By Caroline M.L. Potter

Your resume is the most important document in any job search. But what if you’re submitting resume after resume and receiving no results at all — not even a call? Your resume may be fatally flawed.

How can a resume betray a job seeker? It’s not just typos or poor formatting. “The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a person’s accomplishments, contributions and results, and instead spouts a job description of each position he’s held,” says Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMayDay, a resume-writing and career-coaching firm based near Chicago.

Use these three tips to make sure your resume doesn’t betray you.

1. Think Big

Whatever jobs you’ve held — be it as an assistant or a CEO – think beyond the everyday tasks of your position. ”People get bogged down in the day-to-day details of their jobs, but when it comes to your resume, you’ve got to get out of the clutter and ask yourself, ‘What does this work mean?’” Milligan says.

If a manager is hiring for an administrative assistant, he already knows what an admin does and doesn’t want to see a resume that says an applicant can type and answer a phone. “You have to go beyond that to point out your specific strengths,” Milligan says.

Start by having big-picture conversations about what you do and how it serves the organization as a whole. “If you’re in a support position, consider how successful the person you support is and how you help her do her job better,” Milligan says. “What role do you have in her successes? Those are your accomplishments.”

2. Be Clear

Focusing on your accomplishments rather than your specific responsibilities will help keep your resume concise. “There’s a huge difference between a resume and the Great American Novel,” says Milligan. “The resumes I’m most proud of summed up a 25-year career in a single page.”

She urges job seekers to remember that resumes are typically skimmed for a mere six to eight seconds. “Make sure you’re identifying the companies you worked for, how long you were there and if you earned a promotion,” she says. “Those are things that people look for immediately.” Also, if your job title is long and vague, tighten it up so that people immediately understand what you’ve done. For example, “Marketing Manager” is much more accessible than “Global Identity Architect.”

Given the time you have to catch a recruiter’s eye, a focused, accomplishment-driven resume is the way to go. “If you are loaded up on peripheral stuff, it’s too hard for a hiring manager to find your story,” Milligan says.

3. Get Real

What if you come up blank when trying to think about how you’ve helped build the big picture for your employer?

“A couple of times I’ve talked to people who insisted they just did their jobs and there’s nothing special about them that jumps out,” Milligan says. She’s asked them outright if they’re in the right position. “It’s a difficult question to ask, but these people may be chasing the wrong job,” she says.

She counsels clients that if they cannot speak about what they’ve done in terms of enhancing the position or the company, ”You may be just punching a clock — and you and your employer deserve more.”

Look for other opportunities in which you can contribute and grow professionally. You’ll enjoy a more rewarding career and have a more successful resume.

This story is republished, with permission, from Monster.com.

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A new report has found the combination of consumer demand and the advancement of business applications for new technology continues to drive job growth in the high tech sector.
According to the Jones Lang LaSalle report, which tracked 18 markets, jobs in the high tech industry are increasing at nearly four times the national average of other occupations since the height of the economic downturn in February 2010. The report also found high tech companies drove up the demand for office space and an increase in venture capital investments.
Of the more than half million office jobs created since last year, the report found 127,000 positions were in the high tech services with San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Baltimore adding the biggest numbers to the high tech workforce over the past year and a half.
The report comes as officials in Pennsylvania are hoping the area will become a major high tech hub alongside Silicon Valley and Massachusetts.
Pennsylvania has seen a 1.6 percent increase in the number of high tech jobs from 2009 to 2010 with Franklin County having one of the highest concentrations of high tech companies in the state due to its lower tax base and overhead, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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A new study has found that approximately 466,000 jobs have been created in the “app economy” in the U.S. over the past five years.

According to the research by TechNet, jobs for computer software applications, along with the broad communications sector, are now leading sources of hiring strength in the labor market.

“America's app economy – which had zero jobs just 5 years ago before the iPhone was introduced – demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation,” said Rey Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of TechNet. “Today, the app economy is creating jobs in every part of America, employing hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers today and even more in the years to come.”

The research also found that the highest percentage of app jobs are now being created in the New York City area and San Francisco, as well as in parts of Georgia, Florida and Illinois.

Meanwhile, Acxiom Corporation has announced plans to add 150 employees at its Central Arkansas operations, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

The mobile app, email and social media company said it plans to recruit for software developers and product management positions from a number of local universities.

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by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
resume:
  1. Renew Often
    One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
    the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
    by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
  2. Target Your Resume Title
    The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
    Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
    look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It’s
    best to include the specific job title you’re pursuing, along with
    a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
    carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
    • Network Administrator – CNA Specializing in NetWare – 5 Years’
      Experience
    • Technical Sales Representative – Maximizing Sales for the
      Technology Industry
    • Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years’
      Experience
  3. Maximize Your Keywords
    One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
    receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
    research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
    talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
    managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
    incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
    include keywords that don’t appear elsewhere in the document.
  4. Show You Care About Employers’ Needs
    If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
    objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
    Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
    • Before: A challenging position with a large
      firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
      working environment.
    • After: Customer service or front-desk position
      providing world-class service to international guests.
  5. Proofread
    Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
    employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
    thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
    open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
    show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
    proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
  6. Invest in Your Resume
    Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
    the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
    graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry
    icons.
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It appears as if there are plenty of jobs for computer system professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Industry experts across the country said that they are also on the hunt for high-tech workers, even as other industries appear to be at an economic standstill.

The director of the North East Ohio Software Association (NEOSA), Brad Nellis, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that a recent survey of its more than 2,500 members found that 68 percent of companies plan on adding to their workforce during the next year.

“Historically, the number of companies with current openings remains very high; in fact, it's the highest it's been in the more than 5 years that we've been doing this survey,” Nellis noted.

According to the recent unemployment numbers, Cleveland is not the only exception when it comes to hiring in the high-tech sector.

The Wall Street Journal reports that almost 6,000 new jobs were added nationwide in June 2010 in the computer systems industry, including work for designers, installers and programmers.

During the last year alone, U.S. job growth in high tech rose by approximately 70,000 new positions.

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Posting slower-than-expected revenue growth, flash software maker Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced it would be laying off hundreds of workers in the U.S. and Europe. The news isn't quite so bleak for New York software developer Altair, who has nearly 600 open positions advertised on its website.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the California-based Adobe said it would be cutting as many as 750 jobs in order to better concentrate on its digital media and digital marketing departments.

Adobe said the restructuring also included a bigger investment in its web formatting called HTML5, rather than its popular Adobe Flash player.

Meanwhile, the Troy, New York-based simulation software maker Altair is looking to fill hundreds of jobs at its headquarters and other offices around the world, according to MLive.com.

The company said it was having trouble finding qualified workers with technical degrees. Altair said it recently held 10 job fairs with a focus on hiring talented students, mostly from master's degree programs. The company also announced a new internship program, which is set to get underway next summer.

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Computer giant Apple is on the look out for more senior level executives with knowledge of the emerging cloud business. The news comes as industry experts say the sector may level out after an initial increase in its cyber workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is on a hiring spree, with 168 current online postings for jobs at its iOS software division. In recent weeks, the company has been recruiting senior-level executives with experience in web-based software as part of its plan to expand its applications and services to compete with Microsoft and Google.

According to the news agency, Google is also looking for a slew of experienced software application engineers and currently has 365 listings for available jobs.

Meanwhile, industry analysts are predicting that demand for cyber-related jobs may begin to decline because the move to the cloud could help corporations do more with fewer workers.

Larry Dignan of ZDNET told Form Tek magazine the demand for data-center IT staff members will start to dwindle by 2020.

“The long-run value proposition of IT is not to support the human workforce – it is to replace it,” Dignan noted.

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Red Hat, one of the biggest commercial Linus vending companies, plans to hire at least 1,000 new workers this year

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Two major medical device companies will be expanding operations into Northeast Ohio.
Phillips Healthcare, maker of diagnostic, clinical and home healthcare products, recently announced it plans to move approximately 100 jobs from its San Jose, California, operations to Highland Heights, Ohio, according to the Plain Dealer.
The company said the move is part of an effort to consolidate its nuclear medicine division. Most of the new jobs will be part of the research and development division with an average salary of $115,000 per year.
Meanwhile, Steris Corporation, which manufacturers medical-equipment sterilizers and other healthcare equipment, said it was planning what it called a “significant” investment in the region that would create a number of new jobs.
Although the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed, Steris is expected to take advantage of state aid, as well as incentives from the nonprofit BioEnterprise, a group dedicated to build the region’s biomedical economy.
Baiju Shah, executive officer of BioEnterprise, told the Plain Dealer that more job creation from Phillips and Steris would help strengthen the state’s healthcare sector.
“Both of these companies are important flagship companies for the region. And both are leaders within their respective areas in the medical industry,” Shad noted.

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In some respects building a successful career is no different
from any other project. Clear goal setting, thorough planning and
effective execution are key ingredients in the recipe for success.
Though expert advice can help you with the process, in the end it
is up to you to formulate objectives, develop a plan, and follow
through to realize your career goals. While you may enjoy your
share of luck, success seldom falls in your lap. Furthermore, if
you ignore the basic principles of career management, an unexpected
setback could badly damage your long-term prospects. Here are six
steps towards success in your career:
  1. Take a good look at yourself.Understand your needs. What is
    important to you? What are you passionate about? A career spans
    many years. It can be hard to maintain enthusiasm, excitement and
    energy unless you believe in what you are doing. Look for the right
    balance in of career, earnings and fulfillment. Are you aiming for
    the top or is family more important? What are your unique talents
    and abilities? It makes sense to play to your strengths.
  2. Research career optionsand prioritize. Discover what skills and
    experience various careers require ahead of time. What is a good
    fit for you with your skill set?
  3. Map a pathfrom where you are to where you want to be. Think
    strategically and long-term about your career. Don’t place too much
    emphasis on compensation early on. It may be more important to
    develop the skills and experience to “set you up.” Your action plan
    should build upon your strengths and improve your weaknesses.
    Establish firm bases for the future. If the platform is secure, you
    can usually survive a mistake or setback.
  4. Don’t ignore ongoing training.Acquiring the additional skills,
    knowledge and education needed for your new career is fundamental.
    Also consider getting some unique experience which will help
    differentiate you in the market place.
  5. Market yourself.Don’t take an overly conservative or narrow
    view. Consider start-ups and smaller organizations where you will
    get more responsibility. But always target companies that are
    excellent at what they do, and that place importance on developing
    staff, particularly at the beginning of your career. Don’t forget
    to network! A well-developed list of professional contacts can open
    doors for you.
  6. Seek ongoing career management.Continue to examine, evaluate
    and refine. The marketplace can change quickly. Be prepared for
    unexpected opportunities as well as setbacks. Don’t ignore the
    value of mentors. Establish at least one quality mentor in the
    field you hope to pursue. Also, use advisors and experts often.
    Their experience, advice and influence may prove invaluable.

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