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Spring Cleaning!

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It is officially Spring which means that it is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning!

That could mean donating old clothes, cleaning out your car from winter, or reorganizing your pantry. It also is a good time to clean up your resume, especially is has been sitting idle for a few months to a year! Like cleaning out your old clothes, it can feel like a daunting task. Here are a five helpful hints for a stress free way to clean up your resume and start to find the perfect career!

  • Trim the page count most resume experts suggest keeping your resume to a maximum of two pages. If your resume is hovering around four, five or more pages, it is time to do to some trimming. When figuring out what to cut, think of the employer and what they “need to know”. Most employers only want to spend 10 minutes reviewing your resume! Shortened sentences, bullet points and short headers should do the trick!
  • Use skills to highlight accomplishment Employers do not want to see the word “problem-solving” listed under a skills section, they want to see specific examples of a time that you demonstrated that! Include examples that are unique to who you are.
  • Cut outdated information Are you still proud of being a student council president in high school? Or about your first job after you graduated? In order to keep your resume at a decent length, you may want to cut some of those things out.  Generally, employers only want to see experience on a resume that goes back no further than 10 years.
  • Make sure volunteer work is relevant It is tempting to put on all of your volunteer work on your resume, especially because it can show off your well-rounded personality! But make sure to think about what really matters on a resume. Does your future boss really care that you pick up trash in your local park every Saturday?
  • Freshen up the design Make sure your resume has lots of white space, uses an 11-point found and bullet points so it is easy to read!  Microsoft word and google docs both have great templates that can help your resume look fresh and new for the employer!

12 Days of Christmas Stories- Day 12

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I’m Heather, and I’m one of the story lovers here in our Vision Family. Today marks 12 days until Christmas, and I’m ready to share some Merriment with you all once again. I often say that my mom is my super-hero (I did just yesterday, in fact!), and that’s because she is! In 1985, she drafted her first business plan and established Temporary Assets here in Rogers, MN. It’s been 33 years and we’re still having fun, and living and breathing her philosophy that started it all ….”One Person at a Time”

This fall I had the opportunity to listen to Mel Robbins speak and it was definitely a treat. She touched on how we all think of ourselves as unique or special; maybe we have a learning challenge, perhaps we have dietary restrictions, or a special certificate that sets us apart, or if you’re like my sister you have two different color eyes! We’re all so focused on being different that it’s become divisive and instead of coming together, we push ourselves apart. Regardless of where we’re at in life, Mel argues that there is one thing we ALL have in common – we all want to feel like we matter.

Throughout the year I keep my ears tuned for stories and moments of when we’ve done just that – make others feel that they matter. Here are just a few to get us started….

  • Casey came to us in July and we LOVED meeting with him. He did disclose a condition to us that would essentially require him needing some extra time to get trained in before he would be successful. We had multiple interviews with him, very frank and honest conversations together and with the client, and lo and behold, he has been pulling off 50+ hour weeks and THRIVING. Our client LOVES his positive attitude and personality and considers him to be “such a winner” – we do too!
  • An employee recently called us because she was being evicted from her home (under no circumstances she could control) and she couldn’t stay focused at work. We acted quickly and got her a list of resources for her and she said, “thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me and my family. It means so much to me to know in a moment like this there are people that can help”
  • In September we received a phone call from Jim, who was recently hired on at our client: “I have worked for a lot of staffing agencies in the past but this is the only staffing agency I’m going to actually miss. You have treated me very well and helped so much when my wife was sick you were all so supportive. Please send me texts checking in once in a while just to say hi.”
  • Jackie sits at our front desk in Rogers and interacts with everyone that comes through our Rogers office. In March we were on site at a customer for a Star Performer. While recognizing a current employee, a former employee of ours that was hired on a couple years ago walked up to her and said hello by name. She was honored to have been remembered, and we were proud to hear that he’s still there achieving continued success!
  • Preston took the time out of his Saturday to come to our job fair we hosted this spring. I’ll never forget him that day, wearing a bowtie – he was dressed to impress. We met up again in person for a longer interview face to face, and we met him on campus at his school since he didn’t have a car to meet at our office. He was so grateful and appreciative for us meeting up with him, we knew our time was well spent and invested and it made all the difference.

Merry Christmas to you and yours,

Heather

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