During an economic downturn, quality-of-life suffers.  In most cases, company cultures turn negative and employees are constantly reminded that they are lucky to have a job.  Employees are expected to work longer hours with smaller or no pay increases.  Benefits are cut by employers and workers have to pay more into their medical plans with high deductibles.  Employer loyalty is reduced and lay-offs occur more frequently.  Unemployment periods last longer because the economy is in decline and jobs are harder to find.  All of these facts are combined to create more stress and more financial hardships, which in turn, impacts quality-of-life.

       When the economy grows with a 3% to 5% GDP, job creation improves quality-of-life in many ways.  Companies treat employees better to avoid high turnover and associated costs.  Employers will use retention strategies including pay increases and promotions.  They will try to create a work-life balance in order to attract and retain talent.  Employees are presented with more job opportunities where they can shop for better pay, better career growth, better benefits, and positive work cultures.

The bottom-line is that this is a direct correlation between economic growth and quality-of-life.  

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I often tell my clients that they need to view themselves as a product.  So, it’s important to understand how a product is marketed.  First and foremost, the product has to have appeal.  If it doesn’t sell in a persuasive way, you won’t peak the consumers’ interest.  You need to know your target market.  What are their interests?  What do they want from this product?  What benefit will they receive?

A prospective employer is your target audience, and you are the product.  At Resumés Etc., we package and brand you in a way that is compelling and appealing to a prospective employer.  In other words, a resumé, cover letter and LinkedIn Profile can’t read like a job description or list of tasks performed.  It has to address what the employer is looking for.

Whenever an employer reviews a resumé, cover letter and LinkedIn Profile they are seeking answers to key questions.  What makes you unique?  What sets you apart from everyone else?  What value can you bring to our company?  Why should I want to meet you?

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Employers are now looking at resumés from a completely different perspective.  They are analyzing resumé language very carefully to see if they can ascertain the character and values of a job candidate.  Given this fact, Resumés Etc. has been creating resumés that bring out attributes that are missing on traditional resumés.  For example: a sales resumé can say "committed to total customer satisfaction".  This is a boiler plate line that says nothing to the reader.  If the same sales resumé stated "align products and services to the specific needs of clients to assist them with their business growth objectives".  This statement conveys an entrepreneurial spirit, a partnership with customers, a commitment to customers, and the ability to add value to customers.

    A Human Resources Manager may state "work closely with internal departments to resolve employee relations issues".  The resumé could also state "collaborate with business units, aligning our efforts with their needs, while serving as a catalyst for positive change and new ideas".  The second statement conveys an openness to new ideas, a desire to think outside of the box and recognition of the importance of organizational alignment.

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November 9th 2016

The Best Time to Search for a Job

You may find this hard to believe, but it's November and December, here's why. Since everyone else thinks it's the worst time to search, your competition is severely limited, and that's a good thing. Companies don't stop hiring in November and December. Budgets are usually approved for the next fiscal year (e.g. 2016) by October of the prior year (2015). If employers want to have new people on board as of January (via budget approval) they will interview through November and December. The idea that new hiring is on hold during this period is a complete myth. However, since many people believe that this is the worst time, it's the perfect time to search and land a job.

November 9th 2016

Trump Economics and New Jobs

Lets begin with a realistic assessment of the job market.  We know that for several past administrations, employment ratings are distorted by the fact that once unemployment benefits run out, you’re no longer counted among the unemployed.  If you take a position at a much lower salary, you are obviously counted as employed, but you are under-employed.

When I assess future job markets, I stay away from politics and ideology and focus strictly on economic policy.  The Trump administration is proposing several bold initiatives including capital gain tax cuts, which should inspire greater investment.  They are planning a corporate tax cut from 25% to 15% and repatriation of American companies to generate greater tax revenues. This should begin a process of paying down debt, which will enhance the appeal of the U.S. dollar in international markets.  Tax cuts to corporations should result in more corporate expansion, investment in capital equipment and greater job growth.  Tax cuts to the middle class and repeal of Obamacare will increase household disposal income, resulting in more consumer spending and more job growth within the next year.  We should see a GDP at 4%, which will result in millions of jobs.  The one threat is how the trade imbalance will be addressed.  If it’s diplomatic renegotiation it will be win/win.  If it’s an aggressive approach, we could end up in trade wars, which will have a negative global impact.  All in all, I am anticipating substantial job growth over the next two years, with some minor inflation and interest rate increases, which I believe the economy can handle.

November 15th 2016

What Occupations and Industries Will Benefit From the Trump Tax Plan

There is a general forecast that there will be some level of improvement across all occupations and industries.  When corporations have greater cash flow from tax cuts, they hire more, invest in expansion, modernize equipment, and enhance technology.  When we look at the specifics of the Trump plan, infrastructure modernization will create many jobs in the construction, engineering and architecture fields, along with industries that supply materials.  Cyber security will be greatly enhanced given the hacking of government emails.  Healthcare will expand due to the repeal of Obamacare, since insurers will compete across state lines, they will have to improve reimbursement rates in order to attract more healthcare providers, which in turn, will attract more customers for insurers.  Companies will capitalize on increased cash flow to take advantage of state-of-the-art information technology and social media.  The demand of the healthcare system from an aging population will increase jobs for Physician Assistants, PTs, OTs, and Nurse Practitioners.  As the housing crisis eases and Dodd/Frank is repealed, home sales will increase, new construction will improve and demands for trade skills will increase.  As corporate bottom-lines improve, traditional demand will increase for sales, marketing, accounting, and financial professionals.  Finally as more consumers increase spending, the automobile manufacturing and consumer electronics industries will experience a boom since consumers will improve their lifestyle.

November 21st 2016

Massive Job Growth Expected for 2017

Many CEO’s have indicated that they plan aggressive hiring starting in the new year.  They anticipate corporate tax cuts from 25% to 15% and reductions in costly regulations.  The combination of these savings will be used for business expansion and growth of the workforce.  Given this fact, NOW is the time to update your resumé so that you’re ready to launch on January 2nd.  If you procrastinate, you may lose out to those who are taking a more aggressive approach.  Reminder, when you snooze you lose.  So, be proactive not reactive.  Be aggressive, not timid.  Avoid the “wish I would have reacted sooner” response to losing out on a good job.

November 29th 2016

Now is the time to dust off the resume and get it up to date ... professionally.

8 Steps To your Perfect Job

When interviewing for a new position, how can you avoid a mistake and end up in a worse position than you have now?  The answer is simple, just follow the Resumés Etc. eight point checklist.

  1. Salary – You don’t want to be overpaid or underpaid.  What you want is fair market value.
  2. Nature of the job – You want to enjoy your job, be empowered, be creative and make a difference.
  3. The occupation – You want to be in a role that is going to be in future demand.  For example, cyber security, nursing, social media are occupations with growth potential.  You don’t want a position as a Pressman in the print industry.
  4. Industry – You want to be in a growth industry versus an industry in decline.  I would prefer a job in healthcare over nuclear power.
  5. Benefits – Everyone is entitled to good healthcare benefits, a 401(k) and decent vacation time.
  6. Culture – You deserve to work with an employer that values each and every employee.  Hard work and loyalty should be rewarded and mistakes shouldn’t result in punishment.
  7. Location – No one wants a long and time consuming commute or be required to commute in dangerous weather. Keep your commute to 30 minutes or less, and work with a company that provides a work from home option.
  8. Career Growth – You don’t’ want a job, you want a career. Each job should challenge you, expand your skills and increase your marketability, both within and outside of your company.

Now, someone might ask, what if you get 6 out of 8.  Lets say I offer you everything, but under pay you and treat you with little respect?

Does 6 out of 8 really work?

What if I offer you 7 out of 8?  I’ll give you everything but the nature of the job will not be interesting or enjoyable.

If you want a great job where you will remain for years, it must be 8 out of 8.

December 6th 2016

If you are in search of the perfect job... This is the road map to get you there.

Many foreign investors have been sitting on the sidelines wanting to invest heavily in the United States.  Many companies here in the United States have wanted to reinvest capital back into their companies as well.  However, the prohibitive regulations and tax rates have discouraged companies form expanding, resulting in an anemic economy.  Most experts forecast approximately 1.5 million jobs for every 1% increase in GDP.  If, as predicted, new tax policies result in a GDP of 4% to 5%, we are looking at 6 to 8 million jobs.  Many of these companies are already gearing up to hire in January in anticipation of a much more favorable business climate.  So now is the time to update that resumé in order to launch your new career search on January 2, 2017.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

December 12th 2016

Get started on your new job before the new year and beat the rush.

IBM just announced the hiring of 25,000 more employees and a major Japanese entrepreneur wants to invest $50 billion in the United States.  These decisions are just the tip of the iceberg and clear indicators of a massive economic boom on the horizon.  At Resumés Etc., we have been contacted by Recruiters asking for resumés for job orders they are already receiving from employers. The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates in anticipation of major economic growth. These are all indicators that massive job growth will commence in 2017.  Take the time during the holidays to update your resumé so that you are prepared and ready to go on January 2, 2017.

Recruiters Getting Ready for Large Increase in Hiring

December 16th 2016

Get started on your new job before the new year and beat the rush.

The latest census bureau data reveals that adult children living at home is the highest since 1940, that’s nearly 80 years.  This is placing an increasing financial burden on parents along with tax increases, and record premiums on healthcare benefits.  So, what can parents do?  The answer is simple, invest in getting your children a real career that pays a good salary.  This gets them out of the house and off your payroll, while finally launching their career.

At Resumés Etc., we have had incredible success at coaching, packaging and marketing young adults.  We guide them towards meaningful careers, make them look great on paper, teach them how to interview effectively, and help them to find jobs.  It’s either invest a few dollars now, or continue shelling out thousands of dollars, year after year.

Record Number of Adult Children Living At Home

December 29th 2016

Get started on your new job before the new year and beat the rush.

At Resumés Etc, we consistently research hiring trends.  We focus efforts on learning what employers are asking.  What value do you bring to our company?  What makes you a cut above other job candidates?  What is your personal value system?  What about your character?

As employer preferences change, so does the way we package our clients.  We have come up with “Value-Added” and “Character” focused resumés.  Our LinkedIn Profiles are powerful and they tell your personal story in a compelling way.  Six months ago, we created the “Personal Values Statement” and 55% of our clients received interviews because of the value statement.

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January 4th 2017

We package our clients in a way that they get noticed by employers.

January 11th 2017

Everyone wants a great job, but do you know how to go out and get it?

TRUMP... What to expect...

The short answer is millions of jobs and a GDP of 4% by year end.  Here’s why!

  1. Repatriation of foreign based U.S. companies, resulting in substantial tax revenues.
  2. Use of additional tax revenue to modernize the country’s infrastructure, creating jobs across the country.
  3. Reductions in corporate tax rates and the cost of government regulations.  More cash flow for companies to reinvest in themselves and to expand, creating more jobs.
  4. A re-invigoration of the energy industry, resulting in many jobs.
  5. Reductions in individual tax rates, allowing more dispensable income and increased consumer spending, resulting in more jobs.

We are already seeing the results of these plans in the stock market, even though these programs are not yet in place.  Wall Street is reacting to what they anticipate is a coming economic boom.  We are also seeing a rise in job orders from Recruiters and a growth in online job positions.

January 18th 2017

4% GDP by the end of the year...

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January 25th 2017

Everyone wants to be happy with the job they have. Working to engineer this is not complicated if you have the proper skills to do so...

Imagine being a parent and investing $100K, $150K or $200K in your child’s education, only to see them working as a Waitress or Cashier.  There are a number of reasons why college graduates end up in these roles.  First and foremost, they rely on the career center of their college or university.  Career centers are not staffed with professionals who actually know how to assist college graduates with a job search.  The end result is a resumé that looks basic and ordinary.  Second, since their career centers are lacking in a broad-base knowledge of the job market, they will often guide students towards careers and industries that are in decline or have limited opportunities.  Third, they do not adequately prepare college graduates for the interview process.  They go over some standard textbook questions and answers that simply don’t work.  Finally, they don’t teach graduates how to conduct a strategic job search.

  At Resumés Etc., we have had outstanding results marketing college graduates.  We begin by using our extensive knowledge of market, industry and economic trends.  We use our research to guide graduates towards occupations and industries experiencing job growth versus decline.  We create powerful resumés and cover letters that are key worded for scanning and demonstrate their potential, character and value system.  We coach them through job interview skills that include questions specific to the occupation and industry they are targeting.  Finally, we coach them through successful job search strategies.  The end result is a career versus a meaningless job.

College Graduates are Desperate for good jobs ...

February 1st,  2017

Career centers are not staffed with professionals who actually know how to assist college graduates with a job search.  The end result is...

Most Economists are predicting a 4% GDP by year end, with a gradual increase each quarter.  History is the best barometer of economic impact.  As a general rule, a GDP of 4% will result in a “real” not fabricated unemployment rate of under 5%.  What this means in real teams is millions of jobs across all market segments.  When companies have additional cash they invest it in more hiring, marketing, technology enhancements and equipment upgrades, which also requires more jobs to produce products and services.  When consumers have more cash they invest it and they spend more.  When they spend more, demand for products and services increase and more jobs are created.  These historical facts will be combined with large increases in defense spending and infrastructure, resulting in more jobs.  So get those resumés ready and keep an eye on job boards.

How Will A 4% GDP Impact You? ...

February 8th,  2017

A GDP of 4% will result in a “real” not fabricated...

It’s a personal coaching and strategic planning process to help you to achieve your career and personal ambitions.  How does it work?  The process begins with a series of questions.  What kind of salary are you seeking?  What occupations inspire you most?  What industry would you like to work in?  Are you motivated more by salary, nature of the job, or both?  Are you exploring a work life balance?  Where would you like to be in three years, five years or ten years?  What financial responsibilities are in your future?

The answer to these questions allows us to establish goals that are on-target with your ambitions.  The next step in the process is a strategic plan.  It can be a few simple steps or a more complex multi-step process.  We lay out a plan with timelines and coach you through the process.  Ambition Management can also be more career focused.  How can I become a Supervisor?  How can I move into middle or executive management?  How can I excel in the role that I’m in?  We provide a coaching process that provides a strategic/how to plan, and skills development to help you to progress up the career ladder.

Your Ambition Management Coach is Alfred Mariani, MBA.  Alfred is an Honors MBA graduate with 25 years of corporate experience as an executive in marketing, operations, information technology, change management, and performance improvement.  He was an Adjunct Professor for twelve years teaching in MBA Programs.  Alfred has been an Executive Coach, working with C-level clients within diverse industries.  He has published over 100 articles and designed numerous executive training programs and management models, which he used to help reinvent companies.  As the President of Resumés Etc., he has been quoted in Forbes, Fox Business and he has been the subject of a featured article in the Connecticut Post.  He has made editorial appearances on NBC and FOX, and was a frequent Radio Guest on a show focusing on careers.

Ambition should be managed and here is why...

February 14th,  2017

What is Ambition Management?  

The biggest mistake a consumer can make is to assume that all resume writers are the same.  Nothing can be farther from the truth.

This is the equivalent of assuming that all auto mechanics, surgeons and lawyers are the same.  There are no licensing requirements for resume writers.  Anyone can hang a shingle and claim that they are resume writers.

Unfortunately, many of them are former school teachers or human resource generalists who never functioned in a corporate leadership role.  Therefore, they are completely unaware of the core functions within business units.

They are limited to dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s and making certain that your bullet points are in the right place and that your resume is grammatically correct.  This approach will not get you a job.

Your resume must be prepared by a professional who has a wealth of corporate leadership experience and can create a marketing piece that appeals to key decision makers.  When you view our credentials you will see why we stand out among the amateurs and pretenders.

AVOID Resume Mistakes

February 21st,  2017

Resume mistakes can cost you a great job. Learn how to avoid these mistakes and put your best foot forward