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Volunteer Work is the Ultimate Interview

volunteerIf you think doing volunteer work is just “filler to pad the resume” while you are looking for a “real job,” then think again. It can make or break you during a job search.

Pro bono work can include anything from nonprofit projects to community service and even religious or alumni events.

No matter what you invest your time in, it’s all a lot like an extended behavioral interview. These experiences are a great way to shine, build credibility in professional circles and get your name out there — if you have the right attitude.

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Do You Have a Great Interview Story?

interview 2When I diagnose problems clients have with their interview strategy, I often notice they answer interview questions too generally. They attempt to convey their fit for the job by describing the personal attributes they think make them relevant for the position. They explain they are team players, flexible and good communicators; they claim they are passionate about their work. But rarely do they go much deeper, failing to reveal just how they have leveraged these attributes and skills.

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How to Make Your Network Work for You

Business NetworkingAs a career coach who has helped hundreds of clients transition their career, one of the biggest frustrations I hear from clients is that their network outreach doesn’t yield the results they want. This is often because job seekers expect too much too soon or don’t offer clear expectations for how their contacts can help. Don’t expect to show up at a networking event at 6 p.m. and have five new job leads in 30 minutes. And don’t expect everyone you talk with to immediately know of opportunities. It takes time to cultivate, but by investing in a strong network, you will land faster than you would without networking.

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Resume Design Strategies That Separate You From Your Competitors

Recruiters and hiring managers generally spend just a few seconds on an initial scan of a resume. The vetting process is very similar to what most of us do when we visit a website looking for a product or service. We don’t read the entire website; we scan it quickly and if we don’t find what we need within the first few seconds, we usually move on to the next site. On websites, images and graphs that quickly explain the product or service tend to capture our attention and help us make a purchasing decision. The same is true of resumes. By displaying key information in more visual ways, you can make the resume an easier and more engaging read while increasing the likelihood that your reader will figure out your value add faster and more accurately. Here are some recommendations for ways to add design elements that improve your messaging to your resume.

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