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Picking what skills to put in your resume
Episode 1221st July 2021 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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Not sure what skills you should showcase in your resume? Wondering what will help you stand out to a recruiter? Sometimes they tell you exactly what they are looking for and it's your job to mirror their language. Dan and Liz also discuss basic zoom interview tips to help you gear up for landing that career you love in the coming months.

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Dan Holterhaus:

All right. Good morning, Liz.

Unknown:

Good morning.

Dan Holterhaus:

How's it going today?

Liz Kennedy:

Good. How are you?

Dan Holterhaus:

Not too bad. I got some tea going. I had a

Dan Holterhaus:

couple cups of coffee this morning. But on the tea now

Liz Kennedy:

I've switched to decaf. But so rockin the coffee.

Liz Kennedy:

So.

Dan Holterhaus:

Okay, right on. There we go. So we are at July

Dan Holterhaus:

15. Now part of believe summer is kind of like halfway over?

Dan Holterhaus:

No, it's going by really fast. I mean, I know for you with with

Dan Holterhaus:

three kids are, you know, they're probably not ready to go

Dan Holterhaus:

back to school yet. But you know, we're moving in that

Liz Kennedy:

You know, they saw the back to school flyers from

Liz Kennedy:

direction.

Liz Kennedy:

Target and they're like, no. So if you have you have kids, and

Liz Kennedy:

you're thinking about that back to school. I mean, pair that

Liz Kennedy:

back to school with back to a job. If you if you're looking at

Liz Kennedy:

securing work for the fall after things settle down. Your kids

Liz Kennedy:

are back in school, now's the time to be really starting your

Liz Kennedy:

job search, because it's gonna take you a while. I mean, it

Liz Kennedy:

just is. Even though it's a job seekers market right now. It can

Liz Kennedy:

take a little while to find the right fit for you. So it's a

Liz Kennedy:

good time to dip the toe in.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, absolutely. And let's talk a

Dan Holterhaus:

little bit about what's going on in our local job market here. I

Dan Holterhaus:

mean, we have 400, I think it's 434 jobs on Corridor Careers

Dan Holterhaus:

right now. So there's a plethora of jobs out there. Tons of

Dan Holterhaus:

employers looking to hire, it is a job seekers market. And I've

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noticed a couple other things going on, throughout this whole,

Dan Holterhaus:

you know, stay at work from home pandemic thing. And I've

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actually had a couple friends that were working locally. And

Dan Holterhaus:

they have now transitioned and started working for companies

Dan Holterhaus:

100% remotely, but the companies are based in other other states.

Dan Holterhaus:

So I think we what I'm seeing is we have a very talented

Dan Holterhaus:

workforce here in Eastern Iowa, people, employers from other

Dan Holterhaus:

areas are recognizing that. And sure enough, like they're,

Dan Holterhaus:

they're dipping in and you know, I don't want to say stealing,

Dan Holterhaus:

but they're, they're finding opportunity in our market, which

Dan Holterhaus:

is creating even even more job opportunities for local

Dan Holterhaus:

candidates.

Liz Kennedy:

Right, because those jobs still exist that your

Liz Kennedy:

friends were working at right here in the market. So if you

Liz Kennedy:

are tired of working from home, and want to get back into a, you

Liz Kennedy:

know, some kind of semblance of a normal, where you're, you

Liz Kennedy:

know, you're visiting a workplace every at least every

Liz Kennedy:

once in a while, you know, you're gonna want to work

Liz Kennedy:

locally, somewhere.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, absolutely. All right, well,

Dan Holterhaus:

let's, we're gonna do something kind of unique here. We're going

Dan Holterhaus:

to talk about transferable skills are just, we're gonna,

Dan Holterhaus:

we're gonna take a look at a job that's on quarter careers right

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now. And we're gonna just kind of go over the bullet points of

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it and talk about what are some of the skills that might be

Dan Holterhaus:

needed for for a job for this job. So given that job was with

Dan Holterhaus:

that,

Liz Kennedy:

so we're going to talk about our friends at

Liz Kennedy:

Medirevv here, Medirevv is a local company in Coralville. And

Liz Kennedy:

they are a longtime partner of quarter careers, posting their

Liz Kennedy:

jobs attending our career fairs, usually, and, and so this

Liz Kennedy:

administrative coordinator, I just thought was a good example

Liz Kennedy:

of, you know, help help you understand, okay, why are skills

Liz Kennedy:

in a resume important? And I just know this, because I

Liz Kennedy:

recently hired someone and reviewing the skills that

Liz Kennedy:

usually are at the top of a resume. You know, like after

Liz Kennedy:

you've given your kind of spiel of who you are and what your

Liz Kennedy:

objective is, sometimes there'll be like a skill summary at the

Liz Kennedy:

top, that is extremely useful to a hiring manager, who is poring

Liz Kennedy:

through various resumes trying to determine like, Who should I

Liz Kennedy:

interview? And so, you know, you might think to yourself, Well,

Liz Kennedy:

what do I put in there? I mean, I have lots of skills, but what

Liz Kennedy:

are ones that are relevant to an employer, and the employer will

Liz Kennedy:

tell you what skills are relevant to them. So you can

Liz Kennedy:

generally just read through the job description and try to

Liz Kennedy:

highlight things that would pop out like as a keyword. So for

Liz Kennedy:

instance, this this role of an administrative coordinator,

Liz Kennedy:

they're looking for someone who has experience with setting

Liz Kennedy:

appointments. So calendar appoint, setting appointments is

Liz Kennedy:

a skill that you could put as a skill in your skill summary.

Liz Kennedy:

They're also looking for someone who is good on the phone, you

Liz Kennedy:

know, has good communication skills. So would highlight those

Liz Kennedy:

patient nation skills Yeah, like they've mentioned before. Like

Liz Kennedy:

many, many times in this, so that should clue you like, okay,

Liz Kennedy:

coordination is really important. Obviously, it's in

Liz Kennedy:

the job title, but I should include that as a keyword in my

Liz Kennedy:

skills, maybe, because it'll help you stand out. And then

Liz Kennedy:

they even have like a knowledge skills and abilities section

Liz Kennedy:

with some, some job descriptions do not have, they just don't

Liz Kennedy:

have this. But these guys do. And so you can see here they're

Liz Kennedy:

looking for experience. So you'll want to make sure that if

Liz Kennedy:

you have work history that includes two to three years of

Liz Kennedy:

prior experience, that you're kind of bringing that to the top

Liz Kennedy:

of your resume, you know, your job history doesn't necessarily

Liz Kennedy:

have to be chronological, it, it's helpful sometimes if it is

Liz Kennedy:

especially like, what are you currently doing. But if what

Liz Kennedy:

you're currently doing is not relevant to the job that you're

Liz Kennedy:

seeking, it's okay for you to kind of highlight the jobs that

Liz Kennedy:

are so that you can show that you have the experience that

Liz Kennedy:

they're looking for. And then they specifically call out

Liz Kennedy:

Microsoft Office Suite products. So I would just mirror their,

Liz Kennedy:

their, their wording on this, you could say Microsoft Excel as

Liz Kennedy:

a skill or Microsoft Office or office 365 as a skill set,

Liz Kennedy:

they're going to recognize that that is what they're talking

Liz Kennedy:

about. And then interpersonal skills and communication skills.

Liz Kennedy:

Pleasant phone manner is a good one that I've seen, like, that's

Liz Kennedy:

I always see that that kind of strikes me like, okay, they're

Liz Kennedy:

aware of how they are on the phone. And they're they're

Liz Kennedy:

promising that they they have a good phone manner. And so those

Liz Kennedy:

are key things that you might want to include in that skill

Liz Kennedy:

section just for this type of job.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, absolutely. And I saw a lot of

Dan Holterhaus:

attention to detail, obviously, you know, being being able to

Dan Holterhaus:

stay organized, stay on task, be friendly, like you said, wasn't

Dan Holterhaus:

phone man or all those like things that many rebels looking

Dan Holterhaus:

for, and that admin coordinator position?

Liz Kennedy:

And what employer would be looking for those

Liz Kennedy:

skills. I mean, those are just kind of universal skills, right.

Liz Kennedy:

And they're sometimes called soft skills and soft skills can

Liz Kennedy:

be a little bit confusing to job seekers, I think like, what is a

Liz Kennedy:

soft skill? Because there are things that you might not

Liz Kennedy:

necessarily recognize about yourself, and think worthy of

Liz Kennedy:

putting in a resume. Like, if you're friendly, like, why would

Liz Kennedy:

I put friendly in a resume? It's not a skill? Well, it is a

Liz Kennedy:

skill, you know, like being pleasant. And having a good

Liz Kennedy:

attitude. I've seen that in resumes sometimes, too. And it's

Liz Kennedy:

like, oh, cool. They're, they're recognizing that that's an

Liz Kennedy:

important thing to know how to do. And they put it in their

Liz Kennedy:

resume that makes me feel good as a hiring manager, like, Okay,

Liz Kennedy:

well, they state that they have a good attitude. We'll see in

Liz Kennedy:

the interview, if they actually do, but at least they are

Liz Kennedy:

recognizing that that is something that's important to

Liz Kennedy:

employers.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, I agree. 100% I think it was a just pre

Dan Holterhaus:

pandemic, actually something in like, early last year, Gary

Dan Holterhaus:

Vaynerchuk, he did a presentation and he was talking

Dan Holterhaus:

about the most valuable skills that are needed in the workforce

Dan Holterhaus:

now. And his number one thing was emotional intelligence as

Dan Holterhaus:

well as, as basically the same as saying, you have to have a

Dan Holterhaus:

good personality, right? Like you can't, you can't be Debbie

Dan Holterhaus:

Downer at the office and expect to get a job like you have to,

Dan Holterhaus:

you know, be positive, have a good attitude. Right. And, you

Dan Holterhaus:

know, you, you basically in the in the office are going to get

Dan Holterhaus:

treated, how you treat other people. You know, if you show up

Dan Holterhaus:

and have a good attitude at work, and are smiling, you're

Dan Holterhaus:

probably going to get that same thing back from, from your

Dan Holterhaus:

fellow co workers and you're going to be in, especially

Dan Holterhaus:

during the interview process have a better chance of getting

Dan Holterhaus:

job.

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah. And I think, you know, there's always gonna

Liz Kennedy:

be bad days, right? You're always gonna have a bad day

Liz Kennedy:

occasionally. And that's okay. But especially in the interview

Liz Kennedy:

process, that's really your opportunity to showcase your

Liz Kennedy:

best. Best, okay? Because you know, the interview, it's stuff

Liz Kennedy:

like, as a hiring manager, you always want to give, I always

Liz Kennedy:

want to give the other candidate the benefit of the doubt,

Liz Kennedy:

especially because I know they're putting themselves out

Liz Kennedy:

there. But not every hiring manager has the same attitude

Liz Kennedy:

that I have. And really, you're going to be your best if you

Liz Kennedy:

just kind of prep yourself up. So let's just say you've got to

Liz Kennedy:

have that, like, what do you call it, I'm gonna have that pep

Liz Kennedy:

talk beforehand, you know, that locker room, talk with yourself

Liz Kennedy:

before you get into the interview. And that interview is

Liz Kennedy:

probably going to take place over something like this, right?

Liz Kennedy:

Like, it's probably going to be a zoom. So check your

Liz Kennedy:

background. You know, make sure you get a clean shirt on. And,

Liz Kennedy:

you know, get yourself ready practice. You know, like, if

Liz Kennedy:

you're going to do a zoom interview, and you've never done

Liz Kennedy:

one before, call your friend on Facebook portal or something

Liz Kennedy:

like like or you know, do a do a FaceTime with somebody and just

Liz Kennedy:

say, Hey, I just want to practice how I look when I'm on

Liz Kennedy:

a screen. And, you know, they can give you some tips and help

Liz Kennedy:

you understand, hey, you're always slouching or, you know,

Liz Kennedy:

you got some weird thing behind You that you're not even aware

Liz Kennedy:

of

Dan Holterhaus:

those things don't just,

Liz Kennedy:

you know, they're just gonna get in your way. And

Liz Kennedy:

they have nothing to do with your skills as a person, you

Liz Kennedy:

know, as a worker, but they're just those things because we're

Liz Kennedy:

not professional job seekers, you know, we forget about.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, I couldn't even tell, like, looking at you

Dan Holterhaus:

right now, through our zoom meeting, you know, you're

Dan Holterhaus:

sitting, you know, upright, and I kind of have my arms folded in

Dan Holterhaus:

front of me, but as a job seeker, like, if I was like

Dan Holterhaus:

this, you know, back in my chair, like it just, you know,

Dan Holterhaus:

there's, there's a different feeling. So, I'm good things to

Dan Holterhaus:

pay attention to.

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah, and we in our check out our YouTube, because

Liz Kennedy:

we do, I do link to a couple of playlists for like, zoom

Liz Kennedy:

interview tips, you know, things like that. One of the things is,

Liz Kennedy:

they recommend getting a sticky note and putting your top points

Liz Kennedy:

that you want to get through on your interview, and then

Liz Kennedy:

sticking it on the screen. So that you look at that, instead

Liz Kennedy:

of like yourself, because like, right now I'm looking at myself,

Liz Kennedy:

you know, or, you know, if you, you know, gotta remind yourself,

Liz Kennedy:

hey, look at the camera, because that's giving eye contact to the

Liz Kennedy:

other person, which is really, you know, it's a kind of an

Liz Kennedy:

actor tip, you know, because none of us, I mean, most of us

Liz Kennedy:

are not actors and not used to looking at a camera. So, those

Liz Kennedy:

things, so there's great resources on YouTube about how

Liz Kennedy:

to kind of trick yourself into doing the right thing and a zoom

Liz Kennedy:

interview, but I wouldn't get so caught up in that, like, if

Liz Kennedy:

you're just a human being, you know, and you like, kind of pay

Liz Kennedy:

attention to like, Okay, if I was going to meet with somebody

Liz Kennedy:

in person, this is how I would look. This is how I present

Liz Kennedy:

myself, you kind of just kind of have that same attitude over

Liz Kennedy:

zoom. I think you'd be fine. Yeah.

Dan Holterhaus:

Absolutely. All right. That was really good Liz.

Dan Holterhaus:

Lots of lots of little nuggets in there. I really like that.

Dan Holterhaus:

Any parting words before we sign off for this edition of careers

Dan Holterhaus:

and coffee?

Liz Kennedy:

No, I think I think for the next few editions of

Liz Kennedy:

careers and copper, we're just gonna hammer home some of the

Liz Kennedy:

basics because, you know, it's just so easy to lose those

Liz Kennedy:

basics of like, Oh, yeah, this is how resumes work. Oh, yeah.

Liz Kennedy:

This is how an interview tip. This is some interview tips. So

Liz Kennedy:

we're trying to cover some of those things in the coming ones.

Liz Kennedy:

Get you guys ready to interview You know, to get that job before

Liz Kennedy:

fall cause we really want to see you You know, living your best

Liz Kennedy:

life by November, right.

Dan Holterhaus:

There we go. I like it. All right Liz, Thanks a

Dan Holterhaus:

lot. Until next time.

Liz Kennedy:

Peace out. Drink more coffee.