Wednesday, August 27, 2008

10 Quick Tips on How to Make a Resume

10 good quick tips on the important stuff to include in your resume.

Did you know that for every 200 Resumes reviewed only one interview is granted?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Stressed or Depressed?

Are you stressed or depressed from the anxiety that often accompanies ongoing job search? Sometimes it can get you down. So today I wanted to shift the focus a little bit to combating this topic.

Today in the news appeared this article: Incense May Relieve Depression. The author looks at the scientific evidence behind the age old belief that burning incense activates particular channels in the brain to reduce anxiety and depression.

"In a prepared statement for the press, one of the researchers, Raphael Mechoulam, stated that most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning. However, there is much more going on when frankincense wafts into your nostrils.

"In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Boswellia had not been investigated for psycho-activity. We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior," Dr. Mechoulam said.

To study frankincense's psychoactive impact, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice and discovered the compound significantly impacted areas in the brain intricately involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are targeted by modern-day drugs currently used to treat anxiety and depression.

"Perhaps Marx wasn't too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony." said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, in a press release. "Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion. Burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How to make a resume while you still have a job

I have a job already so why do I need to know how to make a resume? Wouldn't it better to be prepared so that when that moment comes you can hit the ground running? This article on Recession-proofing your career, by Heather:

"How can we strengthen our positions where we are working now? And perhaps, if it becomes necessary, avoid that deer-in-the-headlights feeling when a pink slip arrives and make a smoother transition to another job?

Such preparation goes well beyond updating your resume -- though that clearly should be at the top of the list. This is like a game of chess, and you want to be anticipating "not just the next move but two or three down the road," says Bill Heather, senior vice president in the Melville office of Right Management, a career management and outplacement company.

The natural inclination is to "live in a comfort zone" and hope for the best, he says, but "don't let things happen to you. You make sure you manage your own future."

Here are some suggestions from Heather and others:

Get Networked
Use company resources
Update skills
College career center
Fall-back income"

Read the whole story: Recession-proofing your career

Monday, March 24, 2008

Ever wanted to know how to make a resume online?

I have seen many requests from jobseekers online asking how to make a resume online. There are online resume builders and has been for a while, Gigtide's new service and its called 'Online Resume Builder' and its the Social Networking aspects that it has implemented that make it so exciting. Why has no one thought of using Web 2.0 technologies like Social Networking for job searching until now?

This is a brilliant idea!

"The most exciting upgrade to date features enhanced functionality applied to each of the available resume templates, which allows customers to include social media elements. Users with premium subscriptions can make resumes available to search engines, add social book-marking capabilities, link resumes to social networking sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook, upload a picture, embed a YouTube video, share RSS feeds, track resumes through Google Analytics and provide additional contact methods through Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AIM or Live Messenger. In addition, interested employers can now use an "in-resume" contact form which is both emailed to the user upon completion, and allows the job-seeker to capture employer contact information to be stored in their contacts within the dashboard."

Read the whole story: Unveils Social Media Resumes

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Learn How to Make a Resume in Five Basic Steps

Here's a short & sharp summary of how to make a resume in just five simple steps.

1. Heading
Your name and contact details should all go at the top of your resume.
Use your home address and telephone number as well as your mobile phone number.
Don't use you personal or similarly unprofessional email address. Instead, use a more formal one such as If you don't have a more formal address then create one. It only takes a few minutes of your time.

2. Objective
An objective shows a potential employer your main goal. If you are creating your resume for a particular job then create an objective specific to that job.

3. Education/Academics
If you have recently left school, list the schools you have attended. Of course, you would mention any academic achievements, awards, and/or recognitions that you have received.

4. Experience
A brief overview of work experience, detailing any highlights or achievements.
You should include: title of position, name of organization, location of work, dates of employment, and description of work responsibilities.
It is preferable to list the previous jobs in order with the most recent job at the top of the list.

Include any additional information here such as hobbies, pastimes and interests. Any thing that has benefited the community such as volunteer work or group activities such as sports clubs, etc shows that you are comfortable with working in teams or with others.

5. References
It is important that you have at least two referees on your resume who can be called. Always be sure to contact these people before adding them to your resume to ask if they would serve as your referee. If possible go a step further and ask if you could get a written reference from past employers. You needn't attach this to your resume, instead just add a statement at the bottom of your resume with words to the effect of, "References available upon request".

Friday, March 7, 2008

Would you like to know how to make a resume sing?

The choice of words is very important when considering how to make a resume resonate with the reader. Using the wrong words in a resume or an interview can quickly end your chance of getting the job.

Never talk in terms that make you sound like a work horse: 'reliable', 'hard worker' for example. Instead, use words that demonstrate those terms. Base these terms on previous experience such as: "gained employee of the month for such and such a task", or include some statistical evidence such as: "success in 35 out of 40 sales".

When speaking of previous employment avoid broad, weak, or passive verbs in reference to tasks such as 'did', or 'worked with'. Instead use words like ‘implemented’ or ‘collaborated’. Again, these terms are more effective because they are more 'real' even though you may be saying the same thing. The more realistic you can make a resume sound with specific details it is not only more tangible but also more interesting to read.

While writing about yourself and your achievements it is very easy to fall into the trap of starting every sentence with "I ...". This pattern should be broken up and some times dot points are a very good way of saying a lot about yourself in a brief way that is fast and easy to digest. Because you must keep in mind that not much time is usually spent reading a resume so it is always best to keep it brief and to the point. One page resumes are ideal.

Spell-check the document. It's such a simple thing that it is easy to forget to do sometimes. An escapee typo in the wild within your resume shows that you are sloppy and pay little attention to detail.