2 Tools to Help Tennessee Get Back to Work

Nashville, Clarksville, Springfield, Ashland City Get ready to go back to work with a job-winning resume.

Witth over 200,000 jobs available in Tennessee, job seekers and career changers will need two things to get ready to meet that need:

#1 A Job-Winning Résumé 

#2 Updated skills to meet the workforce load

If you are not sure that your resume is up to par, get a résumé  evaluation from professional résumé  writer and Forbes Coaches Council member, Debra Ann Matthews, M.A., JCDC, JCTC, who works with hundreds of motivated job-seekers and career changers each year. Debra Ann recommends that each job-seeker check their résumé  for best practices that help interviewers and recruiters see your value.

For example:

  • Be sure that your resume has a clearly defined heading which showcases your industry.

HealthCare Human Resources | Business-Driven Information Technology Executive | Chef Specializing in Desserts

  • Add 3 to 5 lines of high-level values, accomplishments, or brand.

Shifted team from mediocre performance to innovative, top-of-the-line production output, resulted in each teammember earning 20% bonus quarterly.

  • Beef up on your skills with free training that can be assessed from any America’s Job Service’s site.

Claimants have access to free online training courses through the state’s partnership with Coursera. There are over 4,000 courses from 200 businesses and universities that can prepare an individual to earn a certificate in many programs. www.tn.gov/workforce/coursera

Your résumé is no longer focused on stating your duties at work. Résumés are now expected to market your unique skills. They are a Career Marketing Campaign.

And if you can’t say it, Let Me Write It for You. Ask her for a résumé evaluation and help with your résumé if you are not able to do-it-yourself.

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3 Best Resume Tips for Nashville Job Seekers

#1 Assume that a résumé will become a part of an applicant tracking system if you upload it or attach it to an email message. Typically, if a company has four to five open positions per month consistently, they should be using an ATS. In fact, 100% of Fortune 1000 companies and 80% of small/medium businesses use them. Resumes are being read underneath the format. Content is critical. Your experience needs to be crystal clear, hyperlinks are ok to be included on a resume, bold, and underlines are fine too! White space and consistency is a must on today’s resume! 

#2 ATS Systems can read any resume format be it MS Word doc or docx, Rich Text Files (rft), DOS/ASCII Text(txt), Open Document Format (odf), LinkedIn, Adobe Acrobat (pdf) with just a few exceptions.

#3 Keywords are King! What are they? Buzzwords, nouns, adjectives, or short phrases for your industry. They usually describe your unique knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience? They are used to “Score” or “rank”  résumé. Do not add keywords tha you can’t justify.

#BONUS TIP: 65% of jobs today are filled or in the process of being filled before they are listed. Your resume isn’t enough. Leverage social platforms as talent databases or for advertising and connecting with hiring officials. Use your resume on LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Google, etc.

Looking for a job now is not simply about stating your duties at work, it’s about marketing your unique skills: It’s a Career Marketing Campaign!  

Let Me Write It For You: Job-Winning Resumes and Career Services by Debra Ann. We offer:

  • Coaching and writing services to motivated career changers and small businesses, since 2009. 
  • Member in Job and Career Transition Coach, Job and Career Development Coach via Career Network, Forbes Coaches Council, Career Thought Leaders, Career Directors International, and the National Resume Writers Association (5 Years Past Board Member).
  • Written over 100 articles on resumes, job search, careers, professional development, English/Grammar/Technical Writing, and Public Speaking. 
  • Featured articles include Forbes Magazine, MODERNIZE YOUR JOB SEARCH LETTERS: Get Noticed … Get Hired, Nashville/Clarksville Career Examiner, Local Job Network, Ezine Articles, Black Career Women’s Network, Career Builder, Canada’s Calgary Sun, Channel 5 NBC Chicago, Jennings Wire: The World of Success, 3 Ladies on the Radio, Monster Working, Money Mix, Liberty Voice, Online College.org, and Monster dot com Latina.

And if you can’t say it, Let Me Write It for You!

Nashville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Tennessee, Let us Help You Get A Job-Winning Resume

#1 Use this Salary Table to understand ranges for each interested position of interest. Clicking Here https://bit.ly/3n0IxaF. Be prepared to negotiate your salary for the best possible offer.

#2 Send over your resume and ask me to complete an 8-page resume critique to help you with your job search.

#3 And if you can’t write it, Let Me Write It for You. Connect with Us @ FB @letmewriteit4u IG @ letmewriteitforyou and LinkedIn @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/letmewriteit4u

6 Clues to What’s Wrong With Your Resume: Free Class

What’s wrong with your resume?

I bet you don’t have a clue!

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Debra Ann will serve as 2016-7 NRWA Dir of Industry, Workforce, Military, Community Career Services

It sure is surprising when we present our very best and get little to no response. I attended our annual National Resume Writer’s Association Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, last week and if I heard it once, I heard it stated twice, that:

If you are not getting interviews, it’s your resume! 

Many others have much to say about this interviewing-grabbing document that we call a resume.

#1 – Avoid the old school big block format. Give your resume an appealing look.

#2 – Use active voice! Give your resume spice and energy. Avoid using “responsible for, assisted, provide, performed, tasked, and in addition to.”

#3 – Take out acronyms and technical jargon. Make sure that anyone outside of your line of work can understand your resume.

#4 – Don’t turn in irrelevant resumes. Match your work experience section to the targeted position.

#5 – Don’t demonstrate mediocre data. Hiring officials want to read about your unique contributions to your job. Include your best accomplishments!

#6 – Add education – Go beyond just the degree and college name. Include a list of courses and / or descriptions of three significant projects.

For those in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Please join us over the next few months for our Free Resume Training Class.

The classes will be held at the Leap Org Building, located at 1860 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Join us on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 11th, 6pm
  • Wednesday, October 26th, 530 pm
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 6pm
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 6pm

These free classes will encourage, enlighten, and inspire you to present your best skills forward!

Reserve your VIP Seat NOW!! http://bit.ly/2dvkz3C

Call for more information: 931.269.WR1T (9718)

 Learn how to Make Your Resume Work For You!

Debra Ann Matthews, contributor, Modernize Your Job Search Letters

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Do you want a job? Check out Here Today, Hired Tomorrow!!

Hope this finds you well. Life is great here in my rapidly transforming corner of East Nashville. I wanted to let you know that the book I’ve been writing, Here Today, Hired Tomorrow, is finally out!

Between the music business and the economy, I’ve experienced SIX layoffs in my career. All that time in transition combined with research talking to recruiters and career professionals culminated in writing a book designed to help expedite getting you to the next stage of your career. I’ve used the system I teach in the book for my last three job searches, and it’s gotten me the position I wanted every time. It’s available in paperback or as an eBook on Amazon; link below.


  • A comprehensive action plan with suggested action items
  • How to network your way into nearly any company
  • Downloadable customizable templates, so no retyping or guessing what to say

I have a few favors to ask…

  • If you’re not in job search mode right now, please keep this book in mind!
  • Recommend it to those you know who are currently in transition. If you or a friend read it, please leave a brief review at Amazon.
  • Subscribe to my eNewsletter for job search tactics and positive life tips (only 2 emails a month.)

— Kurt Kirton

Get your copy now/more info – www.KurtKirton.com/hthtbook

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“…If you follow the recipe presented in this book, you will find what you’re looking for.”  –Stephanie Harrison, Sr. Creative Recruiter • Robert Half Technology

Cover letters with the Voice of the Job Seeker

Cover letters with the Voice of the Job Seeker

Mark Anthony Dyson, MAEd/AET has stated:
Debra Ann Matthews,MA,JCTC is one of my guests for next week’s episode as we discuss cover letters. She allowed me to play devil’s advocate, but I think it will clarify misconceptions about cover letters and provide some real help. Listen on his podcast at http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/.

Job-winning resumes and career services

Job-winning resumes and career services

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.  -Maya Angelou



Debra Ann Matthews, a professional resume writer and certified job and career development coach, has helped motivated job seekers in a range of career and job search education. She has worked with President Clinton’s Americorps Program, The Department of Labor’s Job Corps Program and taught our nation’s finest military soldiers and others as an adjunct college professor with Austin Peay State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and South University. Her passion to share her knowledge and motivate people to understand how to tackle their professional selves has been demonstrated in the Calgary Sun (Canada), in Jennings Wire, Monster.com, Career Builder, in The Guardian Express, on Finance and Accounting Job News and in Local Job Network websites. If you can’t say it, Let Me Write It For You!

When you have e…

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t. -Thomas Edison

Are you wondering why you did not get an interview? “What’s Wrong With Your Resume? ¿Qué le pasa a tu currículum? Thursday, April 10th 11:30 am Central Standard Time. Sign in here… http://bit.ly/1saxSbz

Enjoy Monday !!

Enjoy Monday !!

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent van Gogh

Dial in and talk to BCWN Career Mentor and Resume Expert Debra Ann Matthews, tell us where our resumes may be going wrong in the eyes of an employer and how to change them to get noticed. Thursday 4/10 11:30 CST /12:30 CST

For more information, see http://bit.ly/1saxSbz

What’s Wrong With Your Resume?

What’s Wrong With Your Resume?

Do you have resume questions? Please email them to me at letmewriteitforyou@gmail.com

And join me on Thursday, April 10th at 11:30 CST for a teleseminar entitled, “What’s Wrong With Your Resume”.

Are you wondering why you did not get an interview? “What’s Wrong With Your Resume? ¿Qué le pasa a tu currículum?  Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/1saxSbz

Problem resume? Join BCWN Career Mentor Debra Ann Matthews, What’s Wrong With Your Resume Presentation Thursday, April 10th at 11:30 CST

In the end, onl…

In the end, only three things matter; How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. -Buddhist saying



Are You Ready To Reinvent Your Career? Recipe for Success: Professionalism and Image Part 1 – http://youtu.be/5JZTy3XJxAQ

And if you can’t say it, Let Me Write It For You. Connect with me at http://www.facebook.com/letmewriteit4u or via linkedin at http://www.linkedin.com/in/letmewriteit4u.