Resume Writing Tips

August 30, 2011

Good Day All,

As a general services virtual assistant, I help clients with a diverse range of services.  Over the past few months,  I have been inundated with requests to assist clients/potential clients with writing their resume.  Seriously, crazy numbers of people have been contacting me.  Yay!  In the current marketplace and sheer volume of candidates seeking the best positions, your resume must be high-impact to get you in the door for that all important interview.resume writing tip

While some resumes have some basic big mistakes, in my opinion, there are several things I keep having to address and wanted to put a couple of tips out here.

1) Create your resume specifically for the position you are seeking.  This means you will need to recreate your resume each time you apply for a position – yes, a little time consuming but very important!

2) Keep it 1-2 pages.  A resume isn’t the vehicle to get you the job, it is the tool to get you into the interview where you get to shine and embellish!

3) Be brief but concise with relevant information, successes, and use action words.  Focus on the actions that led to great results not your responsibilities.  You want this potential employer to relate to how you will be a benefit to their organization.

4)  Don’t send a resume printed on an ink jet printer – you know why.

5) Always include a stunning cover letter.

Good luck!
Jan

As a virtual assistant offering Social Media assistance with everything from set up to ongoing posting/maintenance, I am a proponent of using social media to market and propel your business upward.

While there are a vast number of mistakes (some obvious, others not so much!) that I’ve discussed with clients and via blogs and my social media networks, one I’d like to write about today is the importance of evaluating your results.

social media logosYou need to have ways to measure your social media marketing results, otherwise you won’t know if your efforts are worthwhile.  You may be excited to see your friends and followers increasing each month but how many are paying attention to your messages?  Are they looking into and buying your products or services?  Decide on the best metrics that make sense for you and your business (i.e.: click-throughs to your website;  sales resulting from social media site referrals; exclusive social media network coupons being redeemed, etc.).  Analyze and document these results.  It will be extremely helpful to know what’s working and what needs to be improved in order to get the results you desire.

Tip: Set some goals for yourself and be dedicated to achieving them.

Need help – contact me!
Best to you,
Jan

It is the half-year mark and wanted to check in with you to see how you are doing on reaching your annual goals.  Is it going well?  If not, can you analyze each goal and see where you can make adjustments/improvements?

Personally, I’ve encountered so many obstacles thus far in 2011 – things I never imagined – my business and personal goals are way off track at this moment.  However, I will not let this impede my efforts in moving forward to achieve my goals … plus I still have 6 months before I tally up the score for the year.

Best to you,
Jan

Messy Desk?

February 25, 2011

Is your messy desk slowing down your progress?
Does it make you feel less efficient?
More than likely, your honest answers would be “Yes!” to both questions!

disorganized office messy desk stress

My suggestion:  next time you get up from your desk, simply take 60 seconds to straighten up.   I mean literally, count out 60 seconds as you quickly organize the items on your desk.  You will be amazed at how much you can get accomplished in 1 focused minute.  I guarantee, you will feel better (and probably relieved) about working when you return to your desk.

Best to you,
Jan

I have been known to discuss why we shouldn’t be too open with personal information on Social Media Networks (SMNs), especially when teens are involved.

As a virtual assistant, I’ve been in the thick of SMNs for several years now and help my clients set up their networks.  It is an exciting way to share information with the masses and an exceptional tool for business owners to market their business.  Friends and family members are connecting here, too, more readily than via email these days.  However, when utilizing this for personal engagement, especially those with teenagers need to be fully aware of what information is being posted for public consumption.

Reinforcing this thought is this Yahoo news link I found this morning.  Thieves have found a way to guess pertinent information via information posted on SMNs like your Social Security Number 8.5% of the time for people born since 1989.

My advice, remove or hide key information on your SMNs.  Need help?  Contact me and I’ll help you protect your information.

Best to you,
Jan

Searching for End of the Year deals on electronic equipment?

Here are a few of my favorite picks for best deals.  online shopping cart

  • TigerDirect.com
  • newegg.com
  • amazon.com

For example, I have been considering buying a second monitor to make my life easier when assisting my virtual clients.  TigerDirect has a dozen or so, up to 20″, all under $100!

Happy Bargain Hunting and Happy New Year!
Jan

Nifty tip for Firefox users – after a “virus” seemed to be overtaking my search results and I couldn’t get it to stop.  Try changing your Tools> Options> to Never Remember Browser History.  Read this tip via my newsletter from Steve at WorldStart.com.  Seems to have stopped for the moment after 3 days of havoc!

Happy Black Friday!
Jan

It is amazing to me how fast time is flying by!  Remember, when you were 14 and you couldn’t wait to turn 16 so you could drive?  Personally it seems like the years are getting shorter even though the calendar still has 365 days to check off.

My point?  2010 is almost over and I haven’t mapped out my goals for 2011 yet – have you?  There are still a few items to check off my 2010 list and frankly, I don’t know if I’ll achieve them in the next few weeks.  However, I can add them to next year with a higher level of attention.  All in all , I’m happy with what I HAVE achieved overall in 2010.

Now that I’ve planted this seed, it is time to get cracking on your 2011 goals list.  And, it is best to WRITE them down.  Start with at least 1 goal for each of the following categories: Financial, Career, Relationships (family/friends),  Free Time, Health, and Personal Goals.

Best to you,
Jan

Sedentary Desk Work

October 22, 2010

I knew the sedentary work of a virtual assistant (or any desk career) wasn’t a virtual assistant at desk EVAgood thing, but this news report on ABC last night was a bit shocking albeit believable.  I think I’m going to get out my exercise ball to use as my office chair again since I won’t be installing a treadmill desk anytime soon!  LOL!

For the full scoop, here’s a link to the report http://bit.ly/b3lIbp

Another tip I used to use all the time was set a timer for 1 hour and place it in an adjacent room.  After that hour of sitting/working on your project, stand up and stretch for a minute or so, then walk out to the timer and reset it for another hour.  This not only helps your body, it also clears your mind for better concentration.

If you have a tip, please submit it via the comments area!

Best to you,
Jan

Facebook for Your Business

October 14, 2010

As a virtual assistant, I/we are known for being internet and tech savvy professionals.  Lately, I am receiving more and more requests from clients and potential clients about building their Social Media Networks.  I am thrilled to do so, but if they elect to go at it alone, I advise to proceed with caution.  While I personally use several networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn are my favorites), today I want to write about Facebook Pages for business.

With Facebook, many people are unaware that it is a VIOLATION to have more than 1 account (i.e. personal profile and a business profile).  This is clearly defined on Facebook, but to reiterate, “”Maintaining multiple accounts, regardless of the purpose, is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Use. If you already have a personal account, then we cannot allow you to create business accounts for any reason. You can manage all the Pages and Socials Ads that you create on your personal account.”

The first thing you need to do is set up your personal profile, from there you add a “Page” for your business.  This exudes a professional online presence where people can “like” your page vs. having “friends”.  Your new business page is easily managed from your FB profile.  My suggestion is to post information regularly (weekly at the very minimum) to lay out your business page with information useful for visitors so they will choose to “like” your page.   Facebook like button

Your continued activity and sharing of information on your page will likely (pun intended) garner you followers and assist in building your online network.

Need help?  Contact me!

Best to you,
Jan
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