How to start writing your CV

How to start writing your CV

Job Search: Writing Your CV/Resume: How to start writing your CV

Advice from Wendy Smith. Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

How to start writing your CV – you’d be surprised how many people have never had to write a CV! It can be a daunting task!

How do you begin to put your career history on paper?  And what is the right balance of skill, experience and achievements to record? If you get it wrong your CV can look unbalanced. Or, even worse, it can become unreadable!

You want to show a successful career progression. This means making the next opportunity (the one you have just decided to apply for) look like a logical next step! Making it look like a natural fit, can put you ahead in the job’s market.  It marks you out as the candidate they want.

Your resume needs to be a well written, clear and concise!  So format is important! Don’t go for complicated designs with tables and fancy fonts.  Use a simple, clean, format that is well organized and easily scanned. That will attract the recruiter’s eye. And, often more important, it is easy for the recruiter’s software to process.

How to start writing your CV – produce a baseline CV

Produce a baseline CV. Then be ready to adapt it to each job that you apply for. That way you can target your qualifications, skills, and key strengths. And, include relevant “keywords” like  again with the sifting software in mind). You want to appeal to the person advertising the job at first glance!

Grabbing the recruiter’s attention is all important –  you probably have 30 seconds or less to make an impression! So put the most relevant information upfront in your headline.  And include keywords relevant to the advert or spec like “adaptable,” or “innovative”.

Make sure you CV is simple to read. Concentrate in terms of experience on the last 10 years. Summarize anything earlier.  Focus on your achievements and the benefits you have delivered. Show the benefits you will bring!

One of the major advantages of working with a career coach is that you can get your baseline CV in good order. Then you can learn how to adapt it.  If you would like help with your CV, get in touch at this link. I would like to discuss how I can help you.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

 

Sending Mixed Messages

Sending Mixed Messages to Potential Employers

Mixed messages are all too easy to send in these days of part-time working and portfolio careers. Lots of us do more than one thing to earn money. But this can mean we send confused messages to potential employers and customers.

For example, I work as a career and life coach. On top of that, I am a creative writer and poet.  So how do I describe myself? If you are looking for a coach, knowing that I write novels may not always inspire confidence. Things can become even more problematic when you are looking for work.

Be clear about the message you are sending

You need to be clear about the message you send in any particular situation. While some potential employers may see the benefits your complex experience may bring, others may not. Make sure you send very clear messages about what you can do for a particular employer or customer.

Focus on how you can deliver real value to that particular employer, at that particular time. Demonstrate how you will bring your complex skills set to bear to meet their needs. And don’t be tempted to brag too much about past achievements not relevant to what their needs.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Job Search and Career Development – Sending Mixed Messages

Job Search and Career Development – Sending Mixed Messages

Advice from Wendy Smith. Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

I wonder if you face the same dilemma as me. In these days of part-time working and portfolio careers, lots of us do more than one thing to earn money – all legal decent and above board of course.

For example, I work as a career coach but also take clients who are looking for a life coach (which deals in the round with your life including work). On top of that, I am a professional business blogger and a creative writer with one published novel (The Wolf Project) to my name and another (Blood Brothers) about to be published. Nowadays authors don’t just write books; even those who are signed up with well established publishing houses are expected to take part in very active marketing campaigns. And many of us do the publishing as well.

So, all in all I am very a very busy lady. But how do I describe myself so that the person I am talking to at any particular moment gets to talk to the Wendy they expect to meet? It can be confusing for my potential clients. It would be even worse if I were looking for work and wanting to attract the eye of recruiters. Recruiters, even more than coaching clients, abhor mixed messages.

So, the lesson in all this is that if like me you enjoy doing a number of things in parallel, you need care. You need to limit how the knowledge of all you do impacts on your job search or your career prospects. Make sure you send very clear and main stream messages about what you can do for a particular employer and how good you are at doing it. While, enlightened, potential employers may see the benefits your complex experience may bring, many will not. Why would you want to make life harder for yourself?

Career coaches and life  coaches like me are around to help you thrive and succeed in challenging times. Get in touch at this link – I would like to discuss how I can help you.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

 

Writing Your CV

Writing Your CV

Writing Your CV! You’d be surprised how many people have never had to write a CV! It can be a daunting task!

How do you begin to put your career history on paper?  And what is the right balance of skill, experience and achievements to record?

If you get it wrong your CV can look unbalanced. Or, even worse, become unreadable!

You want to show a successful career progression. It should make the next opportunity (the one you have just decided to apply for) look like a logical move! Making it look like a natural fit can put you ahead in the job’s market.  It marks you out as the candidate they want.

Your resume needs to be a well written, clear and concise!

So format is important! Please don’t go for complicated designs with tables and fancy fonts.  Use a simple, clean, format that is well organiser and easily scanned. That will attract both the recruiter’s eye. And, these days often more important, it is easy for the recruiter’s software to process.

Produce a baseline CV. Then be prepared to adapt it to each job that you apply for. That way you can target your qualifications, skills, and key strengths. You should include relevant “keywords;” again with the sifting software in mind. You want to appeal to the person advertising the job at first glance!

Grabbing the recruiter’s attention is all important. You probably have 30 seconds or less to make an impression! So put the most relevant information upfront in your headline. Again, include keywords relevant to the advert or spec.

Make sure you CV is simple to read. And concentrate in terms of experience on the last 10 years.  Summarise anything earlier.  Focus on your achievements and the benefits you have delivered.  Show the benefits you will bring!

One of the major advantages of working with a career coach should be that you get your baseline CV in good order. And you learn how to adapt it. If you would like help with your CV, get in touch.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Refresh Your Job Search

Refresh Your Job Search

Is it time to refresh your job search? Have you been searching for a new job for a while now? Then right now is a great time to re-energise your quest. Here are some tips to help you refresh your job search.

Revamp Your CV/Résumé

An important step in every job search is to equip yourself with a CV that really highlights you, your skills and your abilities. How good is your CV? Take time now to check it and remember this CV is just a baseline that you will tailor for each new role. Here is some guidance on preparing a CV to be proud of; Writing that winning CV!

Find New Ways to Network

Social media in particular gives all kinds of new ways to find people to network with. Are you making the most of sites like LinkedIn?  Are you approaching social networking in a professional way? Remember that anything you say on the internet becomes part of your brand and that social networks are about conversations rather than broadcasting. But you can use social networking sites to build new relationships that can help your job search.

Update your image

What would really give your confidence a boost? How about a new hairstyle or should you considering a new style of dress?  You could make a change to represent the new you and your new approach!

Update your attitude

Work hard on your commitment to positive thinking and your self-belief.  If you catch yourself thinking negatively, stop in your tracks, catch that thought and flip it over in mind. Think of yourself as not so much looking for a job as looking for an opportunity to add value. You know that given the right opportunity that is exactly what you will do. Think every day about the benefits that you will bring to your new employer.

Find yourself a coach

A Career Coach will work with you on all the practical aspects of applying for jobs, changing career or going for promotion. A coach will help you to look at your achievements and results so far and how you can build on them to achieve what you want in the future. A good coach will help you build your confidence and maximise your chances of landing the right role.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

Getting Ready for Job Search – Decisions to Make!

Getting Ready for Job Search – Decisions to Make!

Getting Ready for Job Search – so you have decided to look for a new job. Now you have some decisions to make; deciding on the right kind of role is a big decision. There is a lot to consider.

Is this going to be a career or are you looking for work just so that you can pay the bills and keep yourself, and perhaps your family, afloat? There is nothing wrong with that and taking a stop-gap role while looking for right career opportunity can be a good idea, particularly if you are unhappy in your present role.

Perhaps, you want to build on your existing skills and experience and look for opportunities in the same sector. Or perhaps are you looking to start again with a new challenge in a new environment.

We all tend to work best at things we like – what do you enjoy doing? Think about your interests and the things that you have enjoyed doing in the past both at work and at home. What kind of environment suits you best? Now, be really honest and think about what you don’t like at work; are there environments you have disliked?

It’s important to decide how you want to work to make sure your search is as right for you as possible. Consider, for example, whether it is going to be a permanent, employed post or would you take on an interim role “temping” through an agency or as an independent contractor? Could you take an internship or volunteer – that would give you experience, but is likely to be unpaid? Then think about travelling and commuting. How far away from home are you prepared to work?

Think about the kind of organization you want to work in. There are all kinds around – large or small, public or private? Then what about the sector, such as, Finance, Education or Health?  Each will have its own culture and opportunities.

How much money are you looking for? You need to know how much money you actually need. Work out a budget and be clear about the style of life you want to lead.  How much money is it going to take to support it?

When you have the answers to these questions, you are ready to begin your job search proper – you can find help at this link Job-Search:Where are you looking?
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

Time for a new approach!

Time for a new approach!

Time for a new approach! Autumn is a great time to take stock and think about your career.

Some questions to consider!

  • If you are in work, is your present job still the right one for you?
  • Is time to think about that promotion and are you ready for it?
  • Do you need a sideways move in the same company to gain more experience?
  • Should you be thinking more radically and moving on to a new company, a new sector, a new town or even a new country?

Now may just be the right time to take that risk you have been avoiding.

If you are currently looking for work – is it time to refresh your job search? If so I hope the articles elsewhere on this blog will help.

Whether in work or out, if you do decide to make a change, don’t let lack of confidence stand in your way. And if you need support from a coach, please get in touch. Sometimes working with a coach can give you just the support you need to move on to a better place.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

So it is September

So it is September

So it is September – as autumn approaches do you need less mellow fruitfulness and more of a new approach!

So it is September and for most the holidays are over. The children go back to school. And as the school year begins, in the world of work, activity goes up a gear. Those elusive job adverts begin to appear again after their summer game of hide and seek. Did you know that the long school holiday evolved to allow children time out to help on the farm with the harvest? From the paucity of job adverts you would think recruiters have been out with their pitchforks too.

So as things start up again it is a great time to take stock and think about your own career.

If you are in work, is your present job still the right one for you? Is time to think about that promotion and are you ready for it? Or perhaps you need a sideways move in the same company to gain more experience. Should you be thinking more radically and moving on to a new company, a new sector, a new town or even a new country? Now may just be the right time to take that risk you have been avoiding.

If you are currently looking for work – is it time to refresh your job search? If so I hope the articles below will help.

Whether in work or out, if you do decide to make a change, don’t let lack of confidence stand in your way. And if you need support from a coach, please get in touch. Sometimes working with a coach can give you the edge over the competition!

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link