If you are one of the 15.5Million who claimed unemployment last week or simply just one of the 5Million others who are unemployed you more than likely still using a resume to represent your value as an employee. I am here to tell you that a resume is no longer enough.
The market is oversaturated with highly qualified candidates. Last week there were 15.5 million people who collected unemployment with 1Million of those individuals being first time recipients. At the same time the number of new job opportunities has slowed.
The code has been cracked and everyone is writing their resumes to be discovered by keyword search programs. The days of finding a right fit candidate by only using keyword search technologies are over. Now, everyone is aware of how to rig their resumes to ping the word search engines and most resumes are structured around being search engine ready.
The part of WHO a job seeker is or what type of person that they are is absent. With so much of a resume needing to be written to match a job requisition and keyword search, it leaves little room to identify who a job candidate is from a one-page document of job history. This forces recruiters to search social media and other professional sites and postings to gain an idea of who the job candidate is to make sure they are actually a right-fit candidate.
WHO you are matters more than just what you have done. When a recruiter is looking for a right-fit candidate they are usually considering the team that they are hiring into, first. If the team just went through a stressful event they will be looking for someone who is an up-beat morale booster. If the team needs more structure, they will be looking for someone who drops the hammer. Identifying who you are and what value you are bringing to the role matters now more than ever.
Presenting yourself in a visual world and in a virtual way matters. You need to create a short video that showcases who you are in business and what value you bring to the roles that you are applying for and link this to your resume and post it on your social media sites. We are now in 2020 where the entire world has undergone a technology revolution as one. Every industry is conducting business in a digital way and your job seeking efforts should match this, too. Let future employers see that you can represent yourself in a virtual world, in a virtual way.
If you are hesitant or do not know what to say look at My Resume Reel™ they have done the hard work for you. They have a course that is less than a half hour long. It helps you:
1) Review your resume for the right content.
2) Has a professional resume template for you to use if yours is old and outdated.
3) Walks you through a process that helps you identify what your unique value is in business and “why you” are the right fit candidate for the roles that you are seeking.
4) It teaches you exactly what to say in your video in under 60 seconds.
5) Then, there are tips and tricks on how to record, edit and post your video for optimal visibility.
The world is changing fast in a very technological way. Stand out from the other candidates by showing you are evolving with the tech boom, too. Use this virtual world to say who you are in business and what value you bring to the table by using your own voice. You and WHO you are matters.
To take the course, click on https://myresumereel.learnworlds.com.
“Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, MOM!
Today I took that frustrating “Mom” moment and made a Mickey Mouse Waffle, plus 6 more.
This morning was one of those times when I was in the thick of a creative moment where all my thoughts and ideas were just flowing! The ideas were morphing into impactful content and I was just in that super focused space when a tiny little 4-year old voice became louder and more persistent to gain my attention.
At first, I was frustrated because when I am in my creative space I prefer to not be interrupted so that I can give 100% of my time and energy to my work. Instead of responding out of emotion, I paused for a moment and asked her to share what it was that she needed at this very moment.
Her response was this. “Mommy you need to make Mickey Mouse Waffles with me because no one makes them like you, mommy.”
I paused for a moment to think about what I was doing, what needed to be done and do I have the time to do this at the moment.
I responded that we could make waffles together in 15 minutes and took advantage of the opportunity to teach her, at a 4-year old level, about not interrupting and the importance of myself having time to work.
I then returned to my thoughts, outlined the process of where I wanted the article to head and I showed up in 15 minutes to make waffles with her.
Making Mickey Mouse waffles became more than just pausing my day to make breakfast with Roo. It was an unexpected moment that brought my family together. The teens came out of their lairs at the smell of cooking food and my toddlers rose to the occasion to decorate their Mickey Mouse waffle with sprinkles.
The biggest challenge that I face in working from home with 7 active kiddos is managing interruptions and preserving my creative thought flow. The best solution that I have found is to schedule a time to do what they are asking, reinforce the need for respected time to work and following through on my promise.
What do you do as a mom of 7 in the middle of a global pandemic where millions are out of work?
You teach your children how to open up a business that creates a solution.
The course is now live!!!
The power of your eyes and smile in today’s world asserts more meaning than yesterday's handshake.
Remember the days when business experts spent tireless hours gathering data, producing articles and mountains of evidence that a person’s first impression of someone was highly impacted by the grip of their handshake?
Well, if you change the last word “handshake” to “eye contact and smile” the very same research, articles and data are now applicable to our world today.
What is in the power of the eye contact and smile in today’s world?
The eyes are the heart of the soul. How firmly you hold your grip, is now spoken through the gaze of the eye.
-In a virtual or in-person world, intentionally capturing eye contact and holding it for slightly a moment longer produces a feeling of genuine interest and creates a memorable first impression.
The smile is the breath of your authenticity. Your presence and energy are now conveyed with posture and a smile of genuine sincerity.
-In a virtual or in-person world, feeling gratitude for meeting someone for the first time can convey a genuine smile and a feeling of genuine happiness for someone else’s presence.
If you have never paid attention to the power of your eye contact or genuine smile, try it! In your next in-person conversation with anyone, keep eye contact and interest for just a moment longer and feel genuine thanks for this person. See how it feels! It’s amazing how intentionally managing our eyes, heart of gratitude and smile can connect us in a much firmer way as the way of the past, the good ol’ handshake.
What do you get with a Film & TV student, a mom, a pandemic and a mission to help people get back to work? My Resume Reel.
Does a video resume enhancement really help a job seeker? YES!
There are just some things that you cannot convey in a paper resume that YOU, and a short video of you can.
What type of energy do you bring to a room? How powerful are you as a speaker? Presenter? How do you make a people feel when you are speaking to them?
Leadership, Presentation Delivery, Voice, Power, Presence, Personality, Persona, Mental Strength, Energy, Demeanor and Relatability are all conveyed in a visual, voice enhancement to your resume.
Are you ready to see the crowds build in the Great Job Search Flood of 2020?
Do you see this picture? Do you see the rider in front? Now, look deeper, do you see the pack that is hot on his tail?? It’s about to get real in 2 weeks.
The race is about to get heated and I have a question. Where in the pack, are you?
Right now, browsing, applying and the chance at an interview is not easy but it’s a lot easier than it will be in 3-4 weeks.
In two weeks July will be over and the $600 per week unemployment checks are set to stop. If there is not a new supplemental plan in place the next round of social media posts will be of those who are desperately trying to find work. It may even be scary for many.
But, if you have spent your time preparing, hunting, researching and already have developed a daily plan of executing your own job search, you will remain in front.
If you have not began your own race to find work, if you have not spent time learning about yourself and what you have to offer verse the mass of others who are and will be looking for work, I recommend you get busy and do it, now. Or else, you may be just another rider in sea of bicycles trying to just catch up with who’s in front.
Start your race. Today.
Photo by Rob Wingate on Unsplash
"New Research suggests that first impressions are so powerful that they are more important than fact." - Janice Wood
As a Fortune 500 Hiring Manager who has hired and promoted hundreds of business professionals from entry-level to leadership roles, I have to tell you a secret.
Here it is. The most influential components of an interview process that tell a hiring manager to hire or not to hire you, are controlled by YOU.
What are these “components?”
Your first impression, your personal energy. How you make them and others in the room “feel.”
How you convey what you have done. Are you confident and knowledgeable?
Your personality fit. Does your personality match the team and role they are looking to fill.
A hiring manager has already “picked you” for the role from what you have done. It’s how you make them feel and how they can see your persona in this role that helps them seal the deal.
Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash
If you or someone you know needs to stand out from other job candidates and get back to work, now, please feel free to reach out to me!
A reel helps! It creates a scenario where a recruiter can see who you are, hear you speak and relate to you at the same time that they are reading your resume. It makes liking you and picking you as a final candidate easier because they can relate to the type of person that you are.
I am open to work with what people can afford, my goal is to just help as many people as I can get back to work. If this solution is one that will work for you, I can meet you where you are at and we can work together to get you in that newly found job role!
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Emily’s and my connection was a complete fluke. During the early days of the COVID-19 shut down, I had a message in my LinkedIn inbox from a lady who was applauding my presentation from earlier that day, which occurred in a virtual job-seeking event. The only thing was, I was not the presenter. It was a different Anne.
Our conversation lead into what positions she was seeking to find, how her experience in lock-down on the outskirts of NYC was going and how I was working on a resume enhancement to allow job seekers to gain more visibility. I asked if she would like to be a tester of the process? She accepted!
Emily ended up being a huge voice of feedback during the making of the white-glove and My Resume Reel™ programs. She was devoted to testing out the processes and providing candid feedback as to what worked and did not. Emily has been fortunate enough to find work during these uncertain times, however, I wanted to share her and her reel with you because she is just an amazing person and her efforts are part of what made this process a reality to help so many.
Here is what a home-made reel looks like with the polish of our editors.