Do I Need Multiple Versions Of My Resume?

multiple resume yes or no

It’s a common question.  Do I need multiple versions of my resume? 

This is an important issue to discuss because a lot of professionals tend to develop a background in at least three, or even more, thematic work areas as time and their careers progress. In this article, we show both sides of the equation and the reasoning behind them. 

Spoiler alert:  The short answer is no but let’s discuss all angles.

In modern business practices, job seekers develop a wide range of skills and experiences. It is competitive out there and staying ahead of the game requires diversification. For example, some job applicants have worked in human resources, communications, and event planning. 

“The quote I got from XYZ Resume Writers which says I need 3 different resumes and to focus on one specialization to keep the resume simple. Do I really need multiple versions of my resume?”

This perspective and business model is, more times than not, a reflection of the individual writer’s underdeveloped skill set.  It takes finesse to really shape the context of a work history into a professional format with high success rates.

So, can HR, Communications, and Event Planning all be covered in a single resume? 

We believe in a resounding YES. A professional resume writer with extensive years of experience can formulate diverse history into a keyword-rich resume that exceeds expectations.

It’s not what you’ve done in the past, but rather the direction you plan to go next.

There are always transferable skills that help ease the transition and bridge roles.

A written format that highlights all the skills acquired in these roles and draws a bigger picture directed towards the roles you are aiming for. 

Without the resume reading as cluttered and indigestible to the reader’s eye.

professional resume writer uses keywords for success

It’s about streamlining without losing focus on keywords. It’s about representing your assets with varying themes and keeping it tidy.

Plus, it is time-consuming to keep modifying a major chunk of your resume just to highlight focus. Why pay a writer to create a product which you then have to babysit and micro manage?

All this is assuming you are maintaining your current career path. 

Now, if you’re jumping entire industries or career fields then, yes, perhaps it may be necessary to have more than one resume in your toolkit.

For example, you started out as a roofer and then became a builder and later moved into sales of roofing products. As part of your role, you were very involved in a new software implementation and you’ve decided to go into IT. That sort of transition requires a finely-tuned eye to keep the right content, and minimize or eliminate the (less) valuable content…. relating directly to how the resume performs for you.

Additionally, If there’s too much going on it can be difficult for recruiters to judge whether you are actually good at the role they want you to perform. Again, a really strong resume writer will help direct the keywords and content to be heavy in the direction you want to go.

That being said, if you are looking to change career paths, Power Writers USA is here to help reshape your resume for success across your entire search. Feel free to connect with us for a free consultation and resume review.

Remember, the name of the game is algorithms and ATS filters, which is everybody’s challenge right now.  The past few years, formatting styles have changed and with that in mind, we’d love to take a look at what specifics points our team can do to improve the impact your resume makes across all your ideal job prospects.

Supply Chain, Procurement and Management

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How long is this chain?

Take a look around your current environment. What do you see? I see a cute plant in an even cuter plant pot with matching office accessories because a pretty desk makes for a happy me. I see paperwork, reading glasses, desktop, laptop, tablet, AND phone. Typical office desk, right?

All these items make up the long-line chain reaction that is supply chain, procurement, and management.

Think of these roles as compartments. Like that little cubby hole from in Grade 1. Remember those?

Step 1: Get the Goods.

Procurement, by definition, is the process of obtaining the goods and/or services required to fulfill a company’s business model. In the overall supply chain process, procurement stops once the company has possession of the goods.

Procurement process tasks include

  • Sourcing suitable suppliers
  • Connecting with necessary service providers
  • Planning purchases
  • Negotiating price
  • Developing the standards of quality
  • Managing purchase orders
  • Financing purchases, if required
  • Controlling inventory and disposal of production waste

Step 2: Mobilize the People

Supply Chain, by definition, consists of all the humans involved in getting the above-mentioned products in the hands of a customer.

Humans involved:

  • raw material gatherers
  • manufacturers
  • transportation companies
  • wholesale warehouses
  •  in-house staff,
  • stock rooms
  • and the teenager at the register.

It also includes the tasks and functions that contribute to moving that product, such as quality control, market research, and strategic sourcing.

Procurement is the process of getting the goods you need, while supply chain is the infrastructure needed to get you those goods.

To use a basic analogy, supply chain is the entire chair, while procurement and sourcing are parts of the chair. A simple picture that worked or me.

Step 3: Now Make it Flow.

Supply Chain Management or SCM

At its core, supply chain management is the act of overseeing and managing the above mentioned, supply chain. Amongst other things, this means ensuring all suppliers and manufacturers are maintaining quality and that everyone is practicing ethical business.

Yes, including ethical business practices.

There is no doubt, this is a significant issue faced by many organizations today. If a portion of a supply chain is not functioning in an ethical manner (think child labor or environmental damage) then the organization receiving goods from that supply chain can suffer negative repercussions as a result.

All the jobs.

All things considered, it’s an easy conclusion to make that the job be aplenty.  Job seekers can find ample posting seeking employees at all levels in the chain.

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With this in mind, whether your education is rooted in management, machine manufacturing, business strategy, transportation, customer experience, R&D or even data analysis, chances are likely that Supply Chain, Procurement or SCM are potential hiring prospects.

Our team at PWU has worked extensively with professionals at all levels in the above-mentioned industries.

Connect with us when you’re looking to update the resume to reflect your current education and experiences. We offer a free consultation, resume review and will work with you to deliver an ideal resume that passes ATS and Recruiter processes.

There’s a New Kid in the Office

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As mentioned in our blog post from last week, the projected hiring numbers are currently on the rise all across the Bay area and throughout Q4. Naturally, this got our office talking about the inevitable situation yet to come. There’s a new kid in the office.

Here you are in that well-planned morning office routine. The computer is on, next up is the daily cup of chamomile. Knowing the office kitchen is empty at this hour, you come around the corner all sleepy and BAM. There’s the new kid standing front and center looking, admittedly, slightly lost. 

 Quickly the mind transitions through a few options

  1. Panic and run back to your desk – nope
  2. Welcome the kid, introduce yourself and offer a tour – nope
  3. Pretend you’re invisible, and with no sudden movement, get your favorite mug under that hot water tap and return to your desk immediately – yep!

To be fair, not all personalities would take this approach.  Some people may actually resort to option 1.  Others are naturally inclined to take on Option 2.

Me, not so much.  I’m that introverted-writer-type who can spend an entire day interacting with my client calls and then happily writing, writing, writing and more writing.

Nonetheless, new hires are imminent.

We’ve all been here at some point and, let’s face it, being the new kid in class is always a little nerve-wracking, whether you’re 13 or 45.

All humor aside, obviously new hires should feel confident to ask colleagues anything necessary to their increased comfort around the office. That being said, part of the stress that comes with starting a new job is avoidable if we prepare ahead of time.

new kid in the office

Now let change the perspective. 

The new kid in the office is looking around the kitchen, lost as all-time and just wants to get that next caffeine fix. There’s a 200-page report parked on his desk demanding attention.

We’ve assembled a few tips on how to ease the office jitters before the first day. The goal is to be so ready that your focus can only be on the job.

Do your homework.

Do research on the organization or institution you’ll be joining — its structure, mission, and overall philosophy. You may be asked to provide feedback or even to come up with some questions and insights of your own during your first week. You’ll want to know as much as you can in order to feel prepared if you’re put on the spot.

Ask questions.

Be confident. You earned the position based on your skills and personality so don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Everyone was the new kid in the office at some point and we all know what it’s like to feel a little lost on the first day.

Take notes.

Your first few days at any new job are a real learning curve, and you’ll be taking in a lot of new information, from the mundane to the really important. Take notes so that can be referenced when a question comes up a few weeks or months down the line.  

Listen and absorb.

You’re stepping into a new role and the first few days and weeks are focused primarily on learning in order to be successful and thrive within the company. Make an effort to actively listen to everyone you come in contact — let them do most of the talking. Understand how the company works and where you will fit in.

Don’t criticize.

If part of your role is to improve things or change the status quo at your new employer, you may want to wait a few days before you start pointing out all the areas that need improvement. Ingratiate yourself with your coworkers first before letting loose with all of the problems you see in the company, or else they may end up feeling bombarded and hostile to any of your new ideas (no matter how beneficial they are to the company).

As always Power Writers USA is here to help guide you through the steps.

Resume Writing, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profile Optimization and Recruiter Resume Distribution are all available from our team at PWU. Connect with us for a free consultation and resume review!



Shifting Careers Between Freelance and Corporate

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We’ve recently been looking at the double lane highway of shifting careers between freelance and corporate life.  From the perspective of professional resume writers, we’ve definitely seen equal movement between these 2 career directions.

Without question, transitioning from life at a corporate firm to working freelance is a HUGE life change. The greatest technique is in all the individual action steps taken to create a strong outcome. Successes certainly live in the daily grind.

Write a plan of action.

This helps maintain accountability and keep you on track.

If you’re not entirely familiar with the details of a business plan, that’s perfectly fine.  Think of your plan like a map. Begin with goal setting. Outline short-term and long-term goals and place them into a loose chronological order, the specific dates matter less than the actual structure.

Don’t burn any bridges.

Although it’s tempting to skip gleefully out of the door on your last day in the office telling everybody how great your new life is going to be, don’t.  You never know when you might need these contacts again, not to mention references from your employer. Leaving with a recommendation is never a bad outcome. 

Friendly reminder: The world is a very small place. and you never know where your future clients may be. 

Network.

This may sound dramatic but, ultimately you need to make sure EVERYONE knows you are going freelance: ex-colleagues, friends, old classmates, that neighbor with a beard.  Everyone.  Remember, getting work once you go freelance can take longer than imagined so build-up a client base in all ways possible.

Work is much more likely to come through known contacts. That’s just the nature of humans in general. We work with who we know and trust.

Network as much as possible, both in person and on social media.

Speak to friends or acquaintances who have made the leap to freelancing. These people are valuable resources for advice not just on those first few weeks starting out, but for the long haul.

Essentially freelancing is building your personal brand. 

This is a fact. Fortunately, there is ample information out there on the specifics of personal branding.  Quickprout has a nice guide that summarizes the process giving actionable items that help map the route. A quick Google tour will land you in front of some seriously good content for designing and managing your own personal brand.

Utilize social media.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all useful tools. Additionally, if your LinkedIn profile isn’t yet optimized, get it there.  Our team is highly skilled at LinkedIn optimizations that show clients in their best light possible.  This is mandatory in today’s workforce.

Optimize linkedin profile

94% of recruiters are searching for talent on LinkedIn. Use this tool.

Lastly, consider starting a blog. Yes, they are timely but well-designed search engine optimized (SEO) blogs are a great way to drive attention towards your website. This, in turn, builds an audience and potential client base.

Don’t be shy about putting your business out there.

Now, if you find yourself on the highway heading back to corporate structures then the strategy is dramatically different. At this point, your resume must highlight all the unique skills acquired as a freelancer plus reflect positively on the actual time away from the workforce.

As always Power Writers Canada is here to help guide you through the steps. Resume Writing, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profile Optimization and Recruiter Resume Distribution are all available from our team at PWC. Connect with us for a free consultation and resume review! Paragraph

Unquestionably, unless you are a writing wizard, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional resume writer now.  Freelance skills are diverse and translating all the detailed specifics to corporate necessity is key to your resume making it through ATS and recruiter processes.

Data Scientists Are The Future

Alright, we’ve heard it said, Big Data is the future and honestly, the current volume of Data Scientists looking to have their resumes written professionally is impressive. Naturally, this got us thinking, what’s the big deal with Data Scientists?

In simple terms, a data scientist collects data to come up with meaningful insights.

The term “data scientist” covers many roles across many industries and organizations from academia to finance and governance. As businesses continue to modernize, the need for data scientists has grown extensively.

Data scientists find patterns, build models and develop algorithms.

Consider this in relation to specific product development. Developers need to maintain the functionality of their products in order to stay relevant. A data scientist is critical to the navigation of past, present, and future product insights.

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Would You Make a Good Data Scientist?

A data scientist’s most common fields of study are Math and Statistics followed by Computer Science and Engineering. They possess a natural curiosity and have highly developed creative and critical thinking skills.

  • What can be achieved with all the data?
  • Where are the undiscovered opportunities hidden within?
  • How can I connect these dots?
  • What questions have not yet been asked?

Data scientists are also highly educated.

  • 88 percent of data scientists have at least a master’s degree.
  • 46 percent have PhDs.

According to industry resource KDnuggets, the data explosion is not slowing down either. Fueled by increased bandwidth, processing power, and innovative data analysis tools, Data Scientists are currently among the most demanded and lucrative IT careers.

Interestingly, a good data scientist has the potential to make or break a business.

To illustrate this point, a 2011 study from the McKinsey Global Institute indicates retailers that maximize data analysis capabilities could increase profits by up to 60%. More so, the health care industry can reduce operational expenses by 8% – equating to $200 billion per year! That’s some serious game face!

Does the generalization of this job seem delightful to you?

Go watch this TED Talk we found. The author, data journalist David McCandless, is fascinated by the stories data can portray. His talk is colorful and precisely touches on what data is capable of saying when pulled with specific goals in mind.

Without a doubt, data scientists have a unique combination of analytical skills, technical flair, and entrepreneurial spirit. Their job is to effectively analyze massive data files while thinking critically and shifting assumptions on the go.

The bottom line, if you’ve gained the education to pursue a career in data science and have the buzz to go further, then you are the unicorn many companies are searching for right now.

As always, our team at Power Writers Canada is here to build you a resume that will successfully navigate ATS and recruiter processes while gaining you the momentum to ideal job placement. Connect with us anytime for a free consultation and current resume review.

The Definition of Customer and User Experiences

User Experience (UX) is not the same as Customer Experience (CX).

For those nestled into the industries that nurture Customer Experience and User Experience, the definitions are second nature, however, for those of us outside the loop, the concepts aren’t as transparent.

We looked deeper and discovered what companies and employees are really doing to define the customer and user experience from beginning to end.

Beginning with the basics, we needed to understand the actual differences between User Experience and Customer Experience. In looking for common descriptions, we found this simple graphic from Uxpin

Definition of customer experience and user experience.

What Sectors are Affected?

  • Customer Service
  • Advertising
  • Brand Specialists
  • Product Strategists
  • Content Developers
  • Data Experts
  • Designers

Consider CX as the whole enchilada customer journey.

By definition, a good customer experience means that the individual’s experience during all points of contact matches the individual’s expectations.

In practice, Customer Experience is truly playing the long game. As a result, we need to think about the product or service’s interaction with customers over the entire duration of the relationship. 

We’re not only considering that first initial pull into the sales funnel but the long-range assembly of every point of contact moving forward.

CX and UX think big picture

Think of UX as the route to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother.

cx and ux think ease of use and efficiency

User experience is a person’s emotions and attitudes about using your product or service, along with, all things practical, experiential and meaningful. Without a doubt, in order to achieve high-quality user experience, there must be a seamless merging of services including engineering, marketing, graphic and industrial design, alongside interface design.

UX is highly subjective to the individual customer or client. As an example, consider your own human-computer interactions and how the ownership of a product has affected your experience.

So how do these 2 complex roles tie into your career? Has your company or organization implemented more advanced strategies for the betterment of the client/customer experience?

If you’re considering career advancement, we highly recommend you get your resume in front of a professional resume writer who understands the job requirements for CX and UX careers. In other words, connect with us at PWU!

Our team is here to help with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Profile Updates, and Recruiter Resume Distribution.  Contact us for a free consultation and resume evaluation.

Good Timing for Big Momentum in your Sales Career

We’ve recently seen a surge in resume requests for professionals seeking sales promotion and career momentum which got us thinking about the specific requirements recruiters and executives are seeking. As resume writers, it’s always interesting to connect skills on paper to what really motivates personnel to seek higher positions.

So what’s going on out there that sparked this current career momentum?

There’s potential we’re seeing the increase as a result of more companies making the connection between the marketing and sales departments which in turn is driving in-house competitiveness in both departments.

Are you familiar with the term smarketing?

The concept was first introduced by the masterminds at Hubspot in 2008 and is only now becoming more widely implemented. The idea is to create a hybrid role evolving from the amplified skills of both marketing and sales professionals.

Smarketing Goal: Create a common integrated approach to streamline strategy, communication, and realtime workflow efforts.

Read more on specifics of Smarketing here: https://www.superoffice.com/blog/
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So, how do you ready yourself to make a move?

Step 1: Hire a really really REALLY
amazing resume writer (like us!) who spends all day immersed in multi-industry verbiage and stays updated on current ATS requirements.

More often, at the higher career levels, unless you’re changing structures within your current company, you’re going to need a powerful resume to make it past modern-day applicant tracking systems or ATS’s.

What the heck is ATS? In short, ATS is a software that manages the recruiting and hiring process. Learn the details here. If you’re in the game at higher career levels, these tracking systems must be your ally.

Not feeling the need to hire resume professionals? No problemo. You’ve always got the option to go-it solo. Check out these helpful career tips offered by the good folks at Top Resume

Speaking from our perspective, the #1 client feedback received on why our clients looked to hire a professional resume writer is that they are not gaining traction on recent application processes.

“I have a diverse background but am having difficulties explaining my skills on paper.”

“The current resume, I wrote, and have sent over 50 applications but i’m not getting interviews”

“I believe the resume is the issue.”

“How do I frame my diverse experiences and accomplishments to capture the interest of hiring managers?”

Step 2: Evaluate your current skills.

Quote: There's a good chance you already have the skills to gain sales career momentum.

Now, we could list a million key skills required to succeed in sales,
but none of it would be anything new-to-you. If you’re currently succeeding in sales,
you already have what it takes to keep building out your path.

Advancing in sales is more than doing a good job and waiting in line for the next opportunity. It’s about understanding where your company is growing and
identifying how to serve the needs of the business before those needs become
problems or major initiatives.

That’s how you become a person people are excited to work with AND walk the path to exponential career growth.

Fun fact tho: Sometimes to get the growth, you may find yourself in a financially less-fulfilling role, on-route to your target position. This type of growth won’t always feel like progress. Yes, it’s sticky and uncomfortable. And you may make a few perceived steps backward to gain traction on a major step forward.

Planning momentum in sales career with notebook and mac computer.

In summary, we learned that when it comes to sales promotions, the world is your oyster – there are countless career paths to choose from in sales. It’s just a matter of discovering what you enjoy doing most and where you want to end up.