LaShenda Williams was living out of her car, bouncing from parking lot to parking lot... but slowly, she became a regular at her local Kroger store by "striking up conversations and making friends, even when she couldn’t afford to buy food."
One day the store manager, Jackie Vandal, heard LaShenda mention that her goal was to get a job at Kroger. So, she told her about an upcoming job fair.
Jackie made sure LaShenda made the cut from candidate to new hire, helping with her application and even tweaking her #resume!
In just one short month, Williams earned her first promotion, from part-time cashier to full-time checkout associate. Soon after, she was able to afford a new place to live!
Don't you love an inspiring story??
Yes and No.
Yes, because I have no doubt that you have learned and do WAY more than what your current or former job titles and job descriptions suggest.
No, because you don’t want to market yourself that way on a resume.
During interviews, you can absolutely bring up past stories and wins to illustrate your versatility (as well as include SOME of them on your resume), however, on paper, you want the reader to very quickly and very clearly see who you are and how you align with whatever role you are applying for.
Keep in mind that you can (and should) always adjust your resume based on the role you’re interested in.
Simply highlight the most relevant points, so a hiring manager can easily connect the dots, to then increase your chances of landing an interview.
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I have no resume, have never had a resume. And have no list of jobs I’ve had Thur the yrs with dates from or to. That’s what I hate about online applications. If u don’t recall or know dates, it won’t allow u to continue on the application or leave a note. It gets upsetting!
Job searching can feel overwhelming at times but it doesn’t need to be! Let’s help you get started with some tips.
Update your resume before applying
It sounds simple but updating your resume is a huge part of the job searching process. Employers want to know what you’ve been up to, so this means they will be looking at your experience, skills, and the accomplishments you have highlighted. It’s important to keep things current and fresh as well as ensuring it has the right keywords that will get you past the applicant tracking system. Learn more about that here in this article.
Also, be sure to check for typos and grammatical errors. Make sure to use consistent font sizes and formatting in your resume! Read more tips about creating a resume that wows here.
Don’t worry if you don’t check every box
Many times an employer’s job posting appears more like a wish list with everything but the kitchen sink, but don't despair. If you have the core skills and experience but are lacking one or two things make sure and apply! Don't let the list intimidate you if you are qualified for the role and go for it.
Search on Jobcase
You can search ANYTIME day or night for jobs in your area or work from home opportunities! Follow these easy steps to start looking and applying for jobs right now!
1. Click on Jobs & Companies at the top of the page, or head over here
2. Enter a job into the search field where it says Job Title, Keywords, or Company.
3. Add in your location by filling in your City and State OR zip code. Then click the magnifying glass to search.
4. Once the list is up, click on “View Job" of any you are interested in and then apply to any you feel are a great fit.
To search for a work from home position on Jobcase make sure to check out how to do so here.
Watch out for scams
If a job seems to good to be true it usually is! AVOID any job posts that claim they will give you money up-front to buy any type of equipment, pay you to wrap your car with their logo, ask you to cash a check and mail them back the difference, request a Google hangout immediately, tell you that you can stuff envelopes for cash, or offer to pay you in ANY manner before you have had an interview or have been officially hired. New scams occur every day on the internet so just be on the lookout and trust your judgment!
Know what you want
Make sure when you apply you do so with purpose. Avoid applying anywhere and everywhere! Spend time with each application and tailor your resume and cover letter to meet the needs of each job description. Research the company by visiting their website and see what you can bring to their mission. By highlighting certain skills and qualifications that the employer is looking for, they will be drawn to your resume and want to bring you in for an interview! Remember, it's all about what you bring to them.
Make sure to keep track of where you applied! You can do this with a spreadsheet which you can create on Excel, Google Doc, or even write it down in a notebook, but just make sure to record the following:
• The company’s name and location • Who you spoke to • Email or contact number • Date you applied • Interview info Add the date/time when your interview is scheduled and also include notes after the interview so you can reflect later. • Follow-up Did you send a thank you email or note? • Status Whether you were rejected, offered the job, or asked in for a second interview make a note of it.
Are there any other tips you think should be included?
Please comment and share : )
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If your resume has gaps this could be for a couple of reasons. Perhaps you were ill and needed to step away from working for a bit, or you simply could have been caring for a loved one or raising your child. Whatever the reason, your resume shows what you've done and having long gaps in your work history can give employers the wrong impression.
Here are some things you can do to minimize those gaps!
When listing dates on your resume you don't need to list the month/year if you were in a position for over a year or if your position spans multiple years. For example, you could say 2014 - 2016 (rather than May, 2014 - February, 2016) which would give you some room to cover the gaps:
• Customer service rep, DFH Company 2014 – 2016
• Sales Associate, ABC Store 2012 – 2014
Remove what doesn’t matter
Omit any jobs that aren’t relevant to your job search and the companies you are applying to. There is no rule that says you must include all the jobs you ever had on your resume. In fact, less is best, and remember that YOU decide what goes in there!
Include other experience gained during the gap
What did you do while you weren't employed? Did you freelance or consult at all? How about volunteering? All those experiences count as work and can be included on your resume. List them as you would list your other jobs - with a job title, company name, job description, and dates of employment.
Tell the truth
It goes without saying, but make sure, to be honest! Employers will verify your work history and if you put incorrect information on your resume and they happen to verify it, that will be the end of that potential job.
Wow them with your cover letter
Write a great cover letter that will stand out (to outweigh the resume). The cover letter must indicate your knowledge of the company you are applying for as well as how you are going to add value to your prospective new company. Tailor it to the job you want and avoid using a generic template. Show them you are invested in the company and why you want the position!
What do you think are the best ways to address resume gaps?