Category Archives: Job Search Services

In today’s competitive environment, a well-written resume is critical to your job search if you want to get noticed. If your current resume isn’t resulting in interviews with potential employers and / or recruiters, you may want to consider hiring a professional resume writer. Resume 4 Success specializes in getting job searchers noticed!

Tell Me About Your Communication Skills.

Is is easy for you to talk about your communication skills at a job interview?  As a professional resume writer and career coach, I have asked many clients to tell me about their communication skills.  I’ve noticed a distinct different in how different generations respond.

So, if you think it is easy to discuss your communication skills at an interview, be sure to consider this:

If you are interviewing for a job, promoting an idea as an employee, or leading a team, it’s important to remember that we now have four distinct generations on the job.  Each generation uses a “different language.” The term “communication skills,” for example, might mean formal writing and speaking abilities to an older worker, while it might mean e-mail and instant-messenger savvy to the younger worker. Being aware of generational differences can help you anticipate miscommunications and help you tailor your message for more effective communication.

Understanding the generation differences may be important, but it is not nearly as important as it is to understand the individual. People, no matter their age, have specific styles in how they react / respond to situations and how they receive / perceive information.  By understanding the concept of people’s behavior styles and communication preferences, you will significantly improve your probability of success in reaching your goals. Include learning about people as part of your continuing education and you will learn more about your own style and the unique styles of others. Strive to communicate effectively with the Workforce Veterans, The Boomers, Generation X, and The Millennials by knowing and appreciating communication differences.

Remember:  Be more mindful of Communication STYLES than of communication devices and jargon.

Is the “YOU” at the Interview the same “YOU” described in your Resume and Cover Letter?

JaneCo’s Resume Writers Enhance Your Resume and Cover Letters with a Style Analysis.

Is the person described in your resume and cover letter the same person that walks into the interview room?

As your cover letter is being read, the reader perceives a “communication style.” Is that style truly your style, or someone else’s? You deserve and need to have your materials customized to reflect who you are.

A professional resume writer must meet some fundamentally important challenges:  Powerful and dynamic resumes and cover letters that reach beyond work experience to project a professional persona with specific accomplishments showcased appropriately and the writer must do this while captivating the reader with a marketing message that says “Here is the person you have been seeking.”

An interview is the natural consequence of such marketing material.

It is critically important that you, during the interview, appear to be the same person that was perceived on paper.  A “disconnect” here can spell disaster for you, when you may have otherwise experienced a successful job search.

When we write for you, your success requires that we understand your communication style.  And communication isn’t restricted to words or phraseology but it includes ingrained behaviors and personal attributes as well – it comes down to who you are.

A professional communication style analysis is a key resource for us to understand who you are and how you interact with others and the respond to the environment. This understanding is necessary if we actually meet you in person or if we provide our resume and coaching services by email and phone. We are your professional “ghost writers” and we use the widely known and reliable Success Insights DISC Communication and Behavioral Style assessments to quickly and accurately understand your style. The report we get from this process tells us if we need to write assertively or passively or with a people orientation or a task orientation. The reports help us know your soft skills, your transferrable interpersonal strengths that are not only woven into your resume, but into your cover letters as well. Here is an example, using some of the narrative phrases directly from a DISC Style Analysis report: 

“Persistent and persevering in approach to achieving goals …sensitive to others and able to display real empathy for those who are experiencing difficulties …prefers to plan work and work the plan…others find it refreshing to have him on the team…thinks over major decisions before acting…considerate, compassionate and accepting of others…brings both speaking and listening skills to the group”

Your style analysis report gives us the information about your personal characteristics around which to craft dynamic marketing materials. Your resume and cover letter will be uniquely written for you and from your prospective.

DISC Communication and Behavioral assessments not only help us, as we write for you, but the reports also provide tangible evidence of who you are at the interview and serve as highly effective tools that help position you for your interviews with accurate branding statements and the ability to drive certain aspects of the interview.

We find DISC Style Assessments to be extremely valuable and indispensable tools for crafting resumes that work, cover letters that position you to be credible at your interviews, and an invaluable enhancement to our professional writing services with the unique you in mind.

My Resume Got Me An Interview, But I Didn’t Get The Job . . .

My resume got me an interview, but I didn’t get the job . . . 

My resume was effective.  I’m qualified for the job.  I was prepared for the interview. I arrived on time for the interview. I was dressed right for the interview.  I identified my interviewer’s communication style preferences and believe I communicated effectively.  My reference page was prepared and my references were “at the ready” for a call. I sent a thank you follow-up note and even mentioned I’d like to have the position. 

But. . .

I didn’t get the job.

What am I missing?

Perhaps it was something as minor as the cologne or perfume you wear! 

You never want people to smell you before seeing you and/or continue to smell you long after you leave! Interviewers may not only find the scent to be distracting or offensive, but may be allergic to the ingredients. Don’t take the chance. Avoid wearing perfume or cologne to your job interviews.

Understand Communication Styles, Not Just Communication Devices!

If you are submitting a resume, interviewing for a job, promoting an idea as an employee, or leading a team, it’s important to remember that we now have four distinct generations on the job.  Each generation uses a “different language.” The term “communication skills,” for example, might mean formal writing and speaking abilities to an older worker, while it might mean e-mail and instant-messenger savvy to the younger worker. Being aware of generational differences can help you anticipate miscommunications and help you tailor your message for more effective communication.

Understanding the generation differences may be important, but it is not nearly as important as it is to understand the individual. People, no matter their age, have specific styles in how they react / respond to situations and how they receive / perceive information.  By understanding the concept of people’s behavior styles and communication preferences, you will significantly improve your probability of success in reaching your goals.

Include learning about people as part of your continuing education and you will learn more about your own style and the unique styles of others. Strive to communicate effectively with the Workforce Veterans, The Boomers, Generation X, and The Millennials by boht knowing and appreciating communication differences.

Remember:  Be more mindful of Communication STYLES than of communication devices and jargon.

Interviewing for a Leadership Position?

You are interviewing for a job that requires you to be a leader. So how do you prepare?

There are certain traits expected of a leader. Therefore, you’ll want to think about and decide upon on some scenarios that demonstrate your leadership traits and experiences. Prepare appropriately for your explaination and discussion points.

For example:

Explain your ability to organize and motivate people to accomplish goals while you continue to create a sense of order and direction.

Be prepared to discuss how you inspire others with a compelling vision.

Talk about how you empower others to accomplish common goals.

Be sure the interviewer realizes that you represent a positive, motivational example for others to emulate as they become leaders.

Describe how you support others through providing clarity, direction, organization and purpose.

With each of your talking points, be prepared with an example or two of when you did any and all of what you’ve talked about.

Note: JaneCo’s Sensible Solutions will ensure your discover your accurate personal traits. Ask us about our Communication and Behavioral Style reports. The results of your assessment will be used in the development of your resume and cover letter.

A Good Resume Writer is a Ghostwriter, Leaving No Clues of His or Her Existence

Yes, a resume writer is a ghostwriter. An expert ghostwriter always writes in his/her client’s voice. The quickest, easiest, and most accurate way to understand a client’s unique style is to administer a validated professional behavior and communication style assessment.

 The most widely used and recommended method for this process is the DISC-based concept. A client responds to an online assessment through an Authorized DISC Administrator and reveals his/her style in about 10 minutes, saving time and frustration in trying to uncover this information during lengthy discussions. This assessment process generates a comprehensive computer report for the job seeker and the ghostwriter. The report gives accurate insight into a client’s style, enabling the resume writer to “write from the perspective of the client” in both the resume and cover letter. Resume writers using this process give the client’s resume the advantage of the “client’s voice” rather than the resume writer’s voice leaving no clues of his or her existence.

The DISC reports will also give the writer more key words and descriptive phrases about the client’s behavioral style, which are literally validated through the assessment tool. Therefore, the information about the job seekers soft skills can be used with confidence in the client’s marketing documents when displaying interpersonal traits.

Each job-seeking client should receive his/her own unique report. The report is the substantiating evidence at the interview as discussions take place regarding the immediate value the candidate’s unique style brings to the potential employer.

Note: Jane Roqueplot, Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, administers a Professional DISC Behavioral / Communication Style Profile to every job-seeking client.