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Summer is synonymous with vacations, road trips, and getting away with the family. But, guess what: jobs take vacations, too, which means that June, July and August are ideal months to update your résumé and make your LinkedIn profile more searchable and compelling.

Most companies have already committed their recruiting budget well before Memorial Day arrives and hiring managers have put their candidate searches on hold, except for temporary, entry-level, and minimum wage positions. Company executives have shifted their attention to analyzing business trends and preparing early drafts of 4th Quarter strategies to meet the annual plan. So, use this seasonal recruiting downtrend to solidify your candidate marketing by making your résumé more achievement-driven and Applicant Tracking Software-friendly. Add new skills you’ve acquired, include new professional development you’ve experienced, and insert those certifications you’ve earned. Challenge yourself to extend every single job function you have listed into an impact it had on your company, clients, or industry. Replace your laundry list of “things you do” with achievements you’ve made.

Shift your LinkedIn profile into high gear by creating a headline that tells readers WHAT role you’re in, WHO you help, HOW you make organizations better, and give PROOF that you are credible IN ONE LINE! Does your profile photo need updating? Does your Summary tell your personal brand story? Is your Experience in synch with what’s on your résumé? How about getting some more Recommendations and looking for new Groups to join and, most importantly, participating in? Are your Skills up-to-date to make you a player in the hidden job market? How about setting-up some Google Alerts to email yourself daily articles in your niche so you can post them with your comments, opinions, and insight?

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Michelangelo and your Career Success

When we start the day we want to feel excited and motivated and inspired about what’s in store for us. We want to feel energized by the work we’re going to do, where we’re going to do it and who will be impacted by the value we bring. We want all our cylinders burning to fill the day with meaning and accomplishment. Unless those feelings are present in us when our feet touch the floor as we get out of bed, it’s a sure thing that the day will be unrewarding…and the one after that…and the one after that.

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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