Interview Series - Career Experts - Jessica Hernandez - Great Resumes Fast | CareerMetis.com

In this interview series, we caught up with Jessica Hernandez from Great Resumes Fast who shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.



Tell us a little bit about your company

Great Resumes Fast helps executives get their ideal job sooner by providing cutting-edge tools and resources for today’s competitive job market.
 
We work with clients on their personal brand, executive resume, LinkedIn profile, additional career marketing documents and also provide customized job search coaching.

How did you get started in this path?

I started my career in human resources and recruiting right out of college which eventually led me to resume writing. What really sparked the transition was seeing so many great candidates being passed up because they didn’t know what a resume should look or sound like.
 
I decided I was going to start helping them by using what I knew from years of screening, interviewing and hiring candidates. 11 years later, I still love it!

Is this something you decided early on in your career?

When I started resume writing I had no idea it was even an industry.
 
I simply took a leap of faith to use what I knew and help other people.

What is the Best Career Advice You’ve ever received?

LIfe is too short to hate your job!

What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?

The most exciting part is helping people live their best lives.
 
To see them grow from where they are to where they want to be… to see their dreams realized… I’m not sure there is anything more exciting or fulfilling than that.

How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?

Great question! I LOVE to stay on the cutting-edge of what is going on in the industry.
 
For my team and I that means a constant investment into industry knowledge and insight.
 
Each month, I bring in top industry experts to speak with my team on topics that are affecting today’s job market.
 
Topics like AI in job search, ATS, executive recruitment trends, new trends in resume writing, changes to LinkedIn, modernizing resumes, and more.
 
I also invest in new certifications and training. I recently completed the Certified Personal Brand Strategist.

What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?

Putting their career on paper, articulating their experience and accomplishments in a way that really markets them well.
 
Most job seekers undersell themselves exponentially which has a negative domino effect on their long-term career growth and earning potential.

What are the common mistakes that you see them do?

Spending all their time job searching on Indeed and neglect networking or targeting specific companies.
 
They settle for what falls into their laps instead of proactively developing a plan and walking out that plan step-by-step.

How should job seekers approach job search today?

With a strategic job search plan laid out, prepared with all the right tools, and armed with the knowledge that job boards are not the only answer or means to a successful search.

What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?

An ever-increasing demand from employers for them to niche and “brand” themselves as specialists.

What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?

Apply to positions that are a step above where you really want to be.
 
The ones that are a stretch.
 
Aim high because you never know what doors they might open.

What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?

You don’t have to settle or start all the way back at the beginning.
 
It’s all about how you position yourself.
 
Position what you’ve done and what you want to do next as a PLUS and not a minus.
 
There are employers out there who value and want your fresh energy and fresh insight. Look for them.

How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?

Engage, engage, and did I mention, engage?
 
Don’t just consume what you see on LinkedIn as you scroll.
 
Like, comment, share, post your own updates, and connect with others.
 
Build the foundation now that will benefit you in the future.
 
If you wait until you’re ready to job search you’ll have to start from scratch.

Unemployment is at the lowest levels, why do you think that is? 

The economy is doing well and growing.

What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?

How to find and keep great people!

Jessica, what are you currently working on?

We’re growing and I’m almost always searching for top executive resume writers to join my team.

What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?

Find and follow experts on LinkedIn.
 
There are so many career experts who freely offer their advice, best tips and best resources for FREE on LinkedIn.
 
They also readily engage with those who comment on their posts.

What is the best way for our audience to reach you?



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Jessica Hernandez and Great Resumes Fast have also been featured in our recent compilation of the most resourceful career experts and career blogs –  Top Career Advice Websites.     

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Nissar Ahamed is the Founder & CEO of CareerMetis.com. He is also the host of The Career Insider Podcast and the co-host of The C.A.R.E. Podcast

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