5 Reasons Every CEO Should Keep Their Resume Updated

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As a professional resume writer, I often hear the words “I own my own business, why would I need a resume?” or “I’m pretty secure where I’m at and not planning on leaving any time soon.” Chills shoot up and down my spine. These are exactly the reasons that they need a resume, and they don’t even realize it. I mean:

How could someone willfully not have all the tools at their disposal? Do they realize they aren’t taking advantage of their full potential? Aren’t they looking to expand their own business? Are they not ready to capitalize on their own success?

Whether you’re looking for a career change, or not… whether the markets are stable… and whether you’re secure in your most current position… or not…

Every CEO needs to have an updated resume — at all times!

Let’s face it, it takes time to craft a quality resume. Most people don’t include the most important content (In fact, 80 to 90% of today’s top candidates are overlooked due to the lack of it). We forget about our achievements. We often face writer’s block. We leave off key qualitative and quantitative data. And, we forget to include some of our most impressive contributions within a team environment.

So, we leave money on the table. We don’t secure those game-changing opportunities. And, we keep sinking marketing dollars into campaigns that just eat away at our capital. Again, we’re not living up to our full potential, and that really needs to stop — like right away!

In the words of the Great Fire Marshall Bill, “Let me show you something…”

Clients

There is a major difference in what a client is and what constitutes as a customer in the business world. Clients come to us for help, whether they’re trying to launch a new product, need a customized solution or are looking for the best price on a service that we offer.

They want to know who we are. Some of them will blindly enter a business arrangement, based on what they think we can provide. Others are more apprehensive in where and how they spend each outgoing dollar in their immediate budget. And, what about those clients that aren’t necessarily the decision-makers? You know, the ones that are reporting back to a third-party executive or shareholder resource?

Some of our most difficult clients will ask for a resume. Some of our biggest spenders will ask for a resume. And, some of our most long-term and loyal clientele will begin a relationship just because of what was that resume, itself.

It’s one reason LinkedIn is gold and one way we become more approachable. In an instance, we are more humanlike. Yet, our journey tells the story of all we have accomplished and all that we can do.

Partnerships

All businesses — small and large — will benefit, at some point, by partnering with another business or non-profit organization. A smart business owner isn’t going to just partner with someone that they don’t know. A smart business owner doesn’t want to affiliate themselves with someone, who can cause damage to their business.

We want to know who we are dealing with, where they have been and what contributions they have made in the past. Scalability aside, we want to know is this a person of value, and can they actually bring something to the table?

No one wants to waste their time, and very often potential partners will ask for the resume of all key persons involved in a project. They want to optimize their workforce just as bad as they want to optimize their teams. And, to create a winning team, this often means shedding the deadweight.

Just because you have made a name for yourself, don’t assume the next person has heard of you. When a project is ready to move forward, you need to be ready, yourself. If not, someone else will be. In a dog eat dog world, competitors are lined up and ready to quickly take your place.

Investors

Executive Summary 101 — Include a resume for all key executives active within the project and/or company. Business plans require it.

Venture capitalists have nothing to gain by just giving away their fortunes. They want to know that they will see a return, how soon they should see it and feel secure in knowing that their investment will, indeed, come back to them — with profits attached.

If you’re not seeking an investor, cool. But will your company try to secure a business-related loan in the near future? What if emergencies should arise, or an opportunity with no budget allotment?

Business is all about risk. But, don’t risk throwing away opportunities by not being prepared.

Opportunities

And, what about those opportunities?

Honestly, with opportunity comes growth. There are opportunities surrounding us every day. It’s just up to us to seize them.

Whether it’s an opportunity to work alongside a Big 4 or to enter a cross-promotional campaign with the largest production house in the country, we need to influence somebody. We need to impress somebody. And, we definitely need to appeal to the opportunity that’s placed before us in our individual journeys.

Right now, we’re just discussing the bigger picture. But, what about those significant milestones that set us apart from the business we’ve become synonymous with? What are we going to include in our “tell-all?” What will our followers most remember us for?

So often, executives engage in projects outside of their main career. They sit on boards and on committees. Some teach as an adjunct professor, others speak regularly amongst industry panels. The humanitarian will work alongside a non-profit, while a mogul will expand their empire — often by teaming up with other moguls in the business.

You might not be ready for this now, but what happens when you are? What if the perfect opportunity presents itself? Are you willing to sacrifice your dream, only because you needed a few days to create a half-assed resume from scratch? What if your workload becomes demanding?

Opportunity doesn’t wait. It only knocks and hopes that someone answers.

Press

Don’t let your marketing dollars go to waste. Frivolous spending will only lead to a deficit. Unnecessary expenses take away from the profits that could otherwise be generated. You are your company’s most key asset. People are our greatest investment. And, you hold the greatest value, while sitting on top of the corporate hierarchy.

No one remembers the guy in the blue shirt, sitting in the back of the mail room. Shoot, they won’t even remember the color shirt he wore a week from now. But, they will remember you.

You’re interesting. You have a story to tell. You hold all the keys to the kingdom.

We want to know about your past. We want to know about your accomplishments. And, we want to know how we can duplicate your journey.

There are so many writers and producers with all the right channels but no story to tell. They offer free press in exchange for twenty minutes of one-on-one time. They have dedicated audiences, full of consumers — ready to buy, traffic — ready to convert, and markets — continually expanding. They offer ongoing promotion, a portion of their web presence and backlinks that will easily serve in the optimization of your company’s site.

What good is marketing, anyways, if you’re not reaching out to the people and connecting with them intimately? Drive them to become loyalists. Convince them to trust. And, cultivate your relationships.

The media is our friend. So, get your resume ready and be ready to hit “send.”


Jessica N. Abraham writes about Business, Career Development and Technology. She is a professional resume writer with Resume.Academy and former owner of Shorty Produkshins, where she spent more than 15 years, dedicated to a life of Social Branding, Public Relations and Design Strategy.

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14 of the Most Common Remote Jobs & Annual Salaries, as According to FlexJobs

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In a recent press release by the world’s favorite remote jobsearch site, FlexJobs identified “14 of the Most Common Remote Jobs” and the average annual pay per position. This list was based on data gathered from within an ever-growing database of work-at-home positions and key factors were highlighted for each of those positions. Additional data was gathered at PayScale.com, and annual salary data was determined in relation to those factors.

The bottom line is this.

As millennials continue to take the workforce by storm, a preference for out-of-office experiences has become the norm. As opposed to sitting behind a wooden desk in a stuffy office environment, many companies are finding value in providing the younger, more vibrant demographic with a more satisfying work-life balance. Contrary to reports that these professionals are being underpaid, as in contrast to previous generation s , these numbers show that some companies still value their workforce and aren’t against compensating them accordingly.

According to the FlexJobs’ 7th annual survey on remote candidacy, 97% of all applicants said that “a job with flexibility would have either a huge improvement or a more positive impact on their overall quality of life.” 28% percent went on to discuss how they were very willing to take a pay cut in exchange for the option to telecommute. They would rather deal with computer-related issues than wear-and-tear on their vehicles, traffic jams and long trips to a physical office location.

Businesses are finding that happier employees, means increased productivity. Work is taking place in record time and with greater quality, overall. Teamwork is less dreaded, as everyone stays connected through cloud-based systems and always-on technology. Collaboration increases, and performance thrives. Not only that, but they are saving money by cutting costs to overhead expenses and salary expectations.

“With many more job openings than workers to fill them, job seekers can better leverage the current tight labor market to land a job that offers the opportunity to work remotely, which has become a high priority for today’s workforce,” explained Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “As leaders in the remote work industry, we want job seekers to be aware that the remote job marketplace covers more than one or two industries, and remote jobs are available across different career levels as well,” she concluded.

FlexJobs revealed that “securing a new job is often cited as a common New Year’s resolution, and with historically low unemployment rates in the U.S., job seekers are in excellent positions to find a job with a flexibility that helps them better achieve work-life balance, such as those that offer work-from-home options.” They went on to discuss the fact that “77% of workers said they’d be more likely to accept a job offer if they knew they could work remotely at least some of the time.” FlexJob helps job seekers find remote opportunities on both a full-time and part-time basis.

RESEARCH BY FLEXJOBS.COM:

1.     Account Manager | Average: $52K/year
Account managers can be found at a variety of companies. Their tasks typically involve managing client accounts and relationships. Account managers may ensure client deliverables are met by running status meetings or giving presentations. Some account manager roles may involve sales and travel.

2.     Accountant | Average: $50K/year
Accountants handle a multitude of financial-related tasks such as invoices, billing, taxes, payments, and more. Remote accountants can typically work from home easily utilizing general accounting or company-specific software.

3.     Bookkeeper | Average: $41K/year
Bookkeepers typically prepare financial reports, allocate and verify accounts, reconcile accounts, perform audits, and more. Bookkeepers are often needed to work from home and usually require previous accounting experience.

4.     Business Development Manager | Average: $71K/year
Business development managers typically work to gain new clients and business via phone, emails, in-person meetings, and video calls. Most remote business development managers need to have sales experience, and some positions may require specific knowledge of an industry.

5.     Client Services Director | Average: $87.5K/year
Client services director positions involve handling client relationships. Duties typically include making sales pitches, developing client relationships, and identifying client needs. While there are many remote work offerings, many client services director jobs do require travel.

6.     Customer Service Representative | Average: $37K/year
Remote customer service representatives assist customers via email, phone, chat, or social media. Customer service reps typically find themselves answering product questions, helping resolve problems, and potentially selling services to customers as well.

7.     Developer | Average: $70K/year
Software developers can come with a variety of titles, such as front-end developer, back-end developer, iOS developer, and JavaScript developer, to name a few. Typical duties include programming, developing, and architecting software, websites, apps, or products.

8.     Medical Coder | Average pay $41K/year
Medical coders assign and validate appropriate procedural and diagnostic codes in a medical setting. Specific certifications are often required, such as RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, or CPC-H.

9.     Nurse | Average: $63K/year
Remote nurses provide support via phone or video conferencing to answer patient questions. Some travel to patients’ homes to provide care. Remote nurses need to be excellent communicators and able to coordinate with doctors and other medical professionals in a virtual capacity.

10.   Online Tutor | Average: $35K/year
Remote tutors are needed for all grade levels, including college. Tutoring can be conducted via phone, email, or video chat and a bachelor’s degree or expertise in the subject being tutored is typically required.

11.   Speech Language Pathologist | Average: $60K/year
Speech-language pathologists provide speech therapy services by conducting evaluations, creating treatment plans, and writing progress reports. Remote speech pathologists are most often hired by medical or educational companies and utilize online software and video conferencing to perform tasks from home.

12.   Teacher | Average: $46K/year
Remote teachers utilize online platforms to teach students via video or voice. Much like in-person teachers, virtual teachers may grade student work, hold conferences with parents, and provide one-on-one student assistance.

13.   Virtual Assistant | Average: $35K/year
Virtual assistants provide administrative support to individuals, teams, or companies. Some tasks include handling correspondence, answering phones, booking travel, helping customers or clients, and more.

14.   Writer | Average: $49K/year
A quintessential work-from-home job, writers can find jobs writing on a wide variety of topics and for a wide variety of companies. Those wanting freelance or part-time options can find a plethora, while full-time employee positions exist as well.

Disclaimer: All job descriptions were provided by FlexJobs.com and unaltered to provide our readers with more accurate insight, directly from the source.

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Marketing Through Resume: Achievements Over Duty

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This article was previously featured on TalentZoo.com. Click here to see the original article by Jessica N. Abraham.

Aside from the new standards of quality that have been instituted into the new resume requirements for getting past Applicant Tracking Systems, we have to realize that, for most of our lives, we have been writing the resume wrong. Professional resume writers are often baffled at how some of the top professionals at Fortune 500 companies have included so few achievements within their resumes, but have listed many duties!

For the most part, employers already know what your job duties entail. As a matter of fact, it is actually the duty of Human Resources or Administration personnel to know this while recruiting and screening talent.

So, what is it that you achieved with this talent? This is what they are most interested in. They want to know what impact you can bring to their company. They want to know that you can make a difference.

Oftentimes, applicants are worried about the wrong things. For those that have not created financial impact, they may have made a difference through leadership or process improvements. They may have contributed to a process that made things easier for upper management to make a difference. They don’t realize that a little bit of elaboration and powerful wording can really make what they did a great achievement.

Everyone picks on the janitor, so I will pick on the plumber. Let’s say the plumber put on his resume:

  • Plunged toilets and ran chemicals down the drain.

ASK YOURSELF: What would have made this line more impactful?

  • Cleared drains and sewer pipes, plunging and snaking residue from clogged drains, while ensuring sanitation through clean flow of water wastes and avoidance of overflow in living and working areas.

Believe it or not, this method will not only impress employers and hiring managers, but it will also feed ATS with more keywords that will ensure your position at your dream job.

With the standard being set to inclusion of only the last 10 years of work experience, this will help make up for all those great positions and companies that you were only allowed to “make mention of” within your resume. A little elaboration will go a long way.

Resume.Academy positions you for greatness, providing affordable, personalized and comprehensive resume writing services. Our services are easily compared to that of Monster's CareerPerfect, TopResume, Beyond, CVNow, Resume Now, Resume 2 Hire, USA Jobs, Wounded Warrior Project, Dragon Resumes and more!

Are you ready to “WOW” your future boss and/or hiring manager? If so, get with us. Let us write for you!

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LinkedIn, CareerBuilder and Indeed Amongst Many Making Big Data Changes to the Job Search Industry for 2016

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Previously Published to TMC Net’s World News Column

LinkedIn (News – Alert), like so many other job search companies, are reworking their madness to compete against big data analytics. According to TechCrunch reports, LinkedIn will slowly be rolling out changes in the way LinkedIn looks and is currently being used. Actually, only 10% of LinkedIn’s 400 million-member database will get first glance of this platform before the official rollout, which is set for early next year.

As for LinkedIn’s main focus for the upcoming New Year, job listings will become more informative and more social, allowing users to compare themselves against previous applicants and employees at the company. More information about the company will be given, too.

It’s not quite clear how much more information will be given, but competing against Glassdoor will be a challenge for 2016. On Glassdoor, users are gathering in mass to tell their horror stories and testimonies at previous jobs, as well as salary, job descriptions and even searching out new jobs while on the same visit.

Keeping pricing the same it has always been for recruiters and hiring managers using LinkedIn to find new talents, the social network is including upgrades to recruitment products and a broader reach of potential new hires. They are even offering many users a free 30-day trial to use this service.

LinkedIn, amongst a class action lawsuit, is working real hard to make LinkedIn the go-to for job search, talent acquisition and professional development. They are revamping many of the tools we have grown to love, including our ranking amongst others at our company, seeing who has viewed our page and much more!

LinkedIn, however, isn’t the only job search company making big changes as of late. Both Indeed and CareerBuilder have set forth big change in this recent year. Not only are all three companies spewing out tons of content on how to market yourself as a professional, which jobs are on the rise and where people should start when looking for a job, they are breaking down very insightful data into industries that we never really paid much mind.

Much research and emphasis has been put on the self-employed and freelancer, as they compete with sites like FlexJobs and UpWork, who are constantly connecting the self-employed with clients and companies looking for freelancers.

In October, CareerBuilder and Broadbean came together to unveil a new solution challenging human resources and claiming to “remodel recruitment.” They are connecting people through the same single sign-on that so many of our social networking favorites, like LinkedIn, have been doing for year. They are using this to allow CareerBuilder to search across internal applicant tracking software (ATS), external job boards and professional networking sites. This saves sourcing costs and finds fresh talent that meets their exact needs.

Professional Resume Writing Companies stand to gain new customers from this new system, because it isn’t easy to get through tracking systems. There is truly a science in “breaking the code” for getting through these systems, placing yourself ahead of other qualified professionals in your industry. For CareerBuilder, the TalentStream Sourcing Platform is only one of many initiatives by CareerBuilder this year.

Also in October, the company started a new website offshoot, Find Your Calling, that has been connecting entry-level grads with their dream job, based on interests and personalities. This service is actually a result from meeting at the White House, proposing ways to help the youth find successful career placement, after coming to the realization that student loan debt is hindering the potential of our growing millennial generation.

And, most recently, Indeed decides to launch a new product designed to discover top tech talent, Indeed Prime. This produce is set to match engineers, designers and product managers with employment, based on specializations, coding skills, education and work experience.

Additional credentialing comes from a host of coding competitions open to anyone in the US in helping to discover “hidden talent.” This is a sigh of relief for those natural talents that did not attend a top university. Winners of these challenges are paired with access to opportunities at Fortune 500 companies, a $5K sign on bonus and a talent coach to support their hiring process.

In 2016, it seems that our favorite job sites have our back in digging us out of the unemployment crisis. As markets are increasing and demand for quality professionals is growing even greater, employers and employees will see a big change in an upcoming year. There are many who have shunned globalization in the past. Those are the same people that will be amazed in seeing what the new markets will bring.

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