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Debra Wheatman, President of Careers Done Write, provides expert insight to the job search process that puts your career in gear with tips for interviewing, networking, job search strategies and how to create a winning résumé and cover letter.

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6:00AM

Include language skills on resume if it's not relevant for a position?

Dear Deb:

Should I list language skills on my resume if foreign language skills are not listed as a requirement for the job that I am pursuing?  I am fluent in English and Spanish.  I am also fluent in Greek and Standard Croatian.  Are those languages worth showing on my resume?  It is not too often that an employer in the US seeks someone with Croatian skills.

Thank you in advance for your insights,

Leontin

Dear Leontin:

Speaking multiple languages is a valuable skill.  There is the obvious benefit if your employer interacts with clients, partners, vendors, or media in other countries.   Beyond that, multi-lingual professionals generally have the ability to relate to and connect with people of other cultures.  Those interpersonal and rapport-building skills are also valuable when dealing with people with whom you share a language.  Beyond that, I have seen articles based on psychological studies that suggest multi-lingual people are better multi-taskers due to their agility at shifting gears mentally from one language to another.

Based on all of that, I recommend that you list all of your languages in a “Language Skills” section near the bottom of your resume.

Thank you for writing!

Deb

7:51PM

Women in Technology - Part 2 

 Greetings and salutations!

As a follow up to our blog posting on Women surviving in technology, today we are featuring a guest post from our one of our friends, Jessica Hernandez, of Great Resumes Fast.

 

Thanks Jessica!

How Women Can Overcome the Challenges They Face in the Tech Industry

The tech industry isn’t the first male-dominated field in which women have had to fight to rise to the top. Here are some tips for overcoming the challenges women face in a male-dominated industry.
  1. Don’t be afraid to speak up—and ensure your voice is heard. When men seem to dominate meetings, it can be hard to speak up. Ensuring you’re heard is a positive step. Practice, in a safe zone, having a voice and being heard. You can join activities that provide opportunities to be heard; or seek advice from a career coach who can help you to work through how and when to speak up and what to say. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll be—and the more you’ll want to be heard.
  2. Are you not being treated properly? Point it out. Don’t be afraid to expect respect—for your work, your position, your voice. Learn to be assertive. That doesn’t mean you have to be aggressive; but expecting respect and the way you carry yourself affects a person’s perception of you.
  3. The reality is that there will be tough days—but you are tougher. Ignore the naysayers and meet challenges head on with confidence. Handling difficult situations (or personalities for that matter) with confidence and grace speaks volumes about your character—and people will respect that. Sometimes you will have to be your own cheerleader.
  4. Seek out mentors in your industry, and create your own advisory board. Having a sounding board, and women to look up to who’ve already walked the road you’re on, will be a great encouragement to you on the hard days and provide much needed wisdom for the challenges that lie ahead. Discuss with them how they got to where they are now, get any tips they have to succeed in a male-dominated industry, and bounce ideas and thoughts off of them on major decisions and projects you’re working on. Mentors can be a great asset to your tech career path; and they can provide a lot of peace and encouragement—especially when the going gets tough.
  5. Try to focus on a bigger picture. Women have risen to the top in many once male-dominated industries, and now you’re paving the way for the many younger women who will come after you. They’re going to look up to you and think: If she could do it, then I can do it too. Then one day you’ll be the mentor for women breaking down the stereotypes and invisible walls.

Good Luck and Good Searching!

Stay tuned for the next guest post on the topic.

 

6:00AM

Brand Yourself Now for a Great Career after College

Are you drawn to a particular restaurant brand?  Aspects of the brand assure you that you can rely on that the taste of food will be consistently good, the staff will treat you well, and that it is a value for the money you spend. As a college student, you should begin to consider your personal brand. Proactively and thoughtfully developing your brand will show potential employers that you are ready for the workforce and will help you facilitate a platform that drives success.           

Academic Performance

For many employers, grades are an easy way to reduce a candidate pool of 200 to a more manageable pool of 50.  Earning good grades throughout your college career will show hiring managers that you went the extra mile and that had your priorities straight. Even if you are not able to finish at the top of your class, it is still important to show up to your classes. It demonstrates to your professor that you are dedicated. When it is time to ask for recommendations, a professor will be more comfortable writing a strong recommendation for someone they remember through class participation and high grades.

Leadership

Join student and professional organizations, particularly organizations that pertain to your chosen field. Holding a leadership position will look great on your resume, and you will gain valuable skills. Also, your fellow club members might pursue opportunities in similar or the same industries; those connections can be very valuable. Beyond clubs, consider leadership roles in school events. These high-profile roles are an excellent way to boost your brand.

Internships

Many colleges host internship fairs or post internships on a student website. Don’t skip this opportunity. Landing an internship with a strong company is a definite brand builder.  You’ll develop new skills and industry contacts.  Act professionally and work diligently, and an internship will elevate your brand.

Social Media

Over the last decade, social media had become a major part of the lives of young people and can promote or tarnish their brands. In all digital communication, remain professional. That means no pictures at the club or profanity in your tweets.  It is fine to engage on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, but professionally, you need to be active on LinkedIn. Even if you are not working, update your LinkedIn profile and begin to increase your connections.

College is not only time to learn, but a time to begin building your personal brand. With a strong, positive personal brand  cultivated early in your college years, you will be on the right track to winning your dream job after college.