Last month, we re-launched Job Seeker Spotlight, a program designed to highlight the efforts of individuals currently looking for work on CareerBuilder and to showcase their creativity, personality and passion to be able to catch the eye of hiring managers. In addition to time in the spotlight, the selected job seeker receives career coaching services from CareerBuilder’s Talent Development solutions. By working one-on-one with a certified career coach, job seekers can create an action plan designed to enhance their job search prowess and empower them with the knowledge, materials and confidence to succeed in their journey toward finding the right job.
This month’s spotlight shines on Frances Anderson, a job seeker who forgot how to sell her relevant skills. Like many job seekers we talk to, Frances didn’t feel comfortable marketing herself beyond her list of temp positions and wasn’t able to effectively convey the unique qualities and skills that she brought to the table. To complicate matters, she was receiving pieces of seemingly conflicting “expert” advice and wasn’t sure what advice to take and how to move forward.
Working with career coach Jill Hinrichs, Frances realized she had actually accomplished a lot throughout her career, and her expertise extended beyond accounting skills. She needed to do a better job of showcasing the range of her achievements, even if she wasn’t comfortable marketing herself. That meant her resume needed some attention and her interview chops needed to be polished as well. From her sessions with CareerBuilder, Frances took away the following:
- Before even tackling the resume update, it’s important for job seekers to spend time in self-discovery mode by writing an expansive list of ALL of their strengths and experiences first. From there, it’s easier to target toward a job by trimming until they’re left with the best representation of themselves that fit with an open position. By doing this, Frances realized that in addition to her hard accounting skills, her ability to learn quickly on the job made her well suited to be a temporary worker because she felt she could get things done. This helped her uncover a plethora of knowledge she had acquired in other areas such as business technology and administration — skills she hadn’t even included on her resume.
- Job search advice can seem contradictory to job seekers, and it’s easy for them to get overwhelmed wondering which feedback to follow. For instance, Frances was told her resume was too broad by one person and too focused by another. She came to realize it was actually both. This is a lesson for job seekers not to limit the resources they use or the advice they follow during their job search, especially when making strategic decisions.
- Confidence is key before AND after job seekers get a job. Confidence is key. Frances is a very humble person and didn’t want to brag, but she felt comfortable realizing that she was giving an employer the information they need to know in order to make an informed decision about who is the best candidate for their needs.
Since her sessions with Jill, Frances has been excited about her prospects and regained the motivation to re-connect with previous employers and contacts and pursue her CPA license. Upon seeing the recommended changes to her resume, Frances said:
“No wonder my other resume did not get me any feedback — it actually does not show any of my work or how knowledgeable I am. Even I forgot how knowledgeable I am.”
Frances also shared that she has become more confident in her job search and would recommend a career coach to anyone struggling in their search. The spotlight will be hers for the next month, and we wish her all the best.
Learn more about how CareerBuilder Talent Development solutions can enrich your job seeker, workforce services or vocational training needs – and empower them to be better prepared to enter today’s workforce or grow within their current roles. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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