Category Archives: Resume Tips

Using Video for your Resume – The highs and lows

We are often asked about whether it’s really a good idea to use video for your resume.  Many recall the laughing stock of Wall Street who’s video resume went viral…..in a BAD way.

Business Failure

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15250703/ns/business-forbes_com/t/students-video-resume-has-wall-street-howling/

However, there are times when a video for your resume DOES help.

A video resume is mainly important when and if your personality, speaking skills and presence are desired attributes for a job.  Typically, this would include postings such as customer service, sales, marketing or any leadership position where you’d have to present your ideas to teams or large groups.

What’s important is to determine whether a video resume would help or hinder your chances in a job search.  For example, do your personality and communication skills help you stand out from other candidates?  Would a video resume be off-putting (is the company very traditional or non-technical in nature)?

Here are some tips on how to create an effective video for your resume:

http://mashable.com/2011/01/17/tips-video-resumes/

Remember, all parts of SuccessorE’s eResumeTM are optional.  Only use them when appropriate and if they will give you a better chance of standing out based on what the job requires.

Have you tried video for your resume?  Was the experience good or bad?  We’re interested in your stories.  Please comment below.

Join the E-volution! The traditional resume just won’t cut it anymore

Join the E-Volution!   The traditional resume just won’t cut it anymore

Rip up Resume

So you have 5 years experience in marketing and you want to apply for a job posting you saw on a website.  You don’t know anyone at that company to get you an “in”.  The average job posting has 200 applicants, so how does your experience look on paper?  Well, the traditional resume looks like this:

Sample Resume

How are you going to stand out among the other Marketing professionals in the same boat?

Well there are several ways to optimize your job search and SuccessorE Inc. includes them in their free eBook:  How to stand out in the competitive Job market:  http://www.successore.com/help/free-ebook.html

SuccessorE Inc. provides a platform for candidates to stand out well beyond their resume to showcase the package of what they have to offer.  Introducing the eResumeTM, they allow recruiters to practically have the interview at first glance:

eResume

Hiring Managers will get a much better sense of the candidate, who they are and what they have to offer their organization.  The candidate gets to put their best foot forward when there’s only one chance to make a first impression.

Sources state that recruiters prefer video or electronic resumes (http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/benefits-of-video-resume-over)

The eResumeTM isn’t just for Marketers.  Anyone can use it to stand out among other candidates.  With the end of the University and College year nearing, thousands of new grads are about to hit the job market looking for work and with limited experience, an eResumeTM might just make the difference.

SuccessorE is offering a free 10 day trial to create your eResumeTM .  They offer new clients a series of emails that will help them create each piece of their eResumeTM including best practices and video tutorials.  You can also have SuccessorE create your eResume for you if you  need that extra help.

Stand out in the job market and create an eResumeTM today.

SuccessorE Inc. is a Calgary Alberta based Company and is proud to offer a percentage of profits to not-for-profit organizations.  Contact us at www.successore.com or info@successore.com .

The Inside Scoop: What Recruiters look for on your job application

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In most fields, it’s an employers’ market.  With hundreds of resumes pouring in for a single opening, recruiters often begin their review in weed-out mode.  In this competitive market, it’s more important than ever for job seekers to understand what recruiters are looking for and adapt.   When preparing your resume and communicating with a recruiter, keep these five issues in mind—because the recruiter will be.

·         Tailor your resume to a specific job:  With the high volume of resumes passing through a recruiter’s inbox, generic isn’t going to get you noticed.  Read the job description carefully and create a resume that focuses on your most relevant skills and experience.  And, because many recruiters use software to scan for specific skills and experience, tailor your language to the posting as well.

·         Narrow your focus: On a related note, recruiters are often wary of an applicant whose experience is too broad-based.  While this means a wide range of skills, it may also send the message that you don’t know what you want to do and may not be committed to the position you’re seeking.  When preparing a job-specific resume, stay focused—recruiters generally aren’t looking for renaissance men.

·         Write a specific cover letter for each job:  Just like tailoring your resume, a personalized cover letter will help protect you from the initial weed-out.  Aside from demonstrating that you haven’t just mass-emailed your resume as many job seekers do, a good cover letter may save you from the first-round weed-out by closing an apparent gap in skills or experience, explaining a period of unemployment or describing why you’re interested in a particular position.

·         Make sure your resume and reference information are up to date: Whether out of laziness or an attempt to blur unemployment dates, many applicants fail to update resumes—especially with termination dates.  Don’t let a recruiter learn that you’re no longer employed from someone else, or surprise her by revealing information in an interview that conflicts with your resume.

·         Don’t make work for the recruiter: It may sound harsh or even unreasonable to suggest that if the recruiter has to revisit an attachment to get your contact information or convert a file to a different format in order to read it, you’re likely to get passed over.  However, with the volume of resumes recruiters receive, it’s a practical reality.  They’re busy and moving fast, and if you haven’t made it easy for them chances are that they’ll just keep moving…on to the next applicant.

It’s a tough market out there, but people are getting hired every day.  There are several key factors which determine whether or not you get an interview, and some differ depending on the position or the recruiter.  However, the tips above will give you a strong leg up as you let recruiters know that you’re invested in a particular job and willing to work to set yourself apart from the large pool of job seekers in competition with you.