As writer Ashley Jude Collie so aptly put it, “The growing impulse to customize motorcycles undoubtedly taps into a deep human desire to express personal tastes, individuality and self-expression.” Even Burger King scrapped its 40-year-old ‘‘Have It Your Way’’ slogan in favor of the more personal ‘‘Be Your Way.’’ And, it’s not just the boutique bike builders that are both driving and benefiting from the customization movement. Major motorcycle manufacturers like Yamaha tout, “We build it, you make it your own.” Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Customize Your Own Job Description
The reason I most often hear regarding why people seek me out as a Certified Résumé Writer is that they’ve sent out loads of résumés for posted positions but “I never hear anything back. It’s like my résumé goes into a black hole.” Similar to those black hole regions of spacetime that are so intense that no matter or radiation can escape them, submitting résumés to job board postings can feel like an application abyss; just as frustrating as those nasty potholes that motorcyclists dread because the steep edge of a hole can push the tire sideways and bend or fracture a wheel rim…or worse.
Whether it’s a résumé black hole or a pavement pothole, the underlying issue is the same: the experience of feeling out of control. To complicate career control matters, 98.2% of Fortune 500 companies are using Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) to eliminate candidates who don’t have strong résumé keyword matches to the job posting. Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Résumé Black Holes and Potholes
It’s safe to say that every motorcyclist has a smartphone (even us baby boomer bikers). It’s even safer to say that it would be hard to find a responsible rider who would use it for navigation while riding. More likely than not, you’d opt for a sophisticated GPS unit that not only makes navigation easy – while you focus on the road – but also offers added features and stays strong in all sorts of conditions. I have a personal preference for Garmin GPS since they continually improve their products to give you the best possible ride and you can switch devices between your car and your bike. Taking navigation devices to a new level, Garmin’s partnership with BMW has set the standard for top ride GPS devices creating a routing device plus personal digital assistant that can assist you in navigating a range of terrains and conditions.
A solid GPS system makes navigation easy and traveling to new places a fun adventure. There are a lot of product options to choose from and riders are well-served to do their pre-purchase homework and then learn how to use every feature to get the best ROI (ride on investment). The same goes for job searching. New job boards seem to appear on the online horizon continuously while certain ones continue to attract job seekers, like Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, and loads of niche job sites. Besides LinkedIn, which has evolved and dominated as a cornerstone for professional networking, many job seekers overlook what other social media sites have to offer. Take Twitter, for example, which is establishing itself as a major recruiting resource. Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Career GPS on Twitter
Today, motorcycles are so reliable that we can fall (no pun intended) into the habit of taking safety for granted and disregard the all-important pre-ride check. It’s very tempting to just want to get on and ride, assuming that everything is okay. But, you know what they say about the word “assume.” The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has developed a simple checklist, summarized with the acronym T-CLOCK that makes doing a pre-ride check an easy habit to adopt. Each letter represents a particular inspection focus: Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Safety PreCheck
As the proud baby boomer owner of a Royal Enfield Bullet in military green as well as being a gypsy army brat, I was thrilled to see the company announce that it’s reviving the Flying Flea as a limited edition bike under the name Pegasus, a symbol of the British airborne divisions. Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Flying Fleas and the Senior Job Market
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
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