Resume Writing and Search Engine Optimization

How important is a resume that stands out? Let’s get real. You have about 6 seconds to create a spark with the person who is reviewing resumes for that job or you will be passed over.  That said, a resume that stands out with a great story quickly told is extremely important.  One thing that may help is Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Websites use this to get hire rankings on search engines such as Google.

How does that affect you? In the same way websites strategically place specific keywords and keywords phrases in their content to attract Unique Visitors who searched for those keywords, you will do the same with your resume. If you input the appropriate keywords recruiters and hiring managers while sourcing resumes will find you a lot easier thus giving you a better chance of getting an interview. When they source resumes for a position on a job board or an applicant tracking system, that system has a search function. They search by keywords.

I convinced you that you need to optimize your resume but you don’t know how.  OK, I’ll tell you how. The first place you look for keywords is on the job description itself. Read through it and look for words that are used multiple times in the job description.  Make sure those words are in your resume.  Next, they may be looking for what is called “relevant content”.  What is that you ask? The job description may say something like “Sigma Six” as a qualification. Make sure that term is in your resume (if you have that designation) so it will show up if they search for it.

You can also use a keyword search tool. There are many free ones on the Internet. I do not have a preference which one to use. Here is a link to one for you to check out: https://serps.com/tools/keyword-research/ , this is a Google Keyword search tool. As an example if you type in “accountant” you would get these results:

accountant

27,100

 

 

The 27,100 is the number of times in the previous month that the term account was searched on Google. Let’s look at the term “tax advisor”.  It was searched only 4,400 times the previous month on Google.  Which word would you want on your resume? Of course the term “accountant” because it was searched @23,000 times more which means it is much more popular and has a stronger search value. Of course if the job description is for a “tax advisor” you would put it in your resume regardless of its search value.

Consider adding relevant hyperlinks about work that you have done if you have them. Things like a personal website, links to articles or blogs that you may want to share or maybe an online video CV. Don’t forget to add a link to your medial profiles such as LinkedIn.

 

We hope this help?

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Employment News: Job Gaines for Americans with Disabilities Contribute to Strength of Labor Market

Our disability community should find some joy in the employment news that came out on August 4th, 2017 about National Trends in Disability Employment by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. According to the report there has been a record trend of 16 consecutive months with an uptick in employment of people with disabilities.

In the Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report released Friday, August 4, 2017, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 28.1 percent in July 2016 to 29.7 percent in July 2017 (up 5.7 percent, 1.6 percentage points). John O’Neil PhD, director of employment and disability research at the Kessler Foundation stated “This is the longest run of improvements in the employment situation for people with disabilities since the data was first available in September 2008.

This is the kind of employment news our community is looking for. The reason in my opinion why this uptick is happening is because there is a concerted effort from the public and private sector to do so. Organizations like ours, disABLEDperson, Inc. are partnered with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) on multiple initiatives beyond our job boards. Our organization educates people with disabilities to give them marketable job skills.  CSAVR and their National Employment Team help employers understand what it means to hire people with disabilities. Below are some of the agencies and organizations that I believe make a difference as well.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) an agency of the U. S. Department of Labor that ensures companies working with the federal government meet their compliance regulations as a rule in place that a federal contractor needs to have 7% of its workforce represented by people with disabilities across all job descriptions and 8% of protected veterans represented.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), another agency of the federal government is a wonderful resource site for employers. Their site is http://www.askearn.org/ .

The Jobs Accommodation Network, another agency of the federal government. Their site is www.askjan.org. JAN facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members, and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects.

The United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. Their site is www.USBLN.org .

The National Industrial Liaison Group is the premier association of federal contractors supporting affirmative action and equal opportunity in the workplace through collaboration with Industrial Liaison Groups and liaisons with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and other government agencies and organizations connected to federal contracting EEO and AA requirements. Their site is: http://www.nationalilg.org/

Check out all of the above sites. These agencies and organizations are the reason why disability employment is on the rise. See you next week!

 

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Are you ready for that Phone Interview? Be prepared!

Are you ready for your Phone Interview?

You think, “it is only a phone interview it’s no big deal right”? Wrong! It is very common to underestimating the importance of a phone interview. Many jobseekers think they do not have to prepare for a phone interview. After all, they just want to know I am a real person and that I have the qualifications for the job I’m applying to. Well, you cannot be more mistaken. Phone interviews usually are just for screening purposes. Those who do well move on to the next step which is an in person live interview. Here are some tips:

Sometimes a potential employer will call you without scheduling the call, it is unexpected. If this happens, stay calm. Make a quick evaluation of your situation. Are you driving? Are you in the supermarket? Are you having coffee with some friends? If so, do not be afraid to politely request that you reschedule the call for later on in the day or the next day. If the person calling says they cannot reschedule then of course move forward with the phone interview. Be smart though, put yourself in the best position you can at that time. Remove yourself from as much noise as possible. Excuse yourself from friends to a quiet place. If you are with your children and cannot get to a quiet place, make sure you inform the interviewer. Let him/her know that there will be back ground noise and distractions but you will stay focused.

Assuming your phone interview is scheduled, does making sure you are professionally dressed matter. Obviously, the interviewer cannot see you so it doesn’t matter to them. However, there is a psychological component to this for you. If you are dressed professionally, you will present yourself more professionally. Being in your PJ’s or under ware will affect your attitude and mental state for the interview. Think about it. Dressing for a phone interview will make you feel that you are prepared and professional. Just saying!

Make sure you have copies of your resume and the job announcement so you can reference them as needed. Don’t leave remembering at that moment to chance. Also, have your calendar readily available so you can quickly respond to the interviewer should he/she ask about your availability for a live interview.

If you have time, look up your interviewer on LinkeIn and find out their interests and education. You never know, you may have some commonality with them. Prepare notes for yourself about the company so you have them readily available. Look up phone interview questions on the NET for your intended position. Practice your answers to those questions. Speak clearly, keep it conversational and most of all be enthusiastic.

Things to do during the Phone Interview

Be sure to listen closely and make sure you fully understand the question before you answer it. Keep your answers short and sweet. Your responses should be 2 minutes or less to avoid dominating the conversation. Two minutes is enough time to give a full, comprehensive answer while still keeping a balanced discussion.

Once the interview is done, before you hang up the phone, ask what the next step in the process would be. It is also OK to ask the interviewer if they felt you adequately answered their questions. This can give you a second chance to correct/add to a deficient answer. Also ask the interviewer when you can expect notification for whether you advance to the next step.

 Phone interviews are an important part of the screening process. Take time to prepare and be ready! 

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