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paNASH Success Story: A better resume results in more interviews

I recently heard from a client whom I helped overhaul her resume for a career change. She made the changes I’d suggested for her resume, and ended up with seven phone interviews for opportunities from Maine to California. She has four more interviews lined up next week. Here’s what she had to say:

The new resume is working and you’re to thank! It looks good and the response so far has been very positive. I just had to be patient during the quiet season.

The quiet season she’s referring to is the time right around the holidays when hiring goes down. There’s an ebb and flow to hiring practices. Hiring, especially within certain industries, have their own seasons, much like sports do! So your patience is important during the down times.

Avoid a Cookie-Cutter Resume

What’s interesting about this case is my client came to me with a resume she’d had critiqued by a professional resume writing service. While the advice the service provided wasn’t necessarily wrong, it was somewhat out-dated. In fact, most of the info on the Internet in regards to resumes is very outdated.

Her resume was also what I call “cookie-cutter.” There was nothing about her resume that made it stand out from the competition. You can’t run the risk of having a cookie-cutter resume that doesn’t stand out among others’ or even your own. What do I mean by “your own”? You can’t use the same resume for every job for which you apply! It must be tailored to each and every job, and there are certain ways to do this.

This client’s original resume also didn’t include the “secret weapons” I share with my clients. Want to know what those secret weapons are? I’ll soon be sharing them in my upcoming on-demand coaching program due out this spring (subscribe here for updates). I’m also always available for a personalized resume critique in a one-on-one coaching session. Email me at lorib@yourpassioninlife.com to schedule a resume and LinkedIn profile critique!

Is It Time for a Career Change? Listen to the Whispers

You didn’t see a post from me last week. That’s because I recently had to undergo an unexpected surgery for a detached retina. I say “unexpected” because I didn’t know I was going to need such a surgery, but there have been signs of a problem for several months which I chose to ignore.

Why did I ignore them? First, I didn’t want to have to go through any out-of-pocket expenses for tests or treatment. Second, I didn’t want to face the pain of possible treatment. But, the signs didn’t go away. They started out as whispers and just got louder, and I knew what I had to do even though it was scary and somewhat costly.

Listen to the Whispers

Have you ever done the same thing? Have you ever noticed little whispers that something needs to change? Either in your health, your personal life, or your work situation? And when you ignored those whispers, did they eventually get louder?

I find this to be common among many of my clients. Most of the time they come to me only after the soft whispers have become deafening shouts. They’ve known for a while something in their work situation has to change or they’re personal life and health is going to suffer. Many wish they had listened to the whispers right away and started planning their next steps sooner.

The Consequences of Ignoring the Whispers

I wish I had sought help sooner from my opthamologist. I was lucky though. The retina specialist said my detachment was a slower progression than most, but if I had waited any longer I could have lost my sight in my right eye.

Sometimes the consequences of ignoring the whispers are much worse than the pain and expense of improvement. My recovery will take time, five to six weeks. The first two weeks were extremely painful despite how well I’m healing. I’m having to be patient with the time it takes to recover, and have faith that I’m healing properly. I’m just thankful I still have my eyesight in my right eye.

I share all this to remind you who are considering the difficult decision of leaving a job, changing careers, relocating, or even starting your own business. If the whispers have become shouts, don’t ignore them! Face the facts, push through the fear, and get the help you need.

I promise that career coaching, while it takes time, is not nearly as painful as eye surgery! In fact, it can be fun and is very freeing! Once you get started, you’ll probably wish you had started sooner.

Is it Time to Listen to the Whispers?

If you know it’s time to listen to the whispers (or shouts), let’s talk. Although I still have a few more weeks of recovery, I’m able to chat over the phone to help you determine if coaching is the next best step for you. Just take a moment to fill out the paNASH intake form and we can schedule a time to discuss your situation. I look (with both eyes!) forward to talking with you!

Lori Bumgarner, Owner of paNASH

Note:  due to my recent surgery, plans to launch the on-demand coaching programs have been delayed by a few weeks. However, I will announce in my newsletter and on this blog when they are available. Thank you for your patience!

Sunday Inspiration: Viewing Your Work As God’s Will (Part 2)

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly blog post for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside published devotional resource (as referenced). My hope is these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our regular weekly original posts. Enjoy!

“Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Col 3:17 NIV

Research shows that the best moments of our lives don’t come from leisure or pleasure. They come when you’re immersed in a significant task that’s challenging, yet matches up well to your highest abilities. In those moments, you’re so caught up in an activity that time somehow seems to be altered; your attention is fully focused without your having to work at it. You’re deeply aware, without being self-conscious; you’re being stretched and challenged, but without a sense of stress or worry. You have a sense of engagement or oneness with what you are doing. This condition is called “flow,” because people experiencing it often use the metaphor of feeling swept up by something outside themselves. Studies have been done over the past thirty years with hundreds of thousands of subjects, to explore this phenomenon of flow. Ironically, you experience it more in your work than you do in your leisure time. In fact, your flow is at its lowest ebb when you’ve nothing to do. Sitting around doesn’t produce flow. This picture of flow is actually a description of what the exercise of dominion was intended to look like. God says in Genesis that we’re to “rule” over the earth, or exercise “dominion” (Ge 1:26, 28). We often think of these words in terms of “dominating” or “bossing around.” But the true idea behind them is that you’re to invest your abilities to create value on the earth, to plant and build and write and organize and heal and invent ways that bless people and cause God’s kingdom on earth to flourish.

Source:  https://lacykitkat.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/seeing-your-work-as-gods-will-2/

A Proven Interview Hack

If you’re going through a job search, you know how competitive the interview process can be. And you’d probably like to know some ways to increase your chances of beating out the competition for an offer. Here’s a proven interview hack I recently shared on Quora.

My Favorite Interview Hack

My favorite interview hack is winning the interview with the questions YOU ask! When I landed my first job out of grad school, I asked my interviewers what made them choose me from the other candidates. Their response: “The questions you asked. Your questions showed us not only how knowledgeable you are, but also how much you care about the population you’ll serve in this role.”

The Questions You Should Ask

So, what kind of questions should you ask? There are six categories of questions you should be asking in the interview (because interviewing is a two-way street!):

  1. Questions you need to have answered to determine fit/questions related to the organization’s culture. For example, “How do you foster an employee’s connection to the organization?”, “How do you motivate your employees?”, or even “Do employees typically eat lunch together or at their desks?” (this one will tell you a lot about the company culture!).
  2. Questions that come up in your research you conduct on the company. This will be specific to the company, and will show your genuine interest in the company. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions, especially if they exhibit your ethics. For instance, in my interview, I wanted to know how one of the practices I would be required to carry out in the job wasn’t in direct violation of a federal law common to that industry. I think this was also the question that impressed them the most.
  3. Questions to determine future opportunities for advancement. For example, “What opportunities are available for advancement?” This shows you’re interested enough in the company to want to stay long-term.
  4. Questions to determine their hiring timeline. (Okay, these questions are really just for you and your own sanity.) When candidates go on interviews and then don’t hear anything back either way, they freak out. Yes, it’s stressful, and also rude of the company to keep you hanging. So, before you leave the interview, ask when they plan to make a hiring decision. Also, ask if they will be letting each of those being interviewed know the results, or just the one being offered the job. That way you won’t spend your time and energy fretting over what they decided.

Here’s where it gets good!

These last two types of questions you should ask are the real hacks!

  • 5. Questions to show your initiative and to help them visualize you in the job. For instance, “What results would you like to see from me in the first 90 days of the job?”, “What will be the first projects I’ll be working on once hired?”, or “When we sit down to discuss my performance a year from now, what will success look like”? Wording questions this way helps them picture YOU as the person in the job!
  • 6. Questions to get them to verbalize what they like about you. In #5, it was all about helping them visualize, now you need to get them to verbalize! You want them to convince YOU why they should hire you, which will in turn convince them to hire you. (Yeah, that undergraduate degree I got in psychology is really paying off here!) For example, “What part of my resume stands out to you the most?” or “What made you choose to interview me out of all the other applicants?”

You should always have questions of your own prepared for an interview because interviewing is a two-way street. When you’re asked, “What questions do you have for us?” never say, “None.” If so, you’re for sure to lose the job to someone who shows more interest with their questions.

More Interview Hacks

Want more interview hacks? I’ll share numerous interview tips and hacks in my upcoming online workshop, Steps to Acing the Interview. Subscribe to the paNASH newsletter to receive notifications once it’s available!

Sunday Inspiration: Viewing Your Work As God’s Will (Part 1)

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly blog post for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside published devotional resource (as referenced). My hope is these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our regular weekly original posts. Enjoy!

“I must work the works of him that sent me.” Jn 9:4

You’ll experience a new level of fulfillment when you begin to see what you do for a living as an important part of God’s will for your life. Jesus preached and healed, but He saw it all as “work” given to Him by His Father. You must too. Instead of seeing church as a place where you meet with God on Sunday morning, see it as a place where you’re fed and strengthened so that you can carry the presence of God with you into the workplace. “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17 NIV). Notice two words here: (1) “Word.” That covers skills of communication and information. (2) “Deed.” That covers skills such as creativity and building. Whatever you do, you’re supposed to do it with a thankful heart, as though the Lord were your boss—because He is. When you work with that attitude, you come alive. One person comes alive when they pick up a musical instrument, another when they lead a team, another when they counsel someone who’s hurting, and another when they’re looking at a financial spreadsheet. When each of us is doing what God designed and called us to do, the world around us is enriched. All skill is God-given, and we’re invited to live in conscious interaction with the Holy Spirit as we work, so that we can develop the skills He gives us. Work is a form of love. We cannot be fully human without creating value.

Source:  https://lacykitkat.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/seeing-your-work-as-gods-will-1/