How Can I Offer FREE Consulting?

Several people have asked me “how can I offer FREE SERVICES?”. They think there's a hidden agenda or fee.

Here's the answer, ADS! I get paid to put ads on my blog. Therefore you've already paid be by viewing my site/ads.

This allows me to give back to the community by offering free services. My service is free because I'm already making money off of this blog. I even make money in my sleep!

Here's how you do it:

Get a BLOG or a WEBSITE!

PUT INTERESTING INFO!! You need to write something or offer something of INTEREST. People won't come to your site for boring unimportant information. Find your market and target them.

MARKET YOURSELF!! Once you have info up market yourself. Go to other blogs and comment! Your comment must be interesting for people to want to click your link. Offering a free service is a GREAT way to market your blog!

WRITE SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY! People get bored with the same old stuff. Write a new article everyday! Find a way to make your site interactive. People need something to do on your site. Make sure they can comment on your articles.

MAKES SEVERAL BLOGS/SITES!! Have numerous blogs on a variety of topics and put ads on each one.

KEEP IT UP!! Don't get discouraged this can take awhile before you see real money. I know of one blog that makes 40k a MONTH! But his site has been up for YEARS. Stick with it! You can work your blog after work on the weekends and in your spare time. You don't have to quit your job until you can afford too. Find out what you're doing wrong and try a new approach!!

I hope this helps....if you'd like for me to give you free consulting on your resume send them to shallow.waterz@gmail.com


Why Sample Resumes are Your Friend!

Here's something that I find helps in creating that extra special resume. GOOGLE SEARCH!

I'm serious...for example, type database developer sample resume into google, and all sorts of example resumes/real resumes will pop up!

This is your bread and butter!! Find as many examples as you can! See if they match your skill set and GET IDEAS!!

Now remember plagiarism is any 4 words in a row. So while you're using these examples to get your brain flowing; be careful not to rip them off.

MAKE SURE TO USE GOOD EXAMPLES!! If you find a resume that looks worse than yours...move on! Find only the best of the bunch! Then choose your content wisely not everything will work for you.

Something else you can type into a search engine is bits and pieces of a job description. Such as building tables with business objects. All kinds of cool info will pop up for you to learn from.

BECOME A RESEARCHER! If you've ever set up a lemonade stand in your front lawn then you know a little bit about marketing. You need to be appealing to your customer. Research how to be appealing and then create your brochure! Bundle that up with a great personality and you'll get any job you want. For more info on building an amazing resume see my resume building article.

Resume Example

Dear Mrs. Advice,

Your blogs, especially on resume advice, have been greatly helpful for a recent graduate like me.
If you have some time to spare, I would like you to critique my resume and give me some pointers. My target job is an entry-level financial analyst. I realize that my background does not directly related to this area; however, I would like to pursue in this direction.
You can use my resume as an example on your blog to help others.

Jason J

Here's Jason's Resume:


To obtain a position in the financial analyst field where analytical and quantitative skills will be utilized


Highly analytical team player with aptitude for quickly scrutinizing environments to identify and prioritize needs/risks and develop solutions

Motivated self-starter who adept at multi-tasking and thriving in a fast-paced environment while coordinating numerous time-sensitive projects

Highly flexible and adaptable performer with proven relationship-builder with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.


Master of Business Administration, Dec 2007
Major: Finance

Bachelor of Science Dec, 2005
Honor: Dean’s List

Relevant Courses:

Security Analysis and Investment
Financial and Managerial Accounting
U.S. Financial System in Global Environment
Multinational Finance


Graduate Assistant

Collected and analyzed data and created reports for the supervisor
Served as “Help Desk” provided troubleshoot support for the organization members
Gathered, organized, and verified large database

IT Specialist, Taguchi Overseas, Bangkok, Thailand, 2003-2006

Launched the company’s e-commerce website, expanding the company’s revenue channel
Acted as an IT consultant and provided troubleshoot support
Coordinated major system upgrade increasing productivity

Computer Skills:

Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems;
SPSS, Dreamweaver , HTML, JAVA, Visual C++;
MS Office Suite;


President, Thai Student Association
Founder and Member, College Name Here Business School Graduate Association
Member, Finance Association of College Name Here University
Member, College Name Here Business School International Student Association

Fluent in English and Thai

Now at first glance I'll tell you what I like about this resume. It is well written and showcases Jason's schooling. He took the time to describe his interpersonal and communication skills. Good job Jason!

Here's what needs improvement:

1. Resume is TOO SHORT!! Most college students create a one page resume cutting down on the job descriptions to make everything fit. THIS IS A BIG NO NO!! Your JD is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in your resume/brochure! As you can see Jason needs to put more info in both job descriptions.

2. ORDER! The order should go, Intro, Skills, Schooling (if significant), Job Description, and What's Left. The resume above has less significant information up front and SKILLS down at the bottom.

3. PUT WHAT YOU DID!! Jason states in his first job that he worked with large databases...yet in skills he doesn't list any databases. He also doesn't state what he specifically did with said database! Can you generate reports, if so what type? Build tables, code, and etc....what can you do?

4. FIX GRAMMATICAL ERRORS! There's a few errors in Jason's resume but....I've seen FAR WORSE! Check and recheck your work!

Juice it up!! Then remember to tailor your resume to the job you want!

Do You Have to LIE to Get a Job?

Several people have asked me “how do I get a job if I have NO EXPERIENCE?”.

Do I have to LIE on my resume?

This is a tough question....because it is unethical to lie on your resume yet how are you supposed to feed your family if you have no money?

Here's a few steps that may help you BREAK INTO the corporate world.

1. Write a good resume...you can write an honest resume that showcases who you are! If you need help read my resume writing article or contact me for a free consultation.

2. Here's a TRICK have you or could you work as a consultant? Do you build or repair computers for your friends? Do you design websites for your family? Do you have a marketable skill? If so sell or give away your time to whoever you can find that needs it. Then ask them to be your reference and call yourself a consultant (anyone can be a sole proprietor but you won’t need to register a company just for your resume). The more references you have the better.

3. START AT THE BOTTOM! Find an entry level job work there for 6 months to a year then UPDATE your resume TAILOR it to the new/better position that you want and APPLY! Most people sit in the same job year after year waiting for a promotion. Short-cut your way to the top! Just remember as you move higher you'll have to keep your job longer as employers like to see stability! If you hate working in one place for more than a year read my contracting article.

4. Find "stupid jobs" I call certain jobs stupid jobs...this means that anyone can apply because the job SUCKS! Some of these positions are commissioned base only and that can hurt you financially. However they can be GREAT for your resume! See if you can find a boring, lousy, low paying job that no one wants but that can help you build a resume. Stay there for 6 months then apply for a better job! List of jobs that can help build your resume and aren't that difficult to get (Receptionist, Help Desk, Anything IT Related, Data Entry, Network Babysitter [there are a few companies that need someone to watch a screen at night and call an engineer if the network crashes sometimes they call it a NOC Engineer make sure you don't need network knowledge]).

5. Find a DESPERATE company! There are some startup companies out there that are desperate for people, mainly because they can't afford to pay you the market rate. Most of these places will train you and will hire you based on your confidence and personality.

6. Find a job that comes with training!

7. ALWAYS SHOWCASE what YOU CAN DO! Most people add their skills in a list ex (Microsoft Office, Excel, and Oracle) and yet they don't put their skills in their job description. If I don't see Oracle in your JD I'll think that you don't have workplace experience using Oracle and may pass you by. Job descriptions are the most important part of your BROCHURE!! Tell me what you can do!

IT MAY TAKE YOU A YEAR TO BUILD A PRESENTABLE RESUME!! I guarantee that when you finally do get the position you're after you'll find that it was worth it!


Microsoft Contract Positions

Let’s explore the new concept behind contracting. Contract positions used to be short term positions in random locations. This made contract work very difficult as it was hard to find another contract in the same city. These days’ contract positions are DESIRABLE! They pay more, you still receive benefits, sick /holiday pay and when you're term is over you can collect unemployment until you switch to another contract.

Here in Washington State, contract positions are a dime a dozen. Microsoft has a large majority of their staff working off of what's called an A- or V- position.

A- positions are short term usually from 3 months to 1 year. Most "teams" in MS keep their contingent staff or A- positions for the full year as due to budget restraints it would be costly to replace you. Once you've completed one year as an A- you must take a mandatory 100 day break. Meaning you can't work as temporary staff (A- or V-) in MS for 100 days. You can convert to full time (full time refers to direct hire not 40 hours, contractors get 40 hours and can elect for more)or Blue Badge as we call it up here during your 100 day break. That means you would be an employee of MS directly.

V- positions or vendors are just that...they classify you as a vendor with an outside company and you work either on or off the premises completing assigned projects. Vendors don't have an expiration date yet they also don't get the MS perks. Regulations state that vendors should be supplied office space by their vendor company not MS. Vendors are also supposed to obtain all equipment from their vendor company as well. This is the by-laws however they are hardly ever followed unless space/equipment is limited. V- employees (supposedly) report to their vendor company and not to MS managers, once again it is too time consuming for a MS manager to call your vendor manager so this is rarely followed as well. The great thing about V- is you don't have to take a 100 day break and your contract can be ongoing for several years. Sometimes you may even get to work from home.

When your 100 day break is over sometimes your old team will want you back as they worked hard to train you. In Seattle finding another contract position is easy as the unemployment rate is very low and employers have to compete for candidates. For precaution I'd recommend searching for a new position 2 -4 weeks before you NEED one! Also you can work for other large companies during your break from MS.

What is it like working as a contractor in MS? It's almost exactly like being an employee except without the intense interview and background checks. It is really easy to get contract positions as you're basically an at will employment meaning they can let you go at anytime. Therefore the interviews and clearance process is shorter and EASIER. Now let me clarify almost every company these days hires you "at will" meaning they can just let you go whenever. The reason the process is simpler is because your benefits and salary come from your staffing agency not MS. This means you’re CHEAPER for MS than hiring a person directly.

When you're hired as an A- or V- you get full access to MS campus with a little ID badge. You get all the free soda you could want. You'll have an email account ending in @microsoft.com. Basically you're like an employee.

What are the staffing agencies like? There are SEVERAL LARGE agencies in this area! They're big, stable, offer great packages, and have tons of jobs. Here are a few I'd recommend: Volt, Kelly Services, Aditi, Apex, and Excell Data. Take a look at their websites and see what they have to offer.

THE BEST REASON TO CONTRACT IS $$$$! Contractors get paid more! There's also tons of room to negotiate depending on your position! I negotiated $15/hr more then I was originally offered + benefits, bringing my income to 6 figures for a Project Manager position.

SECOND BEST REASON TO CONTRACT RESUMES!! As you can see if you read my profile I move around a lot. As a contractor for MS, I can change teams every year (when my contract is up) yet on my resume I can put MS for 3 years and simply specify projects. Therefore I get variety yet I look stable! Also tons of companies in Washington use similar contract positions T-Mobile, Expedia, Google, Boeing, and more.

THIRD REASON TO CONTRACT I WANT A BREAK! I make such good money during my contract that in my 100 days off I'm able to relax, go on vacation, go back to school, and more. I love it!

FOURTH REASON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE! Here in Seattle our unemployment rate is ridiculously low and as a recruiter our candidates are SNATCHED before we finish the paperwork! Competition makes negotiation as EASY as taking candy from a baby.

So I guess I'm not just saying that you should look for contracting positions...Seattle has an excellent job market ESPECIALLY for technical people(disclaimer…this is just my opinion please research before moving to a new location)!

Next time you see a 6month project or a contract to hire position give them a call...ask questions.


False Resumes

I have come across a resume scam in my line of work and there's nothing I can do about it! There's a certain country (and to be politically correct I won't name which one) overseas that CREATES FALSE RESUMES.

Here's what they do...

1 THEY'RE ALWAYS MARRIED! I'll get resumes from females in the US who are on their husband’s visas and are looking for technical jobs. I find that most of the time they're either looking for developer or database positions. They're resumes portray that they are HIGHLY QUALIFIED therefore I book a phone screen.

2 THEY NEED 2 DAYS! During the phone screen I'm usually interested in the candidate’s personality and communication skills (I don't ask ANY technical questions). I find that everything goes great until I go to schedule the in person interview. Then the typical response is that they need 2 days to prepare. When I try to push an earlier date they'll become belligerent insisting on the 2 days. I'm usually able to sway a few into coming in sooner but mainly I just wait.

3 THEY CAN'T INTERVIEW! The candidate usually shows up to the interview with her husband where I have to inform her that he needs to wait in the lobby. In the interview I bring in a basic level technical consultant who then quizzes the candidate. They're great at the verbal Q & A with almost exact textbook wording but when they actually have to show some basic code on a board they fail and fluster miserably. About 90% of these women can't pass the simplest white board questions of the most basic technical standards.

4 SAME RESUME! As I dug deeper into this matter I found that most of these women had the EXACT SAME RESUME. All of them had the SAME technical skills as their husbands! When I'd look at the properties of their resume the author was always someone else. My theory is that there's a company overseas who contracts out the husbands then writes their wives false resumes (WITH DEGREES) and tries to get them a position as well; with just basic knowledge either learned from the husband or taught in 6 week courses.

The CRAZY thing is I'm sure some of these women actually get high paying jobs!! Not through me of course as I'm VERY THOUROUGH!!

Now working in the field I also ran across many men from this country that would tell you they could do things that they couldn't. One case someone in my team needed a Web Developer and instead hired an Applications Developer. I kept telling the hiring manager that this person was not suited for this particular position and that he should be moved to another one. Yet every time the manager asked this gentleman if he could do the work he said yes, sure, no problem. As soon as the manager walked out of the room I was bombarded with the questions regarding the simplest matters. Eventually after producing crappy work the developer was transferred to another team. I was appalled at how he could OUTRIGHT lie about his knowledge right in front of me. Then turn around and ask me to teach him how to do it. I simply stated “that's not in my job description I suggest you get some reading material”.


Free Resume Consultation!

I'm now providing a FREE RESUME CONSULTATION. As a professional recruiter I ran across hundreds if not thousands of resumes. I know the ins and outs of what will make your resume attract more attention. Here's how it works you email me a word copy of your resume and I'll give you advice on what I think YOU should change. I won't rewrite your resume and I don't offer any services. I will give you constructive criticism and (if I find any) some good examples of what your resume SHOULD look like. Also include in the email a short job description of the position you're targeting. Email me at shallow.waterz@gmail.com For some basic info read my article about resume writing.