Nobody Reads Your Resume

Here’s a secret you might want to know — Employers don’t bother to read your resume.

For all the time and hard work you put into your resume, many employers know the document is full of exaggerations, half-truths and embellishments. Your resume is usually like everyone else’s resume  –  cryptic bullets, clean structure but no personality.

Put work into your cover letter, not your resumeInstead, employers focus on the cover letter. In this one page document they will find whether you have personality, wit, intelligence and experience. They will know if you did your homework, did research on the job and company and whether your personality will mesh with their culture. 

A well crafted and thoughful cover letter may be the reason you get the interview.

— Good luck–

Behavioral Interview Questions: Be the Best You Can Be

Remember going into an interview and being asked to define your strengths  and weaknesses? Yeah …. well those days are long gone.

Today’s method of interview focuses on Behavioral Interview Questions. These are wonderful if you’re asking the questions and quite difficult if you are answering them and have not prepared. The way we did things yesterday are a prediction of how we will do them tomorrow. The new questions asked in interviews plans to find out how we tick …

Behavioral Interview Questions
Behavioral Interview Questions

A typical question is 2-3 questions long and the interviewer is looking for a wide range of skills, competencies and ideas to be offered in return.

“What do you consider to be your professional strengths? Give me a specific example using this attribute in the workplace.”  This complex question is looking for concrete examples of what you have to offer. The premise is what you’ve done in the past is an indication of what you will do in the future.

” Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. How did you handle it? Why? Were you happy with the outcome?”  The interviewer will learn so much about each candidatewho answers this question. Having prepared for it ahead of time will show clearly in the calm and articulate manner you use.

Do not go into an interview until you’ve practiced with these questions. If they don’t get asked – that’s fine because you will be prepared for any question that comes your way.

Below are some random questions that could be asked.

  • What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?
  • What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job? Give an example of how you handled them.
  • What projects have you started on your own recently? What prompted you to get started?Give a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer. What was the problem and what was the outcome? How would you asses your role in diffusing the situation?
  • It is very important to build good relationships at work but sometimes it doesn’t always work. If you can, tell about a time when you were not able to build a successful relationship with a difficult person.Have you had to “sell” an idea to your co-workers, classmates or group? How did you do it? Did they “buy” it?
  • How do you keep subordinates informed about information that affects their jobs?

To find more questions to help you with your review – go to the Complete List of Interview Questions. — and GOOD LUCK!

Honey Don’t

Mind Travel can happen any time…any where.

I’ve found when I’m listening to music — my mind is all over the place.
When I’m listening to the guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin and words of the songs and feeling the energy … I just smile.

When my mind is occupied with music, there’s more freedom for off the wall ideas to enter, create, innovate and percolate.

This music by Honey Don’t took me out of the building and right into the lyrics of the songs. Sweet, really  sweet. Another band, Sweet Sunny South gets my toes tapping and my head bobbing.

What gets you out of your head?

Does our vote really matter?

When it comes to politics, names change, parties change but the person in charge follows the same old recipe from the person before. It’s old, boring and dangerous in a time when Colorado needs new ideas, different sources of income and hope.

I read an interesting article about Tom Tancredo because he said something out of the ordinary. He said he supports the legalization of marijuana as a new source of income – something bold and refreshing, imagine that!

Once I understood the amount of revenue that marijuana dispensaries bring to a community, I appreciated more clearly that Tancredo was on to something. Trying something new in a time when businesses are dying, people are struggling and hope is dwindling is a daring thing for a politician.

Boulder and Colorado Springs have figured it out… and are benefiting from tax revenues gained from this new industry. Tancredo, the American Constitution Party candidate for governor said, “Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it.”  Not the normal platitudes you hear from a politician — almost refreshing to hear, isn’t it?

In August alone, Colorado Springs has collected nearly $325,000 in sales tax revenue from the medical marijuana industry – almost three times the amount collected all of last year.

In Boulder, so far this year, medical marijuana businesses have contributed a total of $314,862 to the city’s coffers, representing about $9.23 million worth of product.

The ads and commentary focus on anything but the economy – which implies that politician are out of touch with the middle class struggles.  The economy is the MAIN  issue and I’d love to hear our politicians tell us how they plan to get us hopeful again … though outside of  Tancredo, it’s all pretty much the same stuff….isn’t it?

Does our vote really matter?

 

A Bit of Irish History from a Yank’s Perspective

This past summer I had the golden opportunity to visit my sister in Ireland. I arrived in late June and was greeted with one of the warmest summers on record. The weather included bright sunshine, warm days and a sun that set after 10 pm (finally!)

While I was there, I did many of the tourist things that we all do. I went to Dublin, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, visited churches and museums, walked up and down hills, ate potatoes (lots of potatoes), drank beer, took photos and was entranced by castles.

If Walls Could Talk

Hidden in plain sight was the thatch cottage. Many of them are gone now, dismissed and ignored or torn down in the building boom of the 1990’s when highways were built with disregard to some of the history that was being destroyed.

I had the opportunity to visit some of the cottages or homesteads where the two-three room dwelling with dirt floors and a central fire place was the standard way of living 50 years ago.  As you look at the ruins of the homes, you can still see the sturdy interior white-washed stone walls.

Ducking my head in the small doorway, I entered the cottage to see blackened pots, an iron bed Homestead cottage in Ballyholly, County Cavan, Irelandframe, a cross and picture of the Jesus and another of Mary, Mother of God and other religious icons.  The cottage was solid, the window frames intact and the roof was strong.

This cottage and so many others like it dot the Irish hillsides, standing in the shadows of newer homesteads build by affluent residents over the years. Like the thatch cottages, these homestead cottages have a story to tell and the people who lived in them are still here to tell it. As family members return to Ireland to learn about their family, they can visit cottages as well as cemeteries. Many landowners don’t understand the historical nature of the homestead cottage on their property.  Although many siblings grew up in the cottage, it belongs to the “one who stayed behind.”

Cottage Industry

I visited many of these structures and they are in shambles. As with the castles, these humble cottages have history oozing from the rafters.  It would be a simple thing to ask local communities to clean up the cottages and create aOld stove in homestead cottage in County Cavan, Ireland ‘homestead tour.’  Tourists could ride bikes or take busses from cottage to cottage, learning local history, visiting shops, touring museums and libraries to have a peek at the Irish past – at the past of their parents and grandparents.

It would be the gift that keeps on giving as long as family keeps on asking.

Oprah, Fergie, You & Me

Oprah is planning a six part documentary focusing on Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and her economic struggles.  Sarah’s having a hard time, like all of us and with attention from Oprah… well, she’ll soon have the money she needs.  It’s kind of hard to feel sorry for Sarah — and yet, we don’t know her story. She doesn’t know mine.  And we all have a story about our struggles, don’t we?

Oprah doesn’t owe us anything, but when she shines her attention on an issue, author, cause or product – everything changes. People listen, learn, research, purchase and act.

What if … Oprah paired Sarah with another woman in the same boat? Someone who lost their job, is struggling to make ends meet, has little or no income and is living on minimum wage?

Or better yet, how about a contest or reality show where teams compete to create new businesses and jobs for baby boomers, new graduates, young mothers, veterans and other populations?  The contestants could be culled from all different occupations, nationalities, backgrounds and communities. Let them figure out the need, create jobs, hire people and find funding and offer hope.

There would be nothing to lose for Oprah and so much to gain for everyone else … even Sarah.

Goodbye Daily News

I don’t read the newspaper anymore. Once the subscription ran out, I didn’t bother to renew it. Why?

  • The paper’s grown smaller each month.
  • Most of the articles are AP and not local. Those that are local don’t cover my community.
  • It stopped being relevant. The same news that was written in the paper can be accessed online, television or via radio.

As I look up and down the street, I notice very few newspapers any more.

The sad part of not getting a newspaper is the lost touch with community related items. Even though we can get some of this information via local blogs – it would be nice to have a daily or weekly forum of community activities.

Know of any format or social networks that works for you and your community? Care to share?

Thanks!

Mountain hikes, warm days, and fly fishing. (Serial commas)

In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last.

  • One, two, and three little red jelly beans fell on the floor. (Yum)
  • Coffee, tea, and milk were offered to us at the haunted house.
  • She bought the present, wrapped it, and hid it behind the cat box.

When it comes to the names of business firms, the last comma is usually omitted. Follow the example of the establishment.

  • Smith, Mercurio and Co.

Having fun with this? Information gathered from Elements of Style.

The Elements of Style: Marge’s apostrophe

When it comes to possessives — I usually have to think about where to put the apostrophe.

Here’s the rule:

Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding     ‘s

Marge’s cool bicycle is clean and spiffy.

The cat’s meow was annoying.

Of course there are exceptions –
When the possessives of ancient proper names ends in  -es and -is,

  • Jesus’
  • for conscience’ sake
  • for righteousness’ sake

But such forms as Moses’ Laws, Isis’ temple are commonly replaced by

  • the laws of Moses
  • the temple of Isis

This information was found in The Elements of Style – (Strunk & White)