Tips To Help Your Resume Stand Out

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A good resume is critical in obtaining a new position. In today’s age of technology where so many resumes infiltrate the inbox of a hiring manager, a resume must be strong to be noticed in the competitive candidate pool. Hiring managers have limited time to focus on each resume, so use your resume as a selling tool to display your talents! Here are some tips on writing an effective resume:

  • Most hiring managers prefer resumes to be written in reverse chronological order with your most recent job first.  Beginning and ending dates should be included.  Duties of the job should be reflected underneath the job title and company. This will allow the hiring manager to see a time period for each task of the job.
  • Bullet point job duties and keep things succinct. If hiring managers have to muddle through a long narrative description of job responsibilities, they may lose interest.
  • Refrain from writing resumes in first person (for example, “I placed customer orders” or “I was promoted”).
  • Keep the verb tense the same throughout the resume. For instance, if one bullet point describes your action in the past tense, don’t change tenses in the next line. (For example, “placed customer orders” in line one does not need to be followed with “answering phones” in the next line.)
  • Make sure any awards or accomplishments are easily seen in the body of the resume.
  • Grammatical errors are the fastest way to damage the credibility of a resume. Proof your resume, run spell check and have several professionals review your resume before sending.
  • If there are valid reasons for numerous job changes, feel free to add reasons for job elimination on the resume. This is a way to convey to the hiring manager that you are not a “job hopper”.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to make your resume more than one page, especially if it takes that additional page to showcase your skills and talents.
  • Make sure the fonts and spacing are all consistent.
  • Include correct phone numbers and a professional email address on the resume to ensure easy communication.
  • Make education and/or degrees easily visible.
  • Ensure that all technical skills, including software proficiencies, are included.
  • Make sure your objective on the resume reflects the job description you are applying for. Often times, hiring managers will find an objective completely inconsistent with the job description posted.

 

Happy hunting!

Written by: Catherine Culler
Catherine Culler has been a recruiter with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2000. She specializes in recruiting and staffing for accounting, human resources, legal, administrative, financial, sales and customer service positions. Her prior background includes work in medical sales and sales training. She has three children, a son who is in seventh grade and twin daughters in sixth grade.

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How to Find a Job When You Have a Job

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Searching for a job while you still have a job can be a very intimidating process. With a busy work schedule, it can also be hard to devote time to finding a new career. Here are some tips I have learned over the years to help you keep a confidential job search:

  1. Correspond with potential employers on your own medium. Do not use company phones or emails to search for jobs or connect with hiring managers.
  2. There are a number of wonderful websites where employees can post resumes and hiring managers can search for candidates. Be sure to use caution when posting a resume to make sure it does not fall into the hands of a current employer. Some candidates will use a generic name for their current company or some candidates will not include their last name when posting to keep their search secure.
  3. Use a lunch hour or time after the work day to respond to potential employers. Let hiring managers know up front of your time restrictions and provide potential employers the best communication mode to correspond. If a matter is urgent, respond from your own personal email.
  4. Most employers want candidates to provide references. If there is a previous employee or a co-worker that you feel won’t breach confidentiality, consider that person for a reference.
  5. Investigate on your own time. Read local business magazines or search web ads to see what companies are growing or expanding. If you see an opening, contact the hiring manager directly.
  6. Keep a refreshed LinkedIn profile that gives specific examples of skill sets, work history and accomplishments. Many recruiters will find candidates through key word searches on social media sites. Ask for previous employers or coworkers to write recommendations as well.
  7. Utilize the help of a recruiter. Recruiters understand the importance of a confidential search and have inside information on what companies are hiring.
Are there additional tips you have for searching for a new position while still working?

Written by: Catherine Culler Catherine Culler
Catherine Culler has been a recruiter with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2000. She specializes in recruiting and staffing for accounting, human resources, legal, administrative, financial, sales and customer service positions. Her prior background includes work in medical sales and sales training. She has three children, a son who is in seventh grade and twin daughters in sixth grade.

An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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An employee’s health has a tremendous impact in their productivity at work. That is why educating employees on staying healthy and taking care of themselves is necessary in the workplace. Making healthy decisions such as smart eating choices, incorporating exercise in their life style and maintaining a good mental health through stress management programs are critical for employees and organizations. Healthy employees promote success and provide a return on investment for the company. In order for companies to promote health and wellness within the organizations they should keep in mind the following initiatives:
Create innovative programs that are fun for the employees. Exercise challenges are very attractive and fun to develop. A very popular practice is providing a pedometer so employees can measure the number of steps or their walking distance per day.
Promote healthy meals for company events and meetings. Whether it is a company meeting or a fun event, companies should encourage employees to eat right by offering healthy and tasty options.
Create a healthy environment. Designate areas that are smoke-free in and around the company’s premises. This will protect all employees from being exposed to secondhand smoke and will protect those who are allergic to smoke.
Provide incentives. Let employees know that good healthy choices are rewarded by giving them gifts such as gift cards to sports stores or  healthy grocery stores, healthy food baskets, gym memberships, etc.
Communication. Provide different sources of information with wellness initiatives. Use social media posts and websites about fitness and nutrition to educate employees on the latest information on wellness.
Commitment. Most importantly, the development of a comprehensive wellness program is only possible if there is a commitment from top management and willingness from employees to get involved.

Written by: Ana DavisAna Davis

Ana was born and raised in Colombia, South America.  Ana has been in the United States for eighteen years and is now an American citizen.  She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources and Management.  Ana’s wealth of knowledge comes from a background in international business, human resources and finance.  Her community involvement spans from serving on the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes, Greer Relief Agency, The Greer Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Human Resources Association (SHRA). Ana has been with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2004 as a Recruiter and was promoted in 2010 to the Human Resources/Business Manager. She is a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Greer, SC and is married to Jerry Davis.  Together they have one son Chase (23) and twin daughters Kayla and Jessica (16).

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Most of us can relate to those who have just graduated from college. Your emotions are a mix of sheer joy and utter fear. The question that crosses all students’ minds after graduating is, “What now?” Some will take the path of grad school; others may take a year off and travel to see the world! But for most, the job search begins! Below is the advice that our top recruiters first received after they graduated college:

I feel completely honored as an English major and avid reader to have had an author speak candidly to my graduating class in 1992. “Up until now the focus of your life has been learning,” Tom Clancy said to Wake Forest graduates. “Now the focus of your life is on doing. After the gentle responsibilities of the last 16 years, you will soon enter a profession where someone will depend on you.” This resonates with me now as I continue to meet college grads – the work environment is not 100% centered around your needs – you are there to support the company and your teammates – work ethic and pride in your work will make you successful in whatever you do. Clancy also encouraged grads to hold onto their dreams as that keeps them from being old while growing old. You have to love what you do in your personal and professional life – your passion will show through!” – Katherine Ericson

My first boss who taught me everything I know about being flexible and adapting in the workplace, always reminded me to never “burn a bridge.” She would always say, “Treat everyone you meet with the same respect, for all I know, I could be working for you one day!”– Rebecca Reed Faulk

Having just graduated not too long ago, several pieces of advice come to mind. The advice that resided with me the most was, “You can never be too prepared for an interview.” Being a “Millennial,” we have a bad rap for being lazy when it comes to searching for a job. I used to think as long as I had an idea of what the company did and what the position was, I was good to go. But with the level of competition out there these days, you’re going to need to do more research in order to make a great impression. Researching not only the company, but also recent news about what the company is doing. Study the company’s social media especially if you’re applying for a marketing position. If you know who you will be interviewing with, Google that person and have a few topics to discuss at the end of the interview. The more work you put into preparing for the interview, the more it will show that you really want the job. – Shawn Kinard

Never do anything that you know is wrong—no matter who asks you to do it. The message was that only you control your reputation for honesty and integrity and you can check yourself by asking yourself, “Would I want this on the front page of the paper? Would I want this recapped on the witness stand in court?” Also, never hesitate to ask questions if you don’t understand something. No one expects a new graduate to have all of the answers, but the only way to learn is to listen to mentors and ask questions.– Julie Godshall Brown

For about six months, I thought I wanted to go to law school. This may or may not have been significantly influenced by Julianna Margulies’ outstanding wardrobe on The Good Wife. A friend’s father encouraged me to reach out to as many attorneys as I could and learn about their roles, niches, salaries, etc. Although I was accepted to my top two law schools, I ended up passing after the candid conversations I had with professionals in the industry.  By the same token, I spoke with many recruiters before pursuing this career path and knew this was more in line with my goals and personality traits. The take-away? Your career is very important. Research, build relationships and use the information you gain to make an informed decision on what you pursue.  – Hannah Barfield

Something I was told in my early career was that even though we want to find a job that fits with our talents, it is still work and not always fun. It truly takes several years before one truly becomes proficient in learning a trade.  Often times I see graduates jump to a new position when the going gets tough, only to find that there are difficult circumstances in every job. The grass is the same shade of green on each side. – Catherine Culler

My professor told me my senior year to have a short-term goal of setting as many interviews as possible and not focus so much on getting “the job.”  By having multiple interviews, you will become more comfortable with talking about yourself and developing a talk track.  This also gives a fresh graduate the opportunity to sample different company environments/cultures and to see what is the best fit for them.  The job itself will come in time. – Chad Hardin

The best advice I received from my dad was to use all of your contacts.  Networking is so important in the job hunt.  When I first moved to Greenville, I really did not know anyone.  My father arranged a meeting with a prominent banker that was the son-in-law of my childhood neighbor.  That contact led me to another contact that led me to my first job in Greenville.  And don’t forget to be gracious and return the favor–the help you provide to another could end up helping YOU down the road! – Karen Truesdale

What advice did you receive after graduating that has helped you succeed?