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Ten Lowest Paying Jobs

So if you are not in those fields that earn the top levels of pay in New York, what fields should you avoid while you gain more experience and more credentials in order to improve your job? What are the lowest paying jobs in the United States? Are they all the minimum wage jobs or are there some that pay less than minimum wage? When you are looking at the bottom tier of jobs, benefits are much more tangible and much more a part of your compensation. In the highest tier of jobs, benefits such as insurance, pensions, 401ks and time off are extras.

Most of the lowest paying jobs in New York are in the food service industry. Many are in fast food, but perhaps the lowest paid are the waiters and bartenders who do not have to be paid minimum wage because they are eligible for tips. Lower still is the person who washes your hair when you go to the salon.

  1. Hair Shampooer- earns about $18,600 per year and is at the very bottom of the totem pole. Now consider that the poverty line for a single parent is only $15,800.

In fact anyone earning the minimum wage for a 40 hour week earns only about $15,800 per year. This includes many fast food workers (but not all) and retail workers such as many big box employees.

  1. Food preparation and food servers average about $18,720 a year.


  1. Those that work in fast food for more than minimum wage usually average slightly more at $18,780.


  1. For most fine dining or diners like Denny’s and Steak and Shake, the dishwashers are usually entry level positions. They pay about $18, 930.


  1. Those who work as attendants in coffee shops, cafeterias and specialty food concessions or food trucks, earn around $19,430 annually.


  1. If you are the hostess or the host in a cafeteria, restaurant or dinner, including coffee and breakfast shops, your annual earnings are approximately $19, 570.


  1. Fine dining room and cafeteria attendants are earning on average $19,690.


  1. On the other hand if you are a farm worker or a day laborer you could earn $19,990 annually.


  1. Attendants at amusement parks and attendants at recreational sites earn a little more at $20, 020.


10. Finally the best of the worst are at the movie theaters. While the consumer spends $50-80 when they take in a movie for the tickets and concessions, the ushers, the ticket takers and the lobby attendants all earn about $20,320.


It just seems very ironic that the individuals who serve the consumers food, prepare that food and cleanup after them make the least amount of money and continue to remain on the lower end of the totem pole.

Top 10 Skills


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Top 10 Transferable Skills         

We have talked at length in several articles about presenting transferable skills on your resume as opposed to always listing job duties and responsibilities.        We have also discussed how important this is if you are attempting to transfer from one type of career or field of work to another.

There is however a certain set of skills that once mastered can be transferred from one job to another with ease. These are also the skills that are most in demand at any time by most New York hiring managers. No matter what field you are in and no matter what field you might like to migrate into next, these skills will always be at the top of the list for any hiring manager. Let’s look at the top ten of these.

  • Communication: This can be verbal or written. It can and should encompass different types of communication such as negotiation, public speaking, persuasion, counseling, training and coaching. Without good listening skills you cannot claim to have good communication skills.


  • Interpersonal: This includes a lot of the skills inherent in good communication and in good listening skills, as well as things like patience and honesty.


  • Leadership:  One of the most important transferrable skills anyone can have. Leadership skills do not mean that you are now or going to be a supervisor or manager. Leadership skills are needed whether you are going to be in that type of a position or not. You can be a leader without having the supervisory role. To be a leader you need to be able to give instruction, be accountable, and be able to inspire others to follow your lead. If you have these skills make sure they are highlighted on your resume.


  • Listening: This is one of the more important skills as well. Active listening means really listening. It does not mean pretending to listen while you decide what you are going to say in response to whatever that person is saying. You can’t be actively listening and thinking at the same time. All your abilities need to be focused toward what the other is saying,


  • Teamwork: One of the most transferable skills of all is teamwork. It is also an essential skill for anyone who wants advancement in their career. You have to be able to work with others. Whether those others were difficult or easy to get along with you need to be a team player. The true team player is able to work with just about anyone.


  •  Computer Skills of some sort are critical to the potential of transferring from one field to another these days as the ability to use technology to collect and analyze both data and numbers is essential in a wide range of job fields.


  •  Time Management is a vital transferable skill for anyone in any role to conquer, but it is particularly important to supervisors, managers, leaders and project managers. Getting the most out of the time you have without burning yourself out or wasting time is critical.


  • Creativity is not always a skill you have or need to have in order to move from one career field to another. Your ability to think creatively is a major plus. Thinking a situation through from many different angles is a major plus in terms of transferable skills.


  • Problem Solving is always a transferrable skill. Problem solving skills allow you to take advantage of situations that come your way. There are a multitude of jobs waiting for those who are able to effectively problem solve,


  • Learning: Finally the ability to learn, coaching ability you might say, is a crucial transferable skill. Learning is something we will be involved with all our lives if we are open to it and have the right attitude. You might be good at one thing and not another, but if you have the ability to learn, you can be good at everything.


All of these are also skills that can have a lot of value for you in your personal life as well as your professional life. Many of these skills are really intertwined as good communication skills require good listening skills and good interpersonal skills. The more of these skills you can conquer and integrate the more value you will have to any employer.

Oct. Job Fairs


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OCTOBER 2014: Career Fair
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
11:00 am – 3:00pm
Anthony’s Pier 9
2975 US Route 9W
New Windsor, NY 12553
Job Seeker Registration:
Employer Sign Up:
(800) 365-8630 x4200

13th Annual Asian Diversity Career Expo 
October 10, 2014
New York Marriott Marquis, New York City
1:30 pm – 5:00pm

Choice Career Fairs – Long Island Career Fair
October 16, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Holiday Inn Midtown Hotel
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

National Career Fairs – New York Career Fair
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Holiday Inn Midtown Hotel
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Catalyst Career Group – The Diversity Job Fair of New York
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Affinia Manhattan Hotel
371 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Career MD Syracuse Career Fair
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 PM until 8:00 PM


Choice Career Fairs – New York Career Fair
November 13, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

National Career Fairs – Long Island Career Fair
Monday, November 17, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott – Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747


Choice Career Fairs – Long Island Career Fair
December 4, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

National CareerFairs – New York Career Fair
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Map-markerHoliday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

All Job Fair Dates, Times and Locations are Subject to Change.
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Visas in the US


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The Hi Tech World of H1B Visa

There are certain jobs in New York that we do not have enough workers to fill. When this happens, we allow a certain number of work visas just for those types of jobs. For the most part these are technical jobs and the US is issuing what is known as an H1B Visa.

These are jobs that we would prefer would go to New Yorkers if there were enough trained in these fields. The need to grant H1B Visas and hire immigrants only highlights the need for more New York workers trained in IT (Information Technology) and STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).           However since there are not enough workers, it is good to know how one might go about getting an H1B Visa for a friend or family member.

Let’s just use one middle of the road state in the US for an example. The state of Indiana has more need for STEM and IT workers than it has trained personnel. There are about 8,000 jobs that would go unfilled every year if not for the immigrants.  Three countries supply the most candidates for the H1B Visa, namely India, China and Canada.

Throughout the entire country only 85,000 H1B Visas are issued and 20, 0000 of them go to candidates for Masters and PhD’s. That leaves only 65,000 whereas Indiana needs 8000. The H1B Visa is also a very popular and timely route to citizenship, plus employers must pay an extra $1000 to $3000 for legal cost and fees. In Indiana with their 8000 open jobs, only 54% out of 26 tech companies have hired workers with an H1B.

Across the country 172,000 company openings compete for those 8500 H1B Visas. For instance, returning to Indiana – one company alone – Cummins Engine is in need of 552 employees. Cummins alone has applied for over 2000 H1B Visas since 2010. Then the visa is only valid for 3 years.

These are good jobs. These are high paying jobs with the average for the Indiana jobs at $71,000 a piece. There are thousands of H1B alumni living in Indiana and the many other tech-heavy states. There are many benefits from having these bright young people in their population.

At the same time Indiana has outstanding engineering, math, science and technology programs at a variety of higher education 4-year and 2-year programs. This would include the following institutions: Purdue, Notre Dame, Rose Hulman, Indiana , Ball State and Ivy Tech. More students need to be encouraged to study this needed and lucrative field.

April Jobs Fair


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2014 Niagara County Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:30pm- 3:30pm
Four Points by Sheraton
7001 Buffalo Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

National CareerFairs – New York/Brooklyn Career Fair
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019 Career Fairs – Melville, N.Y. Career Fair 
Melville Marriott
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday April 24, 2014
Holiday Inn Midtown Hotel
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM

After the Interview


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By – Staff Writer 

In this article we will look at the question that haunts every job seeker. “What do I do after the interview?”

There are things you can do and there are things you must do. The worst thing you could do is nothing. This is a time for movement not just waiting for an answer from the company you interviewed with.

Follow up After all interviews

You want to follow up with the hiring manager after every interview. If you have a phone interview and it is your only interview follow up. If the phone interview is a screening interview for the face to face one, you still want to follow up. Then follow up again after the face to face interview and again after the second interview.

You could have 3 follow ups if you had a phone interview, face to face interview and second interview. Each time you follow up you remind the hiring manager of why he interviewed you and you are reinforcing your desire for the job.

  1. Assess the interview: Take time immediately after the interview if possible but at least within 24 hours to assess the interview. Make notes about what you thought went well, what could have gone better and what did you forget? Note the important points from the interview that you want to reiterate with the interviewer(s).
  2. Thank the interviewer(s): Get business cards or contact information before leaving the interview. If this is not possible use Linked-in to get the information and send a letter or an email.
  3. Do it now within 24 hours of the interview.
  4. Remind the interviewer(s) of your qualifications and match with the job.

Make an assertion that you believe the position is a great fit and that you would be excited to join the company.

Remind them of what went well in the interview and address any concerns that you did not fully address in the interview.

Compose a different email for all the others you met and thanking them for their time and any helpful information which they shared.

Send a separate thank you to any helpful support staff. This is really important as they have more influence than we think.


Oops. I forgot.-what did you forget to say in interview? Say it here.

  1. Follow up with a phone call about 3-5 days after the letter if you have not heard from the company yet.
  2. Send References immediately after the interview. Make sure you have alerted your references that they might be contacted.
  3. Keep learning about company. You might have a second interview or you can use the information during offer negotiations.
  4. Keep Networking – network for this job as people in your circle might have influence with the hiring manager. At the same time continue networking for other jobs in New York.
  5. Keep looking for other jobs and career opportunities. This is not the time to give up.


The time following an interview is not the time for resting on your laurels. There is much to do if you want to get the job you interviewed for. Follow these steps after every type of interview.


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As you prepare for that interview next week, make sure you have done your homework. You have studied the company and its fortunes in the past five years. You know all about the CEO and the board of directors. You know what their dividends and profits have been and hopefully where the weaknesses are.

Your interview preparation has been complete with the history of the company, the number of employers and who their customers are. You’ve read the annual report and the description of the job you are interviewing for. You even know what the internal structure of this New York company looks like.

On the personal side you know yourself well. Your skills and accomplishments will be well known by your interviewer since you are known in your field. So you have used your time drilling in on your own strengths and weaknesses so you can address them. Finally you are prepared with a good suit and all the interpersonal skills you should need.

So what else is there? What are interviewers looking for that you have not covered? In reality there are really only two things that any really good interviewer is looking for when they interview you and only two things you need to do.

  1. Do you exhibit the behavior patterns that the job demands? Different behavior patterns fit the needs of different jobs. Does this job need a leader who is assertive or even aggressive? Or does it require you to be passive and follow someone else’s orders? If you have studied the job description you should be able to get a handle on this and be prepared to address it.

You can address it by listing the qualities you have and how they fit the job along with how your personality will fit the job best. Anticipate questions designed to see if you have those exact traits. The best way to answer those questions would be to relate stories about how you have demonstrated those patterns and traits in other situations and the positive results that followed.

  1. Do you exhibit the core competencies that both the job and the company need? What are core competencies? Basically they are the main strengths or strategic advantage that comes from a specific set of skills and experiences. Both the job and the company will have core competencies. You need to be concerned mostly with the core competencies of the job. You have already gone through the job description in detail. Now study it with core competencies in mind. Look for words such as; track, contribute, execute or gain approval. Those words indicate that a core competency will be following them. If you are to execute project schedules that is a core competency for the job.

Now make a mental list of what it takes to successfully reach those core competencies and prepare examples of when you have done so and how you have done so. What does it take to execute projects on schedule? It takes organization, time management, leadership, assertiveness…This is the real heart of your interview preparation.



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The Job Hunt: Relocation

This offering in our series about the New York job hunt will deal with the concept of relocating for the job you really want. In the previous article in this series we covered the process of self-evaluation and planning your search. We discussed your skills and your dream job, why you want to make the change and is the timing right?

We asked if you would be willing or able to relocate for that dream job. Not everyone will need to do so but for those who will have to at least consider it; here is a relocation assessment guide.

Questions to ask Yourself

Let’s begin with the things that are within your control and that you need to ask yourself before deciding that you will move. Here are some of, but certainly not all of, the things you will want to consider.

Are you single, married or partnered? Do you have to think about somebody besides yourself when making this decision? If you do there are even more questions to consider than if you were concerned only with yourself.

If you are young and single, no significant other, you might think it is easy to relocate. From the point of view of relationships you are free to move but there are still a lot of questions you need  to consider.

Things Everyone Should Consider

These are issues that everyone should consider before deciding to relocate:

  • What is the cost of living where you are considering moving to?
  • What is the quality of life? The weather? Activities that you enjoy?
  • What is the financial situation of the company you would relocate for? You might have researched this for your search in general, as we will see in another article, but you certainly don’t want to relocate for the job and have the job go away shortly after your move.
  • What is the real estate market like? Do you want to rent or buy? Do you want a condo or a house?
  • Will the company pay for your relocation expenses or even part of them? Is there a temporary housing allowance?
  • Will you have to commute? Will your commute be longer than it is now?


Additional Things to Consider if You Have a Family

  • What are the schools like? How old are your children and what impact will this move have on them?
  • If your spouse is working what is the market like for their profession? Will the company help with finding your spouse a job?
  • Are you taking your children away from their grandparents and cousins as well as their friends?
  • How will or will the move affect your families health benefits?
  • Check with HR at the new job to see if there is anything you need to know about the community. Do you have to have parking permits? Do you have to have your car inspected here? What about your dog? Are there any special regulations for him? Leash laws, additional vaccinations?
  • Would you pack and move yourself or would you use a moving company. How much does paying for a moving company cost? Will they pack or do you pack for yourself?


All of these things and perhaps more need to be considered before you say yes to that relocation. It might be the best thing you ever did for yourself, but you need to do your homework to be sure.

Using Recruiters


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The Job Hunt Series: Recruiter or Not

Welcome back. This is the 4th article in this series on the job hunt. This article focuses on whether or not to use a professional New York recruiter in your job search. In this article we will deal with the questions we outlined in the first article including:

Should you use a professional to help you through the process? What disciplines benefit most from working with a recruiter and for whom is it a waste of time?

To begin with let’s be clear about who we are talking about when we discuss the “professional” recruiter. There are two distinct groups of professionals whose job it is to “place” candidates in new jobs. These two groups are: the New York Personnel Agency and the New York Corporate Recruiter. What is the difference between them?

The Personnel Agency

The Personnel Agency role in the employment world is to work for the candidates not the companies. This means that you pay their fee and they find you a job from among their clients. They have relationships with many companies and they know about the job openings of those companies.

But the Personnel Agent will not go out and find someone to fill the company’s jobs because the company is not their client. You are. They will go out and find you a job. Once they do and you accept the job, you have to pay them their fee.

Today’s personnel agency usually handles the lower end of the employment spectrum. They place a lot of production workers, data clerks, and administrative assistants and perhaps lower level secretaries.

Corporate Recruiters

The second group, and the one we are concerned with, is Corporate Recruiters. Corporate Recruiters are sometimes called Executive Recruiters, due to the level at which they usually recruit.

The recruiter will go out and find someone to fill the company’s job because the company IS their client. You are NOT their client. Keep that in mind as you work with them. You are not their client. They take an order from the company and then go out to find the candidates that fit that job.

Once they do that then the company pays their fee which is substantially higher than at the Personnel Agency. Once again, their emphasis is on finding the best person for the job, not on finding you a job.

Recruiter or Not

From this information you would think that you should go to a Personnel Agency and not a Corporate Recruiter. This depends on your job and we area assuming that we are dealing with degreed professionals and not data entry, administrative assistants or some lower level secretaries. So we are dealing here with the professional Corporate Recruiter. Should you work with them or not? There are advantages and disadvantage of both situations but my overall experience says you should – with a caveat.

That caveat is to remember that the Corporate Recruiter works for the company as his client and not you. He is looking for the best fit for his client’s job, but because of that you should work with him. He will do a lot for you will working for his client.

Advantages of Working with a Corporate Recruiter

The really good recruiter will: (not all recruiters are really good)

  • They will help you refine your resume or they will refine it for you.
  • If they get you an interview (phone or face to face) they will coach you through practice interviews before the real one.
  • They will “debrief” both the company and the candidate after the interview. This means they will give you very specific and accurate feedback on your interview. You can’t get this information anywhere else. If you went in on your own you would have no idea afterwards whether you did well or not. The Corporate Recruiter is the only place you will get this kind of information.
  • They will tell you if an offer is coming and what that offer is. They will negotiate for the best offer possible because their fee is directly tied to your compensation.
  • They will assist you in relocation if necessary.

The Corporate Recruiter will do all this with you even though you are not paying their fee IF you match what their client is looking for. So in the end the answer to the question is an overwhelming yes. If you have the chance to work with a Corporate Recruiter you should.

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The Job Hunt – The Series: The Planning and Evaluation Stage

This is the second article in our series on the job hunt. In the first article we developed an overview of the process including some of the many steps that are involved. Remember the job hunt in New York City is a “full time job and this series is intended to help you to understand how to spend that time. It is intended to help you to understand where your best return on investment might be.”

In this article we will cover the planning and evaluation stage. Here we hope to give you some tools to use in deciding what kind of job you want and is the timing right for changing jobs. We hope to help you look at the deeper questions such as why you want to change jobs and what wrong with the one you have.

“What Color is your Parachute?”

This whole process of evaluation and planning when it comes to a serious job change was brought to the forefront over 40 years ago with the first publication or “What Color is your Parachute?” in 1970. When Richard Nelson Bolles wrote this job-seeker manual it was ground breaking and has since became the bible for job hunters. It is as relevant now as it was over 40 years ago.

So how do you evaluate and plan your search? The answer is mostly by asking yourself a lot of hard questions and searching deep for your answers. Still it would be helpful to have a guide to what those questions might be. You could read and work through “What Color is Your Parachute?”, or you could follow some of the assessments we offer here.

  • Make a list of your skills – try to include all kinds of skills those you use in your current job, any you used in previous jobs, and those you use off the job in hobbies or for fun. Include everything no matter how irrelevant it might seem.


  • Now rank your skills according to the ones you like to use the most. Try really hard NOT to rank them according to what you do on your job, but rather what you enjoy doing.


  • Make a separate list of the skills you enjoy doing and rank those skills. Continue the process until you have the top 3 skills that you enjoy using the most. Now do these3 skills fit any jobs, any profession or any field you can think of? If they do great. If not keep repeating the exercise until you have 3 skills that you enjoy doing and that fit one or more professions.


  • Now set that exercise aside and take some time with paper and pencil to design your dream job. What would it look like? Where would it be? What skills would you be using and what would your level of responsibility be? Who would you report to and who would report to you if any? Remember this is a day dream, be as specific as possible.


  • Taking both the skills information and perfect job information put together an image of a real job that matches your skills, your interests, your dreams and your goals. Once you find the type of jobs that match these items, you will have found the jobs best suited for you.

Where Can You Live

Now that you have found the types of jobs that will provide you with the best match and the best chance for long term success and security, you will need to research where those jobs are and whether or not you can or are willing to move in order to attain that job.

In the next article in this series The Job Hunt , we will look in depth at the process and the questions that surround the relocation possibility.

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The Job Hunt Series: Step by Step to Success

As a follow-up to our Resume Series, over the next week or so we will discuss the job hunting process from beginning to end, from the thought process of changing jobs or needing a job to the handshake when the job is offered. Each day we will take a specific piece of this process and look at it in detail. Today’s article will be the overview for this series.

You might want to refer back to this article as we progress through each step in order to keep the overall picture in mind. What are the steps of a job hunt? What should you do first? Do you have to do things chronologically or can you multi-task this process?

We will focus primarily on the job hunt using the internet as opposed to mailing resumes and networking etc. Whether you are a 25 year professional in your field or a new MBA grad looking to score your dream career job in New York City, this series will help you to recognize and understand in detail, each step along the way.

Steps of the Job Hunting Process

  1. What kind of job do I want and Planning the Process
  2. Building your online Persona
  3. Development of the Resume

Paper Resume


  1. I have my resume.  What do I do now?  What other tools are needed?
  2. How to Conduct a Winning Interview
  3. What to do When the Search Bogs Down?
  4. How to Follow-up an Interview
  5. Relocating for a NewJob: Not everyone will do this but there are things to know if you do.
  6. How to negotiate an Offer
  7. 10.  Never Give up

SUCCESS! If you follow these steps you will have a much better chance of succeeding than if you just mail or email a bunch of random resumes. As we flesh out each of these steps you will see the detail and amount of work that goes into finding a full time job.

The Right Attitude – The Right Result

The job hunt can be an emotional roller coaster if you let it. You can chase every lead until you drop from fatigue and depression.  You can get up every day and say this is it I am going to do it today. Then you decide to wash your car, run errands, catch a soap and now the day is gone. Neither of these attitudes will get you a job.

Remember that getting a job –the job hunt itself –is a full time job. As an experienced professional manager, I have been through the process once or twice myself. The times I worked at the job hunt for 7 hours a day or 35-40 hours a week, were the times I was most successful.

It is best if you have a home office or at least a space with a phone, computer and printer. To keep focused and a positive attitude, get up every day, dress professionally or at least get out of your pajamas. Now get your coffee and breakfast and go to your “office”. Review where you are in this plan and then get hustling on the next step.

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(By – Staff Writer)

Is That Four Year Degree Really Necessary?
As you make your way through this varied and up and down economy, you think about your children. Looking at the shrinking professional New York job market versus a friend’s daughter making great money as a fast food GM without a four year – or even a two year – degree, makes you wonder if the college route is the right one for your kids.
We have always felt that ‘bettering’ oneself meant going to college, for middle class kids in particular. It was the road to a profession complete with promotions, transfers, 401ks and long term job security. Well we now know that in this economy there is no job security. In this economy it might be more beneficial to go to work right after high school.

Who Gets the Jobs
So who is getting the jobs these days? Who has longevity and who ends up unemployed? What the data from this recovery seems to say is you get hired easily into low level jobs with or without any college education. This was happening while other fresh college grads were walking the streets and handing out hundreds of resumes. Which side would you choose?

A job today and a paycheck a week later or an 18 month or more job search and tens of thousands of college loans to pay? For too many people the choice is following our obsession with instant gratification and taking the low paying job. At least they had a job. More and more college grads began to move in this direction.

Unemployment during the Recession
During the beginning of the recession and now during the end of it, certain lower paying jobs were available when higher paying; degree requiring jobs were not available. From 2007 – 2012, the unemployment rate for college educated workers went from 3.4% to 6.5%; while the unemployment rate for the high school graduate went from 4.5% to 8.7%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

This data tells us that what our eyes are telling us is not true. Anecdotally it would appear that the high school graduate is the one with the better deal. The data tells us otherwise. Yes certain lower paying jobs started out safer than the expensive ones, but it was not the high school graduates who were taking these jobs.

Even this data was misleading though. Yes college grads were getting more jobs than high school grads however, many were taking jobs they were well overqualified for, part time or low paying jobs. The college grad was taking the jobs away from the entry level high school graduate.

A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York of federal data showed that of the fields that hire more high school grads than college grads: such as hospitality (restaurants/fast food/ hotels) and agriculture/natural resources/farming, degreed people were taking these jobs. Take a look at this data:
In the hospitality field 63% of the college grads were in jobs that don’t require a degree. This field had 4% unemployment rate from 2009 – 2011. The agricultural field had 57% of its college educated employees in jobs not requiring degrees and a 5% overall unemployment rate.
Worst of all were the fields of healthcare and engineering. Health care showed only a 3% unemployment but 75% of its college grads worked in jobs not requiring a degree, as did engineers and educators.
Lifetime Earnings
Though these statistics might seem grim for the future of the college graduates who are carrying major debt, it is not. The increasing rate of pay over the lifetime of the college grad no matter where they had to start out, far outweighs that of the hire school grad. Remember the engineers who are working in jobs that do not require a degree? Studies show they will move on into jobs better suited to their credentials as the economy recovers.
What happens over the course of the recovery is lower unemployment for those with degrees. What happens over the course of the recovery is workers with degrees increase their weekly earnings at a far greater rate than those without. In 2012 the Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed the degreed individual earning a little over $1000 per week while the high school graduate earned $650.
You can certainly see how over a lifetime of earnings, having a four year college degree is a ticket to much higher earnings than even that friend’s daughter who is a GM in the fast food industry. For one thing this GM is now locked in at her level. She might make $60,000 per year but without a degree she can go no higher. Most in her position will make $50,000 per year or $2 million over a 40 year career.
On the other hand a degreed educator might make the same unless they had an advanced degree and then they might make $3.5 million over 40 years. The Health Care worker and the engineer with only a 4 year degree can earn $2.6 million and $3.5 million respectively.
It is better to earn a degree and pay off your loans, as you will stay employed longer and over the course of time earn much more than the high school grad. It is still better to get a degree than not.

Grad Resume


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The Resume Series: Recent College Graduate Still Searching after 18 Months

Welcome back to the resume series where we are looking at 5 different people and the kind of resume they might need to get the best possible job. At the same time we are reviewing the resume writing process for this individual. Today we have candidate number three.

Candidate: This candidate graduated from New York University with a 4.0 in Organizational Development and an internship in Human Resources. She has been looking for a job for 18 months.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format

•           What resume best suits this candidate? Given her best trait is her education and her volunteer experience should it be chronological? Most new graduates will use a chronological resume even though they do not have a lot history to share. It is a format they are familiar with and that HR personal and hiring managers expect from them.

•           What is the critical information for this candidate’s resume? The emphasis will be on educational experience, volunteer and internship experience. What skills does she have at this point?

•           What type of accomplishments should be listed? At this point there are not going to be a lot of accomplishments but look at her GPA – look at any awards, scholarships, grants etc. that she has earned over her time at Stanford.

•           Let’s take a look at any hobbies or outside activities she has done that might influence a hiring manager.

Obviously if she has been looking for 18 months with the kind of academic credentials she has, either her resume does not present her well, or she does not present herself well in the interview process.

Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Mary Jane Dole

Email Address

Phone number

Web address



2012   New York University

New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Development   Summa Cum Laude GPA 4.0

Internship: Human Resources Department


Experience:  Google Internship Program 2010 – 2012, New York City, NY

18 month Human Resources Internship covering all departments and all aspects of Human Resources including: Recruiting, Hiring, Training, Termination, Layoff, Personnel Issues, Performance Management, Organizational Structure and Strategic Planning, Succession Planning.

MSD Company Summer 2008-2009, New York City, NY

Administrative Assistant in Personnel responsible for word processing all meeting notes, all job descriptions, performance improvement plans. Sat in on employment hearings and dissemination of information to the employee. Assisted in recruiting and job fairs.

Skills: MS Office – Word, Power Point, Excel

Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, Pintrest

Online HR Blogs – have written articles for several sites on various HR topics (would then provide some links to articles)

Developed entry level job descriptions during internship at Google

Assisted in development of Employee Performance Improvement Plans during summer position at MSD Company

Other: President of the University of New York Human Resources Student Association 2011-12

President Sigma Sigma  Sigma (not a real sorority – add own) 2010-2012

Valedictorian Class of 2012

Member Association of Young Business Professionals 2012

That completes candidate number three in our resume series. Our next article will highlight the very interesting case of the management candidate who has spent 20 years working for non-profit organizations looking for a better paying opportunity in the business world.

Writing HR Resumes


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Hello again. If you recall we are exploring the best possible resume for 5 different people. We are also looking at the process for decision making in respect to writing their new resume. Today we will look at the second candidate in our series.

Candidate: John Doe is a Human Resources Manager/Director from New York City with 24 years’ experience. Due to health issues he has not worked for 28 months. He was injured on his last job and had spinal surgery. His company let him go on short term and long term disability insurance. He is well now and is beginning a job search. This 28 month gap is the second long gap in his work history. He is 56 years old and would like to work another 15 years at least.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format

  • What type of resume format is going to be the best for this person?

With two major gaps in his resume, it would seem that the functional resume would serve him best. This is also true because he spent the 24 years working for 3 companies in New York. Outside of the gaps he has a very solid work history. Because of this you could do a chronological and explain the gaps.  However I think the Functional Resume is the best way to highlight his skills and accomplishments.


  • What is the critical information that must get into his resume?

The fact that he has had only 3 employers in 24 years is significant and should be stressed not just mentioned. The fact that he was injured at work is not good so it might be necessary to explain what happened.


  • Should any hobbies or outside activities be listed in his resume? While on disability he took a masters level class and taught an online class.


  • What are the types of accomplishments a prospective employer might want to see? What programs has he instituted? Has his organization saved any company money? Has he streamlined or reduced staff? Cut costs?


  • How has he used his recovery time in the past 2 years? Already answered in outside activities.


Given this information this is how her resume might look.

John Doe

Email address

Website Address

I have a 24 year successful career in Human Resources Development and am seeking to help a small start-up type company to develop and organize their human resource personal.

Looking for a company where my expertise can make a difference to their success and their bottom line.


  • HR strategist with ability to develop long and short term Global HR strategies in line with the Business Plan/Strategy.
  • Ability to conduct change management and develop and execute succession strategies.
  • Manages and grows Stakeholder Relationships
  • Assures HR organization supports each Business Unit in meeting the overall Business goals.
  • Leads Cultural and Organizational Change Strategy and Initiatives.
  • Promotes Best Practices in Recruitment, Performance Management, and Employee Relations.
  • Skilled Negotiator, Driven to deliver, personally credible – integrity and discretion


  • Helped to improve the bottom line by 32% by assuring that all departments ran smoothly and everyone in the company worked in an environment conducive to success.
  • Retention rate of 89% for a period of 3 years during major organizational change.
  • Cut recruitment, hiring and training costs by 35% and saved in excess of 1 million dollars through automation of recruiting process and emphasis on retention.


Masters in Human Resources Management and Organizational Management 1982

Stanford University, Palo Alto California

Bachelor of Arts Human Resource Management 1980

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


24 years’ experience at three companies.

1999 – 2012 MFG Company

1985 – 1995 KRF Company

1983-1985 TIR Company

2012 – current : Disability leave back injury – had spinal surgery cleared to work

1995-1999: Contract Dengy Fever during business trip to Haiti. On LTD for 4 years


Served as Chair of the National Human Resources Directors Association

Served on Board of Directors Local Professional Symphony Orchestra


That completes the second in our series. Next we will look at a new college graduates resume.

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The Resume Series: Management Professional with 20 Years’ Experience with Non-Profits Looking for an Opportunity with For Profit Business World

Welcome back to our resume series exploring the best resume for each candidate to use in theirs specific situation. We have tried to select candidates with something a little out of the ordinary so we could look at a variety of resumes and situations.


Today we will look at a management professional with 20 years of experience. The issue she has is that she has worked all those years in the non-profit world. Now at age 47 she wants to move into management in the business world. In addition to wanting to better her income and her retirement, she also wants the challenges of transferring hers skills to the for profit world.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format:

  • Which of the resumes is best suited for this candidate? Since she is looking to transfer her skills from one area to another the first choice might be a functional resume. However with a solid 20 years of experience, the combination resume is most likely the best choice.
  • What information is critical to go on her resume? The skills that she has that she feels will transfer and how will it transfer? Can it be presented in such a way that it simply appears to be a movement from one industry to another? She has raised large sums of money for her agency. She has recruited, hired, trained and fired staff. She has project management experience, has developed and managed budgets. She has developed programs.
  • What type of accomplishments matter most in the business world? How can these be presented in a way that impresses business people not nonprofit people?
  • Any outside activities that should be listed? President of Fundraisers, Board Member of Training Association.
  • Any special training that should be listed? Taking classes toward an MBA

Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Ginny Doe

Email address

Phone number

Website address

Searching for a management opportunity in for profit environment

Skills: (Because you are changing fields, it is good to explain how the skills will apply)

IT: Social Media: Linked-in, Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter, MS Office – Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Online Blogs in Fundraising, Public Relations, Board Development

Marketing and Sales: Building relationships, presentation, identifying prospects, pitching the cause and asking for the donation.

Consultation: Research, analytics, client management and project management. Stakeholder management.

Writing/Research: Grant writing, report writing such as FY Report, project overviews,

Communication Skills: Oral and written; ability to listen well. Ability to point across.

Finances: Revenue generation, Budget development and accommodation.

Entrepreneurial type experience with XDF Agency, Inc. self-managed, self-starter, collaborative and resourceful

Cross departmental project management to meet organizational goals.

Strategic Planning and Team Building and Organizational Development


Raised $3.5 million dollars as head of XDF Agency, Inc. through hand holding of high level donors, presentations to groups and basic fundraising

Cut overhead by 35% or$300,000 through a planned all department programs.

Authored grant proposal that garnered $400,000 for XDF client transportation need

Education: Classwork toward MBA

New York University

Expected graduation 6/14


University of Illinois


1994-Present XDF Executive Director


President of Fundraisers Association 2010 – present

Board Member of Training Association 2004-2010


This concludes our 4th example of out of the norm resumes. The next one will be our last one and our candidate will be the Call Center Manager.

Law Resume


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Welcome back to the Resume Series that I introduced with yesterday’s article. In this series we are looking at 5 different people and the process for writing their new resume. We will also review what that resume might look like.


Our first candidate is: A lawyer with ten years defense counsel experience. She wants to get into New York based Personal Injury Law Firm. Let’s look at the questions she will need to answer before committing to a resume or CV.

Questions to Ask about Resume Format

  • What type of resume will be best suited for this career change?

Chronological: This is the traditional resume that most of us have been familiar with for years. It lists each job held in chronological order with duties and responsibilities. Gaps in employment are obvious. This is a resume for someone with a solid work history.


Functional: This is a skills based resume that never gives a chronological view of one’s career. It is only defined by the skills acquired and used. This type of resume is actually intended to hide any gaps in employment. It is also common among people who are changing careers.


Combination: This is what it sounds like. A combination of the chronological and functional resume focuses on skills but has a list of jobs and dates worked. This resume highlights the skills needed for a job change but gives the employer the history that is traditionally preferred.

In this case we have a strong ten plus year solid work history as a defense attorney. This might lead you to think the chronological resume is right for Jane Doe. However remember she is changing careers and needs to show the skill set. This might lead you to think the functional resume is the correct one. If you think about it though you will see that what is needed here is a combination of chronological and functional. We will choose the Combination Resume.

  • What Information needs to be in lawyer Jane Doe resume? What are the basic skills she possesses that need to transfer to a personal injury law career?


She would have skills in argument techniques, negotiation, interrogation and deposition skills, written and oral communication skills and MS Office products are all skills a personal injury lawyer would need.

  • What accomplishments will best represent her skills and readiness to be a personal injury attorney?

Accomplishments would come from winning difficult defense cases and negotiating pleas.

  • Hobbies or outside activities that lend themselves to her new field of practice?


She volunteers for ACLU. She works pro bono on personal injury cases.


  • Any special training she has taken that will lend itself to Personal Injury Law?

Nothing extra


Given this information this is how her resume might look.

Jane Doe

Email address

Website address

Ten years successful practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney endeavors to bring these skills to a Personal Injury Law Practice.


Strong ability to gather evidence through interrogation and deposition of   witnesses

Complete knowledge of negotiation and argumentation techniques

Ability to negotiate pleas and reduced charges

Outstanding written and oral communication

Familiar with all aspects of MS Office


Won 80% of all criminal defense cases over a ten year period.5/12

Won 75% of all plea offers to reduce charges and/or sentences.

Defense Attorney of the Year 3 times in 10 years.

Revenue for firm in excess of 15 million dollars

Experience: DHR&J Criminal Defense Attorneys

2004 -2014 Served as primary criminal defense attorney

Offered partnership in 2013 and refused based on desire to pursue personal injury law.


Volunteer Pro Bono ACLU

Volunteer Pro Bono with N&H Personal Injury Lawyers


There you have it. Next we will tackle what the resume of an entry level graduate might look like.

Writing Your Resume


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This is the introductory article in a series we will do for the next week or so called The Resume Series. In this series we will go through the process of writing a resume for a specific situation – as each of these situations is very different – the resumes are also very different.

This series will consist of two parts for each candidate we consider. Part One will outline the process for writing a resume for this candidate. It will consider:

  • What type of resume best suits this candidate? Should it be chronological, functional or a combination of the two?
  • What information is critical and must be in this person’s resume?
  • What type of accomplishments should be listed and how should accomplishments be presented?
  • Are there any hobbies or outside activities that should be listed?
  • Is there any special training that should be listed?

Part Two will be the actual template for this resume.

We will cover 5-6 different types of candidates over the next week or so. Here are the types we will start with.

  • Lawyer with ten years defense counsel experience. She wants to get into Personal Injury Law.
  • Human Resources Manager with 24 years’ experience who has not worked for 28 months due to an injury and surgery. This is the second long gap in his work history.
  • This candidate graduated from Stanford with a 4.0 in Organizational Development and an internship in Human Resources. He has been looking for a job for 18 months.
  • Management candidate who has spent 20 years working for non-profit organizations looking for a better paying opportunity in the business world
  • Call Center Manager recently laid off when her center was closed. She has worked 12 years in call centers and has been a manager for 3years.

We start with these 5 profiles and cover each one in depth. Each article will have a process profile and a resume profile. Here is an example of what we are going to do. This resume is a person who has spent her career in fast food management and would like to change fields.


Jane Doe


Challenging position in management utilizing proven skills in leadership, customer service, people management, training and development and HR/Payroll


Here’s my University                                                           here, New York City

Coursework toward BS degree 1997

John Smith High School                                         here, New York City

Diploma, 1996


Mexican Grill                                                                        2/2008 to Present

2/2009-Present                                                          here, New York City

General Manager Store

Responsible for oversight of all Managers, Assistant Managers, Shift Managers and team members. Responsible for all activities directly impacting store profitability and the overall operations of the store including extensive P&L, knowledge and execution.

Manage all aspects of store business including profit growth versus previous year, weekly and monthly reporting of profitability indicators. Performed and assisted with weekly scheduling of managers, assistants, shift manages and team members. Lead and assist with store marketing, P&L statements and team members’ individual performance appraisals.

6/2009 – 2/2012                                                                   here, New York City

Training Manager

Successfully completed T3 or Train the Trainer Course – training new salaried managers and executed the training plan.

11/2008 – 2/2009                                                       here, New York City

General Manager Town Center Store

Responsible for oversight of all Managers, Assistant Managers, Shift Managers and team members. Responsible for all activities directly impacting store profitability and the overall operations of the store including extensive P&L, knowledge and execution.

Manage all aspects of store business including profit growth versus previous year, weekly and monthly reporting of profitability indicators. Performed and assisted with weekly scheduling of managers, assistants, shift manages and team members. Lead and assist with store marketing, P&L statements and team members’ individual performance appraisals

4/2008 -11/2008                                                                    here, New York City

General Manager Clay Store

Responsible for oversight of all Managers, Assistant Managers, Shift Managers and team members. Responsible for all activities directly impacting store profitability and the overall operations of the store including extensive P&L, knowledge and execution.

Manage all aspects of store business including profit growth versus previous year, weekly and monthly reporting of profitability indicators. Performed and assisted with weekly scheduling of managers, assistants, shift managers and team members. Lead and assist with store marketing, P&L statements and team members’ individual performance appraisals

Arby’s Restaurant Group 1995-2007               New York City

Progressing from team member to General Manager


Team Member 1995-1997

Responsible for customer service, food preparation and store upkeep.

Shift Manager 1997-1998

Responsible for team members’ performance with customer service, food preparation and store upkeep.

Assistant Manager 1998-2002

Responsible for Shift Managers’ and team members’ performance with      customer service, food preparation and store upkeep.

Responsible for current year’s Profit & Loss VS previous year Profit & Loss

General Manager 2002-2007

Responsible for oversight of all Managers, Assistant Managers, Shift Managers and team members. Responsible for all activities directly impacting store profitability and the overall operations of the store including extensive P&L, knowledge and execution.

Manage all aspects of store business including profit growth versus previous year, weekly and monthly reporting of profitability indicators. Performed and assisted with weekly scheduling of managers, assistants, shift managers and team members. Lead and assist with store marketing, P&L statements and team members’ individual performance appraisals


This is exactly the kind of resume we will want to “fix”. Here are some of the ways we would fix it.

  • Remove the Objective and replace it with a statement of skills that can help the company this person wants to work for.
  • Add a section at the top before Education listing transferable skills. This is the most important section of this resume.
  • Reduce the “responsible for” and emphasize skills and accomplishment. There are no accomplishments at all in this resume.
  • Delete References Available Upon Request

This gives you just a taste of what we will cover in the next 5 articles in this series.

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Now that you have the best resume in the world and you have studied the companies you are interested in working for and practiced your interview skills, where are you going to apply?

First of all, if you have a specific company in mind you will have to go where they are. For instance, if you want to design cars for Ford, you will have to live around Detroit. However if you are an accountant or a human resources professional, you can go anywhere, but there are cities you will want to avoid.

Even as we come out of the recession there are cities and states that remain mired in high unemployment and struggling local economies. Those are probably areas you would want to avoid. There are also areas where an engineer would do great – like in Detroit – but a HR specialist would probably struggle to find a job.

So where shouldn’t you look in general? What cities have the worst high unemployment? Let’s take a look. The data we will look at is from the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. There are some differences depending upon what data you look at. Our first set of numbers comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July of 2013.

If you are looking at cities over 1 million populations then the Detroit Metropolitan Area is the worst place to look for a job with a 10.3 unemployment rate juxtaposed with a 7.6 national rate. This data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics December 2013. In that same report, if you look at cities under 1 million in populations here are the ten worst cities to look for employment.

All of the top ten cities with the highest unemployment rates are smaller metropolitan areas. At the top of the list is Yuma, Arizona with 93,000 population and an unemployment rate of 31.8% as of December, 2013. Here are the remaining top ten cities and their unemployment rates. These are not cities where you would want to start your search for new employment.

1. Yuma,  Arizona                                                                         31.8%

This is not only the highest unemployment rate in the country; it is also a true outlier as it is so much higher than the rest of the country.

2. En Centro, California                                                  23.6%

3. Yuba City, California                                                   14.2%

4. Merced, California                                                        14.1%

5. Rocky Mount, North Carolina                                                13.3%

6. Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, New Jersey                13.1%

7. Visalia-Porterville, California                                     12.8%

8. Hanford-Corcoran, California                                                12,8%

9. Modesto, California                                                      12.7%

10. Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey                     12..6%

It is interesting to note that of the top ten worst unemployment rate cities, 7 are in the state of California. If we were to continue with the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics we would see that numbers 12 and 13 are Fresno and Stockton, California respectively. It would then appear that many of the smaller communities in California are struggling.

At the same time the rate for the entire state of California is 7.9% which is not far at all from the national average. The lesson to be learned there is not to attempt to judge the state by a handful of cities or towns.

So avoid the cities above when doing your job search. If you would like more information regarding the nation’s unemployment rates visit The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Search Process


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It can break even the strongest of people. All those hours of researching jobs, finding the keywords that employers are looking for, writing your resume, re-writing your resume, then filling out application after application, writing cover letters and waiting for interviews.

The job search process could be described as cruel and unusual punishment. Especially in today’s economy it could be that only the strong survive. When the search goes on for six months, then twelve, then eighteen the stress and anxiety level rises while at the same time depression and a sense of hopelessness can sink in. It is particularly bad if you have a family to support or people depending upon what you earn in order to have a good quality of life.

So how does one survive this grueling job search process? Having been on both sides of the interview desk, there are some tips for making it through the process and remain sane.

Tips for Survival         

  • Play the game: I know it seems cruel to call it a game with all the work and stress you have gone through, but it is a game. It is a numbers game and it can only be won with patience and perseverance.  Most of us start to blame ourselves when we having been looking for a long time without success. This is what leads to the depression we often feel. Remember if you don’t have a job yet it is not your “fault” – you just need to learn to play the game better.


  • Cultivate Empathy: Having been on both sides of the desk I can tell you that recruiters and hiring managers are buried in resumes. Cultivate empathy for the recruiter rather than a frustration at how long it is taking them to contact you. Once you can put yourself in their place and understand their restrictions in completing the job search quickly, you will be much less frustrated. The hiring manager wants to fill their job just as much as you want to find a job.


  • Don’t take too many turns at follow-up. One of the things that makes it so hard to survive the job process is the unknown – the not knowing. This leads to the temptation to contact the recruiter over and over before an interview and after. The need for information is great and it leads not only to frustration on your part, but it could lead to losing out on the job on the recruiters end. Contact the recruiter or hiring manager no more than twice. If you still get no answers move on to the next opportunity. Don’t drive yourself crazy with non-responsive companies.


  • Don’t burn any bridges. This pertains directly to the previous tip. Even as you move on don’t burn any bridges with that company. They may just come back to you with a job offer several months from now.


  • Be positive and optimistic. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Stay positive and believe that the right job for you will come along. Be optimistic. Nothing is harder for humans than uncertainty and that is what you are dealing with throughout the entire job hunt. Your emotions run from excitement and hope at the beginning to frustration and despair after several months. Get comfortable with the unknown. You can only control how you respond. You don’t even control how you feel, just how you respond to how you feel. Stay positive in your responses. Keep moving on and keep working on the job search process.


Since the job hunt is a numbers game, you want to present the highest quality resumes and cover letters so that you get noticed. You also want to put out a lot of them; however you also want to personalize each and every one. In this way you are playing the numbers but you are also setting yourself apart so that your resume will get noticed and you will get the interview.

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You never did get that college degree. Try as you might, life always seemed to get in the way and it was never the top priority. Now however you are facing a dilemma of needing a really good job with good pay and benefits. Do you have to go to school now? What if that is still impossible? Are there any really good jobs in New York City that you can get without a degree?

The truth is there are many good jobs ihat you can get without a college degree. In fact this area of the job market is actually growing. “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), eight of the 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2014 don’t require a bachelor’s degree.”

The Best Jobs without a Degree

The following information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and you can find different articles with slightly different rankings depending upon the source and the year(s) the source is looking at. This information is the judgment of the BLS through 2014.

If we consider a “good” job to be a salary in the $50,000 range with benefits, then these are the top 15 jobs you can get without a college degree. Now you may need on the job training or even a two year degree, but you do not have to put out the $50,000-$100,000 it now costs to acquire a four year degree.

15. Real Estate Broker: Approximately $58,700 and most are independent contractors working for themselves. Of course real estate agents must go through extensive training – most taking formal classes – and then take a state sponsored licensing exam.

14. First line supervisors/Fire fighters Manager/Prevention Manager: Approximately $58,900 and you can come up through the ranks for these jobs. Since the entry level job does not require a degree, you can be promoted into these positions without a degree. However more and more people in these jobs do have degrees.

13. Nuclear Technician: $59,200 – there is a lot of on the job training for this position.

12. First Line Non-retail supervisors/Managers: $59,300 and again this is a position where promotions from entry level typically fill the job and no external training is needed.

11. Computer Specialist: $59,480 – You would think this type of job in today’s business community would require a degree regardless of the success of Bill Gates. However this is an entry level position with a certificate that you can get a trade school and on the job training.

10. Operator, Nuclear Power Reactor: $64,000 – Again you have a high paying on the job training position as well as some classes at a trade school.

9. First line supervisor/manager police: $64,430 – The job of a patrolman is the entry level into the police force. Some incoming cadets might have a degree and some might not have. Since this is usually an internal promotion from the levels of police already on the force, it can and often is a person without a college degree.

8. Gaming manager: $64,880 – this is a fairly new profession in our society and one that is growing rapidly along with the gaming industry. Most table workers and supervisors began at the casinos without college degrees and are promoted from within to the manager position.

7. Computer Technical Support Specialist: $67, 689 – once again this type of job usually requires a certificate of training but not a four year degree. At some companies it might require a two year degree.

6. Storage and Distribution Manager: $69, 898 – almost all personnel in storage management do not have degrees and distribution managers might or might not be degreed. They might have a certificate in materials management.

5. Transportation Manager: $72,662 – again this person usually comes up through the ranks and might have a certificate.

4. Industrial Production Manager: $73,000 – These are more traditionally called plant managers and are usually non-degreed persons who came up through the ranks and then move from company to company with lateral moves.

3. Operations Manager: $77,839 – is a position very similar to the production manager except instead of manager the plant floor and packing or manufacturing, the Operations Manager usually oversees all the business of the plant. These people come up through the ranks as well.

2. Funeral Directors: $79,517 – independent owners of their own funeral homes. Go through extensive on the job training as they learn all aspects of the business.

1. Air Traffic Controllers: $102,000 – it is a surprise to many that the job of air traffic controller is an on the job training position and that it pays so well in being non-degreed. However, it is the importance and stress levels of the job that earns its salary.

So you can see that there are many good paying jobs that do not require a degree. Some of them require certificates from trade schools or years of on the job training.

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We’ve talked many times about the difficulty of finding not just a good job, but any job in New York City. The key to having success in your job hunt is to have an effective plan. Yes you have to have a good resume that stands out and a good cover letter that says why you should be hired. It takes more than that these days.

Steps to an Effective Job Hunt

1. Have a plan and a goal. Well the point of this article is to have a plan and what should actually be in that plan that would lend itself to an effective job search. Then you need to set a goal. A goal will motivate you when times get rough and in this economy they will get rough.

Your goal could be to find a job in a certain town or location or to find a certain type of job regardless of the field of work. For instance your goal is to be a manager and it could be in any of the different fields you have worked in.

2. Here is where your resume and cover letter come in. Make sure they are in good shape as you know by now that hiring managers and recruiters can review hundreds of resumes each day.

3. Have a personal website and make sure you have a professional presence on the web. On your own website only have serious information – nothing like what people put on Facebook. Make a personal profile that includes your resume material but also includes any potentially relevant hobbies, volunteer work or leadership positions outside of work. Be sure not to have anything on there that could be considered negative by an employer.

4. Do NOT have an anything unprofessional on Facebook or any other site that can be used to screen you out. Use site such as Linked in to back up your profile page and get as many legitimate positive sites as you can.

5. Make your job search your job. Many of you have heard this before but few actually do it. When I say this I mean put in 37-40 hours per week looking for a job. Document your time and what you do with it. You can spend an hour or two searching job banks online and that would be legitimate. However if you spend 40 hours a week online, then you are missing out on other components of a search such as networking.

6. Network – the Chamber of Commerce After Hours is a good place to start. Make sure you talk to as many job creators and hiring managers as you can. Have business cards ready to give them.

7. Job Search Business Cards: this may sound like a strange idea but it will set you apart from all the others who are networking. Make up a business card with contact info on the front and career info on the back. Make sure your phone number and email are on there. On the back list your last couple employers, jobs and then list your skills. Give these to the folks you network with.

If you do these things and keep focuses your job search should be productive and successful.

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We have discussed a lot of different ways to go about the hunt for a new job in New York. We have spent a considerable amount of time on the resume and cover letter as well as the process of the job hunt. One major factor that we have not spent very much time on is the impact both positive and negative of social media on the job search.

There are several social media sites that we will look at in respect to its impact on your search. These sites will include Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, Blogs and Job Boards. There are plenty of articles on how to write a resume, how to interview, where to get job applications, and how to follow up. We will focus here on just the social sites and their impact on the process.

Facebook: is the most dangerous social media site to your career and we all know why. Anything just a little crazy that you post here can be found by the companies you want to work for and your career can be ruined. Also be careful of any pictures you post here. Remember what you post online lives forever whether you delete it or not.

On the other side of the coin you can find the FB pages of the companies you are interested in and private message them or leave comments on the page. Just be careful and that is the word of the day – every day – when it comes to Facebook.

Linked – In: is the best site for posting your resume, daily comments about things in your industry using keywords and linking with the right people in the companies you most want to work for.

Twitter:  How do you use Twitter in your job search? It certainly helps if your career field is IT as 24% of all IT jobs are listed on Twitter. So how do IT employers find you and you them?

First of all you should start by following the companies you would like to work for or any and all IT companies you come across. Next make sure you use every available space on your profile and give a short and concise review of your career. Use the keywords and jargon of the industry so that you can be found. Now make sure you link it to that profile page I am always telling you that you need.

Next you can tweet about articles in the field and specifically if there are companies you want to interview with. Send PMs to managers or HR people in those companies. Follow them and ask them to follow you.

Now remember if you use Twitter this way, then you cannot use it as a social conversation with your friends about guys or gals, sports or anything else that might get a little off color. Remember you have to be as professional as possible.

Job Boards: It is easy to understand what you need to do with job boards and we have discussed this in depth in other articles. Just look for keywords for the jobs you are interested in and make sure those words are in your resume. Then apply for the jobs you want. The same is true with sites that offer you Applications from all types of companies.

Blogs: Find the ones for your industry or the field you want to work in and either respond to the posted blogs subtlety letting your credentials be known, or write a blog if the site allows you to.

You can see that there are many ways to use the social media in your job hunt. Make sure you start with your own profile page and link it to all of the others.

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National CareerFairs – New York Career Fair
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in Carle Place, NY
Job Fair Long Island
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Holiday Inn Westbury Hotel
369 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in White Plains, NY
Job Fair White Plains
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Crowne Plaza White Plains Downtown Hotel
66 Hale Ave
White Plains, NY 10601
10AM to 2PM
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Resume Pharases


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Outdated Phrases in a Resume

As I have discussed in several other articles, the purpose of a resume is to get an interview with the person responsible for actually hiring for the position you are interested in. As a retired manager, I can tell you that even in my time there could be a hundred resumes to filter through before setting up any interviews. Today’s hiring manager see hundreds of resumes and your needs to stand out if you want an interview.

So instead of looking at what should be in your resume, we will look at what should not be there. There are certain phrases that if you use them in your resume, they indicate to the hiring manager that you are not current in your understanding of the job seeking process. In other words, these phrases ‘date’ you.

Outdated Phrases

Be creative but professional as you replace these outdated phrases with more current and more meaningful ones.

  1. Career Objective: I have spoken about this in several other articles. Hiring managers are no longer interested in what you want to do with your life. Today’s hiring manager is focused in on what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.
  2. Team Player: No one uses this language anymore. Yes you want to show that you were a productive member of the team and got along with everyone else. Instead of just saying you were a team player, explain how you contributed to the company bottom line while working closely with your peers.
  3. Successful Track Record: This one really dates you. I am not interested in the fact that you had a successful track record. Tell me what you were successful at. Tell me what your successes were. Did you save the company money? Did you make the company money? This is what the hiring manager wants to know.
  4. Results Oriented: Well you better be results oriented and why do have to tell me you are. I expect that you are. This is a given. Like your successful track record tell me what your results were.
  5. Excellent Work Ethic: Don’t use this unless you give me examples of what it means. Show me something that you did that exemplifies this otherwise it is just an empty phrase.
  6. Dynamic, Enthusiastic, Energetic: This is too much self-promotion that cannot be validated by work results. Leave these kinds of self-descriptive words off the resume and let the hiring manager decide in the interview if you are dynamic. If you say on your resume that you are dynamic and you have a down day and interview poorly, you are worse off than if you did not say it on the resume. Don’t box yourself in to having to exhibit those traits in the interview.
  7. Experienced: Everyone is experienced in something. Being experienced does not mean you can do the job as the hiring manager wants it done. This is a word we used to use all the time in resume but we have learned that it does not tell the reader anything about us. The purpose of the resume is to tell the hiring party enough about yourself that you get an interview. Just saying you are experienced does not do that.
  8. Expert Businessperson: See number seven above. Again this does not tell the hiring manager anything. What is a businessperson? If you put this on your resume, be prepared to tell the interviewer just what a businessperson is when she asks about it.
  9. People Person: This is outdated language. Talk instead about your communication and interpersonal skills. Again give clear examples

10. References Available Upon Request: This phrase really dates you. The hiring manager can get references themselves as the ones you would give them are bound to be biased.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are some of the most important words and phrases to leave off your resume if you want to impress the hiring manager.

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Are You Overqualified?

What are your choices if at age 32 with an MBA and 4 years executive management your company leaves the country and you do not go? How many jobs are out there for you and are you overqualified for most of them? How do you deal with being overqualified and still get interviews for the available jobs in New York?

Overqualified and the Resume

The first challenge an overqualified applicant faces is the resume. The resume is designed to show off you qualifications. So what do you do if you don’t want to show off you MBA and your executive management experience? It is possible to downplay the qualifications that are more than the job requires while still remaining honest about who you are and what you have done in your career.

If you are overqualified you absolutely want to use a functional resume and start with a skills session that emphasizes the skills that the particular job you are applying for needs. You will need to focus even more than ever on the specifics of the job you are applying for. Each job you apply for needs to have its own personalized resume with the information geared to that job.

Altering Your Resume

Do not misrepresent who you are. You will include all the information about your career it is just a matter of how and where you will present it. There is a school of thought within the career counseling and human resources field that says it is ok to leave information such as your titles and advanced degrees off resume entirely. However as a hiring manager, I would very unhappy with any candidate that presented on their resume as having a BS when they actually have an MBA. I would feel that they were intentionally trying to deceive. Not everyone is going to react that way, but the question is – is it worth the risk? I don’t think so when there is a way to deal with it honorably.

Presenting Your Information

So how do you go about presenting your information without altering the facts by leaving things out? Start with a Functional Resume that follows this format.

Professional Profile: Don’t use any titles in this section and don’t mention any level of education that is higher than the job requires. Instead make this a short and concise statement of skills, education and experience that fits what the job asks for and nothing more.

Core Qualifications: Again just pick 3-4 skills and education that fit the job you are applying for. Focus strongly on how your skills meet the job requirements. This is a critical section for convincing the hiring manager or recruiter to interview you.

Accomplishments: Remember to quantify these. Your accomplishments have nothing to do with your job titles, levels or your academic credentials. Here you can just lay it out. Be strong with this section and list as many quantifiable accomplishments as you can. Try to tie them into what the job is asking for.

Experience:  In this section do a chronological review of your career. List the company you worked for, the years you worked there, and your title. Nothing else.

Education:  Be honest and list you real credentials here.

Cover Letter

I have not talked much about the cover letter but in this circumstance it just might be more important than the resume. Use the cover letter to tailor all of your credentials to the job you are applying for. Go into depth about how you are the best person for this specific job and why. Do not mention salary in either the cover letter or the resume.

Make it clear why you want this job and show how your skills, experience and successes can work for this employer and in this particular job. It is here in the cover letter that you have to sell yourself to the recruiter or hiring manager in order to get the interview.

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Social Media and Your Job Search                              

This is partly because things had not changed in the job search process and in the resume itself for so very long. One of the major factors in speeding up change in the job search process is technology in general and social media in particular.

How has social media changed the job search and how can you use it effectively in your job search? For one thing, a lot of professional career counselors are calling social media ‘the new resume’. So how can a social media site replace your resume? It does not seem reasonable that a web site can replace your detailed resume. After all is your career history on the web? Are your interests and hobbies on the web? Is your educational background on a social media site? You bet it is.

You can bet that the answer to each of these questions is yes. All the information that is normally in a resume is also found online and believe it or not, you probably put it there. If you have a Linked-In account then you have a profile and resume listed. Any time you create an online profile, you are sharing aspects of yourself that your would share on a resume.

From the Company Side

Recent research shows that instead of slugging through a pile of hundreds of resume, hiring managers these days turn to social media instead. Do this exercise: Google yourself and then look at every social media site that comes up for you – FaceBook, Linked in. Twitter, and Pintrist might be a few. Each of these sites has a profile for you. Go look at each profile and try to see it as a hiring manager might.

Hiring managers trust social media more than they trust your resume! In their eyes the social media profile will be more accurate and more honest than a resume. It is your job to make sure this information is up to date and accurate as hiring managers are coming to believe that the information in social media profile is more accurate than a resume about your expertise and experience. She can get a better picture of who you really are.

At this point in time social media does not replace the resume but rather complements it, However, in the future it will probably be only social media that the hiring manager looks at when searching for candidates for his job. So make sure all your online profiles are up to date, that all your privacy settings are such that they would allow hiring managers access and make sure your expertise and talents are outlined clearly. You should check these once a month whether job hunting or not.

From the Candidate Side

On the flip side of this the research is showing that people who use social media to find a job are having great success as they get jobs quicker that those who don’t use it and the jobs they get are better ones. First of all they let others know that they are looking and available for a new position. Also tell all your friends what kind of job you are looking for.

We all think of Linked-In as business and career oriented and often forget about FaceBook .  Don’t do it. Don’t forget FaceBook. Your friends might know of a job opening quickly than your links on Linked-in. Now you have an advantage you did not always have. You can search for information about the hiring manager on Linked In. Use this information in your cover letter to her.


The lesson here is that the future of the job search from both the company and candidate side lies with the web and social media. This means you need to keep your profiles up to date especially on Linked-In, FaceBook and Twitter. Today you still need a resume in addition to your profile, but in the future the resume just might be a thing of the past.

Resume Formatting


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Formatting Your Online Resume

If you are preparing a resume these days, you will be formatting it to be posted online. This will be true whether you are posting generically on job boards, or responding online to a specific job posting. Given this it is important to know what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in formatting for an online resume.

Most of us have become very familiar with formatting paper resumes. We know what the style should be, what font is acceptable for the most part, the kind of paper to put it on and what the length should be. On the other hand a lot of current New York job seekers might not have any idea how to format a resume for online posting.


The major issue of an online resume is readability. If I as a hiring manager cannot follow the formatting of your resume in such a way as to not find it readable, then you have a problem. The important point of readability is that your resume must look good on a tablet, a phone, a laptop, a desktop or on paper.

What makes a resume readable and good looking regardless of the instrument it is read from? For one thing you want it to be clean – not too crowed and not too much white space and as professional as possible.

The Challenges

There are several major challenges every candidate faces when posting their resumes online and sending them by email or even paper directly to the company.

Applicant Tracking Systems

The biggest and newest of these is the applicant tracking system. These software programs take your resume and search it for keywords that describe what is needed for the job. These programs also take your resume and change it into some basic formats as opposed to the professional look you think you gave it. These systems often leave your resume looking like scrambled eggs and not at all readable if you have not formatted it properly to start with.

Given this you need to format your resume to accommodate these applicant tracking systems. Often when you upload your resume directly to the company, it is going into an applicant tracking system. When software reads your resume before any human being reads it, then you have to write it to satisfy the software.

Formatting for Applicant Tracking Systems

If you write your resume in a word processing program you are going to have to change it for the applicant tracking systems and in order to cut and paste it into an online application from a company. The way to fix this if you start with a word processor is to cut and paste your Word resume into a plain text editor like Notepad or Text Edit.

This will show you how your word processed document is going to translate into the applicant tracking system or an online company application. You will be surprised by what you see. There will be spacing issues and characters that you did not enter. These programs use HTML or ASCII and only recognize these certain characters. It is also important to use character returns to separate sections of information as this will add to the resume’s readability in these formats.

Fonts – Use Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial or another basic font so that you get clean formatting and improved readability. The font size should be 10-12 except for your name which might be a 14. DO NOT CHANGE FONTS THROUGHOUT THE RESUME.

The only exception to this is if you are applying for a specifically design creative job and then you want your resume to show some of that skill while still maintain readability. You can do this with fonts.

Margins and Spacing – it is very important to get your margins and spacing correct. Remember when you use a program like Word this is mostly built in. With the applicant tracking programs it is not. You want enough white space on every page to make it readable and to make it attractive at first glance.

Your margins should be at least 1” all around. Never make the margins less than ½”. You want to avoid crowding the page with text. It is ok to center headings but the majority of text should be left aligned. This will keep your resume laid out well and looking professional as well as readable.


Your contact information is usually left aligned as well and should include an address, email address and mobile phone number. Make sure you include a ‘resume headline’ or a short statement telling the hiring manager what you can do for them. Make sure this section is short. Next you want a branding statement that expresses what differentiates you from other candidates. Make this short, concise and powerful.

Length of Resume

This is a critical factor, especially when dealing with computer generated software programs reading your resume. The more concise the better as long as you still get all the information in that is needed. This will depend upon your work history. There are some guidelines for this but they are only guidelines. Just remember you want readability and professionalism in every format.

  • Entry level experience: One page
  • Five – ten years of experience: Maximum of two pages.
  • Senior or Executive level: As many pages as needed but I recommend never going past three if possible. Two is still best if you can cover all your experience. However do not skimp on your experience in order to get it into two pages.


Once you have your resume in this format you can easily make it into a Word document. You will use the formatted resume more than the word processed one over the long haul so make sure you always have a ‘plain text version’ from a text editor available.

If you do this, you will not have to recreate it every time you want to post it online or respond to a specific online job posting. So save a Word copy and a plain text copy every time you update it.

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Ten Things Not to Say on Your Resume

If you are looking for a job or looking for advancement from your current job, your resume is your calling card. Without a professional, readable, well written resume, you are not likely to achieve either a new job or a better one. There are many things that go into the making of a good resume. There are just as many that should not go into your resume and it might be more important to your chances in respect to what is not in your resume rather than what is.

In that respect let’s take a look at some of those things that you should not say in your resume.

Ten Things Not to Say on Your Resume

1. “I was fired from that job.” Never, ever acknowledge on a resume that you were fired from any job. You will not get an interview if you do. Now if you are asked in the interview or on an application tell the truth. If you were let go say so and explain why in the best possible terms. If you cannot explain it to your benefit than tell the interviewer what you learned from the experience, what you have learned since and why that will never happen again.  Just do not offer this information on the resume. That section we used to require on resume called “Reason for leaving” is no longer something you need to or should include on your resume.

2. “I had to go on six month medical leave and I am still not feeling too well.” This might explain a gap in your resume, but it will not get you an interview. If you have to reveal this again try to do it in the interview or on the phone, not in the resume. In addition end your sentence after the word ‘leave’. Do not indicate that you are still ill. Two things will be planted in the hiring manager’s mind if they see this on a resume. One is that you will be missing substantial time from work and their health care cost could take a hit. You will be too big of a risk.

3. “I like to go have a good time with the guys on Friday night at the bar”. You might be wondering why this is an issue. Lots of folks like to have a beer with friends once in a while. The problem is your are telling your potential employer that you like to engage in potentially dangerous or troublesome behavior. This is unnecessary information and you want to keep all unnecessary personal information off the resume.

4. “I have been married 3 times and all of my husbands have been deadbeats.” Again this is unnecessary personal information and it makes you look as bad if not worse to the potential employer than the ex-husbands. They don’t care about your ex-husbands but they do care about your judgment and this information makes it look like you have very little.

5. “I had a paper route in grade school and sold Christmas cards during high school. I have a real entrepreneurial background.” Whether you are 35 years old or 21years old, this is irrelevant information. The hiring manager is not interested in what you did in grade school and high school beyond knowing that you had the initiative to earn money. The statement about being an entrepreneur actually makes you look a little foolish.

6. “I am a strong conservative and I am not afraid to talk about politics.” It is never ok to discuss politics, religion or other personal beliefs on the resume. In addition the second half of this statement could indicate to the hiring manager that you are a potential ‘hot head’. He has hundreds of resumes. Why take the chance that you would cause problems?

7. “I expect to be paid more than the average because I am better than average at the job” These statements may be true and you may have the information and achievements in your resume to back it up. However it is poor form to talk about salary requirements in the resume. You don’t even talk about them in the interview unless the company brings it up. Wait for an offer and then you will have something to negotiate.

8. “My current employer’s top clients are willing to follow me to your firm.” You might be thinking what could possibly be wrong with this sentence. Quite simply it is about loyalty and integrity. If you are willing to take clients from your current employer, why wouldn’t you do the same from me if I hire you?

9. “My email address is” Again you are giving a very poor impression with this email address. If I think you are going to party all the time, I may decide you are not worth the risk and you will never get an interview with me.

10. “I missed three months from this job because I was incarcerated for DWI.” This one is similar to #9 but it holds two problems for a hiring manager. First you were incarcerated and missed a lot of work. Second you were drinking while driving. As a hiring manager I would never trust your judgment. On the other hand if you are asked on an application or in the interview if you have ever been arrested and/or jailed, you must answer honestly and take the consequences. Again turn it your way by explaining what you learned from it.

By now you are laughing and saying what kind of person would put these things on their resume? Believe me, over the course of the past 30 years as a hiring manager, I have seen every one of these statements on resumes. However if you want an interview avoid these missteps on the resume.

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Working with Professional Recruiters

So far we have concentrated our efforts on how to write a resume that would capture the attention of the hiring manager and get you an interview.  We looked at how to write your resume, what to put in it and what to leave out. We have looked at how resumes are downloaded in applicant tracking system and what your format should be. Now let’s look at the role of professional recruiter in this overall system and why it might be good for you to work with one.

What is a Professional Recruiter?

A professional recruiter is someone who works for the company, finds candidates for their clients open positions, helps to facilitate interviews, job offers and candidate and family relocations. The fees for this recruiter’s work are not paid by you the candidate but rather by the company doing the hiring. There is no need to pay a fee when there are so many companies using recruiters these days.

What can a Professional Recruiter do for you?

The professional recruiter can potentially help you find a new job. However the recruiter does not work for you. The recruiter works for the company that has the job opening and it is important for you to keep that in mind when working with them. Do not expect the recruiter to be at your beck and call. They do not work for you.

However, even though they do not work for you they can help you get the job that is the best match for your skills, goals and interests. At the same time their top priority is to find the best possible candidates for the job opening their clients have. The recruiter will have you in mind but he will be looking to fill the needs of his client – the company. If you fit those needs, the recruiter is going to be the first one to call you and get you an interview.

Yes the recruiter can get you an interview. That is one of the most important things they can do for you. They are aware of job opportunities among their clients that are never advertised. These positions are filled in-house, by an in-house recruiter, through networking and professional recruiters.

The professional recruiter also has an extensive network of industry and company executives and human resource personnel. They understand the industries they work in and the market they work within. They have to know what is going on in the industry – what the trends are, what the salary levels are, who is downsizing and who is upsizing.

Professional recruiters are there to help you as you grow through your career. You might change jobs several times but if you are lucky you will never change your recruiter. The better they know you, the more they can do for you.

The Process of Working with a Recruiter

There is a very specific process that a professional recruiter follows when working any job order or marketing any client. If they like your skills, your personality and career track, they might choose to market you. This means they will call their clients that don’t have openings that they know about and see if you are someone they would like to talk to.

Next they will take a look at the resume you have prepared but the really good recruiters will insist on re-writing it themselves. They will write it to match your skills to the needs of the specific job they want you to interview for. They also know the latest trends in resumes and will not make any or the mistakes that candidates sometimes make on their own.

In addition they will help you to prepare for that interview. They will tell you what they know about the client and what the client is looking for. They will counsel you on how to make yourself more appealing to the client than the others they are interviewing. They will tell you what not to say more than what to say.

Once the interview is over, if the employer wants to hire you, the recruiter will negotiate the offer for you. Most recruiters earn a percentage of your starting salary so it is in their best interest to get you the best possible offer. Finally if you have to relocate for the job, the recruiter might try to find a job for your spouse if needed, schools for your children and put you in touch with the best realtors in your new area.


I hope this article has given you an overview of what it is like to work with a professional recruiter and how they can and can’t help you find a new job. Remember they will help you, but they do not work for you. They work for the employer and their knowledge of the markets and industries that are hot, will work to your advantage.

Interview Skills


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Basic Interviewing Skills

Now that you are up to date on your resume skills and have posted it online and sent it to many hiring managers, you have earned yourself an interview. Now what? There are definitely do’s and don’ts of interviewing. You have gotten this far, now you need to take the next step and nail down the job through the interview.

You will be nervous and anxious before and perhaps during the interview, but do not let it show. You need to present a calm and confident demeanor to the interviewer whether it is a Human Resources personnel or the hiring manager. The more you prepare in advance the calmer and confident you will actually be.

Interview Skills and Preparation

Communication Skills and Listening Skills

How well you communicate is a major key to how successful your interview is. It is important that you know what you want in a job and why you want it. This is your chance to sell yourself to the interviewer.

  • Listen – most of us think we know how to listen but we really don’t. You have to train yourself to be a good listener. A good listener is not thinking about what they are going to say while you are talking. No instead they are really listening to you.
  • Talk when asked questions and don’t go on and on about things. Be concise and precise. Do not ramble. In order to accomplish this you will need to prepare in advance.
  • Stick to business as much as possible. If the interviewer asks about a personal item you can discuss it. Otherwise avoid talking about hobbies and personal activities.
  • Be professional in how you speak- the same rules that applied to the interview apply to the interview. Don’t use slang or make any references to race, religion, etc.­­­­­­
  • Answer the questions and don’t go off on tangents.


The key to how successful your interview is lies with your preparation. The better prepared you are the more relaxed you will be and you will be able to make a great impression on the hiring manager.

  • The first step in preparation is to know why you want the job and how it fits into your career goals. Make sure you have goals to share because you will be asked about them.
  • Research the company and know as much as possible about it before your go to the interview. What do they do? What is their financial status? What is the mission and core values of the company and how do they fit with yours?
  • If you can get it in advance, go over the job description in detail. Be able to answer and ask questions about it. Know how your experience and skills fit into the job description.
  • Prepare to be asked about your career goals, your interests, why you left a certain job etc.
  • Dress seriously. I cannot tell you how many people came to interview with me in jeans, shorts, or casual clothes of any kind. I never hired any of them.


You have heard it all your life. “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”  This is so true and the first impression you make in a job interview is critical. You have about 3-5 minutes to make that impression. Hiring managers usually make up their minds by instinct as much as substance.

  • Dressing well is part of your preparation but it is also the very first part of your first impression.
  • Eye contact is very important not just as a first impression, but throughout the entire interview.
  • A firm handshake is something we hiring managers laugh about, but you can bet we take it seriously. Practice it if you have to.
  • Address your interviewer formally unless they indicate you should use their first name. Be careful with women however and do not assume they are married or not. Ask how they would like to be addressed.
  • Remain standing until either your interviewer sits or they invite you to do so.
  • Be serious. Don’t be flip. Answer honestly but try to keep things positive.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the job, the company, chances for advancement etc. When the interviewer reviews the job or job description with you, ask questions then.
  • Watch your language throughout the interview. No slang. No neighborhood vernacular. Try to get rid of the unnecessary “you know”, “no problem”, ‘uhm” or other phrase like these. Make every word count.
  • Don’t get distracted and look around. Stay focused.


Send a thank you after the interview, mentioning specifics from the interview and reinforcing your qualifications and desire for the job. You can send this by email or regular mail, but make sure you do it.

Multiple Resumes


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How Many Resumes Does One Person Need?

So how many resumes does any one person need? It seems these days that you need a multitude of resumes in order to land the ideal job. Why will you need multiple resumes? In today’s job market you need every advantage you can get and that includes personalizing your resume to fit as many opportunities as possible.

Does this mean that you write a new resume every time you apply for a job? Does one size fit all or do you really need several formats? I would maintain that you do need at least a few basic types but you do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you want to apply for a job.

Types of Resumes You Need

  • General resume in functional format as a template. This is your basic resume that you will want to save as the template for all others. It is also the copy that you will provide to hiring managers in paper form. It is a functional style resume, not a chronological one. In fact you probably never need a chronological resume.


This resume can be tailored to showcase your skills and achievements in respect to the job you are applying for. This is the resume I have discussed in most other articles. This is the resume you use to showcase your sales skills when applying for a sales job. You will tweak this resume to showcase your managerial skills when applying for a manager job.


This is also the resume you will use when you are applying for jobs in more than one area or field of expertise. If you are an engineer and want to apply for design jobs you will want your resume to focus on those skills and that expertise. If you also have a history of leading design projects and are certified in project management, you might want to pursue project management jobs. You will need separate functional resumes to showcase each of those skills and achievements.


So your best bet in this respect is a generic functional resume that you can tailor to the specific openings you are interested in. Keep this resume on file as a template. This is needed even though you want to show your skills as a multi-tasker as well.


  • Resume formatted for computerized applicant screening programs and formatted for online posting in real text style. This resume could have the same information as the generic one mentioned above but instead of being written and formatted in a word processing program, it is formatted in a real text editor such as Notepad.

This resume is essential in that every time you want to post a resume online, upload one to a company site or email it to an employer you will want it to be done with a real text editor.

If you are not familiar with this type of formatting write your resume in Word as usual. Now bring up your real text editor and paste your resume in. Print out a copy of each and compare. You will be surprised by all the differences between the two. You need to save a copy of each type.

The other thing you need to be aware of when writing the real text edition of your resume for applicant tracking systems is that these systems are designed to rate your resume based on keywords. The keywords will be those associated with the job opening. You want to be sure those words are in your resume.

  • Resume written for professional recruiters. Is the resume you provide to a professional recruiter really different from any of these which we have already discussed? Many if not most professional recruiters are going to re-write your resume before presenting it to their client. This is so that your resume fits the job opening as closely as possible. But what about the resume you give the recruiter?


This resume should include all of your experience and all of your accomplishments from high school to the present. Your recruiter can then choose the items they want to put in the resume they write for their clients. Remember we are only talking about professional recruiters here not in-house recruiters. Treat the in-house recruiter just as you would the hiring manager.


In conclusion you need more resumes if you have more extensive goals that you wish to achieve in your career. If you are seeking jobs in various industries or roles you need more than one resume. You need separate resumes in word processing and in real text. Also have a more complete resume for working with professional recruiters. You might want to label this one for the recruiter.

Finally keep a record of the different styles of resume that you have and who your sent it to and when. In this way you can track which resumes are bringing you interviews and which ones are not. Update your tracking every time you update your resume with a different version number. This will give you the best possible analysis on the success of your resumes.

These days when it comes to resumes, it is like that Lay’s Potato Chip commercial and “nobody has just one.”

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As you begin your quest for a new and better step on your career ladder, have you considered the importance and strength of your resume? Unless you are applying only within your current employer, you will need a resume that stands out among the pack. Even if you are applying within your current employer, if the department you are applying to does not know you or your HR Department requires it, you might need a resume here as well.

So you drag out your old resume from six years ago and polish it up and send it off, right?  WRONG. This would be exactly the wrong thing to do. As a hiring manager for over 25 years, I know that a six year old resume is just going to sit at the bottom of the stack on my desk, while I interview those candidates that provided me with modern resumes.

Much has changed in the resume business in six years. So much that the format, the content and the appearance have all had an upgrade. If you give me a resume that looks like resumes looked six years ago, I am going to think you don’t really want the job. I am going to think it either it does not mean that much to you or you are a lazy worker or not smart enough to know what is going on in 2014, instead of 2008.

So it is clear that you need a new resume. You cannot just recycle the old one. The next question is can you write the new one yourself or do you need a professional resume writer?

Why Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Why should you hire a professional resume writer? If your resume does not jump out of the stack of over 100 on my desk, you won’t get an interview. Are you confident you can produce a resume as good as the one a professional will produce?

  • Professional resume writers usually have Human Resources experience or managerial experience and most are experienced writers. They are experienced in looking objectively at your current resume and your experiences and bringing it up to current standards.
  • Professional resume writers are trained and experienced in identifying your skills, strengths and accomplishments and incorporating them into your resume in the best way to make them obvious to the hiring manager.
  • If you have any gaps in your resume or any periods of multiple jobs, the professional resume writer can organize these so that your best skills are presented upfront. They will make sure that the resume presents your talent and experience in a way that matches the job you are applying for are.
  • Your six year old resume that you polished up will never be internet ready. Today’s resume is not mailed or hand delivered. It is emailed, attached to an online application or posted online. If you are searching for a new job that matches your experience, then you will need keywords in your resume that line up with what you want to do. Then when a hiring manager searches for candidates, the right key words will help them find you.
  • The professional resume writer will layout and design your resume in a way that makes it catch the hiring manager’s eye without being frivolous.

How to Hire a Professional Resume Writer

  • Know what you are looking for and what it is you want from the writer. Be able to answer their questions, which mean you have put some thought into this process. What is your ideal job? What is it about a job that attracts you? What are your strengths and weaknesses as it applies to the job you want? The more information you can give the writer, the better.


  • What is their experience and background? If you are dealing with a company with multiple agents find out who is writing your resume specifically. What is their experience and how long have they been writing resumes? What is their background and education?


  • What is included in their service? Do you get multiple formats of your resume? Do you get a cover letter? References and thank you letters? Do you get a package or one resume? Know what you are paying for before you agree to pay for anything.


  • What is their success rate? How many of the resumes they write result in interviews? That is the only measure of success you can look at. The resume cannot get you the job. The resume can only get you an interview. So ask them how many resumes it takes to get one interview.


  • What is the cost? Is it a package deal with cover letters or other documents? Or is all ala carte? You just pay per piece?


So it really makes sense at times to hire a professional resume writer. The more you want the new job, the more complicated your work history, or the more important it is to present your information in a certain manner, the more you need a professional resume writer.



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Do you really need a resume these days? When companies are putting their applications and resume templates online at their hiring sites, do you really need a resume? With all the changes in how we look for a job, how companies recruit for employers, how much of the process is now online, why do you need a resume?

For many young people these days life on the internet and mobile technology is second nature. They can register on Linked-in, Plaxco, Jobster, Indeed/My Workster, and Ecadamy instead of producing a resume. They can use sites like VisualCV to create a career profile page for hiring companies to view. Many candidates these days think if they have a career profile web page there is no need for a resume.

However recent studies show you still need a resume. Jobvite did a Social Recruiting Survey with employers and using social media is not one of the top three ways that they recruit. The resume is. However 92% of all employers do use social media in some way, it just does not replace the resume in employers eyes.

At the same time Josh Tolan who is the CEO of Spark Hire says the traditional resume will always be a piece of the recruiting puzzle. However you do want to make yourself stand out from the rest. Tolan says this could include video resumes and Twitter resumes. He feels that “For example, the infographic resume shows off a candidate’s creativity and visual flair. A video resume, on the other hand, shows off a candidate’s communication skills and personality.”

Why Do I Need a Resume?

Why do you need a resume? Companies that recruit online often have elaborate applications. Even if you are not applying online most companies want you to complete their application. Isn’t this enough? As you can see from the comments of CEO’s above they still expect a resume of some sort. It might not be your traditional resume. It might be video or it might be on Twitter. It will however be a resume none the less.

You want to do a resume so that you can control what information is shared with the hiring company. You want to be in charge of whatever information is in the hands of the recruiter or hiring manager. Do they have enough or do they need more? The resume is meant to be a tool that presents your skills and your experience in the best possible light. Take a look at the job application you fill out online or in person. Most of them will not present you in the best possible light nor will they tell the hiring manager why he needs to interview you.

Is Your Resume Passe’?

So we have established that the resume is still needed but also that it has changed dramatically and we need to change with it. Hiring managers are no longer looking for the traditional resume. There are some things that we pushed for years in resume development that are no longer relevant. If your resume does these things it is outdated and needs to change.

  • Do not try to squeeze your resume into one page. I know we taught you that but we were wrong. How long your resume is depends on how long you have been in the workforce, how long you have been in any specific job, and how many different jobs you have had. Keep it concise but cover all the relevant information. Recruiters and hiring managers are extremely busy and if you want them to take you seriously do not waste their time.
  • Resumes in fact are becoming the minimum that is expected from the candidate in terms of information. If you really want to brand yourself you will need a webpage as well as a resume, a presence on Linked-in, Facebook and Twitter are all important.
  • Do not use an objective at the top of your resume. Of course we also taught you to do this in the past. However you want to make the right impression and stand out from the beginning. So you do not want your first impression to be what you want the company to do for you as most objectives state. You want your first impression to be what you can do for the company. If you need to state any objective about your application for this specific job, you can do it in the cover letter. Yes we still use cover letters.
  • Do not use up expensive space saying “References Available upon Request”. Any hiring manager or HR professional worth their salary knows you would have them if they asked for them.
  • Finally one of the newest things to pay attention to is if you are going to email your resume, send it as a PDF document, not a Word document. It looks so much more professional.


So the answer to the original question is no. Resumes are not passé. Certainly you have to make changes from the traditional resume we have always known. You need to do more than a resume. Use the social media and make the resume user friendly.

Resume Brand


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Does Your Resume Have a Brand?

There are always new trends popping up in every field and this is as true within the resume writing field as it is in any other. One of the newest trends in the field is “branding”. According to Wikepedia, a brand is “”name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s product distinct from those of other sellers.” It goes on to say that “brand is defined as an intangible asset and is often the most valuable asset on a corporation’s balance sheet.”

So how does this translate to your resume? Well in essence you want to “brand” yourself. How do you identify yourself as distinct from all those other candidates? How is your resume as distinct from all other resumes so that you are the one who gets called for that interview? What is your brand? How do you brand a person and their work history?

In short your personal brand is the distilment of your work experience and personality into an image or description. Your ‘brand” is a set of intangibles and tangible items that together separate you from the rest of the New York applicants in that stack on the hiring manager’s desk. So what goes into your brand?

Developing Your Brand

  • Tone: Everything a hiring manager receives from you including the impression you make in an interview, should have the same tone. Who you are, what you want in a career, what you have studied and what you have done should all have a consistent tone throughout. Knowing what you want in a job, what your accomplishments are and why they fit this job is the tone you want to set.
  • Online Profiles: If you are going to have a brand you have to have a personal website. On your website you will highlight who you are, what you have done, what your accomplishments are, what your goals and dreams are. In your resume you insert a link to this webpage.
  • Career Summary: On your resume, create a section that highlights the best of your work to date. Include any standout moments you have had, any awards you have won, outcome of any major projects.
  • I have said many times in other articles not to list responsibilities and duties on your resume but to be more creative with that information. Well when developing your brand list initiatives on your resume instead of these. An initiative might look a lot like an accomplishment except that it would not necessarily be in terms of dollars. Initiatives always start with the words ‘developed’ or ‘initiated’
  • This might sound a little strange but you want to have testimonials on your website and perhaps on your resume. Testimonials will set your brand for you. Have clients, customers or others who know you well to write a testimonial about your skills and how you helped them. Make sure these testimonials come from people who are qualified to speak to your field or who personally experienced your customer service.

Now adding these to your resume is innovative and will make you stand out. The danger is that not every hiring manager is going to appreciate it.

The Value of a Personal Brand

  • Whether on your resume, in your cover sheet or on your personal website, a distinct and easily recognizable personal brand will set you apart from the crowd of candidates for every job you want to apply for.
  • Your personal brand might not be your actual job but it will be what you are ‘known for’.  Example your job is to run the CNC machine in the factory but you are known all over the company for your technological skills. Everyone comes to you when there is something minor not working on their PC or program they are using. They come to you to fix it.
  • Put at least 1-3 things you want to be ‘known’ for on your resume. Link these to your personal online profile so that the interviewer can visit that site for more information. This will greatly increase the value you are attempting to create with the brand.
  • All good marketing professionals understand that it is the packaging that sells the product. It is the branding that actually gets us to pick up that product off the shelf and buy it. You increase the value of your resume by tenfold by giving it a brand. Your resume and cover letter is your packaging that needs to sell your product which is you. It has to stand out as it represents you.

Tips for Branding your Resume

There are a lot of ways to brand your resume. Here are just a few additional tips.

  • Use color but not too much color. Color images will make the interviewer notice and your resume will jump out of the stack. However be careful not to go overboard. This is new to many hiring managers and you do not want it seen as a gimmick and not taken seriously.
  • Use links to your personal website and to other social media that is career oriented. If you don’t have accounts on these sites – open them. These can include Linked-in, xing, or plaxo. Find other industry specific sites that you can register on as well.


Branding on the resume is a new and innovative concept but it is the cutting edge future of job hunting. It is more than valuable to develop your own brand, add value to your brand and brand your cover letter and resume.

Resume Gaps


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For so many of us there are now gaps in our resumes. These are times that we did not work and with the economy the way it has been the last ten years, there are many more than there used to be. So what do you do with this information? How should you address the gaps in your resume in order to keep the hiring manager from just overlooking you because of them?

Good workers can have gaps in their resumes. However I had learned from experience that 90% of those with gaps in their resumes had been fired or walked off jobs and could not get another job. I did not take the chance.

This was prior to 2006 through the present. Now there will still be people with gaps in their resume for those reasons. However there will also be maybe 20-50% of the candidates with gaps due to layoffs and downsizing in a bad economy. Keep in mind though that when a company has to downsize or lay off some employees, they do not layoff their best employees. As a hiring manager, I am still going to be skeptical of those gaps in your resume.

So what to do? You have a couple choices. You can present a chronological resume with the gaps filled with some form of information or you can present a functional resume that does not deal with the gaps at all. Again I will tell you that as a hiring manager, I like functional resumes and I have a healthy skepticism about functional resumes.

So what do you do about these gaps in your employment on a conventional resume?

  • If there is a legitimate reason for the gap – you were laid off, you had surgery, your parent was terminally ill – just be honest and upfront about it.
  • Only list the years you worked on a job not the months. Example Instead of June 2005- May 2009 and then the next job is not until Dec 2009 don’t list the months. Say job A 2005-2009 and job B 2009 – present. Now there is no gap in your resume. Be prepared to answer any questions you receive about this at the interview though.
  • Say you were fired in 2005 and did not work again until 2008 because you were taking training courses towards a certificate and an associate degree. The fact that you were let go never has to come up. Put the time you did not work – 2005-2009 in the education section at the top of the page and in the chronological section put one line that says you were pursuing additional training and education.
  • Just leave the gap there and explain it in the cover letter or the interview. Never tell the interviewer you were fired unless specifically asked. Tell them the job was not a good fit for you which it obviously was not if you were fired. On the other hand do not lie. Do not say you were laid off if you were fired. Remember that the hiring manager can call your previous employer for a reference check.
  • If worse comes to worse and you were fired and have to admit it, tell the hiring manager what you learned from the experience and how much more mature you are now.

Just remember that gaps in your resume don’t have to be job killers. They just have to be ignored or explained. I can live with your not working for 6 months while your mother was dying or you were laid off. I can’t live with your lying about it.



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If you wanted to impress me with your life’s work on a couple pieces of paper, you had better have listed your accomplishments and they better be impressive and match the job you are listing them for.

Now most of you reading this will say “of course”, while a handful might say “accomplishments?”. We are very used to writing resumes that follow the same basic format. You have an objective at the top of the page, then you list your education, then your jobs and for every job you list what you were “responsible for”. You might also list additional skills if you felt they were relevant to the job you were applying for or if you thought they were impressive enough.

We’ve all followed this format for years. For years it worked also. Now however the employment situation is different. The New York  market is flooded with experienced people who were “responsible for” a wide variety of things. As a hiring manager my desk is flooded with those types of resumes. I will go through them. I will “thumb” through them.

However I am looking for the resume that stands out. I am looking for the resume that includes accomplishments. That resume will jump out of the pack and into the “call for an interview” pile. In this way I will pare down a stack of hundreds of resumes to a few dozen. Still I am not going to interview a few dozen people just because they listed accomplishments on their resume.

So now how do I select who I am going to interview? I will read through these couple dozen resumes with great care. I am looking for accomplishments that match responsibilities and the goals of the company. I am looking for accomplishments that tell me what you did to make your company better. How did you leave your company better than it was when you went there?

What Are Accomplishments?

So how do you display your accomplishments in your resume so that you can be sure I put yours in the interview pile? Because most of us grew up being told to be modest, not to boast about our accomplishments, make the other guy feel good too; we are not even sure what our accomplishments are. If we do know what they are, we do not know how to present them on our resume.

Accomplishments can be measured and quantified. Accomplishments answer the “What have you done for me lately?” question. Think about this question and then ask yourself:

  • Did I save the company money?
  • Did I make the company money?
  • Did I increase participation in a program?
  • Did I greatly improve the safety or quality record of the company?

Once you know what your accomplishments are, now think about how to display them on your resume. You have a few choices. You can have a section entitled Accomplishments at the top of the page right after your education. If you have multiple jobs you can still do this. Just list the company were the accomplishment happened. The other option is to list the accomplishments right after listing the name, address, dates worked and job title. This however is not your optimal listing. It is better to list accomplishments up front where the hiring manager can see them right away. It would look something like this.


Jane Doe                              555 Somewhere St.                        Any city, Any state zip

Email address                     888-888-8888

Education: B.A. Anything 2000

                     A UNIVERSITY

                     Anywhere, US


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In this way you will draw the eye of the hiring manager to your resume and accomplishments. If the accomplishments are good and match your work history, you can bet you will get an interview.

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If you knew nothing else about New York job interviews, you knew enough to present yourself in an approving light because everyone knows that ‘first impression’ wields a magical hand to cast you in or out of the contender spot. Yet, candidates tend to focus more on their fashion ensemble, rather than their delivery. First impression is all about the ‘Full Monty’—from the time you arrive at the entrance—to the moment you glide back out the door, your encounter with New York decision makers should pique interest and leave an imprint for more.

So, how can you ensure a great first impression from start to finish? With a whole lot of preparation – recitals and rehearsals – in other words, do your homework!

New York Recruiters say preparation is vital to the interview process because you only get one chance to show you mettle. Then, it’s all over. Use the opportunity wisely to:
• Validate your skills and competencies as per your resume.
• Display effortless knowledge of the job criteria.
• Invite the panel to glimpse insights to your admirable character.

Here are some more ‘first impression’ guidelines given by New York HR pros.

Interview Preparation Tips

Number 1: Do Thorough Investigative Work on the Company
Awkward silences after a round of questions are lethal in an interview and will affect your evaluation. There is no excuse for being clueless about a company you want to work for. Find out about potential New York employers by getting information ahead of time. This includes:
• How long they have been in business, the goods and services they provide, and the average number of employees in the company.
• Use your network (or speak to your recruiter) about job expectations. Investigate the skills, knowledge and experiences required to excel in it. Get information on the cultural environment and opportunities for increased responsibility or advancement.
• Know who will be conducting the interviews, where it will be held and for how long.

Number 2: Practice for the Role Play of your Life
This is critical to getting the job: rehearse as much as possible about your proficiencies. Be ready to speak to your communications’ skills, meticulous nature, team player spirit, loyalty and enthusiasm to ‘go the extra mile,’ leadership spunk, and ability to safeguard the ‘company’s purse.’ At the end, pose thoughtful questions about the company.
Number 3: Choose an Appropriate Outfit – Don’t be Boring
Dressing like a stuffed turkey in a three piece suit is quite unnecessary. Wear attire reflective of the role. For example: a flight attendant position may warrant adding splashes of color to your garb to show-off a little verve, whereas a financial accounting position will often require a more conservative approach.
Number 4: Be Punctual, Courteous and Confident
Here, recruiters say: “arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time, which helps to calm nervous energy; smile and repeat affirmations in your head for composure and easy confidence. Be friendly, but not casual, and use formal vocabulary.” Do not for heaven’s sake lie in response to any direct question asked about the role, or respond with negative information.
Number 5: Anticipate the Interviewing Style, i.e. Behavioral-Based
HR managers love the behavioral-based style interview. Why? Because it focuses on the ‘hows’ of your past performance, not the ‘whats’ which lacks utility; this means you’ll need to discuss real-life examples, difficult to fabricate, since the specifics can be checked against referees.
When it’s all over, you should follow-up your interview with a thank you letter. Don’t skip this step– interviewers say they actually expect it! So, jot down the names of the interviewers on your way out the door for future reference.
Because first impression is powerful, recruiters are trained to—not make snap decisions– based only on appearances. Stand out from the others by appearing composed, knowledgeable and competent. And, if it comes down to just two of you, let them choose you: the one whose preparation work was ‘spot on.’

Excellent Resumes


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In my years as an Executive Recruiter, I was often asked by New York candidates about the value of the resume in the job hunt. I would be the first to tell them, it is the key that opens the door to the interview in 90-95% of all cases. Sure there are a few referrals that get you right into an interview without a resume, but those are rare and depend on who you know.

For most of us it is the resume that is that key. The resume that New York hiring managers like myself are going to spend maybe 10-20 seconds evaluating. That’s right. I am only going to review your resume for 10-20 seconds, yet it is critical to my decision regarding who I will interview. What this means is that your resume better be excellent. It better be head and shoulders above the rest.

Tell me again why you are presenting a resume instead of just filling out an application?
– Your resume is in truth your commercial about yourself. It is a marketing tool and like any commercial or marketing tool your resume is meant to say, “Purchase this product and you will get the benefits this person has to offer”.
– Your resume will tell the employer that you meet the basic requirements for the job. You have the degree required and the number of years of experience. It gives the employer contact information for you.
– It will show the employer how well you write and how well you can present yourself.
You have 10-20 seconds to make an outstanding impression. One that is good enough to get you an interview. How good is your resume? As an Executive Recruiter I never allowed a candidate to send their resume to an employer. We re-wrote every resume with an eye toward the job we were presenting the candidate for. We did this because we were professionals and we wrote resumes every day of the week and we knew how to get a resume noticed.
We knew how to present you in such a way that the employer has just a taste of what your work might be like, and is left wanting more. It causes the employer to do more than just put you in an interview pile. It causes them to call you right now and set up an in-face interview.

Given this what goes into that excellent resume?

• Presentation- your resume needs to be well organized and easy to read. Use a font that is easy on the eyes.
• First Impression – are you neat, conscientious, hardworking and committed? Does your resume say this at a glance? Is it neat or is it sloppy? Is it well organized or is it hard to follow at a glance? Is there attention to detail or do sentences ramble on?
• Relationship of your skills and experience to the job you are applying for.
Your well written, well presented resume tells the story of who you are, what skills you have mastered, what knowledge you have, how much you understand you industry, how you handle people and how you respond in a crisis. All that in a one-two page document? Yes you should be able to see all of that at a glance to the hiring manager can make a decision to interview you.
Think like a hiring manager. Think about how busy your hiring manager might be. Think about the hundred resumes on her desk. Now think about what information is most crucial that you share with her and make sure that information is at the forefront of your resume.
An excellent resume is your credibility, your integrity on a piece of paper. You can enhance this with an online web portfolio that gives more well-written, concise detail on your accomplishments, your mission in your career, your values, your ambition and leadership ability. A website is almost expected these days if you want to get the interview. It sets you apart.
Include the URL for your webpage but do not include your Twitter or your Face Book page. Remember you are making an impression. Remember the value of your resume to the recruiter or the hiring manager. You are potentially worth thousands of dollars to them or you are worth nothing to them. Make you resume sing for those 20 seconds they are going to be looking at it.

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By Joni Wamer (Guest Writer)

I’ve spent well over twenty five years in management and hiring in that time I must have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Over the years the styles and formats of resumes have changed but what is important in respect to the content has not changed. I have passed over many candidates who may have been qualified and might have done a terrific job, because their resumes were not acceptable.

If you want to get the interview with New York city employers, you need to get the hiring manager to notice you through your resume. If you fill it up with a lot of empty words and catchy phrases, you can bet you will not be interviewing with me. So what is it you should not put in your resume? What should not be missing?

Leave these Out of your Resume
• Long Paragraphs – don’t format your resume like you would a cover letter. Resumes should have short, bulleted points that attract the eye and get the attention of the reviewer. The resume is not the place to tell your life story.
• Information that is too personal should never be in a resume. Don’t tell me who you are dating or even married to. There are laws about that and I’d rather not even know. It has nothing to do with your ability to do the job. Remember what I care about at this stage is the job not you.
• Do not put an Objective at the start of your resume. I know everyone has been taught to do so, but it puts limitations on what I think you can or want to do. Just leave it open.
• Your resume does not need a picture of you. This makes it look unprofessional and cutesy. Just don’t do it.
• Don’t use generic resumes. Tailor your resume to match the job you are applying for. This will capture the attention of the hiring manager and just might get you the interview. If they see hundreds of resumes, yours needs to look different from the rest.
• Don’t put references in the resume. Wait for me to ask for them.
• Don’t use a quirky, unprofessional email address. If your main email address is zombie2@aol, develop a new one that is Keep it professional at all times.
• Don’t clutter your resume with links to other sites with the exception of you web portfolio.
• Make sure you do not have any spelling and grammatical errors. Check and double check this. Don’t rely only on your device’s spell check. Check it again yourself.
• Never, ever, ever lie. Don’t say you have a Master’s Degree if you don’t. I will find out.
What Was Missing from Your Resume
• Quantitative data – I really don’t want to know what you were responsible for in your current and past employments. I want to know what you accomplished. What were your successful at? How did you either make or save your company money?
• If nothing in your resume relates to my job opening I will discard it. Tell me what your skill set is and tell me what your skill set has to do with my job.
• A link to your web page with your exceptional portfolio. Now make sure you have an exceptional portfolio.
So the next time you think you are a perfect fit for a job in New York and you don’t even get an interview, you might want to take a look at your resume. It may be your resume that is holding you back.

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Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj Proudly Presents the 2013 Job Fair
December 3, 2013
Bronx House
990 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx NY 104
Companies participating will be looking for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
Please attend in professional attire and bring at least 25 resumes with you.

Career MD – Syracuse Career Fair
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
5:00 PM until 9:00 PM
The Genesee Grande
1060 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Premium Job Fairs – New York City Job Fair
December 10, 2013 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue (At 33rd St.) – New York, NY 10001

Diversity Job Fairs – Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, December 12, 2013
10AM to 2PM
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Choice Career Fairs Long Island Career Fair
December 12, 2013
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747 – See more at:

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AUGUST 2013:

General / Professional Job Fair in Uniondale, NY
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Coast to Coast Career Fairs – New York Job Fair
Monday, August 5, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

United Career Fairs – Sales & Management Career Fair New York City Area
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001

United Career Fairs – Sales & Management Career Fair Long Island Area
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Holiday Inn Plainview
215 Sunnyside Blvd.
Plainview, NY 11803


Premium Job Fairs – New York City Job Fair
September 10, 2013 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue (At 33rd St.) – New York, NY 10001

Choice Career Fair – New York Career Fair
Wednesday September 18, 2013
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

Advance Healthcare Job Fair
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
FREE Job Fair
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
FREE Classes
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue White Plains NY 10606


Coast to Coast – New York Job Fair
Monday, November 4, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Choice Career Fair – New York Career Fair
Thursday November 14, 2013
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

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Upcoming February 2013 Job Fairs in New York City.

Coast to Coast Long Island Job Fair
Long Island Job Fair
Monday, February 11, 2013
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

United Career Fairs Sales & Management Career Fair
New York City Area
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001

Coast to Coast NYC Job Fair
Monday, February 25, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Diversity Job Fairs – Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

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