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A place to share advice, guidance, tips on creating and using a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). Tell us your story! Share your successes, frustrations and feel free to ask questions.

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  1. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Thank You For the Interview!
    Thank You For the Interview!Most job seekers know that it's customary to write a thank you note as follow-up to an interview but aren't sure what to say beyond, "thank you for your time." Which, if you think about it, isn't the only message you want to convey. Consider the...
  2. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    In Resumes, as in Life, There are No Guarantees
    In Resumes, as in Life, There are No GuaranteesNow, I am surprised that this doesn't happen more often, but in fact, it's rare for a prospective client to ask for data on the percentage of past clients who received job offers within different time frames. I'm glad it's a rarely asked question...


    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    26/06/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I have to concur, creating my own resume that brought results, put me in no position to craft anyone else's resume.

    What did put me in the position to help people prepare & practice for interviews is a wide ranging skill in conversations with HR and hiring managers over close to two decades. Getting mission critical stuff accomplished on HR/Payroll systems.

    I sent this post to someone I am working with, and what I said in the email may help a lot of other people.

    It is generating the energy of conversation that brings the next job offer into existence.

    The old ways are very reactive & static. The new ways are rather uncharted and very unique.

    But, whatever the specifics of the job description are - if you know you can be trusted to do the job. Shout that from the rooftops.

    And to have that value pop off the page of a resume/profile, you need someone like @Lynda Spiegel who will be able to extract your unique value & put it into a context that gets found, that translates to those professionals who read resumes daily or are accountable for hiring the right candidate, so that you can make it to the playoffs of the job search, the interview process.
  3. ProducerJulie Petersen

    Julie Petersen

    Resume Building Tools for Students
    Resume Building Tools for StudentsAre you ready to start a job search? Or perhaps, you’ve been looking for a while, but you haven’t been getting the positive response you were hoping for? If either of these sounds like you, then it might be time to overhaul your resume to make it...
  4. ProducerTanja Pirnat

    Tanja Pirnat

    Top 7 tips to improve your CV
    Top 7 tips to improve your CVYour resume says a lot about your personality and personal interests. It determinates whether they will call you for an interview or not. Your CV is important first step when looking for a job and you should do everything to bring the recruter's...


    Tanja Pirnat
    11/06/2017 #14 Tanja Pirnat
    #13 I think you didn't understand what I was trying to say. I am just finishing my book about this topic, I will let you know once it's published and I invite you to read it. In the book I describe how to get a job you want, much more than just a simple CV preparation. An excellent CV will not guarantee a job if you are a disaster at the interview. It is always nice to hear the opinion of HR/ recruiting expert with experience and also read scientific researches and investigations. On the other hand it is also good to hear an advice from a person who is "one the other side", a job seeker who actually has to search for a job and go for an interview. I have changed 26 jobs in 12 years and I had over 100 interviews in 6 countries. I think I have "something" to share. I am not a recruiter and I respect you especially because I know how important decisions you have to take, like the example you wrote.
    Tanja Pirnat
    11/06/2017 #12 Tanja Pirnat
    #11 I wish I would be the only candidate as you said ;) I think it is pretty rare and even if you are the only candidate and you do not match to the position, they will not call you but they will post the job somewear else.
    Tanja Pirnat
    10/06/2017 #10 Tanja Pirnat
    #6 “The real evidence” of a good CV is shown when you are called for an interview.
    Tanja Pirnat
    10/06/2017 #9 Tanja Pirnat
    #1 Brian thank you for your comment. I don’t use Times New Roman. In any case, the CV has to look professional and easy to read.
    Brian McKenzie
    10/06/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    #6 It's a Bitch Move. ie I care more about your tone than your content, evidence, facts, precedence, logic or analytical trajectories. Pure Pandering Bullshit. Here's where I found it https://youtu.be/DDJeGMYKOtw
    Enjoy. I know I wanted to pound my head against a wall.
    Brian McKenzie
    10/06/2017 #5 Brian McKenzie
    Random vs an Algorithm - reminds me of the kid throwing stranded starfish back into the ocean.
    Virag🐝 G.
    09/06/2017 #4 Virag🐝 G.
    #3 Might be, but sad. I worked as an HR and instead of using these kinds of filters or simply pick 10 resumés randomly out of he 600 - which does happen - I went through each and one as I knew my decision will pivot their lives.
    Brian McKenzie
    09/06/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    #2 it is unfortunately a thing, and very real.
    Virag🐝 G.
    09/06/2017 #2 Virag🐝 G.
    #1 haha. I am so not agreeing with this. If an HR is deciding over my future based on the fonts I use, we are already not a good match.
    Brian McKenzie
    09/06/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    And FFS, Don't use Times New Roman font - apparently it is better to slit your wrists and write in your own blood than use that font.
  5. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Entrepreneurs: Here's Why You Can't Get Hired
    Entrepreneurs: Here's Why You Can't Get HiredJeremy couldn't figure out why his resume wasn't leading to any interviews. He had racked up significant, quantifiable achievements that demonstrated expertise in project management, marketing, operations, finance and new business development as a...


    Brian McKenzie
    06/06/2017 #9 Brian McKenzie
    Once I am flush with cash, I will open a boot course - I am betting they don't survive well with the black hats when there are no safe spaces and PC is out the window. Might make a good reality series.
    Puneet Srivastava
    05/06/2017 #7 Puneet Srivastava
    #4 Thank you @Martin Wright for asking an extremely valid question & Thank you @Lynda Spiegel for answering it so honestly. I am also admiring the way both of you have organized your respective careers. Excellent profiles. I always have a tough time explaining what I do and what I wish to do, how i can be useful, etc. Possibly now i will learn from the two of you. :) Good wishes to both. Nice write-up Lynda. Look to read more.
    Lynda Spiegel
    05/06/2017 #6 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 or maybe rather than bailing on it, they'd be happy to have learned new behaviors. I'm betting on it. After all, HR is a well-meaning profession, typically.
    Lynda Spiegel
    05/06/2017 #5 Lynda Spiegel
    #2 Yes, Michael - I quite understand, but I'm not suggesting lying. Most companies do perform background checks, and what you put on your job application must match exactly with what the background report will reveal. But a resume is a marketing tool - not a legal document, as is a job application. People should never alter their titles when they are employees, but the self-employed can take this small liberty on the resume only.
    Lynda Spiegel
    05/06/2017 #4 Lynda Spiegel
    #3 Correct, Martin. As a HR professional, I am continually frustrated by the in-the-box thinking many of my colleagues exhibit.
    Martin Wright
    05/06/2017 #3 Martin Wright
    I can understand why you advise to de-enphasise the entrepreneurial - but i also sense you have a huge frustration with many in HR and the way they behave, react and refuse to observe.
    Brian McKenzie
    05/06/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    I like the idea of bootcamp for HR - the full tilt: up at 4:30, Run, constant yelling at them, obstacle courses, road marches, land nav, life fire drills, 3 day ruck hikes, incessant inspections - and yes, the Crucible too. I bet a 90% attrition rate the first two weeks.
  6. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Storytelling & Your Resume
    Storytelling & Your ResumeLast summer, I wrote a post, "To Get a Job, Tell Your Story." I was making a point that resumes should avoid trite, hackneyed language in favor of candidates showcasing what it is about them that is unique and of interest to employers. But a post...
  7. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Dear Members of the Class of 2017
    Dear Members of the Class of 2017Last week, I met two new clients, both of whom had graduated in 2016, but neither of whom had found employment in his or her profession. Things will change for both of them quickly now that we have addressed their resumes and LinkedIn profiles...
  8. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Resume Writer? Or Therapist?
    Resume Writer? Or Therapist?"I'm just not sure that this Summary of Qualifications you wrote for my resume really captures who I am," fretted Stephen, a 50-something marketing and merchandising executive who after an impressive career with a brand name retailer has been...
  9. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    How to Avoid Resume Rejection for Online Applications
    How to Avoid Resume Rejection for Online Applications“I’ve applied to so many jobs, but I never hear back!”Clients call me every day, frustrated about high rates of resume rejection when they attempt to apply for jobs online. The reason that most online submissions are rejected when you apply online...


    Brian McKenzie
    27/04/2017 #7 Brian McKenzie
    #6 Over 300 applications over 6 years with less than a 10% rate (most of those were auto bot form letter reponses) doesn't appear to indicate such. Performance, Precedent and Evidence over Hope, Blind Optimism or Hand Snappy Emoji Expectations.
    America values their 'process' entirely too much, even Howard Hughes knew it during the 30's.
    Lynda Spiegel
    27/04/2017 #6 Lynda Spiegel
    #4 It may well be where you belong, Brian. You may just want to re-think how you apply - the ATS is indeed the BLack Hole
    Lynda Spiegel
    27/04/2017 #5 Lynda Spiegel
    #3 Thank you, George. I appreciate you sharing my post
    Brian McKenzie
    26/04/2017 #4 Brian McKenzie
    October is my next iteration test of the ATS Black Hole - just to reaffirm that corporate America is not where I belong.
    George Touryliov
    26/04/2017 #3 George Touryliov
    Brilliant advice! Thanks for the post Lynda! Going to share it with my network.
    Lynda Spiegel
    26/04/2017 #2 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 thank you so much, Phil!
    Phil Friedman
    26/04/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Excellent advice, from someone who obviously has the weight of experience to back it up. Cheers, Lynda!
  10. ProducerBrenda Bernstein
    7 Essential Elements to Consider When Writing an International Executive Resume
    7 Essential Elements to Consider When Writing an International Executive ResumeI had the privilege last Friday of listening to a webinar led by Tim Windhof, an international executive resume/CV writer. Tim explained many of the challenges U.S. and Canadian writers can face when writing these job search documents for an...


    George Touryliov
    19/04/2017 #1 George Touryliov
    Thanks for this post Brenda!! Really useful advice.
  11. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Annie Got a Job! And it Didn't Take Long
    Annie Got a Job! And it Didn't Take LongWhen she got in touch with me last month, Annie had been working in a local retail store selling mid-to-high end women's apparel. It had been two years since she had lost her job at a niche marketing agency, and she felt that she was shut out of a...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/04/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #4 Thanks @Lynda Spiegel, I take that as a very nice compliment coming from you :-))
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    10/04/2017 #7 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Sure enough, I went to comment on LI first and this post is nowhere to be found in my feed. Which is a shame, as this is a work story that needs to be shared. We are often our own worst enemies and discount our chances based on biases that may be personal or outdated.

    A strong work portfolio is what matters and the world of employment is really starting to understand that humans - who have family and health reasons to take a break from work - aren't damaged goods in any way.

    In fact, after a sabbatical of any kind - you are looking at a person who is very eager to demonstrate just what they can do - and they show up with a renewed energy and a realistic perspective on the human condition that will serve them well as they navigate the inter-personal relations necessary in any job.

    Great true-story write-up @Lynda Spiegel - I do hope the word keeps circulating. Careers encompass all work, paid and unpaid, and doing different things does not make someone a pariah, rather it means that they bring a unique perspective that can really add to their insights and abilities.
    Lynda Spiegel
    10/04/2017 #6 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 I appreciate your support, Fatima!
    Lynda Spiegel
    10/04/2017 #5 Lynda Spiegel
    #2 Thank you, Susan - I don't take praise from you lightly!
    Lynda Spiegel
    10/04/2017 #4 Lynda Spiegel
    #3 Why thank you, Lisa! Your brand is pretty strong on its own merit!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/04/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    If I ever need someone to help me write my resume, I know who to call on @Lynda Spiegel, thanks for sharing this story about one of your clients! Inspiring.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    10/04/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    Having seen a resume you put together for a mutual client, @Lynda Spiegel, I know the high quality of your work. I'm really not surprised that Annie got at least one interview; how wonderful to have gotten two!
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    09/04/2017 #1 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    That is fantastic @Lynda Spiegel Awesome work 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  12. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    To Get Hired, be Authentic
    To Get Hired, be AuthenticHaving spent an embarrassing portion of my misspent youth trying to be someone I wasn't, I probably have middle-age to thank for being perfectly comfortable with being myself. Now that I've gotten to know me better, I kind of like the person I've...


    Lynda Spiegel
    22/05/2017 #20 Lynda Spiegel
    #16 thank you, Aaron!
    Lynda Spiegel
    22/05/2017 #19 Lynda Spiegel
    #17 Sounds interesting, Joyce! While you can't point potential clients to work that you've ghostwritten for others, you can refer them to articles you've written under your own name. Create an online portfolio that showcases samples of what you've written in various voices, so that potential clients can see your versatility as a ghostwriter.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    22/05/2017 #18 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #17write for yourself too!!!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    22/05/2017 #17 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    It's so hard to stand out in a crowd of professionals. I'm embarking on a new adventure--ghostwriting blogs for lawyers. I'm told that ghostwriting bears with it the necessity of confidentiality, so how do I stand out in a crowd if I can't point out my work?
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    22/05/2017 #16 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    A great piece @Lynda Spiegel! Sharing.
    Lynda Spiegel
    19/03/2017 #15 Lynda Spiegel
    #14 Yes, thank you, @Frank Barciak! I would love to discuss some topic ideas with you. Shall we schedule a phone call? (My first business interaction on beBee!)
    Frank Barciak
    19/03/2017 #14 Frank Barciak
    I loved this post! For me, it took shifting to work with people with disabilities that massively shifted my mindset on what is important. Reducing the complexity and bandwidth/energy spent trying to be something you are not unleashes your ability to focus building on your strengths...and when people do that it is pretty amazing to watch! Just wondering are you open to taking requests or ideas for things others think may be useful in your blog in the resume/brand space? I have a few common questions around some emerging trends that your readers may be thinking about and you did such a great job with this post, would love to see you tackle some of them....let me know if you would be open to some topic ideas and again great post!
    Debesh Choudhury
    15/03/2017 #13 Debesh Choudhury
    There is nothing better than being authentic in whatever we do .. I agree with you @Lynda Spiegel
    Lynda Spiegel
    14/03/2017 #12 Lynda Spiegel
    #11 thank you!
    John White, MBA
    14/03/2017 #11 John White, MBA
    @Lynda Spiegel: Ok, you should have several notifications in your Twitter now! Also, beBee shared your post to our company Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages. Buzz on!
    John White, MBA
    14/03/2017 #10 John White, MBA
    #9 Perfect, @Lynda Spiegel!
    Lynda Spiegel
    14/03/2017 #9 Lynda Spiegel
    #7 Got it, @John White, MBA, and done! Thank you!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    14/03/2017 #8 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Authenticity is essential ! Thanks for being authentic !
    John White, MBA
    13/03/2017 #7 John White, MBA
    Sorry, Lynda. This has nothing to do with MyTweetPack or LinkedIn. Let me try to explain it a different way. If you go to the bottom of your beBee profile there is a place where people can links to their website and other social media profiles. Add the link to your Twitter profile as one of your links. Then, when people on beBee hit the Twitter share button on one of your articles on beBee it will automatically populate your Twitter handle in their tweet. Then, you will get a notification that someone has tweeted your beBee article and you retweet, thank them, etc. Does this make sense? If not, call me when you're free and we can walk through it over the phone: 970.692.3270. Heck, it'd be good just to catch up post NLV! ;)
    Lynda Spiegel
    13/03/2017 #6 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 Thank you, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood#4 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I think being authentic is actually the only way any of us stand out, right? Even our accomplishments speak to our authentic brand.
    Lynda Spiegel
    13/03/2017 #5 Lynda Spiegel
    #2 I'm confused @John White - I use mytweetpack and that automatically adds posts from my blog and LI to my Twitter feed. (This article is also on LI)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/03/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    It was nice to hear your story @Lynda Spiegel, that personalized this buzz even more! Great tips. It's a very competitive world we live in, so a person must stand out amongst the crowd, being authentic helps a lot!
    Sarah Elkins
    12/03/2017 #3 Sarah Elkins
    Terrific piece, Lynda!
    John White, MBA
    12/03/2017 #2 John White, MBA
    Thanks for posting this, @Lynda Spiegel! Can you please add the link to your Twitter profile as one of your links on your beBee profile? Once you do I will tweet it out to bring in more readers. If you don't link the two, you will never know when people tweet your articles (unless you were to randomly find them in your feed)
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    12/03/2017 #1 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    Authenticity is the most important factor in building a successful; personal brand! Great post. Buzz On!
  13. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    My Curriculum Vitae
    My Curriculum VitaeBuzz Submitted by : Javier Cámara Rica Buzz: Tu currículum no sirve para encontrar trabajo Spanish Buzz that talks about how to use curriculum vitae in the...


    Pascal Derrien
    11/03/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    some fair points in this especially the legacy aspect :-)
  14. ProducerJavier 🐝 beBee
    You are an amazing person! -  ¡Eres una persona increíble!
    You are an amazing person! - ¡Eres una persona increíble!**Abajo en Español.I saw this post on LinkedIn from Liz Ryan. She says:You are a vibrant, amazing person -- much more than what's on your resume! How do you get your passion and power across to employers? Liz RyanReinvention RoadmapReinvention...


    Javier 🐝 beBee
    28/06/2017 #27 Javier 🐝 beBee
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    Joel Anderson
    25/04/2017 #24 Joel Anderson
    Reinvent with passion every day indeed.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    21/04/2017 #23 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Enjoy beBee and Reach 100% of your followers !
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    31/03/2017 #22 Javier 🐝 beBee
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    Mohamed Amroussi
    09/03/2017 #21 Mohamed Amroussi
    Amazing and unique
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    08/03/2017 #19 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Excellent share and thank you, @Javier 🐝 beBee. Liz Ryan is an impressive and amazing writer.
    Jean-Yves Piton, MBA 🐝
    07/03/2017 #18 Jean-Yves Piton, MBA 🐝
    Great share. Liz Ryan is an acclaimed and respected Thought Leader in her field. She is not afraid to question the status quo and think outside of the box. She is an inspiration I have been following for years. I hope to also see her on beBee 🐝 soon.
    Yogesh Sukal
    07/03/2017 #17 Yogesh Sukal
    About showcasing the personal brand, Today I posted about the new show started yesterday on National Geographic hosted by Modern philosopher jason silva.

    And tweeted the bebee post on twitter and man himself appreciated, Jason Silva.

    Amazing show to watch.
    ORIGINS: Journey of Mankind

    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    07/03/2017 #16 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    COPY and TWEET:
    #LizRyan: "You are an amazing person!"
    #PersonalBranding on #beBee
    @humanworkplace #careers & #jobs = the WHOLE YOU!
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    07/03/2017 #15 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    #14 bee swarm liz ryan...
    Phil Friedman
    07/03/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    Liz Ryan is the only recruiting and HR expert whom I ever read. For she is the only one I have run across who speaks with honesty and authenticity -- a true "influencer" in her field. Head and shoulders above the pack. And I for one would welcome her sage voice on beBee.
    Claire L Cardwell
    07/03/2017 #13 Claire L Cardwell
    @Javier 🐝 beBee - thanks for sharing this article, I love Liz Ryan, she writes such great articles. I've missed a lot of her posts recently as I am no longer really on LinkedIn. It would be great if she joined beBee! I think it would be the perfect fit for her and this article said it all.
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    07/03/2017 #12 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Great post from Liz Ryan. Love your comment Deb Helfrich "it is to see where an organization has pain, and show how you observed the issue, have options to solve the pain, and are the perfect person to implement those solutions" That is the secret sauce. Thanks for sharing.
    Steve Brady
    07/03/2017 #11 Steve Brady
    #8 Hi @Deb 🐝 Helfrich , may I tweet a quote from your comment on my comment? "Humans can redesign work so that it is heart and soul safe. Collaboration and community focused, rather than competition and scarcity driven". I'll cite you of course.
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    07/03/2017 #10 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    Muy bueno!!! Great!!!
    Steve Brady
    07/03/2017 #9 Steve Brady
    #8 Your comment is so encouraging - thanks @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. I can see meaning in all that has transpired. I like the term you used - "heart and soul safe". I think our societies are crying are desperate for this reality - even if they aren't aware of it yet!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    07/03/2017 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #6 #7 You know, @Steve Brady - there is a great cross-pollination in the "pain points" approach that Liz recommends - which is rather than apply to jobs like sheep in a flock; it is to see where an organization has pain, and show how you observed the issue, have options to solve the pain, and are the perfect person to implement those solutions.

    For way too many people, their careers are some of the most traumatic environs of their life - especially when it comes to justice and fairness.

    And it just doesn't have to be that way. We humans created the rules of work so far. There is nothing inherent in selling widgets that requires people to check their souls at the door. Not even the much maligned assembly line or AI automation HAS to create trauma for individuals.

    Humans can redesign work so that it is heart and soul safe. Collaboration and community focused, rather than competition and scarcity driven.

    Your journey and work story are probably the exact sort of narrative that can help shift how we view our work organizations for the betterment of all involved.
    Steve Brady
    07/03/2017 #7 Steve Brady
    #1 I agree @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Hope you are well btw. We haven't crossed paths in a while. I had to pull back from my Social Media adventures for a while. My PTSD issues became a bit too nasty for a while. I'm going to recover though....and I have learnt so much about myself and it has given me a heart connection and understanding with the many people in our societies who suffer from invisible wounds.
  15. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    The Smart Way to Hire (and it doesn't involve ATS)
    The Smart Way to Hire (and it doesn't involve ATS)SHOW ME DON’T TELL ME...Let’s try to keep it short...SHOW ME DON’T TELL ME...I don’t care what you say...SHOW ME DON’T TELL MERush had it right (the hard rock band, not the conservative commentator). Employers are frustrated with resumes that make...


    Lynda Spiegel
    03/03/2017 #2 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 Thank you, Gerard. Recruiting smart is indeed the way to make any organization work better
    28/02/2017 #1 MPORANYIMIGABO Gerard
    Thanks Lynda for this article, a good recruitment determines the success of the organization
  16. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Resume Advice: Who NOT to Listen To
    Resume Advice: Who NOT to Listen ToMany people solicit feedback on their resumes from well-intentioned people who nevertheless are unqualified to weigh in. I recognize that it's more than a bit self-serving since I'm clearly suggesting that I am qualified, but stay with me; I am...


    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    13/02/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    This is expert advice, @Lynda Spiegel. It is truly important to figure out if the person offering advice knows what they are talking about. Do they have any sort of actual experience or credentials or are they just offering the knee-jerk answer that some guy told them 20 years ago?

    People like to be helpful, but a fair amount of what most people say comes from generalizations. An easy way to evaluate is to ask the crucial question WHY? Find out if they have any substantial reasons that your DQ experience is crucial to getting a job in a medical office. I can think of only one reason, and it is very unlikely - that you might be able to build rapport with your new manager because they also worked at DQ to suport themselves during college. However, that tiny rationale just won't cut it, in the short space available on a resume, unless you know for certain it is relevant. Say, perhaps, your DQ supervisor was the doctor's niece.

    I have to add that everything you've said holds true for interview advice, as well. Family and friends mean well when they help you practice for interviews, but they are invested in you, not in objective feedback. It is quite likely they will knock you out of the confident, competence zone with tales of hard interviews they had to endure and worries of how important the money is.

    Be willing to discard advice that doesn't come with solid rationales.
    Brian McKenzie
    13/02/2017 #1 Brian McKenzie
    A girl that bathed in breakfast cereal got to meet the last standing President. Why do I get the unshakable feeling that is what HR is searching for in this day and age?
  17. Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    Blow Your Horns
    www.bebee.com Blow your own horns because no one will do it for you. One of the most important items in your career management arsenal is a bank of...


    Wayne White
    25/01/2017 #1 Wayne White
    The article was good because if you don't blow your own horn, then who shall, thank you and enjoy.
  18. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    "Get Up Offa That Thing," and Upgrade Your Career
    "Get Up Offa That Thing," and Upgrade Your CareerJames Brown implored us to get up "offa [our] things" in order to dance `til we felt better. Dancing does seem to increase those endorphins, but won't we feel even better knowing that our careers have a future? So, what do I mean when I urge you to...


    Lynda Spiegel
    05/02/2017 #8 Lynda Spiegel
    #7 interesting! you're quite the student of JB! I just dance to him
    Mark Anthony Dyson
    05/02/2017 #7 Mark Anthony Dyson
    #5 Lynda, he even owned hotels and a railroad.
    Lynda Spiegel
    05/02/2017 #6 Lynda Spiegel
    #4 You nailed it, Deb. It's not just Google; the paradigm has shifted and most progressive companies understand that relying on a list of skills is a poor way to hire.
    Lynda Spiegel
    05/02/2017 #5 Lynda Spiegel
    #3 Totally agree, Mark, and my apologies for taking so long to respond to yours and Deb Helfrich's thoughtful comments. Interesting info re: james Brown (I LOVE rockin to JB!), and had no idea he was an entrepreneur! Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    01/02/2017 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #3 So great to meet you, @Mark Anthony Dyson. You've got a lot in common with @Lynda Spiegel and I. We are all businesses of 1, no matter the official payroll arrangements.

    And great companies like Google, setup their structures to look past someone's current job description to all the rest of the untapped knowledge within them that can be a source of unknown potential. No one is ever just their current set of tasks. That fallacy is why work is currently so unproductive and unfulfilling. Effective employees have to be allowed to keep growing and learning and reaching for new skills.
    Mark Anthony Dyson
    01/02/2017 #3 Mark Anthony Dyson
    #2 AMEN! Want to add grease to the squeaky wheel (your personal brand)? Look outside the box for the holes. Approach it more as a consultant rather than solely the technician. Follow trends but don't be afraid of the disruption potential of your ideas.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #1 That is a great value add, @Mark Anthony Dyson on who James Brown was in the hours he wasn't making music. We tend to think entertainers and sports figures have it made and if we only had their talent life would be easy street. But so many of the greats took what they achieved and invested further in themselves and their communities by opening multiple businesses.

    The more diversity we have, across all the meanings of that word, the more robust our lives will be. And if we have a robust life, we are poised to share the bounty with others.
    Mark Anthony Dyson
    31/01/2017 #1 Mark Anthony Dyson
    Loving any and all job search related posts involving James Brown including this one, I understand why he inspires any parallel directly or indirectly. Brown, outside of his recording and performing excellence, by 1972 owned 22 businesses. He envisioned not relying on his gift to solely brand himself or sole reliance on one source of income. All of us need to "Get Up Offa That Thing" and diverse our brands and expand our career trajectory outlook. Think global.
  19. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Resumes are Useless (Almost)
    Resumes are Useless (Almost)Strange words coming from a professional resume writer, but that's a slightly less profane rephrasing of a 2012 article in TechCrunch that promotes HireArt's method of recruiting. Recruiters are all familiar with HireArt, and I, for one, wonder why...


    Mohammed Sultan
    30/01/2017 #20 Mohammed Sultan
    @Lynda Spiegel. Resumes are almost documents of the past.They present the candidate's past core skills ,past education and past experiences.Normally,resumes can't demonstrate the level of intelligence,enthusiasm and the passion of the candidates ,between brackets the candidates future core interests.Today,its
    a realistic idea that you can energize your career strategy by considering the concept of personal branding.The concept is founded on the idea of positioning your core interests and the output of your past core skills.Unlike presenting your past ,positioning means telling your story from the employer's point of view.Giving that every employer has different need your resume should also differ to reflect their need.Here,the candidate should think of two things;first,how the new role can be conceived for the future and in different boundaries;Second, think of how to enhance your worthiness as a creator of opportunities rather than solving problems.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/01/2017 #19 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Since I lean predominantly on referrals, resumes can become merely a legal obligation. A good example of that was when many decades ago I was be lined up for a marketing role - and I was told that I had to wait for the job ad to come out and I simply had to go through the motions of an interview. (Yes I know, terrible isn't it).

    The way HR is presented is often not a reflection of how things sometimes actually play out in the world of HR, (and to the married VP who had an affair with his HR partner I am not talking about you - I will keep that always hush, hush, trust me I have your back) and having experienced other equally incredulous things (often to my advantage - so I am not complaining), that is why now (when it comes to chatter like "personal brand")I have these major eye-rolling moments. A good resume writer is one of the shortcuts to the road less traveled which is ironic as the term "the hidden job market". My favourite eye-rolling HR thing at the moment is the ATS.

    Whether it is resumes or RFP's even beyond the automated human remains (sorry ...HR) systems, the number of times that resumes and RFP's got filed in the round filing system is something I choose not to declare because in resume and RFP terms I invoke the 5th (even though I am not an American). If I were to need a resume I certainly will outsource that - money in the bank as I say, money in the bank :-)
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    30/01/2017 #18 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Credentials should not be a reason for rejection.

    They should just be a criteria to check consistency.

    Value proposition should be the priority for assessments.

    Thanks for this wonderful article.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    30/01/2017 #17 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Lynda Spiegel a great buzz ! "The most successful job candidates, are “inventors and solution-finders,” ... who understand that many employers today don’t care about your résumé, degree or how you got your knowledge, but only what you can do and what you can continuously reinvent yourself to do."
    Gerald Hecht
    15/01/2017 #16 Gerald Hecht
    #15 @Lynda Spiegel I'd love to ...but, it's no longer Open Source...non-disclosure forms, etc.
    Lynda Spiegel
    15/01/2017 #15 Lynda Spiegel
    #13 can you explain in more detail what you mean, Gerald?
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    14/01/2017 #14 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    #11 agreed, and so glad you did that. More hiring mgrs should. "interested and capable of learning" soft skills are huge!
    Gerald Hecht
    14/01/2017 #13 Gerald Hecht
    I've found that ever since I started coding and independently vending (at cost) various ATS implementations ... my resume gets a thorough review much more frequently 💡
    Lynda Spiegel
    14/01/2017 #11 Lynda Spiegel
    #5 if that's possible, Mike, sure. But I'm not convinced that AI will ever overtake human intuition. Some of the best hires I've ever made have been outliers who would have never made it through ATS because they didn't match the job requirements at all - they just struck me as being interested and capable of learning.
    Lynda Spiegel
    14/01/2017 #10 Lynda Spiegel
    #6 yes, Jared. That's the whole point
    Lynda Spiegel
    14/01/2017 #9 Lynda Spiegel
    #8 absolutely true. Simply uploading a resume gives the candidate only a 30% chance of the resume being read by human eyes. Network to get the resume read by the right people!
    Brian McKenzie
    14/01/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    As long as the resume is submitted via on line web / app portal and funneled into an ATS blackhole, they are indeed worthless.
    Gerald Hecht
    14/01/2017 #7 Gerald Hecht
    @Lynda Spiegel I think everything is and everyone is now at maximum potential by taking as a given that its all a "sharing economy" now --also; we should make sure not to use anachronisms (such as "pre-agricultural barter system" rather than "Internet of Things Based Sharing Economy Human Interface Protocol" (ITBSEHIP)
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    14/01/2017 #6 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    #5 I'd like to do away with the inhuman ATS too. Perhaps that MS-LI system you thought up will do it?! Seriously, getting your "value statement" in front of the hiring manager is the end game, right?
    Lynda Spiegel
    13/01/2017 #4 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 I think what you've always been told is bad advice! Every person has a value proposition; the question is for which employer? When a candidate is authentic, he or she may not have as many opportunities, but the ones that match the value proposition are the right ones to target.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    13/01/2017 #3 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Two statements jump out at me Lynda:

    1. "This means that you cannot and should not tailor your resume to fit a specific job opening, but instead that you be very clear about what your value proposition is" I've been told this so much it's frustrating. Plus there is this little caveat: The Internet. If you have your resume out there anywhere; BAM, you're busted! My diversity is usually my selling point. Some employers want someone who will think outside the industry box.

    "we exhorted employers to look beyond credentials and instead focus on what a candidate had actually accomplished."
    Not only credentials but THINK about how one skill would be so easily transferable and add real value to the job, but also what isn't what they want. This is one reason I think Key Words are the worse thing to ever to hit the search process. Not only when they are missing but when they are misinterpreted. Example: I'm not a Qlikview developer, no where on my resume does it say I developed software or an application; just that I took a developer course so I could Project Manage an application development. I get dozens of "job opportunities" a week for recruiters looking for a Qlikview developer. They are few and far between and I ain't one of them :o)
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    13/01/2017 #2 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    Thanks for sharing, @David B. Grinberg and @John White, MBA. If you hadn't, I would've. This is spot-on advice from real-world experience.

    I love HireArt's method! I tell candidates to go into an interview and DO THE JOB.
    (It may be a bit easier when your title is Business Analyst so I'm inclined to start asking about requirements and giving solutions for, ahem, the job! ;)

    Do it as soon as you can - in a letter, résumé or interview. That's where networking, word of mouth and personal brand come in too.

    This can show your value, skill and interest/enthusiasm. If it's not a job you'd want you won't have much passion for it. Believe me, that comes across. I trained young guys out of college and you can tell they'd rather be anywhere else. Do that in an interview, and you're out!

    Randomly tailoring your résumé for each job waters down your value and will not pass the ATS, as it is looking for consistent keywords.
    Thanks for sharing that hard lesson, @Lynda Spiegel! Again, GREAT post.
    Josh Gater
    13/01/2017 #1 Josh Gater
    We've always been told to change resume ( or CV) to match the job. I never thought of it the way you have described above.
  20. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks
    Fireside Chats: Perception
    Fireside Chats: PerceptionHow do others see you? How do you want to them to see you? What are you doing about it — now?I’m bringing this up because a friend and colleague, John White, recently wrote a response to a reader of his blogs who wanted to make more of an impact at...


    Cyndi wilkins
    14/01/2017 #42 Cyndi wilkins
    Fantastic article Susan Rooks...I think the most important thing to remember for anyone bold enough to step out on that social media limb and publish an article about their own personal and professional insights is to remain "willing" to have a conversation...That means a willingness to be disagreed with and still have a respectful exchange with an even temperament...Even with the ones we refer to as "trolls." Personally, I think handling a situation with an internet troll in a respectful manor should be a prerequisite for any job;-)
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    14/01/2017 #41 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #37 Thanks, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    14/01/2017 #39 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #2 Just one tiny bit, @Kevin Pashuk! 😄
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    14/01/2017 #37 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #33 Absolutely! This has definitely been the top article in my feeds across many platforms, so congrats, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, as you've lighted a fire under many folks this week!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    14/01/2017 #36 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    #34 Of course! I'd be honored.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    14/01/2017 #35 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #5 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, may I use your comment in a follow-up article?
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    14/01/2017 #34 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #18 @Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!, may I quote you on a follow-up piece I'm doing?
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    14/01/2017 #33 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #11 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, may I quote a part of your comment in a follow-up piece I'm doing on this?
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    13/01/2017 #32 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    @John White, MBA, thank you so much for sharing my post with your followers! You know I always appreciate your support.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    13/01/2017 #31 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #25 Thanks for that, @Loribeth Pierson! I think some of us don't realize that even 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    13/01/2017 #30 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #29 Thank you so much, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! What a lovely thing to say.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    13/01/2017 #29 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I love buzzes that talk to the hearts and minds of readers in simple, but deep-meaning words. You did just this @Susan 🐝 Rooks
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    13/01/2017 #28 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    Well, @Jim Cody, I certainly wish I could thank you 72,000 times!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    13/01/2017 #27 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #23 LOL, I added a simplified process to my myTweetPack.com web app. Originally, It was meant for people who have many posts to add when they first join. It stores a tweet for future reuse and schedules out 4 a day for 7 days. Best of all, it's just paste and click.
    Loribeth Pierson
    13/01/2017 #25 Loribeth Pierson
    I am honored to be included, @Susan 🐝 Rooks. You are one of the kindest people I have met here on beBee and LinkedIn. I love the part "Spend 30 minutes a day building YOUR reputation as someone worthwhile in the business community. Interaction is the key to your success.
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    13/01/2017 #24 Jim 🐝 Cody
    @Susan 🐝 Rooks Wow great advice for everyone. I shared with my 72,000+followers.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    13/01/2017 #23 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    #22 Oh. Good. I think. Honestly, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, I have NO idea what you said.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    13/01/2017 #22 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Fun, I just used my new store and schedule in one shot thing on myTweetPack.com
  21. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Follow-Up Smart After Your Job Interview
    Follow-Up Smart After Your Job InterviewRodney wanted to know if "the" cover letter and "the" follow-up email are included in my fee. Well, you already know how I responded regarding the cover letter, but it never occurred to me that job seekers want a template for following up after an...


    Lynda Spiegel
    08/01/2017 #4 Lynda Spiegel
    #2 I'm so glad to hear that, Carolyn! Please check back in and let me know how it goes.
    Carolyn Leigh
    07/01/2017 #2 Anonymous
    Thanks for the advice! I've tried out your thank-you note guidelines for some phone interviews I had this week.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    "As we discussed, I was able to meet a similar challenge" This is the exact concise point of the follow-up - to write down and trigger in the hiring managers mind why you are the best candidate. The closer you can do this to the timeframe they might have mentioned for making their decision, the better. You want your top qualities fresh on their mind as they sit down to make a very complex decision.
  22. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Whose Career Does Your Resume Really Describe?
    Whose Career Does Your Resume Really Describe?Gary emailed me his resume, and we sat down over Skype to discuss it."Who's looking for the next step in his career?" I inquired. "You?""Of course," Gary stammered, doubtless wondering how I make a living when I ask such silly, obvious...


    Gerald Hecht
    26/12/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    #6 @Lynda Spiegel Thank you so much
    Lynda Spiegel
    26/12/2016 #6 Lynda Spiegel
    #4 Let me know if I can be of help, Gerald
    Mohammed Sultan
    26/12/2016 #5 Mohammed Sultan
    Two things are required from Gary ;First,he has to show the synergy that might exist between his personal and career objectives and the new employer's objectives.Second,he should show the hiring manager why he considers the new role the next logical step in his career advancement?and how he is going to add value to their business.Today,the hiring managers are more interested in the candidates future "core interests" rather than past "core skills".They are interested in people and tasks and in how the candidate will be able to handle them in different situations.The ability of the candidate to differentiate people and tasks and show a balance in meeting both will to a great extent determines his work style and prove his value.
    Gerald Hecht
    25/12/2016 #4 Gerald Hecht
    Thank you Lynda --I am going to make it my New Year's resolution to make more of myself "shine through". It not something that comes naturally to me; but I understand why it is so important to do from reading this...again, thank you!
    Mohammed Sultan
    25/12/2016 #3 Mohammed Sultan
    I think that beBee has a peer group of outstanding talent in resume writing.This talent when driven and integrated or supported by operational experience can help building exceptional careers and keep job seekers sharp,focused and motivated by their core interests and passion to achieve more. We need to combine the best of resumes writing with the best of tech expertise to deliver quick results.
    Wayne Yoshida
    22/12/2016 #2 Wayne Yoshida
    Glad you were able to help Gary. The "before" statements cry out "Where's the beef?"

    I always suggest using the problem - action - result elements for all descriptions of work history - -- and use them for interview responses!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    22/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    The interesting paradox is that this willingness to describe the company, and how the person fit within the overall business, demonstrates how great a team player Gary is, but learning about the company is simply extraneous to a well-crafted resume that has to get the most important points about the person across in a very succinct fashion.

    But when someone edits this type of detail out of their resume, they should paste it into their interview preparation document, as contextualizing what they did, how mission critical their work was, is an important point to discuss during an interview.

    This was such a clear story, @Lynda Spiegel, that should help a lot of people see the change of perspective necessary to navigate the two different sections of the job search process with more efficiency and success.

    Thank you so much for the mentions! It means a great deal to me.
  23. ProducerRob McNaughton

    Rob McNaughton

    What exactly makes a good CV?
    What exactly makes a good CV?The heading is deliberately a misnomer .. for what exactly makes a CV excellent? Firstly - one must look to the writer, has he/she/they the background to furnish a legible document? One free of errors, one that meets the...
  24. ProducerLynda Spiegel

    Lynda Spiegel

    Your Employee Brand - and Why It Matters
    Your Employee Brand - and Why It MattersJeff Bezos famously noted that your personal brand is "what people say about you when you leave the room," but does that concept need to carry over into the professional sphere? Do each of us need our own employee brand? Clearly, I'm going to say,...


    Lynda Spiegel
    15/12/2016 #5 Lynda Spiegel
    #4 thank you for the share, Leo Loison #3 Thank you, Jared Wiese!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    13/12/2016 #3 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    Excellent advice:

    "Your professional brand consists of four elements: who you are, what you do, what you’re known for, and where your influence lies.
    ...there are a gazillion other people out there who share the identical title and/or responsibilities with you.
    Your employee brand is what differentiates YOU"

    "many... are reluctant to represent themselves being 'only' ... whatever title might apply. That’s where a talented resume writer has value - knowing how to convey your multiple talents into a branding statement that will make headhunters and recruiters take notice."
    Lynda Spiegel
    12/12/2016 #2 Lynda Spiegel
    #1 Thank you, Lisa - I appreciate the share!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/12/2016 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Employee branding can make the difference between getting that job you want.. or not. Good read by @Lynda Spiegel!
  25. ProducerLoribeth Pierson
    LinkedIn Tips Day 2, Customizing Your Public Profile URL
    LinkedIn Tips Day 2, Customizing Your Public Profile URLTHE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR PUBLIC PROFILE URLYou can enhance your personal brand by creating a custom URL for your LinkedIn public profile. You can control how you appear when people search for you on Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. You can use this URL on...


    Loribeth Pierson
    06/12/2016 #4 Loribeth Pierson
    #3 Thank you again for the share, I hope it helps people claim there URL.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    06/12/2016 #3 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    Shared to Résumé hive.
    Loribeth Pierson
    06/12/2016 #2 Loribeth Pierson
    #1 It is Jared, thank you for your comment.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    06/12/2016 #1 Jared 🐝 Wiese ➡ I sell YOU. Fast!
    Great info! I rarely see people doing this, but is so helpful in getting people to your profile, like on a resume or salutation.
    Thanks, Loribeth.
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