Can I Download & Use A Template To Create My Resume?

Absolutely! I am a big fan of using available resources and not recreating the wheel.

I would advise you to use caution when downloading templates from the internet. One of the advantages of hiring a resume writer is that you get fresh keyword research based on your industry and target position. If you don’t understand keywords and their importance in getting you through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), I recommend that you hire a resume writer.

As we have talked about, ATS is self-defense for hiring managers and the huge amount of resume submissions they receive. Their objective is to filter out unqualified candidates based on keywords. Your goal is to make it through ATS to the interview phase, where you win over the interviewer(s) and get the job. Keywords are critically important to getting your foot in the door. If you aren’t getting calls for interviews, there is a good chance you aren’t using the proper key words for the role you are applying for.

Another important word of caution is relative to formatting. Be sure that any templates you download are using current industry standards. The format, content and keyword standards are constantly changing. So, again, if you are not comfortable determining current resume formatting and relative keyword research, I encourage you to hire a resume writer.

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Finding Your Perfect Place!

What a great, thought-provoking article from Money this morning. While it seems counter-intuitive, metropolitan areas are not the best places to go for work due to the high cost of living. Time to begin considering the lifestyle you want and where that means you need to live, prior to your career search. Read the article to learn more – >

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HAVING TROUBLE BEING PRODUCTIVE? CHANGE SOMETHING!

I don’t know about you, but this week has been a total loss, professionally. Typically, I can crank out project after project and adhere to a timeline with respective deadlines and revisions without breaking a sweat. This week, not so much.

Once I realized that I had a backlog, I took a closer look at those backlog items. Most were simple revisions. They would take time, research and, possibly, re-formatting, but each one was a handful of hours, each. There were just so many. Additionally, we are in the middle of several home improvement projects. So, multiple, simultaneous client projects at the same time as multiple personal projects.

Today, however, I am killing it! What changed, you ask? I did. I changed my location. Clearly there are too many distractions at home right now. So, I am at the coffee shop, producing like crazy. Three client projects. Done! Three blogs and vlogs. Done!

I share this with you today because I believe we all reach these seasons in life and work where there is just too much. Too much clutter, disorganization or work itself. Taking the time to analyze the bottleneck in productivity is critical but was something I never used to take the time for. In my time at brick-and-mortar positions, I was pretty good about asking for one or two days a week to work from home or the coffee shop. Those were days I prized, because my productivity doubled – if not tripled. Not to mention the enhanced quality of my work on those days out of the office because I could give laser-focus to my work.

Are you having trouble with productivity? Try changing something about your work routine, location or environment. You will be surprised what taking a deep breath, analyzing the problem and making a small change will do for your results.

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