The Resume Rider: Job Searching by the Numbers

Once a year, over 700,000 motorcycle riders and two-wheel aficionados descend into Sturgis, a city in Meade County, South Dakota pridefully boasting a population of 6,627, for 10-days of rallies, riding, raucous entertainment and reuniting with fellow riders. An aerial view of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally visitors and the disproportionate ratio of riders to residents begs comparison to the statistics of applying for a job in today’s mostly online marketplace. Let’s look at the numbers since knowledge can be a powerful career search tool: Continue reading The Resume Rider: Job Searching by the Numbers

The Resume Rider: Why Cover Letters Are Important

The controversy over whether to include a cover letter with your resume when you apply for a job has been as hotly debated as whether or not to wear a helmet when you’re motorcycling. According to NHTSA, in 2015, 40% of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets. Statistically similar, 45% of job seekers don’t include a cover letter with their resume. While I surely won’t compare motorcycle fatalities to sending a cover letter with your resume, I will tell you that the chances of your resume being seen by a recruiter or a hiring manager are greatly reduced when you don’t include a cover letter. In fact, 9 out of 10 executives communicated in a recent survey that they found cover letters to be valuable in evaluating job applicants.  Continue reading The Resume Rider: Why Cover Letters Are Important

The Resume Rider: The Importance of Using Action Keywords in your Resume

Imagine you’ve just prepared and served an amazing dinner and one of your guests inquires, “This dinner tastes fantastic! What’s in it that tastes so good?” Would you respond by saying, “Let me tell you about the ingredients: I drove to Stop & Shop and when I turned into the parking lot I went to Section 3 and pulled into a parking space near the shopping carts. I pulled out one shopping cart after another from the nearby cart stand until I found a cart that had wheels that weren’t broken. I then pushed the shopping cart through the parking lot until I got to the main doors then entered the one marked ‘Welcome.’ Rather than go right to the spices aisle, I started in the deli department to shop for the kids’ sandwiches for next week.”  Continue reading The Resume Rider: The Importance of Using Action Keywords in your Resume

The Resume Rider: What is ATS?

Applicant Tracking Software or ATS is used by companies to streamline their hiring process. It removes all formatting from your resume and “parses” it to extract readable data, such as your contact information, work history, skills and education. 90% of Fortune 500 companies screen job applicants through an ATS before your resume is even seen by a live person.  While human recruiters look for the basic errors to reject and pare down the number of resumes submitted (such as spelling errors and the lack of relevant job skills), ATS is a sophisticated match game. It stores your resume in its database then searches for keywords in a particular job opening to see how strong a fit you are. The ‘best fit’ candidates show up at the top of the search results. Continue reading The Resume Rider: What is ATS?

Elizabeth Suarez on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

Elizabeth Suarez is a management consultant and expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Leadership. She is highly regarded as an author, speaker, facilitator, coach, strategist, trainer and mediator with an expertise in providing an amicable environment where difficult issues can be successfully addressed and resolved.    Continue reading Elizabeth Suarez on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

Marc Emmer on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

Marc Emmer is an author, speaker and consultant . He is recognized as a thought leader throughout North America and an expert in strategic planning. Marc recently published his second book, Momentum: How Companies Decide What To Do Next.  He founded Optimize Inc., a California-based consulting firm in 2002 and has grown an impressive client list that includes public companies such as CB Richard Ellis, Justice Stores (formerly Limited Too), Superior International and mid-market companies in a diverse range of industries including financial services, health care, technology and energy. Continue reading Marc Emmer on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

Avery Blank on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

“Bulldog ballerina” and attorney Avery Blank is an impact strategist helping individuals and organizations to achieve their business, career, and policy goals through advocacy and strategic positioning to unlock hidden opportunities. Avery has worked in industry, government, academia and non-profits and has appeared in journals and publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, TIME, Fortune, Lean In, and many more.  She speaks on women’s leadership, millennials, strategy, careers, policy, and politics and has spoken at Campbell Soup Co., the U.S. Department of State, Oxford University’s Power Shift Forum, the Women in Strategy Summit, as well as for Harvard Law School.  Continue reading Avery Blank on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam