Job Seekers Get Teck Interviews

Job seekers are going to Teck interviews thanks to their Resume Pro resumes!

If you aren’t getting interviews, perhaps it’s time to take a realistic look at your resume. You may remember my recent post, New Thinking Leads to New Mining Jobs, in which I introduced,  Lisa Mirtsopoulos, a fantastic resource for those pursuing mining jobs. This morning while surfing her blog I came across a Q & A that, again, illustrates that poorly-written resumes are preventing job seekers from getting interviews. It goes like this:

Q: “I’m just wondering why my resume is not being selected for any greenie positions.”

A:  “She kindly sent me her resume and cover letter to get a second opinion. I gave Amy some suggestions for improvement and recommended to get her resume professionally written, that will highlight her skills in a better way.

“So I asked Adrianne from Resumes WA, an expert in writing mining ready resumes, why are resumes sometimes ignored. She came back with a blog  —           5 Reasons Your Resume is Being Ignored.”

“I have read a lot of resumes over my time and its the biggest let down for most people. Spelling mistakes, no clear headings, contains more objective remarks (that can’t be proven) rather than facts, no achievements, the layout is messy etc. I plead with you all, take the time and spend a little money to get your resume professionally done. Do your research on resume writing companies and ask to sight some examples first. Ask for their experience in writing mining resumes.”

To read the above Q & A (and many more) on Lisa’s blog, click the link and scroll down to the blue section:  Mining job applications and interviews.  There isn’t much more I can add. As an expert resume writer, I agree with and support everything Lisa and Adrianne have shared.  If you aren’t getting interviews, it is your resume that is the problem, hands down, no question.

Alright all you job-seekers, there it is for today. Remember, since I am an expert resume-writer I can develop your resume and cover letter for you, so don’t stress! Believe me, there is no shame in getting a professional to write such an important document for you. And, as always, I want your feedback and comments so I can make this blog really useful and helpful to all job-seekers.

Thanks for your time today!

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What Are These “Accomplishments” We’re Supposed to Put on Our Resumes?

Accomplishments on ResumesIf you are job hunting or thinking of changing your career, you have probably been doing some online research to help you write a good resume. Goodness knows, there is plenty of it out there! Some of it is excellent, some of it is garbage, but what you are probably seeing over and over is that you must talk about your accomplishments on your resume.

When I first heard about this concept years ago, I will admit, I was confused. What accomplishments? I mean, I went to work and did the same thing day in and day out, nothing much changed in my daily duties, I didn’t do anything monumental, not even occasionally, so what the heck accomplishments was I supposed to come up with?

What Are These Precious Accomplishments?

I searched online for examples of accomplishments and saw things like:

  • Promoted an average 30 titles per year for a niche publishing company.
  • Increased employee training participation by 50% by adapting existing curriculum into online education modules.
  • Led project coordinating office moves for 55 employees.
  • Reduced time spent on inventory by 20% by reorganizing physical storage of supplies.
  • Planned lodging and travel logistics for 20 ships per year, with 10 crew members each.

Notice each of these accomplishment statements contains a number. Apparently, numbers are big to whomever is reading your resume. However, we don’t all have that kind of information to include in our resumes. In an Billings Clerk position I held in the oil and gas industry, I probably increased revenues for the company, particularly in my first year, but by what percentage I have no idea. It is not common for employers to praise non-sales employees for increasing revenues — they would have to give them a raise along with the praise!

The reality is, most of us common folk don’t know how, or how much, we contributed to a company’s bottom line, or increased its productivity, or reduced its time spent on a project, so how do we talk about our accomplishments on our resumes? Well, it’s kind of easy because…..

An Accomplishment is Something You Did

Go back in your mind to your previous jobs and think about what you did in each role. Be sure to have a notebook handy to jot down your memories. Really devote some time to this and use this little system to get the memories flowing. Ask yourself:

  1. What did I do on a daily basis?  Write it down as descriptively and with as much detail as you can come up with.
  2. Why did I do it?  Do not answer this question with ‘for the pay cheque’. Think of your job description and your role in the company — why did the company need someone to do that job? Why did your role exist?
  3. What were the outcomes as a result of what I did?  For example, I was in Billings. The outcomes of what I did, day in and day out, was money.  I sent out the Billings that generated the money for the company. Nothing is as important to a company as its money, so this is a pretty significant outcome.
  4. Think about and remember how you did what you did. In my Billings position I used customized company software to enter data from field tickets. First, I scrutinized the tickets for thoroughness and accuracy. I worked closely with guys in the field to clarify unclear data, and I referred to service contracts to verify compliance. Field personnel didn’t necessarily know what they could and should bill so it was up to me to communicate with them. This is how you need to think and remember — in detail!  Do not overlook little things you may think insignificant. Nothing you did was insignificant.
  5. What computer programs and/or software did you use?  What equipment? What tools? What resources?  I couldn’t have produced the company’s Billings without using the specialized software I mentioned.  Nor could I have done a thorough job without communicating with the guys in the field, and if I didn’t refer to the contract, I might have missed something that should have been billed, and the company would then have lost out on revenues.

These are the little things we sometimes overlook when we think in general about how we did our previous jobs. But if you think, in detail, of all the things you did, no matter how seemingly insignificant or automatic, you will come up with some very impressive accomplishments!

Turn a Boring Duty into an Impressive Accomplishment

To give you a quick example of how to describe an accomplishment, I’ll show you the wrong way first:

Duties:

  • prepared invoices using field tickets
  • ensured correct information on field tickets with field personnel
  • ensured invoices complied with services contract

Yawn

Accomplishments:

  • employed efficient time-management skills to produce 3 million monthly in highly-detailed billings under rigid deadlines in fast-paced accounting department
  • meticulously followed tight guidelines to verify field ticket accuracy and service- contract conformity resulting in recovery of an average $5000 monthly

Nice!

See how the above example shows you how to transform duties into accomplishments? Use numbers whenever you can, but if you simply don’t have any, use other, just as impressive facts to describe your accomplishments.

Alright all you job-seekers, there it is for today. Remember, since I am an expert resume-writer I can develop a fantastic resume and cover letter for you, so don’t stress! Believe me, there is no shame in getting an expert to write such an important document for you. And, as always, I invite your comments so I can make this blog really useful and helpful to all job-seekers.

Did I help you to see how thinking and remembering, in detail, will help you to write descriptive accomplishments?  I’d love to hear what you think!

Thanks for your time today!

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Thank You Resume Pro!

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After only six weeks in business, Resume Pro is busier than was expected this early into it! The comments and testimonials from happy clients have been overwhelming and encouraging, and I want to thank all of them for their kind words!

Go ahead and take a look!

 

HAPPY CLIENTS!

“I never knew how wrong my resume was until I had an appt. with Resume Pro. She had me in awe at how much better I could make it and why I’ve most likely not been called. Everyone thinks their resumes are good and done right, but they are old formats with old ideals. She’s good!”
– Lana, Crowsnest Pass, AB

“OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU HAVE DONE!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
– Michelle, Sparwood, BC

“Resume pro was a great idea; really made a difference in making a professional resume! Terri was really kind and nice to work with! I recommend this for sure.”
– Tyler, Crowsnest Pass, AB

“If you need an excellent resume and cover letter service, look no further. Terri will help you “jump through the hoops ” and get your resume and cover letter noticed. She’s very professional and knows what employers are looking for. Highly recommended.”
– Scott, Crowsnest Pass, AB

“Resume Pro was very prompt and professional. I was very impressed with the final outcome of my C.V. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for this type of service.”
– Bonnie, Calgary, AB

“Terrie : Thank you very much for a very dedicated job. I’ll certainly pass your name on to others.”
– Lyle, Cranbrook, BC

“Everything makes sense on it and am very happy with how it turned out!!”
– Brody, Merritt, BC

“I truly believe the quality of my resume was why I had so many calls for interviews. I was able to have ResumePro tweek multiple resumes to fit where I was applying and keep it relevant. I will use a ResumePro on my next job search for sure! Great work!”
– Robin, Calgary, AB

Thank you clients!  I have thoroughly enjoyed developing your new resumes and cover letters!  Good luck to all in your job searches!

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New Thinking Leads to New Mining Job

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Lisa Mirtsopoulos is a haul truck driver in a mine. She shares some very sensible advice for those trying to get mine jobs.  Well worth the read!

“I receive many emails and posts by people who are trying to get jobs in the mines but are not finding any opportunities. I can hear their frustrations. I feel for them because I went through three years of frustrations before I got my break into the mining world.

“They want to know what they can do. My first advice is ‘change your actions, change your results’. What do I mean by that? Well, in anything you do, if you’ve been following the same format or process and you keep getting the same results (ie. no mining job), then this tells you that your format/process is not working. It’s time for you make a change if you want to see a different result.”

Make Your Resume Fit for a Mining Job

“Have you changed your resume to suit mining? Are you still using an old format from 20 years ago? Consider getting your resume professionally converted into a mining resume – ensuring it is keyword enriched so that HR will take notice of it. Remember, they read hundreds of resumes a week.”

“A lot of people think that a dump truck driving job will just come to them. The opposite is required, you have to go out and get the job, any way you can. Move from that feeling of being stuck in a place where your dream to be a dump truck driver is sitting on the other side of a huge gap. It’s time to think differently about your challenge.”

“It’s not always easy to be aware of your options without someone guiding the way for you. So take the time to research, plan and then implement your new actions to move closer to your mining career. The ones who are prepared to invest in themselves are the ones who get to their dream or goal quicker.”

The above excerpts belong to Lisa Mirtsopoulos, a haul truck driver in an Australian mine.

It doesn’t matter what mine or what country when it comes to getting a job as a haul truck driver. Lisa’s advice is for anyone, anywhere, who is trying, or who has tried multiple times, to get on with a mine.   I, and Lisa, cannot stress enough the paramount importance of your resume.

How Does Your Resume Make you Stand Out? 

“When I applied for a trainee job nearly 8 years ago now, I was only competing with 50 other hopefuls. After being granted a ‘second chance’ interview, I was finally given an opportunity. Today it’s a different story. A trainee position was advertised in WA back in February and they received 3000 applications to fill in only 12 vacancies. Unfortunately, mining companies can’t accept all applications.”

“Thanks to the media, dump truck driving is now on everybody’s wish list. Hence the reason why its so difficult to get in. Therefore, you need to start looking at what you can do to set yourself apart from the hundreds or thousands of others. Great way to start is take a look at your Resume and imagine if you were a recruiter, would you employ you! Do you have skills that a mining company looks for? Do you have any relevant tickets that are required to work on a mine site?”

“Begging for a job in your cover letter won’t help. You need to show them why they should employ you over the others.”  says Lisa Mirtsopoulos.

If you’re looking at your resume saying, “it’s good”, or, “it’s good enough”, perhaps you should consider a career in something other than mining.  If you’re deadly serious about getting on with the mine, take Lisa’s advice, “invest in yourself …get your resume professionally converted into a mining resume.”

Although I am an expert resume writer for any industry, lately I’ve become a master at writing resumes for mine jobs. Here is a client’s comment I received just yesterday:  “If I don’t get an interview at the mine with this resume, I never will!  

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