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Resume Writing: 3 Tips

June 7th, 2016

To present yourself in your best possible light during the job search, the first step is to have an eye-catching, memorable and impressive resume. Your first impression with the hiring manager, a resume serves as a brief introduction into your skills, qualifications, career trajectory and potential as a new hire. Read on for three tips for catching their attention and writing a killer resume.

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3 Tips for Writing an Eye-Catching Resume

  1. Be Honest

It’s crucial to never lie on your resume to preserve your professional integrity. “Little white lies” about your reasons for leaving a previous job, fudging your salary details or inventing positions you never held are all surefire ways to get blacklisted during the job hunt and if you manage to get the job, fired once you are found out. Always be honest about your past and avoid embellishing the truth, even if you don’t think you’ll get caught. Read the rest of this entry »

Professional Resume: 3 Things to Include

August 12th, 2014

In today’s online world, the resume takes a new role when it comes to impressing employers. While many executives have a general expectation of what a typical resume should look like, it’s important to grab their attention with subtle differences that make your resume pop. In order to create a professional resume that is appropriate for your field, we’ve come up with three essentials to include. resumes

3 Things to Include on a Professional Resume 

1. State A Clear Objective

It’s easy to lay out a general objective that covers a wide array of jobs and opportunities. At the top of your resume, write a clear and specific objective that matches the job you are applying for. Employers don’t want to see another general resume that could work for anything; they want to know why this job specifically grabbed your attention.

2. Use Appropriate Key Words 

A great way to tailor your resume to a specific job is to use keywords that are included in the job description. If an employer were to look at your resume next to the job description, they would relatively match. Show how your experience meets the qualifications desired of the position and you will make the interview process fairly easy.  Read the rest of this entry »

5 Job Search and Resume Mistakes

May 13th, 2014

While some may think that the job search is easier than ever thanks to technology, the truth is that it has become quite difficult and robotic. It is rarer for people to walk into buildings and introduce themselves along with their resume and application. Instead, applicants are performing their job search at a computer and simply hitting the “Send” button. How does that set you apart from the rest?

The biggest problem about bad job search and resume habits is that there is a high possibility that you aren’t even aware that you are making mistakes. The old saying, “What you don’t know, won’t hurt you,” is not appropriate in this case; on the contrary, what you don’t know might cost you the job.

Are you focused in your job search?

Are you focused in your job search?

5 Job Search Mistakes You Might Be Making 

1. Relying on your resume to land you the job. 

As stated earlier, simply handing in the same resume and only slightly tweaked cover letter has become the status quo. So many people are competing for jobs these days, and while they may not have the personable skills that you do, their resume might look better. More likely, someone else is taking the time to write a specific cover letter or personally call and/or visit the office to talk directly to the hiring manager.

2. Filling your resume with light facts instead of hard accomplishments, success and skills. 

Job searching is stressful and it can be exhausting; it’s not normal for someone to have to sell themselves on a daily basis. Have your resume do some of that work for you by stating professional accomplishments, actual success numbers and critical skills that you have learned. This will help you more than “Microsoft Office savvy” or “Excellent customer service.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Staffing Agency Interview Tips: 4 Things They’re Looking For

May 6th, 2014

If you’re preparing for an interview at a staffing agency, it’s important that you treat it as a real interview that could put you in the position of your dreams. Why, you may ask? The staffing agency that you interview with is going to become your advocate and put you exactly where you need to be to reach your goals; so it’s important that you dress the part.

Every staffing agency wants to help and, like any other prospective employer, they are going to ask many questions to find out about character, experience and work ethic. But there are a couple of different things that recruiters will look for as well. staffing agency interview

4 Interview Tips from a Staffing Agency 

1. Do you know what you want? 

Staffing agencies deal with so many different opportunities, ranging from full-time to holiday gigs. If you can define exactly what kind of work you are looking for, it makes the recruiter’s job a lot easier. Are you looking for something to pay the bills or venturing into a new field? Be clear about your goals and recruiters will do their best to put you on the right path.  Read the rest of this entry »

The LinkedIn Resume: 5 Ways to Impress on Social Media

April 29th, 2014

Linkedin_ChocolatesIs your LinkedIn profile ready for recruiters?

The days of handing in a paper resume directly to a manager are gone (though definitely bring in copies for your interview) and recruiters are taking to social media platforms to see if a potential hire has what it takes. One of the most popular go-to sites is LinkedIn, the business playground of social media and a soap box for you to sell yourself. It’s the age of the living and breathing resume that allows for constant updates, ultimate stealth mode of job searching, seeing who has checked out your profile and the chance to get other people to endorse you for your skills. Is your profile ready?

 

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Searching

1. No typos or grammatical errors. 

Is something spelled wrong? Should there be a comma there? If your profile is full of silly mistakes then you are simply asking to be written off. Take the time to read through your profile and make edits as necessary. Have someone else proofread it as well.

2. An elevator pitch. 

Use the summary box as a place to state why you’re different, your value and what unique skills you bring to the table. Use keywords that recruiters will be looking for and tailor it specifically to the field you want to get into.

3. Have a great (and professional) photo. 

Your LinkedIn profile picture should not be of you hiking in the mountains, participating in a food-eating contest or cuddling your cat. Invest in a proper headshot against a complimentary, simple background. Dress professionally and smile.

4. Google yourself. 

Not only will your LinkedIn profile show up, but so will your other social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. These are not off-limits to recruiters. Go through your social media profiles and make edits where needed: un-tagging or deleting photos, editing tweets or status updates and comments on ridiculous things.

5. Clearly present experience. 

Your LinkedIn profile is the story about your work history. Take the time to explain what you know and defend your skills and experience. Don’t be shy; take credit for your accomplishments.

Do you have other tips for creating a great LinkedIn profile? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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Your Resume Sucks! The Top 5 Resume Mistakes You Must Avoid

September 22nd, 2011

As the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and your resume is usually the first impression you give a potential employer. So make sure you’re not making these common mistakes on yours.

1. Attempting One Size Fits All
Employers want you to write a resume specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization. An effective resume leaves no doubt as to the job seeker’s career objective, while a one-size-fits-all resume gives the impression that the job seeker has no specific career goals. If you have more than one career objective, you need more than one resume.

2. Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments
Your resume shouldn’t just be a listing of your past job duties. You need to include quantifiable statements so that employers understand what you’ve truly accomplished. For example, instead of saying:

• Attended group meetings and recorded minutes
• Worked with children in a day-care setting
• Updated departmental files

Say:
• Used laptop to record weekly meeting minutes and compiled them in a Microsoft Word-based file for organization’s future reference
• Developed three daily activities for preschool-age children and prepared them for a 10-minute holiday program performance
• Reorganized 10 years worth of files, to make them accessible to department members.

3. Neglecting to Sell Yourself
Job seekers need to remember that a job search is a sales campaign. Your resume is marketing material so make it effective by showing how you can solve problems, save money or increase profits.

4. Going Old School
These days, you need to remember that resumes are screened by both humans and computers. If your resume lacks the keywords that the screeners are looking for, you run the risk of it being tossed aside. The average resume screen takes 15 seconds or less and will look for the same words found in the job description. A keyword-focused resume will put you front and center.

5. Coming Across as Careless or Lazy
Make sure your resume doesn’t contain typos or grammatical errors. If it does, employers will assume you can’t write or don’t care. Speaking of writing, make sure your language is strong. Instead of using wimpy, passive phrases like “responsible for providing IT support,” use action verbs: “Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff.”