The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 21
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 21

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 21, 2001
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL CLASSIFIED SATURDAY. APRIL 21. 2001 C3 -CAREERS Resumes can make the difference between success and unemployment Copley News Service While a good resume can't guarantee you a job, a bad resume can ruin your chances of getting your foot in the door. Experts say submitting a resvune that looks unprofessional could well cost you an important opportunity — no matter how good your qualifications may be. Research shows that approxunately eight out of 10 resumes are flawed in some way or' another. The problem can be content. At other times, format is the tumoff. Even something as minute as using too many font styles could be a strike against you. In today's competitive job market when, there may be several hundred candidates applying for one job. Employers don't have the luxury of spending more than a few seconds reading each resmne. In fact, employers and human resource personnel spend an average of only 30 seconds looking at your resim:ie, so it's important that you make a strong impression from the start. Selling skills In the 1980s, the trend was to write a generic resume that presented your education and work experience in broad terms without focusing on specific skills or areas of expertise. Today, that type of resume is no longer advantageous. "Today's emplbyers expect your resume to address their specific needs," said Matthew Green in his book, "Winning Resumes," published by Pengiiin Books. "They want far more that your dates, job titles and work descriptions." Experts say that most job seekers don't know how to market themselves on paper. For example, under work experience, many apphcants simply Ust their duties and responsibihties without bothering to explain the benefits of those skills. Employers want to hear about your accomplishments and what im- Top resume tips Copley News Service When crafting your resume, remember the following tips: •Try to use short paragraphs and bullets whenever appropriate. •Do not include personal information such as sex, age, marital status, heigl\t, height, hobbies or social activities. •Do not provide salary information on your resume; if necessary, that can be reyealed in the cover letter. •Do not give reasons for termination or leaving a job on your resume. •Never lie or falsify information. •Always hst your complete address and phone number; never give a P.O. box number. •Avoid using too many font styles and sizes; never use a font size less than 10 points. • •Make sure your resimie is proofread by at least two people before sending it out. •Do not Ust your high school or grammar school if you are a college graduate. •Do not list references on yoiur resume. pact they had on your company's bottom line. You need to show that you are not only a good candidate but that you are the best one. Be sure to Ust any special abUities or training. Whenever possible, qualify your achievements. Rather than state, "implemented successful marketing plans," revise the statement to something more persuasive such as "developed point-of-purchase programs that increased market share by 20 percent." Employers are more impressed (and receptive) vvhen you give concrete examples of your accompUshments. By the same token, it's important not to exaggerate your quaUficatiorvs. Omitting or falsifying information on your resume can be detrimental. It is one of the top pet peeves among human resource managers. A recent survey revealed that executives rate honesty and integrity as the most critical quaUties in a job candidate. Format Finesse Althought there are many types of formats you can use, most resvunes include the same basic information: name, address, phone number work experience, eudcation and skills. • Whether you use a chronological format, skiUs-based format or a combination resume is a matter of personal preference. But what is important is to include a profile or summary statement, which many experts consider the most improtant section in your resume. In many ways, the simMuary statement has taken over the role of the traditional cover letter, which many employers are now ignoring. The purpose of a summary statement is to sell yourself in the first few lines and to lure prospective employers into reading further. It should be concise, carefully crafted and highUght your most relevant skiUs and abilities. Think of the summary as a sales pitch — a way to convince prospective employers that you are the best person for the job. One of the advantages of a summary statement is that you can tailor it to each position that you are applying for, highligliting; your most marketable quaUties. Busy employers make snap judgements when reviewing resimies, so make your statement; count. Having trouble reaching your financial goals? Try these ways to save a nestegg By the North American Precis Syndicate To improve the odds of achieving your financial goals, experts recommend setting several smaller goals instead of one big one. "Large goals are often overwhelming' and too difficult to achieve," says Dr. Kathleen Gumey, a psychologist speciaUzing in financial issues. "Smaller goals, implemented over time, are easier to reach and have higher success rates." If your goal is to save more or to get out of debt, make it easier on yourself by using financial tools that have helped others succeed. Dr. Gurney recommends consumers use Direct Deposit and Direct Payment to help them make small changes in their behavior that end up having a big impact. "Many financial institutions and businesses offer Direct Deposit and Direct Payment which can give consumers quicker access to their money and more security when paying bUls." With Direct Deposit, salary, wages, dividends and other payments can be deposited into your bank accoimt automatically. With Direct Payment, you can invest or pay biUs automaticaUy. Dr. Giuney urges consumers to keep in mind three principles of goal setting. First, be reasonable about what you can realistically achieve. Break your goal into several smaller steps. Second, practice the small changes in your behavior to assure that you break old habits and create new desirable behaviors. Third, have a clear idea of the rewards you are looking to achieve. Dr. Gumey recommends making a few small changes to help you make better use of your tune and money. Here are four tips that will help you achieve your financial goals. • Schedule periodic meetings with family. Get the family together to look at how the family spends its discretionary money. Address a different topic at each of the meetings. For instance, one meeting could focus on developing the family's financial goals for the next year, five years and even ten years. Another meeting could concentrate on how the family spent its discretionary money this year and what changes it wants to make next year. For instance, are several shorter vacations preferable to one longer vacation?, • Set aside two hours a week for yourself. Make changes in your daily behavior so you can free up two hours evei-y week. Use Direct Deposit to avoid waiting in bank lines. By signing up for Direct Payment, you can eliminate spending time writ­ ing out checks and mailing bills. With the extra time you can focus on making improvements in management of your personal finances. • Develop a prioritized spending plan. K you pay as many of your recurring biUs as you can automatically! you wiU know exactly what you have left to spend at your discretion. Decide how you want to spend your discretionary income. Itemize expenditures and categorize them. Decide if you are pleased with how you are spending the money. What are you willing to change, if anything, to save more for a more rewarding expenditure or a longer-term financial goal? • Look at your calendar and note when each of your expenditures is due. Think about what payments are due and when and prioritize your spending plan accordingly. For instance, if the majority of your bills are due on the same date, you may want to set up Direct Payment with some of your biUers and request that • they move the payment due dates. This will help you to allocate fun.ds for the month. - The Direct Deposit and Direct 1 Payment Coalition was formed to promote the benefits of Direct De-posit and Direct Payment to con-. sumers, companies and the coimtry.. The coaUtion, composed of the Federal Reserve, NACHA-The Electronic ^ Payments Association and regional ACH associations, sees Direct De^posit and Direct Payment as leading services in a system that is moving' quickly to electronic payments of aU kinds. The coaUtion wiU observe Direct Deposit and Direct Payment Week from May 14 to 18,2001. For more information on the In- temet, please visit these websites:' or www.di- 9 KiTe Tour Career A Lift-OIf There's a job explosion in today's classifieds! Check the employment listings for exciting nev*^ career opportunities! ""Salina Journal ] Comecting conmrnxUies miii, ii^ormatioK \Ca\\to(iain85-813-6363 WEEKLY PAYCHECKS! Are you making the most money that you can make in the food service industry? To find out apply today at: Wendy's® PETR0 2 LOCATIONS ONLY You may be surprised...No info given over the phone. ECE - Drug Free Workplace AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR Barton County Community College is seeking applications for a replacement position for a full-time Automotive Technology instructor. Responsibilities: teacli regular day and evening courses; develop and teach customized seminars and new offerings; advise students;-work closely with Automotive Instructor/Coordinator, administration and faculty from other disciplines. Qualifications: Minimum of 5 years experience in automotive field required, ASE Master Technician certification or ability to obtain certifications within one year of employment; associate or higher level degree and prior teaching at college-level preferred. Position begins August 14, 2001; salary commensurate with experience and education; excellent benefits. Please call (620) 792-9237, e-mail or write Barton County Community College, Office of Human Resources, 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, KS 67530 for an application packet. TDD (620) 792-9327 also available. Review of completed application packets begins May 1,2001 and continues until position filled. EOE Employment Opportunities Customer Service • Part time Evening Experienced Welders • Stable Work History and Drug Testing Required. Kelly Services Elmore Center 625 E. Crawford, Ste. 203 (785) 823-1661 or 1-800-755-2725 Equal Opportunity Employer RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT A Privately owned Company with Three Exciting Concepts. We own and operate favorite family restaurants. The stability of this statement was made possible through three simple words: Pay - For - Performance That's a philosophy that we endorse wholeheartedly Currently, we are recruiting Managers and Assistant Managers for the Central Kansas Area. All Applicants must be willing to relocate Complete Benefit Package Heaith/Life/Disability Insurance; Paid Vacation & Retirement Plan Mail or Fax Resume to: BRAD GRECCO 2908 N. Plum Hutchinson Ks 67502 Fax: f316) 664-6692 An equal opportunity employer. Looking For A New Career? Make your job search easy when using the classifieds'. Call todayl 785-823-6363 "^Salina Journal Connecting communities with it^ormalivn ACCOUNTANT The Fuller Brush Company, a recognized leader of its industry, has an immediate career opportunity for an Accountant. Successful candidate must demonstrate the following qualifications: • Bachelor degree in Accounting required, CPA preferred • 3 to 5 years experience in accounting (experience in manufacturing industry, general ledger or financial statement preparation a plus) • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Proficient use of personal computer, with experience in Window and Microsoft Office • Accuracy and strong organizational sl<ills This company offers an outstanding benefit package including a matching 401K program. Salary commensurate with experience. Mail resume and salary history to: The Fuller Brush Company One Fuller Way Great Bend, KS 67530 Fax: (620) 792-1906 EOE Your Job • Your Career In The Journal Classifieds. (785)823-6363 1-800-827-6363 Work for #1 Manpower is the largest Temporary Service. Being the largest we can offer the Best! • Competitive Pay • Holiday Pay •Vacation Pay • Life/Health Insurance • Referral Bonus • Tiffany Program Great positions available, some long term, possible permanent. MANPOVVER' 1101 South Ohio, Suite D Salina, Kansas 67401 (785)825-5417

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