First Steps to Success

Your resume is like a movie preview, it’s purpose is to generate interest so that you land an interview. To accomplish this goal takes planning. Follow these steps to start on your path to success.

Be Clear in Your Career Goal

Many resumes send mixed messages, does yours? Does your resume seek to qualify your for the job you are applying for or pretty much any job under the sun? Let’s face it, we all have many skills and experiences. Unfortunately, they are all not relevant to each position to which we apply.

Do you know what the best career choices are for you? This career test will show you. Another useful tool as you set your path is to take a FREE personality test and see which career is right for your personality type.  Many of the individuals I work with benefit tremendously from career counseling. You owe it to yourself to take advantage of these resources as your prepare for this competitive job market.

You have to build a strong case for yourself. This is your sales pitch. You must be clear in your mind what you are seeking and your resume must also reflect that. However, clarifying your goal sets the stage for everything else and will determine your success.

Qualify Your Experience and Skills

If you are out of work, use this time to get certified in your areas of expertise or take classes to update your skills or learn new ones. This is an investment in yourself that will pay off down the road. Certifications on your resume demonstrate your expertise on specific areas even if you have little professional experience with that skill. Here are some of my favorites links to get you started:

  • Kaplan SelfTest. Kaplan SelfTest provides career opportunities to technology students and IT professionals who prove their technical proficiency through guaranteed certifications success. Sensible and straight-forward products help you start or further your career and become the IT professional you strive to be.
  • Transcender. Transcender exam preparation products reinforce learning objectives and validate knowledge so you know you’re prepared to conquer even the toughest IT challenge and the certification exam. Courses area backed with a pass the first time guarantee.
  • Seminars on DVD. Topics include boosting sales, increasing productivity, motivating employees, outsmarting the competition, serving customers at higher levels than ever before, and many others. Industry giants conduct many of these seminars, including Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, Les Brown, Jim Rohn, Tony Alessandra, Terri Sjodin, and Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Additional Recommended Resources

There are tons of resources to help you find a job, but not all are worth the cost. Check  out some of my favorite job search and resume writing books in the Resume Remodeler Bookstore.