THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON HR.

Updated: Jan 4

Job Seekers and Career Upgraders, This Post is for You!

Were you laid off during COVID? Perhaps you‘re part of the “Great Resignation,” one of the 4.4 million people who have left their jobs to pursue work that is more flexible and satisfying. Regardless the reason you’re in the job market, conducting a job search is no small task.

Being in the midst of a job search or complete career change can be exciting, scary, daunting, uncomfortable, emotionally taxing, and fun. The interview process often feels like a roller coaster of ups and downs between confidence, uncertainty, and pleasantness and unpleasantness. Not to mention, the slew of rejection emails and ghostings” by recruiters, while only receiving a few call-backs for interviews.


If you‘re in the job market or looking to make a major change in your career path, don’t fret. Here’s a (oversimplified) list how to get started in the right direction, and it all starts with getting to know yourself and being clear about what you know you want, and what isn’t going to work well for you. To gain insight into your best career move, start by following these simple steps:


1. Be open. Be honest with yourself about what is the most important thing you want to accomplish, and what you want to gain from a new job.


Be willing to change your perspective when needed. If you’re viewing all jobs from a “I’m too good for that job,” or a pessimistic, beyond nit picky, ego-driven perspective, then chances are you’ll apply for and be offered the wrong job opportunities (if any).

Instead, try approaching your job search as if you are creating your career opportunities from scratch.


What do you want to create for yourself with this job change?

What‘s most important for a company to get right?

What means the most, and a lot, to you? Freedom?

A fantastic manager?

Work from home?


Write down everything you would like to get from a new job, then mark off anything totally unrealistic.

There‘s a big difference between a lofty desire and being completely unrealistic. Lofty desires are good! List them.


2. Organize your mind.

Choose jobs to apply to that align well with your career goals and your list of “must haves” you want to receive from a new employment situation. The more clarity you have, the better chances you’ll land the job you want.

(see video link below for an interesting perspective on how to organize your mind)


3. Take action.

Make confident decisions. Know your worth. Make your career decisions, your intentions for your career, are in alignment with your job searching efforts and life goals.

Intentional Life Goal + Organized Mind + Effort = Career Clarity & Happiness


If you are open, introspective, get clear about your goals, put in the effort to apply to the right opportunities, and make wise career choices, (including watching the video) you’ll land a fantastically fitting opportunity where you can flourish!


4. Forget everything everyone has told you about what you “should be doing” for your career.


No one knows you like you do, so forget about what your parents want you to be, your teachers say you should be, and what you think society says will make you successful. Lasting, real success and career fulfillment only comes when you follow through with what you want to do. So forget all the well-intentioned advice. It’s your career, not theirs, do what you want.

5. Get to know yourself better starting today.

There’s no need to wait on more job information, your next interview, or for you to get your resume ready first. If your self-employed or looking to be, you don’t need to wait for anything either, and if you’re embarking on starting an LLC, no need to wait for any business partners to decide with you, or lawyer paperwork to do this. In fact it’s best not to wait at all. Don’t leave your career up to someone else.


“Waiting = procrastination. Procrastinating boils down to laziness, feelings of unworthiness, and fear of an outcome. This process creates the outcome you want, nothing to fear, no reason to wait. Start getting clear today about what you want, then be confident as you take steps in pursuit of your dream!

This is a great time to get noticed and hired, as 59% of employers are hiring this Q4. It’s a candidate market right now, and that doesn’t come around too often, so take advantage of this rare opportunity and make the most of it.

Cheers to Your Next, and Best, Career Move! It’s going to be a great one!


 

Heads up: The video below is mostly about spirituality, however, you can and should approach your job search and career plans with this same “Creator” mindset as described in this video. (You can start it at the 1/2 way point if you‘re short on time.)



 

If you‘re still unclear where to start or how to identify your career goals, contact me today. I’m here to help, guide, and support you. You can email me at chandy@ctuckerconsulting.com and you’d like to get on my calendar, please request my calendar link!


Best,

Chandy


 

Chandy Tucker Consulting exists to help job seekers, employees, and employers, navigate employment situations and workplace relationships. By working with CTC, you gain increased motivation, clarity, decision making confidence, and better fitting job opportunities.


We also aim to provide useful, thought-provoking fuel for your life choices so that you are well equipped to make better, conscious career choices that favor the outcome you want, and your work enhances your happiness, career trajectory, and overall quality of life.


You can start getting clear about what you want, and experience more joy, right now, and I’m here to help you! You don’t have figure this out alone. I‘ve helped hundreds of people obtain the career opportunities they want most, and I celebrate all of your small and big wins with you!

Either way, get started on a new path to career happiness today.



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List Your Accomplishments Using Strong Action Verb Statements within Your Resume


How to Get Started:

· Get your current resume out and make a list of every accomplishment you can think of. No matter how big or small, at least 1 from each job listed.

  • Every "thank you" ever received that is documented and you can go back and review the circumstances around it.

  • Next list your Educational attainments and personal triumphs.

  • Start each Accomplishment "bullet point" with a strong "action verb" that makes sense and sounds impressive.

Most weight is given to Present Work Accomplishments and goes down in "level of importance, as listed in #s 1 - 4 below:

1. Present Work Accomplishments (listed below)

2. Past Work Accomplishments: ie. promotions, raises, awards, formal recognition, public praise, etc.

3. Educational Accomplishments & Professional Certifications, Accolades

4. Personal Accomplishments

5. Anything given to you, a gift card, an Employee of the Month award, chosen to lead a team/project, etc.


Plug in your new Accomplishment statements wherever you see “job duties” listed on a bullet point currently on your resume. When you have a draft, you want no bullet points to be “job duties” or responsibilities listed.


Determine and plug in as many quantitative figures as possible into your Accomplishments statements. Easy ways to do this is to tally up how many “of something” you did on the job. The more you can make these statements be in the same subject matter as your goal career/job title includes, the better chances you’ll have of landing the job you want.


Make notes of sentences you think sound “weak”, boring, you generally just dislike or think it sounds weird. Look again later and brainstorm changes to make.


Need more ideas for language to use? Look up examples. Use advise articles and templates in Jobscan. Research/google “what makes a _______ resume stand out?” (Insert desired job title.)


Synonym dictionaries and reading about “the psychology of getting a job” proves useful too!


Align Your Resume with the Job Ad

Use this tool to optimize your resume and LinkedIn pages for recruiters.





Why We Write Your Resume This Way

1. In short, because the recruiting system in America (and throughout the world) is broken. This has resulted in a lengthy, time-consuming, machine-based, impersonal, incorrect people assessment tools, tests, and application systems that have done more harm than good to the practice of recruiting.


2. We know now based on data from over a decade of using these machines and practices that they’ve done nothing more than abuse applicants who don’t write well, who are jobless, who suffer from mental instabilities and challenges, people who are changing career paths, all economically/financially struggling individuals and entire communities, ex-military members, disabled individuals, the elderly, people over 40, all minorities, and the under-employed, to name a few….switching gears here…


3. Therefore, we create what I call an “Accomplishments-based, Quantifiable-figure heavy resume” that will serve as a tool to discreetly tell the recruiter/reader that you KNOW the impact your work has made, and that you are CONFIDENT in yourself overall, your work performance, and your work ethic.


4. Creating a list of all accomplishments, ever, and keep it handy. This will help you when drafting cover letters and changing your resume up for different companies based off of the characteristics, traits, and behaviors hiring managers want to see in you


5. When you are aware of how many awesome things you’ve done and continue to do, you increase your dopamine levels in the brain, and the combined actions help you realize how much you have to offer the world!


6. Helps you get and stay in the right mindset, prep for interviews, and get used to talking about yourself.


7. It opens your mind to view your hidden talents.


8. You learn new ways to use psychology and the art of language to your advantage.


9. Remember, the degree to which something is considered an "Accomplishment" is SUBJECTIVE, so don’t worry about what you think “should” be listed here that you don’t see.


Accomplishments” are 100% in the eye of the beholder; you just have to sell your story.


HAPPY WRITING!


Chandy




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  1. Think like a Candidate. Post your open jobs where they hang out online and in-person.

  2. Create recruiting business cards. Hand them out to your team. Tell them to give one to anyone the meet or know that they want to work with at your company.

  3. Invest in a referral program. If 60% of your hires aren’t coming from referrals, there’s still room to improve. Include other people besides your employees, such as all of your networks. Offer anyone who refers someone who gets hired, an immediate reward.

  4. Do not allow your recruiting process to stall or lag waiting on one interviewer to be available to interview candidates. Skip them, replace them, but do not stall. Candidates are getting new offers every day, so best act fast.

  5. Use AI sourcing tools and Sourcing Specialists. Personally, I prefer to source passive candidates using Hiretual.com. Their platform scours the net, not just LinkedIn, for quality talent. I also hire contractors to help me fill difficult positions on a project by project basis, which saves a lot of legwork and time.

  6. Go local. Sponsor an event in your business’s city. Take an ad out in the city paper, neighborhood association newsletters, and utilize your chamber of commerce and local unemployment office.

  7. Get to know and post ads with colleges and universities nearby, or who tend to have graduates you like to hire due to their educational background.

  8. Hang banners, put sidewalk signs out, and put flyers or recruiting business cards wherever you can. You can often utilize bulletin boards in coffee shops, churches, gas stations.

  9. Create a dynamic and inviting company culture, orientation, and onboarding program. This suggestion needs its own posting due to its intricacy and importance in this process. Without effective onboarding, theres a huge risk your new hires leave in less than year. Record numbers of people are quitting their jobs and employers don’t know why. Rather than throw more money at the issue in the form of retention bonuses and benefits, create the most inviting, useful, and fun onboarding process your team can help you create.

  10. Hire a recruiting consultant to help you write and optimize ads, source, screen people, interview, and negotiate offers for you. If you need help with any of your recruiting process, message me today!

chandy@ctucker

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