Fall in Southeast Texas

If you are a native SE Texan like myself, you look forward to cooler temps, lower humidity, and finally wearing those boots, scarves, and hats you keep in your closet 95% of the year.

We just had our first real “cool front” of the season –  this is what we call Fall and Winter.  According to my weather app, the low today will be 57 and the high will be 82.  This excites me AND HECK YES I am wearing my winder boots! (Sad…I know.)

But here is SETX, we don’t really experience all 4 seasons.  We have January, February, March, and summer.  🙂 All joking aside, many Texans hate the “cold” weather and will let you know it. While I can’t say I love it, I welcome the temps that are 50 and below. (Again, it lets me wear those cute winter clothes…3…maybe 4 times a year.)

What makes me shake my head is when my fellow Texans call a forecast such as the one for today “cold” – I laugh.  Cold?  High of 82 and low of 57?  Don’t worry my fellow Texans, it won’t last.  Grab your coats, scarves, and boots.  Enjoy the “cold” weather while it’s here.  After all, you know what they say about Texas weather…just wait 5 minutes and it will change.

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Resume Advice

As a career counselor, I work with people on resumes quite often.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Put your contact information into a header. Why? Your resume will most likely be 2 pages at one point.  You want your info on all pages in case they get detached. (Note: When you apply online, convert the word file into a PDF before you send.)
  2. Brand yourself.  So when I said to put your contact info in a header, this was really 2-fold.  The second reason is so you can use the header for all professional documents you create. (ex. Cover letter, letter of intent, reference list)
  3. You should have several resumes. You want to tailor each resume (and cover letter) for the specific job you are applying.  Look at the duties/requirements.  Make sure you include those if you have experience with them on the resume you are sending for that job. KEY WORDS are very important! Some companies use software to scan resumes for key words.
  4. Education. If you have a college degree, add it.  You don’t need to put the year of graduation unless it was in the past 3 years. You don’t need to add high school if you have a degree.
  5. Format needs to be easy to follow.  Most recruiters spend about 7 seconds looking at a resume to determine if it goes in the “yes” pile or the “no” pile. Make sure it is consistent.
  6. Font.  Ask yourself 3 questions before choosing a font: 1. Is it professional? 2. Is it easy to read electronically? 3. Is it easy to read in print?  Don’t use Times New Roman unless you are typing a paper for a class.  It’s known as the “sweatpants” of fonts.
  7. Objectives:  Just don’t.  These are not necessary anymore.  Have 10+ years experience in an industry?  Try using Professional Highlights instead of an Objective.
  8. This may seem like an obvious one…but NO TYPOS!!

I offer resume and cover letter writing assistance. If you are interested in my services and pricing, please message me!  jennapowell@live.com

Happy Holidays vs. the rest.

It seems like a hot topic this time of the year is the “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” debate.

I guess I don’t understand what the fuss is all about…I mean, I know that people are offended by just about anything and EVERYTHING these days…but look.  It’s simple.  (Well, for me it is.)

When I say “Happy Holidays” I am not trying to be politically correct…I am saying it because it’s faster than saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”  That’s pretty much it.  If someone says “Merry Christmas” to me, I say it back.  If it is Christmas eve or day…I say “Merry Christmas.”

Now wasn’t that easy?VS