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“You had written an article on Workopolis.com (click here to read this article) on words to improve a resume and it is one the most useful pieces of information I have come across in a long time. Looking for a job or transitioning into a new career can be frustrating and at times even depressing… thank you for the point of light at the end of the tunnel.”

Cindy Massey, M.Ed., Sammamish, WA

PROFESSIONALLY WRITTEN RESUMES LANDS MORE JOB INTERVIEWS

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A professional resumé captures the essence of who you are and what you bring to the position.

While you have been busy working, resume writing has changed. Now you want or need a new job or career. The thought of writing your own resume may be somewhat daunting. Where to start? How do you do it?

Your resume is a legal document that is your passport to the new world of getting an interview for the job or career you desire.  A resume is an investment in your career.

•    Formatting is crucial to having your resume read all the way through.
•    Resumes are accomplishment based statements that speak to an ACTION + RESULT.
•    Identifying transferable skills and the role your strengths play in modifying your skills must be articulated.
•    A resume is written for the reader so each resume you send out must be tailored to address the requirements of the posted position.
•    Click here for tips on Resume Writing

colleen clarke, your resume pro
Colleen Clarke has been writing resumes for middle to senior managers for over 20 years and has assisted over 7500 people through their time of career transition as a Career Specialist. She has written hundreds of resumes and proofed and edited hundreds more, from every walk of life, at every level within organizations, associations, Not for Profit, and for government, media and the trades.

Colleen is an author, a columnist and an ESL instructor. She writes for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, as a workplace advisor for the column ‘Nine to Five.’ She has prolifically written articles and columns for numerous job search sites, commuter newspapers and magazines.  She is a best selling author of Networking How To Build Relationships That Count and has an e-book, How To Get a Job and Keep It.

Colleen Clarke is “your resume pro.”

When looking to have a resume written, you want someone who can:
•    delve deeply within the foundation of your skill set and accomplishments
•    pull out your “professional wonderment”
•     find your magic and
•     articulate your accomplishments convincingly so hiring managers can see instantly what you can do for them.

Only a Career Specialist and a Writer can achieve the level of excellence you require.

A well scripted resume gives you confidence and a sense of pride. It highlights your true self and makes you proud to market yourself. A well scripted resume gets you the interview.

The Professional Resume Process

Question: “What is involved in writing my resume with you? How does the process work?”
Answer: “Depending on the condition of your existing resume, it usually takes between two and a half to three hours for us to write the first draft of your resume. We sit together in person, on skype or on the phone.”

I ask a million questions, I probe and I analysis, you talk and I write.
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Our time together is not just writing your resume. It is building a jig saw puzzle of your life, piece by piece.

You rediscover aspects of your abilities, and yes, weaknesses, that you may have forgotten or under played. People have a way of taking what they do for a living for granted. “Oh, I just do such and such.” Well, to the masses that is a pretty amazing contribution. I explain how to use accomplishments as Situation Action Result (SAR) stories in a job interview.

I edit the typed version word by word, line by line. The document goes back and forth by email until we are both 100% happy. I am available at no charge for minor updates in ensuing months.

Here’s what Colleen Clarke’s clients have to say about her professional resume writing services.

“I sent you an email while you were on Christmas vacation in California asking for help with my husband’s resume as he had just been given notice. You helped while you were away and again when you returned to Toronto. We were so grateful for your willingness to help. I wanted to let you know that my husband landed a job last week. He passed his resume around and received an incredible amount of positive feedback and support from those he met with. Thank you for your help and support.” M.J.wife of B.J.

“I truly thank you for your advice on my resume. As a result, I was able to secure a Sr. Financial Analyst/Assistant controller role with a handsome raise.” Waqas, 2010

Get started today. Contact Your Resume Pro, Colleen Clarke at 416-686-3079 or resumes@yourresumepro.com

*Special rates are available for students and unemployed job seekers.

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Interviews Are Telling Not Selling

“Interviews are broken and many candidates take broken interviews and break them even more.” Eric Kramer, ‘Active Interviewing’

When Pierre was asked to explain why he was fired from his last job, he blamed the company for his inappropriate behavior. A caller phoned in to a radio show I was guesting on to ask if he needed to tell an interviewer he’d had cancer 10 years prior. Figuring out what is appropriate to do and say in an interview can be challenging.

It is said that one is interviewed for one’s skills and hired because of “fit.” At the same time, it is essential to be extremely well prepared before setting out on a job interview. With more and more people being professionally coached on interviewing techniques, you can count on the competition being up on their game as well.

Instead of thinking of yourself as an employee, think of yourself as someone who provides a service and benefit. Follow these tips to prepare and perform like a star performer in any interview situation:

1. When you are called for an interview, ask: the names and titles of the interviewers, how long the interview will be and confirm the style of interview, more than likely it will be behavioral based. If you have a choice, choose an interview time when you are at your best. The time of day isn’t as important as when you shine most brightly.

2. Research the company. Use the internet, annual reports and media. Ask employees, or ex-employees, about the ins and outs of the company and about the people you are slated to meet with.

3. Write out answers to speculated questions. Identify 8-10 skills that you anticipate will be targeted and write out your Situation, Action and Result (SAR) stories for each one. Make each story no more than three minutes with the emphasis on your actions and the benefit/result that ensued.

4. Call the interviewers voice mail after hours and listen to their voice to get an idea of how they present themselves. Notice the tone of voice, the pace at which they speak and the cadence; do they exude confidence, timidity, authority, even boredom. Emulate their volume and pace once in the interview. Like begets like.

5. Keep the same daily routine, follow your regular pattern of sleep and activity before the interview. Do deep breathing exercises if you are nervous. Be aware of what you eat the night before and be sure to freshen your mouth before you arrive. Never smoke before and if you are chewing gum, dump it before you enter the building.

6. Don’t watch or listen to the news or read emotional sections of the paper, the morning of. Stay focused on the interview, not on upsetting world or local events. Stay positive and upbeat any which way you can, which includes a peaceful home front as well.

7. Dress for success. Even casual day should find you in a suit or as professionally attired as your industry dictates. No scents, high, high heels or loud ties or jewelry. Nothing less than a collared shirt, gentlemen.

8. Make eye contact with each interviewer as you answer a question. With a panel, go around the table and end up back at the person who asked you the question. Smile intermittently.

9. Memorize your 3 Minute Presentation in answer to the question, Tell Me About Yourself.

10. Have your own personal agenda. Ask questions. Interview the interviewer. Be prepared to discuss up to date issues related to their industry and payroll initiatives. Show them you have done your homework and that you have something to offer from a knowledge and skill perspective.

11. Illustrate strategic thinking, be creative, outline what you imagine doing in the position and/or company 30, 60 and 90 days down the road. TELL about yourself in relationship to company needs.

12. Always turn your weakness answer into a positive. Do not mention a weak or unacquired skill that is pertinent to the position. Do not mention a character flaw.

13. Never bring up salary or benefits.

14. The Best Interview Question of All Time. Before an interview is over you want to find out how well you did. You want to know about any objections there are to hiring you. The question to ask is:

“Based on my background, experience, and skills, what do you think would be the greatest challenges for me in this position?”

15. The Last Must Ask Question. Leaving an interview without knowing the next step is frustrating and nerve wracking. Before you stand up to leave, ask,

“How and when should I follow up with you?”

16. Send a thank you letter or card within 36 hours after the interview, an email is not enough . People delete emails, out of sight, out of mind. Cards stay on desks in sight of the recipient and others.

17. Prepare a form that allows you to jot down your thoughts and feelings about each interview for review purposes. Detail what took place and what you could do better next time.

As interview coaches will tell you, “practice, practice, practice.”

Colleen Clarke
Author of Networking How to Build Relationships That Count &
Get a Job and Keep It

Colleen Clarke is a career specialist, corporate trainer, author and workplace coach. Her edu-taining style inspires audiences and individuals to take ownership and action.

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