ScriptLance Review

Posted on January 19, 2011. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)

ScriptLance Review

Continuing with our review of some known and lesser known job posting sites on the market, this time we are focusing on ScriptLance. Be sure to check out our Resume Boomer and CareerBuilder reviews as well.

Today’s review is of a not-so-well-known site for programmers and developers looking to do freelance work (either full time or off-hours from your day job).

Site Name: ScriptLance.com
Cost: Free Membership Signup and No Monthly Fees

How It Works: People post projects on ScriptLance that need programming or development work of all different types (SQL, C++, Perl, Visual Basic, Cold Fusion, .NET, HTML, XML, Joomla, JavaScript, Flash, WordPress, etc.). They describe what the requirements are and offer a budget range they are looking for. Members (programmers) then review available projects by searching on industry type, programming language, etc. to determine which projects they would like to bid on. They place their bid, competing against other members for the business.

Payment: When completed, the client pays you through ScriptLance, who takes a 5% cut of your bid price. You can withdrawal the funds from ScriptLance through Paypal, Moneybookers, bank wire, FedEx check, or have them send you a Mastercard debit card.

Assessment: Overall, this is a really great site. It provides a great avenue for those looking to earn some extra income or establish a base if you are looking to strike out on your own. It also can help those with less experience in certain technologies get the experience necessary so they can highlight it on their resume.

The Verdict: Two Thumbs Up!

To check it out or sign up, go to ScriptLance.com.

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The Résumé “Wow” Factor

Posted on December 3, 2008. Filed under: Resumes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Magic Formula

As résumé writers, we are amazed at the amount of time we spend discussing the “wow” factor with job seekers. If any concept has been oversold in regard to résumés, it is the idea that a résumé must take on an almost magical quality that casts a spell over the reader, transforming the average professional into the “must-have” candidate of the year!

Of course, this magical quality is a moving target because no one quite knows what the special combination is to unveil this secret spell, and of course, everyone seems to have a different idea of what it means.

Not to mention the plethora of materials that are out there just promising to either create this almost-mythical document for you or to help you create your own.

“Get yours to the top of the pile! Just say our magic chant 15 times, spin around twice, and embed these special keywords behind the text of your document, and employers will be mesmerized!”

Laugh, if you want, but deep down, it is what every job seeker is really looking for…something that will make it easy for them, something that will overcome the fact that, by and large, they are hard-working professionals just trying to create a solid career that they enjoy.

Casting Spells Doesn’t Work

Listen. We’ve seen a lot of résumés. Pretty ones. Flashy ones. Video ones. Two-column ones. Colorful ones. Conservative ones. Progressive ones. You name it.

Sorry to say, but flashy résumés have not really proven to be anymore effective than traditional professional obituaries. Both can seriously hurt a candidate’s chances if they fail to understand what really makes a résumé work.

It’s Not a Secret

So does this mean you can’t use color or get creative with a two-column masterpiece?

No, but a solid résumé must accomplish 3 things: (1) Utilize strong writing skills with solid action verbs, (2) organize the candidate’s information in such a way that a clear picture of the candidate is revealed (scope of knowledge and responsibility), and (3) be attractive without being offensive.

We all like things that look nice, but color isn’t what sells a candidate. Let the “wow” factor be in the strategy employed and in the quality of the writing.

On the other side of things, however, don’t be so rigid that you force the writer to prepare a cookie-cutter résumé (Times New Roman, 10-pt, with lots of bullets!!). You’ll just end up with something nondescript, that looks like it came from a Microsoft Word résumé template, and is not much better than anyone with decent grammar skills could produce.

Problem-Solving Is the Wow

Do you know what really is the “wow” factor for employers? A well-crafted document that highlights the specific skills and accomplishments that they are interested in, that solve the need or problem they have! Please don’t miss this point. It isn’t the skills/accomplishments that YOU are most proud of; it is the skills/accomplishments that THE EMPLOYER is most interested in for the type of position being filled.

Sadly, most job seekers (and even some résumé writers) are all worked up about the font and type size of the résumé and less concerned about whether they really have the right strategy in place to attract their audience. Yes, a résumé should look appealing, but if you can’t speak to your audience, then it is all just fluff and no “wow.”

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