The Résumé Rider: Checking Your Job Search Tire Pressure

Tires are inflated with air so that the flexibility generates heat. The more rubber there is, and the more and faster you flex it, the hotter it becomes, in turn, releasing the tires’ forces. But, because the tire is flexible and inflated with compressed air, the tire flattens under the weight load and contacts the pavement to create the tire’s footprint which produces the forces that drive the bike’s power and stability. Résumés today, like motorcycle tires, need to be similarly flexible to generate a different kind of heat: that of recruiter interest in what the candidate can do for the prospective employer. Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Checking Your Job Search Tire Pressure

The Résumé Rider: How Long Should A Résumé Be

A fork connects a motorcycle’s front wheel and axle to the motorcycle frame with what’s typically called a “triple tree” clamp system.  Most forks incorporate the front suspension and front brake allowing the front wheel to rotate about the steering axis so the bike can be steered. The fork and its attachment points on the frame establish the critical geometric parameters of “rake and trail,” which play a major role in defining how a motorcycle handles. Motorcycle builders and customizers often get asked, “How long a fork should I use?”  The answer is similar for both forks and résumés: it’s something you must decide for yourself. That being said, here are some recommendations for how-to determine the best length for your résumé.  Continue reading The Résumé Rider: How Long Should A Résumé Be

The Résumé 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 Résumé Rider: Job Searching by the Numbers

The Résumé Rider: Why Cover Letters Are Important

The controversy over whether to include a cover letter with your résumé 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 résumé. While I surely won’t compare motorcycle fatalities to sending a cover letter with your résumé, I will tell you that the chances of your résumé 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 Résumé Rider: Why Cover Letters Are Important

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

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

The Résumé Rider: What is ATS?

Applicant Tracking Software or ATS is used by companies to streamline their hiring process. It removes all formatting from your résumé 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 résumé is even seen by a live person.  While human recruiters look for the basic errors to reject and pare down the number of résumés submitted (such as spelling errors and the lack of relevant job skills), ATS is a sophisticated match game. It stores your résumé 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 Résumé 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