Resume Communication and some smiles

The hiring event went well today. There weren’t  lots of employers, I think there were 6, but over 100 people came through in the couple of hours they were there and the clients and employers all seemed happy with the interactions.

Today I did a workshop that was interesting because it was on the phone that started off as a cover and thank you letter workshop but ended as both of those, a resume review  and a very happy person.

I taught the art of communicating 3 different ways because  first I covered cover letters then thank you letters which are similar but different and need to be written in a certain way and of course resumes are very different again. The person had their resume with them so it just wouldn’t have been nice to not review it because it was a different workshop. These 3 forms of communication are similar and different in how they are written and the person that I was working with not only got it as I explained it, but got excited about it too! I love to see it when a person that I meet realizes their potential. A very nice person with lots of things that they can do, many career options to explore and they now want to move ahead with excitement in their step. As a career coach that is what makes my day. It is the dawning in their eyes, on their face, and in their whole being that they can choose their path, their life path, and their career path.

Career coaching, employment coaching/assistance, resume help, interview practice, or how to stay motivated isn’t just what I do, but the making a difference, the altruism is who I am, and when I can see it change someone it makes my whole life better. Today is a great day.

Communication in a resume will determine whether you get the interview, but sometimes the cover letter will assist in that regard. Always remember to think work product when you produce anything because that is how an employer, and a career coach reviewing your work will see your work. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and even doing a bit of research to add a little extra to the letter can make a huge difference. If you look on a company website and determine that they will be expanding or they have X number of employees and you quote that in the letter by saying something like “As I was researching your company I noticed that you have 3 facilities in 2 cities with 250 employees and I am looking forward to learning more and becoming part of your team” or something that references that you did a bit of research, you are again ahead in the communication game. You didn’t only communicate to them, now you have the reciprocal part of communication…you have them listening! Getting an employer to listen is a skill on its’ own. I have no doubt that my client today can live her life on any scale they choose. It wasn’t a personal client from Career Create, it was from other website that I do but they are exactly the kind of client I would love to have anywhere I am working/coaching/facilitating or helping with any career endeavor.

I have also been assisting another specific client with resume variations and I am very excited because one of the resumes got him an interview either tomorrow or Friday at 10:00. He now has 2 variations that I assisted with but he also knows how to take the information and move it around, add and subtract, and tailor it to the specific job! If he knows how to do that…I have done my job and I have done it well.  He  submitted 3 resumes yesterday and I am very excited to see his successes because I am sure there will be plenty. Yes it is a great day! I think I need to learn how to do video seminars because it is really hard to do the phone workshops like this and the other one.

Keep watching the website www.careercreate.com and the blog for more information and tips. Did you know that the thank you send to an employer doesn’t have to be a formal letter; sometimes a short handwritten thank you is the way to go…more later on thank you notes and letters…keep watching!

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