Getting Past Resume Gate Keepers

Just a reminder that we are in the biggest hiring period of the year, especially for new grads! Managers are beginning to list more jobs and the interviewing pace has picked up. But, as mentioned in our last update, there are more candidates are on the market – so the jobs are filled quickly, and the competition is stiffer.

 

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This no time for the faint hearted, budgets have been approved and the jobs that are available are part of a company’s long term strategy, so there will be competition. You also need to get by a natural adversary, the resume gatekeeper, whose sole purpose it appears is to decide whether your resume will be seen by the hiring manager.

A few tips to get past the resume gate keepers:

1. Do not address a resume to: “To whom it may concern”, the answer to that intro is – nobody. Use Dear Hiring Manager, Dear Recruiter or the person’s name if available, or a simple Hello, I am seeking a………. position (add the remainder of your cover letter here).

2. If you are going to be a Confidential Jobseeker please indicate that you are actively seeking a new position, somewhere prominent in your application. Confidential resumes are generally less likely to be read, the word confidential can be off-putting to a manager, so you must make the extra effort to invite them to read your resume.

3. When posting your resume on the job boards, follow the job application directions when applying for a position, before calling a recruiter. You cannot charm a busy recruiter, no matter how great your phone skills. A recruiter will do a better job at qualifying you if the resume is at hand and the is information is in a format they can use.

What does all this mean – create fewer online applications and do them properly, follow-up a day or two later with a mid-afternoon phone call.
This could just be your year!!!!

Franklin Paterson Resumes – October 21, 2019

 

 

 

Mediocrity is cunning: it can disguise itself as achievement.

Being second rate is not simply the curse of being an over-promoted underachiever – it’s the default state of the universe

slipperyroadlarge80 In the early years of the last century, Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset proposed a solution to society’s ills that still strikes me as ingenious, in a deranged way. He argued that all public sector workers from the top down (though, come to think of it, why not everyone else, too?) should be demoted to the level beneath their current job.

His reasoning foreshadowed the Peter Principle: in hierarchies, people “rise to their level of incompetence”. Do your job well, and you’re rewarded with promotion, until you reach a job you’re less good at, where you remain.

In a recent book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, the tech investor Ben Horowitz adds a twist: “The Law of Crappy People”. As soon as someone on a given rung at a company gets as good as the worst person the next rung up, he or she may expect a promotion.

Yet, if it’s granted, the firm’s talent levels will gradually slide downhill. No one person need be peculiarly crappy for this to occur; bureaucracies just tend to be crappier than the sum of their parts.

Yet it’s wrong to think of these pitfalls as restricted to organizations. There’s a case to be made that the gravitational pull of the mediocre affects all life – as John Stuart Mill put it, that “the general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind”.

True, it’s most obvious in the workplace (hence the observation that “a meeting moves at the pace of the slowest mind in the room”), but the broader point is that in any domain – work, love, friendship, health – crappy solutions crowd out good ones time after time, so long as they’re not so bad as to destroy the system.

People and organizations hit plateau not because they couldn’t do better, but because a plateau is a tolerable, even comfortable place. Even evolution – life itself! – is all about mediocrity. “Survival of the fittest” isn’t a progression towards greatness; it just means the survival of the sufficiently non-terrible.

And mediocrity is cunning: it can disguise itself as achievement. The cliché of a “mediocre” worker is a Dilbert-esque manager with little to do. But as Greg McKeown notes, in his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less the busyness of the go-getter can lead to mediocrity, too.

Throw yourself at every opportunity and you’ll end up doing unimportant stuff – and badly. You can’t fight this with motivational tricks or cheesy mission statements: you need a discipline, a rule you apply daily, to counter the pull of the sub-par.

For a company, that might mean stricter, more objective promotion policies. For the over-busy person, there’s McKeown’s “90% Rule” – when considering an option, ask: does it score at least 9/10 on some relevant criterion? If not, say no. (Ideally, that criterion is: “Is this fulfilling?”, but the rule still works if it’s “Does this pay the bills?”)

Mediocrity is no mere character flaw, but a deep tendency of the universe, to be ceaselessly fought, with no hope of final victory. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

Read entire article by: Oliver Burkeman | Beware the gravitational pull of mediocrity | The Guardian

Happy New Year

  WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

To Our Friends and Customers,

We wish you a new year full of happiness and good fortune.

Last year was an expansion year for us, full of interesting lessons, new business lines and partnerships.

We look forward to 2019 and the success it will bring, and we wish the same to our business partners, friends and customers as well.

May endless joy and happiness be with you throughout the New Year…

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How to beat the Holiday Job Search blues

Job search during the holiday season can add an additional level of stress to an already stressful time of year.  But there is an upside to interviewing during the holidays.

With over 20% of job seekers opting out of job searching due to the holidays a fifth of your competition just left the market, and an even larger percentage fail to update their resumes and profiles on the job search engines. So now is the time to capitalize on that advantage.

Here’s why job hunting during the holidays, is such a brilliant idea!!

  • Create complete job applications. Resist the urge to send a blind resume, employers seeking to hire are more likely to view resumes in an online format that they are accustomed to, the rest is for the delete button.
  • Please follow the job application instructions. To ignore directions tells the manager that you do not/will not follow directions – and you wonder why they have not called on your resume!
  • If you have created a job application more than three months ago, please go back in and update, better yet create a new resume or profile, you may have fallen to Resume 1005 – nobody reads that many!
  • Most job boards allow you to add up to three resumes/profiles. Every now and again, update to rise to the top.
  • Change or remove your objective or summary so your info looks new.
  • Take a good attitude and lots of business cards to holiday functions. Hint: do not hand out your resume at holiday functions, offer to email it the next day.
  • Still no hits or interviews after three weeks – thrash the whole thing. Create a new resume or profile. Do it yourself or invest in your career, have a professional resume writer design it for you.
  • Some of the best salary offers are made during this upbeat time of year – so hang in there!!.

Visit us often at FPSelectjobs.com, new jobs are added daily.

This Article is a re-post from FPSelectJobsblog 12/03/2017 

Ten Quotes on the Lessons of Failure

How do you know if you are a jerk?JK Rowling, who came from a family where her imagination was seen as “an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension”, struggled considerably before becoming one of the world’s most successful authors: seven years after graduating, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and she was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.”

Here are 10 of our favorite quotes on “failure and imagination”, from JK Rowling :

  • There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.
  • I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates.
  • I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution
  • Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
  • Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.

The power of imagination and empathy

  • We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
  • Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.
  • Those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we colluded with it, through our own apathy
  • Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.
  • What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.’ That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing.As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

Read entire article by: Marta Bausells | JK Rowling’s life advice: ten quotes on the lessons of failure | The Guardian |