do-over.me Founder is honored

Shaw Media honored 9 local women yesterday at a luncheon at the St. Charles Country Club,  Among the honorees was our founder and managing director, Cynthia K Wade.  Wade, along with her fellow nominees was recognized as a Woman of Distinction - a woman who has made a difference in Kane County and who is a representative role model and leader in her field and community.  For the full story click here.

2017 Kane County Women of Distinction   Honorees (from left) Karen Schock, Debora McKay, Cynthia Wade, Mary O'Connor, Theoni Limouris, Esther Roby, Sharon Schmidt and Tara Burghart during a luncheon honoring the 2017 Women of Distinction Oct. 11 at the St. Charles Country Club. The event was hosted by Shaw Media, publisher of the Kane County Chronicle and Kane County Magazine. Kane County Law Library Director Halle Cox is not pictured.  [Photot Credit Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com]

2017 Kane County Women of Distinction  
Honorees (from left) Karen Schock, Debora McKay, Cynthia Wade, Mary O'Connor, Theoni Limouris, Esther Roby, Sharon Schmidt and Tara Burghart during a luncheon honoring the 2017 Women of Distinction Oct. 11 at the St. Charles Country Club. The event was hosted by Shaw Media, publisher of the Kane County Chronicle and Kane County Magazine. Kane County Law Library Director Halle Cox is not pictured.  [Photot Credit Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com]

To read the text of Wade's comments, click here.

The Resume is Dead - Consider the alternatives. Part 2.

Hanna Phan sent the “Tweet heard ‘round the world” to the CEO of one of the hottest technology start ups in the world and had 1,290 people share her story on Facebook, 1,854 retweets, 204 LinkedIn shares and multiple job offers from different companies. 

Nagesh Palepu overcame being nearly deaf at a young age and went through an incredibly journey as his career started as a cashier at McDonald’s and continues today as the CEO of a highly successful company today.

Sarah Rossdale started working in a tiny ice cream stand and fought her way to her dream job at Disney, all while competing against her own roommate.

And finally, Jerry, at the tender age of 20, overcame a life and death experience to build an incredibly successful career. His comeback story reminds us of the importance of enjoying the moment and having balance in our lives.

So what do they know that we don't?

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It’s simple really. They all acknowledged one fundamental fact:

The resume is dead.

Your job opportunities, however, are alive and well. If you learn the secrets on how to be an artist and to create with emotion.

do-over.me will teach you how. 

You don't need another paper resume. You need the secrets to standing out. 

 

Did you hear the news?

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Our founder, Cynthia K Wade has been named one of theKane County Chronicle's 2017 Women of Distinction recipients. She will be honored at an awards luncheon on October 11 at St. Charles Country Club.

The Women of Distinction Award is presented to women who have been chosen as representative role models and leaders in their fields and communities. In addition to Cynthia, the 2017 honorees are Debora McKay, Esther Roby, Halle Cox, Karen Schock, Mary O'Connor, Sharon Schmidt, Tara Burghart, Theoni Limouris.
 

The Critical First Six Seconds in the Life of Your Resume

According to The Ladders research, most recruiters spend an average of six seconds looking at your resume before making the decision to continue to read or to toss your resume to the garbage pile.  Scary, huh?  It should be.

In that short window of time, it is critical that your resume convey the right first impression to ensure that it will have the opportunity to provide the balance of its relevant information.  Remember that old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression?”  Well it appears to apply to your resume as well.

at do-over.me we bring both marketing and recruiting expertise to bear in crafting your resume.  We understand what to do to make it work for you.  Recently a new client we work with rolled out a new resume and received calls on 3 of the first 5 job postings she responded to.  Contact us to start on your path to success today.

In the meantime, take a look at this.

So what will guarantee that your resume makes the right first impression in that critical first six seconds?  Here are the most important things to consider.

  1. Overall image and appearance.  Your resume should be neat, clean, and free from fancy formatting.  It should be presented in an easily readable type face and size.  It should have comfortable margins and enough well used white space to graphically emphasize the most important information.
  2. Contact Information.  Your name, address, cell phone number and email should be prominently displayed at the top of the resume.  Don’t make them look for it!
  3. LinkedIn Information.  Provide a link to your LinkedIn profile. They ARE going to look.  Make it easy for them.
  4. Education information and any relevant certifications should be easy to find.
  5. Key words that mirror the verbiage in the job description should jump off the page and into their view.
  6. Most important - Quantifiable achievements that are germane to the position that you are applying for.

It is challenging to get this balance right because it marries the practical and the aesthetic. Many people are not able to articulate what is or isn’t visually appealing, but they know it when they see it.  The best insurance to get it right is to work with a professional resume writer who has experience in recruiting and also a strong marketing and graphics orientation. You’ll get the right information present in the right way to guarantee that your resume will make the critical six second cut.

After you have made the critical six second cut, your resume should act like a marketing document designed with enough relevant matches to their needs to compel the reader to pick up the phone and call you.  Remember, that is the goal of a resume – to trigger a phone call.

The Resume is Dead. Consider this alternative.

One fall day, Matt E applied to 20 different companies on LinkedIn to find work. He waited.

And waited. 

He never heard back a single response. Fear began to creep in. He couldn’t find a job because of one simple reason: He was blending in with the masses. Panic began to race through his mind. "Seriously, what the hell am I doing here?" He took a deep breath, stepped back and assessed the situation. 

And then a stroke of genius hit him.

He was going to be bold. Inspiring. Outrageous. Awkward. Funny. Unbelievable.

It was in this moment Matt E created the most viral and successful job campaign of our lives. By the time his campaign was finished, he had amassed these results:

  • Received 80 interview offers from companies like Google, Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Amazon, Etsy and SigFig (among many more)
  • Received over 400,000 unique visits and 720,000 page views for his site
  • Received over 450,000 YouTube views
  • Received 20,000 Facebook Likes, 4,800 Tweets and 4,100 Google +’s
  • Received print, online and TV coverage across the world from TechCrunch, Gizmodo, to the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal

How is it that Matt was able to get publicity from just about every big name media outlet, generate a massive fan base and garner 80 interview offers from top tier, innovative companies while so many of us have to beg for a single interview?

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What does Matt E know that you don’t?

It’s simple really. They all acknowledged one fundamental fact:

The resume is dead.

Your job opportunities, however, are alive and well. If you learn the secrets on how to be an artist and to create with emotion.

do-over.me will teach you how. 

You don't need another paper resume. You need the secrets to standing out. 

That's exactly what we deliver. 

 

 

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#passion #purpose #trying again

IMPROV in the news here in Kane County

We were interviewed by Charles Menchaca of the Kane County Chronicle a while back. The information is still relevant.  And here we are, two years later still working to help people find meaningful employment.  Here’s his article.  

He also  filmed an improv class and then interviewed our founder, Cynthia K Wade about the benefits of improv for everyone, especially people in career transition.  Here’s the clip - http://www.tout.com/m/ti4kgg.  

For more information about the benefits of IMPROV or to sign up for a workshop, click here.  The next 4-week session begins on Monday, October 9.

 

 

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#passion #purpose #trying again 

 

Your Resume 101 Continued

The top five things I bet you didn’t know about your resume!

5.  Your email address dates you!  Aol says you opened your account in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s.  Hotmail and Yahoo, from the late ‘90s or shortly after 2001.  Comcast, SBCGlobal and off brands, may suggest that you’re lazy or cheap.  By far the most accepted form of email domain is currently, Gmail.  It’s free.  If you aren’t using it, you should be.

4.  Who cares what your home phone is? The younger the candidate, the less likely they are to have a home phone.  In fact, they may have a cell with an area code that is not local and even unfamiliar.  That’s because it is their original cell phone number.  Don’t bother with any phone numbers on your resume, except your cell.  What?  You don’t have one?  Well, get one!

3.  Your college alma mater can move you to the top of the pile!  Some universities, sell better than others.  Across the country it’s Harvard, University of Chicago and Stanford.  In Chicago, add, Notre Dame, UW Madison, Northwestern and UIUC.  Do you know what the top schools are in your field, in your area?  You should.  And make sure if your degree is from there, it’s on the first page of your resume, right at the top, after your contact info.

2.  Include the link to your profile on LinkedIn!  LinkedIn is the go-to place for vetting candidates.  Make sure your profile highlights your strengths and accomplishments.  Include as many recommendations as possible.  Use the 360 degree approach sporting references from someone you worked for, someone who worked for you (if appropriate) and a colleague.

And 1.  Numbers count!  No not salary, at least not at this point in the process.  Pepper your resume with quantifiable statements of achievement that clearly illustrate the contributions that you have made in your career. These past successes are the clearest indicator of future success.  Toot your own horn with strong points of accomplishment that will differentiate you from the pack.

Job Shadowing

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Job shadowing is on-the-job learning where you observe someone in their natural career habitat, making note of responsibilities, organization, behaviors, and skills. It’s the closest thing to experiencing a job next to actually working in the position.

1. Figure out the Occupation You Want to Job Shadow
In addition to exploring different paths through classes, clubs, and career centers in high school and college, career aptitude tests are also available. Ask your school counselor or career adviser about taking one. This may give you some ideas about job opportunities.

2. Research
Remember: You have more resources at your disposal than your parents did, or even your older friends or siblings who were in your shoes not that long ago. Take advantage of any and all apps, websites, and social media networks.

3. Reach Out
If your school or college doesn’t have a job shadowing program, take it upon yourself to email professionals you’d like to shadow from your list of contacts. (Tip: Make sure your email address isn’t looking4hotgirls@gmail.com—you want to be taken seriously.)

If some of the professionals say no, politely thank them for their time anyway. If the person doesn’t have time for an in-person job-shadowing session, ask them whether you can simply email them a few questions instead. 

4. Be Prepared with Questions
Once you finally set up a job shadowing experience, write down a list of questions you have about the occupation. Some good ones include:

  • What’s a typical day like?
  • What’s your favorite thing about your job?
  • What’s your least favorite thing about your job?
  • What are your hours?
  • What did you study in college?

6. Say Thank You
After the job shadow day, send either a friendly email or an actual letter in the mail, thanking the professional for their time. Yes, it’s such a little thing to do, but it can make a big difference. 

Also connect with them on LinkedIn to stay in touch (especially if it turns out you really enjoyed shadowing their role). This person can be a good resource to you in the future.

You’ll be surprised by how many people enjoy walking others through what they do every day. It’s a refreshing change of pace to their routine. Plus, it also reminds them of why they do what they do in the first place.

 

Using CAR Statements and Stories to Effectively Market Yourself in a Career Search

Learning how to use CAR Statements and Stories effectively in the job search process will elevate your levels of success.  First you need to understand what CAR means.

The Challenge - a description of the challenge and context of the environment (who, what, where, when, how).

Action: a description of the specific Action(s) that you took in response to the challenge.  Highlight desirable traits without needing to state them (initiative, intelligence, dedication, leadership, understanding, etc.)  and specific constraint (eg deadlines, costs, other issues).

Result: a description of the result of your action(s).

In all cases, quantify the as much as possible.  Numbers give life and meaning to statements and stories.  They make information specific and measurable.

Watch this blog for more information on CAR Statements and Stories and how to use them effecively in your job search.

 

 

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Are you ready for what work will be like tomorrow?

Has the 9-5 workday changed?  Oh yeah!

Work has changed dramatically over the last few decades, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal — it’s become more time-consuming, less stable, and more flexible. In 1973, 6% of Americans said they worked excessive hours; in 2016, 26% said they worked more than 48 hours a week. Insurance coverage by employers has also dropped since 1973, although companies now provide more benefits to aid work-life balance, such as paid parental leave and remote work options. Businesses are spending less on employees, both in terms of compensation and capital investment, while investors get triple the payout from 30 years ago. This has all contributed to workers increasingly acting like free agents in the job market; while they have more control and flexibility, the “safety net that once came with full-time work has frayed.” 

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Like Gretsky, at do-over.me we shoot for where jobs are going to be.  We have a track record of success in helping people find meaningful employment in as little as 6 weeks.  We can help you too.  Get started here.