Developing a new Hospitality resume can be a daunting prospect. What’s the best way to present yourself? Which elements of your career should be highlighted (and which left off)? One common misconception is that every part of your resume should be 100% original. Not only is this an incredible time-consuming approach, it has been shown, time and time again, to be ineffective.
When recruiters and hiring agents evaluate a potential candidate, they’re primarily searching for 3-4 defining elements. The appeal of these elements are the driver behind who gets selected for interviews, and ultimately, who gets a job offer. Therefore, the main responsibility of your resume isn’t being original, but communicating these 3-4 defining elements in a variety of ways.
Here are 3 ways to bring your defining elements to the forefront of your resume:
1. Develop A Powerful Opening Paragraph
A powerful resume opening “frames” the rest of the document, quickly outlining the areas where a candidate feels strongest and differentiating him or her from the competition. As a professional in the Hospitality industry, it’s your job to boil down everything you’ve accomplished to date into a list of 3-4 defining attributes. Feel free to be creative here; some candidates might wish to highlight a specialized certification, while others might want to call attention to a high-level responsibility at their previous job. Keep it short and to-the-point. When executed correctly, a strong opening paragraph will consistently result in a more in-depth examination of your resume by recruiters and hiring agents.
2. Expand Upon Your Opening Paragraph In The Work History
Many Hospitality jobseekers make the mistake of developing their work history before tackling the opening paragraph of the resume. Going in the opposite direction is a much more effective approach, as it will enable you to filter your work history through the 3-4 defining attributes you’ve identified. When describing responsibilities for the jobs you’ve held, always highlight those related to your defining attributes first. Also, be sure to create a “Key Accomplishments” or similar section for recent jobs that highlights concrete successes related to them. Never lose sight of the focus of these edits, which is communicating a particular set of skills that will set you apart from other professionals.
3. Keep Closing Sections Relevant
By executing the previous 2 steps, you’ve taken control of how you’re perceived as a candidate and made a strong case for why you’re suited for the position you’re applying for. End it on a high note by only highlighting relevant education credits, professional memberships, and other details at the tail end of the resume. The days of including a “Hobbies/Interests” section are long gone. If the content doesn’t directly support your ambitions, leave it off.
About the Author
Anish Majumdar, CPRW is a Career Expert and Owner at ResumeOrbit.com. 98% of clients report an increase in interviews within 30 days, and all work comes backed by a 110% Satisfaction or Money Back Guarantee (in writing). Submit your resume for a free critique today!
Technology has become an integral part of classroom life. While students certainly reap the benefits of having a wealth of information at their fingertips, teachers like you can also capitalize on technology’s many uses.
New and veteran teachers alike can utilize the Internet to build their Personal Learning Networks, gaining classroom know-how and connections that will help advance your career.
What is a Personal Learning Network?
Unlike your classroom, your Personal Learning Network (PLN) is available to you seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It consists of all of the educational sites that you join to have discussions with other educators and find classroom resources.
You can participate in scheduled chats on Twitter, write and comment on educational blogs, and join websites that offer discussion forums and other resources. Not only will you gain valuable pedagogical knowledge, you will be able to bounce your own teaching ideas off of peers and administrators.
Twitter is one of the best tools for building your PLN. It is a social networking site that allows you to post and receive messages. The messages are called “tweets,” and when you send a tweet, everyone who subscribes to your page (your followers) receives it.
Since Twitter is massive and you may have some difficulty finding the types of groups that you would choose to follow, twitter4teachers was created to organize accounts based on subject areas. The topics include early childhood, English as a second language, 21st century learning and much, much more. You do need an account in order to participate in discussions, which is free and easy to setup. TeachHub also offers scheduled weekly chats for teachers.
Blogging has become incredibly popular in classrooms. With a blog (or “web log”), you can write ongoing commentary related to a specific subject. There are a number of websites that offer free blogging tools, like WordPress and Blogger. Teachers can set up blogs to stay connected with parents and students. You can also benefit from reading and commenting on others’ blogs.
For example: USC Rossier offers information on continuing education, classroom management and other aspects of education on their blog; Teach.com cover the latest educational news; and Certification Map has teacher profiles and other interesting tidbits.
A note about blogging: As With anything that you post to cyberspace, be mindful of what you write on your blog or as comments on the blogs of others. Once you post, you leave a “cyber footprint” that others can view (including students, parents and administrators).
Pinterest is an online pinboard on which you can share and discover lessons and resources. Many schools and organizations have Facebookpages that can be useful for organizing or even just socializing. Teach Hub, as mentioned earlier, also offers education news, teaching blogs and lesson plans. And remember: More invaluable resources are just a Google search away!
It’s easy to find reasons not to move forward. Fear is such a powerful motivator that it seems we even seek it out sometimes as an avoidance technique. Fears are exactly what keeps an otherwise talented person from becoming what they want, it’s what stops them from achieving a life that they truly desire.
Many aspire to the lofty seat of consulting or contract work. The idea of self employment has become very popular in an age where lay offs are as common as the news papers who deliver news of them. Yet, having been born, raised and bred in a society which preaches the safest possible courses, the paths which offer the least resistance and most social capital.
Water is often considered one of the most powerful elements. Poets, philosophers, business leaders, martial artists, nearly everyone has summoned water as a positive metaphor in their respective fields. Rivers flowing towards lakes and oceans, oceans symbolizing mystery and power. No one, however, seems to discuss what water is doing wrong.
Water is always going downhill. Water follows the course of least possible resistance. When it hits an obstacle, it looks for ways around rather that finding ways through. A river will go for hundreds of miles to circumnavigate a mountain range. And when water hits a cliff? When it’s back is against the edge? Where does it go? Water jumps. Water Falls. Water keeps running.
Do we want to be water? keeping yourself trapped by fear will keep you running like water. In a safe, assured path that everyone else is floating down. You’ll start close to the top of the mountain with your ambitions and will – despite your progress – be pulled further and further from your dreams of the summit.
Water very rarely rises. When it does – tides, waves – it does so only temporarily. Water only rises by the will of talented and dedicated individuals. Humans are the only time water ever rises. We build dams to create lakes, we redirect rivers, we create fountains. The human capacity for leadership, innovation and dedication is the only thing that can make water stop running.
So why are you running? What’s holding you back? What stream are you caught within that is keeping you bound downstream, away from you goals? Are you paddling against the current, working to head back upstream?
It’s a difficult task. Often the only way we’re given a chance to get out of that water is to completely step out, and that can be even scarier. Leaving a job with no guarantees is a terrifying prospect, but it’s also the best way to ensure you can dedicate your energies to getting back toward that summit.
“The US Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Market Will Grow By 6.2% In 2011 And 7.7% In 2012″.
The demand for contract workers and opportunities for staffing companies has increased significantly between Jan 2009 and Jan 2011. In the present scenario the need for technology experts with a high level of expertise and relevant experience has only augmented. There is tremendous scope for employment in IT consulting and contract jobs in the U.S.
While the ICT market is estimated to grow at 6.2% in 2011 and 7.7% in 2012, some of the strongest growth areas within the ICT industry would be software; IT outsourcing, and IT consulting services. With jobs galore in this sector it only makes business to select the right applicant to suit the tech position in order to increase company productivity and ensure return on investment.
Corp – Corp uses the innovative FETCH technology to connect consultants and employers within 30 seconds; thus saving recruitment time, recruitment costs and candidate bench time. Started 4 years ago as an online IT recruitment portal CORP-CORP today has over 12000 registered users which is testimony to the reliability and effectiveness of the system. It’s a virtual marketplace wherein instant job updates are received. The system automatically sifts through the thousands of resumes and FECTHES only the top ten relevant ones.
Direct link to employers, access to 1000’s of companies, best billing rate, more opportunities for consultants, contact with available candidates only, and enhanced chances of placement are some of the other advantages. CORP-CORP actively organizes TECH job fairs across the U.S. helping employers get in touch with local talent. Through clarity in mission: to eliminate tech unemployment; consistent efforts, and continuing research CORP-CORP creates a new benchmark in online IT recruitment.
An SAP career is one of the challenging but high paying careers in information technology. Many companies are starting to use SAP products and we can say that at least 1 out of every 10 technical recruiter works on an SAP requirement at any given time. The fact that about 9% of the total IT jobs in 2010 were SAP jobs proves that anyone who is into SAP career will have no difficulty in finding a job that fulfills all the dreams that a person can have about a job.
But, guess what? People always write to us saying that they want to pursue a career as an SAP consultant but they don’t know where to start or what to do? Right now, there doesn’t seem to be a clear and well defined road map to become an SAP consultant. As a fresher, you fire up your browser and kick start a job search with the common keyword ‘SAP’ jobs and you land in a job ad page that says ‘SAP BW Architect with at least ten years of experience in SAP BW’. You try again and get another one that says 5+ years of experience working as an SAP Finance System Analyst is mandatory.
We can hear what you are saying, ‘Are you kidding me? Why can’t I find an SAP job as a fresher?’.. While most of the jobs look for experienced SAP consultants, many companies do hire junior level consultants for SAP project. The only two things they expect from you are a degree and strong knowledge in SAP. How do you gain knowledge in SAP and stand out among the thousands of freshers who are seeking a job as an SAP consultant? The answer is, to finish an SAP certification.
Learn as much as you can about SAP and its modules. Getting the right knowledge is the key to unlock the world of SAP opportunities. Once you have finished the certification by passing the exams, clearly mention it in your resume and make sure your resume has the right keywords. Post your resume so that it can be found by recruiters who are searching for freshers with SAP knowledge. While you are on your job search, read blogs and online communities about SAP and stay up to date.
The first job that you get may not offer you all the benefits that you are looking for. But if you can say that the job can give you a solid experience in working with SAP, then your best bet will be to accept it. Consider this as a part of your learning phase and use the opportunity to increase your knowledge. It may take about 24 months to become completely familiar with one module in SAP.
Remember, it is all about getting that first job. Once you get an entry level job in SAP, the experience that you gain will make you eligible to apply for better positions
Many contractors and consultants try to gain a bit of leverage by creating a name for themselves through blogs, tweeting about their industry, and overall making their voice heard. Blogs, however, can become difficult to run when you don’t know the specific things people are looking for, or can feel pointless if no one reads. Quora is a venue for people to draw attention to their expertise in a democratic forum.
For the uninitiated, Quora is a website which allows for people to post questions and receive answers from experts in the field. The best answers are up-voted by the readers. The social aspect of it – the ability to follow questions you are interested in as well as following individuals whose answers you respect – encourage thorough researching of topics, thoughtfully written answers, and the convergence of real world experience with research.
We’ll look at three ways to use Quora
You’re an expert, but you want to continue to build your internet influence. Quora offers a platform for you to answer questions in your field. Not only does the question-asker see them, but so do other experts. You can critique each other’s answers, learn something new, or even rethink your positions. As you answer more questions, more people will begin to view you as an expert.
We don’t know everything. The first thing every wise person knows is that they know nothing. Asking questions lets you grow your mind. Using Quora, you can quickly gain a number of perspectives from people at all levels of your field. Your idol may drop in to answer a question, and someone who idolizes you might throw their opinion in the ring.
Quora also offers an interesting way to follow someone you admire. If you have an admirer who uses Quora, you can quickly follow their opinions across myriad subjects. You might even find yourself starting to disagree.
The internet is such a fascinating place offering us access to opinions, facts, strategies and experiences no other time in history has ever seen. Dip your cup deeply into the stream