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Importance of Resume Headlines

When applying for jobs, tailoring your resume is a must. You shouldn’t use the same resume for every role you are applying for, but instead do your homework ahead of time, research the company and the job, then format your resume to highlight key responsibilities and accomplishments that are relevant for that specific role. This is something most people are aware of and do already, but one other key factor when formatting your resume is to include a resume headline. What is a headline exactly and what should you write for it? Below we’ll cover just that and how this small addition can be a game-changer for your resume.

 

What is a resume headline?

Indeed describes a resume headline as a “short, one-line phrase that highlights and summarizes your professional strengths and communicates what you can offer to an organization when you’re hired.” This short blurb, which like the rest of your resume you’ll tailor specifically to each role you’re applying for, will highlight your qualifications and why you are the ideal candidate for the role. Including a resume headline will give the hiring manager or recruiter a quick and powerful sum-up of your qualifications and skills.

 

What to include in your resume headline

Now that you know the importance of including a resume headline, the next step is to draft it. You’ll want to look at the job description of the role you are applying for and search for keywords that relate to your specific job skills and work history. Include those same keywords in your resume headline and be specific about how you qualify for the role. For example, you could include metrics and highlight your yearly revenue growth or customer support retention rates, so long as the metrics you are including are notable. Additionally, you may want to include the number of years of experience you have in the field and any relevant certificates or awards you’ve received. Once you are done writing it, include it at the top of your resume and remember to switch it up for each role you’re applying for!

Importance of Resume Headlines

Phrases to Sound More Confident at Work

Your words can be influential and the words you choose and the way you communicate can possibly further or hinder your ability to succeed at work. Someone who conveys confidence with their speech will likely have more successful job interviews, stronger presentations, and more deals at work. There are many everyday phrases we say without thinking of the underlying tone they could be implying. Here are ways to reword those phrases to sound more confident and authoritative.

1.  Instead of saying, “I’m so sorry I’m late” replace with “Thank you so much for waiting for me.” 
2.  Instead of saying, “I’ll try” replace with “I’ll see what I can do.” 
3.  Instead of saying, “Does that make sense?” replace with “Let me know if you have any questions.” 
4.  Instead of saying, “I am so sorry to bug you with this” replace with “Thank you in advance for your time/help with this.” 
5.  Instead of saying, “I’m so sorry for making that mistake!” replace with “Thank you for catching that. I will get it taken care of ASAP.” 
6.  Instead of saying, “I don’t know” replace with “Let me look into that and get back to you.”

For all of the above phrases, although each has the same meaning, the wording used in the replacement phrase conveys intention and purpose, making you sound more sure of yourself. In addition to replacing common phrases like the above, there are other words you may be saying that undermine your power. These words include:

  • Just
  • Maybe
  • Try
  • Think

For example, you might find yourself saying, “I will try and get that done today” which conveys that you’re not confident in your ability to execute said task. A better way to phrase that would be, “I will get that taken care of. I have a lot on my plate today so will need a day or two to complete and will circle back once done.”

In conclusion, watch what you say and how you present yourself. By switching out some words and common phrases you’ll begin to exude confidence and further your career.

Phrases to Sound More Confident at Work

Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Promotion

For most people, the idea of a promotion at work sounds like a great thing. More money and a higher work status would reflect well on your resume, but there are times when accepting a promotion might not be the best next step in your career. While money can give people more freedom, it doesn’t equate to more happiness, and there could be potential downfalls to accepting a promotion. So, if you’re ever offered a promotion, before instantly accepting, take a minute to do a little soul searching. The below self-reflection questions will help you come up with your answer to know what the best route to take will be (and accepting that promotion may not be the answer).

 

How will your performance be measured?

Before accepting that promotion, find out how your performance will be measured and on what timeline. The new role could potentially have unrealistic requirements which would ultimately set you up for failure or create an unhealthy work-life balance to meet those expectations. Finding out more details ahead of time, and if the expectations are realistic for you and your lifestyle, is key.

 

Is the new role a fit for your talent and skills?

As you move up the corporate ladder, a promotion could easily turn into a managerial role. For some people, this is just not an ideal fit. Having to manage others, and deal with HR-related issues, can be emotionally taxing. A promotion that doesn’t fit with your expertise and passion could ultimately result in a lot of stress and frustration. Take the time to evaluate whether the promotion would be a good fit and if it aligns with your goals and values.

 

Why did the previous person leave?

It’s important to know why your potential predecessor is no longer in the role. Did they leave on their own terms or were they let go due to not meeting the metrics that were required of them. If it’s a role with a high turnover (and unrealistic expectations) think long and hard on whether that’s a risk you’re willing to take. It’s also worth finding out ahead of time how they expect to transition you into the new role. Will you have someone there to give you details and a thorough training, or will you be expected to figure it out as you go? You want to make sure if you do accept the promotion, that you’re set up for success.

Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Promotion

Simple Actions to Feel Calmer at Work

While stress is a normal part of life, and even considered healthy in small amounts, when it becomes too much to handle and effects your physical and mental well-being it’s time to look into ways to manage it. There are certainly varying degrees of stress, but in our blog we’ll look at lower levels of chronic stress (specifically work-related stress) and simple tools to help you manage.

 

Prioritize

If it’s one of those days where it feels like everything and everyone needs your attention on important matters and tasks, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting number of things you need to accomplish. If you’re having such a day, it can be helpful to begin an inner dialogue to help yourself prioritize things. When this happens, a few questions you can ask yourself are:

 

  • Is there a way I can simplify this and if so, how?
  • What matters the most?
  • What is the one thing I can do right now?

Asking yourself these questions can help you step back and prioritize what is absolutely necessary so you can move forward and feel capable of handling what you need to in a calm and confident manner.

 

Move

Exercise is beneficial for so many reasons, and apart from the physical benefits, it helps lower anxiety and depression in part because of the endorphins it releases. If you’re able to set up a regular workout routine, or even manage to fit in a walk during your lunch break, it will help you manage your emotions and find a greater sense of well-being. If however you are incredibly crammed for time and feel extremely overwhelmed, here’s an unusual self-care suggestion to help you manage in that moment- shake it off. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like: standing up and shaking your arms and legs for a few seconds ideally followed by a couple of deep belly breaths. While it may look and feel strange, it’s a great way to release pent up energy and anxiety.

 

Breathe

Your breath is an incredibly powerful tool to help bring you back from a fight/flight response to a parasympathetic nervous state. Simply taking a few slow deep breaths, with longer exhales then inhales, will quickly help you get back to a calmer state. A Yale study suggestions, “Breathing in for a count of four and out for a count of eight for just a few minutes can start to calm your nervous system.” This is because your heart rate increases on your inhales and decreases on your exhales so if you want to feel calmer it’s important to emphasize your exhales.

 

We hope these tips are helpful and provide practical solutions for your everyday work stress.

Simple Actions to Feel Calmer at Work

Three Tips for Your Next Interview

Have an upcoming job interview? While we’ve written several topics about this before, there is always more to learn. Interviewing can be stressful, and at a time when many companies are still doing remote interviews, it can be more challenging than ever. If you have an upcoming job interview and want to head into it as prepared as possible, follow the below tips with suggestions you may not have thought of before.

Sell Yourself
If you head into an interview with the main goal of simply answering the interviewer’s questions, you need to re-evaluate your plan. The goal of an interview isn’t simply to “ace” the interviewer’s questions, but to communicate who you are and how you would be an asset to the company. While it is imperative to practice your answers and prepare for the interview as much as possible, you also need to explain what sets you apart from other applicants and how you’d be the perfect addition to the team. If you haven’t already, develop your elevator pitch, and list your key experiences that fit in with the specific role you are applying for. Focus on the company’s needs and how you are the solution to their problems.

Prepare as Much as Possible
Ahead of the interview, do your homework and research the company as much as possible. Go beyond learning the company’s mission statement and company facts on their website. Set up Google alerts to be notified when there is any news about the company and research recent press releases and company statements. Knowing these recent developments will set you apart from other applicants who just know a general overview about the company. If possible, drop any relevant company news into your interview answers. Role play before the interview and have set answers to the standard interview questions. Keep your answers short and concise and ideally between 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the depth of the question.

Have a Closing Statement
At the end of your interview, thank the interviewer for their time and end the meeting with a closing statement. You can include several key aspects in this; some suggestions in your closing statement you can include are:

  • Find out what the next steps will be

  • Ask if they have any concerns preventing them from offering you the job (if they do make sure to address this and clear up any hesitation)

  • Recap why they should hire you

Practice your closing statement before the interview so you can make sure to leave a great final impression.

Three Tips for Your Next Interview