Toasted Sandwich Maker – Mario Batali Panini Maker

The dimensions of the Mario Batali Panini Grill and Press is 22.5 x 12.3 inches and it weighs 15 pounds. This was one of the largest Panini makers and would be good for preparing quick simple meals for a family and reviews claimed a high quality item that was easy to clean.

A Toasted sandwich maker needs to be heavy gauge cast iron with a similarly robust lid for cooking the top and producing nice grill marks. At 15 pounds this Panini maker may be too heavy for some to lift but a heavy pan and lid will conduct heat and brown much better. It also has tall sides to sufficiently hold in any cheese, juices, or marinade that may leak out without running onto the stove top. This Panini maker is larger than we needed for cooking for two so I purchased an All Clad Panini maker which is smaller. I had one disaster but after trying it out a few more times I have been very, very pleased with it.

My first toasted sandwich was the disaster. You can not hurry a Panini maker! After airing the smoke out of the house, and some good natured ribbing from my husband, I learned to turn down the heat! It’s seems to work best when the pan and press are preheated on medium heat or slightly below. Be sure to preheat pan and press on separate burners. It is also necessary to spray pan and press with non-stick cooking spray or grill with a little oil. Be careful when lifting press as some of these press handles can get very hot.

A toasted sandwich favorite of ours is to take a slice of 1 inch sourdough bread, brush both sides with olive oil or butter, layer smoked gouda, prosciutto, onions, tomato, fontina cheese and slice of bread, place in your preheated Panini maker and grill. Better yet, experiment! Make a toasted sandwich with your favorite ingredients. In minutes you will have a wonderful, quick meal with your favorite ingredients.

We live in Oklahoma which can mean days and days of wind not to mention the pop-up thunderstorms that wreak havoc on a charcoaler! A Panini maker can also be a great stove top grill. Mine has worked great for grilling meat, grilling asparagus and other vegies. Toss asparagus in olive oil season with salt and pepper and grill. It takes about 2-3 minutes for crisp tender asparagus. Another favorite veggi is a small yellow squash cut in half length wise brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and basil or Italian seasoning and grilled until it just begins to soften.

A Panini maker would also work for breakfast. We like to put a slice of Canadian bacon and cheese between to halves of an English muffin and grill until golden. I found a recipe that kids would love and is really, really easy. Split 6 mini bagels into 2 halves, spread creamy peanut butter and grape jelly on bottom half, top with top half and grill. The kids have a hot breakfast they will love!

Remember, a recipe is merely a guide!



Source by Lea Ann Gingerich

Cooking Grilled Cheese on an Electric Griddle

Few things can cure an upset stomach or the rainy day blues quite like the combination of grilled cheese and a big bowl of tomato soup. Though it is a relatively simple dish to prepare, it remains a standard American comfort food throughout the years. While many know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, few know how to make it well. Instead, they accept their mediocre piles of bread, filled with cold cheese. America, it does not have to be this way.

“Hold on just a second,” you might be thinking, “are you trying to tell me that there’s a better way to make grilled cheese?” You bet there is, and it’s surprisingly easier than you could ever imagine.

The secret to the perfect grilled cheese is by cooking it on an electric griddle. Electric griddles are available at almost any department store – such as Sears, Target, K-Mart or Walmart – for a very reasonable price on average (usually well below the $70 range). Electric griddles are easy to cook with and even easier to assemble: simply plug it into the wall and you are ready to start cooking!

Most electric griddles feature a top of the line non-stick cooking surface, but to create the truly magical grilled cheese sandwich, the chef should use butter or margarine (depending on personal preference or dietary restrictions) to cook the bread. The butter or margarine should be applied to one side of both pieces of bread.

Speaking of bread, which is the best kind to use? Experts suggest using wheat bread. Not only is it healthier than your average loaf of white bread, but it is also tougher and holds up better when being cooked on the electric griddle. By using wheat bread you will cut down on the amount of damage the sandwich must endure.

Now that you’ve got your pieces of buttered bread, place one down on the non-stick surface of your electric griddle. Place three pieces of cheese on top of the unbuttered side of the bread. At this point you can also elect to place an additional ingredient on your sandwich. Crowd favorites include bacon, ham or tomato. Place a topping on, followed by your second piece of bread with the buttered side facing out towards you. Now your perfect grilled cheese has been assembled and just requires some patience and love to be completed.

Wait two to three minutes to flip the sandwich, checking on the underside until it turns golden brown. Flip to sandwich and wait another two to three minutes. Once both sides are golden brown and the melted cheese begins to spill out onto the bread’s crust you are ready to remove the sandwich from the electric griddle. Place onto a plate and allow a minute or two to cool. Turn your electric griddle off, unplug its cord from the wall and clean the non-stick surface with a sponge.

To maximize the enjoyment level, the grilled cheese should be served with a bowl of tomato soup and a tall glass of ginger ale (alcohol optional!). Take a seat, take a bite, and enjoy the fruits of your labor: the greatest grilled cheese sandwich in the world.



Source by Rory A.

The Sandwich Technique – A Simple Method For Giving Effective Feedback

In today’s workplace, you have probably found yourself giving or receiving positive feedback and constructive guidance.

Whether you are a supervisor that must give your employees their annual reviews; team lead that must provide a project report at weekly staff meetings; customer relations representative receiving feedback from an irate customer; or even a CEO that must inform your staff of specific areas within the company that must be improved, you have probably found that giving, and at times, receiving positive feedback and constructive guidance is critical to professional performance and success.

It is understandable, and also human nature, to only want to hear the good things regarding your actions. However, when something must be changed, corrected, improved, strengthened, or updated, words of correction, advice, and guidance must be provided in order to improve and produce better results.

The key thing to remember about giving effective feedback is that it must be provided in such a way as to promote respect, understanding, and action.

Therefore, when you find yourself in the position of using your words to influence a change in others, rely upon “the sandwich technique” to help you provide positive feedback and constructive guidance.

The sandwich technique is a simple method for helping you to construct your words in the format of positive compliment, constructive correction, and positive compliment. In essence, the format for the sandwich technique allows you to share your corrections amongst your compliments.

Using the format above, imagine your positive feedback and constructive guidance being verbally delivered in the same way in which you make a sandwich. First, you will pull out two slices of bread. These two slices represent the positive compliments you will share with your staff, team, or employees – twice.

Next, you will fill your two slices of bread (or two compliments) with the constructive correction. Peanut butter and jelly or smoked turkey, lettuce, mayo, and tomatoes are options for filling your literal sandwich; however, when it comes to filling the verbal sandwich, the corrections that will promote improvement is what goes on the inside.

When using the sandwich technique to verbally give effective feedback, this is how the format will flow:

Slice of Bread #1: Positive Compliment

Start your conversation with a fact, observation, or action that the person has done that has produced a good and positive result. Use a welcoming tone of voice (polite and non-judgmental). Use open body language (arms at side along with gestures with an open hand; avoid folding arms across chest, standing with hands behind your back, or pointing your fingers).

EXAMPLE: “Cassandra, I have observed during your time working with our customers that you have been able to demonstrate a heightened level of professionalism and respect that represents you and our company well. Even when the customers are irate and extremely rude to you, you manage to keep your cool, tact, and professionalism – which have been extremely impressive to me.”

Filling in the Middle: Constructive Correction

Provide specific instances, examples, situations, or actions that must be changed, improved, strengthened, corrected, or updated. Be mindful to only provide a few. Listing no more than 3 constructive corrections will provide enough “filling” for the sandwich without overwhelming and disrespecting your staff, team, or employees. Watch the tone of voice and body language you use. Make sure your tone remains welcoming, yet constructive and your body language open, not closed off.

EXAMPLE: “However, a few moments ago, I observed a situation that was out of character for you that could lead to you being written up and potentially fired if it occurs again in the future. I noticed the tone of voice you used with the customer was condescending and the occasional rolling of your eyes was rude. Although I could tell that the customer was more over the top than any customer you’ve dealt with thus far, and that your patience appeared to be at its limit, I want you to know that our goal is never to be condescending and rude to any customer – no matter what. I recommend that if you find yourself facing another situation similar to this in the future that you try one of two things: either excuse yourself so that you can go into a private space in order to calm down and re-focus or excuse yourself to get a supervisor on duty that can handle the intricacies of such an irate customer.”

Slice of Bread #2: Positive Compliment

Conclude your conversation with a reiteration of the fact, observation, or action that the person has done that has produced good and positive results. Continue your welcoming tone and open body language.

EXAMPLE: “As I said earlier, I know this was a different type of situation than you’ve ever dealt with before so I sincerely understand why your behavior was different this time. Since there is the risk of you being written up and potentially fired should it happen again, I wanted to make sure you had two tools to use that can work to your advantage. Excusing yourself away from the customer will give you a chance to calm down and re-focus or even to get a supervisor to take over instead. Most importantly, removing yourself from the situation can help you to continue your great qualities of professionalism and respect – qualities that represent you well.”

The next time you find yourself in the position of giving positive feedback and constructive guidance, try the sandwich technique. It is a simple, yet powerful method for giving effective feedback. It will allow you to share details with your staff, team, or employees that promote understanding, appreciation, and improvement while producing better and more positive results. Most importantly, it will help your staff, team, and employees better digest what they do well, what must be improved, and how to be better for next time.



Source by Cassandra R. Lee

Awesome Avocado Salad – Make Sandwiches Tastier With Vegetable Spreads for Pizzazz and Added Flavor

Awesome Avocado: Use as a spread, or eaten as a cold salad can really add a stream of fresh, zesty or ethnic flavor to your favorite turkey, chicken or ham sandwich! Enjoy eating sliced avocados, as a complete side salad. There are many abbreviated ways to make to sliced avocado, that does not take as much chopping, seeding or peeling and may be entertained for a quick avocado flavoring. You may add a spice combination of ground cumin, salt, pepper and chopped cilantro and of course, you can’t forget 1/2 a squeezed lemon or lime, extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, of your choice. Usually, I blend all of the above ingredients together in a small bowl and place, on the table, so that guests can add as much, or as little, according to taste. Remarkably, I find that avocados are a very versatile food, they can either be served chilled, or cut on-the-spot and eaten just as soon as you have peeled and added the spice and vinegar-oil combination above.

Enjoy and entertain cooking and seasoning your sandwiches, salads or side dishes with as many vegetable and spice combinations as you can create by blending a few different vegetable together.

Eating dishes blended with various colors has always been a way to keep me excited in meal preparation. Green avocados accompanied with chunks of red, ripe tomatoes and yellow chili peppers along with spices make for a tasty, colorful salad!

Mix your liquids and spices in a small bowl and set aside. Roast your peppers; chop your cilantro and parsley blend; peel and chop tomatoes.

Lastly, peel your avocado and set aside. Blend your liquid/spice mixture and lightly blend with your avocado, chili, cilantro, and tomato mixture, enjoy with warm, thinly, sliced bread or taco chips!

SUGGESTIONS:

2-3 medium-sized ripe avocados—

3 roasted, peeled, chopped and seeded yellow chili pepper, if yellow is unavailable, use green, or even large, long, red chili peppers.

1/2 cup chopped parsley, and cilantro

1 large peeled and seeded ripe,red tomato

Liquid mixture:

1 large lemon, juice only, squeeze your lemon in a lemon press, or face lemon toward your palm

drizzling the juice down the sides of your lemon and into your dish.

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon smoky cumin

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.

Avocado contains vitamins E and B-6, other healthy skin vitamins and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Enjoy and entertain cooking and seasoning your sandwiches, salads or side dishes with as many vegetable and spice combinations as you can create by blending a few different vegetables together.

I enjoy learning from you and from others offering me knowledge continuously!



Source by Lorie Ann Jermoune

Toby Keith Eat Your Heart Out Sandwich (A New Sandwich Recipe)

If you are a Toby Keith fan you probably know there is a chain of restaurants named after his hit single, “I love this Bar.” If you are out in Las Vegas you will find he has one in Harrah’s Casino. One of the items on his menu is considered by most who visit to be a novelty item. Toby swears it is the best selling item on the menu. What is it? His fried bologna sandwich.

Well Mr. Toby Keith we are right here and now going all in with our New Bologna Sandwich. We invite you to pick this recipe and serve it to all your fans. We think it takes your sandwich (which, by the way, is delicious) to a new level and will cause your devotees to come clambering back for seconds. Here it is for the first time anywhere:

Ingredients:

2 Slices of loaf bread (wheat or plain)

1 thick slice of bologna (fresh)

1 thick slice of American cheese

3 slices of “hypocrite” bacon (You know the kind that is already pre-cooked, just needs heating) Oh, a man’s kitchen friend is pre-cooked stuff needing heat) Yes, you can fry your own bacon slices.

Mustard (Please do not defame this sandwich with catsup, unless you just have to)

Butter

Now it’s time to make our sandwich. I started to say, Let’s man-up our sandwich because women seem to get a little squirrelly when you mention “bologna.” Girls, come on, a slice of bologna is a wonderful snack all by itself. Try it, you will like it.

1. Butter the bread on both slices and slap that cheese on the inside of one piece of the bread and toast or grill. (if you are toasting the bread let it turn light brown, oozing with lots of butter) Now you are ready for the bacon and bologna. Oh Yeah!

2. Place that thick slice of bologna in your microwave and cook for 30 seconds.

(You will love the snapping and popping of the bologna as it takes the heat)

3. Heat the precooked bacon for 20 seconds ( a little more, or a little less).

4. Take the bacon and the bologna and slip them inside the two slices of grilled cheese bread.

5. Squirt a little mustard on the bead opposite the cheese side (mustard to your taste)

6. Put the two sides together and you have a delicious new bologna/bacon & grilled cheese sandwich. I call it The Toby Keith Eat Your Heart Out Sandwich.

If you get cracking and organized you can whip up one of these new sandwiches in less than 10 minutes. But why hurry, you will be having so much fun? Invite your friends over and serve this as your specialty of the evening.

Serve with potato chips, sweet pickles on the side ( you can substitute the other), three strips of fresh, crisp, celery and your favorite soft drink, orange juice, water or your adult beverage of choice.

Perhaps the super star, Toby Keith will take a look at this sandwich and add it to his menus, but even if he doesn’t, you should add it to yours. It is super delicious and one that is surprisingly satisfying and filling. Enjoy.



Source by Ronald English

How To Create Healthy Powerhouse Sandwich Recipes

Making healthy sandwiches allows you the opportunity to utilize your creative talents in the kitchen once again. Sandwiches can be created as an entire meal, providing all the nutrients necessary for your healthy living.

To create a healthy powerhouse sandwich, use your imagination, by including herbs such as fresh basil leaves, cilantro or fresh parsley. Fresh watercress gives a sandwich a great nippy taste; in addition it gives an appealing look and has virtually no calories. Did you know that watercress is a good source of beta carotene, calcium, iron and potassium?

Fresh chives, which contain sulphur oil (which may lower blood pressure if one consistently eats a large amount), fresh romaine lettuce, is low in calories and high in fiber. Try to choose the dark green leafy lettuce; spinach which is full of vitamin A and folate, and high in Vitamin C and potassium, is an excellent choice for sandwiches as it is also a vegetarian source of protein.

When creating your sandwiches, try using sliced whole rings of green, red, or yellow peppers, as they are not only colourful, but an excellent low calorie source of Vitamin C.

Try using sandwich style sliced dill pickles (patted dry)or cucumbers sliced. Crisp fresh snow peas, are low in calories and high in Vitamins A and C. Snow peas, besides containing protein, help to create a nutritionally complete meal when combined with whole grain products.

Sliced beef steak tomatoes make a great addition to any sandwich. Try using asparagus or green capers on top of your filler. We have only the a few “green” and some red vegetable and herb ideas to season your sandwiches.

Fillings for healthy sandwiches are where we need to use care in calorie use. Always use a light Miracle Whip, light cream cheese or Dijon mustard. Light Miracle Whip and cream cheese taste just as good as the regular products and are one half or less than the calories and fat.

The most favorite fillings for sandwiches are hard boiled eggs, tuna, shrimp, roast beef, thinly sliced ham, smoked salmon in thin slices with cream cheese and capers, various light cheeses, such as Edam, Light Mozzarella, Provolone, Asiago, avocado sliced or in a spread, artichoke tapenade, Black Forest Ham, chicken salad spread, chicken breast slices,

Avocados, which incidentally, are fruits, are high in the “good” fats, meaning mono-saturated, but always remember they are high in calories and fats. These are only a few ideas, but, add the greens previously mentioned and you will have a deluxe healthy sandwich when a good protein is added to your greens.

The last item I will write about is bread, one of the most important items. The healthy breads to look for are logically the ones that contain whole grains, oat, flax, spelt bread, rye bread. These breads contain the “good” carbohydrates that constitute a healthy food choice.

White flour breads have no nutritional value for our bodies. Please try to introduce these good choice breads to your children at any early age, so they will become accustomed to eating healthy bread for healthy living.

Creating healthy appealing powerhouse sandwiches is a learned craft; you will be using all the necessary nutrients of a healthy meal for healthy living. There are a multitude of other types of healthy sandwiches, party sandwiches, rolled sandwiches, pinwheel roll-up sandwiches and even wraps to enjoy creating for you and your family.

You will be surprised at just how creativity bursts out in you when you start making these healthy recipes. These breads taste marvelous, but, it is sometimes a chore to talk children into them. Start children with a good 100% whole wheat bread that is fresh. I am certain that once you add the choice of good healthy items for the sandwich covered with the good bread, your child will love it. Later on, you can slowly introduce other varieties to him/her.

Fortunately, we now have available to us bagels, crusties, and many breads with 100% whole wheat plus many other nutrients in the breads for healthy living.

If you are making sandwiches with sauces, it is easy to eliminate butter or margarine. Replace it with mustard, low-calorie Mayonnaise, light cream cheese. It will eliminate 100 calories to your sandwich.

We have given you a start on your creative power sandwich making. Use your imagination and run with it.

Learn all about the healthy vegetables and how to use them for power sandwich making for healthy living.



Source by Carole Anne Stanway

Toasted Sandwich Maker – Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Panini Press

Our children have grown up and moved out and it’s just my husband and I. We live on a small farm in Oklahoma and we seem to be busier than when the kids were home. In looking for ways to make quick easy meals I found a toasted sandwich maker or Panini maker. With these you not only can make sandwiches but also make a variety of healthy low fat recipes. A Panini maker can also be used as a stove top grill. Living in Oklahoma can mean days and days of wind so having a stove top grill sounded like a great option.

Le Creuset has a great reputation and the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Panini Press was highly rated by Cooks Illustrated. Reviews on Amazon raved about the quality of the Le Creuset Panini Press. It seemed that most of the reviewers used it more for grilling meats and vegetables than sandwiches. Dimensions of the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Panini Press is 20.5 x 13.4 which would make it great for making larger meals. A good toasted sandwich maker needs to have some weight to it for even heating and browning. This grill weighed 15.2 pounds which will ensure that the heat transfers well over entire pan and press will be weighted enough for pressing and browning. The sides are also high enough to contain any juices or cheese that may leak out.

This Panini maker is larger than you need for cooking for two but would be good for a family or for entertaining. The All Clad Panini Maker was a smaller stove top grill so I purchased one of them and have been very pleased with it. I’ve found the best way to preheat is to preheat pan and press on medium heat. It is best to preheat pan and press on separate burners. It is also necessary to spray pan and press with non-stick cooking spray or grill with a little oil after preheating.

For a good toasted sandwich baste or spray olive oil on a slice of ciabatta bread, layer with smoked gouda, sliced turkey, roasted red bell peppers, a slice of onion and tomato, another slice of gouda, top with slice of ciabatta that has also been basted with olive oil and grill. In 5-6 minutes you’ll have a wonderful toasted sandwich.

I have tried grilling meat with my new Panini maker and it was great! Below is one of our favorite steak recipes which is also excellent for venison.

Garlic and Rosemary Steak

1/2 C. olive oil

1/2 C. soy sauce

1/4 C. red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar (I prefer balsamic vinegar)

9 large garlic cloves, minced

4 tsp. dried rosemary, crumbled

1 one-inch thick boneless top sirloin steak

If grilling on a stove top grill it is best to remove the bone and trim fat from meat. Cut into serving portions and tenderize. Combine first 5 ingredients and add meat. Marinate at least 1 hour or I prefer overnight. Remove meat from marinade and pat dry. Preheat pan on medium heat and lid on a separate burner on medium high heat. Spray a non-stick spray on press and lid and grill until meat is done to your liking.

Grilling asparagus on a stove top grill works fantastic. Grilling asparagus only takes 2-3 minutes and you do not have to reheat grill press. I tossed asparagus in olive oil, salt and lemon pepper, removed meat from stove top grill and added asparagus. Put the press on top and with the residual heat left is quickly cooks the asparagus.

Let your imagination run wild! Create your own sandwich maker recipes!

I always say, a recipe is merely a guide!



Source by Lea Ann Gingerich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Is a Grilled Cheese Sandwich Really Grilled?

The grilled cheese sandwich is a staple of simple and delicious cuisine; Simple enough to allow just about anybody to make it, and delicious enough for anybody to enjoy it. Of course a simple food should go hand in hand with a simple food, but is ‘Grilled’ truly the most fitting word to preface ‘Cheese Sandwich’ in this case? It is absolutely true that the meal has been prepared with the use of a grill, and may have originally been prepared by these methods, but it seems that recently the grilled cheese sandwich has spent a great deal of time away from the grill.

Grilled cheese sandwiches can be either homemade or prepared at a restaurant, but the real eye opening fact is that they are often served without any visible grill marks. Every now and then you will run into the local bar and grill and get a true grilled cheese sandwich right off the grill, but times are changing and the frying pan, griddle, and broiler may be overtaking the trusted grill. Whether or not this is a change for the better, or for the worse is hard to say. Differences can arise in the final product when the preparation process is changed, but as we all know: it can be very difficult to make a bad grilled cheese sandwich.

Grill marks are clearly the signature of any grilled meal. From cheeseburgers to steaks to wraps to the trusty grilled cheese sandwich, nice bold grill marks really let you know it is straight off the grill. Some people may enjoy the crunchier taste of the grilled bread, while others may find darkened marks and the crunchier texture to be displeasing. Another common trend that may go along with truly grilled sandwiches is a much smaller amount of butter used if any, compared to other means. This subtle change may actually create a new dining experience and perhaps the make the meal a tad more diet friendly.

A more common observation may be the ever enticing golden brown grilled cheese sandwich that glows on the plate. Rich with butter and sure to have that authentic buttery, cheesy, hearty taste any grilled cheese sandwich should deliver, just about everybody should be able to relate to this type of sandwich. A golden brown sandwich like this is fried or broiled, and comes with a lot more butter and questionably a lot more flavor then its grilled counterpart. A common side effect of indulging in a meal like this is a greasy plate and some greasy fingers; this may be just fine with some people but may also be a huge turn off to others.

Personal preference reigns supreme when it comes to food. One of the most obvious factors in choosing something to eat is clearly how much you like it, and the key word in the previous statement is you. A grilled cheese sandwich that is actually grilled may deliver crunchier bread with more focus on the cheese, while a fried or broiled sandwich may be rich with a buttery flavor to complement the cheese. Discerning between which option is the ultimate dining experience is impossible, and the best candidate is going to be whichever appeals to your palette.



Source by Ken Bodzak

How to Make a Resume Sandwich

In the spirit of sharing great information about how to create a great resume, here are some of our philosophies about how a resume comes to life, and it has everything to do with good food.

Think of the resume as a sandwich – you are the sandwich artist.

Think of the blank page as your bread. It can be white or wheat, even tomato basil cheese (because that’s totally delicious). The top piece of your bread is the header, where you present your contact information, and the bottom piece of your bread is the footer, which is the end of a sandwich, but totally essential for holding it all together. Do not under any circumstances try to eat the paper! It is not delicious.

What kind of sandwich are we building? Besides the bread, there is no flavor yet, and people cannot subsist on bread alone. They need something that tastes good and brings out the flavor of the other layers, so we need to choose the right sauce to entice them to eat the whole sandwich and not stop after one bite.

THE BREAD – Stylistic Elements & Layout

Style choices – fonts, sizing, use of bold and italic emphasis. Have you ever seen a best-selling book printed in a Courier font? Probably not. Your font choice should be first attractive, then effective. You can’t go wrong with using Arial or Times New Roman, but even choosing these faithful fonts should be based on the taste of your career. If you are involved in sales or enjoy an executive-level career track, Times New Roman should be high on your list. If you are in technology, use Arial. If you are in advertising or entertainment, Garamond can be very effective. A deliberate choice of font determines the entire tone of your resume. Choose wisely.

THE SAUCE – Qualifications Statement

Statement of Qualifications vs. Objective Statement. Since time immemorial, people have been opening their resumes with an objective statement. This is akin to applying a thick coat of tasteless mayonnaise to an otherwise inspired sandwich. It steals the flavor from all of the other layers.

Instead of using an Objective statement, use a Statement of Qualifications at the top of your resume. Why? Here it is: The job market is impersonal. We live in the Information Age, and everybody is looking for the facts, not extraneous statements about what kind of job you would like. Viewing the job market as a field of conquest instead of a wishing well is a healthy perspective and telling an employer that you are “seeking a job where I can employ my knowledge in engineering widgets to the benefit of an organization” just wasted valuable time. Don’t you think they already know you’d like a job using your widget engineering prowess? Instead, why not tell them what they are seeking? Which is…

YOU!

Now, toot your horn!

Tell them how many widgets you’ve made, the awards you’ve received for widget engineering, and if at all possible, use numbers. Show them what you’re made of.

For example:

Senior widget engineer possesses over 10 years of strong widget engineering experience. Has outstanding instincts in the design and integration of business processes to efficiently drive widget-focused projects to support mission-critical business initiatives. Notable accomplishments include the research, design, and implementation of a quality assurance process that reduced production downtime by 15%, reclaiming $200,000 in revenues representing 20% of company income.

Delicious!

The reason that this opening technique works is that it will quantify your experience by showcasing what you have accomplished during your career pursuits, effectively proving that your talents have a direct, positive impact on the bottom line, which is critical to the success of any business.

If you are early in your career or are a student, don’t worry if you can’t show number like we used in the above example. Your experience can still be quantified effectively through the use of strong, confident writing. If you can’t think of anything, contact us, and we’ll help you mix up the right kind of sauce for your sandwich.

THE CHEESE – Notable Achievements

Around here, we prefer lots of cheese. Preferably different cheeses – and almost any cheese will do. (Limburger, stay home!) The number of cheeses that you use on your resume sandwich really depends on the type of job you would like to land. Your choice of cheese is the last layer in the top of your resume sandwich, and is the layer that will either impress or disappoint the reader – or eater in our case.

The concept in this very important layer is to provide an up-front exhibit of specific accomplishments that have a direct parallel to the job that you want. Placing accomplishments directly following the sauce (Statement of Qualifications) serves the purpose of adding bold flavor and emphasis on what makes you an irresistible candidate because you know what the company needs, and you’ve already been there, done that.

Let’s imagine that a Project & Program Manager is looking to move upward in their career and has an excellent lead on a recent opening. Using their knowledge of the career and a good investigation of the job requirements, they decide on three cheeses that will attract the attention of the Human Resources department:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

REVENUE GROWTH

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

These three choices are obvious because the job seeker knows that the employer will need to see a great example of project management. Revenue growth is a good choice because if a hiring manager sees that the candidate has led projects that resulted in increased revenues or cost savings (which augments the bottom line), then the manager is more apt to want an interview to learn more about how the candidate achieved such results.

THE VEGGIES – Education and Training

List all of your training, giving priority to education that directly relates to the work you are pursuing. Keep it fresh, like good veggies should be. Your degree and most recent training should be listed first, with older, irrelevant training omitted, like I just omitted this moldy head of cabbage from my fridge. PU!

THE MEAT – Professional Experience

Nice marbling, thick slicing. Not too much or it will overpower all of the other flavors. Not too many bullets. Everyone uses them. It’s better to use line spacing between each item. No longer than two lines, and no more than four items for the two most recent positions.

Most meat is good no matter which way it is cut; however, there are those prime slices that will turn a mediocre sandwich into a mothership of flavor. This is where strong writing comes in. Many people will try to cram this part of the sandwich full of any kind of meat, expecting that a towering sandwich equals a good sandwich. Although their intentions are good, they destroy the overall quality and impact of the resume by going into minute detail about day-to-day tasks. This type of over-stuffing makes for a boring read and unless the reader is enamored with the intricacies of your workflow, your resume will be relegated to the circular file. Guaranteed.

In the ‘Professional Experiences’ section of your resume, only include tasty morsels about what you do that is relevant to the needs of your potential employers. Serve up examples of your day-to-day work that you feel directly relates to what employers are looking for. Check out job descriptions of positions similar to the type of job your seeking, and make sure that the professional experiences section, the meat of your resume, has a flavor that complements the employer’s desires.

LAYERING – Putting it all together

Two of the layers in your resume sandwich are absolute: the bread and the sauce, meaning that your stylistic choices and contact information should always be front-and-center.

Depending on the direction of your job search and your professional and educational background, the other layers can be moved, toward the top or the bottom. Choosing the order of presentation is very important to how your resume (and subsequently you) are perceived.

We hope this helps you to understand how to approach a good, completely delectable resume that you can use to supercharge your job search!



Source by Andrew Conlon