Tag Archives: Résumé


31 May

I was so happy earlier this week to get this unsolicited LinkedIn recommendation from Jonathan Allen:

“Arnie is an experienced Job Coach who really knows what it takes to land the interview. I gave Bose my very best resume, cover letter and follow ups, but still got a refusal. Arnie then put forward a better resume, etc., and I landed a great interview and a great job at Bose. I still rely on Arnie’s great advice, and it pays off.”

If you have been running into stone walls in your job hunt, like Jonathan was before we met, you might want to consider the impact that coaching can have on your career. Chances are, I will be able to considerably shorten your job search process. For most people, even cutting off a week from the hunt far more than pays for the cost of coaching expenses. And, if you itemize your tax return, job hunting expenses like coaching can be a deductible expense.

My rates will be increasing during the summer. You will receive today’s rates for as long as you remain a client of mine if you sign up before the increase goes into effect. Let’s figure out together how I can be most effective for you!

Happy Hunting!


Resume Verbs, Networking, & LinkedIn Groups – Recent Topics

28 May

I’ve been writing about a range of topics important for your job hunt in my recent articles on U.S. News & World Report. Here are some of the topics and links, and at the bottom is the link to the archive of more than 30 articles that I’ve published in there the last year there.

10 Pack-a-Punch Verbs to Include on Your Resume.  When you are writing your resume, each bullet point should begin with an action verb, and you should then couple it with what you did, how you did it, and your results. You might be surprised how effective you can be when you describe what you’ve done using words like: catapult, maximize, mentor, collaborate, and more. This article shows you how to think about verbs you can use. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/21/10-pack-a-punch-verbs-to-include-on-your-resume

6 Tips for Working the Room at a Networking Event. You job hunt is ultimately about meeting people and connecting with them in person. Writing a great resume, doing great research on LinkedIn, and applying on line are all important, but they are essentially tools to get you into the “main event” of a job interview. So often, people are shy, or don’t fully take advantage of networking opportunities. And even when “in the room” with the ideal contact it easy not to know quite what to say or how to act. This article provides a roadmap for how to get into a room and work it to your advantage. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/14/6-tips-for-working-the-room-at-a-networking-event

6 Foolproof Ways to Use LinkedIn Groups to Land Your Next Job. You probably got the first memo: Being on LinkedIn is of key importance in your job search. Here’s the follow up: It’s not enough to just create a static profile and then ignore it. LinkedIn Groups provide a powerful way to expand your effort with ease, learn new information, find hidden jobs, and enhance your own personal brand. It doesn’t take a huge amount of time, and it is well worth your effort to join groups and leverage them for your job search. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/07/6-foolproof-ways-to-use-linkedin-groups-to-land-your-next-job

I’m honored to be one of just ten career management experts who contribute each week to the “On Careers” Blog on U.S. News & World Report. New articles appear each Monday through Thursday, and mine are published each Tuesday. Here’s the link to the Blog: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers, and here is the link to the archive of my articles: http://money.usnews.com/topics/author/arnie_fertig. If you click on “View more U.S. News Articles” at the bottom of this and the pages that follow, you’ll find all of my more than 30 articles now featured.

Do you have ideas for topics you would like covered in future articles? I’m always open to your ideas and suggestions. And I’m more than appreciative when you pass links on to my articles by clicking on the social icons on the left of each of them to share by Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

Happy reading… and happy hunting!

Swap a Stale Objective for a Fresh Branding Statement on Your Resume

16 Jan

These days resume evaluators assume that their job is your objective.  They are tired of looking at “Objective Statements” at the top of a resume, because at this stage the process is all about the employer’s objective to find great talent rather than the job hunter’s objective of finding a great job. A successful resume today replaces the “this is what I want” statement with a “this is the value that I offer” branding statement.

“Personal Branding” is today’s operative buzzword. Some job hunters are befuddled by what that is all about. In my USNews & World Report article I get to the heart of the statement that gets to the heart of who you are: your attributes, your value, and your uniqueness. Moreover, I provide examples of three different “knock your socks off” branding statements and how you can go about the task of projecting your value through your personal brand.  Here’s the link to the full article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/15/resumes-101-swap-a-stale-objective-for-a-fresh-branding-statement?goback=.gde_4051582_member_204643023


How Headhunters Hunt… and How To Get Yourself Found

26 Dec

This week I interviewed Susie Hall, the President of VitaminT – a very large recruiting agency that deals primarily with “creative types”. We spoke about how recruiters go about finding great candidates, what they look for, how they network, and how job seekers can get on their radar. I’ve shared the highlights of that discussion, along with several tips about things that a job hunter can utilize to create an effective personal brand and get hired faster. Note: her advice is valid for people with all kinds of backgrounds, interests and aspirations. You can see what she says by following this link to my USNews & World Report article for this week: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/12/26/how-to-be-found-and-prized-by-headhunters#comments.

Happy reading… happy hunting, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


[R]energize Your Job Hunt in 8 Steps

6 May

“My job search is stuck in the mud.  I know I need to fix it, but I’m feeling overwhelmed and I’ve got no energy left.  I’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to work.”  Does this ring true for you?

The simple truth is: hunting for a job can be tiring, demoralizing, and frustrating.  I often encounter people who have internalized their inability to find work as a sign of personal failure.  Confidence and self-image suffer.  As that happens, it becomes increasingly difficult to present the optimistic, energetic “can do” persona that employers seek.  

We all hear that the longer you are out of work, the harder it is to get work.  One of the reasons for this is that employers are looking for you, Mr. / Ms. Jobhunter not to be jaded, tired, and “down.”  And, they fear that the longer you are out of work, the more likely it is you won’t have the vim and vigor they seek. 

There are things that you can do to [R]energize your job hunt.  This list is hardly exhaustive, but it is a good start:

  1. Remember that getting a job– is a job.  Treat it with the same sense of professionalism that you would bring to any employment.  Show up on time every day.  And, at the end of the day don’t feel guilty about packing the work up, and transitioning to “personal” or “family” mode.  As with any job, it is important to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
  2. Clarify your goals and envision success.  Imagine yourself in the surroundings of your next job, and then embrace the job hunt as the necessary process to get you there.  Make the effort to understand where you are most likely to add value to a potential employer.  What are your strongest achievements, areas of expertise, and personal qualities? Think about not just what you would like to do, but about the kinds of jobs and corporate/work culture that are most akin to your background.  These are all elements of defining your target.  Once your goals are clearly defined, you can begin to move ahead in a purposeful and meaningful fashion.
  3. Recognize and confront your self-imposed roadblocks. Are you frozen in place by a fear of possible future failure?  Many people have experienced so much rejection that they are afraid to have any more piled on.  Such feelings are real, and they need to be acknowledged.  Sometimes inaction can be a psychological defense mechanism.  It is important, however, to understand that inaction is a certain road to the status quo.  Try to move forward every day – even if you only do one or two small “baby step” things that can help to build up your self-confidence.
  4. Break out of your isolation, maintain “people contact”, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Figure out who are the members of your support system– your family, friends, other jobhunters you meet at networking groups, members of your church or synagogue and so on.  Talk to them on a regular basis.  Tell them what you’ve been up to, what seems to be working, and what seems to be frustrating you.  Make them part of your team.  Ask for their feedback and advice.  Help them to help you by creating a context of “us” instead of “me”.  And of course: seek a good job hunting coach who can understand and relate to you, and provide both guidance and the occasional “kick in the pants” when it is called for.
  5. Balance your job hunting activities.  You can’t be everywhere, all the time.  Strive to create a balance over the course of a week or two in a cycle.  If you think of your search for work as a job hunt, then imagine each tool or tactic as one arrow in your quiver.  You need a variety of arrows including:  informational interviewing; attending professional meetings and seminars; social networking utilizing LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter; writing your blog, etc., etc.  However important online activity has become, remember that social networks are but the means to the end of building personal relationships.  Nurture your relationships both in the real and virtual worlds.
  6. Stay focused and use your time wisely.  People who work out of their homes often say that one of the biggest challenges they face is managing their time.  It’s easy to be distracted by kids, pets, housework, TV, internet, computer games, and so much else! Organize your day and week in advance.  Create an hourly schedule and stick to it by setting alarms on your computer calendar or wherever they will best be seen and heard.
  7. Practice, practice, and practice some more!  Rehearse out loud your elevator speech and prepare answers to interview questions which you can anticipate.  For example, don’t allow yourself to be flummoxed by opening queries like, “Tell me about yourself.”  Did you know that Larry Bird, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, shot 1,000 baskets EVERY DAY!  He was great because he understood the need for constant repetition and skill building.
  8. Maintain your mental & physical health. Eat healthy.  Exercise at least 3 times each week.  If it’s been a while since you exercised with any regularity, start slow and gradually build yourself back up.  Get those endorphins flowing and you will look better, have more energy, and feel better about yourself.

I’m always interested to hear from readers.  Tell me what stymies you, what energizes you, what works, and what doesn’t.  I’d love to hear some success stories!

Happy hunting!


Resume Tips from an HR Staffing Pro

19 Feb

I happened on a great article recommended on Twitter composed by a corporate recruiter in Western, MA.  Jobhunters of any age and experience level would do well to understand the resume review process from her vantage point.

She writes about the frustration of dealing with lots and lots of resumes:

“Yesterday I took an hour to scan and file a massive amount of résumés. Two reasons here: my record retention, and the hiring manager’s ease of access… Out of scanning and indexing frustration, I tweeted yesterday that no one needs a two-page résumé. Originally, it was because I had to bust out the staple remover, merge two PDF pages, etc. If the two page résumé was printed out on the front AND back? Forget it—that back page will not see the light of day. I hope all of the pertinent info was on the first page.”

She writes about how she reviews the resumes:

“What I look for are two aspects. The first: Do you meet the base qualifications required for this position? I look for this information quickly—maybe a “skills” area where you tell me about software you’re proficient in. Do you have a college degree? Maybe your skills are highlighted in each position you discuss. Either way, these pieces should stand out.

The second aspect I look for is this: Does your job history tell me that you could handle the responsibilities of our current opening? This one is tricky. How do you do this without writing out your entire life story? Maybe you don’t have all of the experience, but you know you could learn it quickly—so how will I know that?

This is where excellent communication skills come in. Short, succinct descriptions of your role at that company are perfect. Were you just a plebe who got coffee, but then you rose up to become an account executive in a short period of time? AWESOME. Tell me that in one shot. Don’t feel compelled to write out each position you held in the company on the way there.

I also don’t need to know about your various daily tasks, unless you think it’s absolutely relevant to the position in question. If you tell me in the skills section that you are proficient in Excel, there is no need to also write under your job at ABC Industries that you created tracking spreadsheets. What I want to know is that you created a more efficient process… if you think that is important to the position.”

She writes about the lessons from all of this that the Jobhunter should keep in mind:

“The key to this? Short. Sweet. I am visually scanning, sometimes even running through the documents with a highlighter, or putting your skills and qualifications into a rubric so I can pit you against other candidates. The best way to make this process easier for me is to keep it simple.

In both aspects, it is important to tailor your résumé to the job description you are applying for. Make it easy for the hiring person to see that you have the qualifications. Think of it this way: A cover letter is “tell.” A résumé is “show.” Show, don’t just tell me that you’re the right person for the job.

Do you get where I’m going here? You have to start thinking like me. Scary thought, I know. But it is important that you don’t blitz HR people with résumés, because we can absolutely tell when candidates haven’t put any thought into the position. Look at the job description as your insight to the employer’s mind. They are (hopefully) being very clear with their requirements.”

Great advice!  For the full article follow this link:  http://bit.ly/7NGFPR.  Thanks to @Atalasoft AKA Christiana Gay for permission to quote at length from her writing!

Readers:  Your thoughts?  Please sign up for this blog and join in the conversation!


Resume Graphics: Nice or Lice?

15 Feb

Should you use graphics of any kind on your resume?  A photo? Line art? Text Boxes? Decorative flourishes of any kind?

I’m not one who likes to see graphics of any kind on a resume.  There are many reasons, but on a very practical note, jobhunters need to recognize that resumes are input on large-scale into a whole variety of applicant tracking systems (ATS) by recruiters and HR departments.  Sometimes, they just turn the resume into a searchable PDF, but often the format is changed, and information extracted to fill a variety of field in the corporate database.  In the process, information is sometimes not interpreted correctly, or the resume comes out looking terrible – just the opposite of the candidate’s intent.

The standard in the recruiting industry is to strongly discourage graphics in resumes.  A new article just published on recruiter.com is taking another tack on the issue.  Read it, and see what you think:  http://bit.ly/eUQTks .  It does the best possible job of explaining why, in some cases, some graphics might be effective.  And, it does a great job of outlining the traditional rationales offered on why graphics of any kind are frowned upon.

Your thoughts? Post a message below and let’s get a discussion rolling!


I’m In The News

3 Feb

My work at Jobhuntercoach is  featured in  today’s Melrose Free Press.   Check it out: http://www.wickedlocal.com/melrose/topstories/x1531269/Melrose-job-hunting-professional-offers-tips-for-the-unemployed

Any new client who signs up in February, and mentions this article, will receive a 15% discount for the first 3 hours of coaching!

Free Resume Review – Soon to Expire

10 Nov

NOTE:  I will be revising my “free resume review” policy, effective June 1, 2011.  Until that time, I will honor my earlier offers for a free resume review.  After June 1 there will be a charge for an initial resume review that will include a personal response with at least three suggestions for improvement.  Details of the new policy will be posted on June 1st.

Do you have a problem even getting anyone to read your resume to see what a great asset you would be to their company or organization?

I’m offering a full-scale resume review to the people who respond to this message prior to June 1, 2011.  It’s easy… it’s free… no strings! Learn how to make your message more compelling to hiring managers, recruiters, and HR staff with my success based format and language.

For ongoing tips, subscribe to this blog – but there is no need to do so to take advantage of this offer… just make a response below, or email me: fertig@jobhuntercoach.com.

Can I help you get a leg up on the other 14 million Americans who are looking for a job at this time?

Arnie Fertig


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Today’s Tip: Make Your Resume Easy to Save & Retrieve

6 Oct


By thoughtfully naming your resume, it will be unique, making it easier to save and retrieve for both yourself and to whomever you send it.  With this tiny bit of effort you can show that you really care about the position for which you are applying!

Give your resume a unique name for every place that you send it by using the “Save As” command in your word processor.  Use this format for your document title:

<your_firstname>_ <your_lastname> Resume for_<submission_company_name>- i.e. “Arnie Fertig Resume for ABC Company”.

Save each version of your resume in a Resume Directory, and when you are called by the company, it will be easy for you to retrieve the version that they are responding to!

You’ll make life easier also for any HR staff, hiring manager, or recruiter you are working with to efficiently file and find your resume.

Put yourself in their place for a moment.  How annoying do you think it is to receive 24 resumes each day titled “Resume.doc” and then have to go through the renaming process to save, file, or upload every one of them to an applicant tracking system?  More often than not, if the resume isn’t immediately appealing, they will just delete it rather than bothering to rename and save your document.

As a job hunter it is your job to make it easy for people to want to deal with you by showing consideration at every stage!

I invite you contact me at fertig@jobhuntercoach.com for a complementary initial consultation. No pressure… just information and support.  I want to know what you have been doing so far.  I promise to give you at least two tips that you can use right away to enhance your job hunt – no charge!

Happy Hunting!