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Highlighting Your Value on Your Resume

If you are working on your resume, it is important to position yourself as if you were reading it from the employer perspective. Instead of thinking, “What can this job do for my career?” – think more about “What can I possibly bring to this employer?” It is the answers to the second question that will help you align your skill-set with the needs of the potential job opening.Tell Me About Yourself

First, include several job titles or skill-sets at the top of the resume (immediately after the heading). For an administrative position, the headings could be something similar to Customer Service Expert | Administrative Oversight | Office Management. If someone is in accounting, they may want to use a heading such as Accounts Payable and Receivable | Financial Management.

Next, be sure to include a career summary. This is a three to five line section at the top of your resume (immediately after the job titles and heading) that describes your career from a high overview perspective. This section should include key words from the advertisement, a list of some of your past experiences, and the diverse skill-sets that you can bring to the employer.

Then, include a section that discusses Core Competencies or Areas of Expertise. This section can be modified for each job opportunity and should include skills that are listed in the job posting. Items like Leadership, Communication, Detail-Orientation, Decision-Making, and Time Management skills can be included here. This section is critical to making it through the Applicant Tracking System or ATS. Many companies utilize this computerized scanning system to go through resumes and put them into a ‘yes’ pile or a ‘no’ pile. If you don’t have the appropriate key words listed on your document, you can say ‘goodbye’ to your chances of an interview.

Finally, under Work Experience or Professional History, ensure you can back-up your claims. Rather than stating you have marketing skills, state the dollar amount of the budget you managed. If you increased sales during your tenure with an organization, list the percentage that sales increased by each year. Quantitative information is a key to relaying the relevant information when applying for a new position.

The bottom line is to be as specific as possible with your information, ensure you read and re-read the job posting to verify you are using the right key words, and include all appropriate sections within your document. If you have any questions on what should or should not be included, feel free to contact us today!

 

Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish will be a featured speaker for our May 17th Free You Can Get Hired Workshop from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Register today and reserve a ticket to talk to Heather about your Resume! Click the button to register now.

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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How a Recruiter Uses LinkedIn to Find Talent

how-a-recruiter-uses-linkedin-to-find-talent-2I had an opportunity to meet Stacey Stratton, owner of True Talent Group, a talent agency and learn how a recruiter uses LinkedIn to find talent.

I found the conversation useful and wanted to share her perspective as her feedback will be useful to any job seeker. Learn how to leverage LinkedIn for job searching after college.

To say you have a LinkedIn profile is not enough particularly if you copy your resume word for word and paste it into the appropriate sections in LinkedIn.  LinkedIn profiles must be dynamic, stand out from the crowd and get the recruiter or hiring manager to take action and want to learn more about you.   Stacey told me she spend a few minutes reading a resume then goes directly to their LinkedIn profile because “people can shine on LinkedIn where they cannot in a resume.”

When I asked Stacey what she first looked for when scanning someone’s LinkedIn profile here is what she said:

  • #1 is do they have a professional photo – first impressions matter
  • Experience – do they have the experience for the position  they are applying for
  • Summary section – do they exhibit some personality?

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How important is LinkedIn’s summary section?

She relies heavily on this section to determine personality and if there is a cultural fit.  “You can have great skills but if you have the wrong personality, it won’t be a good fit.” Read my tips on how to best use your LinkedIn summary section.

The importance of Skills & Endorsements

Stacey thinks this section is mildly important.  If you have no endorsements at all this could be a negative because it leaves her wondering WHY no one would endorse the skills you say you have.

The value of LinkedIn Recommendations

Typically Stacey will not place people without recommendations, there may be some variable in that according to the length of time they have been at a job but she likes to know others have recommended the person.  Often she uses recommendation to help place a client and add that your recommendations should be recent, over the past three years.

Any value in the volunteer and causes section?

Stacey says yes, goes toward character and what the person cares about.  I would agree and often companies that are philanthropic and support causes want employees to share that value.

Are the number of your LinkedIn connection important?

Not necessarily is the short answer. However, Stacey said if you are a social expert and you have very few connections that wouldn’t make sense. She does look at the types of people you are connected to, so be intentional with the people you invite to be in your network.

Top tips for job seekers to leverage your LinkedIn profile

* Get a professional photo, unfortunately people do judge.
* Work on a great summary – be true to who you are, let your personality shine through.
* Have a compelling headline that says I want to learn more.
* List your awards – be proud of your accomplishments and show future employers what they can expect from you.
* Note when you have been promoted. This shows the level of progression in your career.
* If you still play team sports – list it.  It says you are a team player.
* Utilize the media feature particularly if you are in a creative field, showing your work visually highlights your talent

Knowing how LinkedIn can help your career is imperative

According to a recent poll done by The True Talent Group, they wanted to know the skill level of their network when it comes to using LinkedIn.

50% said “They don’t know how to make their profile stand out”

50% said “They don’t know what to do once they invite or accept invitations”

I read that ABC News reported , 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. So knowing how to network on LinkedIn is as important to your job searching success as is having a great profile that stand out and highlights the points Stacey Stratton and other recruiters tell us are important.

LinkedIn Recruiter customers get access to all of LinkedIn’s users—not just those in their own personal networks. The product allows you to scour this enormous pool of professionals using advanced search functions such as industry, location and current company. – New Talent Times

To learn more about Stacey Stratton and The True Talent Group visit:  www.truetalentgroup.com

To get a professional career profile update, be sure to visit: https://linkedinforbusiness.net/career/

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JoAnne Funch will be featured at our Free You Can Get Hired workshop on May 17th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Register Today and find out how she can help you be sure your LinkedIn is “Recruiter Ready”! Click the Button to reserve your ticket now.

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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Tasks to Accomplish on A Daily Basis to Grow a LinkedIn Following
6 Things I Do Everyday on LinkedIn

If you are serious about using LinkedIn to maintain your professional brand reputation, stay top of mind with your connections and generate business leads than  I know you are consistently showing up.

 

For those who have never been to one of my trainings or have not heard me speak I emphasize investing time to grow your LinkedIn network.  LinkedIn is a long term strategy that requires consistency.  Often I get asked how I personally use LinkedIn, since I am a LinkedIn Trainer. So I decided to share the 6 things I do everyday on LinkedIn and I want to say up front, these things typically take less than 30 minutes per day!

Overview of Top 6 Things I Do Everyday on LinkedIn

1. Respond to any email message

2.  Review and accept new LinkedIn connections

3.  Check the LinkedIn news feed for current updates

4. Check on Who’s viewed my profile

5.  Flip through the “Ways to keep in touch” section

6.  Share an update on the LinkedIn platform

Top 6 Things I Do Everyday on LinkedIn in Detail:

1. Respond to any email message

I always try to acknowledge a message from someone within 24 hours of receiving it. First because that is professional courtesy and second because I want to be timely.  If someone has taken the time to message me, I always give them the respect to reply regardless of why they have messaged me.

2.  Review and accept new LinkedIn connections

Reviewing new invitations is a quick task for me because I have a process n place to read and respond.  I always read the profile of the invitee, I accept all invitations with a few exceptions such as no photo or details in their profile or if something about the profile seems inappropriate. If I received the default invitation, than I have several responses that I use in reply to learn more about the person who invited me.

3.  Check the LinkedIn news feed for current updates

I scan the news feed for current updates over the past 6-8 hours to with the intention of looking for updates from clients first that I can engage with such as posting a comment. Second I scan for people in my LinkedIn network who have new connections, and see if there are people I may also want to connect with and thirdly I scan for interesting content I may want to take a quick read on.

4.  Who’s viewed my profile

I always like to see who has viewed my profile because I look for trends in location, industry, people I may have met recently and I decide who I might take the time to send a note to if they have not invited me to connect.  This is intelligence work that has provided me new opportunities that may have been missed opportunities had I not taken the lead.

5.  Flip through the “Ways to keep in touch” section

I don’t click the Congrats! button on everyone celebrating a work anniversary, but I do scan for clients and prospects I want to stay top of mind with and I send a quick hello or comment on the work anniversary, birthday or such in a sincere and intentional way.

6.  Share an update on the LinkedIn platform

Staying top of mind with my connections is paramount!  My intention is to be authentic, relevant and credible.  I post content that I believe my network would be interested in and  is relevant to why people connected with me in the first place.  I typically post a combination of content through the week that consists on my blog posts, other people’s relevant content, industry content and I try to be sure each post has an interesting graphic to accompany the article.

Networking offline as well as online is all about showing up.

How do you show up on a consistent basis?
How are you building your online reputation?

While there is lots you can do everyday on LinkedIn, some are more important than others. Learn more about how to “Jump Ahead of your Competition with LinkedIn Advantages You Can Leverage”

JoAnne will be a featured guest speaker at You Can Get Hired on May 17th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Register early to get a seat close to the stage and get the best of what JoAnne has to offer for your job search! Click the button to Register now.

Eventbrite - 5/17/16 You Can Get Hired! - Dr Heather Rothbauer-Wanish and JoAnne Funch

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You can’t possibly know it all. Even if you’re an expert in a certain area, there will inevitably be times when you don’t know the answer. That’s OKAY.

In our modern, information-at-our-fingertips world, we might feel pressured to know anything and everything. Think about all the content you consume on a daily basis, whether through television, social media, news articles, surfing the web, or face-to-face interactions. The amount of data we’re exposed to on a regular basis is overwhelming and can also lead to unrealistic expectations from others. “Didn’t you see that article,” someone might say. Or “didn’t you hear about x, y, and z?”

It takes courage to admit when you don’t know something, but it’s much better than faking your way through a conversation. The next time someone quizzes you about a news story you haven’t read or a social media trend you haven’t heard of, speak up. Let her know that you don’t know enough about the topic to form an opinion, but you would like to hear her thoughts on it. Then, listen. Learn.

In a different context, think about job interviews. If the interviewer asks you a straightforward question such as, “Do you know how to use Adobe Photoshop,” don’t fudge your answer. Be forthright with your response. For example: “No, I’ve never used Adobe Photoshop, but I have experience with other design programs, such as Inkscape. I’ve found that I am a quick learner and pick up on new systems quickly. I am also not afraid of technology and would be happy to take a class on Adobe Photoshop if I am hired.”

This response not only shows a willingness to learn, it also conveys honesty and transparency. These are traits that companies often look for in job candidates.

Furthermore, if you admit that you don’t know something (to yourself and others), this opens up an opportunity to learn and grow. Explore the unknown subject and add something new to your knowledge bank.

Remember, you CAN’T know it all. It’s fine to admit to others when you don’t have the answer. This isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of integrity and candor.

MARGARET SMITH IS A CAREER COACH, INSIGHTS®DISCOVERY LICENSED PRACTITIONER, FOUNDER OF UXL, AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE TAG TEAM. YOU CAN VISIT HER WEBSITE AT WWW.YOUEXCELNOW.COM

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Margaret will be a guest speaker for the April 5th You Can Get Hired workshop from 9-11:30. Register Here!

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Originally Posted January 25th, 2016 @ 04:01pm by: Joanne Meehl

handshake_closeupAfter many years in the job search field, and almost 13 on my own, I have seen many things from candidates that work wonderfully in their searches.

And things that they put in their way.

One unnecessary hurdle is hiding an old entry-level job because the candidate believes it wasn’t that long ago so it shows them as too inexperienced for the next step in their career. I’ve seen this from senior managers ready to be a Director, or Directors ready to be VPs.

This is not wise. First, everyone knows you started somewhere in your career. But when you leave out “the first step”, smushing your earlier Specialist job into the later Manager role, you are hiding one key thing about yourself: that you were promoted and have had a meteoric rise. That’s what is outstanding about you! So why hide it?

If you’re doing so because you think you don’t have the room to give many details about the job, don’t worry: you needn’t add much material there. It’s in the next job listed that you say, “Promoted to this management role based on outstanding performance in my work as Specialist”. Adjust that statement for your level and you will then be communicating to your reader — of your resume or LinkedIn — a wonderful achievement.

Recruiters in particular like to see your career path until now. They want to see where you started and what you’ve done since; the decisions you’ve made and the successes you’ve had. And little speaks more of success than being selected by your senior management to handle more tasks and people: a promotion.

 

Joanne Meehl, Guest speaker for You Can Get Hired on April 5th, 2016 from 9-11:30 a.m.  Register Here!

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Come and join the largest Supported Employment Services (SES) provider in Hennepin County.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and independent professional on our management team!

Job Summary

We are seeking enthusiastic and independent professionals providing vocational services to adults with developmental disabilities. This great opportunity includes case management, career counseling, job development and job seeking skills training at community based work sites. We offer competitive compensation and flexible schedule. 

Job Qualifications

High School Diploma, with previous work experience and passion for working with developmentally disabled adults.We encourage those with an AA degree in related field to apply. Must have a driver’s license, a valid auto insurance and a reliable vehicle to perform job duties. Must pass DHS background check.

Salary & Benefits

The starting pay for this position is $14.00/hr.  Performance pay increase after 90 days service, plus substantial BONUS potential, Profit Sharing Plan, PTO ( earn up to 4 weeks ), full service cell phone provided, mileage and expense reimbursement, semi-flexible hours, and opportunity to advance within the company.

This is a full time position. Work is performed in the Hennepin, Ramsey, and Dakota County area. Employees are able to make their own schedule, based on the needs of the client. . To be considered for this position, please submit your resume to tmeyer@ppmninc.com

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Our company provides supported employment services for adults with disabilities.  We are looking for individuals who are passionate about helping others!  We offer PTO, expense reimbursement (including gas), flex-time schedule, and company cell phones.
We are currently hiring for two Job Coaches in the Plymouth area.  Job Coaches assist with retention, problem solving, and advocacy in the workplace for our clients.  If someone is retired or semi-retired, we are willing to make a case load part time, if desired.

Come and join the largest Supported Employment Services (SES) provider in Hennepin County.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and independent professional on our management team!

Job Summary

We are seeking an independent professional providing vocational service to adults with developmental disabilities. This great opportunity includes case management, career counseling, job training, coaching and monitoring services at community based work sites. We offer competitive compensation, and flexible schedule.

Job Qualifications

High School Diploma, with previous work experience and passion for working with developmentally disabled adults. We encourage those with an AA degree in related field to apply. Must have a driver’s license, a valid auto insurance and a reliable vehicle to perform job duties. Must pass DHS background check.

Salary & Benefits

The Salary range for this position starts at $12.00/hr, performance based pay increase at 90 day and annually, plus BONUS potential, Profit Sharing Retirement Plan, PTO ( earn up to 4 weeks ), full service cell phone provided, mileage and expense reimbursement, flex time hours, and opportunity to advance within the company

This is a full time exempt position. The work is performed in the north metro/western suburb area Employees are able to make their own schedule, based on the needs of the client. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume to tmeyer@ppmninc.com

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Lions Share Maintenance is looking for a entry level Window Cleaner and Pressure Washing Technician.

All of our uniformed crews leave from our facility in Little Canada, in company trucks, with company provided tools needed to get the jobs done.

They travel all over the Twin Cities Metro Area cleaning windows and gutters at residential customers’ homes inside and out as well as large multi-unit buildings and associations.

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
– Traveling with a coworker – window/gutter cleaner in company trucks to customers’ homes and commercial properties. No storefront routes. All commercial work is large scale.
– Cleaning windows in a safe and professional manner according to the techniques learned during training.

No High Rise. We do not “Drop” from buildings

Expectations:
– Following instructions given by office manager
– Relaying all job related issues to the office manager
– Keeping your coworker on task and getting jobs completed on time and to company quality standard

SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
– 18 years or older
– Able to start by 7:00AM if needed
– Able to work MondayFriday
– Manual Dexterity
– Required to kneel, reach, climb and balance
– Fearless of heights. Ladder work is a necessity. Must feel comfortable on 24′ and 32′ ladders.
– Have a clean driving record
– Able to lift 50-60lbs
– Previous window cleaning experience or crew leading / crew manager experience is a plus

COMPENSATION
The starting pay rate for this position is $12.00 – 20.00 per hour depending on experience. Quality technicians have the ability to grow and move up in pay scale quickly.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Lions Share Maintenance is a full service exterior maintenance cleaning company. We service over 200 HOA/ CIC multi-unit properties as well as over 2000 residential clients every year.

Our customer service is second to none. We use the newest and the most advanced professional tools and techniques to get the job done.

http://www.lsmain.com/were-hiring/

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Join the Grace Family www.gracehospicecaring.org

 

If you are seeking a career that puts you in a position to change the world, one life at a time, you have come to the right place.

At Grace Hospice we offer professional care with a personal touch by focusing on the patients and families, not the disease, while emphasizing quality of life and dignity.  We have built our nonprofit Hospice Agency by going back to the original roots of hospice care reach in spiritual, emotional and physical care for those at their end of life.  We are an equal opportunity, drug free organization striving for excellence while offering competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

Position Summary: The RN organizes and directs hospice care to patients with a terminal diagnosis needing hospice services in their home or community setting. The RN provides case management, admission facilitation, clinical support, continuous care, after hours call, and/or other skilled nursing expertise with end-of-life care.

Job Requirements

  • Displays an attitude of courtesy and respect for all prospective patients, families, staff and referral sources
  • Functions as a team member with other staff in the performance of duties.
  • Seeks and accepts feedback regarding the performance of job duties.
  • Is aware of patient confidentiality and adheres to HIPPA regulations.
  • Displays an understanding of vulnerable adult issues.
  • Displays an understanding of hospice patients’ rights.
  • Exhibits sound mature judgment.
  • Patient Care Delivery

Qualifications:   

  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing
  • Current state of Minnesota RN licensure
  • Three years recent nursing experience in acute, long-term care or home care/hospice/public health
  • Patient care planning and patient teaching skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinker
  • Current Minnesota driver’s license, insurance and daily access to reliable vehicle
  • Computer literacy

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