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Nov 12, 2019
Job Title: Director of Marketing Supervisor: President Position Type: Full-Time Location: Bryan, TX or Remote Salary: $45,000-$55,000 The Director of Marketing is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all of Ablaze Ministries' marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. The Director of Marketing oversees development and implementation of support materials and services for chapters in the area of marketing, communications and public relations. The Director of Marketing directs the efforts of the marketing, communications and public relations staff and coordinates at the strategic and tactical levels with the other departments of Ablaze Ministries. PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of: A comprehensive marketing program that will enhance the image and position of Ablaze Ministries within the marketplace and the general public, and facilitate internal and external communications Ensure articulation of Ablaze Ministries' desired image, and position and assure consistent branding throughout the organization Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all Ablaze Ministries publications Coordinate media interest in the Ablaze Ministries and ensure regular contact with target media and appropriate response to media requests Act as Ablaze Ministries' representative with the media Coordinate the appearance of all Ablaze Ministries print and electronic materials such as letterhead, use of logo, brochures, etc 2. Planning and budgeting Responsible for the achievement of marketing/ communications/ public relations mission, goals and financial objectives. Ensure that evaluation systems are in place related to these goals and objectives and report progress to the Executive Director and Board. Develop short- and long-term plans and budgets for the marketing/ communications/ public relations program and its activities, monitor progress, assure adherence and evaluate performance. Develop, implement and monitor systems and procedures necessary to the smooth operation of the marketing/ communications/ public relations function. 3. Organizational strategy Work with the National Team, other staff and volunteers to: develop and maintain a strategic perspective in organizational direction, program and services, and decision-making; and, ensure the overall health and vitality of Ablaze Ministries. Help make sure that Ablaze Ministries' philosophy, mission and vision are pertinent and practiced throughout the organization. Help formulate and administer policies to ensure the integrity of Ablaze Ministries. 4. Managing Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates top quality personnel, both paid and volunteer. Recruit, train, appraise, supervise, support, develop, promote and guide qualified personnel, both paid and volunteer. Ensure effective management within the marketing, communications and public relations function, with provision for succession. Design, support and oversee cross-functional teams throughout Ablaze Ministries. Effectively enable volunteers and staff so they can take action on behalf of Ablaze Ministries 5. Responsibilities: Lead team in monthly, quarterly, and yearly marketing goals. Meet regularly with President of Ablaze Ministries to review progress on campaigns, etc Manage marketing efforts and content coordinators for Beyond the Pew and Next Level Ministries, and Ablaze Youth Lead Manage and hold Accountable the Digital Brand Manager Oversee the content creation of the Digital Brand Manager Partner with Development director in order to run development campaigns Oversee content for recruiting efforts - flyers, postcards, hand outs, T-shirts, hats, other promo All other duties as assigned by supervisor 6. Remote Work The position can be done virtually, from a home office or, if feasible, from any virtual location within the continental United States with reliable Internet. Community is a priority at Ablaze Ministries, to do this frequent interaction through GroupMe and Basecamp is a must. Regular meetings via Zoom Quarterly travel to national office in Bryan covered by Ablaze Ministries EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY This is a leadership role in a Catholic organization. Thus, being a practicing Catholic is required. Must be a team player, able to work in a dynamic Catholic Environment, and work well with others Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and public relations activities. Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal sales skills. Experience developing and managing budgets, and hiring, training, developing, supervising and appraising personnel. Demonstrated successful experience writing press releases, making presentations and negotiating with media. Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications. Computer literacy in word processing, database management and page layout. Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams. Ability to manage multiple projects at a time. Minimum of 5 years experience in marketing, communications or public relations with demonstrated success, preferably in the not-for profit or association sector. Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, public relations or a related field. Graduate degree in a related field is desirable. Experience working with volunteers and Non-profit organizations is desirable. PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS The Director of Marketing reports to the President and serves as a member of the National team. Within Ablaze Ministries, the position has primary working relationships with the President, Director of Development, Director of Outreach Marketing, Director of Next Level Ministry, Content Coordinator of Next Level, and the Content Coordinator of Beyond the Pew.
Ablaze Ministries Remote (Bryan, TX, USA) Full time
Nov 11, 2019
As the Systems Support Administrator of a fast growing, life changing Women's Bible study, you are the key player, and hidden force that holds the entire ministry together. Is this person you? Might be. Let's see... You are right for the job if you excel in supporting internal customers, coordinating systems and problem solving. You are proficient in systems management, coordinating a boat load of data (remember- we are fast growing), and you get fired up over tools and systems used to automate business. You also thrive at working from home, and a fast-paced environment is your love language. Is something inside of you coming alive? Read on! You feel at home with systems such as WordPress, Salesforce, Monday.com, Shopify and email marketing platforms. Your knowledge and use of MS Office (especially Excel and Powerpoint) and Google Docs is a beautiful thing. You blow everyone away with your analytical skills. And communication? No one has better, stronger skills than you! You are a rare find, because while you are friendly and eager to step into a customer support role, you also have a deep understanding of software systems. Seriously. Not everyone can do this. You are impressive. But wait. There's more! Your can-do attitude, flexibility, and ability to prioritize and communicate effectively with stakeholders make you an essential player on our team. You don't overwhelm easily because you shine in the face of a challenge. You attend key WWP Annual Meetings, providing you with face to face time with the many women you support. Plus we offer a competitive non-profit wage based on experience for this part-time position working 30 hours per week. And because you are passionate about WWP and bringing women to a personal relationship with Christ, your work is meaningful and blessed and comes with the added bonus of eternal value. Is this you? If so, we love you already and can't wait to meet you! Send us your resume today!
Walking with Purpose Remote (New York Metropolitan Area, USA) Part time
Oct 21, 2019
Position Description: Vision of Hope, a network of eight urban Catholic elementary schools in the tradition of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, is embarking on its 2nd major funding campaign and is seeking an experienced, responsible, and relationally skilled Development Director to manage the campaign and oversee annual fund activities.   Mission The Dominican Sisters founded Vision of Hope in 1995 to ensure the quality, affordability and vibrant future for eight of their poorest elementary schools, five in Los Angeles, two in San Francisco, and one in Oakland. The eight Vision of Hope schools are diocesan schools but considered affiliate schools of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. They embody the charism and commitment to the four pillars of the Dominican Order: prayer, community, study, and service.   Primary Areas of Responsibility   Campaign Management (55%) Directs key staff, board members, and volunteers on campaign assignments, manages schedules, provides support, and accountability In collaboration with Executive Director, evaluates, and prioritizes prospects in order to assign priority levels and primary callers In collaboration with the Executive Director prepares written strategies for engaging high priority donors and mid-level donors   Prepares all materials needed for major gift solicitation Staffs the Campaign Leadership Team (CLT) Leads and prepares agendas for CLT meetings Prepares monthly updates on the campaign Prepares reports on activities, potential gifts, engaged but not committed donors, and total amount committed toward goal Assists with arranging meetings as needed with prospects for the CLT Operates data systems for managing prospect engagement strategy and planning Prepares reports projecting strategies for various gift levels and timeframes for engagement Develops and implements a foundation and corporate giving strategy   Annual Fund (35%) Designs and prepares direct mail appeals for the annual fund Works with Vision of Hope’s Marketing and Communication Director on messaging for annual fund solicitation, website, and social media. Communicates with mid-range annual fund donors between $1000- $5000 to cultivate, steward, and/or solicit their annual gift. Presents regular progress reports to Executive Director and Board of Directors. Organizational (10%) Attends Advisory and Board of Directors meetings in the Bay Area and Los Angeles Participates in Vision of Hope’s annual fundraising events in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles Other duties as assigned   Core Qualities for a Successful Development Director Attention to detail 
 Entrepreneurial 
 Committed to the mission 
 Relationally skilled 
 Displays excellent time management and organizational skills to prioritize workload 
 Displays excellent communication skills including in-person customer service, documentation, detail-orientation, and sensitivity with confidential documents and information 
 Displays ability to remain calm and courteous under pressure 
   Qualifications Bachelors Degree (required) Five years of successful experience as a Development Director with an established non-profit organization (required) Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team setting Familiarity with Donor Perfect or similar donor database and a willingness to learn. Self-starter with the ability to identify and launch initiatives independently. Excellent, writing, analytical, presentation and research skills.   Please submit cover letter and resume to Ann Magovern, the Executive Director, at amagovern@msjdominicans.org .     Position open until filled.  Salary Range is commensurate with experience.
Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope Oakland, CA, USA Full time
Oct 16, 2019
CATHOLIC COORDINATOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PART-TIME Location: Beaufort, South Carolina The Catholic COORDINATOR of Religious Education responsibilities: Education and Experience Requirement:  Possess an Associate's Degree or have a minimum of one year experience as a religious education teacher.  Experience in the management of a large, multi-session religious education program for adults and children is preferred.  Experience working with military leadership or attending a military chapel is favorable.  Must be sensitive to religious pluralism and be able to work alongside diverse religious beliefs.  Ability to mentor and develop leaders.  Ability to multitask and adapt to changing schedules.  Managerial, organizational and leadership ability commensurate with responsibility for and administration of a complete religious education and sacramental preparation program.  An excellent working knowledge/agreement with the doctrines, ideas, liturgy, sacraments, history, customs and organization the Roman Catholic Church. Duties and Responsibilities:  Coordinate the delivery of religious education and methods consistent with the cultural and educational environment of the Marine and Navy communities under the supervision and evaluation of the Catholic Priest. The CCE shall advise the Catholic Priest on programs, methods and their usage that are necessary to meet or improve the religious educational needs of families and single active duty service members of the MCAS Beaufort Catholic community.  Review religious education materials and make recommendations to the Catholic Priest for providing an adult and youth CREP from Pre-school through High School ages.  Design, prepare and coordinate curriculum for classes and academic-religious events for the Catholic community that are observed throughout the year. Traditional REP may include but are not limited to:  Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for children grades K-8, High School Confirmation program and monthly High School Religious Education courses, preparation for First Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation, Baptism, and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Provide continuous leadership development for all Catholic religious education teachers including their recruitment, training, and assessment.  Coordinate all Catholic workshops, teachers' meetings, and parental conferences throughout the year.  Maintain statistical records necessary to document the number of students in attendance, cost of materials, personal records and other records necessary for the program.  Coordinate scheduling and allocation of spaces used for REP.  Prepare and submit a religious education budget no later than June for each subsequent fiscal year.  Coordinate with the RP’s to order supplies that meet the needs to the Catholic community through the use of Appropriated Funds.  Monitor the receipt, distribution, and utilization of all Catholic religious education materials and supplies. Account for expenditures within budget requirements to include curriculum materials, audio-visual aids, equipment, and other supplies for classrooms and offices.  Prepare publicity of CREP and events through memoranda, bulletins and other available media resources on base.  Train and coordinate a team for the Children's Liturgy of the Word program.  Be the Liaison with the CRP to execute Chapel outreach programs that are not faith specific. (i.e. Cookouts and VBS).  Attend Parish Council meetings and recruit new Parish Council Members, develop and publish a Parish Council Agenda, record and publish Parish Council minutes and maintain a record of all Parish Council Meetings.  Organize various types of Fellowships throughout the year as well as special occasions, i.e. First Communion, Confirmation, as well as designated holidays. Hours and Performance:  This position is not to exceed 14 hours weekly, based on an annual calendar of activity that may have seasonal variation. The CCE is expected to be present on Sunday Morning, weekly staff meetings, and have a flexible weekday schedule  Work hours will be set by the Command Chaplain after conferring with the Roman Catholic Priest.
Fuller Staffing LLC Beaufort, SC, USA Part time

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Catholic References :  The old adage “it ain’t what you know it’s who you know” still has a lot of truth to it.  Sometimes this old phrase was stated in a derogatory light by people upset that they did not get a job or an advancement because someone else had “a connection”, and the disappointment is understandable.  However, my answer to that is get you own dang connections, and many times these are synonymous with your References.   As a recruiter, I can’t stress enough how important good references are.  They can make or break you in the final stages of the job offer process.  I have had candidates who “closed the deal” with a great reference check (this is where either the client or myself actually picks up the phone and talks to the reference about you….can be very enlightening!) and a few who have been rejected because something came out in the reference check that gave me and/or the client reason to pause and rethink.   As a Catholic candidate looking for a Catholic job you absolutely should use your Catholic contacts as good references.  A priest you have known for a long time or a favorite professor from college are great references.  In the secular corporate world, you might have to give this some thought and consideration.  The companies are few and far between who overtly welcome people to bring their faith into the work place and even those would have their limits (Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby come to mind).   Here are some practical tips you should use on your references: You should have at least 4 references, I prefer 5 or 6. I am almost never interested in “personal” references except for maybe the priest or professor mentioned. Ideally references should be people you have worked for, worked with (like a peer or colleague) or someone who has worked for you (these have been some of the most powerful, as a company loves to know what someone who worked for you thought of you). When you are in Job Search mode and actively interviewing, you absolutely must reach out to your references and let them know they may be getting a call. You never want them to be “blind-sided” or sound confused when they pick up the phone. I like to see references at the end of a resume, to me it says “Hey, I am comfortable and confident in these references, you don’t have to ask, here they are!”. However, if you prefer to have a separate document, that is fine, just always have if available to immediately email or hand across the table in an interview situation.  You never want to say something like “oh, yeah I can get those together and send them over”.   References are a very powerful tool and often don’t get the attention they deserve.  When I have a candidate who offers solid references from the 3 companies they have worked for in their career, I intuitively know that they have had a good track record and those References should confirm it!
Resume Writing 101, Class #3  Have you created your “Career Management” file yet??  If not in about 12 years you will think back and say “man, I should have listened to the recruiter dude!”.  Other things to consider on your resume: Each job in your career should have from 4 to 10 great bullet points that describe your responsibilities and accomplishments with the position(s) you had with the company you worked for. If you are going to put the effort in to make a great resume, really take some time and make the most of each bullet point.  For example, you could say (and I see this all the time) something related to your responsibility as a Sales Rep that goes like this: Responsible for sales growth in my assigned territory. (pardon me while I yawn!) OR (Drum roll please!!) Consistently prospected and closed strategic accounts facilitating a 31% increase in new petroleum sales revenue and expanded the companies geographical service area by 25% from 2006-2008. Who would you want to interview?? Education: Whether you have a lot or very little education, build out this section as much as you can.  If you have a high GPA’s, list them.  If you graduated with honors, say so.  If you have a degree from a school that people outside of the geographical area might not be familiar with, use a little space with 2 to 3 sentences telling a little about the school and maybe even why you were attracted to go to that school.  In the education section I also like to see any industry certifications you might have especially if they pertain to the position you are hoping to interview for. Computer Skills: Especially in todays job market, you must highlight any and all computer skills you have and especially any Programs you are familiar with.  Use terms like “basic proficiency”, “proficient” or “expert” to describe your abilities on any programs you see the hiring company is interested or even think they might be interested in. Affiliations: If you are not currently a member of the local or national Associations that are in direct relations to the industry you want to work in I would suggest you make that happen.  Usually it is a minor annual fee and it shows a perspective employer that you are engaged and care about the field you work in.  I might just set you apart from a similar candidate and give you and edge. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER list on your resume that you have your real Estate License, that you are the owner or part owner of another small business or that you are a “consultant” (unless you have been consulting full time for more that 18 months. There is a whole other blog that needs to be written on this!!).  You might as well just add a note to the resume that says in bold print that “all you really want is a paycheck and even though I will do my best to show up every day and put my time in, I’m really going to be worried about what I need to do to meet my other work-related responsibilities”.  When I see stuff like this on a potential candidate’s resume, I don’t give it a second look and just move on. Personal: I really like a personal sections where you say stuff like: Avid reader, Outdoor enthusiast, Pee Wee Football coach for my kids, Active church member with a focus on supporting the local food bank or whatever it is that you are into and gives some interesting aspects of who you are.  Some people are reluctant to add a Personal section and the tell me that “well…that’s kind of personal”, and I’m thinking “well duh!!”.  I can only tell you that unless you put something really weird or controversial in this section it can only give the person reading the resume some insight to who you and may even identify something you have in common which usually gets an interview off to a more comfortable start. **Bonus tip** usually with font size, adjustment of margin width and height or other little format tricks you can get your resume to be a perfect 1,2 or 3 pages.  If you find that you just can’t make it look right without having 2-3 inches left on the last page, I would not hesitate to put your references in that space.  I need to write a whole blog or two on references and reference checks, so look for these down the line!
Resume Writing 101, Class #2 From my first post on this subject, I hope you noticed I used the term MANAGE in describing what you should do with your resume.  What did I mean by that you might ask, well it is just this:  Don’t just keep your resume on your computer or tablet only to need it again in five years and realize it was on the hard drive of a device two devices ago.  Keep a “Career Management” file in both hard copy and a dedicated external drive (thumb drive is perfect).  You should set a calendar reminder for every 6 months to block off an hour and really update your resume.  Every six months you should have something new to add to what you have accomplished with your current job, or what new training you have gone through or possibly a promotion that gets highlighted.  If you treat your resume like a living breathing document and update it on a regular basis you will find that when you need it again i.e. someone is knocking on your door with a good career opportunity or you feel like you have moved past your current job and want to see what else is out there, it will be up to date and ready to go in a jiffy.  I can’t tell you how many potential candidates I have reached out to with a good opportunity who  tell me they have to update their resume or even have no idea where their old resume is and have to start from scratch.  What I usually get is a half-assed cobbled together mess, and to me it tells me a lot about the quality of that candidate.  As stated in Class #1 that resume can be worth a million bucks, treat it that way! Additional things to consider on your resume: No stupid email addresses! Make sure the email address on your resume is easy and professional.  I would even encourage you to create an email address that you dedicate only to your career management file and make sure it is tied to your cell phone.  That way you know any time you get an email to that account you know it is career related.  The last thing you want is a recruiter or company trying to reach out to you only for the email to get lost in the hundreds you get on your everyday address or one you don’t check much anymore. Think with Google brain! In my favorite resume template I highly encourage the use of “Key Strength” terms listed with bullet points to easily highlight the key strengths that you think you bring to the table and also match up to the Job Description for the position you are seeking (explained in detail in my seminar).  They definitely make the resume “pop” and should catch the eye of the hiring manger but maybe even more important, they make your resume very “searchable”.  So, when you write your resume really think about the words (some would say “power words”) that you think both describe you, your talents and your experiences and use them through out your resume so that when someone like me is searching for someone like you, you come up at the very top of the search!  Capicse?  Dates! When I see a resume with career history that only uses the year I am immediately suspicious that the person is trying to hide gaps in their work history.  People who often have gaps can (rightly or wrongly) often be perceived as someone who can’t keep a job and it can hurt you.  As an example, if you put that you worked for Coca Cola from 2002 to 2006 and then for Pepsi Cola from 2007 to Present, I will immediately wonder if you had a gap.  It is possible that you quit Coke at the end of December 2006 and started with Pepsi on January 2 nd of 2007 and had a seamless transition, which is great.  However, it is also possible you got fired from Coke in March of 2006 and started with Pepsi in July of 2007 a full 16 months later which makes employers curious to say the least.  It is always better to put the Month and year and make sure that the perspective employer knows up front that you have gone from one position to the next with a logical and upward career progression.  If you do have a gap, it’s better to be upfront about it and just explain the reason behind it. OK, good for now, Class #3 coming soon!
Job Descriptions Matter! [can you drink a few beers and not make an ass out of yourself??!!] I had a new client call about three years ago and after a couple conversations he determined we were a good fit for his company and we signed a recruiting contract.  I liked the guy from the very first conversation, strait shooter very passionate about his business and seemed like he genuinely cared about his employees and customers (this proved to be absolutely true as I still do a lot of work for him to this day!!).  Why he called: He called because a key person in his organization was leaving after a long tenure (for health reasons) and it came as a shock and was very upsetting and unexpected.  Then the conversation went something like this.  “it will be hard to fill this person’s shoes……this role is vitally important to our organization…”  I asked him several open-ended questions about the role and got out of the way, he talked for 45 minutes and I had great notes and a great idea of what he needed.  Last thing I said was do you have a Job Description put together and he said they had never had one before because this person had always been in the role, so they were “working on one”.  I said “great, start with a blank sheet of paper and really focus on describing your company and the essential responsibilities of this job…etc.”.  What I got:  The job description I received was so disappointing to say the least (and unfortunately very typical)!  It read as if he went out and purposefully found the 10 most boring people he could find, sat them in a room and said just hit the main requirements, the main job responsibilities and definitely don’t be too specific on the compensation we can’t afford to over pay on this position…blah..blah..blah..boring..boring..etc..etc..  The job description did not remind me of this owner or his company at all. I did mention this was a new client, right?  Well, I also mentioned he was a straight shooter and so am I, so even at the risk of offending him, I told him “this Job Description Stinks” (I used a different word,  dear old Mom might read this ya know!) and after a pregnant pause, he retorted “really?”, then he laughed a little and said something like “yeah…writing these things isn’t as easy as I thought..” and then something like “OK, mister smartypants recruiter dude….you write the damn thing... you’re the expert!”. And so I did! I won’t bore you with this much longer, but here are some excerpts from the Job Description: I couldn’t delete the boring Company Description resembling an obituary fast enough, and went with a paragraph including this: In the last 30 years we have put Blood, Sweat and Tears into a company that everyone from a Summer Intern to the CFO can be proud of…..we have grown from $0.0 to $30M in revenue and earned every dime by working hard and putting our customers and employees first.” Instead of the boring: “Perform daily task as assigned”, I wrote this: “we expect you to be a “servant leader”, every morning you should review the tasks at hand and then communicate to your staff in a manner that says “good morning, we are going to have a great day!....I’m here to help you…what can I do to help YOU meet OUR objectives today?  And by the way, the president will be saying the exact same thing to you every morning and he means it!!  If you are a sit at your desk and dictate orders kind of manager please don’t waste your time or ours, only sleeve roller-uppers welcome!! Instead of “Some travel required” I went with “We expect all employees to represent our company well.  In this role, you in particular will from time to time need to attend industry trade shows, attend off-site meetings with industry associations and entertain clients.  Can you engage in pleasant conversation in a social setting and [can you drink a few beers and not make an ass out of yourself??!!” OK, hopefully you get the picture and this was for a trucking company, so the language was actually quite appropriate and the whole job description thou similar to what I have shared with you was very professional and well written. I can only tell you that the response to this particular Job Posting on our website and a couple other trade specific posting sites was off the charts!  I had never had such a good and well-qualified response rate.  I even had people I was actively pursuing respond saying, “I’m not currently looking, but if I was I would love to work for a company like this!” My recommendations:  If you spend less than an hour writing a Job Description, it is probably just OK.  If you just copied and pasted from a couple other Job Descriptions to get the task off your desk it probably will not be as effective as it could be.  I you want mediocre candidates and a mediocre response to your job posting just stick with the same old thing.  I know from experience a well written and sincere Job description gets the attention of the best qualified candidates.  Even those who might not be currently looking.  You may be thinking that candidates should be beating down your door for the opportunity to work for your company.  The best candidates are not!  You have to SELL your job opportunity and the best way to start is with a great and compelling Job Description!
Resume Writing 101, Class #1 Resumes are Important and a document you should MANAGE for your entire career! Nothing surprises me anymore!  I have seen stellar resumes from people with little experience and a high school diploma and the worst resumes imaginable from candidates with 20 years’ experience holding a PHD.  What do you think a resume is worth?  About a million buck!  Think I’m kidding, in a seminar I give to College students on Career Management I can effectively lay out a scenario where if you “manage your career well” and follow thru with your career objective that over time you get better jobs, get promoted more often and on average earn $25,000 more per year over your career.  Most people work for 45 years of their life.  The math is pretty simple, that’s over a million schmackers (as my grand pappy used to say), and it all has to start with a resume!  1 to 2 pages of text that most people spend less that a couple hours on.  I know with certainty that the better the resume the better the chance of an effective Job Search, like most things the more you put into it the more you will get out of it.  Start here:   Decide upfront that you are not just going to write a good resume, you are going to write a great resume! Block off 10 hours, 2 hours at a time over a week or two to constantly look at it with fresh eyes and tackle it in segments.  It really will make a difference, invest the time! Find a good template. Must be well laid out and conservative.  Don’t fall for anything trendy or flashy and avoid colored text, artistic margins and fancy fonts.  Unless you are an artist or graphic designer the format should be simple and clean.  There are many templates online. If you have less than 5-7 years of experience you should be able to keep it to 1 page. Over that generally 2 pages. Never write paragraphs except a brief paragraph summarizing who you are, what your expertise is and what you have accomplished, and this should be at the top of the 1 st page under contact information. Always give a brief 1 to 2 sentence description of the companies you have worked for. You can never assume the reader will know about the company and what they do.  Remember the reader mostly wants to know how your experience matches up to what they are looking for and company information can certainly help. For each job experience, list your duties and accomplishments in bullet points. Clear and concise but with good explanation.  1 sentence for each bullet point, 2 if you really must. OK, this is a good start.  If you are not finding a template that you like, send me an email at mark@JobsForCatholics.com and I will send you one that has proven to be very effective for many of my candidates and clients.  If you are interested in the Career Management seminar I offer, you can shoot me an email on that as well.  *Bonus tip* Especially for you Ladies, in today’s online world, you never know who is forwarding your resume to who or what system is getting hacked etc.  There is no reason to put your street address on your resume.  Nobody need to know exactly where you live, most hiring managers just want to know that you are within a commutable distance of their office.  So, the city or suburb name and a zip code easily tells them if you are in the right geography for the job. Class #2 coming soon!
“I don’t find good people jobs, I find my clients good people”.  How to work with a recruiter. I have been recruiting for 13 years and I’m sure I am mostly like other recruiters accept I never wanted a big firm with lots of employees.  I have just focused on a small niche and developed great clients that I like to work with and I thoroughly enjoy the interaction with candidates in the search and hiring process.  One thing that I have had to deal with constantly, is what I would call a misconception on the part of active candidates looking for a job, and that is that they have this idea that I probably can hardly wait to talk to them.  They falsely assume that their need for a job is exactly in line with my desire to find them a job.  Unfortunately, that is rarely how it works.   The truth is I would love to help them find a job, but I just don’t have time!  Let me be blunt and tell you exactly what I communicate to these people in my 2-3 minutes spiel over the phone and it is this simple:  “I don’t find good people jobs, I find my clients good people”.  My clients pay me a fee to help them find candidates that they are struggling to find on their own.  So, unless you happen to be in the right geography and happen to be an exact fit to the current job description I am working, chances are I can’t help you at that time.  It sincerely breaks my heart when I hear the desperation in some people’s voice as I can tell they are really struggling in their job search.  So, let me give you some simple tips about recruiters and how to work with them: You should absolutely call on as many recruiters as you can, especially ones that specialize in your field of interest. In the above commentary I am serious that I can not typically help the person at that particular time, but that does not in any way mean that I don’t want to make a connection, get your resume in my database and take notes on things like income target, possible cities of relocation and other pertinent information for future opportunities.  I would follow up with a recruiter from time to time and indicate that you are keeping an eye on the job listings on their website and that you just want to stay in touch so they don’t forget you.  They will appreciate that immensely. Don’t expect a recruiter to call you back every week to “check in”. Over the last 13 years I have a home grown database of over 30,000 professionals.  My database is very searchable and when I have a “job order” that you are a fit for, you typically will pop right up when I search, and I will definitely be in touch to check your interest.  There is just no way I can keep track of this many people. One thing I often tell active job seekers that I don’t have anything for at the time is “hey, if you see a job that looks like a great fit, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note to see if I can help make a connection. A hot hand off is way better than a cold online application”.  I am more than happy to help make a connection thru my network if I can, and I don’t need a fee out of it.  I have certainly had my fair share of placed candidates who became clients down the road and all because I still try hard to abide by my old Boy Scout Motto “Do a Good Turn Daily”.  I think any good recruiter worth their salt would want to help if they can as well. I am a professional independent recruiter, i.e. I work for myself and offer my services to companies struggling to fill key roles. There are a ton of what I call “direct recruiters” and these are people who work directly for the company and are almost always part of the Human Resources department and often do mostly what I do as well.  There is a lot more to it than this, but I just mention this as it will be helpful to know if you are dealing with a “middle-man” like me who may have many jobs across many companies across the whole country or a direct employee of the company trying to fill the position.  You peeps that have been around a while can stop rolling your eyes now, there are always newbies to every industry you know! LinkedIn: I love’em and I hate’em (could write 10 blogs on this), but the fact is they are a recruiter’s playground, and you should understand this.  If you are early in your career, do a good job and very professionally connect with as many people as you can on LinkedIn.  If you are in Job search mode, I highly recommend that you put your contact information front and center on your profile, and this is why.  Every recruiter knows that a good LinkedIn profile is worth it’s weight in gold, and if your contact information is very visible, you are probably at least subtlety telling recruiters that you are open to be communicated with and open to opportunities.  Being able to reach out to you directly saves them the expense of an “InMail” and hoping you check your account once in a while.  Depending on the services a recruiter pays for, there are other more direct ways to know you are open to opportunities, but this is a great way to receive good job opportunities in my opinion. That’s it for now, if you read this, fire me a connect request on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-crabtree-5b3b555
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