Sally Calloway a.k.a Coach Sally is a certified professional career coach and expert resume writer who has helped thousands land their dream jobs through customized and effective programs. Her varied roles including professional speaker and emerging best-selling author together with her vast experience make her suitable to hold the title of Las Vegas Resident Expert Career Coach.
Using LinkedIn to
search for a new job, but no one is viewing your profile?
Here are 5 tips on
building a LinkedIn profile that gets viewed.
not who you know. It’s who knows you.” This is the reality in today’s
employment market says Richard Feller, Ph.D., President of the National Career
Development Association. I recently attended the National Resume Writers’
Association conference in Chicago and a common theme among the group was the newest
trends on leveraging social media to help our clients land interviews. LinkedIn
was of particular interest as it has proven to be a gateway to being
discovered. Harvard Business
Review wrote an article back in 2012 that highlights the growing trend of
recruiters and hiring managers are relying heavily on the Internet to research
candidates for employment. Multiple studies show convincingly that more than
75% of employers actively research candidates online. “Millennials recognize
LinkedIn is one of the best online tools to help jump start their professional
careers,” says Razor Suleman, founder and chairman of Achievers. “We’ve been amazed to see how the use of LinkedIn has increased by 700%
percent over the last two years.”
My fellow NRWA members and I had the pleasure
of hearing Dean R. DeLisle of Forward Progress speak about building the ultimate LinkedIn profile. Through
our combined experience and proven strategies I share with you these important
1.Include a photo of
Smile and appear approachable. Refrain from using logos or a photo of you and
2.Be sure your headline
Perhaps the most important section on your profile, your headline must spark
interest and attract people to click through from search listings. Ex. “Top-Performing
General Manager; 11 years experience attheforefront ofglobal
operationsfor the hospitality
industry”.You only have 120 characters
with which to make a good impression.
3.Take advantage of
You are allowed up to 50 and they show up in search engines, so select those
that will appeal to the people you are trying to reach.
4.Upload your current
resume as a PDF file.
Before doing so, be sure that it is competitive illustrating what you have contributed
to your employers and what you bring to the table. Think WIFT (What’s in it For
Them?) Them being prospective employers and how will they benefit by
5.Your Summary and
Experience sections should not contain data that you cut and paste from your
This is your opportunity to expand on your offerings with a more personable
approach. Don’t go overboard however, and discuss your personal issues or other
“stuff” that the world, let alone prospective employers, does not need to know.
more career development tips and strategies feel free to visit my website or
contact me directly.
Sally Calloway, Career Coach, Social Media
Quick Tips toPrepare for Your Skype Interview and Ace it With Confidence
Avoid technical difficultiesat all costs
Set up, practice well in advance, record yourself and have the phone number of the interviewer handy in case you get disconnected. Make certain that all systems are "go"!
Eye contact through the camera
Looking into the
camera is equivalent to making eye contact when interviewing in person. If you
fixate on the screen and watch yourself, it will appear as though you are not
making eye contact which is essential in any interview setting.
Distraction free, professional background
Get situated in a
quiet place free of distractions or the potential for distractions. It
should appear that you are in an office like setting with a professional
background keeping the focus on you. Turn off your cell phone and home phone so they don't ring and interrupt.
Put your hands where
they can see them Body language and
other non-verbal cues play an important role in communicating effectively. You
want to make sure that the upper half of your body is showing with good shot of
your head and shoulders, as well as of your hands.
Dress to Impress - Yes, wear pants!
A professional, neat
and groomed appearance from head to toe is important. Looking the part boosts
confidence and besides, it is best not to leave room for a wardrobe malfunction.
Speak Clearly, Sound Strong and Slow It Down Wait for the
interviewer to stop talking before you answer. It can be easy to talk over
someone during a Skype call. Digest the question and answer loud and clear. Be Enthusiastic Smile frequently and
have good posture.
Make sure your user name
or “handle” is professional for crying out loud!! =)
Practice, Prepare and Practice Some More. Now, go get on it and give it your ALL!
Visit my website for more interview preparation tips and strategies.
4 Reasons why it is Crucial to Update Your Resume TODAY!
is here and it is an important month for “career care-taking”. September is
proclaimed “International Update Your Résumé Month.” While children are
embarking on starting the new school year, adults should also be taking stock
of their professional attributes and career value by updating their résumés.
we think of as a 'life print,' or guideline for career development, will
provide a proactive approach toward meeting unforeseen market and company
changes, in reevaluating personal worth and in preparing to obtain the next
step in career growth. Too often job seekers avoid taking this crucial step
until the last minute, when they need their résumé yesterday. However, by
declaring September as the official update month, people will have the
opportunity to better control and champion their own futures.
by Career Directors International (CDI), Update Your Résumé Month is meant to
promote awareness about the importance of having an updated résumé ready.
4 reasons why having an updated résumé is crucial, and tips on gaining a competitive advantage:
1.The résumé has evolved with the economy. The
cookie cutter résumé is outdated and unpopular. For instance, the “Objective
Statement” has become obsolete. Hiring managers want to know what value you
offer, not what you are seeking.Replace
your “Objective Statement” with a “Summary of Qualifications” or a “Value
Statement” that illustrates why you are the best fit for the position. A
competitive, trending résumé is necessary in
an increasingly competitive employment market.
2.If a new opportunity comes knocking, is your résumé strong enough to open
the door? Most people welcome bigger and better opportunities.You never know when you may be
presented with an unbelievable job offer; even better than the great job you
have now. If a recruiter asked for your résumé today, would
you be submitting a superstar résumé or a
sub-par one? What if the company you currently work for were to downsize and
you find yourself out of a job overnight? With the downturn of the economy,
this has become a common and unfortunate circumstance for many.
3.Proactively position yourself for career
progression. It is imperative that you consistently take inventory of your
accomplishments, awards recognitions, and goals achieved. This is the meat that
attracts the lion. It is not enough to
document your success on your performance reviews alone. You may find yourself
up for a promotion, or wanting a raise. Can you back up why you are deserving
of either? Frequently input quantifiable examples of your achievements on your résumé and include conference training, seminars and education
advancement. (Click for Examples)
4.Success is where preparation and opportunity
meet. (Bobby Unser) This is particularly true when it comes to career success.
Education, training, gaining experience, and professional development are all
ways we prepare for better opportunity. Career care-taking is equally as
important. Be prepared to meet opportunity and achieve career success; update
your résumé, keep your interview skills fresh, know your value and
communicate it strategically.