Don’t miss out! Register to attend the free resume writing seminar at the YMCA

Don’t forget, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, between 10 AM and 12 noon, Veterans Job Resources will be hosting a free resume writing seminar for veterans at the Sacramento Central YMCA on W Street.

You will learn how to:

  • Write a resume to get a Federal Government job
  • Navigate the USAJOBS Federal Government employment site
  • Write resumes to get you noticed in the civilian job market
  • Find the right job with personal branding

By attending this event, veterans will learn how to market themselves effectively to get their dream job in the Federal Government or civilian corporate world.

Sacramento Central YMCA is located at 2021 W Street, Sacramento, between 19th and 21st streets. The event runs from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, September 30th.

Register to attend at EventBrite or on Facebook/veteransjobresources.

Write a targeted resume to get an interview

Writing your resume is tough enough, but with the odds of your resume being seen by hiring managers so slim, you’ll need all the help you can get. Eventually, the job of your dreams will finally be posted and you’ll want to go the extra mile to get an interview. So now what?

Customize your resume for the position!

Sounds easy enough, but to get past the applicant tracking system (ATS), you’ll need to learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is how journalists and other writers get their work seen by search engines (Google, Bing, etc.). That way, their articles will display in search results. ATS’s work in the same manner. They scan your resume like a search engine and if your resume matches the search criteria, your resume will be selected as a top match. The trick is, knowing how to align your resume with the search criteria. So how do you do that?

Match their job posting requirements!

Although there are multiple methods to do that, I’ll focus on just one to get you started: Keyword optimization. Keyword optimization involves researching and selected the best keywords (hint, they are in the job posting), so that your resume is seen by the ATS. Thankfully, there is a handy free tool available that can provide information to guide you.

How TagCrowd can help

With TagCrowd, you can cut and paste the job description and requirement into the appropriate box. Under Options, next to Show Frequencies? click Yes. After a quick visualization, you’ll get a list of the top keywords used in the job posting.

Visit TagCrowd at https://tagcrowd.com/

(no compensation was paid for my recommendation)

Next step

Your next step is carefully match a few of the top keywords in your resume (I generally aim for the top 5 meaningful keywords). This can be tricky. If the job posting is written poorly, you’ll discover some of the top keywords have nothing to do with the accomplishments on your resume. You’ll have to determine if the open position will actually be a good fit for you. If it is, you may also want to see if anyone in your professional network can put your resume in front of the hiring manager’s eyes.

Just a warning, don’t get too carried away with matching all the keywords exactly. This process, known as “keyword stuffing,” will be recognized as such by the ATS and you’ll be rejected.

Nevertheless, TagCrowd can be an important tool to use in customizing your resume to get your dream job. Use it wisely and you will get that interview!

1 tip to get seen by hiring managers

Recently, one of my resume writing clients vented his frustration with his job search over the last few months. “I feel like I have the skills and qualifications, so why isn’t anyone interested in me?” he disclosed to me. Let me break it down for you.

Initially, hiring managers want someone who can walk in the door and be familiar with their technologies and methodologies right away.

Corporations have applicant tracking systems (ATS) in place to screen out candidates that do not meet this requirement, so this is where it gets complicated. In fact, some of the most perfectly qualified candidates will never be seen by hiring managers. So what can you do?

First, you need to state the exact name of every technology that you’ve ever used on your resume. Call out the full product name and it’s descriptor, if possible. For example, my client said that he had used Remedy for four years when he worked at a call center. Remedy, itself, is a company name and, in fact, no longer in existence. What did the ATS see? Nothing.

I rewrote the accomplishment with the product name as it is known today, which is “BMC IT Service Management.” Many modern ATS’s are smart enough to know current product names and now will call him out as a candidate with 4 years’ experience in service management software. Some of the older systems aren’t as smart, but you have to keep looking forward.

In summary, do the foot work and research every product name you’ve ever used. Visit corporate websites to find out actual names and use it wisely on your resume. Not only in your “skills” section but also once (just once, not more) under each position that you’ve held in the past.

YMCA of Superior California resume writing event for veterans

PRESS RELEASE

Veterans Job Resources presents: YMCA of Superior California resume writing event for veterans.

Sacramento, CA – On Saturday, September 30, 2017, between 10 AM and 12 noon, Veterans Job Resources will be hosting a free resume writing seminar for veterans at the Sacramento Central YMCA on W Street.

Chris Angle, founder of Veterans Job Resources, will be discussing:

  • How to write a resume to get a Federal Government job
  • How to navigate the USAJOBS Federal Government employment site

In addition, guest speaker, Scott Parsons, will be discussing:

  • Writing resumes to get you noticed in the civilian job market
  • Finding the right job with personal branding

By attending this event, veterans will learn how to market themselves effectively to get their dream job in the Federal Government or civilian corporate world.

“As part of our mission at Veterans Job Resources, we are really excited to offer this seminar for veterans” explains Chris. “we hope veterans will walk away feeling empowered with their job search, knowing they are a step up from other candidates.”

Sacramento Central YMCA is located at 2021 W Street, Sacramento, between 19th and 21st streets. The event runs from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, September 30th.

Register to attend at EventBrite or on Facebook/veteransjobresources.

About Veterans Job Resources

Veterans Job Resources by PreciseAngle is an accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides career advancement services and job placement to veterans. For more information, visit www.veteransjobresources.org

About Scott Parsons

Scott is a professional writer and career advancement enthusiast with over 20 years’ experience working as a writer in the civilian corporate world. For information, visit scottwrites4you.strikingly.com

About YMCA of Superior California

Inspiring all people to a healthy life – in spirit, mind and body is the mission that guides the work of the YMCA of Superior California. More than a pool or gym, the Y is a cause dedicated to the positive development of youth, healthy living for people of all ages, and social responsibility in addressing the critical needs of the communities we serve. With programs from athletics to advocacy, dance to disease prevention, and cycling to child care, the Y doesn’t just strengthen individuals, we strengthen communities. For more information, visit www.ymcasuperiorcal.org

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