Power Resumes ? Writing Your Objectives
A powerful resume starts with a good statement of objective. This is the headline of your advertisement promoting yourself. The headline has to be simple yet state with clarity that you are the perfect choice for the specific job or position.
Clarity of objective requires that you be clear about your own career direction. If you are not clear where you are headed with your career and the specific goals, you may not be the right fit for the position. There are bound to be certain uncertainities in your mind, there may be areas of concern on the path your career is moving. Yet it is better not to reflect those grey areas in your objective statement.
There are several ways you can write your objectives.
Decide on the specific job title you want to apply for. Then think about one or two qualification, abilities and skills that go with the position. Write it out in short and simple manner. The format could go something like this.
Objective: Seeking a middle management position in an organization where Business Development and Franchise network management is high priority.
If you are applying for several positions, you can prepare different objectives which will go well with the positions you are applying for. You may also prepare objective based on the positions' job description and tailor your objectives for each position being applied for.
Here are a few examples of targeted objectives:
Vice President Marketing in an organization where strong track record of National Business Development in informational technology product is needed.
Seeking an entry level position in the software marketing where a basic qualifications in IT would be needed.
Senior Administrative position in an automobile components manufacturing company with a background of handling HR funtions.
Practice writing objectives in line with your career goals and skills and very soon you will be a master at it. Go ahead and start polishing your resume as you read this article. Creating a perfect resume will take many improvements before it is market ready. The effort is well worth the results it will bring.
R.G. Srinivasan is a Certified Trainer, Writer and Author with more than two decades of managerial experience. He also writes a regular blog on home-business resources which you may check out at http://www.home-businessresources.blogspot.com for online marketing tips, resources, opportunities and online promotional strategies
Employment Law: Attendance Rewards - Legal Ramifications
If you were thinking of offering your employees special rewards as incentives for having good attendance records, then you must read on. In fact, employers that offer attendance bonuses may find themselves falling foul of the law.
Creating Your Own Luck
Losing my job in the last recession of the last century, I discovered first hand the power of creating your own luck. A week later, I decided to locate an interim position while I looked for a "real" one. Accepting a temporary position at minimum wage in an industry I knew little about, I decided the way to enjoy the position was to learn everything I could and contribution all that I could. I poured over manuals in my down time, developed processes to expedite the work, trained new employees, volunteered for additional assignments, and did anything that needed to be done. Four weeks into a ten week job, I was unexpectedly offered my first management position.
If I had listened to my friends cautioning me that taking a minimum wage position was career suicide, if I had been concerned about accepting a job "beneath" my education or experience level, or if I had only done what was expected, I would have missed an opportunity that led to five promotions in the next seven years.
It has been my experience over the years, while climbing the corporate ladder to Vice President of a multi-billion dollar company, that opportunity is everywhere and anywhere. Often, it's in unexpected places for those who differentiate themselves in the workplace. People who do what is expected of them, do it very well, "and then some" have opportunities arise that others never do. And people who set their ego aside, contributing everything they can to the task at hand, often create their own luck. That's because initiative is a powerful commodity in the workplace.
People offering to do extra work only if they get paid for it, or take on extra responsibility only if their salary is increased first, have it backwards in my book. My advice: do the work, do it well, and then do it even better. Higher pay, greater responsibilities and increased opportunities follow individuals who are contributors. Anytime I looked to hire people, offer permanent positions to temporary employees or interns, start up new departments or businesses, or promote individuals, I looked for people doing their job well ..."and then some."
(c) 2004 Nan S. Russell.Â All rights reserved.
5 Key Factors to Consider When Selecting an Outplacement Firm
With today's economy, more and more companies are finding themselves faced with the situation of having to reduce headcount to remain competitive.Â Here are five key factors to consider when selecting an outplacement firm if your company is ever faced with a workforce reduction.
1. Types of Services Provided.Â One decision you will need to make regarding outplacement is whether your displaced workers would benefit most from group or individual one-on-one outplacement.Â For the majority of outplaced employees, if your budget permits, individual outplacement is the preferred option since it provides one-on-one support that will help them move forward more quickly than they would on their own.
If you decide they would benefit most from individual outplacement, you will then need to determine what services would be most valuable to your displaced employees.Â One option would be to select an outplacement firm that develops their resume and cover letter for them.Â Another option would be an outplacement firm that offers office space and a computer for the displaced worker to prepare their own job search materials.
2. Areas of Specialty.Â Another factor to consider when selecting an outplacement firm is whether it is important to you that they have experience working with the type of displaced employees you will be sending them.Â A related factor is whether it is important to you that the outplacement company specializes in dealing with companies like yours.Â
If their areas of specialty are important to you, review the outplacement company's web site and other marketing materials to see what their specialty is or ask them directly.Â If an outplacement firm's expertise lies in serving large companies displacing administrative staff and your small business is displacing experienced managers, this outplacement firm may not be the best fit for you.Â
3. Experience with Current Job Search Practices.Â How important is it to you that the outplacement firm be experienced with Internet job search techniques?Â Is it likely that the Internet will play a key role in your displaced employees' job search strategy?
If you determine that Internet savvy is an important evaluation point for an outplacement firm, check to see whether the outplacement firm recognizes the importance of the Internet by having a web site.Â Are they aware of the top online career sites?Â Do they offer a service to post displaced employees resumes on these top online career sites?Â Do they have the ability to distribution resumes electronically to a select group of employers and recruiters?
4. Length of Time Support is Provided.Â Another factor to consider when selecting outplacement services is the amount of time you feel the displaced worker would require outplacement support.Â In general, the more senior-level the position, the longer it will take the displaced employee to find suitable employment.Â
A second time factor to consider is whether the displaced worker will receive ongoing one-on-one scheduled sessions with a career transition consultant or whether the ongoing support merely includes access to job search support materials.
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5. Costs.Â Outplacement costs must be considered when selecting an outplacement firm.Â Check to see whether outplacement costs are clearly defined and stated on the outplacement firm's web site and in their marketing materials.Â Are you charged only if the displaced employee elects to contact the outplacement firm for support or are you charged regardless of whether the displaced employee receives support?Â Are there affordable packages available that provide the services you feel your displaced employees would most benefit from without providing unwanted services?Â Â
Another cost factor to consider is whether the outplacement firm gives you the able to select outplacement services a la carte to meet your needs.Â Also determine whether the outplacement company has a minimum fee requirement or whether they will charge you only for the number of displaced employees you actually have even if the number is as few as one.
By considering each of these five factors you can develop effective selection criteria for deciding on an outplacement provider to best meet the needs of your displaced employees while adhering to your budget constraints.
Copyright 2001-2004, Quest Career Services, LLC.Â All rights reserved.
An Unexpected Career Direction
My starting point was how to draw on 25 years of experience in which I have helped thousands of people to their own career success, and make this knowledge freely available to anyone and everyone who could use it. I believe that if people are given the right information and helped to reach their own conclusions; they can make an outstanding success of their careers. I wasn't planning on writing much about business start-up or self-employment yet as I got busy with this project something happened.
How to Reach Your Next Job Faster with Fewer Potholes, Roadblocks
Complacency damages your career more than lack of qualifications. The most obvious roadblock you'll encounter on the race to find your next job is usually regrets about skills, education, and professional knowledge. However, be careful that you don't possess an inner smugness that rests on past successes. Complacency will trick you to believe that employers will find you without any effort on your part to find them. You'll be anesthetized to job search urgency by this false sense of security. Overconfidence costs you money and opportunities if you decide to sit back with a Jack Daniel's and idle your time away until the phone rings. It won't.
How to Be Prepared for a Layoff
If you are concerned that your company might be planning a layoff, your best course of action is to be prepared. Employees often see warning signs that their jobs may be at risk. Such signs could include poor company performance, earlier rounds of layoffs, conflicts with their manager, increased manager intervention and involvement, and poor performance reviews. Employees see the signs, but aren't as proactive as they should be in looking out for their future. Here are steps you can take to be prepared for a layoff.
Get In Career Shape
Research suggests that as many as 8 out of 10 employed adults are in the wrong job or career! They are in poor career-shape or have little or no career-stamina.
Franchising Offers NO Guarantees --
You have to ask --- IS a FRANCHISE FOR YOU?
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Stop Whining and Ask For What You Want!
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5 Ways to Profit From No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (No Child Left Behind) is designed to reform and improve student achievement and change the culture of America's schools. According to this reform act each state must measure every public school student's progress in reading and math in each of grades 3 through 8 and at least once during grades 10 through 12. By school year 2007-2008, assessments (or testing) in science will be underway. These assessments must be aligned with state academic content and achievement standards. They will provide parents with objective data on where their child stands academically.
Overcome Interview Nerves: Be Better Prepared than Your Interviewer
Although interview preparation is everything it's sad to say that perhaps as many as half of all interviewers you're going to meet will be unprepared or incompetent. It's not all their fault, it's just lack of interview preparation time or responsibility; some of them will be co-opted at the last minute to meet you and won't have had time to prepare.
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Ask For That Raise!
For nine years Jeff worked for company G as an engineer. Flying airplanes was his first love. His job came in a close second place. That changed when Jeff met Judy. Their relationship quickly turned serious and they married.
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How I Joined the Outsourcing Revolution
Mention "outsourcing" to a programmer and you may as well be uttering profanity. The word suggests all the evils that have befallen the Information Technology sector since the Internet bubble burst a few years ago. We've been endlessly regaled with tragic tales of American companies who have closed up shop for many of their I.T. positions, only to "offshore" those same jobs to programmers overseas working for less pay than their American counterparts. A brain drain is taking place in the once highly secure computer programming profession.
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Retiring in Paradise
I have to admit that I'm starting to slow down a bit. I am definitely in my final career ? and quite comfortable working a 40 hour schedule. I even take a day off here and there to golf/ bike/ ski, although I'm thinking of selling my windsurfing equipment .