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Weekly Tip #12: Keep it Simple When it Comes to Your Resume

Overly ornate resumes are not only difficult for the human reader, they can also trip up the applicant tracking system software.

  • When it comes to resumes, simple is key. Keep to only essential information.
  • Avoid using graphics; these can distract from the content of your resume, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) cannot process images.
  • Take the time to revise and edit your resume twice, if not more. Ideally, your resume should be 2-pages.
    • Patents, publications and references should be on separate pages. 
  • Incorporate keywords and phrases from the specific job description.

The best way to avoid an overly ornate resume is to keep it simple and direct. For help creating the perfect resume, contact us at or 760 310-9598

Weekly Tip #11: Mastering the Art of Explaining Job Gaps on Your Resume

There are many positive ways to include time off, whether personal or professional, to demonstrate your professional and personal growth. For example:

  • Continuing education is a great way to show employers that you’re keeping up with the latest trends and technologies in your field. 
  • Volunteer work shows an employer that you’re taking initiative in giving back to your community. 
  • Parenting children is a full-time job, and employers may be impressed by your commitment to your family.
  • By freelancing, not only does it show employers that you’re staying up to date with current trends in your industry, but it can also provide additional experience in a wide variety of organizations and fields.

Explaining job gaps on your resume doesn’t have to be a negative experience; show employers that you’ve been actively engaged in activities which help to expand your knowledge and benefit your community.  With the right approach, you can demonstrate how taking time off from work has enabled you to develop into an even more qualified candidate.

To learn more about how you can create a useful narrative for any employment gaps on your resume, contact us:  760 310-9598

Weekly Tip #10: How To Prepare A Recorded Video Interview With Recruiters

How to prepare a recorded video interview with recruiters is an important tool. You can create a recording that demonstrates your best qualities. A perfect recorded interview video is an important tool that many recruiters now use. With the right preparation and a few simple steps, you can create a recording that demonstrates your best qualities.

  • Research Questions and Answers: Spend some time studying the job description and researching any topics related to the position.
  • Rehearse Answers for More Natural Responses: Practicing your answers will help you feel more comfortable and confident when the camera is on.
  • Setup the Location: Choose a quiet, distraction-free location to make the recording. Make sure to have adequate lighting that’s evenly spread across your face, and a neutral background.
  • Professional Attire and Appearance: Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Avoid loud colors or patterns that might be distracting. Go easy on makeup and jewelry.
  • Speak Clearly and Look at the Camera: Speak in a confident and conversational voice. Be sure to look directly at the camera, as if you were having a face-to-face conversation.

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Weekly Tip #9: Identify and Feature Your Transferable Skills in a Job Search

When you’re crafting your resume, featuring key transferable skills is an excellent way to demonstrate the breadth of your experience and knowledge. Featuring these hands-on skills will help you get the job.

  • People Skills: This includes the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively, as well as motivating, listening, and demonstrating empathy.
  • Management: Knowing how to make decisions, negotiate, manage time effectively, and allocating resources.
  • Leadership: High-level leadership is best modeled by commitment, passion, empowering others, resilience, and demonstrating emotional intelligence.
  • Research and Planning: This includes project and risk management, budgeting, resource allocation, and prioritization.
  • Hard Skills: Technical know-how that can be applied to specific tasks such as computer programming, software troubleshooting, and data analysis.
  • Additional Skills: For example, published articles in professional journals or magazines, speaking engagements, successful volunteer projects, and second languages.

Pay attention to frequently used keywords in job postings and utilize them in your resume.

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Weekly Tip #8: Why Logos Are Important for LinkedIn Profiles

A logo is an essential element of a strong LinkedIn profile. While the platform caters to professionals, it’s still important to stand out from the crowd and make your profile memorable.

  • Logos provide instant recognition of a brand or business. Think about companies like Amazon, Apple, or Boy Scouts of America. Their logos are iconic; it’s almost impossible to forget them. 
  • A powerful logo has the ability to create favorable associations and talking points. Instead of coming across as a generic job seeker, you’ll make yourself known with a recognizable image.
  • Logo’s add color and variety to basic profile page. When people read digitally, their eyes are naturally drawn to pictures before they read text. Having a profile that is text dense is unappealing and can be an instant turn-off for potential recruiters and business partners.

Yes, LinkedIn profiles are meant to be professional—but that doesn’t mean they have to be dull. 

As your LinkedIn banner is your personal logo, don’t skimp on creating a dynamic logo for your profile—it could be the difference between getting noticed or being lost in the sea of profiles. 

For specific tips on your LinkedIn profile, contact us at Job Seekers’ Edge.  760-310-9598

Weekly Tip #6: Body Language – It Can Make or Break Your Job Interview

It’s not just what you say during a job interview that matters, it’s also how you say it with body language. Your body language in particular. Since it’s universally accepted that nonverbal communication makes up more than half of our overall communication, it’s important to be aware of the signals you’re sending.

  • Be aware of your body language from the moment you walk into the job interview or appear on the computer screen.
  • Lean forward and demonstrate that you’re interested in each interviewer.
  • Make eye contact to indicate that you’re listening and understanding by nodding, etc.
  • Be mindful of hand gestures. While they can help emphasize points during an interview, too many gestures can come off as distracting.
  • Sit Up Straight. Slouching can make you seem uninterested or even bored during an interview.
  • Smiling is one of the easiest ways to convey warmth and enthusiasm, don’t forget to smile as much as appropriate during your conversation.

Demonstrating strong nonverbal communication skills shows potential employers that you have poise and confidence. For more tips on how to nail the job interview, whether it’s in-person or online, contact us at 760 310-9598 or contact us.

Weekly Tip #4: Standing Out by Being Interested

In a competitive job market, it’s important to differentiate yourself and stand out from the crowd. One way to do this is to take a cue from the saying “be interested, not interesting”.

Rather than simply trying to be impressive, focus on being genuinely interested in the position, the company, and what their specific needs are.

  • Successful high-level candidates must demonstrate their ability to work well with others.
  • Display genuine interest towards those you are interacting with throughout the job search process.
  • Ask questions about the role, and listen carefully.
  • This particular skill can help you stand out in situations such as interviews or compensation package negotiations.

Want to know how you can stand out during the interview process? Contact us for more information.

Weekly Tip #3: Emotional Intelligence – Why it Matters in Your Job Search

One of our favorite books right now is Harvard Business Review’s on Emotional Intelligence.

Throughout the book, there is valuable insight into the skill of managing and understanding our emotional responses, and how that can help every aspect of life.

The five core components of emotional intelligence are:

  • Self-awareness: Understanding our own emotions and recognizing how they affect our behavior.
  • Empathy: The ability to understand how other people feel so that we can respond appropriately.
  • Self-regulation: Managing our own emotions so that we can remain focused and make better decisions.
  • Motivation: Taking action that will help us reach our goals.
  • Social Skills: Effectively interacting with others and building strong relationships.

Strong emotional intelligence skills can give you an edge during the hiring process, as employers increasingly value EQ when making hiring decisions.

Interested in how your EQ measures up? Contact us for a free discovery call.

Weekly Tip #2: Asking for A New Title

If you’ve been with your company awhile, your scope and responsibilities may have expanded, is it time for promotion or a title change? A title is an indicator both internally and externally of what level you are within your organization.

  • Do some soul searching as to ‘why’ a certain title. Can this new title help you do your job more effectively? Will it add credibility to you in working with clients?
  • Utilize your resources to identify job titles that reflect your skills expertise and status. Does the new title make sense within your firm and the industry?
  • Does this new title make sense to your current boss? Their motivations and challenges.
  • When making your request project strength, but also modesty. Never demand.
  • Remember this is a negotiation and should be a part of a multi-issue discussion. i.e. a review, compensation change, etc.

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Weekly Tip #1: 2023 – Looking Forward as a Leader

As another year ends and a new one begins, this is a good time to reflect and take action on your leadership resolutions. 

  • Take classes to hone your skills as a leader. Check into convenient educational apps and platforms.
  • Focus on your own self-improvement, personal and professional. Listen to quality podcasts and/or audiobooks, and keep a journal to track your goals and progress. When you work on yourself, there’s a natural spillover effect on every aspect of your life.
  • Improve communication and connections with your people. Look for ways to notice and acknowledge those on your team. Make acknowledgment frequent and genuine, not rewards-based.
  • Spend less time in meetings with your team. Spend more time working ON the organizational mission versus IN it. This will advance the mission.
  • Schedule important commitments in your calendar. Not tasks, mind you, but commitments like a day off, time to exercise, family and/or couple time, etc. This moves you from reacting to planning and balancing your time well.

As a leader, remember your team doesn’t work for you…you work for them. Leading by serving is a powerful way to build a productive and enjoyable culture for everyone on the team.

Happy New Year from the team at Job Seekers’ Edge. 

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