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Could using a target job title help your résumé get noticed?

May 29, 2012 4 comments

Could using a target job title on your résumé (instead of an objective statement) help your résumé get noticed? Should you use a target job title, or is it best to stick with using an objective statement?

Watch the following video and get answers to these and other questions:

  1. What is a target job title?
  2. What are the three components of a target job title?
  3. Why should I consider using a target job title?
  4. What can I do with the other components of my résumé to make it more targeted to the open position?

– Résumé- Using A Targeted Job Title –

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If I can give you one primary take away message from this video it would be this: A résumé must be targeted to the job. Generic résumés are less likely to get noticed and could be prolonging your job search.

My advice: Think “customization” every time you submit your résumé and cover letter.

~ Blessings to you!

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy
Career & Business Strategy


I need a job!!!! like right now.. I am tired of waiting…

September 21, 2011 1 comment

I recently read an informative piece by Job Talk With Anita Clew called: “Hiring Process”. This article discusses two employment options that staffing agencies offer: temp-to-hire and direct hire.  At the end of her article a reader posted the following comment:

“yeah ok.. i need a job!!!! like right now.. i am tired of waiting for a agency to call me.”

My article is in response to the reader’s comment.  I know she is not alone in this sentiment of frustration and in no way do I write to belittle the fact that anyone currently searching for a job has a reason or right to be frustrated.  You’re feelings are VALID!


In a tough job market like today, no one can wait for an agency to call them. Agency account mangers are bombarded with tons of applicants and fewer available positions than normal. When a job comes up, the account manger will usually think to his/herself: “Hmmmm who would be good for this position?”  And quite naturally his/her mind will roam to the persons whose names and faces have continually come up before them. Or, IF the job opening requires some type of uncommon skill and work experience, and you have that uncommon work experience, then your name or face might flash before the account mangers eyes and he/she will look for you.

It is unlikely that waiting for a call will result in a job placement. You as the job-seeker (job-needer) must make sure that your name and face continually comes up before your account manager. No, I’m not saying that you should drop by the agency’s office 3 times a week, but at the very least you should:

  1. Call the agency weekly
  2. Do the online tutorials that many agencies offer, and then request to take more of the skills test. This will cause your electronic profile to continuously keep updating with a fresh date.
  3. Update and/or refine your résumé, upload it to the system and email it to your account manager about 2 times a month.
  4. Use the agency’s online job search tool and apply for positions that fit your qualifications and that you would be willing to accept.
  5. Work regularly with multiple agencies, but put more of your efforts into working with the account manager that has been most responsive.

So many people need a job right now, and it is hard to keep tugging along when nothing seems to be working. But remember, it is the one who stays diligent in business who will find his/herself standing in front of their new boss with a smile and a sense of relief.

~ Keep your head up!  Michelle Walker-Wade
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Poll – What Components of a Résumé Make the Biggest Impact?

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Cast your vote please!  You may choose up to THREE!

Also, if you are a HR professional or a hiring manger, please feel free to add additional comments and share your perspective.   Thank you!

I look forward to seeing your replies!

~ Michelle Walker-Wade

Top Three Reasons People Do not Get Hired After an Interview

September 2, 2011 4 comments

According to a survey given to hiring committees, here are the top three reasons people do not get hired AFTER having participated in an interview.

  1. Candidate was unable to respond to the questions. They either gave a single-word answer or answered a question other than the one that was asked.
  2. Poor appearance. Candidate came to interview inappropriately dressed for that particular work environment.
  3. Lack of individuality. The candidate did not open up enough to allow the interviewer(s) to get a sense of who he/she is.

I agree with the three top reasons listed above and have experienced all three during the interview process.  In addition to these, here are three more reasons that would make me think twice about the candidate

  1. The candidate talks too much; rambling on and on or interrupting the interviewer.
  2. The candidate has not prepared for the interview; he/she knows nothing about our organization.
  3. The person who walks through the door is not the same person I’ve read about on paper (the résumé and cover letter do not match the person).

Trust me. Interviewers generally do not look forward to days and days of interviewing candidates. Anything you can do to make the interview a pleasant conversation is to your advantage.  Consider attending classes and workshops on getting a job. They are vital to your success!

~ Go out and make it happen! – Michelle Walker-Wade