Jessica Hernandez is the President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast, an executive resume writing service that serves mid-to-senior-level job seekers.
What Is The Book (Or Books) You’ve Given Most As A Gift, And Why?
I absolutely love Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, it will change your work-life. I also enjoyed Design Your Day by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam.
What Purchase Of $100 Or Less Has Most Positively Impacted Your Life In The Last Six Months?
Hands down the Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt. I am all about creating a checklist and getting stuff done. Check it out here: http://fullfocusstore.com?aff=409
When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?
What are my top 3 priorities for this day? If I get those big 3 accomplished I feel productive and focused. If I’ve lost my way I go right back to my Full Focus Planner because I’ve already jotted down my goals for the day.
What Are Bad Recommendations You Hear In Your Profession Or Area Of Expertise?
Use a template you find online. YIKES! Especially the outdated ones.
In The Last Five Years, What New Belief, Behavior, Or Habit Has Most Improved Your Life?
Mindfulness and being present in the moment. I’ve started taking daily nature walks and I’ve not found a better way to reduce anxiety and increase joy.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
The investment of self-care. I neglected it for 15 years and it took its toll on me, my work, and my relationships. The best thing I’ve done in the past 12 months is focus on self-care.
If You Could Have A Gigantic Billboard Anywhere With Anything On It — What Would It Say And Why?
I will hold myself to a standard of grace note perfection. – Emily Ley
Keep doing what you're doing. Your ambition is going to pay off one day.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I always say if I didn’t do what I do, I’d be a teacher. I love learning and passing on knowledge.
What Careers Advice Would You Give To Your 21-Year Old Self?
Keep doing what you’re doing. Your ambition is going to pay off one day.
Where do you see your industry in the next 5 years?
Growing like crazy. It’s continuing to expand.
Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?
I admire my Dad. He battled cancer last year and kept a positive outlook and strong faith through every single tough step. It inspires me every day.
What is currently wrong with the recruitment process today?
It’s too hard for candidates to get through the system and too hard for hiring managers to find the right candidates. We need a simpler and more streamlined process.
What is the most common mistake you see people make when applying for a job?
Lack of follow up. I rarely see job seekers follow up on applications or make an effort to find and reach out to the hiring manager.
What is a 'hack' you have for careers or interviews that most people don't know about?
Research the company you’re targeting. Find connections on LinkedIn and engage with them. When you get an interview ask questions that show you know about the company and did research prior to the interview. This impresses employers big time.
What is a useful skill someone could learn in one minute?
How to follow up on an application. Search LinkedIn for the hiring manager and send a message to them to introduce yourself.
What is the most surprising thing you've ever seen in a resume?
Too much personal information (marriage, DOB, number of children).
Can you give us your most important formatting tips?
Always put the position title at the top of your resume. Hiring managers do now want to have to guess which position you want.
How does your resume advice change from a 20 year old to a 50 year old?
Don’t put graduation dates on your resume!
Top things to AVOID putting on a resume?
Graduation dates. Pronouns! Save the “I”, “me”, and “my” for your cover letter and LinkedIn profile.