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Self serving Propaganda Enclosed. A Must Read for those who are Working, Would Like to get Back to Work, or Have a Pulse.

You thought I was kidding? Nope. Actually this blog post is all factual, so maybe propaganda is not the correct designation, but it’s self serving and I appreciate your indulgence.

For months now we have been sharing posts to make you to think about your career direction, your job search and your resume. This time around we are asking for a little something back.

Earlier this week we launched an updated website. With clients in 48 states (still waiting on West Virginia and North Dakota! ) we have done well, but we felt the site was missing something. We stepped back, took our time to make changes and as of today you can see how our efforts turned out. www.nightanddayresume.com

Here is where you come in.

We would really appreciate you sharing our website with 3 people. Members of your family, co-workers or friends are great people to tell, but also folks within LI groups, on Twitter or church and social groups in your hometown. I don’t know many people these days who don’t know of 3 people looking for work or considering a move, so hopefully it won’t be too difficult for you to execute.

Feel free to tweet it, post it or connect. Folks can find us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

As a thank you we will be sending a small army of pink fuzzy panda bears to cook dinner and give a massage to the person who refers the most people. OK, that was propaganda.

 

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What My Father Taught Me That Might Help In Your Career

So I hope everyone had a great Father’s day! My dad has been gone a few years now and of course I thought of him yesterday. It was kind of an odd activity that brought back memories of some excellent advice he gave me early on in my career which I’d like to share.

My career in broadcast journalism took some time to launch back when I got out of college. I had a ton of practical experience, but it was a tough economy, so I just tried to get my foot in wherever I could. My first job was as a board operator for a small radio station. I was paid $4 per hour. Even then it was low, it was an opportunity. I had to drive 40 miles each way, but the experience and contacts were invaluable.

After some months on the job I asked my manager for a raise. I’d do a great job if he could commit a bit more money to me, I assured him. I told my dad this and he said, son, don’t ask for more money and tell them you will do a better job, you have to show them you can do a better job and point backwards to what you have done and then ask for a raise.

Excellent advice. I have passed it along to my children and now to you.

From then on I tried to show every employer that I was worth more than they were paying me. Not by doing more than 100%, but by hitting 100% of my potential. It’s all I ask of my children and there is nothing more than 100%, it’s just that some never achieve, or aspire to be their best.

My reflection on this topic came yesterday as I was washing cars. I know, crazy, but washing cars is relaxing to me and it was a gorgeous day here in New Hampshire, so there I was. I was scrubbing one half of the car and thought what if I were working with someone who was on the other side and neither one of us went past the halfway point. How would the job get done, and how would the car look if we fell short of 100% of our side?

This is the way to think of your work. Don’t worry about going above and beyond to get the job done properly. If I go a bit over half and so does the other person we have a clean car and a job well done. If either of us falls short….a not so nice dirt stripe down the middle.

Oh, and my raise at the radio station never came. After about 8 months I got fired…eventually so did the entire staff. The station was sold and went through a format change. That’s radio for you. Sure, I miss it, but not the $4 an hour.

 

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Would you Sign an Employee Agreement to Get a Great Job?

Lots of conversations going on, both online and in person, about the flattening economy. In some sectors it seems that good people are hard to find while in others, there is a glut of qualified candidates.

Those that might be out of work unexpectedly and for an extended period of time are questioning everything from the validity of the roles they have applied for to potential discrimination based on seniority or age.

The facts are that companies are qualifying candidates based on too much experience, whether you would accept the job or not, they just set your resume aside assuming that you will take any job just to get back to work and jump for something better once it is available. This made me think….would you sign an employee agreement to stay at that job/company for xx amount of years if it was a contingency of employment?

I’m not sure of the legalities on something like this, so let’s set that aside for sake of argument, but this thought process might get companies to adopt such a policy. It provides stability for both sides, as you would commit to them and them to you for this time frame. If you were laid off they would have to pay you a severance equal to the duration of the contract and if you left early, they could seek litigation.

Actually, just to make it easier, maybe you could take a smaller compensation (5-7%) and at the end of the year get that back in an annual bonus that has been accruing some sort of interest. If you left early you forfeit the bonus, plus any remaining outstanding compensation.

It’s not revolutionary, it’s not cutting edge, but if a few companies consider this, and a hundred people can get back to work because of my thoughts, I’ve done my job for the day.

Have a great Weekend!

Wayne Schofield
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A little Courtesy Goes a Long Way!

With more than 20 years as a hiring manager and recruiter I have experienced the economy in very high and very low times. You can learn a lot from dealing with candidates and clients during these varying economic conditions. Very much like the “fair weather friend (or relative)” who is by your side when times are good, but when things are tough they are nowhere to be found.

During any economic time you should try to remember the simple courtesy you have hopefully been taught by your parents.

Take for example, the recent college graduate who sent me his resume one afternoon. The next day we had a very nice conversation and he was going to send me an updated resume to send to the client which I had already shared with him. For the next 2 weeks…nothing but silence. No return call or email. He told me he had other things going on, and I asked him to keep me posted if anything changed on his side so I could take him off my active list. Nothing.

I hear you, I hear you….here is a recruiter complaining about the lack of courtesy from a candidate. The proverbial pot calling the kettle black. Herein lies the problem. None of my team or me treats candidates or clients with this level of disrespect.

Are candidates not calling back because we are just another agency and recruiters never call back so why should I call them?

If you start assuming this and recruiters start assuming that candidates are going to be unresponsive, then nobody will be happy.

Try to keep each other in the loop within 2 business days. That seems reasonable for all.

This simple courtesy will go a long way in the future. That recruiter might just be the HR Manager at the start-up in 2017 that you are looking to get into. Recruiters, that technical person might be the Software Manager you interview with for the HR role in 2020.

Lets all try to keep it courteous.

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When it Comes to Your Resume….Know When to Take it Off!

By now most Colleges and Universities have graduated their students and with finals, graduation and a short respite behind them it’s time to think about your resume and finding a job.

Sure, many graduates are going onto grad school and others have jobs all lined up, but even someone who has a job lined up needs to know when to take off some of their earlier achievements.

Let’s start with scouting….if you earned a high honor in scouting, such as the Gold Award or Eagle Scout, keep that on. It’s a huge achievement and tells a lot about you. It’s one of those things I’ve seen hiring managers warm up to on a resume, even if it’s 20 years old.

So should you keep the High School Diploma and all your accolades on your resume once you graduate college? I say no. Unless the school is directly related to the type of work you will be looking for, take it off. Of course exceptions are High Schools for performing arts, technical schools or charter schools that might have focused curriculum that led to your choice for a career. In short, if it makes sense, leave it. I know, you have the sports accolades and the National Honor Society award you worked so hard for, but your college degree now trumps that, so off it goes.

One of the parts of a resume that is always controversial is the GPA. I have had young people tell me that recruiters say they are bragging because they put their 3.83 GPA on their resume. Yes, you are bragging and you have every right to do so!!! You just came across a jealous recruiter who was having a bad day. Keep your GPA on your resume for life. You earned it. Wear it proud.

This begs the question, what is too low to put on the resume? I’ve heard anything over a 3.2 or 3.0, but personally feel that no GPA is too low. Everyone has circumstances surrounding their college experience and I respect someone who pulls good grades and works to put themselves through college, or volunteers throughout their time in school, as much as the student who chooses just to hit the books hard.

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What is Up With Relish?

So we had some friends over to our house for a BBQ over the Memorial Day Holiday. Burgers, Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad…the usual suspects, but there was something distinctly missing from our spread. Relish…where’s the relish.

Ohh, man, what’s a Grilled Hot Dog without that pickly sweet goodness gushing out of the bun?!

I hear you…some of you are saying Yuck and others, yes, he is right. I’m not looking to poll the audience, although that would be cool to hear if you are yay or nay on relish. No, my thoughts go elsewhere.

Just like relish, your skills and your resume are going to be appreciated by some and not by others. The thing to remember is to try and portray yourself on your resume how you are comfortable. Don’t stretch so far that if you get an interview you can’t be yourself during the interview, no less the job if you get it.

You are not relishmustard or ketchirelish….so don’t try to be. Just be who you are and bring that to the table when you interview. Oh yeah, and please bring relish if I invite you to a BBQ!

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Extend Your Right to Edit!

So as a resume writing service and owner of a staffing agency you can probably understand that I see my share of resumes with typos, improper grammar and run on sentences. Now please, don’t get me wrong, I’m the first person to admit that everyone makes mistakes, but there are some resumes we see that are just carelessly written and not edited.

Please people, extend your right to edit your own resume!

After you edit your resume show it to a friend or two and then a relative or two and ask for their honest opinion and for any editing suggestions.

Think of your resume like you do after eating broccoli or spinach at a restaurant. You would ask a good friend “Do I have any in my teeth?” and they should tell you.

Treat your resume as if it just went out to dinner and needs a friend to check its teeth before it leaves your computer. Your resume thanks you!

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My Theory is Proven Once Again!

For years I have been preaching to candidates who go on interviews not to worry about standing out, but just be themselves and do the best they can. I use the example of American Idol all the time. It’s not who dances the best, wears the biggest hat or smiles the widest at the judges, but it’s who sings the best that makes it through.

This year my theory was proven once again because the winner of AI was confident, but not arrogant, was a strong singer and continued to sing how he wanted to the entire season. Do I think he was the best singer, heck no, Jessica got robbed, but we will see plenty of her in the future, so not to worry about her. Phillip Phillips was very deserving and put himself in a position to win because he did his best, stayed true to himself and connected with the fans.

When you interview for a job and write your resume for that role stay true to yourself and try to connect with your audience, the hiring manager and the people in HR. Don’t go outside of yourself to do it, but write a clean and clear resume and make it visually appealing. This approach ensures that they will want to read your resume and that’s half the battle.

I know that coming in second when you are interviewing isn’t much of a consolation, but companies have hired candidates who fall short for one role for another job they have in the pipeline, that’s why you should always stay positive and thank your audience.

Travel safe this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Wayne Schofield

 

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Life is Full of Changes

So, I’m back from my oldest Daughter’s college graduation. My time away had me thinking about all the wonderful young people graduating and how scary, anxious and exciting a time it is for them.

Anytime you transition in life things seem scary. New job, new city, heck, some people don’t even like to get new cars because they are comfortable with the old one. This, I feel, is where the anxiety and scariness comes from. It’s not necessarily the fear of going forward, but the loss in comfort of what you had. Try to get through it by realizing the comfort you are leaving was not always the comfort you knew and your new situation will soon bring you comfort.

Remember when you were a kid and you were afraid to tell your parents something because you thought they would get really mad at you? Finally you came clean (but more than likely they found out) and they weren’t mad at all, or were maybe just a bit mad, but not as mad as you thought they would get? You said to yourself, wow, why did I stress out about it so much, that wasn’t so bad. This is also fitting for life changes and transitions. It rarely is as traumatic as you think it is going to be.

As you transition to work, back home, on to grad school or to life in another city, try to remember that it will become familiar, it will become comfortable and it should be exciting.

Congratulations to all of the 2012 graduates out there. For you, we have a very special deal. Visit NightandDayResume.com and use coupon code 2012GRAD and get $12 off our Re-Fresh or Re-Write service.

Feel free to share with your relatives and friends, classmates or students. There is no limit to the number of coupon codes we will honor, but there is a time frame. This code will expire and the end of June, 2012.

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The Generation Gap – Fax Machines? How About Talking Versus Texting

So one of our youngest employees who has never had the need, desire or understanding of Fax machines tried to write a blog about Fax machines being irrelevant. He wrote it and said this is the worst blog ever. I laughed at him, read his blog and proceeded to vehemently agree with him. It would be like if you never kissed a girl and you tried to talk about being in love. Kids these days! You know what they are in love with? Texting!

I understand texting, but my thumbs get tired. I talk much faster than I text, so texting is my least favorite mode of communicating. My kids tell me “don’t leave me a message, I don’t listen to them” and they don’t. But if they need me for some reason and I’m on the road I can’t text them…whether legal or not, it’s just not a smart thing to do!

I came up with a solution to this generation gap of gargantuan proportions…they are waiting for my text and I am waiting for their call. “66” Yup, if you text them “66” they know immediately that you are on the road and can’t text so they have to call you if they want to talk. “66” is fewer keyboard punches than dialing a phone number so it’s safer than full texting.

So share this with your family and friends. It’s a safety thing.

On a personal note, Congratulations to my oldest daughter Jess on her college graduation! We are all so proud of her! Congratulations to all of the graduates out there.

Because we have a ways to travel out of state for the ceremony we will not be blogging for a bit, so travel safe and we will catch up with you with another blog next week!

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