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Mark Karpinka is the Founder of writemyresume.ca

MARK KARPINKA

Founder of Write My Resume


A bit about me:

I have fifteen years of progressive Human Resources Management experience. My expertise is in the areas of Talent Management, Recruitment, and Employee Relations. I was the guy who posted the job ad, evaluated your resume, called you for an interview, asked you all those hard questions, and then made you an offer of employment.

I've been fortunate to work in senior-level, HR Management roles for a variety of private businesses and government institutions.

Both my parents were teachers, so education was drilled into me at an early age! I have a Bachelors degree and a HR Management certificate. I'm a nerd, so its part of my DNA to stay up to date on the latest HR trends and best practices.

I run Write My Resume, the Alberta Resume Writer and other online business ventures from my home in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. 

My business partner is my dog, Benny. 

Write My Resume- The Blog

Mark Karpinka shares his thoughts on resumes, cover letters, and "career counselling questions" that are posed to him from his clients.

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Never Underestimate the Receptionist in a Job Interview

In my past life as a Human Resources professional, one of things I did on a daily basis was interview people to see if he/ she would be a great fit for a job within my company. The ultimate hope was that during the interview, the person would be “100% authentic”. Simply put, the person would be and act as they would normally. Authenticity rarely happened. In the majority of cases, it wasn’t because people lie. It’s because that under the gun… in the pressure of on interview… fear and nerves change people. I learned quickly on that you had to do everything you could to identify the “real person”, so you could make an informed decision on whether to make an offer an employment. So why should you never underestimate the Receptionist in a job interview?

 

Some savvy HR Pros ask the Receptionist how the candidates treats people and acts while waiting in the receptionist area.

 

 

After every interview, I walked the candidate out of the interview room and back to the front entrance. I did this to be respectful; and also, it gave me an opportunity to ask our Receptionist how the person treated her. Why? While people are “on” when they encounter the HR Professional and Hiring Manager, people “let their guard down” in the waiting room. So a great resource to get additional information about how a person naturally behaves and acts is your Receptionist.  In my experience, the Receptionist usually observed three things. One, nothing out of the ordinary. Two, a nervous, but pleasant person… a person who was very nice and kind and who smiled at people who walked by them… a person who seemed to be a good person and authentic person with great manners. Three, a phony. The Receptionist observed, and felt first-hand, a person who was fake… indifferent… couldn’t have cared less where they were… and only smiled when the HR Pro and Hiring Manager came in to greet them.  

It’s tough evaluating people.  I was burned many times. So were many of the Receptionists I worked with over the years. The bad candidates who burn you are good at deceiving people, so don’t feel too bad. We’re not trained in FBI interviewing techniques. We try to do all the right things (evaluate resumes, ask properly constructed questions, test, and ask for references- which may include colleagues who have interacted with the person. We then take all of this information together, and make the best decision we can.

In the future, you have decision to make too in how you will treat everyone you encounter during the job application. If you learned anything from this article, it’s that whether we know it or not, our interactions, whether big or small, are felt, interpreted, and made whole by others. Do your part in making all of your behaviors and actions… one you’d teach your children to do.

If want some interviewing help, email me at writemyresume23@gmail.com.

Cheers.

Mark Karpinka

Founder of WriteMyResume.ca and AlbertaResumeWriter.ca

587-745-0823

September 21st 2018

What You Don’t Want to Hear About Finding a New Job

I’m a straight shooter with my clients. I want them to know the facts, so each of them is best prepared to navigate the out of control world of work. Why do I use the phrase “out of control” to describe working? Because I believe that there are more factors out of your control over the course of your career, than things that are within your control. Let’s look at the three ways people get new jobs.

 

1.       Luck

·         About 1% of people find their new jobs because of dumb luck. They didn’t have a single thought, take a single action, or do anything to get their new job, it just dropped into their lap… like it always drops into their lap… because the universe just seems to help this person more than the rest of us. You’re allowed to secretly hate this person. I do. LOL! This person is also the one who complains about winning the lottery… for the third time… because they don’t know what to do with the money.

2.       Networking

·         The stats indicate that 33% of people find jobs through networking. These people actively reach out to their friends, family and work connections and tell them that they are looking for work. Yes, you read it right- they find the courage to say, “I’m looking for a new job… this is what I do… I’m darn good at it… and if you have an opening or if you know somebody who is looking for a great person like me… I’m ready, willing and moiré than able! Call me! Here’s my contact information”. They send emails to their network with their resume attached. They go to events where their professionals hang out. The phrase, “It’s who you know”… this is why that phrase has legs.

3.       The Job Application Process

·         So this is how most of us find our next job. We have to go through a process where there are more things against us, than for us. You don’t really know the company. You have no idea who your competition is. You don’t know the names of the people evaluating your application, and further, you don’t even know their little idiosyncrasies so you can tailor your resume to their likes and avoid their dislikes. I could go, but you get my point. It’s hard, It’s not fait. It stinks. And it’s going to take time.

 

So I know you don’t want to hear this, but here I go:

Getting work… is hard work and it takes a lot of work.

 

I can help. I can give you a template to how you should spend your day (and maybe your night) when you have to go through the job application process.

If want some help, email me at writemyresume23@gmail.com.

In the meantime, be good to yourself, take care, and as my favorite poet, Leonard Cohen, wrote: There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

Cheers.

Mark Karpinka

Founder of WriteMyResume.ca and AlbertaResumeWriter.ca

587-745-0823

September 13th 2018

The Resume… Not What You Think It Is

Years ago, I began one of my business presentations with this statement: “A resume does not get you a job.” The room of professionals looked at me like I was an idiot.

While I did get their attention, it was probably not the attention I should have tried to get. I was immediately on the defensive, and I spent the next hour trying to restore the trust that I had immediately broken. As I write these words, I feel as if I’m reliving that moment all over again. Why? Because I feel the same way about the resume as I did then… but my opinion has grown even stronger.

A resume does not get you a job!

 

Yes, I said it. I’ll say it again: a resume does not get you a job. A resume is supposed to get you an interview. A job offer and an interview are two very different things. If you write your resume trying to get an offer, then you will never get an interview; and let’s face facts, if you do not get an interview, that means that your resume was sorted into the “no pile”- aka the career graveyard.

So what’s the difference between writing a resume for an interview versus writing a resume for a job offer? Simply put- resumes written for interviews focus on the position requirements… and resumes written for job offers focus on the individual person.

Aren’t I Supposed to Show How Special I am as an Individual?

·         No! 100% of your resume should be focused on the job, not you. The employer is looking for a “best fit”. The employer does not want someone special at this stage of the competition. The employer is not looking for an individual. The employer is looking for (a) a profession on paper who is the same type of job title as the job he/ she is trying to fill, and (b) someone who fully meets the requirements of the job.  If that profession is evaluated on paper, then that piece of paper goes into the “yes” pile. You get to be an individual at the interview stage. That’s when you dazzle the employer with how special you are.

What Do You Mean by “Position Requirements”?

·         A job requires education, experience, and skills (i.e. job requirements). When an employer is hiring to fill a position, then he/ she advertises the title and the requirements… and hopes that a whole bunch of “qualified” people apply. Simply out, a job requires x, y and z, and he/ she is then evaluating resumes to see if a person has x, y and z. Remember, if your resume does not clearly and easily show that you have x, y and z…. then you will be going into the “no” pile. Employers do not hire potential. Employers hire “best fit”- which means that resume “checks the boxes” in terms of meeting the requirements of the job.

How am I Supposed to Stand Out from the Competition?

·         This is where you have to trust me that if you focus on writing a resume that clearly and effectively shows that you meet the x, y and z of the job… you will stand out from the competition!!! 95% of resumes that I evaluated in my career either (a) were so muddy with unclear information that it was impossible to assess, or (b) showed so much individuality that the person eliminated themselves from meeting the job requirements. Your resume is meant to get an interview! You get an interview when you meet the requirements of the job. The resume is all about the job. If you make your resume about you… you muddy the waters. Keep your resume focused on the job and only the job.

 

Did I convince you? I hope so. But if I didn’t, I get the only true test of a resume is if when you apply to a job, you get a phone call for an interview. If you are reading this article, I’m betting that your phone stays silent more than it rings. And if you’ve gotten this far in the article, maybe its time to turn your resume into a “job profile” versus a marketing tool of your unique skill set. Make the employer have to call you because you check every box that the job requires!!! Then use that old resume you created as a great study tool to help you prepare for the interview- which is the perfect time to show your individuality, your uniqueness, and your value to the employer.

If you’d like a free evaluation of your current resume, email it to me at writemyresume23@gmail.com. Take care, happy job hunting, and may I wish you every success in your career.

Mark Karpinka

Founder of WriteMyResume.ca and AlbertaResumeWriter.ca

587-745-0823

September 12th 2018

The #1 Question My Clients Ask Me About Resumes

Since I started writing resumes, I’ve been asked this question over a thousand times. I’ve had it asked to me from students all the way up to CEO’s. I’ve been asked this question in many different ways, shapes and sizes; but no matter the exact words, the question boils down to this:

Is it true that a resume should only be two pages in length?

 

The answer… drum roll please… FALSE! It is absolutely okay if a resume is less than two pages just as it is okay to have a resume that is more than two pages.

I’m not sure who came up with the arbitrary “two-page maximum resume writing rule”, but you see that advice littered across the internet. Some resume writers even put the fear of God into people advising people that “if your resume is more than two pages, recruiters won’t even read it”. That’s such baloney. You want to know why it’s okay to break this stupid rule?

Quality Over Quantity

1.       Great resumes ensure “quality” of information (versus restricting yourself to “a certain amount of pages”). Imagine telling J.K. Rowling, “We’ll publish the next Harry Potter book, but it can only be 200 pages”. I think it’s a good bet that she’d find a new publisher. Quality of information in a resume means “placing all the necessary words that will fully support and strengthen your profession”. If all the words add up to one page, break that stupid rule! If all your words become three pages, break that stupid rule!

All Does Not Mean Everything and Anything

2.       In point #1, I wrote: “…placing all the necessary words…”. All is a reminder to not forget OR delete something that matters. I had a client once who told me she had a degree in economics. I asked her why it wasn’t in her original resume. She told me that because she didn’t have room to include it. (Plus, she added, the degree was from so long ago, it probably wasn’t relevant anymore.) This client was applying for Business Management positions! Yes, a degree in Economics matters! Yes, break that stupid rule because employers need to know your expertise- all of it! What’s also true, is that if you have taken over twenty courses of professional development, it would be very wise to only include the Top Five courses that best support and strengthen your profession. Writing a resume is about finding that “balance of quality”… all the words that matter to enhancing the quality of your application… but not all the words that may distract the reader from evaluating the main requirements necessary to get an interview.

Answer the Job Ad

3.       In my fifteen years as a Human Resources Recruiter, I have never, and I repeat never, thrown a resume in the garbage because it is more than two pages. Finding the best person for the job was my job- and it was just unprofessional and unethical to overlook a person because of the length of his/ her resume. What I did was this: if the information in a person’s resume met the stated requirements of the job, I brought the person in for an interview. I get why that stupid two-page rule is popular… it’s because the more information to read… the harder it is to find the “information that matters”. I tell my clients that “there is so much info here that you’ve created so many haystacks and have hidden all of your great knowledge and skill needles”. Don’t hide your quality! Answer the job ad with your resume by ensuring that you clearly and easily inform the reader that you meet the qualifications of the job. If you can do this in one-page, break that stupid rule! If you need three pages, break that stupid rule! If you need ten pages- I’d tell you that you should probably edit it because now you’re just getting silly.

 

A resume is about quality, balance and targeting the job in question. After you’re written your first draft, use some common sense! Evaluate it as if you are the hiring manager. Does it clearly tell the reader who you are? Does it capture interest? Does the information make sense or have you muddied the waters? Are you yawning by page four?

In the end, do not let the stupid, two-page maximum rule limit you. Your job when seeking employment is to begin the process with a document that tells someone (a) your profession, and (b) all the information that the profession requires to do the job.

If you’d like a free evaluation of your current resume, email it to me at writemyresume23@gmail.com. Take care, happy job hunting, and may I wish you every success in your career.

Mark Karpinka

Founder of WriteMyResume.ca and AlbertaResumeWriter.ca

587-745-0823

September 6th 2018

Introducing Mark Karpinka, Founder of WriteMyResume.ca

My name is Mark Karpinka. I’m the Founder of AlbertaResumeWriter.ca and WriteMyResume.ca. My background is in Human Resources Management. My job then was to find, evaluate and hire great people for companies. My job now is to use my HR expertise to write you a targeted resume that enhances your chances of getting an interview.

That’s right, my friends, you can hire your very own HR Professional to help you write your resume, cover letter or even practice your interviewing! When you hire the Alberta Resume Writer, I promise you that I’ll do everything I can to enhance your chances of landing your dream job.

Email me at writemyresume23@gmail.com or call at 587-745-0823. As a thank you for reaching out to me, I’ll provide you with a FREE evaluation of your current resume.  

Looking forward to helping you!

Mark Karpinka

September 5th 2018