May 2012

What is a Robo-resume and should you use one?

Online resume services now vary widely in scope and quality.

Technology advances afford endless opportunities to make our lives easier, and nowhere is that more evident than on the web. While online job banks and networking services like LinkedIn offer convenient opportunities to search for work, a robo-resume service is not likely to help you gain the employment offers you desire.

What is a robo-resume? Usually offered as a free incentive by resume writing sites, a robo-resume is any resume that is automatically generated from the site’s limited database of keywords and job descriptions. After you fill-in your basic information and desired industry, the service generates key descriptions as bullet points under your work history sections. Voilà! You have a resume.

Sounds great, right? Wrong. There are a number of problems with creating your resume in this fashion. For starters, robo-resumes get their name precisely because they are robotic. Not just by virtue of the technology, but because the end result is a dry, lack-luster resume that is void of any human narrative.

In other words, a robo-resume fails to tell your story with your voice and authority. Its general, catchall descriptions rob you of the opportunities to demonstrate your key assets in detailed descriptions of what you bring to the job. 

Further, robo-resume sites offer the automatically created “Instant Resume” free for a reason. They want your paid business. By getting you hooked on their free, inferior product, they hope to entice you to “Upgrade” to their premium version, which usually promises guarantees, personal service and job leads, among other perks.

State hiring freeze is over!

1,500 jobs now open in Nevada

May 21, 2012 –The state of Nevada has some 1,500 jobs now open statewide, and officials are trying to get the word out in efforts to fill the varied positions. Channel 2 News reports that agencies are slow in filling the positions because residents likely believe a state hiring freeze instituted in 2008 is still in force.

Not so. The freeze officially ended last year, and many Nevada agencies are in need of permanent workers as soon as possible. Salaries range from $27,000 to $100K for positions with the Highway Patrol, DOT, Dept. of Corrections, the DMV, Child and family Services, Mental Health and Development Services, Health Division, Welfare and Supportive Services, Rehabilitation, Parole and Probation, the Attorney General’s Office and other agencies.

You can find a complete list of current positions at the Nevada Jobs Homepage where you can also register to apply online. Before you do, a few key tips: The state’s HR director has lowered the testing requirements statewide, and each agency can now hire candidates directly, so long as they receive a passing score.

Your Career: Military Special Solutions Series Part 3

Helping service men and women returning to Nevada transition into the workforce.

There is good reason to post a third part to this series focusing on military transitions, the first of which is recognition of and respect for the vital services that members of our military provide.

Second, more good news for servicemembers comes down from the President by way of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. Under this federally sponsored bill, veterans aged 35 – 60 can get additional training, education and employment benefits for up to 12 months, and employers can receive tax credits for hiring vets and service-connected disabled veterans.

Many partnerships are forming to take advantage of the VOW program, and to do right by our veterans. The Chamber of Commerce has identified one such partnership with Military.com and Monster.com. The result is a high-quality online skills translation tool paired with Monster’s powerhouse jobs databank. You can freely use the military skills translation tool without any registration requirement.