A Tribute to My Dad – His Eulogy Delivered October 2, 2003

In Loving Memory of Floyd Austin Robbins: November 19, 1936 – September 27, 2003

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Our Birthday – November 19, 1981

Floyd Austin Robbins was my dad.  He was also one of my best friends and my greatest teacher.  He was truly a great man.  He lived exactly what he believed, in other words – “he practiced what he preached”.

From the time he was a small boy, Dad lived every moment of his life to the absolute fullest.  He literally would wake up at the crack of dawn (or before it even), and if those he loved tried to sleep he’d get them up too – to him life was too short to be sleeping – there were too many things to do and too much fun to be having!  He got all he could out of every single day he lived.

He could do just about anything well, even when he lost sight in his right eye at age 22 – he could still accomplish things much better than those around  him who could see out of both eyes.  He was my hero and I have always been, and will always be very proud of him.

Dad had a kind and loving heart and he’d help just about anybody.  He absolutely adored children from the time he was very young, and couldn’t seem to get enough of them.

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Floyd Austin Robbins – 1987

 

He shared everything he learned with others and he had some great wisdom and insights.  These are some of the things he believed in, stated regularly, and lived;

 

 

 

 

 

  • Be honest – you’re only as good as your word. If you can’t keep your word to somebody, then you’re not worth very much.
  • If you say you’re going to do something – then do it and get it done. Don’t sit around making excuses.
  • Whatever you do, do it right – so nobody has to come and clean up after you or re-do what you have done.
  • Always give everything your absolute best and leave everything better than you found it.
  • Tell the truth – if you do something wrong – own up to it and be prepared to fix it.
  • If you see someone being picked on – get in there and even the odds. Don’t just stand and watch – make a difference.
  • You can do anything you set your mind to doing, anytime you want to. You just have to decide to do it.
  • Stand up for anyone who can’t stand up for themselves.
  • Don’t worry about “if this or if that” – just do it – or you’ll worry your life away.
  • Little kids are important – give them all you’ve got and then give them some more.
  • Don’t buy things on credit, save your money and you’ll be able to buy what you need whenever you need it instead.
  • Work hard, and play even harder. Enjoy everything you do, otherwise it isn’t even worth doing.
  • Don’t ever make a promise you don’t intend to keep.
  • If you know you are right about something – then stand up and say so until they know you mean business.
  • Don’t just be a friend to somebody – be a GREAT & TRUE friend.
  • Life isn’t fair – so you gotta make sure that you are.
  • If you’re not gonna get out and vote – then you’ve got no right to complain about the outcome.
  • Go the extra mile in everything you do – you’ll never regret it.

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    Road Trip – Family Vacation 1976

My dad was fun!  He laughed a lot, he had fun doing just about everything and he’d take anybody who wanted to go along.  Throughout his life, he water-skied, fished, swam, camped, rode motocross, bowled, played pool, darts, golf, basketball, baseball, Frisbee, and football.  He  built cabinets, beautiful shelf units and tables, and for me – a very special baby-doll cradle.  He loved to restore and work on cars – and he loved to drive fast.  He could even sing and dance quite well.  In fact all of those things he did VERY WELL.

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Fishing – Potholes Reservoir

More than anything he had or did, dad treasured ALL of his family, extended family, and friends.  He loved each and every one of us – and he didn’t play favorites – accept for one – and that was my mother Loretta – she was his ultimate favorite for 45 years.  We were all special as far as he was concerned and he made a point of showing it any way he could.

Maya Angelou said, “You did what you knew how to do.  And when you knew better – you did better”.  That was my dad, he did what he knew how to do.  And when he knew better – he did better.  I encourage you to remember all the fun you had with him – cause that was pretty much what he was about – love, laugher, and fun.  When he was young he used to say, “Live hard, play hard, die young and leave a beautiful memory”.  Looks like he did just about that.

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Mom Dad 1981 – Christmas Party

In 1982 my dad accepted Jesus Christ.  And though I’m going to miss him every single day for the rest of my life, I know that he lives on today in a place called Heaven.  I can see him enjoying every single moment – in a new body, seeing with both eyes, no pain, no sorrow, no limits.  And you can bet he’s giving them a run for their money and going as fast as he can possibly go, then resting fully in the arms of Love.

Robin Renee’ Robbins – Whitten

Written October 1, 2003

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My High School Graduation 1979 – Me n My Daddy

 

 

Have You Met Douglas Fir?

Douglas Fir

Each year my sons and I choose a Christmas Animate to add to our collection.  Douglas has been with us for about 18 years.  He has a motion sensor, and for many years my two sons enjoyed his joyous songs.  Now he sits quiet for long periods of time, until finally one of them decides it’s time to play Happy Douglas again.  From my house to yours – Merry Christmas from us and Douglas Fir!

Robin R. Robbins

Seattle Area Hiring Firms Information & Listing

If you are looking for immediate work you can use these firms listings to help get you ‘out there’ quickly.  Understand that if these firms send you out to work that they will be making money from your ‘time in’ with the employer who hires you.RRR Consulting & Publishing Logo 2012 - 300dpi

A general rule of thumb is that if you are making $25 per hour on the job that the agency sends you out on, the agency who sent you out is also making an additional amount per hour (or paying a flat fee) on each hour that you work for the employer.

Read your Contract(s) carefully before signing them!  I suggest that you do NOT remain exclusive to any one firm, but make it clear that you will be seeking employment elsewhere while fulfilling your contractual agreement with the hiring firm.  MAKE CERTAIN that it is in WRITING that you may find employment on your own.

Most firms already adhere to this rule, but things do change regularly, and therefore it is wise to keep your eye on anything that you sign.

 Comprehensive listing:

 THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FULL LISTINGS OF PLACEMENT FIRMS:

 ******** http://www.vocationvillage.com/seattle-recruiters/ *********

Seattle Area Consulting Listing via Business Week: 

http://jobs.businessweek.com/a/all-jobs/list/q-Major+Consulting+Firm/l-Seattle,+WA

OTHERS:

OPTI Staffing

http://optistaffing.com/

Professional Temporary Staffing

http://professionaltempstaffingagency.com/

AppleOne

http://appleone.com/

Labor Works

http://www.laborworks.com/

Smart Talent

http://www.smarttalent.net/job-seekers/

Spherion Staffing

http://www.spherion.com/

Link Staffing

http://www.linkstaffing.com/

Volt

http://www.volt.com/jobs/index.aspx

Adecco
http://www.adeccousa.com/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Any way you stack it, Adecco is the world’s largest employment agency, serving some 150,000 clients from more than 6,600 offices worldwide. The company provides temporary staffing, permanent employee placement, project assistance, outsourcing services, and other human resources-related services. Adecco’s services are managed through its six professional business lines: Adecco Finance & Legal, Adecco Engineering & Technical, Adecco Information Technology, Adecco Medical & Scientific, Adecco Sales, Marketing & Events, and Adecco Human Capital Solutions. Adding to its global staffing operations, Adecco bought German staffing firm DIS Deutscher Industrie Service in early 2006.

Kelly Services Inc.
https://kellycareernetwork.tms.hrdepartment.com/cgi-bin/a/editprofile.cgi?jobid=&referralsource=&job_referer=
These days a lot of “Kelly Girls” are men. Once a business that supplied only female clerical help, Kelly Services has expanded to include light industrial, technical, and professional employees of both genders, including information technology specialists, engineers, and accountants. It also places lawyers (Kelly Law Registry), scientists (Kelly Scientific Resources), substitute teachers (Kelly Educational Staffing), nurses and other medical staff (Kelly Healthcare Resources), and teleservices personnel (KellyConnect). Kelly Services provides some 750,000 employees through some 2,500 offices in 30 countries. Chairman Terence Adderley controls more than 90% of the company.

Manpower Inc.

http://us.manpower.com/us/en/default.jsp
Millions of workers have helped power this firm to the upper echelon of the staffing industry. Manpower is the world’s second-largest provider of temporary employees (behind Adecco), placing about 2 million people in office, industrial, and professional positions. It has some 4,400 owned or franchised offices in more than 70 countries (mainly France, the UK, and the US). The company also provides employee testing, training, and other contract services. Its Global Learning Centers give employees access to training materials over the Internet. Subsidiary Right Management offers career transition and organizational consulting services.

INTERVIEWING TIP: DO NOT, state anything in the ‘negative’ in an interview etc.  Such as “no I’ve never done that”… instead choose words like, “well though I currently do not have experience in that area, I am confident that it would not take me long to learn it and be able to accomplish that for you”…. you can simply state, something like, “there was a lot of change going on and it was time for me to move on to better and more challenging things” and SMILE! Regarding any reason for leaving…

You may contact me at: rrr@robinrobbins.com for more information.

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Many Blessings,

Robin R. Robbins

 

Job Coaching 101 – Looking for a JOB?

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Job Coaching 101 

 

Should You Send a Cover Letter with A Resume?

  • YES!  It is advisable to send a cover letter with a resume whenever possible.
  • It should be noted however, that many Hiring Professionals do not read the Cover Letter first – we generally go directly to the Resume first to see if you can ‘do the job I am hiring for’ in the pertinent skills being sought out for any given position. If we find that you do have the pertinent skills – we will go further and most likely read your Cover Letter.
  • Your Cover Letter should Highlight areas of expertise that you want to call specific attention to in the Resume.
  • You DO NOT have to seek out the Hiring Professional’s name/address etc. for your Cover Letter.  If, however you are responding to an ad that has provided that information, then yes, it is advisable to put in on the Cover Letter – they included it for a reason and most likely expect you to pay attention to it.

 

Answering Tough Interview Questions:

  •  When asked why you left your previous position, I highly recommend that you find a positive way to respond to this question.  If you left a previous position in an un-favorable manner (fired, forced resignation), you want to be honest but always state things in a positive light – such as; “there was no more opportunities for me to advance”, or “I felt that it was time to move on to advance further in my career”.
  • It is illegal for Hiring Professionals to ask certain questions – most of them know this but occasionally you may run into one who does not know it.  For example they cannot ask your Previous Employer if you were fired – they can only ask them “would you re-hire this individual”?   If the answer is no, they can then ask, “would you care to elaborate on that”?  The wise Ex-Employer will always choose NOT to elaborate on it.  J  There can be serious legal repercussions otherwise.

 

Appropriate Interview Attire:

  • Regardless of the position you are applying for – it is highly advised that you dress in a professional manner.  First impressions are VERY important and you only get ONE shot at it.  Your clothing should be clean, pressed, professional – and so should You.  Ladies – this means a nice professional dress, pants suit, or skirt suit.  Gentlemen – either slacks (no not jeans!) and a nice dress shirt/polo shirt, or a shirt & tie/suit.

 

Body Language:

  • This is very important!  Most of us hiring can ‘smell’ desperate before it hits the door.  You want to make certain that you are confident without being ‘cocky’.  Remember – the person interviewing you does not know you – they have no clue who you really are and they are looking for anything that may represent a ‘red flag’ to them.  Do whatever you have to do prior to your interview to make sure that you walk into that interview with full confidence that you can do that job!  Body language should be; standing tall, confident, smiling, genuine – always remember that we do ‘business’ with those we know, like and trust – that is also true in ‘getting the job’ – often an Employer will hire an individual with less skills and train them if they are genuine, likeable (this means they will get along with others in the company and or clients/customers well), and confident.
  • Always extend your hand first (if you can beat them to it), Look them in the eyes, With a Smile on Your Face and say, “Hello, I am ____________, it is a pleasure to meet you” or “Hello, I am ____________, Thank you for meeting with me today I really appreciate this opportunity to interview with you”.  You can state it a bit differently to match your personality – but BE FIRST to show your authenticity (we can also smell ‘a phony’ a mile away) whenever you can do so – hiring professionals remember these things and are taking ‘notes’ during and after each interview!
  • Always be ‘yourself’ – the bottom line is that if you don’t ‘fit’ well – then you most likely do not want to work there anyway – as it would not be beneficial to you in the long run regardless of the income.  Who wants to be miserable in their job – right?  J

 

Researching The Employer:

  • While this is not absolutely necessary – if you have the means to do so, it is advisable that you learn at least something about the Company you are applying to.  You will most likely be asked why you would like to work there in some form or another.  It is not going to look very good if you know absolutely nothing about the Employer.  With Google  – these days it is possible to learn at least a little in a very short 10 minute read of the Company’s Website Profile if they have one.  This is a very competitive job market – the more of an ‘edge’ you can gain to help you be ‘noticed’ by the Employer(s) the better.

 

Thank You Notes/Letters/Online Communication:

  • Is it advisable – YES!  Though not always practical.  Most of those hiring for a Company are under strenuous time constraints – they may or may not read a Thank you Note or Letter if you do send it.  But once again – one more ‘edge’ will NOT hurt you – if anything it may help you, but it is not guaranteed.  Therefore, if you have the opportunity, and fairly easy access (Google again folks!) to the Hiring Professionals mailing address (remember it may be different than the actual location you interview at!) – then it is highly advisable that you take the extra initiative to send a kind and genuine hand-written ‘Thank you’ note, card, or letter to the person who interviewed you – regardless of whether they hire you or not!  Even if you only have an email address it is highly advisable that you at the very least send a kind, hand-written thank you for their time in considering you (however those that are actually received via US Mail have a much better chance as they are considered more personal and genuine). 

 

For more information/Job Coaching Advice you may contact us at:

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Resume & Job Search Advice

Having worked with many of the Top Companies in the USA and throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area, off and on for 25 years, I have seen thousands of resumes submitted for possible employment.  Unfortunately, most of them submitted do not do ‘justice’ to the individual(s) applying.

I have been contracted over the years to do the recruiting for many Companies and I can tell you what it takes to get you in the door, and exactly what the Employers are looking for. I have also written literally thousands of Resumes, Job Descriptions and researched hundreds of position Salaries over the years for numerous Companies/Employers which allows me to assist those who may be seeking employment to detail their skills in a format that gets them noticed above others.

Some things that many Hiring Professionals may not tell you are:

We get 150 – 300 resumes per position advertised with up to 600 applicants at times. When hiring – many Hiring Professionals will take a 5 second (YES –that is 5 SECONDS) scan of your resume.  If we do not see within that first scan the skills that show us “can you do the job I am hiring for” – your resume is thrown into the ‘no’ pile and generally not looked at again.  Once we see if you can do the job the second glance is to “stability” – how long on any given job – are you stable or do you move around a lot from job to job.  After reviewing those two things, if we are satisfied with what we see we will ‘dig’ further into necessary qualifications such as Schooling and/or Certifications.

Without a quality resume that shows an Employer right up front – that you can do the job you are applying for – you will not be called in for an interview. Hiring is very time consuming, and the more of a Hiring Professional’s time it takes in having to ask questions, or dig (aka; read all day) to find the necessary information – the less likely we are to do it.  We will simply move on to the next candidate.

Another big mistake I see on many resumes is that many people ASSUME that you know what they did because of their Job Title.  Unless you are being reviewed by a 10+ year hiring professional and they have dealt with thousands of Job Descriptions, most of those checking your resume have no clue what you did based on your Job Title alone.  It is imperative in this highly competitive job market that you detail your skills and leave nothing to question on your resume and cover letter. Some companies are still using strict ‘old-school’ or OCR databases to do all the screening for them, so if you do not have your skills spelled out in detail – you more than likely will not be picked for an actual person to review your resume.

Forget the ‘fluff n stuff’… a large majority of individuals lean heavily on the fact that they have many accomplishments, and or hold several Degrees. Oftentimes Hiring Professionals are leery of such information as it appears that individuals may be trying to “dazzle them with BS” so to speak.  Therefore, things such as; Volunteer activities, Hobbies, Major Accomplishments, etc. should not be on a resume.  Any information of this nature pertinent to the job you are applying for (such as being stated in the job qualifications in the job add or job description) should be stated in the Cover Letter, otherwise it is irrelevant, may hinder you more than help you, and should be left out completely.

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A mistake I see quite a bit in Job Hunting is that many are using sites like www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com as their sole sources of job hunting.

Many individuals think that by simply putting their resume online – the jobs will come to them.  Not true. All employers EXPECT you to come to them for any valid position online.  Therefore, they post the jobs and wait for the resumes to come to them. The great thing about Monster and Careerbuilder is that you can create job searches specific to your skill set – those work quite well as long as you create SEVERAL of them and not just one specific to any ONE Job Title.  You are also often able to apply directly for positions listed on those sites once you have uploaded your resume, that too is a good thing.  I suggest that you use all avenues/websites available and apply frequently for the positions that fit your skill set.  However do not think that by posting your resume (which I recommend you post it as ‘private’ and not ‘public’) that the employers are going to come to you.

In my opinion, one of the BEST job hunting sites is  http://www.indeed.com – you can create an account on the site for FREE and set up several job notifications based on location and/or job type.

http://www.headhunter.com/  and https://www.careerbuilder.com/  are also great.  Again, I recommend making your resume PRIVATE – and simply having it uploaded on the sites so that you can easily apply for anything that you may want to.  Otherwise you will be ‘spammed’ to death with every bogus opportunity out there.  J  These sites actually search OPEN positions via the major search engines so they ‘locate’ potential jobs for you that you designate to fit your skill set in the searches that you set up.

I recommend you do the same on : https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/worksource/Seeker/skrLogin.aspx  – MOST of the Employers (including all the Major companies here; Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia etc.) are directly ‘linked’ to the UE Work Source site and therefore their positions show up there regularly.

Another aspect is that often times many positions are miss-posted on ALL the job sites. It is difficult sometimes for an employer to find a good match in a job category in order to post an advertised position, and therefore you might find a mechanic job under non-profit because it is being posted by a Non-Profit Company.  You must look in several different categories and/or create various searches in order to find a valid position – not simply the one specific to your desired Job Title.

The bigger mistake overall however, one that I see on a daily basis, is generally in how the resume and cover letter are set up.   Many years ago I created two resume formats that have worked for every individual who ever used them.  Both are easy to read and the information necessary in finding a given job is presented properly.

Today, there are so many resume programs out there and faulty formats that leave so many people wondering what it is they are doing wrong in finding a job. I know, because every time I hire for someone I see literally thousands of poorly written resumes that do not describe even a portion of what a person is qualified to do.  Not to mention some of the firms out there charging people for those same faulty resumes.  I am hoping that by sharing this information I can help empower people and direct them to the job they are looking for.

Some general Resume rules to follow:

1.      Detail your skills

2.      Put Education at the bottom of the resume – not at the top

3.      An objective is not necessary and seldom read on a resume – instead incorporate your summary or objective in your Cover Letter – don’t put it on your resume

4.      Go back no more than 10 years (usually 6 years is plenty)

5.      Keep Resume to 1 page for General Labor, General Office etc.  Two to three pages for Professional/Executive Positions

6.      Do not put references on your resume – have them prepared on a separate page and ready to present only when asked for them

If you would like more information, or need help in creating a quality resume and cover letter, do not hesitate to contact us at or rrr@robinrobbins.com.

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Many Blessings,

Robin R. Robbins

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I spent the majority of my day teaching my seventeen year old son about Job Hunting, Resume Writing, Interviewing, & Salary Negotiations.  He has been dreading the day he will graduate (this June) as he knows that he will be required to start work soon thereafter.

 

 

As we went through the various salaries and options, I could see the ‘lights’ go on in his head.  We ran through the numbers of minimum wage, then $10 per hour & $15 per hour.  As we calculated weekly and monthly salaries – he was clearly getting excited at how much money he could be making in a short period of time.

We also covered over-time and how it is paid at time+1/2, benefits (who pays what percentage), comp time, and employer paid schooling.

Then it was “how do we get there”.  I explained that employers pay more for skills and likeability in today’s job market and are more willing to train (to a point) in regards to the actual position.  I also explained how to detail skills on his resume.

We started by making a detailed list of all tools he has worked with, all machines (including those used in his household chores over the past 5 years), all computer skills and computer programs he has had experience with.  WOW – he had no idea he had so many important skills!  He has been fortunate enough to have worked for a couple of employers part-time, so we began his resume by listing those positions and then expanding on the skills area to include the many skills he has that most employers would find useful to their organizations.

Next we covered the cost of living expenses 1) If he were to move out and live on his own, and 2) If he were to stay here at home and pay rent etc.  We covered things like: Rent (if alone and/or with roommate), Heat, Cell Phone, Car, Insurance, Food, Gas, Auto Maintenance, Entertainment etc.  We detailed the approximate cost of each in both scenarios so that he could quickly see where his hard-earned dollars would be going and how quickly.

When we were finished he was excited to move forward to building his future.  We also discussed College & whether or not to attend now, or after working for a few years first (which I highly advise) in order to ‘get his feet wet’ prior to deciding where he might like to further his education and work experience.

After wrapping up our discussion (I had one excited Son!), I was reflecting upon all that we had discussed and thought — I sure wish I’d have had someone explain all of this to me when I was his age…

I encourage you to spend time with your teenager(s) and ‘show them the numbers’.  Here is a quick simple calculation you can use to get a general idea of Salaries for them.

Hourly wage X Hours (40 Hours per week) = Weekly Gross Salary

Weekly wage X 4.2 (average number of weeks in a month) = Monthly Gross Salary

Simple Budget: Add up Average MONTHLY Rent Cost (we figured for a studio apartment – currently about $750 per month in our area, and for a two-bedroom apartment/shared with roommate) vs $ Rent to Stay At Home + Heat + Car Payment or Maintenance + Auto Insurance + Gas + Groc/Food + Cell Phone + Entertainment.

I believe that in showing your teen the actual numbers in these calculations, it is much easier for them to form a good ‘picture’ and plan for their future.

Many Blessings,

RRR

 

Resume Advice 2012

Having worked with many of the Top Companies in the Seattle area, off and on for approximately 25 years now.  I can tell you what it takes to get you in the door, and what the Employers are looking for, as many of them have hired me to do their internal recruiting.  I have also written literally thousands of Job Descriptions and researched hundreds of position Salaries.

Some things that many Hiring Professionals may not tell you are:

We get 150 – 300 resumes per position advertised with up to 600 applicants at times. When hiring – many Hiring Professionals will take a 5 second (YES –that is 5 SECONDS) scan of your resume.  If we do not see within that first scan the skills that show us “can you do the job I am hiring for” – your resume is thrown into the ‘no’ pile and generally not looked at again.  Once we see if you can do the job the second glance is to “stability” – how long on any given job – are you stable or do you move around a lot from job to job.  After reviewing those two things, if we are satisfied with what we see we will ‘dig’ further into necessary qualifications such as Schooling and/or Certifications.

Without a quality resume that shows an Employer right up front – that you can do the job you are applying for – you will not be called in for an interview. Hiring is very time consuming, and the more of a Hiring Professional’s time it takes in having to ask questions, or dig (aka; read all day) to find the necessary information – the less likely we are to do it.  We will simply move on to the next candidate.

Another big mistake I see on many resumes is that many people ASSUME that you know what they did because of their Job Title.  Unless you are being reviewed by a 10+ year hiring professional and they have dealt with thousands of Job Descriptions, most of those checking your resume have no clue what you did based on your Job Title alone.  It is imperative in this highly competitive job market that you detail your skills and leave nothing to question on your resume and cover letter. Some companies are still using strict ‘old-school’ or OCR databases to do all the screening for them, so if you do not have your skills spelled out in detail – you more than likely will not be picked for an actual person to review your resume.

Forget the ‘fluff n stuff’… a large majority of individuals lean heavily on the fact that they have many accomplishments, and or hold several Degrees. Oftentimes Hiring Professionals are leery of such information as it appears that individuals may be trying to “dazzle them with BS” so to speak.  Therefore, things such as; Volunteer activities, Hobbies, Major Accomplishments, etc. should not be on a resume.  Any information of this nature pertinent to the job you are applying for (such as being stated in the job qualifications in the job add or job description) should be stated in the Cover Letter, otherwise it is irrelevant, may hinder you more than help you, and should be left out completely.

A mistake I see quite a bit in Job Hunting is that many are using sites like www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com as their sole sources of job hunting.  Not good.  Here is why: It can cost an Employer between $300 – $700 PER ADD (30 days), PER POSITION to advertise their positions.  On sites such as www.worksource.com and www.craigslist.org it is MUCH CHEAPER to advertise for open positions – especially if you have several to fill.

Also, many individuals think that by simply putting their resume online – the jobs will come to them.  Not true. All employers EXPECT you to come to them for any valid position online.  Therefore, they post the jobs and wait for the resumes to come to them. The great thing about monster and careerbuilder is that you can create job searches specific to your skill set – those work quite well as long as you create SEVERAL of them and not just one specific to any ONE Job Title.  You are also able to apply directly for positions listed on those sites once you have uploaded your resume, that too is a good thing.  I suggest that you use all avenues/websites available and apply frequently for the positions that fit your skill set.  However do not think that by posting your resume (which I recommend you post it as ‘private’ and not ‘public’) that the employers are going to come to you.

Another aspect is that often times many positions are miss-posted on ALL the job sites. It is difficult sometimes for an employer to find a good match in a job category in order to post an advertised position, and therefore you might find a mechanic job under non-profit because it is being posted by a Non-Profit Company.  You must look in several different categories and/or create various searches in order to find a valid position – not simply the one specific to your desired Job Title.

The bigger mistake overall however, one that I see on a daily basis, is generally in how the resume and cover letter are set up.   Many years ago I created two resume formats that have worked for every individual who ever used them.  Both are easy to read and the information necessary in finding a given job is presented properly.

Today, there are so many resume programs out there and faulty formats that leave so many people wondering what it is they are doing wrong in finding a job. I know, because every time I hire for someone I see literally thousands of poorly written resumes that do not describe even a portion of what a person is qualified to do.  Not to mention some of the firms out there charging people for those same faulty resumes.  I am hoping that by sharing this information I can help empower people and direct them to the job they are looking for.

Some general Resume rules to follow:

1.      Detail your skills

2.      Put Education at the bottom of the resume – not at the top

3.      An objective is not necessary and seldom read on a resume – instead incorporate
your summary or objective in your Cover Letter – don’t put it on your resume

4.      Go back no more than 10 years (usually 6 years is plenty)

5.      Keep Resume to 1 page for General Labor, General Office etc.  Two to three pages for Professional/Executive Positions

6.      Do not put references on your resume – have them prepared on a separate page and ready to present only when asked for them

If you would like more information, or need help in creating a quality resume and cover letter, do not hesitate to contact us at rrrconsulting@q.com.

Many Blessings,

Robin R. Robbins

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