Now Available! The Motivated Job Search book

I am pleased to announce the release of The Motivated Job Search book!

I wrote The Motivated Job Search for career-minded professionals who want simple and direct answers on how to conduct a job search.

Most job seekers do not know how to effectively conduct a job search in today’s job market, which is completely understandable. The skills to find a job are not exactly top-of-mind. The Motivated Job Search takes you through a step-by-step job search process and teaches you how to stand out and get the job you want!

The Motivated Job Search covers meaningful topics like how to correctly prepare for a job search, profiling your next job, understanding the employer’s mind, branding, elevator speech, success stories, LinkedIn, networking, social media, and how to penetrate the hidden job market, along with a myriad of useful job search tools not otherwise written about in other job search books. The book promotes a self-motivated job search approach where job seekers proactively engage the job market and employers in meaningful ways that result in job offers!

Check out the book on Amazon, or purchase it directly (most cost effective way) from the publisher, WriteLife Publishing (an imprint of BQB Publishing Company).

 

About the Author: Brian Howard is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and an actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over the course of his career. With over 23 years of real world recruiting experience, he has received various accolades and international acclaim for his recruiting ability, and is a member of an international recruiting organization’s “Hall of Fame.” It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Job Search.

Infographic Resumes – Some Additional Considerations – Continued

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search. Let’s continue by discussing some additional considerations of using an infographic resume in your job search.

It must look great! Not just good, but great! If you pursue this differentiation tactic, the final product must have a “wow” factor…a “holy cow this is really cool” factor. Otherwise, it will not have the persuasive and differentiating effect you are looking for. It is highly recommended that, should you pursue this job search tactic, you hire a professional to create it. Creating the document on your own can take countless hours. Time better spent pursuing other job search activities – networking, marketing your professional credentials, and so on.

A few final thoughts. One interesting concept you could explore is creating an infographic section to your traditional resume. This would be a form of a showcase resume using color and graphics as your showcase section. Then, traditional resume information would follow.

If you create an infographic resume, get it out there! Use it! One easy thing to do is attach it to your LinkedIn profile. Obviously you want to have it and hand it out during networking events and as a supplement to interviews. Since you put in the time, effort, thought, and money into this tactic, look for ways to leverage it in your job search activities.

Caution. Creating an infographic resume can be a distraction. Its creation can easily become busy-work that distracts you from the real tasks of moving your job search forward. Be aware of your time and use it wisely. An Infographic resume is a differentiator, but it will not by itself get you a job.

Discovering examples of infographic resumes and professionals (vendors) that create them is as simple as a Google search for “infographic resumes.”

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Infographic Resumes – Now, The Disadvantages

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search. The previous post discussed the advantages of an infographic resume. Let’s continue by discussing some disadvantages of using an infographic resume in your job search.

How will it be Received by Hiring Executives for Positions You are Pursuing? This is a serious consideration. An infographic resume is a neat idea and can be very intriguing. It can open your mind to all sorts of creative thoughts on how to present your information. This is especially true once you start viewing examples. However, it is not the right or most impactful strategy for every industry or position. Only you can gauge the receptiveness and persuasive influence an infographic resume would have on hiring executives in your job search.

It must Contain Impactful Information. If an infographic resume does not have impactful or persuasive information or is poorly constructed, it will hurt your job search. It can be a distraction, reflect poorly on your candidacy for the job, or eliminate you from contention for the position.

This is where it is highly recommended that you speak to professionals that create these documents. Seek their opinion as to whether you have the caliber of career information and accomplishments to have an impactful infographic resume (with the understanding that they will have the incentive for you to buy their services). Seek out examples of others like you with similar backgrounds (if possible). Set aside any thoughts you have about the uniqueness of the approach and objectively evaluate whether you have the kind of career information that would make for a compelling infographic resume.

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Infographic Resumes – The Advantages – Continued

infographic resume sampleThis is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search. Let’s continue the discussion regarding the advantages of using an infographic resume in your job search.

Insight into Your Thinking and Presentation Skills. One interesting advantage to an infographic resume is it reveals how you present information. It opens the door of insight into how you think and creatively present ideas and concepts. This can be very persuasive if the positions you are pursuing require presentation skills.

Vividly Presents Your Professional Background. Infographic resumes are colorful, high resolution documents. Unlike your LinkedIn profile (which is an online template) and your resume (which has expected and accepted sections), an infographic resume is a blank canvass. It is a platform to creatively present your professional background and accomplishments. You can present yourself in any way you choose using color and graphics.

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Infographic Resumes – The Advantages

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search.

There are advantages, disadvantages, and considerations for using an infographic resume in a job search. Let’s start with some advantages.

Differentiation. Infographic resume is clearly a differentiation tactic. Although the idea of a infographic resume has been around for a while, they are not widely used and therefore seldom seen by hiring executives in most industries. A well-thought, well-prepared, and well-presented infographic resume can make you stand out compared to other job seekers.

A Networking Tool. A infographic resume can be a very impactful networking tool. Instead of, or used in conjunction with, your traditional resume and business cards, an infographic resume can be shared at networking functions.

One unique approach would be selecting your most persuasive achievements and create an infographic “hand bill.” Create a 4×6 infographic hand bill and put it on thicker paper or as a large business card. This is truly unique and seldom seen. It will create conversation.

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Infographic Resumes – Introduction

An infographic resume is a colorful, high resolution document that visually presents your background and accomplishments by using pie charts, bar graphs, time lines, and other graphics  in very creative ways. They can be particularly impactful to display notable achievements, high-level recommendations, patterns of success among other things.

In this multi-part posting, we will discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and considerations of using an infographic resume (and other derivative ideas) in your job search.

The impact of an infographic resume comes from the fact that readers are drawn to colorful images. It grabs their attention which is precisely the differentiation you want in a competitive job market. There’s a tendency to remember things better when they are presented by images.

An infographic resume can, in limited circumstances, replace the traditional resume. This is most often the case in the creative fields like design, marketing, advertising, digital media, and so on.

However, for most, an infographic resume should be used as a supplement or differentiation tactic in conjunction with a traditional resume. Even then, its use is better suited for some positions (sales, for example) than others. With these caveats, an infographic resume can be a persuasive tool in your job search arsenal.

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