what Vancouver needed or germ-ridden...

Love Monday #50: Best Career Mar03

Love Monday #50: Best Career

Our big thanks to everyone who pulled out their Sunday best and joined us in our first annual online Oscar pool contest!

Who’s Outsourcing their LinkedIn Profile? Feb19

Who’s Outsourcing their LinkedIn Profile?

Since we launched Smart Savvy’s career services, almost one year ago, we’ve been learning a thing or two about what drives people to tackle their online career brand. As it turns out, the vast majority of people who approach us for a revamp of their resume or LinkedIn profile aren’t job-seekers at all – they’re people who want to look their best. Even the most successful executives – say, someone like Vancouver’s own Chief Digital Officer – can seem a bit lagging with a low-impact, bare-bones LinkedIn presence. It’s a professional conversation closer. Nothing to see here, folks. The problem, of course, is time. And for some, it’s writing skills. And for others, it’s a pure modesty thing. After all, LinkedIn is nothing if not a tool for self-promotion. That’s when we usually get the call. Top 3 Reasons People Get A LinkedIn Makeover Here’s what’s driving professionals, like you, to take some time-out for a digital makeover. Which profile do you fit? (We’ve included some information below on how we can help too). Profile One: The New Do You’re headed to a big conference or networking event – or you’re applying for a job – and you want to/need to look your best. This can run the full gamut of – Help! Where can I get a proper head shot? – toa complete and optimized overhaul of your LinkedIn profile. Our goal: to suit you up in an unmistakable and 100% personalized professional brand. We follow a strict best-foot-forward mentality – and make sure they’re stylish shoes to boot. You’ll find yourself saying, for the first time ever maybe, “Let’s connect. Look me up on LinkedIn.” Profile Two: Total Wardrobe Malfunction Yikes! You’ve been caught with your professional pants down: someone at a business meeting, or in follow-up to a networking event, has mentioned your barely-there profile. This scenario is known in our office as the “opportunity killer.” Someone looked you up, expecting to be “wowed” or at least informed, and they were left with no choice but to classify you squarely in the luddite category. How embarrassing. Too many professionals make-do with a walking dead LinkedIn profile for a simple lack of time, aptitude or interest. Maybe you have one? We’re pretty reluctant to even mention a candidate with a lack lustre LinkedIn presence – it’s the first place every client we work with goes to validate our picks. Profile Three: Red Carpet Reward You’re proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished- and want your profile to reflect that to anyone who’s looking (ps: it’s everyone) We get it: tooting your own horn can be uncomfortable (and time consuming), but it still deserves a toot. And by all means, you deserve it, Your LinkedIn profile is both your digital resume and your personal brand rolled into one. You know its readily (and regularly) seen by friends, family, your professional network and strangers – and you want it to reflect and traject your successes. You’ve arrived. Let the world know. Don’t Waste Another Day of 2014: Give Your LinkedIn Profile a Makeover If you recognize yourself in any of the profiles above (or all of them), then you definitely need a profile pick-me-up. By all means, you are welcome to do the job yourself. In fact, if you take a look at our package below, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what your LinkedIn Profile should achieve. We also like this blog post on the topic and this list too. But…if like so many, you are time-strapped or tongue-tied or one of those people that “doesn’t do social media,” but still want to ensure your digital real estate has excellent curb appeal, we are there for you. We have talented in-house writers and recruitment experts who will guide you through the process and get it right. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from a Smart Savvy LinkedIn Optimization Package: An energized and optimized headline that gets you noticed A #StandApart professional summary...

Love Monday #44: Happy When? Jan20

Love Monday #44: Happy When?

The Do-What-You-Love (DWYL) mentality promises you’ll never work a day in your life, but – and here’s the crux of it – it takes most of us a lifetime to pinpoint that “what.” We’re qualified, yes, but interested…? Maybe? Sometimes? Flat out “No”? We’ve dug up 5 #LoveMonday career links looking at the full DWYL package: from recruitment to employee perks to happy fulfillment, including the real recipe for professional success and Tony Wright’s resume in disguise. Happy reading… Answer this: I will be happy when _____? A fabulous post from HBR challenging the notion of why we can’t stop working and turning the notion of “professional success first” on its head. Turns out, happiness IS the precursor. Here’s why… … What do you really want in your new hire? Entrpeneuer.com says that while experience (i.e. numbers of years worked) may give your candidates a certain level of aptitude, it certainly doesn’t influence or add to their overall attitude. Here’s what you need to try in your next job post. … The era of the oddball interview question is not over yet. Brush up on the outer reaches of your creativity by reviewing Fast Company’s list of the weirdest interview questions hiring manager ask. For example, the brain-busting: “What is your least favourite thing about humanity?” (ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview). Read more… … If Oprah’s Favourite Things show was an employee perks package, Canadian success story, Shopify, would be the BRAND! NEW! CAR! Read Techvibes account of some of the sleigh-worthy (as in Santa) employee benefits offered by Canada’s 2013 Employer of the Year nominee. … A recruiter’s search for the best candidate goes far and wide. Here’s how to keep your name on the top of the heap, without ever submitting your resume to the pile: Tony Wright’s Reverse Resume says to potential employers, “I’m not looking for a job, but…hypothetically speaking…here’s what it would take for an opportunity to...

Love Monday #42 – Local Issues Jan06

Love Monday #42 – Local Issues

For many, this Monday in January is a second New Year’s. The real, back-to-the-grind after the holidays. A second re-do on already bent resolutions. So, while Jan 1 may have had us waxing esoteric and thinking big picture, we like to use week 2 to start tackling local issues (i.e. those in our immediate control). As you’ll read below, trust and being a great audience to those around us are high on our list. We’re also reshaping priorities (i.e. lunch with new co-worker instead of social media crawl) and shaving bad habits (the busyness crutch) in small, focused and impactful ways. What are your local issues? What can you change today? From the mosh pit to the office: Read William Azaroff‘s epiphany about Vancouver’s local music scene and how important it is to be a great crowd. Do you inspire your boss/your coworkers/your mentors to play their best? … Author Nan Russell argues that “trust” plays a bigger role in careers and career potential than most realize. Her new book, “Trust Inc”. looks at the various ways we build, lose and gain trust – and explains why trust is a local issue (in other words, in your hands to change). … Here’s a tip to make your next employee evaluation or resume-writing session a breeze. Forbes suggests starting an email folder to capture all your accomplishments.That way, they’re available for easy recall when you need them (and you will). What to include? Kudos from clients or coworkers, any hard, numerical results from campaigns or projects and pieces for your portfolio. Click here for 9 more things you should do at work at the start of 2014. … Do you love telling people about the millions of meetings you have to wrap up? The thousands of phone calls you need to return? Or the...

Love Monday #39: How to Stay Career Limber Dec02

Love Monday #39: How to Stay Career Limber

Lunchtime yoga sessions have long since been on the perks menu of many Vancouver workplaces, but there’s a lot more you can and should do to stay career-limber in life. For starters, keep your ego in check. Are you really too good/ senior/valuable to lend your time and energy to that new office project or recruit? How often do you drive yourself toward new experiences and people? We love the question asked in one of the links below: What’s keeping you too safe? When everything is just copacetic, are you thriving or coping? Here are 5 #LoveMonday links to rattle your comfort zone. Great thoughts in this short but impactful post on staying life and career limber. What’s keeping you too safe? Where do you tend to choose the easy road? If your desire for comfort outweighs your natural curiosity and your openness to new experiences (people, projects, adventures), then you might want to consider a brief trip out of your comfort zone. … One of the top career sabotage moves of all time? An overinflated ego. If you know one (or are one), this Poorly Drawn Lines comic is sure to make you laugh. … If you suspected a top-notch female employee was turning down a promotion for fear that it wouldn’t fit in with her family life, what would you do? Sheryl Sandberg is leaning in (way in) to become a natural partner in the child-rearing and career plans of her employees. Her message: You may want to have kids one day. I’d love to talk to you about it. … How well do you interview your interviewer? That moment when the interview table turns is your chance to engage your prospective employer with thoughtful, smart and targeted questions. Will you come across articulate and knowing what you want? Here are suggestions for smart...