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2014-12-13

Second Saturday is a program for members of The CT Groups

LinkedIn and Resume Clinic
Pumping 'em up and adding Accomplishment Statements

OK, here's the short story of it:
  • 90%+ of Recruiters use LinkedIn exclusively to find qualified candidates which includes Admin Assistants and Executive Assistances and others including C Level Corporate officers and across all fields.  You can't ignore this!  People are being hired from LinkedIn Recruiter searches!

  • Accomplishment Statements are the foundation for many Behavioral Interview Questions that are often encountered.  Knowing HOW to present your SUCCESS through these is critical and you can also use it with your LinkedIn Profile.   One Success used in three key places.  Pure Gold!

  • Companies use Behavioral Interview Questions because they open discussion of a job seeker's past success and past success is an indicator of future success.  Hiring managers have enough "bench warmers".  They need people to can actually do things.  IF you got it, start flaunting it now!

I want to spend time talking about these two key areas, LinkedIn and Accomplishment Statements, to help showcase your hidden abilities and beef up those Resume to draw attention to you.  I also want to touch on items so many people put on their Resume that bring little to no value and can actually hurt you.

Below is a discussion on Success Stories (used for your Accomplishment Statements, Behavioral Interview Questions, showcasing awards/honors, etc.).  This is not but it can bring significant added value to you as someone they need to interview!

The holiday period brings great opportunities for networking, uncovering unannounced hirings for 2015 and "retooling" your job search for the new year.  Economic numbers are improving slowly and it appears growth in the US for 2015 is looking better than earlier this year.  Opportunity is owned by those who prepared. 


HERE IS YOUR ASSIGNMENT TO BRING TO THIS SESSION FOR THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT:
  1. Bring some copies of your Resume
    The Resume is your foundation for your LinkedIn Profile and your entry to get an interview.  If it doesn't send the right message you are invisible to the hiring manager.  We also need to quickly see the "landmines" that 95% to 98% of all job seekers manage to trip over with their Resume.  And so many of these are so easy to prevent or correct yet so many avoid the help they need.  Get that "second set of experienced eyes" to look at your Resume (like a manager, hiring manager, Recruiter, etc.)


  2. Identify your Success Stories.
    This DOES NOT need to be something that is job related.  It can be from volunteer work (including established charities like March of Dimes, Red Cross, United Way, work for your church, PTA, Garden Club, Ladies Auxiliary, Civic Club, neighborhood watch groups, etc.), from in College or High School or Junior High.  Ask people who have been around about the good things you have done and write them down.

    Summarize them into a short sentence for use on your LinkedIn Profile and your Resume.  Have a short paragraph on the key points of the Situation, Your Action and the Results for your Behavioral Interview Questions.

    Yes, Success Stores are in high demand by employers because they need successful people.
    Yes, showing your past success indicates your potential for future success.
    Yes, most people don't put these anywhere ... capitalize on their omissions.
    Yes, it is a big differentiator when a Recruiter sees them.
    Yes, this can be a very big impact for your LinkedIn Profile, your Resume and Interviews


So what does an Accomplishment Statement look like?
They will look a little different but not dramatically.  Here are some possible examples:
  • Raised $1,017 for Church by organizing a "resale" week-end soliciting items from the community to be sold with a sales commissions taken by the Church.  Organized the staffing, solicitation campaign, advertising and execution of the sales effort.

  • Completed project that managers and some co-workers said would never work.  The project was completed on-time, under budget, exceeded savings projected and caused people never to underestimate the power of a determined leader.

  • Contributed $385 to PTA group to buy small calculators for third grade students by organizing a Bake Sale.

  • Organized and led a camping trip for 50 underprivileged inner city children to reinforce skills of mutual help, discovering nature, learning how to depend on themselves and others in a team. 
What if I don't have anything like these?
Then let's talk and discuss what you do have or can think of.  Everyone has success stories.  The challenge is remembering them.  We often do "great things" but to us they were not that big of a deal.  We need to uncover those and see if they really ARE A BIG DEAL for you!  Ask your friends, family and co-workers ... the most often remember the things you forgot.

What if I come empty handed?
If we can do this right with everyone, everyone should come away knowing more, having better insight into how to show their total value in the Resume, the LinkedIn Profile and in Interviews than they know today.  Let's look at adding these high powered high impact items.  Coming prepared is always best for you.  If we have time we can look at Resumes to see if you have something that is stopping you from consideration!

Time, Place, Maps and Directions to the Room

       TIME:

Second Saturday – December 13, 2014
9:00 AM (sharp) to Noon
 
PLACE:
Hope Church - Room 224 - 8500 Walnut Grove - Cordova, TN
See DIRECTIONS TO THE ROOM below.

MAPS:
        Map to Hope Church: http://HopePres.com/

    
DIRECTIONS TO THE ROOM:
·  Use the parking lot in the southwest area of the Church facing Walnut Grove in the 
     vicinity of Entrance 1 (area facing Walnut Grove and near the Power Lines)
·  Enter the Church using the doors on the RIGHT side of Entrance 1 (see illustration below)
·  Upon entry make two quick RIGHT turns where you will see stairs to the second floor
·  At the top of the stairs, turn RIGHT and go through the double doors.  Enter the first
    door on your RIGHT.  Walk down the hallway.  Room 224 is the second door on your LEFT.




MAP from Entrance 1 East Doors to Room 224 on 2nd Floor.

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     Image Credit: Floor Plan - Hope Church and Mike Zurkammer