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Tonight: Live Resume Boot Camp

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Welcome to Week 2 of the 3-week Dream Job Boot Camp. As you know, I got tired of seeing the same old career advice from 68-year-old people who have never been through serious recruiting. As a result, even when they tried to offer advice — even when they genuinely believed it would help! — it really didn’t. There’s only so many times we can listen to someone tell us to shorten our resume to 1 page before we start to contemplate suicide via a butter knife. Instead, I want to pull back the veil on how top performers find their Dream Jobs. These are people who use their immense personal networks to land jobs before they’re ever announced. These are people who negotiate tens of thousands of dollars of raises — without being adversarial. And these are people who have found their passions, and they’re being paid well to do them every day. You don’t have to negotiate $20K raises or tap into a network of 75 CEOs. Even if you did 1/10th of that, that’s a Big Win. The code for this week is: ACCELERATE. I want to help you take the things you’re ALREADY doing…and accelerate them. The truth is, most of us could get huge wins if we focused on doing the right things (e.g., not wasting time at yet another career fair or mindlessly updating your resume) and did them masterfully. You actually do LESS, but do it better. Here’s an example from one of my Dream Job Elite students:

What I Covered in Week 1 of the Dream Job Boot Camp

Last week, we covered how to decommoditize yourself — or how to stand out in ways that immediately separate you from other people trying to find their Dream Job. Here are posts you should be caught up on:

As you read these, identify 2 insights you can apply to your Dream Job search. For example, “I used to do ____ and now I realize I should be doing ____.” Now, here’s what’s coming your way this week.

Tonight: Resume Teardown

TONIGHT — Monday, 1/16 — a Live Resume Teardown. I’m doing a live event at 10pm EST (7pm PST) where…

  • I’ll take an actual resume and tear it down, live, showing you what works and what doesn’t
  • Then I’ll show you the actual resume I used to get job offers at Google, Intuit, etc — and the psychology and reasoning behind the EXACT words I used
  • You’ll learn how to get deep in the heads of the hiring manager so you can read their minds
  • By the end of this, you’ll have insights into resumes that you can IMMEDIATELY put to work
  • Once you know how to make your resume stand out, you’ll also see how this fits into your entire Dream Job search. This is a powerful strategic + tactical approach.

By the way, please don’t ask about recordings or complain about the time zone. I know there’s no perfect time for everyone, but the truth is this site has gotten so large that I can’t appeal to everyone. Still, I’m optimistic: In the past, hundreds of people from around the world have stayed awake because they valued the material and knew they could not find it elsewhere. I’m not sure if I’ll release a recorded version, so hopefully you can make it. To get access to tonight’s Live Resume Teardown, you’ll have to be on the Dream Job launch list. Here’s the link:

Coming This Week: Natural Networking

One of the most requested areas of finding a Dream Job is how to network. Check out these questions I got:

“Networking. I want to network and provide value instead of the leech-based networking that actually comes to my mind. The problem is 1) I don’t keep up with people in my network, 2) I am not sure what actually consists of who is included in my network (such as hiring mangers where I didn’t get the job, do hey count? and 3) my current network is small and the people in it are people I have known for years but we share different goals.” -P. Hunter “Networking, I think, is the most important. Most of the interviews I’ve gotten in my current career have come through connections of varying degrees of strength. But I’ve historically had a strong aversion to putting myself out there, actively getting to know people. Partly this is due to my personality — I like being the one sought, not the seeker. But mostly it’s due to my ineptitude in approaching effectively.” -Jenny B. “1. Worst career advice…where do I start? I have to go with: “Just network.” OK, maybe not terrible advice, but nobody tells you HOW to network in an unsleazy way, and then use that network to get a job.” -Dave

Networking CAN be done without being sleazy, slimy, and scammy. Everyone has a network. And even if you don’t have years of experience, there are ways to reach out to busy people where they will WANT to help you. I decided to hook you guys up with some of the inside techniques you can use to meet hiring managers, CEOs, and extremely busy people. This includes:

  • How to connect with anyone — the specific email text to use, the mindset, and even the words to use when you meet them
  • How to make it worth a busy person’s time — even if you don’t have years of experience
  • The common mistakes people make when trying to network (hint: going to useless networking events with a bunch of unemployed people is not “networking”)

I have new material, videos, and action steps for you this week. Here are the results many of my students have gotten using these techniques:

“In week 1 of outreach, it took me about 12 days to get roughly a 60% conversion rate (where conversion is defined as direct contact with a target). Here I am in Week 4 of outreach and my Monday e-mails have already yielded that same 60% hit rate and two deferrals (illness and maternity leave). So, if you exclude those 2 responses I’m at 80 – 90% response rate in 36 hours as opposed to 60% in 288 hours. I’m loving it and it’s really pushing my confidence level.” –Chris, Dream Job Elite graduate

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“I have been following Ramit for 2 years or so; his refreshing “get out there the do it” approach has created some great results. One piece of advice I followed was to spend $10 and take some out for coffee to find out about what they know, pick their brain etc. I called a guy I had met once or twice at an industry-specific networking function and he was on the board/committee of the group. I asked him about how the group was structured and about getting on the committee; 14 months later he is the President and I am the vice-president! If Ramit hadn’t suggested I spend the “best $10 of my life” who knows where I would be instead!” –Michelle

To Do Today

1. Share a comment with your 2 biggest insights of last week. (For example: “I realized that I’ve been doing X all wrong…from now on, I’m going to do Y”). Also share a comment about the ONE THING I can help with on tonight’s Resume Teardown for you. 2. Be sure you’re on the Dream Job Insider’s List for tonight’s Live Resume Teardown. Here’s the link again. See you at 10pm EST.

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  1. David Borgeson Link to this comment

    Can you talk about strategies for building resumes for different countries outside the US?

    I have heard that European employers want different content than American companies…and I’m sure there is even more variation around the world.

    • Good Question David,

      I teach grinds on the side and I always get asked to edit cv’s

      There seems to be big variations between countries in Europe also

  2. A lot of potentially stale advice about resumes in the UK still favour the formal categorisation of your achievements by things like Education, Work Experience, Other Activities etc. This always feels very brittle. This is usually coupled with the generic advice that all resumes should be no more than 2 sheets of paper long when printed (A4 or US Letter I guess).
    You mention targetting the words and psychology behind the choice of phrase but I’d be interested to hear how much customisation of layout you’d consider necessary in the 21st century. Some people are going to the infographic extreme to make their resume stand out but it might be good to hear how much you consider the approachability of the layout to be required for a positive impact on a hiring manager to even make them bother reading the words that may then pull them in further?
    Thanks for all the advice. Priceless.

    • Ramit, add my vote to Jonathan’s question. I’m not in the UK but this was my question too.

  3. I’m going to cheat here and ask two so..

    How many pages should my resume be?
    My resume uses the same verbs describing work I did ie:

    Executive Assistant Workplace Dates
    -Responsible for blah blah
    -Handled blah blah
    -Establish blah blah

    What can I do that will make my resume actually list my experiences without sounding like I copied and pasted and also not look like I just took words out of a thesaurus.

  4. How important is it to quantify your work, and how do you know when you’re overdoing it with specific numbers?

  5. What are some resume best practices?

  6. How can I make my resume stand out without appearing gimmicky?

  7. I have a feeling you’ll be covering strategies for describing work experience, and specific words to use tonight, so what I’d like to know in addition is:

    1. Is there a general resume format that you recommend? (table listing skills at the top, followed by career history, followed by education etc)

    2. Is there a format you specifically DONT recommend?

  8. Please release a recorded version afterwards.. it is hard or impossible for most european people to get on at 6AM.. Not complaining, just asking 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  9. What should be included on the banner of the resume (or do you even use a banner)?

  10. You mention that, in general, you have 10 seconds of capturing the hiring person’s attention with a resume. So my question is what do I need to do to my resume to stand out (in a good way, of course) in order to get it looked at for more than 10 seconds.

    Thanks for all your help, Ramit. You’re posting some great material that no one else talks about.