Which would you prefer- learn from your own experience or learn from the experience of others?How best can you learn from experience?
I love the latter. How best can you learn from experience?
This is because it helps me grow fast. One of the best ways to build a successful career you can be proud of is to ride on the shoulder of giants.
This is why I love to talk to influencers and experts in the field.How best can you learn from experience?
So this month, I bring you Jessica, Founder and CEO of greatresumefast to share her insights on some pertinent issues.
Okay Jessica, take it away.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Jessica Holbrook Hernandez I am the President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and an executive resume writer, Certified Social Branding Analyst, and former recruiter who has been quoted in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, MSN, TIME, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. I have received over a dozen awards for excellence, including five consecutive honors for Best Executive Resume Writing Service/Best Executive Resume Writer and was recently named 2016’s Best Resume Writer.
How and why you decide to start Great Resume Fast?
I started Great Resumes Fast 9 years ago after spending 12 years in human resources recruiting and management. I saw a desperate need among job seekers to know what hiring managers were looking for and wanting to see in resumes. I started helping others with their resumes, educating them on what employers/HR wanted to see on resumes and that eventually led to opening the doors to Great Resumes Fast.
Successful people have different morning routines. Can you share with us your morning routine?
I try to start my day with quiet “me” time before all of the obligations, duties and responsibilities rush in. I make a list of my top three priorities that must be accomplished that day and dive in. If I’m able to check those three things off my list at the end of the day then I count the day a success. I’m very task-oriented so I always have notes, checklists and to do’s floating around. I also go through and clean out my e-mail inbox and make sure I address any e-mails immediately. Once I have that cleared out I feel more organized and ready to move on to other projects.
What expert tip can you give to someone on how best to structure their resume?
Over the past year or two I’ve seen culture fit become incredibly important in hiring decisions. Both on the recruiter and the candidate side yet you almost never hear advice to include culture fit in your resume. If it’s one of the most important factors in a hiring decision then candidates need to be addressing it on their resume from the start. I strongly advise my clients to research and target companies that are a match for their vision, mission, beliefs and values and then address that fit head on in their resumes. Companies are just as concerned about culture fit as candidates and it’s one of the best predictors of long-term career satisfaction too.
Let’s talk a bit about social recruiting. Most job seekers I meet are yet to come to grasp with how important social media is important to their not only for finding a job but also for their career. What advice would you give to them on this and can you share your single piece of advice for using LinkedIn for job prospecting
Almost every job seeker and employer study in the past three years has confirmed the importance of social media in finding prospective candidates, researching those candidates, and for job seekers in finding employment. LinkedIn even released their 2017 recruiter survey which confirms almost 50% the recruiter’s time is invested into social recruiting. It makes sense to be where the recruiters are which right now is LinkedIn. At the very least turn on Open Candidate if you’re passively searching. I strongly advise my clients to have a compelling headline and not to replicate their resume on the LinkedIn profile. Every recruiter and employer I’ve ever spoken to states they go to LinkedIn to find out MORE about a candidate. They don’t want to reread their resume on LinkedIn. They’re searching for culture fit, additional details not on the resume, visually-engaging portfolios, recommendations, etc. Be sure you’re giving employers what they are looking for especially if you’re actively searching.
Thank you Jessica for your time.
Now over to you? Who will you like to see feature on our next expert interview series?