Under30Careers » Interviews & Resumes http://under30careers.com Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Under30Careers no Under30Careers » Interviews & Resumes http://under30careers.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://under30careers.com/category/interviews-resumes/ Resume: Unique Do’s and Definite Don’ts http://under30careers.com/resume-unique-dos-and-definite-donts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=resume-unique-dos-and-definite-donts http://under30careers.com/resume-unique-dos-and-definite-donts/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:00:01 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2349 ResumeIf you are in search of your new dream job, you face one of three things: Either you just finished a degree and are ready to get your life started; you are unemployed and in desperate need of work; or you are unhappy in your current position and are looking for a change. Regardless of the situation, I have some tips to get you underway.

Before you are able to get in the door for an interview you will want to make sure your resume is the best it can be. Many are confident about their resume; however, most make resume mistakes, which means you should review yours just in case.  Often you will find that with the right resume you could have the job long before you see an interviewer. The actual meeting could end up being solely a formality.

Avoid Clichés

It is really easy for you to talk about yourself in a way that makes you sound like the best candidate ever. The problem with that is employers aren’t interested in your biased opinion. They are more interested in the facts. This includes your work history, education and any honors you have received in work and school. Don’t add in a section just to talk about your dependability and work ethic–it’s a definite turnoff.

Document your Target Position

For example, if you are a registered nurse you can put that title at the top of the page or you can opt for something that will work even better.  Instead if you are looking for a career specifically in Emergency Medicine you should opt for “Emergency Nurse.” By doing this you will receive more phone calls and interviews. I know that it seems counter-intuitive to narrow down your preferred job, but what it is actually doing is helping you to stand apart from the crowd.

Include Quotes

No, I don’t want you to put “patience is a virtue” on your resume. What I mean by including quotes is those that come from your peers, colleagues, or educators. Ask professionals to define you through a simple elegant quote. For example: “Jennifer exceeds all expectations. She is meticulous and is an exceptional leader.” Include this in the middle of the first page.

Select Keywords Carefully

Showing up on searches is one of the best ways to make the phone ring. You can improve your chances by inserting the appropriate keywords in your resume. One easy way to find the appropriate keywords is to search job boards and agencies. Let’s stick with the nurse example: look through nursing jobs on a temp agency listing and see what words you see frequently. Include these in your resume and you will definitely stick out.

Stick to the Facts

I know it’s tempting to up sell yourself and talk about all of the wonderful things in your life. The truth is, employers don’t care. Leave the personal stuff out. Document your actual relevant work experience, whether it be on the job or educational training.

Along with these tips there are a few things to avoid…

Never Ever Use Cutesy Fonts

It doesn’t matter if you are going for a creative position. Anything but simple font makes your resume difficult to scan through quickly. It will be placed in the “no pile” immediately.

Jokes Aren’t Funny on A Resume

You may very well be a walking comedian. It doesn’t matter. At this point you need a job and your employer probably isn’t looking for the class clown.

Don’t Link to your Blog or Website

Generally employers aren’t interested in what you do on your free time. There is a chance if you are looking for a creative job an employer will ask for this. If that situation arises you can always add it in. Don’t just send your resume to 15 employers promoting your “side business.”

Now it’s time to get to your resume. Whether you are starting from scratch or just need to revamp, following these guidelines should increase your callback conversion. Good luck!

Anna is a freelance writer who is often writing about finance and career. Anna’s normal writing topics are usually covering personal finance or in depth career advice like how to find the best nursing jobs in what is such a broad career field. Anna is also the editor of paidtwice.com, a personal finance blog.

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Action Oriented Cover Letter: Get through the door. http://under30careers.com/action-oriented-cover-letter-get-through-the-door/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=action-oriented-cover-letter-get-through-the-door http://under30careers.com/action-oriented-cover-letter-get-through-the-door/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:00:09 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2211 Cover LetterGetting an internship is a simple 3 step process:

  1. Find the internship on job boards.
  2. Apply with your cover letter and resume.
  3. Crack the Interview.

Yup it’s that simple. The problem is that alongside your application, there are several others. So what do you do?

Communication begins with your email application; with a cover letter and resume. Then it is followed up with a face to face interview and if you are fortunate, it ends up happily with number negotiations.

Cover letter is often mistaken to be secondary to resume. You spend more time crafting your resume than your cover letter. In fact, you should be spending equivalent or more time on your cover letter than your resume. Cover letter is your pitch to get through that glass door.

Understand that, intent of a cover letter is to instigate the action of setting up a face to face interview. Cover letters that instigates action are known as “Action-Oriented” cover letters.

You want to be remarkable in your cover letter to instigate action. Below are some tips to create an “Action-Oriented” cover letter:

SAY NO TO COVER LETTER TEMPLATES

In order to be different, you have to sound different too. Achieving remark-ability can be done under the cover of humor or entertainment or passion or anything else that showcases your individuality. Whatever you do, ensure you sound genuine.

SAY NO TO STANDARD SUBJECT LINE

Can you come up with a creative subject line, which is clear and makes the reviewer open up your email? That is known as “Action-Oriented” subject line. The goal of the subject line should be to make the reviewer open your mail and look inside. If you intrigue them rightly, you have more of their attention while reviewing the rest of your application.

SAY NO TO LONG LIST OF SKILLS

List of skills are boring. Instead talk about what you can do for them. Show them, how you could make them money or save them money. Tell them, how could you help branding them differently or take them to the next level. Intrigue them by stating what you can do for them, rather than stating what you got.

By doing that you are saving a step for the reviewer. They do not have to map your skills to the requirements. Instead they now know what’s in it for them.

GIVE THEM A TRAILER

Movie trailer is the best examples of instigating action to make you watch a movie. Share your trailer. Create your youtube video and share it with them. Elevator pitch platforms like Mind Your Pitch, enables you to create your pitch and upload your video to do just that. It gives you a dedicated page for your pitch. Your page is google friendly too and you never know who will find you here.

BE SINGULAR

Apply for one position and one position only, through one cover letter. It is important you do not say you can do back office as well as marketing. That will show lack of passion.

WRITE DIFFERENT, SOUND DIFFERENT

Do not simply read the text in your cover letter when you pitch yourself in the video or during your face to face interview. Words have different impact “when written” than “when spoken”. You must use different set of words and sentences, when you engage in written communication as compared to engaging in verbal communication. Certainly maintain the same gist, but chose your words carefully.

So Unleash your creativity and good luck with your job hunt. Feel free to reach out to me at jparekh[at]idyllic-software[dot]com if you need help building your cover letter.

Jinesh Parekh is the founder of a Ruby on Rails Development shop, Idyllic Software. Idyllic Software provides web development services to companies to help them build their businesses. You can follow Jinesh @idyllicsoftware.

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How I Clawed My Way To My First Internship And Job http://under30careers.com/how-i-clawed-my-way-to-my-first-internship-and-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-i-clawed-my-way-to-my-first-internship-and-job http://under30careers.com/how-i-clawed-my-way-to-my-first-internship-and-job/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:00:56 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2290 Claw My Way to the TopI was a Computer Science major graduating in 2005 from San Jose State University, which is located right in the middle of Silicon Valley. Computer Science is a hot major now, but after the crash of 2000, Computer Science was a very depressing major with half of the students looking for jobs in “business” rather than technology because the prospects of landing a software engineering job were very slim. Plus all the employers wanted developers who already had at least a few years of experience.

So when I looked for internships in the Fall of my last year of college, I really didn’t know what to expect. I went to a few mostly unpromising internship interviews in anything remotely close to my field of education, but I had no luck. The closest I was getting was weird places or struggling companies that were looking for free labor.

Normally, I would not want to work at places like that, but since experience was proving that this was the best option at the moment, I gave one company a shot.  It was a technology company called Ipro (long ago out of business) which was in the advertising space. They were hiring many interns to do manual search for potential leads that their sales team would then call. They paid a “stipend” which I will explain a bit later in the article.  The place felt strange and none of the interns talked to one another. I took the “internship” just to see what would come of it. By my second week half of the intern staff had quit and the company hired new interns. That was a weekly occurrence because as soon as people were realizing that they were just getting taken advantage of, they quit.

There was so much intern turnover that even the manager of interns was an intern who had stuck it out. No one wanted to manually search the web for leads without learning anything, nor being mentored, nor being paid well.  I didn’t want to do that either. So I didn’t. Instead, since the managers at the company were just happy that I had not quit, I stopped looking for leads, and started writing a software program that would crawl the web and look for potential leads. It was a common web crawler.  It took me some time to build this software because, again, I was getting absolutely no mentoring, and at that time, sites like StackOverflow.com were not around.

It took me a few months of part-time work, but I finished the crawler that could do the job of many interns, effectively replacing the need of the intern farm.  As I was working on it, I wasn’t sure why I was building this crawler other than it was actually an interesting project for me. It was a project that I owned inside the company and it had potential to make a big difference for the company. So mostly, throughout the process, I found something to do that satisfied my own curiosity.  By the time the crawler was ready, it was early Spring and my university studies were almost over.  Plus, since by sheer miracle, I had not already quit as all the interns had done before me, some of the few regular employees there were, were becoming more friendly with me.

Then I started to hear rumblings within the company that they were planning a software project and needed to hire a developer.  They wanted to hire someone with experience, but since I was around, and had proven myself as someone that could be depended upon, and was twice cheaper to hire than an experienced developer, they offered me the job. I was thrilled. Out of my graduating Computer Science class, I was one of the very few people who had a job in my field right after graduating. I stayed at that job about 6 months before gaining enough experience to go to a more stable company that was actually doing well.  And that was the beginning of my career.  And if you are wondering how much that internship originally paid, through some complex calculation that I do not understand to this day, it averaged to $3 per hour. But through sticking with it and being proactive in what projects I took on, I got my start.

Alex Genadinik is a mobile developer and the founder of Problemio business apps which is the company behind a number of mobile apps for planning and starting a business. The goal of the apps is to help guide first-time entrepreneurs from the idea stage to having an operational business. Alex also blogs at http://www.glowingstart.com on various topics having to do with starting a business and creating products. Alex holds a B.S in Computer Science from San Jose State University. Please say hello on Twitter @genadinik

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Page to Help You Get the Job You Want http://under30careers.com/how-to-optimize-your-linkedin-page-to-help-you-get-the-job-you-want/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-optimize-your-linkedin-page-to-help-you-get-the-job-you-want http://under30careers.com/how-to-optimize-your-linkedin-page-to-help-you-get-the-job-you-want/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1694 linkedin_logo_11LinkedIn is an often overlooked network. Most professionals set up a profile on the site at one point or another, but few actually keep their page updated or go the extra mile to optimize it to make it the marketing showpiece that it can be. As a result, they lose out on the potential that the site offers to help them find the job of their dreams or to work their way up in their fields.

Here are a few tips for how you can optimize your LinkedIn profile so you can make the most of its potential to help you get the job that you want:

Fill It All Out

LinkedIn allows you the opportunity to provide a great deal of information about yourself, including your work history, your education, additional training and skills, and more. Take advantage of every opportunity on the page and fill in all the information that it allows. Consider it like an extended resume (which it is) and fill in as much information as you can.

Use Keywords

There are many opportunities to use keywords on your LinkedIn profile, most notably in your headline. Optimize your LinkedIn profile with the right keywords for your niche, just like you would a blog or website. Use your keywords in the headline for your page, then use them throughout your job descriptions and in the information you provide about your training and additional skills. Your profile will then appear higher when employers will search for those keywords.

Add a Website

Almost every type of professional can benefit from having a personal website that showcases professional work and accomplishments. Make sure you include a link to your website on your LinkedIn profile so that employers can get even more information about you, including work samples. If you don’t have a website, consider creating one.

Get Recommendations

LinkedIn has a nice feature that allows other users to write and publish recommendations on your page. There’s no need to provide your references — you can just ask them to write up their thoughts about you and your work and to share it with the world. Try to get at least two to three recommendations for each job you have listed on your profile.

Join Groups

Groups are an often overlooked feature on LinkedIn, yet they are a powerful  way to network with other professionals and get the inside track on jobs. Sign up for a number of groups in your niche, and become an active participant. Share your insights and start building relationships with other members. You never know which of them will be the key to your next job.

LinkedIn is a great resource for your career development, but you have to learn to use it properly to benefit from it. Use these simple tips to optimize your profile so you can connect with more employers and get the opportunities you need to get the job you want.

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the sou chef job description. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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12 Questions You Should Ask During Your Next Job Interview http://under30careers.com/12-questions-you-should-ask-during-your-next-job-interview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-questions-you-should-ask-during-your-next-job-interview http://under30careers.com/12-questions-you-should-ask-during-your-next-job-interview/#comments Mon, 27 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1816 Interview SkillsWhat ONE question do you wish potential employees would ALWAYS ask you during an interview? Why?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Why Wouldn’t I Want to Work Here?

I think this question frames transparency on both the potential new hire and her future boss. It forces both people to have an honest look at the challenges that accompany the job, rather than just the benefits of it. And for the hiring manager, it shows that the interviewee is willing to make an honest assessment of her abilities and desires to complete the prospective work.
Michael CostiganYouth Leadership Specialist

2. Who Doesn’t Buy From You, and Why?

This question exemplifies the candidate’s desire to understand the product/service, an awareness of varying target markets, a rational approach to sales, an understanding of the necessity of sales and a willingness to ask bold questions. It can positively impact her strategic approach.
Emily Eldridge HoldmanThe Remarkables

3. What’s One Thing I Would Learn?

We want people who not only want to work here, but want to learn! Having someone come in, do his job, not challenge anything and essentially be a well-written robot is just average. We want employees who are constantly trying to learn, push the envelope and come up with compelling new ideas. Anyone can do a job, but can you do your job and push your team at the same time?
Kim Kaupe‘ZinePak

4. What’s Your Business Model?

It always worries me when a candidate isn’t interested in how we’re going to be able to pay them. I typically assume it’s because they either don’t feel comfortable asking (which implies they’ll hold back with their opinions in the future) or they haven’t thought about it (which suggests they’re not really thinking this thing through).
Derek FlanzraichGreatist

5. How Can I Add Value?

Employees who take the focus off convincing me to like them and transition to how they can meet the needs of my business are the winners in my eyes. Ultimately, you receive a job because you will add value.
Elizabeth SaundersReal Life E®

6. Do You See Any Gaps in My Qualifications?

By asking about areas to improve upon, a potential hire shows a level of self-assessment that’s a great indicator of motivation for a future employee. We like employees who are self-sufficient and can improve themselves with guidance from our team.
Jared ChristophersonYellowhammer

7. What’s Your Long-Term Vision?

By asking what our long-term vision is, it shows that an employee is interested in the long haul and the mission/vision of the company.
Kit HickeyMinistry of Supply

8. What Do You Believe in as a Company?

What do you believe in as a company? Our values drive everything and are the foundation of all we do. They’re so important to us that we want to find people who share the same values, first and foremost.
Chuck Longaneckerdigital-telepathy

9. What Are the Opportunities for Growth?

I always wonder, when I enter a role, what the opportunities for growth on a personal (training, learning) and professional (promotion, career trajectory) level are. If a potential employee doesn’t ask me this, it seems like he’s rushing into the role and doesn’t have an adequate long-term vision.
Christopher PruijsenFounderBus

10. What Have Employees in Similar Roles Done to Succeed?

What have employees in similar roles done to hit the ground running, and what traits and capabilities have helped them succeed? There is a misconception, especially with less-experienced people, that new hires bring instant value. Even if he/she has the skills, learning how things work, what questions to ask and what to focus on learning in the early days is critical.
Steph Beernsight2day

11. What Motivates You in Life?

This is a question I ask them, but they never ask me. They all want to know how to get a higher salary or more responsibilities, but I can actually sense if they really want to work with passionate people by whether or not they ask me how I am motivated. If they feel I’m aligned with the culture or environment they want to be around, then they feel comfortable making the choice to work with us.
Derek CapoNext Step China

12. What Is a Typical vs. Atypical Day in the Office?

What is a typical day like, and what would a non-typical day be like? This is a great question that could weed out many applicants from the get-go. The first half of the question clears up the number of hours, work environment and responsibilities. The second half lets me discuss situations where they may have to perform above and beyond the usual tasks. This is an indicator for productivity.
Jay WuBest Drug Rehabilitation

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Look the Part: 5 Ways to Impress in Your Next Interview http://under30careers.com/look-the-part-5-ways-to-impress-in-your-next-interview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=look-the-part-5-ways-to-impress-in-your-next-interview http://under30careers.com/look-the-part-5-ways-to-impress-in-your-next-interview/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1764 Job InterviewThe economic downturn has made it difficult for most people to get a job, let alone a job interview. Once you have scored an interview, make sure you have the skills to impress your interviewer and land the job you’ve been waiting for. Here are five sure ways to leave a lasting impression in your next job interview.

Ask Smart Questions

Most interviewers pay more attention to the questions you ask them than the way you answer the questions they ask you. Avoid asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. Instead ask questions that show you have the knowledge and experience to do the job you’re interviewing for. For example, if you’re interviewing to be part of a marketing team, ask the interviewer about their current marketing processes and marketing successes or failures. Ask questions that show you understand the marketing field and want to find ways that your marketing experience would be a useful addition to their company.

Don’t Answer with a Single Sentence

When you’re answering a question during the interview, tell a short story instead of giving a short answer. Anticipate the questions you are likely to be asked and come prepared with complex but concise answers that include stories about your past experiences. This gives the interviewer some insight on your personality and makes them feel like they’re conversing with you instead of interrogating you.

For example, if the interview asks why you would be a good fit for the job, don’t answer with cliched answers like, “I would be a good fit because I’m a hard worker and detail-oriented.” This doesn’t help the interview understand how you could be an asset to the company. Answer with specific examples like how you helped another company grow their customer base by 50% or reduce costs in the warehouse by $1,000 a month. Show the interview you have skills that can benefit their company.

Make Eye Contact and Listen

Don’t stare at the people interviewing you, but be sure to make eye contact whenever possible. Maintaining eye contact helps you appear confident and ready for the job instead of shy and uncomfortable. Candidates who make eye contact stand out from the rest of the candidates. It’s also important to take notes during the interview. Leather notebooks are great for taking notes during an interview because they look sleek and professional. Take a few notes on key points, but make sure to keep eye contact during most of the interview.

Bring a Sample of Prior Work

If you are interviewing for a job in your industry, be sure to have a sample of prior work you have completed to show the interviewer your skills. Make sure that the sample is not more than a couple of pages so that it doesn’t overwhelm the interviewer or make you appear arrogant. If you’re in the technology or design industry, your portfolio should be online for the most part. If your work is not online, bring one short but powerful example of your best work if possible.

For example, if you’re interviewing for a marketing position, don’t just bring in your resume. Bring in a sample of one of your marketing campaigns and show how it helped the previous company you worked for. Show off your work and help the interview understand how you made a difference at the other company. Don’t just show your resume and think that’s enough. Stand out from the other prospective employees.

Know the Company You’re Interviewing At

Most companies have a list of core values or a mission statement on their website. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the company’s values and be prepared to explain how your values and experience line up with the company’s objectives. The interviewer is likely to ask you why you want to work for their company. This is a great time to discuss their mission or core values and how they are relevant to your experience and goals.

This article was written by Dixie Somers. If you’re looking to impress in your next interview, leather notebooks are a great way to take notes and look stylish for your interview.

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How Having a Website Can Aid Your Career http://under30careers.com/how-having-a-website-can-aid-your-career/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-having-a-website-can-aid-your-career http://under30careers.com/how-having-a-website-can-aid-your-career/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:00:40 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1294 Personal Website to Find a JobHaving a website or blog can be a great way to further your career; whether you want a satisfactory job in a mega corporation or whether you’re interested in significantly improving your prospect of getting your dream job, having a website can be the best way to go about it.

While there are several case studies of how having a website have helped people build a successful career and land a dream job, one of the most notable examples is that of Matthew Epstein.

In 2011, Matthew created a website aimed at getting Google to hire him; with a very creative video and some media push, Matthew’s website went viral and he eventually received 80 job interview offers from some of the biggest companies in the world including Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

While a lot of people won’t go viral and experience the kind of massive success Matthew experienced, having a website will still position you above majority of people who have to constantly send pitches and hope they get the job.

Another great example is Mishri’s.  After applying to hundreds of jobs and only getting around 6 – 7 interviews, Mishri didn’t get a job until she set up her website.

Other than the fact that a website positions you better to get a job by allowing recruiters to directly contact you, it also helps you in every aspects of your career. Here are some ways having a website can aid your career:

1. Having a Website Helps You Control what Information is found about You Online

According to recent data, 70% of U.S. recruiters and HR professionals said that they have rejected candidates based on information they find online. Also, 85% said that positive online reputation influences their hiring decision to some extent.

When hiring managers are looking to hire a prospective employee, one of the first places they visit is Google; they will look for various details about you, including your social media profiles, online activity and other information publicly found about you online.

By creating a website, however, you can control what they find about you online since your website will naturally be positioned above your social media profiles.

You can even take things to the next level by guest posting on relevant blogs online; by doing this, you can link back to your website and as a result influence how well it ranks for your name. At the same time, the guest posts you write will appear prominently in the search engine ranking pages thus influencing information people find about you online.

2. It Refines Your Writing

How does better writing help you get hired?

Some of the biggest CEOs, people like Jeff Bezos, have publicly said that writing is one of the factors they consider when they want to hire an employee; CEOs like Jeff believe that if a prospective employee is able to better communicate his ideas via writing, then he’ll be able to better understand what the company wants and as a result communicate and implement them effectively.

And this is true; the more you write about something, the better your understanding of it and the better you can communicate it to others. Once you’ve created your website, you can create a blog where you constantly publish your thoughts. Over time, you start to understand yourself better and you also improve with constant feedback from people who come across your website.

3. Having a Strong Online Reputation Guarantees Job Security

In every field, you can think of a number of people who have a strong online reputation and are noteworthy in everything they do; more often than not, the media is always talking about them.

Aside from the fact that these people enjoy better jobs and higher pay, they also tend to enjoy more job security than the average employee; the last thing a company will want to do is get in the public and media’s bad graces by firing the wrong person without a valid reason.

By having a website, it becomes extremely easy to become an authority in your field; occasionally, as long as your website and writing is noteworthy, the media will contact you for your opinion on important topics in your niche. By constantly contributing, your online reputation will consistently increase. This makes you a valuable asset to any company that hires you and as a result ensures your job security.

4. Having a Website Suggests you’re Technical Savvy

When it comes to making hiring decisions today, most companies pay more attention to people who are technical savvy and can effectively use latest tools and technology to get things done. This is especially important when it comes to the internet.

Having a website instantly suggests to potential employees that you’re technical savvy and can make effective use of online tools to communicate; instead of just saying that you know about technology in your resume, prospective employees can actually see that you indeed know about technology because of your website.

5. You Can Make Some Side Income

Aside from the fact that having a website helps put you in the public and ensure you get constant job offers; you can also make some side income from it.

By sharing your experience in various aspects of your life, you’re gradually building an audience and you can make money in the future by promoting affiliate products, launching your own product or displaying ads on your website.

How to Create a Website

I could write a whole article on how to create a website but, since this article is already very long, I won’t. Instead, I’ll share two self-explanatory tools that you can use to create your own website.

1. Make a Website: This is a website dedicated to helping newbies create good looking websites; even if you don’t have prior online experience, everything you need to know about creating a website as well as the right tools are provided.

2. Easy WebContent: This is a WYSIWYG website builder that helps you create drag and drop websites without any technical knowledge.

Joseph is a professional marketer and blogger that helps people start a blog.

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5 Signs Your Resume Needs a Makeover http://under30careers.com/5-signs-your-resume-needs-a-makeover/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-signs-your-resume-needs-a-makeover http://under30careers.com/5-signs-your-resume-needs-a-makeover/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:00:06 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1213 Resume UpdateThere’s an old saying that “it’s not what you know but who you know” and another that says “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Whether or not you agree with either statement, it makes sense to keep your resume up-to-date. In this economy, you’ll never know when you’ll need it.

But how do you know when it’s time to brush up your curriculum vitae?

A current resume is critical when job-hunting.

Haven’t Received Much Response to Your Current Resume

If you’re actively seeking employment and not getting any response, take a hard look at your resume to see where it can be improved. Get a third party to double check your work– two sets of eyes are often better than one.

Verify your online presence to ensure there’s nothing that might turn off potential employers. Many employers check a candidate’s online reputation before deciding to make contact. Set up a Google Alert for your name, or use one of the free or paid services like Reputation.com to monitor this on a regular basis.

You Haven’t Updated Your Resume in a Couple of Years

Thoughts of resumes quickly fall by the wayside the minute anyone gets a job. However, keeping your resume updated makes job-hunting much easier the next time around. If you’re still at the same job since the last time you updated your resume, a quick touchup is probably all that is necessary. A new degree or advanced training are typical things that may need to be added.

If it’s been more than a couple of years, chances are that your resume is in need of a complete overhaul. In this case, it’s not just a matter of updating some data, but ensuring the presentation matches what employers now expect.

You’ve Changed Jobs

No job lasts forever, at least not in the 21st century. Stuff happens, and you need to be prepared and ready to meet with hiring managers at a moment’s notice. If you’ve changed jobs, revise your resume immediately with your job title and start date. Who knows? One day you may be a candidate for a job requiring a certain amount of experience. Update this information now, and you’ll have it on hand for those who need the details. Having this precise information available also creates a better impression by proving your attention to detail.

You’ve Earned Another Degree

Whether it’s a degree, certification, or any other type of formal qualification, make sure to update your resume with the pertinent details. Work-related awards also fall into this category, because you never know how significant they may be to a potential employer.

By keeping information current, you ensure your resume accurately reflects your experience and shows why you are the right person for the job. It’s even better if you can relate how the additional training brought value to the company you worked for. Concrete examples always work best so that you don’t leave the reader guessing.

Your Contact Details Have Changed

You wouldn’t be the first person to send out their resume with old contact details. It happens! Obviously you need to bring your resume up to date when you move, but it also applies to those who have their name changed, like when they get married. Double check your online contact information as well. Things like old university email addresses or social media accounts often need to be revised or removed in their entirety.

Keep your resume updated on a regular basis, and you’ll avoid the need for an extreme makeover.

Stephen Jeske is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a passion for coffee. He frequently writes on small business, careers, and reputation management.

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Get More Job Offers by Learning to Tell a Story http://under30careers.com/get-more-job-offers-by-learning-to-tell-a-story/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-more-job-offers-by-learning-to-tell-a-story http://under30careers.com/get-more-job-offers-by-learning-to-tell-a-story/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:00:07 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1149 Interview SkillsWhen you go into an interview, you enter ready to boast your skills. “I’m creative, a problem-solver etc.”

That’s great, but that’s what everyone says. You need to demonstrate HOW you exhibited these traits.

The most effective and most intriguing way is to tell a story.

The best stories have a setting, a conflict, resolution, and a result. You will learn how to craft your story today.

A great narrative draws in the listener and makes them more interested in you. You don’t need an amazing, mind-blowing story to be effective and get your point across.

Setting 

First, set the scene. Present the status-quo. Make it as different as you can from the result you are going to hammer home.

For example, if you found a way to cut the time of a project by 50%, you want to present the original setting i.e. the status quo as inefficient and unproductive.

What you’re doing is setting yourself, the knight in armor, up for a big entrance.

Conflict

This is the problem, the pain that stands in the way. Managers want their problems solved, and your goal is to present your problem-solving, creative-thinking skills.

What conflicts arose? How did they affect the team, how did they affect your boss? Again, you want to stress the severity of the problem and the negative effects it had. The worse the conflict the better you will come across as a leader in the workplace.

Resolution 

Here’s where you make your big entrance to save the day! Outline the steps you took to solve the conflict. How did you go above and beyond the call of duty?

Get specific but cater to the strengths needed for the position you are interviewing for.

Before you go into an interview, you should have an idea of what is important for the position and for the manager.

They want to make the right selection and it’s your job to find where the pain points they want solved or filled. The resolution, when tailored to the wants of the manager, becomes that much more effective. 

In the previous situation where you cut time by 50%, if you know HR wants someone who doesn’t need micromanaging, your resolution would outline the steps you took independently to get to a result. You didn’t accept the status-quo, but changed your mindset to an entrepreneur, and solved a problem without bothering your boss. 

Results

You made it to the quantifiable result, the meat, the happy-ever-after of the movie. What changed after the resolution? If you made others lives easier, especially your manager’s, you want to express this.

The results can be drawn out on your Resume to drum up interest, but you keep the story for the interview.

Make Your Story Today

Companies pay for results, and when you bring results, you can bring in more pay.

Get specific in your story-telling, but make sure you keep it brief. Set the table and problem quickly and then focus on your results and resolutions. Another quick tip: Make sure you practice each story before presenting. Research shows that a well-rehearsed narrative is always more effective than a last-minute, off-the-cuff ramble.

Throw away the generic “problem-solving” phrase plastered on so many Resumes, and actually show how you have those skills. Stand out from the pack with memorable stories.

Joe Cassandra, a personal brand equity strategist, is the Founder of the 7Minute Entrepreneur, where he shows you how to change your mindset and personal brand today from passive “employee” to thriving “entrepreneur” in your early career. You can follow him on Twitter.

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5 Quick Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out http://under30careers.com/5-quick-tips-to-make-your-resume-stand-out/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-quick-tips-to-make-your-resume-stand-out http://under30careers.com/5-quick-tips-to-make-your-resume-stand-out/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:00:43 +0000 William Mehserle http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=962 ResumeCreating and editing resumes can be a boring and laborious task.  I personally hate doing it—but it is one of the necessary evils of working in America.  Someday, digital platforms like LinkedIn might remove the resume as a mainstay in the job application process, but for now, they are here to stay.  To help you get to the top of the resume class, we’ve thrown together 5 quick resume building tips.

1.      Keep it squeaky clean

You wouldn’t believe the number of errors on resumes from people trying to work here at our company, Khraze.  Your resume is your first impression.  Thus, make sure it’s organized and contains ample white space (to give the reader’s eyes a rest).  If a resume has an error, most places will simply toss it in the trash—even if you are the most qualified candidate.  Why should potential employers waste their time on you if you aren’t willing to make the effort to ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors?  The first rule of resumes: having errors in the writing is not acceptable.

2.     Customize and personalize

Most people send the same resume time after time to different jobs—and don’t think hiring managers, human resource professionals, and companies don’t realize this fact.  The reality is that you are probably applying to slightly different kinds of jobs.  Thus, an easy way to stand out is to modify your resume, to tailor it to the specific job. For example, if you are applying for a finance job, make sure to highlight in your resume when you served as treasurer.However, if you were applying for a job that relies on time management, revise your resume to include the experience of planning an event for an organization.

3.     Format with Bullets, not Paragraphs

Attention spans have dropped from 12 minutes to only 5 minutes.  We don’t read full articles anymore; we skim the headlines.  Why should your resume be any different?  Make sure to use bullet points to drive your points across—the ability to be concise is a skill that is highly admired in corporate America.  The days of paragraphs are over; use bullet points to make your resume easier to digest.

4.     One Page, MAX

If you are reading this, you are probably around 30 years of age or younger. Thus, your resume should not be more than one page.  Yes, you are an astounding individual—and have much more than one page of information to tell.  That is what the interview is for—to present new, exciting information not yet included on your resume.  Boil your experience down to a single page, highlighting the best of the best.  And remember, tailor the experiences you include for the job you are applying for.  One simple trick: develop a page of “highlights” that you can copy and paste based on the job you are applying for.  Most recruiters throw away resumes that are more than one page—they simply don’t have time for it.

5.     Make sure to include keywords.

More and more companies are using automated computer algorithms to dig through the plethora of resumes they receive to narrow the selection.  It is crucial that you include keywords relating to the job you are applying for to get your resume “found” and passed onto the next level.  Use these keywords early in the resume, and use them often (but don’t repeat sentences—use them in different contexts).  For example, if a job description states it is looking for people with knowledge of the recently passed “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” that phrase and its acronyms will be noticed and will give that resume priority in the automated system.

Now that you have your resume in tip top shape, we have one more piece of advice: apply, apply, apply.  Job applications today are a numbers game.  By using these tips you will increase your ability to get your resume found.  Now you need to increase the number of people who get to look at it.  Set a schedule (i.e. “I will apply for 10 jobs a week—two for each weekday”) and get ready to watch the payoff and paychecks come in.

William L. Mehserle Jr. is co-founder and lead strategist at Khraze.com, a new media marketing company that creates custom marketing strategies for clients.  He is also co-founder of theExpressionary.com, a personalized gift company.  You can connect with him on Twitter at @WilliamMehserle or on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/mehserle. Resume expert Diana Mehserle contributed to this article.

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