resume http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3861/all en-US The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_laptop_000053433486.jpg" alt="Woman learning the best times of year to start her job search" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you're ready to search for a new job. The good news? One of the best times to job hunt is coming soon.</p> <p>January happens to be one of the best times to begin a job search. As massive jobs site Monster.com said in a recent feature story, winter is the time of year when the greatest number of decision makers are in the office at the same time, because these key people are done with the vacations so many of them take during the winter holidays. And this is important, because these decision makers often work as teams when making hiring choices.</p> <p>At the same time, January is when office work at many companies tends to pick up again after a slowdown in December. Some companies still mostly shut down during the last two weeks of the year. These firms won't be making any hiring decisions around the holidays.</p> <p>Then the best time to get your resume out there would be right after the New Year's holiday, when hiring managers are back at work and no longer thinking of holiday parties, gift-giving, and ski vacations.</p> <p>There's a financial reason for the new hiring, too. Many companies get their new yearly budgets in January. Once they have these in place, they can then make hiring decisions with confidence.</p> <h2>The Early Fall Rush</h2> <p>The beginning of the new year isn't the only good time to start a job search. Career advice site Career Sidekick recommends, too, that job hunters send out resumes and cover letters during the early fall, especially in September and October.</p> <p>The holiday season plays a role again. Companies often want to make hiring decisions before the winter holidays and the year-end lull. If you want to catch businesses when they are shifting into hiring mode, the early fall months are a good choice.</p> <p>It's not just that hiring managers don't focus on work during the holiday season. As Career Sidekick writes, it's easier for them to schedule interviews and complete the hiring process during the fall months when they don't have to schedule them between the days off and vacation time that other key managers are taking.</p> <h2>Summer Can Be Rough</h2> <p>There is also one time of year that is a particularly slow period for hiring, and that's summer. Again, this often has to do with the number of vacation days that key managers take. Those managers who don't take time off during the end-of-the-year holidays often do it instead in June, July, or August. This is a particularly busy time for family vacations.</p> <p>This makes it difficult for hiring managers to schedule a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">series of interviews</a> with job candidates who have to earn the approval of several key office personnel. If you're searching for a job in the summer, it might be a while before you actually hear back.</p> <p>There is an exception here, though. Recent college graduates applying for more entry-level positions might find better luck applying for jobs in the summer. That's because hiring managers expect to see these resumes during this time of year.</p> <p>It's also easier to hire recent college graduates because they are usually applying for lower-level jobs. They don't need to meet with as many key decision makers before they are hired. Summer vacations don't play as big a role in these interviews.</p> <h2>Find the Right Time for You</h2> <p>It's important to remember that these are just rough guidelines. The best time to look for a new job is often when you make the decision to take on a new challenge, no matter what time of year it happens to be.</p> <p>And the best time to job-hunting might also be when your life has slowed down enough. If you're in the middle of moving to a new home, if you're planning a wedding, or if you've returned to graduate school, this might not be the best time to hunt for a new job, even if it is early fall or the beginning of a new year.</p> <p>You need the time and energy to run a successful job search. If you're bogged down with too many big responsibilities, it might be best to wait before sending out those resumes, no matter what the calendar says.</p> <p><em>What time of year have you had the most luck in finding jobs? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume">A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-noticed-during-a-job-search">8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting job hunt job search new job resume unemployed Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:00:07 +0000 Dan Rafter 1621148 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hiding_desk_000052944964.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways to job hunt without getting caught" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Applying for a new job is often a Catch-22: You've got to put yourself out there as a candidate, but you don't want to get caught by your current employer for fear of being prematurely fired. Yes, it's a fine line to walk for career advancement, but you can totally perfect this skill with these nine ways to conduct a stealthy job search.</p> <h2>1. Keep Your Social Media Profiles Current at All Times</h2> <p>If you're active on social media in general, your various profiles are probably up-to-date on the regular. If they're not, and you update them out of the blue, it could raise suspicions, particularly on LinkedIn and if you're connected to coworkers &mdash; which you probably are.</p> <p><a href="http://alexandermannsolutions.com/about-alexander-mann-solutions/our-talent/key-person/ian-cluroe">Ian Cluroe</a>, director of global brand and marketing for Alexander Mann Solutions, warns against this sudden attention to your social media profiles.</p> <p>&quot;Keeping your social profiles up-to-date ensures that you don't raise flags when you're the one actively searching, and enables you to be found by sources who may have an opportunity that you're the perfect person for but you would have otherwise known nothing about because your outdated profile made you impossible to find,&quot; he says.</p> <h2>2. Don't Send Resumes to Blind Ads Online</h2> <p>If you don't know who the recipient of your resume is, do not send it. I repeat, DO NOT SEND IT. You don't know who is on the other end, and serendipity has a way of biting you in the butt for not being careful.</p> <p>&quot;A woman once told me that her coworker responded to a blind ad and then was confronted a short while later by someone in the company from Human Resources,&quot; reveals certified career coach <a href="http://www.calltocareer.com/about/">Cheryl E. Palmer</a>. &quot;The HR professional asked her if she was looking for another job. The woman lied and said no. The HR professional responded, &quot;I got your resume.&quot; It turned out that the job that this woman had unwittingly applied for was at her own company.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Be Cautious When You're Networking</h2> <p>Of course you have to network when you're searching for a new position &mdash; just be smart about it. Be very careful to whom you're telling your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-key-jobs-for-people-who-hate-stress">plans to switch jobs</a>, because you never know who you're talking to. As a rule, don't go to networking events at a bar where you're going to have a couple drinks and become less inhibited. That's a recipe for certain disaster.</p> <h2>4. Don't Let Your Attire Give It Away</h2> <p>Here's a prime example of amateur tactics that absolutely raise red flags: When your everyday work attire is chinos and a button-down and you all of a sudden show up to work in a suit and tie. The jig will be up immediately, and you're better than that, bro.</p> <p>&quot;Dressing up more than normal can be a real giveaway that you are interviewing for another position,&quot; says Palmer. &quot;To avoid suspicion, put your interview clothes in your car and change in a discreet location before the interview. It's also a good idea to schedule interview appointments during times when your absence won't raise questions. Taking too much time off from work can signal that you are interviewing at other companies.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Don't Tell Your Coworkers That You're Looking</h2> <p>I'm sure there are coworkers you trust to keep the secret that you're looking for a new job, but my life motto has fared me well so far &mdash; trust no one, and fear everyone. Besides, you don't know what plans they have in mind for their own career advancement. They may view your undercover search as an opportunity to swoop in and take your job right out from under you. And if that happens, you'll kick yourself for being so loose-lipped. Ruthless comes in all shapes, sizes, and smiles.</p> <h2>6. Consider Having an Executive Recruiter on Your Side</h2> <p>If you're afraid of getting caught searching for a job (and you should be), there are ways to ease your anxiety. Hiring an executive recruiter is one such solution, and it won't even cost you. Recruiters are paid by employers, and their fees are usually based on your starting salary. Depending on the type of job you're seeking &mdash; like CEO or VP of Somethingorother &mdash; working with a recruiter is often the only way to go.</p> <p>Zach Brown, a senior sourcing recruiter for David Brown International, details a few of the benefits of using a recruiter.</p> <p>&quot;A skilled recruiter can leverage their network and industry connections to get your resume and portfolio in front of employers in your field that are looking for top talent,&quot; he explains. &quot;Going this route will get you exposure with the right companies without having to post your resume everywhere for all to see. Look for an established recruiter that specializes in your career field and has worked with the types of organizations that you are interested in working for.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Keep Your Search Quiet, Especially on Social Media</h2> <p>As a professional, you should be mindful of what you're posting to social media, in general &mdash; no more drama! &ndash; but you should particularly be conscious to keep your job search updates off Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites. Even if you're not connected to your boss or coworkers online, what you post has a mysterious way of popping up in places you don't want it to be seen &mdash; security settings, be damned.</p> <h2>8. Don't Use Anyone at Your Current Job as a Reference</h2> <p>If you don't want to raise a red flag that you're looking for a new job, WHY would you use one of your coworkers as a reference? Surely you have three other people with whom you're not currently working who can vouch for you, no?</p> <h2>9. Search for Your New Job on Your Own Time and Equipment</h2> <p>And, finally, don't be sketchy and use company time to search for a position with another company. That's not only dumb, but also disloyal and rude. Use your own computer and other resources on your own time. Get caught and you're likely to get fired on the spot. The only silver lining is that it will seriously speed up your job search. You don't want it to go down like that.</p> <p>Palmer says, &quot;You should never put your work email or work phone number on your resume. Also, you should use a personal email address that sounds professional &mdash; i.e., ralph.smith@[emailservice].com, not wonderboy@[emailservice].com &mdash; and list your cell phone number so that communication with potential employers will remain private. In addition, you should use your computer at home to send emails to hiring managers. Using the computer at work is risky since many companies monitor their employees' computer use.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have tips on how employees can search for a new job without raising a red flag? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much">15 Great Jobs That Don&#039;t Pay Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting boss Job Interview job search new job resume Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:15:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 1606587 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Hobbies That Pump Up Your Resume http://www.wisebread.com/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_traveling_paris_000017104925.jpg" alt="Woman finding hobbies that pump up her resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Time spent away from work on hobbies is immensely valuable &mdash; it connects us with friends and family, gives us a sense of purpose and meaning, and allows us to relax, all while developing important skills. Even better, some of the skills our hobbies impart can benefit us in the workplace. Here are three hobbies that help us develop important, resume-boosting skills, without even trying.</p> <h2>1. Blogging</h2> <p>When you apply for a job, there's a good chance your would-be boss, or someone from the human resources department, is going to Google you. One of the best ways to increase your chances of landing an interview &mdash; and, eventually, the job &mdash; is to differentiate yourself from other candidates in the search results. Setting up and maintaining a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers">professional blog</a> and social media accounts is a great way to boost your image, show off your skills and accomplishments and communicate that you have an interesting, active life outside the office.</p> <p>Plus, bloggers have a better chance of getting noticed and hired by employers because they are showcasing skills that can immediately be put into use in an office setting &mdash; from search engine optimization and social media management to writing and design. But your blog might also offer a peek into your personality. That's important, too, because, in many respects, employers are hiring as if they are choosing between candidates to <a href="http://www.asanet.org/journals/ASR/Dec12ASRFeature.pdf">be their new friend</a> as well as their new worker.</p> <p>While your blog should be professional &mdash; no party pictures or political rants &mdash; it should also offer flashes of your love for cooking or affinity for backgammon. The goal is to come across as a smart, motivated, well-rounded person &mdash; not a boring, one-dimensional robot.</p> <h2>2. World Travel</h2> <p>So you just got back from a trip around the world, or a summer spent teaching English in Nepal. Maybe you spent a month solo backpacking through South America. Wherever you were, now you're home &mdash; and you're ready to find a job. Rest assured, there's no need to try to conceal how you've been spending your time. While carving time out to travel was once considered by many employers to be frivolous, it's now more often seen as an asset. Translation: Your time spent hiking in the mountains, touring war-torn cities, and befriending the inhabitants of remote villages boosts your hireability.</p> <p>Employers need experienced workers who are comfortable with other cultures, aren't afraid of stepping outside their comfort zones, and have a thirst for familiarizing themselves with the unknown. Did you plan, finance, and budget your own travels? Then you probably picked up some budgeting, finance, and organizational skills. Did you befriend a child in Vietnam using only body language? Well, then, you're skilled at overcoming communication and language barriers. People who travel are often motivated, able to speak another language, and willing to relocate &mdash; and these are highly sought qualities in the working world. No two travelers have the same stories to tell, so be sure to use your most awe inspiring ones to differentiate yourself in your cover letter.</p> <h2>3. Team Sports</h2> <p>Participating in a team sport or activity, like club soccer, gives you a deepened sense of self-worth, purpose, and meaning. And it means you know how to play well with others &mdash; both on and off the field. Sports can teach you how to work toward a team goal while also chipping away at personal ones. They're a great way to polish your time management skills and learn the importance of commitment. They teach you how to overcome setbacks and learn from your mistakes.</p> <p>These are the qualities you build while dribbling up and down the court, making strategic passes to members of your team. And it's the stuff your future boss is looking for from new hires. The best place to list sports involvement on your resume is under an &quot;activities&quot; subhead. It's all about the keywords and phrases. Coachable. Dedicated. Accountable. Team player. Expressed properly, any job interviewer will see how your on-the-field skills will translate in the workplace.</p> <p><em>Do you have hobbies that enhance your workplace abilities? Tell us about them in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-hobbies-that-pump-up-your-resume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-splurge-resume-writer">When to Splurge: Resume Writer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume">A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building blogging employment history job hunting resume sports teams traveling Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1554884 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_interview_000051198936.jpg" alt="Woman taking essential steps before job interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once you've snagged a job interview, the inevitable nerves that follow can make it difficult to focus on preparation. With a little bit of planning, though, you can bring your best business-ready self to the table. Follow these tips leading up to your big moment.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Considerate-People-35402792">29 Habits of Extremely Considerate People</a></p> <h2>Several Hours Earlier</h2> <h3>1. Eat Well</h3> <p>It's important to have a healthy, substantial breakfast, of course, but it's just as important to eat well the night before so that you feel your best in the morning. Choose nutritious foods that fill and satisfy, and remember to limit caffeine to one or two servings. Chances are you'll already be feeling jittery, so put a cap on your coffee consumption.</p> <h3>2. Check the Weather</h3> <p>Check the hourly forecast and grab any extra items that you may need: an umbrella, a raincoat, gloves, or suitable footwear, for instance.</p> <h3>3. Mind Your Footwear</h3> <p>Shoes are important: make sure your pair is both weather-appropriate and easy to walk in, because the last thing you want to do is trip your way through the office. The night before your interview, wear the selected shoes with socks for a couple hours to guarantee that they're broken in and comfortable.</p> <h3>4. Pack Your Day Bag</h3> <p>Pack a small bag with all the hygiene necessities: floss, travel-size deodorant, a compact mirror, and any makeup essentials that you may want to use for a morning touch-up. Include a tin of mints and avoid gum in case you forget to throw it away beforehand.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027">4 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Interviewer</a></p> <h2>One Hour Prior</h2> <h3>5. Chat With a Friend</h3> <p>Call a friend for a quick conversation that will place you in a lighter frame of mind. Try not to talk about your interview. Instead, focus on carefree, upbeat topics that will put you at ease.</p> <h3>6. Pump Up the Jams</h3> <p>Turn up the volume to amp up your energy. Nobody wants to talk to a tired deadbeat, let alone hire one. Companies want lively, enthusiastic employees, so listen to a special pump-up playlist featuring your favorite fast-tempo songs. Let yourself loosen up so that your personality can shine.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Cities-Jobs-37523431#photo-37523431">The 25 Best Cities For Jobs in the US</a></p> <h2>With Minutes to Go</h2> <h3>7. Hush Your Phone</h3> <p>Turn off your phone. It's a no-brainer, but nothing screams &quot;unprofessional&quot; quite like a vibrating purse &mdash; not to mention a loud, awkward ringtone.</p> <h3>8. Get Hydrated</h3> <p>Drink up: hydration is key to staying alert, so bring a full water bottle to sip throughout the day. Once you reach the office, kindly accept any drink offers from the receptionist in case your mouth dries out midinterview.</p> <h3>9. Breathe</h3> <p>Take deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Anxious butterflies can cause headaches and hazy vision, so concentrate on breathing to clear your mind.</p> <h3>10. Smile</h3> <p>Attitude is everything, and positivity packs the greatest punch when it comes to boosting your appeal.</p> <p>Have your own interview prep tips to share? Leave them in the comments.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Neat-Freak-Tips-35312800">How to Become the Neat Freak You've Always Dreamed of Being</a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve made it to the interview; don&#039;t blow it now. 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Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Considerate-People-35402792">29 Habits of Extremely Considerate People</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027">4 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Interviewer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Cities-Jobs-37523431#photo-37523431">The 25 Best Cities For Jobs in the US</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Neat-Freak-Tips-35312800">How to Become the Neat Freak You've Always Dreamed of Being</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting Personal Development interview job search resume Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:00:14 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1452447 at http://www.wisebread.com Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_computer_resume_000050021680.jpg" alt="Woman using times new roman on her resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you opt for Times New Roman on your résumé, then you may as well show up to the interview in sweatpants. At least that is what some experts say. The classic font is said to be one to avoid these days, with modern ones like Helvetica and Proxima Nova edging out more antiquated styles. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/the-best-and-worst-fonts-to-use-on-your-r-sum-" target="_blank">Bloomsberg asked type experts</a> to weigh in on what job candidates should be using, and they had some pretty strong opinions on what works and, more importantly, what doesn't.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192" target="_blank">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>Do Use:</h2> <h3>Helvetica</h3> <p>There is a resounding vote from the experts for this one. &quot;Helvetica is beautiful,&quot; said Matt Luckhurst, who is the creative director at Collins in San Francisco. Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, added that the font is &quot;so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest.&quot;</p> <h3><strong>Proxima Nova</strong></h3> <p>&quot;I never met a client that didn't like that typeface,&quot; Hoff <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/the-best-and-worst-fonts-to-use-on-your-r-sum-" target="_blank">told Bloomberg</a>. The font does not come free, but because of how positively it is viewed in the professional world, it may be worth the cost to upgrade to the typeface if you are applying to a job at a more formal company or for a higher-up position.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-After-Interview-37367865" target="_blank">Don't Leave the Interview Before Asking These Questions</a></p> <h3>Garamond</h3> <p>This font is easy to read, compact, and simple.</p> <h2>Avoid:</h2> <h3>Times New Roman</h3> <p>This may come as shock to all the traditionalists and postgrads out there, but the usage of Times New Roman has begun to be seen by some as lazy. &quot;It's telegraphing that you didn't put any thought into the typeface that you selected,&quot; Hoff said. &quot;It's like putting on sweatpants.&quot; Definitely not what you want your potential employer's first impression to be.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204#photo-35315204" target="_blank">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a></p> <h3>Zapfino</h3> <p>This should probably be obvious, but any font that resembles cursive should be avoided. They can be hard to read, overly fancy, and generally inappropriate for a professional setting.</p> <h3>Courier</h3> <p>&quot;You don't have a typewriter, so don't try to pretend that you have a typewriter,&quot; Luckhurst told Bloomberg. &quot;You have been using a computer to do a handwritten thing. You haven't used a computer properly, and you haven't handwritten properly.&quot; Pretty much sums it up, right?</p> <h3>Comic Sans</h3> <p>Is there ever a time and place for this font? Probably not. But it's most <em>definitely</em> one to avoid when writing up a résumé. It's unprofessional, whimsical, and will most likely be dismissed right off the bat by potential employers. Seriously, steer clear of this one pretty much always.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Morning-Person-26607205" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person</a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions matter, especially on a resume. What does your choice of font say about you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192" target="_blank">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-After-Interview-37367865" target="_blank">Don't Leave the Interview Before Asking These Questions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204#photo-35315204" target="_blank">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Morning-Person-26607205" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting Style interview job search resume Thu, 21 May 2015 09:00:07 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1415380 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_search_000025717875.jpg" alt="Woman searching for new job and keeping it secret" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you're looking for a new job &mdash; the problem is, you already have one, and you don't want your current boss to discover you're looking for another. It's a situation most of us find ourselves in at least once during our careers, but it's also one that can be potentially disastrous.</p> <p>Since job security is important to most of us, it's important to keep your job search confidential until you actually have an offer on the table. Here are some tips for doing just that.</p> <h2>1. Hunt on Personal Time</h2> <p>Yes, it's often easier to look for a new job during regular business hours, but this also makes it a lot harder to keep your search a secret. Do your best to research new companies or positions and submit your resume on your own time.</p> <p>As you get farther along in your job search, it may become harder to avoid searching during business hours. Most new employers will not be willing to interview, in person or by phone, outside of their own working hours. But if you must search during these times, do the right thing and take some vacation time or call in sick.</p> <p>It can be helpful to let potential new employers know that while you are actively looking to leave your current position, they shouldn't contact your current company. Most employers are understanding of this, and allow you to check a box preventing current employer contact from occurring.</p> <h2>2. Guard Your Email</h2> <p>Conduct your job hunt from a personal email address, preferably one specifically dedicated to your job hunt. Many companies now monitor emails, so sending job-search related content through your current employer's server carries risks.</p> <p>It's easy to create a new email address, and most email platforms will allow you to read mail from multiple addresses with one (personal) login. Just make sure that any email you send in response has a return address that matches the one your potential new employer sent their email to.</p> <h2>3. Take Care With Your Resume</h2> <p>It's easy to post your resume to job boards, and doing so can feel like a huge step toward putting yourself out there. However, public boards are searchable by all companies, including the one you currently work for. While you may think that there is a fairly small chance that someone from your current company would see your post, many companies monitor these boards. They're looking for potential employees, but also looking for current employees who want to leave.</p> <p>If you must post to a job board, determine whether they have privacy options that would allow you to control who sees your information. You can also choose to <a href="http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/keep-your-job-search-secret/article.aspx">mask your applicant name</a> with something like &quot;Confidential Candidate,&quot; and describe your current position generally rather than specifically.</p> <p>These same cautions apply to your cover letter, too. You can mention that this is a confidential job search and request discretion during the hiring process.</p> <h2>4. Dress the Part</h2> <p>Interviews require you to dress up, but many jobs let you slack at least a little in the clothing department once you're employed there. This means that if you have an interview, but are going into work first, you should dress for your current role. Store your suit in the car, or go home before your interview so you can change.</p> <p>This is especially true when you're going on a lot of interviews. You may be able to make an excuse for dressing up once (like, you're going out to a formal dinner directly after work), but doing that more than once can raise suspicions.</p> <h2>5. Keep Social Media Contacts in the Dark</h2> <p>You can be as careful as you want about your job search, but if other people know about it, your cat can still get out of its bag. Unless someone is very close to you or has a good reason to know you're looking to change jobs, it's best to keep them in the dark. This is especially true for acquaintances who might not understand how important it is for you to keep things confidential.</p> <p>If someone finds out about your search, let them know that you are keeping it on the down low until you have an offer. Ask them to email you directly if they want to talk about it, or just tell them that you'd rather not discuss it, but you will let them know when or if something comes up.</p> <h2>6. Don't Talk About It</h2> <p>After everything mentioned here, this seems pretty obvious. But you would be surprised how many people shoot themselves in the foot because they get so excited, discouraged, frustrated, or exhilarated by their job search that they just can't help talking about it. Don't. Resist the temptation to brag, share, or vent about how things are going.</p> <p>If you know that you're the type who will inevitably need to talk about your search, choose someone who already knows about it. Call your best friend, your spouse, or even your mother to share your triumphs and successes.</p> <p>Looking for a new job can be such a fun and exciting time. Remember these tips so that you don't hurt yourself more than you help yourself, and so that you don't burn your bridges behind you.</p> <p><em>Have you searched for a job while you had a job? How did you keep things confidential?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-key-jobs-for-people-who-hate-stress">5 Low Key Jobs for People Who Hate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting confidentiality employment resume Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1353879 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_interview_000035737866.jpg" alt="Employable woman shaking hands in job interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The unemployment rate is steadily improving &mdash; thank you, American people &mdash; but there's still a large pool of job seekers, and not enough positions to go around. As a result, employers can afford to be extremely picky. They're looking for qualified applicants who bring more to the table. Why can't that be you? Consider these tips to make yourself more employable.</p> <h2>1. Recognize That Cookie-Cutter Resume Doesn't Work</h2> <p>Employers can spot a cooker-cutter resume a mile away. If you don't take time to update your resume and tailor it to each specific job, don't expect employers to take time out of their schedule to interview you. This is especially true if they receive numerous customized resumes or cover letters from people willing to go above and beyond to get noticed.</p> <p>Carefully read job ads to understand the responsibilities and duties. When crafting your resume and cover letter, focus on skills that are a good match for each specific position. For example, if you're applying for a sales position, your resume should focus on any previous sales or marketing experience. Mention workshops or courses you've taken, sales awards or recognition you've received, duties and responsibilities, and action-oriented tasks that got results.</p> <p>If you're not confident in your resume-writing skills, you may want to consider enlisting a professional. I recommend this to many of my friends, and you might benefit from it, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <h2>2. Further Your Education</h2> <p>A career coach recently told me that going back to school isn't necessary if you're trying to make yourself more employable, but it doesn't hurt to brush up on skills you already have. You can take a free or low-cost workshop, seminar, or class at a community college to expand or improve upon your skillset. Even if you have the requisite experience and education for a position, you might go further in the interview process if you have additional skills such as speaking a second language or proficiency in a new software program. The less time a company has to spend training you, the better. Additional skills also might enable you to have a greater role in the organization (and possibly move up the corporate ladder faster).</p> <p>Before applying for any job, research the &quot;bonus&quot; skills that employers in your field desire. If you can master these, you'll become more employable.</p> <h2>3. Get Social</h2> <p>You may not be a computer fanatic or a big fan of social media, but if you want to become more employable, you've got to improve your online presence. Many employers head online to find qualified job applicants, and not every company advertises openings on the job boards you frequent &mdash; increasingly fewer do this, in fact. Also, many companies have recruiters that scour sites like LinkedIn looking for qualified applicants. For example, in the past 12 months, I was contacted by four companies who found my online profile. That's work I didn't have to search for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job?ref=seealso">Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <p>On the flip side, make sure your social media profiles aren't losing you jobs. Employers are researching your online life to make sure you're a good fit for the company before they extend an offer. Drunken or controversial posts, a combative attitude, and other unsavory and unprofessional additions will only work against you.</p> <h2>4. Adjust Your Attitude</h2> <p>After months of looking for a job, you might feel the situation is hopeless. Unfortunately, if you feel negative or discouraged, you can bring this attitude into every interview. Don't think employers won't notice your lack of confidence. This will show in your demeanor and in the way you answer questions. If the employer has to choose between someone who's excited and confident over someone who lacks self-confidence, they're going to go with the former. Fake it until you make it, as they say. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable?ref=seealso">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a>)</p> <h2>5. Learn How to Ace an Interview</h2> <p>You can do every suggestion listed above, but if you have terrible interview skills, most employers aren't going to give you a second thought. By now, you're probably familiar with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">common interview questions</a> like: Why should I hire you? How can you help my company succeed? What are your long-term and short-term goals? What are your strengths and weaknesses? But don't just focus on mastering responses to these questions. Learn about the company by reading press releases, news articles, or studying their financials. This proves you've done your homework, and that you have a sincere interest in the company &mdash; and it'll help you prevent looking like an idiot in the hot seat.</p> <p>Also, have several mock interviews with friends or relatives to make sure your answers are to the point and concise. Whatever field you're applying in, search online for the top 20 or 30 interview questions specific to this field and come up with impressive responses for each one. You only have one shot to dazzle the employer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews?ref=seealso">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</a>)</p> <h2>6. Be Flexible</h2> <p>You might go into an interview thinking you have to earn a certain salary or have a certain schedule. However, flexibility can pay off. This doesn't mean compromising and taking a job that's clearly not a fit. But if you're flexible with your desired income and work schedule, you might get a job offer sooner rather than later. An employer might be unable to offer $55,000, but can do $47,000. Or, they might be unable to offer a nine to five shift, but can hire for a later slot.</p> <p><em>Do you have tips on how to make yourself more employable? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview">10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting interview tips job etiquette job search resume Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1349296 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frustrated_paper_000026250736.jpg" alt="Woman frustrated trying to write the perfect resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/04/the-job-outlook-for-2015/21208321/">U.S. job outlook</a> is looking much improved for 2015, and most economic indicators suggest a continued, healthy pace of hiring in the year ahead.</p> <p>If you're still job hunting, it's time to polish your resume and ensure it stands out from the competition. While it can be tempting to pull outlandish stunts to convince employers to hire you, we don't recommend them as a prudent job search strategy. Instead, stick to what works &mdash; like having a crisp, error-free CV. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job?ref=seealso">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a>).</p> <p>To make your resume really stand out from the competition, here are ten mistakes that will hurt your job search.</p> <h2>1. It Starts With a Career Objective Statement</h2> <p>Sometime back in high school, one of your instructors forced you to write a resume that included a career objective statement. Since habits die hard, you probably still include a career objective statement on your resume today.</p> <p>Career objective statements are dated and don't belong in the modern business world. Hiring managers recommend leaving objective statements off your resume because they're irrelevant for the initial screening process. It's all about what the company wants, not the other way around. If you make it past the screening process, then you will have a chance to talk about your objective(s).</p> <h2>2. It Features Quirky Job Titles</h2> <p>While TeaEO may have worked for the founder and CEO of Honest Tea, quirky job titles are often a bad idea.</p> <p>There are three reasons why quirky job titles do more harm than good on your resume.</p> <h3>Quirky Job Titles Lack Context</h3> <p>If you're a &quot;Marketing Ninja,&quot; what happens when you request or get a promotion? Do you become a &quot;Marketing Jōnin?&quot; Also, are you above a samurai? Did you report to a shogun?</p> <h3>Applicant Tracking Systems Search for Specific Keywords</h3> <p>Your &quot;Word Guru&quot; title will leave you out from an &quot;associate editor&quot; query.</p> <h3>Great Performances Trump Job Titles</h3> <p>Any customer would still prefer to be taken care of by an effective, yet boringly named &quot;customer service representative&quot; than by a happy but hopeless &quot;happiness advocate.&quot;</p> <h2>3. It Includes Too Much Work History</h2> <p>A recent study found that recruiters spend only six seconds reviewing a resume. This means that most of the time your resume should be no longer than a single page, especially if you're just starting your career. If you include pages and pages of work history, then you're more likely to go over the one-page limit.</p> <p>Unless it is 100% relevant, nobody wants to hear about your first job selling lemonade on your street or being a &quot;sandwich artist&quot; in college. Keep your job history relevant to the position that you're applying to.</p> <h2>4. It Has Big, Unexplained Gaps in Employment</h2> <p>If you experienced a layoff, decided to take a long leave to raise your children, or took a year off to travel around Latin America, you will have a big gap in employment. Life happens and recruiters are fine with that. What they're not okay with is that you leave them wondering about those gaps.</p> <p>Include a single line description, such as &quot;Family Care&quot; or &quot;Volunteer for Red Cross&quot; that helps your potential employer to review your job history, and then move on.</p> <h2>5. It Lacks Specifics</h2> <p>Focus on accomplishment, not job duties. Recruiters don't want to hear about menial tasks and duties. Anybody in that job would have done those. Instead, recruiters would like to read about what you got done.</p> <p>Here are three tips on how to provide specifics in your job history.</p> <h3>Avoid iPhrases</h3> <p>Resumes are never written in the first person. Use dynamic verbs instead.</p> <h3>Leverage Numbers to Provide Context</h3> <p>For example, &quot;Redesigned a trading platform used by 2,500 investment managers,&quot; or &quot;Launched a grassroots email marketing campaign that grew sales 25% to $500,000 the next quarter.&quot;</p> <h3>Provide Specific Dates</h3> <p>&quot;White lies&quot; about length of employment are still lies.</p> <h2>6. It Contains Misspellings and Grammar Mistakes</h2> <p>Misspellings and grammar mistakes are the easiest ways to get your resume ignored. Use your word processor's spell check, take advantage of online grammar checkers, and have at least two people proofread your resume before you deliver it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-grammar-mistakes-that-are-making-you-look-stupid?ref=seealso">12 Grammar Mistakes That Are Making You Look Stupid</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-more-grammar-mistakes-that-are-making-you-look-stupid?ref=seealso">12 More Grammar Mistakes That Are Making You Look Stupid</a>)</p> <p>By taking the time to proofread your resume, you will stand apart from the <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=9%2F11%2F2013&amp;id=pr780&amp;ed=12%2F31%2F2013">58% of resumes</a> that have typos.</p> <h2>7. It's in the Wrong Format</h2> <p>As many as 75% of qualified applicants are <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/03/18/how-to-get-your-resume-read-by-an-employer/">rejected by ATS programs</a> because they submitted resumes can't be read correctly, or at all. Avoid rejection with some simple steps.</p> <ul> <li>Use .doc or .txt format instead of .pdf or image formats.</li> <li>Avoid graphics and tables that may confuse an ATS.</li> <li>List the name of your employer, then the dates of employment.</li> <li>Upload your resume, instead of typing it out, because ATS prefers the first.</li> <li>Include relevant keywords from the job posting contextually throughout your resume.</li> </ul> <h2>8. It Shares Confidential Information</h2> <p>This is a big no-no and is never okay By disclosing confidential details to a potential employer, you're telling them that they should never hire you, unless they want their own trade secrets revealed to their competitors.</p> <p>When in doubt about whether or not to include something in your resume, use the <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140917045901-24454816-the-5-biggest-mistakes-i-see-on-resumes-and-how-to-correct-them">New York Times test</a>: if you wouldn't want to see it on the cover on the New York Times with your name attached, leave it off your resume.</p> <h2>9. It Promises &quot;References Upon Request&quot;</h2> <p>Don't waste space on your resume to state the obvious. Remember that you only have about a page worth of resume real estate to impress your potential employer.</p> <h2>10. It Ignores Specific Requests From the Posting</h2> <p>Consider these surprising statistics about recruitment:</p> <ul> <li>First applications are received 200 seconds after a job goes online; and</li> <li>An average of 250 resumes are received for each job position.</li> </ul> <p>To avoid drowning in a sea of resumes, on top of leveraging an ATS, recruiters include special requests on job postings. For example, an employer may ask you to <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704684604575381010512997300">include a specific phrase </a>on your email subject line or cover letter.</p> <p>If you ignore specific requests from a job posting, you're never giving your resume a fighting chance.</p> <p><em>What are other resume mistakes that hurt any job searcher?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-splurge-resume-writer">When to Splurge: Resume Writer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building employment hiring job search resume Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Damian Davila 1325191 at http://www.wisebread.com What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-job-interview-Dollarphotoclub_54828193_1.jpg" alt="woman job interview" title="woman job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you don't know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating. You might even wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole. Not to worry, though &mdash; keep these tips in mind the next time you're strapped for an answer.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>1. Calm Down</h2> <p>First of all, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If you start freaking out, your body will begin reacting physiologically. For example, your blood pressure will start rising, and your heart may race. Once you start a stress response, you won't be thinking clearly, and you may throw out answers without thinking. Take deep breaths, and tell yourself that it's OK to not know the answer to the question. You'll just have to work through it; there's nothing you can do to change things, but you need to stay calm to find the right answer.</p> <h2>2. Don't Say &quot;I Don't Know&quot; Off the Bat, and Don't Make Stuff Up</h2> <p>You should not tell the interviewer you don't know the answer without mulling it over. Then again, be careful not to<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027"> make stuff up</a>, because your interviewer can see right through that.</p> <h2>3. Ask Questions</h2> <p>Maybe it's the question you don't understand. Ask your interviewer to clarify what she said. Go deeper into the question to see if you can get more details that will help you figure it out.</p> <h2>4. Tell Your Interviewer What You Do Know</h2> <p>If you do have some knowledge of the question, then take the time to tell your interviewer what you do know of the situation. Saying everything out loud can start you on the process of figuring out the problem.</p> <h2>5. Tell Them How You Would Find the Answer</h2> <p>Even if you don't know what the answer is, you can tell the interviewer the steps you would take to figure out the problem. Interviewers ask you hard questions because they want to see what your thought process is. Sometimes, the thought process may be more important than the actual answer. They want to see that you can take initiative and have the resources to come up with a solution on your own, instead of needing someone to hold your hand through problems. While you're trying to find the solution, you can admit to not knowing certain parts; this way, you come off as being honest, and the hiring manager will know you are not trying to fake it. For example, if you need to calculate something and you're not good at math, you can respond with &quot;I can't do the calculations off the top of my head, but I think these calculations will give me the answer. And what I can do is use a calculator to find that answer.&quot; Showing a little honesty shows vulnerability and transparency. It also makes you more likable.</p> <h2>6. Know the Right Time to Come Clean</h2> <p>Although we mentioned not admitting to the interviewer that you don't know the answer, there is an exception to this rule. If the answer is something that you will only know through memorization, such as a definition of the word, then it's probably best to admit that you don't know the answer, as it may be impossible to figure it out independently. Here's what you can tell the interviewer: &quot;It's a good question, but I'm sorry, I don't have the answer off the top of my head. I will be sure to follow up with the answer after the interview.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Send a Follow-Up Email</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">follow-up email for an interview</a> could become your second chance. Try to talk about the answer you were stumped on, but be smooth when you're talking about it. And make sure you're only naming the mistakes your interviewer caught and not drawing attention to the ones she did not catch. Don't say something like &quot;I'm sorry I did not know the answer to that question.&quot; Instead, tell her that after more time and thought, you managed to come up with a couple of solutions that could work for the problem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume worked and you landed an interview! Don&#039;t blow it now with a bad answer to a tough question. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663#photo-20280663">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Trader-Joe-35589009">9 Ways to Save Major Money at Trader Joe's</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building General Tips Job Hunting hiring interview new job resume Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:18 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1282663 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-seeker-480474317-small.jpg" alt="job seeker" title="job seeker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you ever think your dream job would be snatched away by a desperate grad with a viral gimmick? No. No you didn't.</p> <p>In today's society, we're more interested social media hacks than work experience. We'd rather follow a good speaker than a good leader. And we'd rather have an out-of-the-box thinker than someone who knows what he/she wants. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid?ref=seealso">10 Outdated Job Hunt Techniques to Avoid</a>)</p> <p>But don't worry, the same rules apply to you. If your previous job hunting strategies have failed, we've compiled an inspiring list of crazy stunts that landed real jobs for real people.</p> <h2>1. Billboard Lands Media Grad 60 Job Offers</h2> <p>By far the most publicized job stunt in recent memory is that of <a href="http://www.adampacitti.com/employadam.html">Adam Pacitti</a>, a college grad with a media production degree who found himself working as a coin exchanger at a video game arcade.</p> <p>After job applications failed, Adam decided enough was enough and of course, as any of us would have done, spent his last 500 pounds on a billboard. After being featured in literally every news source imaginable, Adam received over 60 solid job offers and went to work for award-winning production company KEO.</p> <p>What few people realize is that Adam put a whole lot more work in than simply buying a billboard. His spot in news media was only the result of a successful multi-platform social media campaign that went viral. Viral media always finds its way into the news these days, so his success shouldn't be a surprise.</p> <p>If that sounds like too much work, you'll love our next stunt.</p> <h2>2. Grad Student Suits Up, Hits the Metro, and Lands a Job</h2> <p>If you aren't one for all that social media nonsense, you'll love the story of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/10/graduate-handed-cvs-waterloo-station-dream-job_n_5795724.html">Alfred Ajani</a>. Alfred's marketing degree wasn't enough to land one of 300 positions he applied for, so he decided to go on the offensive.</p> <p>Armed with a suit and a stack of CVs, Alfred posted up at Waterloo station, collecting a few emails and business cards in the process.</p> <p>Oh but wait, that's actually not what landed him his job. Twitter took his post viral, where it caught the attention of recruitment company Asoria Group, who offered him a job via&hellip; LinkedIn.</p> <p>Looks like you're going to need those social media accounts after all.</p> <h2>3. Grad Lands Dream Job After Walking London Streets In a Sandwich Board</h2> <p>At this point, you're probably frantically following people on Twitter, preparing for your next job stunt. But just take a breather. It might be easier than you think.</p> <p>After making the unfortunate decision to get a history degree, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6221701/Graduate-uses-sandwich-board-to-find-job.html">David Rowe</a> found himself predictably jobless. Emboldened by a father-son debate, David strapped a sandwich board around his shoulders and advertised that he would work the first month free.</p> <p>He was then interviewed by recruiting firm Parkhouse Bell and ended up landing his dream job, which I'm assuming was in recruiting. We're guessing the firm saw his photo on Facebook, but it hasn't been confirmed, so you know... there might just be room for something more old fashioned.</p> <h2>4. Send QR Code Cupcakes to Editorial Teams</h2> <p>If public infamy isn't your cup of tea, what about something more direct and personable?</p> <p>Like cupcakes. Everybody loves cupcakes.</p> <p>Blogger and fashionista <a href="http://www.scarphelia.com/2013/06/act-six-scene-one-turning-great-ideas.html">Katie Oldham</a> decided to take her summer internship into her own hands with the help of a local bakery. Katie researched the editorial teams at her favorite publishing companies and delivered special batches of cupcakes with her website's QR code to their London offices.</p> <p>And it worked! She interned for Cosmopolitan, and her website is currently part of the Vice blogging network.</p> <h2>5. Home Brewed Beer Resumes</h2> <p>Nothing says work hard and party harder like a home-brewed batch of beer. What makes that beer even better? Resume covers of course.</p> <p>Brennan Gleason takes a distinguished spot on our list as being the only to pull off a successful job hunt stunt outside of the UK. Then again, he did it in Canada, so potato-patata.</p> <p>Brennan wanted to nab a sexy graphic design job, so what did he do? He designed custom resume covers for six-packs of beer he brewed himself.</p> <p>Let's see...</p> <ul> <li>Creativity&hellip; check.</li> <li>Graphic design skills&hellip; check.</li> <li>Free specialty beer for the office&hellip; CHECK!</li> </ul> <p>Surprise, surprise &mdash; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/resume-on-beer-brennan-gleason_n_5534535.html">Brennan</a> was hired.</p> <h2>6. Wacky Website Campaign Turns Bakery Manager Into VP</h2> <p>Many of you are under the false impression that working successfully at your company will translate into a promotion.</p> <p>Not true!</p> <p>That VP spot just went to this guy. Despite seven tries, his CV tells us he hasn't been able to hold down a job for even one calendar year. But guess what!? He acted super wacky on video and a lot of people laughed, so he's qualified to be your boss!</p> <p>His name is <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/dad-dan-conways-wacky-job-hunting-2477515">Dan Conway</a>, but you can call him &quot;Yes, Sir.&quot; Dan launched a wacky website campaign consisting of him doing wacky things in order to find work and was eventually made a VP of marketing for a company I won't advertise.</p> <p>Apparently, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWffOEVI7IY#t=38">THIS</a> is what British marketing employers look for in their executives.</p> <h2>7. Grad Lands Social Media Manager Position by PMing a Stranger</h2> <p>What's the quickest way to land an interview? Find the owner's profile and hit them up with a private message.</p> <p>&hellip;Said no one ever. Unless you're <a href="http://mashable.com/2010/03/08/job-seeker-results/">David Cohen</a>. David knew a guy who knew a guy, and he randomly messaged that guy, who then interviewed him with another guy, and now David's their top social media guy.</p> <p>Sounds quaint. Perhaps you should try it. Just don't blame us if you get slapped with a restraining order.</p> <p><em>Have you ever tried to land a job with an outlandish stunt? What did you do &mdash; and did you get the job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting job search promotion resume self promotion Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1238130 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-handshake-175211526-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the job market continues to disappoint with <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2014/09/05/jobs-report-u-s-economy-added-142000-jobs-in-august-unemployment-down-to-6-1/">fewer and fewer available jobs</a>, we have to work harder at impressing potential employers.</p> <p>There are thousands of tutorials out there about how to impress interviewers and job gatekeepers. And just like you, everybody else is reading those same tutorials. That's why you need a secret weapon, a special edge, or just something plain crazy to stand out from the competition. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job?ref=seealso">6 Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <p>So think about getting your foot in the door by imitating these six creative applicants that landed a job with a crazy stunt.</p> <h2>1. The Google Job Experiment</h2> <p>Fact: about <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/09/27/google-yourself/">56% of people search their own name on Google</a>.</p> <p>Unless you share the same name with a major celebrity, you will experience search results without the interruption of any Google ads. That's when the lightbulb went off for Alec Brownstein, and he created the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FRwCs99DWg">Google Job Experiment</a>.</p> <p>He created Google ads for the top advertising creative directors, so that the next time they happened to search their own names, they would see a message from Alec asking for an interview. The stunt worked and Ian Reichenthal, creative director at Young and Rubicam, an ad agency in New York City, hired him after an interview. Ian was so impressed that he even went on <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-ads-help-job-seeker-find-work/">TV interviews with Alec about the Google Job Experiment</a>. For just $6, Alec got wide media attention and landed a job.</p> <h2>2. Interactive Video Resume</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9EzNll1U2N8"></iframe></p> <p>If a picture is worth a thousand words, why are we still using only words to describe our resumes?</p> <p>That's exactly what PR executive Graeme Anthony must have been thinking when he created and uploaded his <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=9EzNll1U2N8">interactive video resume</a> to YouTube.</p> <p>Through a clever script, good soundtrack, and great video production, Graeme was able to gather about <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverchiang/2010/09/15/viral-video-resume-wows-potential-employers/">2,000 views within the first hour</a> that the video went live. He believed that the video would better show off his personality and creative skills. The stunt worked and London's Frank PR agency <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-12194581">quickly invited for an interview and offered him a job</a>. He <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/graemeanthony">continues to work there</a>, and his video resume has gathered over 300,000 views.</p> <h2>3. Chocolate Bar Resume</h2> <p>Nicholas was looking for a position as a marketing professional. Instead of sending the standard paper resume, he opted for a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/chocolate-bar-resume-photo_n_2733870.html">chocolate bar resume</a> with &quot;credentials that would satisfy any organization's appetite.&quot;</p> <p>With 100% of the recommended servings for leadership, creativity, and business acumen, and a 110% for work ethic, this <a href="http://imgur.com/vjdVFqO">delicious business treat</a> got him the job. This proves that chocolate makes anything look irresistible.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Will You Fit In?&quot;</h2> <p>Here is a great strategy for the next time that a potential employer asks you the usual: &quot;Things get a little crazy around here, how do I know you'll fit in?&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/Richard-Waddington">Richard Waddington</a> had been working for the same company for over a decade and was ready for a change. Since he hadn't had a job interview in a long time, he was a bit stressed. As he was going out the door, his four-year-old daughter handed him a small plastic cow from a barnyard set and said, &quot;Daddy, take this for good luck!&quot;</p> <p>Fast forward several hours of interviews and Richard was sitting in front of the VP of HR. She gave him the usual &quot;little crazy around here, will you fit in?&quot; question. Richard immediately responded, &quot;I have a cow in my pocket!&quot; and sat the little plastic cow on the table. The VP burst into laughter and Richard got the job.</p> <h2>5. The Resume That Took 2,000 Hours</h2> <p>It is estimated that it takes a person about <a href="http://gladwell.com/outliers/the-10000-hour-rule/">10,000 hours to become an expert</a> in anything.</p> <p>A high school graduate took this rule to heart and with time on his side, he embarked on a mission to create an enormous project in hopes of <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/07/16/behind-falskaar-a-massive-new-skyrim-mod-and-the-19-year-old-who-spent-a-year-building-it/">impressing potential employers at Bethesda Softworks</a>.</p> <p>Alexander Velicky spent a total of 2,000 hours over a one-year period to develop a modification (or &quot;mod&quot;) for one of Bethesda's hit titles, <a href="http://www.ign.com/games/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/xbox-360-14267318">Skyrim</a>. Except this is no run-of-the-mill mod. Alexander's &quot;Falskaar&quot; uses the talents of 29 voice actors, provides about 25 hours of gameplay, has an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5bEnz24kqE&amp;feature=youtu.be">original soundtrack</a>, and is the joint effort of over 100 people with Alexander at the helm.</p> <p>Take a look at the impressive <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gJiVKpLPYw">preview video of Falskaar</a>.</p> <p>With <a href="http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/37994/?">close to 4 million total views</a>, Alexander caught the attention of Bethesda's rival, Bungie, which offered him a job as an <a href="http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1479196-to-the-community-thank-you/">Associate Designer</a>.</p> <h2>6. Attempt to Destroy Own Property</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/David-Germanico">David Germanico was in the middle of a interview for a sales job</a>. The interviewer asked if he had a phone and David produced his very old Nokia &quot;brick.&quot; &quot;Sell it to me,&quot; requested the interviewer.</p> <p>David started to panic as his mind raced to find a reason that anybody would want such an old phone over a slick and powerful smartphone. No Internet access, no cool apps, no camera.</p> <p>Then a light bulb went off. &quot;It's tough as nails! I challenge you to do this with any other phone!&quot; said David as he threw the phone against the wall.</p> <p>The phone survived. The drywall got a small dent. David got the sales job.</p> <p><em>What is the craziest thing that you have done to land a job? Please share in comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting interview job hunt job search resume Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:03 +0000 Damian Davila 1213127 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-180409534-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job interview coming up? Don't be nervous! Just follow these guidelines below, and you'll be fine.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Make-Good-Impression-Interviewer-Minutes-34950915">Make a Good Impression on Your Interviewer in 10 Minutes</a></p> <h2>Do</h2> <h3>Wear the Right Outfit</h3> <p>Make sure you know what the dress code is for the office. One good idea is to check with HR before the interview to get a feel of what you should wear.</p> <h3>Bring Copies of Your Résumé</h3> <p>Although you're sure the company has your résumé, it never fails to bring copies of your just in case your interviewer needs to look at it and doesn't have it in front of her.</p> <h3>Have a Nice Folder for Your Résumé</h3> <p>Just so your résumé doesn't look like something cat dragged in, keep it in pristine condition in a professional-looking folder. Here are other <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">important items</a> to bring to an interview.</p> <h3>Have the Appropriate Body Language</h3> <p>Be aware of how you're carrying yourself during an interview, because your posture, eye contact, and relaxed position can impress your interviewer. Remember to sit still and straight and don't fidget. Here are more <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Body-Language-Tips-24032463">body language tips </a>to help.</p> <h3>Give the Right Answer to the Weakness Question</h3> <p>This could be the question that could trip you up. Be honest and give a real answer and not a cop-out one. Here are more tips on how to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">answer the question</a>.</p> <h3>Be On Time or Slightly Early</h3> <p>Turning up five to 10 minutes early is the sweet spot for interviews. Showing up too early can make things awkward, and showing up too late is a red flag. But just because you only have to get there shortly before the interview starts doesn't mean that you can leave your house later. Plan to be near the interview spot a lot earlier than when it starts to account for unexpected delays like traffic, and hang around in a nearby coffee shop until it's close to the interview time.</p> <h3>Prepare the Right Questions for the Interviewer</h3> <p>Make sure you've prepared a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">list of good questions</a> to ask your interviewer at the end. Pay attention throughout the interview, so you'll have questions related to what the hiring manager talked about. This shows that you're actively listening.</p> <h3>Send a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Always send a thank you note (here's a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">good template</a>) after the interview. This is something that's appreciated by a lot of recruiters. It's also your chance to make a final impression or clarify anything you didn't get around to in your interview.</p> <h2>Don't</h2> <h3>Think the Interview Is Over Until You Walk Out the Door</h3> <p>The interview will continue until you walk out the office door, so be careful of your behavior and your words even when your hiring manager is done firing questions at you. Be polite and on top of your game when you are making casual conversation on your way out, and be nice to the receptionist.</p> <h3>Get Too Relaxed</h3> <p>Your interviewer can seem like your long-lost BFF, but&hellip; she's not. And you shouldn't treat her like one. It's OK to be friendly, but you're still trying to make a good impression. Don't be too relaxed or you may slip up and do something that's unprofessional. She's not going to base the interview solely on how likeable you are.</p> <h3>Badmouth Your Old Job</h3> <p>Maybe you had a boss à la <em>Devil Wears Prada</em>, but your hiring manager doesn't need to know that. Badmouthing your former employer just gives off negative vibes and detracts from your professionalism.</p> <h3>Be Unprepared</h3> <p>This should be obvious, but research the company to death. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Research-Company-23243414">Here's how</a>. This is so you can craft your answers to fit the kind of candidate they're looking for and show that you're diligent and have done your homework.</p> <h3>Address Salary or Benefits Until the Interviewer Does</h3> <p>OK, so they are very important factors for you, but hold off until you get the job offer. Your interviewer wants to see what you can do for the company, not what's in it for you.</p> <h3>Freak Out If You Don't Know the Answer</h3> <p>The interviewer just threw you a big curveball by asking you to do some calculations when you have a phobia of math. Don't. Freak. Out. The worst thing you can do is to clam up when you don't know an answer, because you won't be able to think clearly and may throw out a bad answer in panic. Here's <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">what to do </a>you if you don't know how to answer a question.</p> <h3>Lie</h3> <p>Never, ever lie. Being found out will ruin your chances of getting the job. Plus if you make up something, you may not be able to talk at length about it without slipping up. Generally speaking, honesty is the best policy! Here are some of the <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027">common lies</a> you need to avoid.</p> <h3>Talk About Your Problems</h3> <p>You need the job to pay off your student loans, blah blah. The hiring manager does not want to hear about your 99 problems, and although you're being honest, it can come off as a pity party. You will be hired based on your qualifications, potential for success, and your fit with the culture. Everything else will be secondary to those factors.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume, network, online profiles all worked and you&#039;ve landed the interview. Don&#039;t mess up now! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions">10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting ettiquete Job Interview resume Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1183629 at http://www.wisebread.com A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/resume-iStock_000025391523Small.jpg" alt="resume" title="resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Resumes are your first introduction to a potential employer; they're the key that unlocks a closer inspection. You might be the world's best interviewee, but if you can't land an interview in the first place, those interpersonal skills won't do you much good. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <p>In an effort to identify the dumb mistakes many job hunters make on their resumes, I spoke with Jenny Rae Le Roux, professional resume editor and owner of <a href="http://managementconsulted.com/">Management Consulted</a>, an online resource for would-be consultants. After spending several years as a consultant with Bain &amp; Company, Jenny Rae now helps others enter the highly competitive world of management consulting.</p> <p>Here, in her words, are the top five mistakes Jenny Rae sees in resumes.</p> <h2>1. It's a Novel</h2> <p>We are sure your history is amazing, and you may be an awesome storyteller, but don't ever, ever,<em> ever</em> have more than two pages on your resume. Five sections (summary, professional experience, academic experience, leadership, and personal), four entries per section, and four to five bullet points per entry should cover it. And please don't ever use less than 10.5 point font size and 0.5 inch margins!</p> <p>Less is really more. You only have 10 seconds to make an impression, so don't bore the reader or scare them away with too much detail. Instead of reading everything, they'll look at your huge document and skip it completely.</p> <h2>2. The Formatting Is a Fiasco</h2> <p>Keep it consistent, people! If you are hoping someone will select you to appropriate their big honking budgets, manage multi-member teams, make major decisions, or perform any basic job at a competent level&hellip; you should be able to make one page flawless.</p> <p>Don't mix fonts, sizes, or styles and PLEASE &mdash; do NOT put color on your resume (unless you are 10 years old or younger).</p> <h2>3. Previous Positions Prioritized Poorly</h2> <p>Say that three times fast!</p> <p>If you scooped ice cream for 10 years, but just completed a three-month non-paid internship with Google, that's what employers want to know the most about. If you can fill up a page with short-term prestigious experiences, leave off the 10-year piece altogether &mdash; especially if it makes someone picture you in a setting that isn't compatible with your current aspirations. The last thing you want is to paint a picture of yourself in a role you're attempting to break free from.</p> <h2>4. It Suffers From TMGI</h2> <p>(That's <em>Too Much General Information</em>)</p> <p>You do not have to explain to the reviewer that you answered phone calls as a secretary. They know that. They also don't want to know about your middle school awards. Focus only on college achievements and beyond, and make sure that you don't just include summaries of each job. Include one clear illustration of something you did over and over with positive results.</p> <h2>5. It's Missing Key Details</h2> <p>&quot;Offered advice to companies,&quot; does not pack as much punch as &quot;Oversaw team of four consultants to manage a contract with $5B pharmaceutical company; assisted CEO directly with new market entry strategy.&quot;</p> <p>Provide relevant details and metrics wherever possible. Expect to spend time on your resume on your own, but also consider having an expert review it for you. It's a small one-time cost that will pay itself back tenfold by the time you start your first day at a brand new job.</p> <p><em>Have you made any of these resume mistakes? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting job hunt resume resume mistakes Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:02 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1161453 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-wait-5060714-small.jpg" alt="man" title="man" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a recent study, <a href="http://cdn.theladders.net/static/images/basicSite/pdfs/TheLadders-EyeTracking-StudyC2.pdf">recruiters spend an average of 6.2 seconds</a> looking at an individual resume. Working with that kind of attention span and operating with limited space, resume writers need to make every word count. With this in mind, it might be time to a take a critical look at your resume or CV (or even your LinkedIn profile) and root out terms that aren&#39;t doing you any favors. And you can start with these 12 vague, cliche, inappropriate, or downright meaningless words. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-resume-filter?ref=seealso">Get Your Resume Past the Resume Filter</a>)</p> <h2>&quot;I&quot;</h2> <p>Your resume is a chance to showcase how your skills, experience, and knowledge have produced quantitative results for previous employers. Avoid overusing &quot;I&quot; and focus instead on what you can bring to company and role you&#39;re interest in. Remember, it&#39;s less about you and more about them. A resume peppered with <em>&quot;I&quot;s</em> and <em>&quot;my&quot;s</em> sends the message that you&#39;re focused in the wrong direction.</p> <h2>&quot;Microsoft Office&quot;</h2> <p>Amber Carucci of PR Daily says that most employers assume that candidates have basic computer skills, so applicants shouldn&#39;t take up valuable resume real estate to point out the obvious. Instead, focus on specific areas of expertise such as HTML coding, SEO/SEM, or project management software programs.</p> <h2>&quot;Love&quot;</h2> <p>Used in business communication of any sort, <em>love</em> (e.g., &quot;Accounting is my first love&quot; or &quot;I&#39;d love to work for your company&quot;) is a word that sticks out like a sore thumb. Let&#39;s reserve this quite powerful descriptor for our families, our pets, and our smartphones. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smartphones?ref=seealso">5 Best Smartphones</a>)</p> <h2>&quot;Impactful&quot;</h2> <p>Sure, <em>impactful</em> is a word, but it&#39;s not necessarily a good one. It&#39;s clunky, awkward, and prompts the question: Was the impact good or bad? Crack open a thesaurus and pick a better adjective (not a tall order since most are better).</p> <h2>&quot;Utilize&quot; and Other &quot;izes&quot;</h2> <p>The &quot;ize&quot; don&#39;t have it. Words like <em>utilize</em>, <em>maximize</em>, and <em>optimize</em> not only fail to impress would-be employers, they detract from the flow and clarity of your resume. Skip the business-speak and err on the side of simple, direct communication that quantifies your achievements.</p> <h2>&quot;Passionate&quot; or &quot;Driven&quot;</h2> <p>Employers have fetishized passion so much that applicants feel compelled to litter their resumes with this absurd descriptor. Instead of using terms like <em>passionate</em> and <em>driven</em>, or feeling obligated to perform an interpretive dance showing how aroused you are by actuarial science or call center customer service, demonstrate it through educational achievement, specific career accomplishments, licensures, and participation in professional associations.</p> <h2>&quot;Experienced&quot;</h2> <p><em>Experienced</em> is so vague and overused that&#39;s been rendered nearly meaningless. So, just skip it and get specific. What have you done? What projects have you managed? What results have you produced? Dazzle them with facts; don&#39;t bore them with generalities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-work-experience-without-having-a-job?ref=seealso">How to Get Work Experience Without a Job</a>)</p> <h2>&quot;Responsible&quot;</h2> <p><em>Responsible</em>, as in <em>responsible for</em>, is the cousin of <em>experienced</em>. Instead of writing a long grocery list of what you&#39;ve been responsible for in previous positions, get to the point. Use quantitative data to explain what you did, who you did it with, how long you did it, and how good you were at it.</p> <h2>&quot;Results-Oriented&quot;</h2> <p><em>Results-oriented</em> and the three terms that follow it below are all cliches. Through their ubiquity and generality, they&#39;ve lost whatever real meaning they may have once provided employers. It just begs to be replaced with quantitative examples of results you&#39;ve produced, goals you&#39;ve hit consistently, deals you&#39;ve closed, and new partnerships you&#39;ve developed.</p> <h2>&quot;Detail-Oriented&quot;</h2> <p>It&#39;s assumed that you&#39;ll be detail-oriented, so there&#39;s no need to spell it out. Instead, illustrate how your attention has saved a previous employer money, made a team run more efficiently, or kept a project on-track and within budget.</p> <h2>&quot;Team-Player&quot;</h2> <p>If hiring managers collected a dime each time they run across this term, they could retire decades early. Skip the cliche and show how you&#39;ve worked effectively with teams in the recent past. Even better, provide examples of how you&#39;ve built strong teams, supervised teams, and motivated teams toward real results. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-career-how-to-be-happier-and-more-likeable-at-work?ref=seealso">How to Be Happier and More Likeable at Work</a>)</p> <h2>&quot;Hard-Working&quot;</h2> <p>The content of a well-crafted resume should say this for you. Let your experience, skills, and results speak for themselves.</p> <p>Remember, while it often seems like getting your resume noticed by the right person takes one part luck and one part black magic, there is a formula for success. Winning resumes are clear, jargon-free, flawlessly written, and ruthlessly edited. Get noticed by trading generalities for specific measurable achievements and resisting the temptation to gum up the works with flowery language. You and your recruiter are much too busy.</p> <p><em>How many of these words and phrases are in your resume? Any others job searchers should watch for?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting job search resume resume keywords Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:24:23 +0000 Kentin Waits 1108553 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Your Resume Past the Resume Filter http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-resume-filter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-resume-filter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-5266346-small.jpg" alt="laptop" title="laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job seekers upload their resumes to online hiring systems in hopes of snagging interviews and landing jobs. Too often, though, nothing happens. Document submissions seem to enter a black hole, never emerging from the job-search abyss. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview?ref=seealso">Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview</a>)</p> <p>Widely used applicant tracking systems (ATSs) are largely responsible for this void. They were designed to track job seekers through the hiring process. But today, they seem to simply rank and reject applicants. Only those with the highest scores (as judged by the system, not a human) move on to the next phase.</p> <p>Even qualified candidates often don&#39;t make the first cut. For example, an applicant for a bank-teller job may be filtered out if the resume doesn&rsquo;t specifically mention <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204624204577178941034941330">cash-handling experience</a>. In addition, a visually impactful resume may choke a system and get rejected because of unusual graphics.</p> <p>Still, there&#39;s hope for job seekers. You can improve your chances of getting noticed. Here are resume writing tips and technical tactics to get past automatic screeners and through the system. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-year-new-resume?ref=seealso">New Year, New Resume</a>)</p> <h2>1. Analyze Qualifications Desired by Employers</h2> <p>Carefully review job postings. Look at all aspects of the position description, responsibilities, and qualifications.</p> <p>Don&#39;t just focus on the one or two requirements that closely mirror your background. Study the posting to learn as much as you can about the level of responsibility along with the complexity of decision making required by the potential employer.</p> <p>If you anticipate applying for multiple openings with a particular employer, look at several of its job postings. Learn about various positions, their relationships to each other, and their hierarchy within the organization.</p> <p>Gather information from sources beyond the online application portal. Visit the company&#39;s website, follow its social media presence, talk to friends who work there, and check out employer review sites such as <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">Glassdoor.com</a> to get a broad view of the organization and its needs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview?ref=seealso">Things to Learn About a Company Before an Interview</a>)</p> <h2>2. Identify Relevant Keywords and Unique Qualifications</h2> <p>Based on your research and analysis, identify keywords and keyword phrases that are relevant to your desired position and employer. For an easy and scientific way to determine dominant keywords, enter the job posting into an online word cloud maker like<a href="http://www.wordle.net/"> Wordle</a>; results will give you a visual representation of most frequently used words.</p> <p>Just as important, note rare keywords and unique capabilities that differentiate this particular job from other opportunities.</p> <h2>3. Make Sure Your Resume Includes All Relevant Information</h2> <p>Start by creating a summary section indicating your areas of expertise, competencies, and skills that match keywords.</p> <p>Elaborate on qualifications within the context of your professional experience, using relevant keywords and keyword phrases. Newer systems evaluate the context of keywords, so you&#39;ll need to explain how you&#39;ve demonstrated mastery in your work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today?ref=seealso">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume</a>)</p> <p>For each position:</p> <ul> <li>Give an overview that indicates its broader purpose. For example, a sales representative may promote the company&#39;s brand and support profitability in addition to day-to-day activities such as making sales presentations and managing account relationships.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Spell out your duties because a computer system doesn&#39;t automatically know what someone with your title does, unlike many humans with experience in your field. If you are an accountant, specify that you prepare financial reports such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Explain how your performance is exceptional. For example, state the number of new accounts you landed compared to goal or discuss how a department&#39;s performance improved after you educated line managers on financial statistics.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, be sure to include the basics, such as your name and contact information, educational credentials (degrees and outside training), and professional designations.</p> <h2>4. Keep Your Resume Simple and Easy-to-Read</h2> <p>What looks great on paper to a human can easily confuse an automated system.</p> <p>So, be simple. List your name and contact information at the top of the resume, not embedded in a header or footer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid?ref=seealso">Outdated Job-Search Techniques</a>)</p> <p>Use commonly recognized headings for various sections. For example, use &quot;Experience&quot; rather than &quot;Work History&quot; or &quot;Career Achievements.&quot;</p> <p>In the experience section, list the employer on one line, followed by the position title and relevant dates on separate lines. If you&#39;ve held more than one position with an employer, list the employer&#39;s name each time.</p> <p>Use standard font size of at least 11 points along with margins of at least one inch on all sides.</p> <p>Avoid graphics, tables, unusual characters, tool lines, and even italicized words. These can fluster the computer and stymie the processing of your resume&#39;s data. (See <a href="http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101155006761-161/Formatting+a+Resume+for+ATS+Compliance.pdf">this checklist</a> from <a href="http://www.career-success-coach.com/index.php/2013/06/applicant-tracking-system-ats/">The Career Success Coach</a> for formatting tips.)</p> <h2>5. Follow Directions</h2> <p>Applicant tracking systems share similar methodology, but they are not all alike. Plus, HR folks and hiring managers use features differently. So, there&#39;s not one way to enter information that&#39;s right for every situation.</p> <p>When applying for a position, follow system prompts. Generally, this process involves uploading a computer-friendly file in a recognizable format such as <em>.txt</em>. In addition, fill in the blanks and respond to all questions (even ones labeled optional), which employers may use when conducting a candidate search.</p> <h2>6. Be Consistent</h2> <p>While tailoring your resume for a particular position is desirable, be careful about making dramatic changes when applying to more than one job at a certain company.</p> <p>If your qualifications vary significantly from one version to another, recruiters and hiring managers may doubt the accuracy of your information. A better strategy is to develop a master resume suitable for all positions and make minor tweaks for each opening.</p> <h2>7. Give Yourself Bonus Points</h2> <p>Application tracking systems may record how you entered the system and <a href="http://blog.simplicant.com/recruitment-software-getting-the-most-out-of-your-employee-referral-process/">assign points based on this information</a>. Help your resume rise higher in the digital stack by taking a personalized approach.</p> <p>If you were referred by an employee, check the box indicating this fact. Similarly, apply through niche job boards, employers&#39; careers sections, or professional organizations&#39; websites to get greater consideration.</p> <p>Finally, remember you are writing for a computer. A computer doesn&#39;t get bored like a person does, so you can include more relevant information than usual. Your ATS resume can be a plain, five page document with lots of details whereas the version for human eyes may need to be expertly formatted in two pages or less.</p> <p>When you go on a face-to-face interview, bring copies of both versions. Be prepared to discuss your qualifications for the position along with unique capabilities and career accomplishments that show you are an exceptional candidate.</p> <p><em>How have you learned to get past employment hiring systems?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-resume-filter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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