Scot Herrick

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. CubeRules.com provides online career advice and products for workers who typically work in a corporate cubicle. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

‘Soft’ Skills Count as Job Skills on Your Resume

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Tip of the Day If you want to know which job skills are needed for a specific role, print 10 job descriptions from Dice that most closely represent the type of work you want. Then, look at their requirements. Almost all of the things you’ll find listed there are job skills. That includes certifications and soft skills used in team building and communication. “Able to work under tight deadlines” may not seem like a job skill, but it is. Business… continue…

Do You REALLY Like Your Job?

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Here’s what usually happens when people move from “I have a job” to “I need to look for a new job.” Something happens that triggers that change: You get into an argument with your manager, your coworkers tick you off, or you get saddled with some new project and get no help to get it done. Maybe it’s a poor performance review. It’s usually “something happens” that leads directly to “I’m outta here.” That’s a reactive decision, not a proactive… continue…

5 Ways to Improve Your Employment Security in 2013

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Looking to 2013, there is one strategic question that I think you should answer: How do you improve your employment security? Yes, you need to worry about your 2013 goals, figure out what projects you are going to work on and determine how to work better with management or your coworkers. But all of that is tactical. Strategically, knowing you are employable relieves a lot of stress. Let’s take a look. Why Employment Security? My mantra is employment, not job,… continue…

Why the First Page of Your Resume Is So Important

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You’ll see a lot of opinions pro and con about the length of your resume. Some people still swear by the one-page resume. Others talk about two pages max—it’s not a book. I come down on the side of “as long as the resume needs to be to cover your career results over the last 10 years.” Now, not everyone will be in the workforce for 10 years, but if it’s three years and three pages on the resume, that’s… continue…

Why the First Page of Your Resume Is So Important

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Resume - Big Stock
You’ll see a lot of opinions pro and con about the length of your resume. Some people still swear by the one-page resume. Others talk about two pages max—it’s not a book. I come down on the side of,  “as long as the resume needs to be to cover your career results over the last 10 years.” Now, not everyone will be in the workforce for 10 years, but if it’s three years and three pages on the resume, that’s… continue…

3 Simple Fixes for Your Resume’s Objective Statement

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Right after your contact information on your resume comes the professional summary. Some call it an objective, others don’t call it anything, but everyone says you should have something there that talks about — I don’t know — something about you. When I review resumes for people, the second-largest area needing improvement was this professional summary. (The biggest problem was organizing your job skills.) Here are the three biggest improvements you can make on this important opening statement. 1. State… continue…

The Fastest Ways to Improve Your Resume

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Resumes perform one function and one function only: They get you the phone interview. How do resumes do that? They demonstrate that you can do the job by showcasing your job skills and demonstrating that you can produce business results with these skills. I’ve just reviewed a bunch of resumes from people on my private mailing list. It was a privilege, but also enlightening to see the types of changes required to improve a resume. Do you know the biggest… continue…

5 Ways to Evaluate an IT Company During an Interview

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One of the last steps in searching for a job is the face-to-face interview. It’s not only the time when the hiring manager finds out about you and your work, but it’s also the time when you get to see the company in action. 1. Receptive Receptionist The first impression you have about a company is that first person you see. Receptionists who are professional know how to handle their work and can effectively announce your presence to the right people.… continue…

Three Ways to Tap Your Business Network For a Job

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With Cisco Systems gearing up to cut 1,300 employees from its workforce, there’s nothing like a little layoff to get you entirely focused on finding a job. That’s exactly what happened to an acquaintance of mine who faced a layoff. Let’s call him Bruce. Bruce, of course, is an action-oriented guy. And even the tough emotional experience of getting laid off doesn’t stop him from taking action. What does he do? 1. Ask for recommendations The most visible place for recommendations is… continue…

Make Your Accomplishments Into Easy-Listening Tales

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Got a job interview and ready to crank out statistics of your accomplishments? Hold on. Take a deep breath. People are far better at remembering stories than any other type of information. Hiring managers are no different — the statistics may not be remembered, but the story about the work will be remembered. So turn that data center migration, or coding a new e-commerce module into a memorable story, rather than a bunch of factoids. Here’s two methods of storytelling,… continue…