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Off The Clock Resumes  Steph Cartwright, CPRW // Creating resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters that present you as the best fit for your ideal job.

☕😊 Good morning, job seekers! It's been a while since I've done #FridayIntroductions, so here we go...
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My name is Steph! I'm a Certified Professional Resume Writer, LinkedIn Profile Specialist, and the founder of Off The Clock Resumes. Nothing excites me more than hearing that a client has landed a new (and better!) job. My part to play is creating a resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter that present my client as the best fit for his or her ideal job.
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I absolutely LOVE my job, but that was not the case prior to October 2014. I never struggled to land a job when I needed one (or a better one...), but I always struggled to land a job that leveraged my strengths and gave me a purpose.
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I started in customer service (as so many of us do), transitioned into hospitality, and landed my first "big-girl" business professional job as an Office Clerk for a law firm before I accepted that a traditional office job was not for me. I had always LOVED writing... technical, report-like writing. Weird, I know. I knew I wanted a career in writing but not journalism and I had no idea what that looked like. I started freelancing in my spare time and dabbled in everything from copy-writing websites to social media content. I actually fell into resume writing by accident during this season of freelancing, but my "ah-ha" moment came after my biggest career mistake.
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I got a LinkedIn message from an entrepreneur who was starting an interesting start-up and wanted to hire me for full-time blogging and social media management. I thought it was my dream job! Turned out to be a total flop...
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Two weeks after quitting my comfy full-time-with-benefits business professional job, I realized he had no money to pay me and his start-up was a joke. I was stunned.
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During this lowest-of-low points in my career, I was faced with a decision: Should I beg for my office job back or start my own business? Luckily, I had an incredibly supportive boyfriend (husband now!) and a TON of motivation. It's been nearly four years since I made the decision to launch Off The Clock Resumes, and I have never regretted my decision.
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If you’re only using LinkedIn as an online resume, you’re missing out!
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LinkedIn is a professional networking platform that can actually help you get hired faster. Employers are more willing to hire someone who has been referred by another employee than an unknown job seeker off-the-street. LinkedIn can help you grow your referral network, connect with employees that work for your ideal companies, and speed up your job search.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much guidance available on LinkedIn once you have created a profile. That’s why so many LinkedIn users are inactive or only log in once a month (or less!). This is one of many mistakes you may be making on LinkedIn.
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#new #linkedin #tips #ontheblog #newblogpost #ontheblogtoday #bloggersofinstagram #job #hiring #jobs #nowhiring #jobsearch #success
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"I told her exactly what I wanted my resume to include and what type of job I wanted to attract, and she did not disappoint. I had several companies call me for an interview based on my resume, and I landed my dream job. Thanks Steph!"
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Thank YOU, Eboni, for the raving review!
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#new #resume #review #job #hiring #jobs #nowhiring #career #success #jobsearch #tips

#TipTuesday: Be a valuable connection by writing Recommendations for YOUR connections.
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[👀Want a free sneak peek at the LinkedIn WORKS! Coaching Program? See below…👀]
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Recommendations are the new letters of recommendation. Think of them as Yelp reviews for job seekers! Write recommendations that support your connection’s career goals, describe specific skills in action, and highlight the results that were produced. This kind of recommendation stands out to employers and gets interviews.
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Before writing your recommendation, ask the connection if the recommendation should highlight any specific skills or involvement on a specific project. This approach will help you craft an advantageous recommendation for your connection and encourage him or her to do the same for you.
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👆 Click the bio link + “Sign Up + Take A Peek” button to get a free sneak peek at the LinkedIn WORKS! Coaching Program, the proven step-by-step system to land your dream job by using LinkedIn for less than 20 minutes a day! 👆
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Friday the 13th is still better than Monday the whatever!
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#fridaythe13th
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Tired of applying for countless federal jobs and not hearing back about any of your applications?
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Your federal resume isn’t working because you’re either not applying with a federal resume, which is vastly different from a corporate resume, or your federal resume is being held back by one or more of the top federal resume mistakes. Some of the top federal resume mistakes include:
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⭕ Designing a federal resume for employer software rather than HR Specialists
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⭕ Summarizing your experience and skills in 1-2 pages
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⭕ Including details that are not relevant to the job or the agency
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⭕ Applying with the same resume to every federal job announcement
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Let’s focus on fixing the first two federal resume mistakes that may be keeping you from landing a federal job...👆 Click the bio link to discover why your federal resume isn't working and how to fix it! 👆
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Starting outside at this sunny, 82-degree BEAUTIFUL day wishing I was having a slower week for once!
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I've got a federal resume e-course to polish up, an article to write, a first draft to start, and all I can think about is playing hooky by the lake... Anyone else have the summertime blues? ☀️😟
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#TipTuesday: Give examples of your skills in action on your resume.
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The bullet lists you do add to your resume should draw attention to your skills in action. Sure, you could put a list of skills on the top-third of your resume; but adding context to this list of skills will show employers that you really are the best fit for the job.
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Here’s an example: The job posting indicates that the ideal candidate will be a “Current or frequent user of social media with proven understanding of analytical tools.” Your statement could say, “Skyrocketed revenue from Facebook and Twitter by leveraging a proven understanding of analytical tools to create highly-targeted ads that attracted new customers.” Now THAT is a statement that you would want to draw attention to!
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👆 Click the bio link to get a free critique and more resume tips! 👆
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Do you find yourself feeling financially trapped?
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You may be a college student or a recent college graduate, or maybe you haven’t been able to advance past that entry-level job you took because you needed it. You’re not alone in feeling trapped by debt or a low means of living.
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But did you know that your resume may be what’s keeping you from acquiring your desired lifestyle?
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If you’re using the same resume that you used in high school or the resume that the career services center at your college helped you write, your resume likely doesn’t have the information employers are going to be looking for. Sure, it has your work history and education listed but that’s not all that should be on a resume.
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A results-oriented resume that speaks to the needs of the employer is what will set you apart from the other candidates that are applying for the same jobs. If you don’t know what should be on a results-oriented resume, these are the top six things your resume should say about you no matter what.
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👆 Click the bio link to discover the six things your resume should say about you! 👆
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Happy Birthday, America! #fourthofjuly

#TipTuesday: Optimize your job descriptions on your resume.
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If you plan to alternate between paragraphs and bullet lists (which I highly recommend!), optimize your paragraph job summaries with keywords found in the job description. This sounds more complicated than it is, but you can improve your chances of being a top candidate by matching your phrases and terminology to the phrases and terminology used in the job description.
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👆 Click the bio link to get a free critique and more resume tips! 👆
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Hello Monday! ☕😊
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What's your fuel of choice today? I'm normally all about the black coffee, but this morning I'm enjoying some caramel macchiato creamer this morning. #caffeinateandconquer
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