Is job-hopping still an issue that job-seekers need to address?

Staying within jobs for only a few months or maybe a year is a serious issue for employers looking for quality employees. For those who can’t commit to an employer for more than 12 months, be prepared to be overlooked for prime roles. Companies exert big bucks to train staff as part of the on-boarding process — and for jobseekers that continuously move on to what they perceive as greener grasses are going to start finding desert instead of a plush landscape of job opportunities.

Certainly professionals are no longer expected to remain with the same employer for 45 years, collect a gold watch, and ride off into the sunset of retirement. But, staying with a company for a minimum of 2-5 years (well beyond the probationary period) is ideal … and much appreciated by companies who are looking for solid, long-term employees. Employment longevity allows a jobseeker to generate actual results — which looks great on a resume — rather than build a pipeline for a successor to take credit for.

Check Out This Video For Over Looked Upsides To Job Hopping.

Resume Touch-Ups in 15 Minutes or Less

How often do you think someone should “touch up” his/her resume?
Career progression and other factors vary from one individual to another; Touch-Ups in 15 Minutes or Lesstherefore, how often a resume is updated should be each individual’s choice. Continued changes in job titles or employment tasks are indicators the resume should be updated more often, but in cases where a person’s career is a bit more stagnant or slow moving, updating the resume is probably better as a once-in-a-while project.

What resume touch-ups can jobseekers do in 15 minutes or less?
Integrating just a few additional keywords and sprucing up those accomplishments to include more numbers and percentages are changes people can make to their resumes in 15 minutes or less.

Take this before and after examples into consideration:

  • POOR: Managed a growing sales team, which focused on client accounts within the healthcare industry.
  • BETTER: Managed ~13 sales reps, which focused on client accounts generating $13.1MM within the healthcare industry.
  • BEST: Managed, trained, and coached ~13 sales reps, nurturing $13.1MM in yearly revenues generated via major client accounts within the healthcare industry (e.g. John Hopkins Hospital).

Simply pecking at resume content, making even the tiniest improvements, can be a good move.

Think of the resume as a live being — it needs attention [on-going tender loving care] and food [good content]. Ideally, the resume is always in draft form because it’s forever being added to and improved upon.

The one tip I would whisper into the ear of all job-seekers …

Don’t always believe what you read about resumes. Changes in job search throughout the last several years have dictated how resumes should now be written and presented — and when you factor online resume advice can sometimes be generic and outdated, jobseekers can find themselves disappointed after following the wrong advice.

Make sure the resume writer you hire knows where your resume, and resume content, will end up — think online resume portfolios, social media sites, and online networking services. Resume content no longer remains stationary within an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, which so few consider when job-hunting in today’s hiring environment.

Is Resume Page Length No Longer Relevant?

Questioning resume page length is an age-old question that really should be put to bed, and let me tell you why…

Have you heard this advice: “Your resume shouldn’t be more than 1 page in length.”

Really, do you believe this? Make the one-page “argument” to some college grads, and you’ll likely get plenty of nodding heads in agreement that a brief resume is best. Make that same argument to someone with 10+ years of work experience (think established professionals, such as managers and executives), and well, you’ll likely hear grumbling with lots of disarrangement. How does a person with 10 years of tenure effectively squeeze that amount of work history — and all the necessary detail pertaining to such — into one page?

What is the big obsession about resume page length anyway? Maybe it’s time to concern yourself more about…

1) Ensuring your resume is thorough
2) Utilizing a professional resume layout that adequately “sells you” to prospective new employers
3) Writing quality content, while ensuring the content looks full, not sparse
4) Covering and highlighting your most notable, and relevant, knowledge and skills

Why now is the question about page length a question that may no longer need an answer? Why is resume page length less of a concern these days? Think of the places we now put resumes for one. You see resumes on Craigslist, LinkedIn, VisualCV, and Elance — and these sites are just the tip of the iceberg. How many pages is your LinkedIn page? How many pages is your VisualCV? These are likely idiotic questions because the Internet has changed how we view content. Now, we focus more on “what’s above the fold,” keyword quality, and skim-ability when it comes to online content. Since an increasing number of resumes are made into soft-copy documents, simply meaning viewed on a computer screen, the age-old question about page length may be becoming less and less relevant.

No doubt, your resume needs to be shaped and customized to fit each job-search “vehicle.”

If a one-page resume is all that’s needed for Craigslist, for example, then yes, a one-page resume satisfies the objective. For other job-search vehicles, let’s say for submission to USAJobs.gov, a one-page resume transitioned to the site’s resume management system probably won’t suffice. USAJOBS, like many other online resume management systems use keywords to identify prime candidates. So, using a tight, one-page resume might be short-changing your resume in the keyword department and therefore positioning your resume to produce far fewer interviews.

You will need to strike a balance between writing a resume that’s skim-able and provides readers with that they seek, yet writing a resume that is thoroughly written to increase your resume’s chances of being found in computer systems too.

How do I network and job search while I’m employed full-time?

network and job search while employed full-timeNetworking should never be a laborious task; so just “pecking at the process” can make all the difference in the world. For those pinched for time, connecting with recruiters, colleagues, and former acquaintances is a task that can be passed on to a secretary, friend, or spouse. Also, avoid connecting with everyone and anyone — what I call a spitball strategy. Focus on reconnecting only with those you can help, and who can help you. An effective job search is better done with focus and precision, so always focus on quality, not quantity.