job search http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6126/all en-US 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. You won&#039;t if you follow with 10 step pre-interview plan. </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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Here are tips on finding job opportunities, resume writing, interviewing, and other ways to help you stand out from other candidates. Use the links below to jump to any section.</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li><a href="#search">Job Search Tips</a></li> <li><a href="#resume">Writing Your Resume</a></li> <li><a href="#interview">Mastering the Interview</a></li> <li><a href="#other">Other Ways to Stand Out</a></li> </ul> <p><a name="search"></a></p> <h2>Job Search Tips</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career"><strong>6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</strong></a><br /> Technology helps us stay connected, learn something new, and make new connections quickly and efficiently. Here are 6 ways to use technology to upgrade your career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-online-job-boards-can-actually-help-a-job-search"><strong>How Online Job Boards Can Actually Help A Job Search</strong></a><br /> For someone launching a job search, online job boards can provide a wealth of information.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers"><strong>5 Fatal Assumptions of Job Seekers</strong></a><br /> Many people are job hunting these days. Wise Bread blogger Julie Rains has worked with job seekers for many years and have found that these five common assumptions frequently derail a job search.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job"><strong>5 Online Tools to Help You Land a Job</strong></a><br /> Here are some tools that can help you network and build your online portfolio so you can land your next job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-government-is-hiring-here-is-who-and-where"><strong>The Government Is Hiring: Who and Where</strong></a><br /> With unemployment hitting some scary levels as of late there seems to be one entity that is almost unaffected by the trend: the government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-i-take-a-job-that-pays-less-than-unemployment"><strong>Should I Take a Job That Pays Less Than Unemployment?</strong></a><br /> So what should you do if you&rsquo;re offered a lower-paying job while on unemployment? Should you take it?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you"><strong>6 Warning Signs That It's Not the Job for You</strong></a><br /> You're scouting around for a decent job. While you realize that great jobs are hard to find, you're avoiding getting into a position that really stinks. Here are 6 tell-tale characteristics of generally lousy jobs, and why it may be best to cut-and-run.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">Location Independent Career Basics</a></strong><br /> Would you like to have the ability to work from anywhere you wish? A location independent career is your ticket to workplace freedom.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/e-book-review-discover-your-new-job-online">E-Book Review: Discover Your New Job Online</a></strong><br /> In <em>Discover Your New Job Online</em>, Wise Bread blogger Thursday Bram takes readers through the steps of landing a job using online tools.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities"><strong>Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</strong></a><br /> Many work at home programs that you find online are scams designed to take your money. So how do you go about finding legitimate work at home jobs that pay you for your time? Read on for some ideas and resources.</p> <p><a name="resume"></a></p> <h2>Writing Your Resume</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job"><strong>How to Write a Resume: 12 Steps to Your Next Job</strong></a><br /> This article will not guarantee you a new job, but here is some advice that will at least get you noticed for all the right reasons. Ready? Then let's begin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prepare-a-plain-text-resume"><strong>How to Prepare a Plain Text Resume</strong></a><br /> If you are applying for jobs online, the best and most useful formatting for a resume is plain text. This post is a short guide to preparing your resume in plain text.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume"><strong>Standout Stuff for Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile</strong></a><br /> Professional goals should influence what you decide to put on and leave out of a resume, but you can intrigue potential bosses and land interviews based on (seemingly) irrelevant but standout stuff.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates"><strong>Resumes For Recent Grads: Translating Campus Experiences Into Real-World Skills</strong></a><br /> Ways to translate class projects, volunteer activities, and campus involvement into real-life skills valuable in the workplace.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for"><strong>Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For?</strong></a><br /> When applying for a job, you need to be sure that you stand out significantly from the rest of the applicants. One sure way to accomplish this is with a resume that really pops and sparkles. Here are some of the advantages that a professional resume service can offer you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-splurge-resume-writer"><strong>When to Splurge: Resume Writer</strong></a><br /> Andrea Dickson shares her experience using a resume writer.</p> <p><a name="interview"></a></p> <h2>Mastering the Interview</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-acing-an-interview"><strong>5 Tips to Acing an Interview</strong></a><br /> You want to be the person they don't soon forget. The person who stands out &mdash; the one who they can see themselves working with on a daily basis. 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Here is how you can recognize which questions are potentially illegal for an employer to ask, and what you can do if you encounter these questions.</p> <p><a name="other"></a></p> <h2>Other Ways to Stand Out</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife"><strong>What Is Your Dutch Wife?</strong></a><br /> Blending in is only a winning strategy if they're going to hire everybody. Standing out by being the most qualified is best, but standing out for any reason at all can make the difference. This is the story of the dutch wife.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career"><strong>6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</strong></a><br /> The Internet is a boon for doing all kinds of things &mdash; including getting a better job and/or getting paid more at your current job. Here are 6 ways to use technology to upgrade your career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/networking-basics-for-regular-people"><strong>Networking Basics for Regular People</strong></a><br /> Competition for jobs is fierce but networking is one way of differentiating yourself as a stellar candidate. Here are some of their tips on networking basics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-when-to-follow-instructions"><strong>Deciding When to Follow Instructions</strong></a><br /> Anytime someone announces that they're looking to hire, there'll be instructions on how to apply. There's a delicate dance involved in deciding just how completely to follow those instructions. Here are a few of the important steps.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-small-town-move-that-ended-the-job-search-blues"><strong>My Small-Town Move That Ended The Job-Search Blues</strong></a><br /> Here are some advantages and disadvantages of career building and living in a small town that's not your hometown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie"><strong>How to Get a Job: Learn the Secret From a Bad Movie</strong></a><br /> Blogger Philip Brewer has read a bunch of books on how to do a job search. They all talk about networking. They all talk about researching the company. They all talk about &quot;creating&quot; a job. He's read the books, but he didn't understand what they meant, until he saw this really bad movie.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips">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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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>. 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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-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/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/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-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 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-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/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-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/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/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview">10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job 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-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/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-case-for-not-tweaking-your-resume">The Case for Not Tweaking Your Resume</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/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-4 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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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 Is Your City Among the 7 Worst for Job Seekers? http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-city-among-the-7-worst-for-job-seekers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-your-city-among-the-7-worst-for-job-seekers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000062938524_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="man pulling hair" title="man pulling hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>America, I have some good news and some bad news.</p> <p>First, the good news. Back in December 2012, the unemployment rate stood at 8%. Fast forward two years, and the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf">current unemployment rate</a> has hit a record low of 5.6%.</p> <p>The bad news is that despite the general positive outlook in the job market, there are still several cities with poor job prospects. Here are the seven worst cities for job seekers in 2015.</p> <h2>1. Spokane, Washington</h2> <p>A survey of 18,000 U.S. employers puts Spokane, Washington at the top of 100 metropolitan areas with the <a href="http://www.manpowergroup.com/wps/wcm/connect/manpowergroup-en/home/newsroom/news-releases/2015+to+kick+off+with+steady+hiring+expectations+in+the+u.s.+according+to+latest+manpower+employment+outlook+survey#.VMNTJ1pCyXS">weakest job outlooks</a>. This would be the second year in a row that Spokane's job market remains depressed. The <a href="http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.wa_spokane_msa.htm#eag_wa_spokane_msa.f.1">unemployment rate consistently decreased</a> throughout all of 2014, and forecasts indicate that the trend will continue.</p> <p>Another reason for the low job growth in Spokane is the aftermath of holiday hiring. Retailers hire lots of temps during Q4 ,and then scale back during Q1 and Q2.</p> <h2>2. Portland, Oregon</h2> <p>Standing at number two in the same survey is Portland, Oregon. The net employment outlook is a puny 2% &mdash; much slower than that of the rest of the nation. While there is growth in certain industries, there are several others, such as professional and business services, wholesale trade, and private education&nbsp;that are <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/money/index.ssf/2015/01/where_are_all_the_jobs_in_oregon_many_sectors_it_turns_out.html">cutting back in jobs</a>.</p> <h2>3. San Bernardino, California</h2> <p>After analyzing the strength of 150 of the most populous U.S. cities' job markets, a report puts <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/">San Bernardino, California</a> at the bottom of the list for 2015. The same report also puts the city among the top five with the highest unemployment rate for people with bachelor's degrees or greater. San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis isn't surprised about his <a href="http://www.dailybulletin.com/business/20150118/san-bernardino-ranks-last-for-job-seekers-in-wallethub-report">city's low ranking</a>, because of the city's bankruptcy and financial woes. In 2012, the city of about 210,000 residents filed for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/san-bernardino-bankruptcy_n_1731264.html">bankruptcy protection</a>&nbsp;citing more than $1 billion in debts. The city continues to struggle with low tax revenue, high unemployment, and a poor housing market.</p> <h2>4. Detroit, Michigan</h2> <p>In the same 150-city report, Detroit, Michigan is third from the bottom. The Motor City also ranks among those with the lowest number of job opportunities, the highest unemployment rates for workers with a bachelor's degree or higher, and the lowest median annual income (adjusted for cost of living). Detroit's job woes are the result of a big, systemic problem: its unemployed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/detroit-jobs-_n_3693303.html">lack the skills employers need</a>.</p> <p>The only sector showing job growth is the temporary help sector. This isn't encouraging, because in 2013 the <a href="http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2014/12/28/michigan-temporary-jobs-economy-unemployment/20941729/">average temp employee</a>&nbsp;in Michigan earned $25,872, which is 48% below the average worker's wage.</p> <h2>5. Honolulu, Hawaii</h2> <p>There's trouble in paradise. As a long time resident of Honolulu, I know that the main employers in the city are the government (local, state, federal, and military jobs) and the hospitality sectors. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.hi_honolulu_msa.htm">outlook of jobs</a> in both sectors remains unpromising.</p> <p>While Hawaii's unemployment rate is often lower than the national rate, this statistic is misleading because it doesn't reveal how many people have to work multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. Honolulu's lower salaries are victims of what Hawaii residents refer to as &quot;beach tax.&quot; To make matters worse, Honolulu has the&nbsp;<a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/">lowest housing affordability</a>&nbsp;in the nation.</p> <h2>6. Hialeah, Florida</h2> <p>It seems like cities with warmer climates tend to fare not well in job market lists. Not only does Hialeah, Florida have a high unemployment rate for high school graduates (13.3%), but also a high unemployment rate for residents with bachelor's degree or higher (9.7%). Of the 150 most populous U.S. cities, Hialeah has the fourth lowest median annual income (adjusted for cost of living at $27,966).</p> <p>Since Hialeah's formal economy doesn't offer many openings, some economic researchers point out that people are forced to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/hialeah/article5725017.html">create their own jobs</a>&nbsp;in the city's informal sector.</p> <h2>7. Newark, New Jersey</h2> <p>Also cited as having one of the highest unemployment rates for high school and college graduates is Newark, which holds the further distinction of having the lowest median annual income (adjusted for cost of living). This means that Newark's median annual income is three times smaller than that of cities with the highest ones.</p> <p>The Brick City's financial woes are adding more pressure to the already small salaries workers endure. To complicate matters even more for job seekers, Newark is second only to Honolulu in housing affordability. The site Wallet Hub has been particularly hard on Newark by including at the top of lists of cities with the&nbsp;<a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-highest-and-lowest-population-in-need/8795/">highest percentage of needy population</a>, the <a href="http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/07/jersey_city_fares_poorly_in_tw.html">unhappiest cities</a>, the <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-retire/6165/">worst places to retire</a>, and the <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-to-start-a-business/2281/">worst cities to start a business</a>.</p> <p><em>How is the job market in your city this year?</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/is-your-city-among-the-7-worst-for-job-seekers">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/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-1">What&#039;s an employee to do? Part 1</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/a-society-of-fear">A Society of Fear</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/6-reasons-introverts-make-the-best-employees">6 Reasons Introverts Make the Best Employees</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-first-5-things-you-must-do-after-getting-laid-off">The First 5 Things You Must Do After Getting Laid Off</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/5-things-you-must-do-before-you-quit-your-job">5 Things You Must Do Before You Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income employment job search unemployment Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:00:10 +0000 Damian Davila 1285779 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-7"> <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/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/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/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> 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 These 7 Companies Have the Craziest Employee Perks http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-companies-have-the-craziest-employee-perks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-7-companies-have-the-craziest-employee-perks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/scuba-diving-502872937-small.jpg" alt="scuba diving" title="scuba diving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a job that offers more than the standard salary and health benefits combo? Look no further. From scuba diving lessons to a full-service concierge that will pick up the drycleaning and then stand in line for concert tickets in your stead, there are wonderful benefits to working at one of these seven companies we've scouted out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits?ref=seealso">The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits</a>)</p> <p>Read on for the full scoop on the zaniest perks reaped by those lucky enough to be employed by a business that knows full well how to keep its workforce happy and loyal. Then you might want to freshen up that resume &mdash; we hear the competition is thick for gigs at a place with its own rock climbing wall.</p> <h2>1. Cisco's Acupuncture</h2> <p><a href="http://csr.cisco.com/casestudy/life-connections">Acupuncture is one of the many health and wellness benefits</a> enjoyed by employees of information technology giant Cisco. This traditional Chinese medicinal practice is said to ease pain through the insertion of needles into the skin or the application of heat and pressure on specific pressure points across the body. The going rate for the rest of us is about $50 to $75 dollars per treatment.</p> <h2>2. Chesapeake Energy's Scuba Lessons</h2> <p>Free <a href="http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/22530/energy-firm-workers-stay-fit-with-scuba">scuba diving lessons are among the mind-blowing perks</a> offered to employees as part of Chesapeake Energy's &quot;Living Well&quot; program, which pays up to $1,000 for workers to participate in on-campus fitness and education classes. Ballet, aerobics, beach volleyball, rock climbing, and flying lessons &mdash; yes, we're talking airplanes &mdash; are also on the roster.</p> <h2>3. Google's Automotive Extras</h2> <p>It's widely known that Google employees enjoy some pretty amazing perks &mdash; gratis gourmet meals, massages, yoga instruction, an on-site bowling alley, child care assistance, top notch legal advice, business-travel destinations to paradises like Lake Tahoe and Hawaii, and up to $12,000 in annual tuition reimbursement. But did you know they also get <a href="http://www.google.com/about/careers/lifeatgoogle/benefits/">free oil changes and car washes</a>? That's a big bonus considering the average American spends more than $7,000 annually on their vehicle.</p> <h2>4. SC Johnson &amp; Son's Private Concierge</h2> <p>The company that manufactures Glade, Ziploc, and Windex offers its employees <a href="http://www.scjohnson.com/en/Careers/culture/benefits.aspx">a full-service concierge</a> that'll shop around for the best auto insurance quote, pick up the groceries, and stand in line for concert tickets. It's like having a willing and able assistant to complete all of life's tiresome errands and chores in your stead. The goal, company officials say, is to provide employees with a healthy work-life balance.</p> <h2>5. Eileen Fisher's New Age Fitness</h2> <p>Pilates, Qigong, creative movement, and nutritional education are among the health and wellness courses available to employees at Eileen Fisher's headquarters in upstate New York. EF employees also receive a $1,000 annual stipend to pursue their health and wellness goals outside of work through massage, acupuncture, or the perhaps the purchase of some new home exercise equipment. The company offers <a href="http://www.eileenfisher.com/EileenFisherCompany/CompanyGeneralContentPages/Benefits/Employees.jsp">an additional $1,000 annual stipend for educational pursuits</a> like yoga teacher training, pottery classes, museum memberships, and horseback riding.</p> <h2>6. Deloitte's Paid Sabbaticals</h2> <p>The financial advisory company offers associates <a href="http://mycareer.deloitte.com/us/en/life-at-deloitte/worklifefit/benefits">partially paid three- to six-month sabbaticals</a> to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities in career development or volunteerism. Deloitte workers can also opt for an unpaid one-month leave during which there are no restrictions on how they spend their time. Europe, anyone?</p> <h2>7. Infertility Perks at Facebook</h2> <p>Facebook is now offering employees <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2014/1014/Silicon-Valley-s-latest-job-perk-Up-to-20-000-in-infertility-coverage-video">up to $20,000 toward infertility treatments</a>, sperm donations, and, for women who want to delay pregnancy, procedures to freeze their eggs. &quot;Anything that gives women more control over the timing of fertility is going to be helpful to professional women,&quot; Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, told a Christian Science Monitor reporter. &quot;It potentially addresses the conflicts between the biological clock and the clockwork of women's careers: The time that's most important in work, for getting your career established, often coincides with normal fertility time for women. This can potentially help resolve that by pushing women's fertility into the future.&quot; Apple will roll out a similar program next year.</p> <p><em>Does your company offer any great perks? 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/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-companies-have-the-craziest-employee-perks">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-8"> <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/got-a-new-job-heres-your-financial-to-do-list">Got a New Job? Here&#039;s Your Financial To-Do List</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-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits">The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits</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-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had">The 15 Coolest Silicon Valley Job Perks You Wish You Had</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/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing 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/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search">Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income benefits compensation employee benefits employers job search Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1231233 at http://www.wisebread.com Master These 15 Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/master-these-15-interview-questions" 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-152981657-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>First impressions are everything, and making a good one during a job interview can very well snag you the job of your dreams. Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if it's for a job you really want. The only way to calm your nerves is to do a lot of prep beforehand so you'll be ready for your interview. Read on for 15 common interview questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">4 Rules for Answering the Weakness Question</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>This question usually takes about one to two minutes to answer and will be your elevator pitch. You want to give them a brief rundown of who you are as a person and show how you articulate you are. Don't start rambling on about your personal history. Talk about highlights from job positions or schooling and how you can contribute to the company with your background and experiences.</p> <p>Know what the company is looking for. If it prizes technical skills, play those up. Showcase the qualities needed for the job you're interviewing for.</p> <p>Before the interview, write down two to three notable achievements, and be sure to bring them up during your elevator pitch.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?</h2> <p>Think about what others have said about you when you're trying to come up with a list of your strengths. Remember, always back up your points with an example.</p> <p>Pick strengths that align with the company's culture and goals. If you're applying to a scrappy start-up, highlight your ability to multitask and to take initiative.</p> <p>The most important factor when choosing which strengths to highlight is to make sure they relate to the position your applying to. For example, if you're applying for a human resources position, talk about your interpersonal skills.</p> <p>The weakness question is always the hardest to answer. Don't give a clichéd answer such as you work too hard or you're too much of a perfectionist. Try your best to stick to the truth and make sure you mention the steps you take to counter the weakness. Don't disclose anything that will make you look like an incompetent employee, such as not meeting deadlines and getting into conflicts with co-workers. Put a positive spin on the weakness but make sure it doesn't sound too practiced. An example of weaknesses can be impatience, which can mean that you want to get the job done. Another weakness can be time management but make sure you name the steps you take to beat that problem. You will look like a problem solver when you show them what you did to fix a flaw.</p> <h2>3. What Salary Are You Looking For?</h2> <p>You don't have to answer this question at the interview, and you can try to deflect this question until you've received an offer. Tell the interviewers that you want to hold off on salary talk until the both of you know that you're right for the job.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>Read up everything you can about the company, including the website, news articles, profiles of employees, and any tidbits on LinkedIn. If you or your friends know employees at the company, ask if they can speak to you about what the company is like.</p> <p>Try to get a sense of what the company culture is and what its goals are. Once you've done your homework, you need to figure out how the company ties into your own career path and future.</p> <h2>5. Where Do You See Yourself in a Few Years?</h2> <p>Think about how you can move forward from the position you're eyeing. Figure out the natural career track and tailor your answer to the company. Try to be honest but not to the point where you make yourself look like an unattractive candidate, such as saying you want to work for their competitor or something too personal like becoming a mom. Stick to professional examples; they don't want to hear about your personal life plan.</p> <h2>6. Are You Interviewing With Other Companies?</h2> <p>Try not to spend too much time on this question and answer briefly. A simple yes and mentioning the fact that you're open to opportunities will do the trick. You can also say that this particular job is your first choice. Remember, honesty is always the best policy, and don't lie and say you're interviewing at certain companies when you're not.</p> <h2>7. What Can You Do for This Company?</h2> <p>There are several versions of this question, which also includes, &quot;What will you do when you're at [job position x]?&quot; When you're preparing for the interview, think about why you would do a good job at the position and what steps you would take to achieve that.</p> <p>Bring in new ideas and examples of what you have done in the past that has benefited your previous companies. One trick that will help the company visualize you in the position is to tell them exactly what you'd do in the first two weeks at the job. Be specific about what you'd like to accomplish, so it's more believable and impressive.</p> <h2>8. Why Do You Want to Leave or Why Did You Leave Your Current Job?</h2> <p>It's understandable if you were laid off given the rocky economy. You don't have to share the dirty details, but you should be truthful and mention that your company had to let go of X number of people or the department was being restructured.</p> <p>If you are leaving because of a negative situation, be sure not to badmouth your old company or boss. It just reflects badly on you if you do. You can focus on the fact that you're looking for growth and that you feel this company feels like the step in the right direction.</p> <h2>9. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>Asking good questions can reveal a lot of your personality and can be the most important part of the interview. Take some time into crafting very personal, well thought-out questions that require more than a &quot;yes&quot; or &quot;no&quot; answer.</p> <p>Don't ask questions that seem to be too assuming and that make you sound like you think you got the job. Don't try to focus on pay, benefits, and getting promoted. Focus more on what you can do for the company and not what the company can do for you.</p> <p>Use your judgement during the interview on how many questions are appropriate.</p> <h2>10. When Did You Have to Deal With Conflict in the Office, and How Did You Resolve It?</h2> <p>Be careful when you're addressing this question and make sure that you're not bitter or negative in your answer. You should always be positive because this reflects the fact that you take conflict well. Talk about a problem you faced (preferably not something you created), and detail the steps you proactively took to resolve the problem. The best examples will come from your past experiences.</p> <h2>11. Testing Your Knowledge and Experience</h2> <p>Make sure what you can live up to your claims in your résumé and cover letter, because your interviewer may try to test your knowledge and experience.</p> <p>For example, he might ask you questions in your field or get your professional opinion on some current events happening in your expertise. Another way to test your knowledge is to walk you through a sample scenario you might face in this new job, and ask you how you would solve the issue.</p> <p>The best way to prepare for these questions is to read up as much as you can about industry that you're applying to, and brush up on items in your past. Give yourself time to think about how you would tackle the problem they present to you, and don't rush your explanation. Even if you don't arrive at the conclusion the hiring manager is looking for, they may be impressed by your thought process.</p> <h2>12. Tell Me About Your Achievements</h2> <p>It's your time to shine when you talk about your achievements. Make sure you're preparing ahead of time for the achievement question.</p> <p>Write down three possible past wins relevant to the company and position you're applying to, and practice articulating your answers. Do your best to be specific and possibly throw in numbers to really back up your answers. For example, saying something like &quot;As a result of achievement x, revenue numbers increased by x percent year over year.&quot; This will really show your hiring manager how you added value to your past company's growth and reveal your worth as an employee.</p> <h2>13. Tell Me About Your Failures</h2> <p>Be careful when picking which failures to talk about because it can either be a hit or miss answer.</p> <p>Be honest in your answer. Don't pick a weak example, where the failure wasn't truly a flop. It's very telling if you're uncomfortable with the question. The interviewer may see you as someone who can't take responsibility for her mistakes and grow from it.</p> <p>You want to make sure that whatever you mention, you're able to explain how you bounced back stronger than ever and how you took steps to make sure that the mistake never happened again.</p> <h2>14. How Would Your Co-Workers Describe You?</h2> <p>It's time to talk yourself up! Highlight your positive traits, and make sure you're not bringing up your flaws. You should only bring up negative things if you're asked to do so.</p> <p>Think back on what your co-workers and bosses have said about you in your past reviews. This will help you formulate your answer.</p> <h2>15. What Was Your Last Salary?</h2> <p>Remember, you don't have to reveal anything you're not comfortable with to the hiring manager. You can answer this question indirectly by giving the interviewer a range you're expecting.</p> <p>Liz Ryan, CEO of consulting firm The Human Workplace, writes in a <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131217070749-52594-how-to-answer-the-question-what-was-your-last-salary?trk=tod-posts-post1-ptlt">LinkedIn post</a>, &quot;When we call the plumber because our tub drain is clogged, we don't ask, 'What did you charge the guy down the block to unclog his drain last week?' If we do, the plumber is going to say, 'My rate is $95 an hour. Do you want me to come over or not?'&quot;</p> <p>She suggests responding to this salary question with &quot;In this job search, I'm looking for jobs in the $95,000 to $100,000 range. Is that in the ballpark?&quot;</p> <p>The best way to prepare for this question is to figure out how much salary you want to be paid. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Much-Salary-Should-I-Ask-17873128">Here's how</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Land a job interview? Great. 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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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/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> </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 How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions" 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-178169066-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A smart, thoughtful answer to an interview question can help you clinch the job. Likewise, an epic blunder can knock you out of the top three. So it's as important to study what NOT to say as it is to practice and polish your real answers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=seealso">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our round-up of common job interview answers to steer clear of. You can thank us when you're in your brand new corner office.</p> <h2>1. &quot;So, Tell Me About Yourself&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>Don't give the interviewer a walk-through of your resume. That's a different question. The question you're being asked is intended to test your ability to answer an open-ended question with eloquence and ease. Don't use &quot;um&quot; and &quot;ah&quot; fillers. And don't blather.</p> <p>Experts say the best answer is short, to-the-point, and highlights your career and educational background while also shedding light on why you want this particular job.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Why Do You Want to Work Here?&quot;</h2> <p>Ditch the boilerplate answer. And don't give an answer that simply addresses why you want to work in that field. You also want to avoid an answer that makes you seem desperate, such as, &quot;I need experience,&quot; &quot;I need more money,&quot; &quot;I got laid off.&quot;</p> <p>Instead, tell the interviewer specifically how you can benefit the company and how the job will help you achieve your own career goals. After all, a good fit is a mutually beneficial one. For example: &quot;It seems like I could really benefit the company with my X and Y skills while also furthering my own career goals to do Z.&quot; The key is to convey why you are the best fit for <em>this</em> job &mdash; not just for your own benefit, but also for theirs.</p> <h2>3. &quot;What Do You Know About Our Company So Far?&quot;</h2> <p>Stay away from negativity &mdash; the interviewer doesn't want to hear what you know about the company's most recent round of layoffs or the latest stock market tumble. You also want to avoid giving the interviewer the impression that you haven't researched the company, which will lead them to believe that you're more interested in landing a job, period, rather than a job with this specific company.</p> <p>Experts say it's best to focus on things like the company's role in its industry, its history, and any accolades, awards, or distinctions it has won. Show that you've taken initiative and done your research.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?&quot;</h2> <p>Never cast blame. Don't bad-mouth your last employer or your former managers. Don't go into the gory details. But don't leave them hanging. If the interviewer gets the feeling that you're trying to cover up something related to your departure, he or she will most likely assume there's skeleton in your closet.</p> <p>Be honest and succinct in explaining why you left. Experts recommend sharpening your focus on how your past job has prepared you for the future.</p> <h2>5. &quot;What Are Your Strengths?&quot;</h2> <p>This is your chance to shine. Don't screw it up by highlighting non-work related attributes or coming off as a braggart. Do away with examples of times when you shined at someone else's expense.</p> <p>Instead, bill yourself as a team player who consistently goes above and beyond job expectations &mdash; and have a few specific examples to back up your claims.</p> <h2>6. &quot;What Are Your Weaknesses?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't say, &quot;Nothing.&quot; Don't rattle off a list of negative attributes about yourself without explaining how you've overcome them in the past. And don't answer, &quot;I work too hard&quot; &mdash; that's not a weakness.</p> <p>Experts say the best answers to this question prove that you are self-aware and resilient.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Where Do You See Yourself Five, Ten Years Down the Road?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't intimate that you have no idea what you'd like your future to be like. And don't say that you want a job with this company as a stepping stone to getting another job with a different company.</p> <p>Interviewers want to hear about your career goals and how a job with their company could help you fulfill them. They want to hear that you have a plan, even if it's fluid. They want to know that you're thoughtful and not haphazard in your career decisions.</p> <h2>8. &quot;What Kind of Salary Are You Looking For?&quot;</h2> <p>Steer clear of the following responses: &quot;I haven't thought about that yet,&quot; &quot;I'll take any salary,&quot; &quot;I'm sure whatever you offer is fine,&quot; &quot;My last salary was X. I'd like a little more than that.&quot; And don't just pick an arbitrary number.</p> <p>Know your worth. And arm yourself with the research and data to back it up. If you want a salary in the $100,000 range, it better be because other people in similar jobs at similar companies are making that amount. It's also smart to consider factors like geography and cost of living expenses. Website likes <a href="http://www.salary.com/">salary.com</a>, <a href="http://www.payscale.com/">payscale.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">glassdoor.com</a> can help with this task.</p> <h2>9. &quot;Why Should I Hire You?&quot;</h2> <p>These are all major no-no's: &quot;Because I really need the money.&quot; &quot;Because I think this job could help me learn this skills I need to do X.&quot; &quot;Because I think a job at your company would look great on my resume.&quot; &quot;Because I'm fun and easy to work with.&quot;</p> <p>Better answers are honest, highlight your confidence in yourself and your skill set, and exemplify why you're a great fit for the job. For example: &quot;Because I really, really want this job and I know I'm the best fit for X, Y, and Z reasons.&quot;</p> <h2>10. &quot;Do You Have Any Questions for Me?&quot;</h2> <p>Do not say, &quot;No&quot; &mdash; it implies that you're disinterested or worse, unintelligent. You also should not ask the interviewer what he or she thinks are your chances of landing the job.</p> <p>The right answer is always, &quot;Yes.&quot; You might have questions about the company culture or how on-the-job success is measured. Maybe you want to know what qualities the company most values in new hires or what a typical day on the job would like. Whatever the questions, just make sure you ask them. It'll show that you're interested, inquisitive, and not willing to settle for just any old job.</p> <p><em>Any questions we've missed? Ask in comments!</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/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">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-11"> <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/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-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/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> Career Building interview job hunt Job Interview job search Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1197961 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You in the Wrong Career? Here's How to Tell http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-businesswoman-179039030-small.jpg" alt="tired businesswoman" title="tired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to the new normal: The average worker today <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1802731/four-year-career">stays in a job for 4.4 years</a>.</p> <p>You should probably expect that number to get even lower as 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than <em>three </em>years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>And while being labeled as a job hopper may make you less attractive to future employers, there's no time to waste if you don't like what you're doing. Here are seven tools to check if you're on the right career path.</p> <h2>1. What Can I Do With My Major In...?</h2> <p>In 2012, there were about <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb13-153.html">19.9 million Americans</a> enrolled in college. With the <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/classof2012.pdf">average student debt around $29,400</a>, students need to take a close look at the career options that their degrees provide. MyPlan.com offers a comprehensive list of jobs according to major through its <a href="http://www.myplan.com/majors/what-to-do-with-a-major.php">What Can I Do With a Major in&hellip;?</a> tool.</p> <p>Taking a look at your career options during your studies is a good way to check what your career path may look like in the future. You can filter your options by using the results from your Values Assessment Test, which helps you understand what is important to you in a job.</p> <h2>2. MyNextMove.org</h2> <p>What if you haven't declared a major yet or what if you are just taking a sabbatical year to think things through? In that case, the U.S. Department of Labor's <a href="http://www.mynextmove.org">MyNextMove.org</a> is a comprehensive tool to help you explore a wide variety of career options and industries. You can search careers through keywords, browse careers by industry, or use the Interest Profiler to find out what kind of careers may be a good fit for you.</p> <h2>3. Occupational Projections Data</h2> <p>If you already have a job or are thinking about switching jobs, then you may be wondering what are the expected employment and wages in a couple years. The <a href="http://data.bls.gov/oep/noeted/empoptd.jsp">Selected Occupational Projections Data</a> from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives you data starting 2012 and with projections up to 2022.</p> <p>For example, I looked up that there were 129.1 thousand writers and authors in 2012 and that number is expected to grow to 132.9 thousand by 2022. With a small number of competitors, a median annual wage of $55,940, and a 64.4% rate of self-employment, I am comforted that I made the right career decision!</p> <h2>4. Careerrealism's Quiz</h2> <p>Let's imagine that you are just fed up with your current job. Maybe you haven't been promoted for several years or your work hours are starting to affect your health. To help you decide whether you should quit your job, take this <a href="http://www.careerealism.com/quiz-quit-your-job/#!bB3x78">11-question quiz</a> from Carrerrealism. They also provide you a suggested course of actions based on your quiz results.</p> <h2>5. Glasdoor's Job Finder</h2> <p>Sometimes the root of your job frustration may not be that you are in the wrong career, but that you are just in the wrong city. <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/jobs/explorer/index.htm%20">Glassdoor's Job Finder</a> allows you to plug in your job title and check how many work opportunities are available across the United States. For example, my search for <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/jobs/explorer/search.htm?jobTitle1=freelance%20writer">freelance writer</a> showed me that while Hawaii only has two opportunities, New York has 49, California has 375, and Illinois has 99.</p> <p>While the first two made sense to me, I would had never imagined that the Prairie State was ripe with opportunities within my field. The Job Finder also allows you to drill down results per city and find out what other job titles (and cities!) you should consider in your career path.</p> <h2>6. PayScale's GigZig</h2> <p>Here is a really interesting twist on job evaluation. If you already know that the average person stays in a job about four years, then you can leverage that knowledge to predict your career path. <a href="http://www.payscale.com/gigzig.aspx">PayScale's GigZig</a> uses data from millions of people to indicate, based on a job title, what job that person held five years ago and what job that person will have five years from now.</p> <p>Based on those three job titles, GigZig shows you what percentage of people have taken a specific path. Since the median salary is included for each job, you will find yourself exploring the many zigs and zags your career path could take.</p> <p>If you cannot make up your mind between two jobs, then take a closer look at each one through PayScale's chart on the <a href="http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/most-and-least-meaningful-jobs/interactive-chart">most and least meaningful jobs</a>. This interactive chart compares job meaning, salary, and job satisfaction for over 450 job titles.</p> <h2>7. Career Values Test</h2> <p>Finally, if you need a full revaluation of your career path, then you should take a look at your career values. The <a href="http://stewartcoopercoon.com/individual-executive-placement/how-competitive-are-you-2/what-are-your-career-values/">Career Values Test</a> is a comprehensive examination of your career values and your motivations behind them. Having a deeper understanding of what makes you tick in career terms allows you to better evaluate your career path and any potential employer. According to the makers of the test, these career values provide the means to evaluate the merits of any career and negotiate the terms for actual job offerings.</p> <p><em>What are some other useful tools to evaluate if you're in the right career path?</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/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell">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-12"> <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/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</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/5-great-ways-to-network-that-dont-feel-sleazy">5 Great Ways to Network That Don&#039;t Feel Sleazy</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/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</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-solid-online-resources-to-help-you-find-a-job">6 Solid Online Resources to Help You Find 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/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career choosing a career job search Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1197957 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Things You Need to Do If You Want to Quit Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-things-you-need-to-do-if-you-want-to-quit-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-things-you-need-to-do-if-you-want-to-quit-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/quitting-job-97430116-small.jpg" alt="quitting job" title="quitting job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recent data shows that <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-less-likely-to-change-jobs-now-than-in-1980s-2014-01-10">Americans stay at a single job for an average of 4.6 years</a>. If a career lasts 40 years, that means we're destined for roughly 10 job changes, so you better get good at saying goodbye.</p> <p>Leaving with grace is imperative to build your network, and you never know how your path will cross with former colleagues, because again, everyone's constantly shifting around!</p> <p>Here are 10 things you should do to leave a job on a high note.</p> <h2>During the Job Search</h2> <p>The key here, obviously, is to keep your job search activities on the down low. You may not find your next position for months. Meanwhile, you owe it to your current employer (and yourself!), to maintain your professionalism and productivity throughout.</p> <h3>1. Do Your Research</h3> <p>Be diligent about researching potential jobs and companies, so you don't waste time applying for jobs that won't work for you in the long run. You will only have limited time to apply and interview since you have a job already, so you don't want to waste it on companies and roles that you could have ruled out with a bit of research.</p> <h3>2. Get Out Your Personal Calendar</h3> <p>Whenever possible, schedule your job search time on your personal calendar to maintain focus, much less get caught on search sites like <a href="http://www.indeed.com/">Indeed</a> and <a href="http://www.theladders.com/">The Ladders</a>. You never know how your computer is being monitored by your company or who may drop by your desk unexpectedly. Plus, you're being paid by your current employer to do your work, not find a new job. Job search on your time, not theirs. When you begin to book interviews, use vacation time or personal days if possible.</p> <h3>3. Tap Your Networks With Care</h3> <p>Networking is great, but be cautious about using any methods that might alert your current employer to your search.</p> <ul> <li>Checking the box on LinkedIn that you're interested in learning about new opportunities is safe because it's ambiguous, below the fold on your profile, and every profile I've ever seen has it checked.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Posting on Twitter that you're looking for a new job is much too conspicuous because Twitter is a very public platform.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Posting on Facebook could be safe provided that none of your current colleagues are your friends and you post only to friends, not to the general public.</li> </ul> <p>In short, exercise caution about tapping networks and when you do so make sure to only use connections whom you truly trust to keep your confidence.</p> <h3>4. Grab Your Portfolio Now</h3> <p>Before you even have an offer, decide which pieces of your portfolio you can and want to take with you when you leave. Capture them either electronically or in hard copy now before the pressure's on to do so. Also, once you give notice, some companies may lock you out of your accounts and prevent access to what you've created. And if you've signed an NDA or go work for a competitor, you may be required to leave your current employer as soon as you give notice.</p> <h3>5. Read Your Employee Handbook</h3> <p>Know your HR policies. Do you have to give a minimum amount of notice? Did you sign an NDA on non-compete agreement? Are there any restrictions on stock options or awards you've received? This is all valuable and necessary data to have as you look for new opportunities.</p> <h2>Accepting an Offer and Giving Notice</h2> <p>Your search went well and you've landed an offer for the new gig. What's next?</p> <h3>1. Respond to the Offer</h3> <p>Thank the prospective employer for the offer and ask any questions you may have including how long you have to make a decision and a potential start date.</p> <p>Don't accept on the spot: You may want to consider negotiating with the employer on salary, vacation time, benefits, start date, etc., and you'll want to get the complete offer in writing. The last thing you want is to have an offer rescinded or have it turn out to be different than what was promised. Asking an employer to put an offer in writing eliminates a good deal of that risk. You should also accept in writing and have an agreed upon start date before putting together your resignation letter.</p> <h3>2. Resign Gracefully</h3> <p>Once you decide to accept the new job, give notice to your current supervisor verbally and in writing, preferably at the same time. Keep the letter simple. Give them an end date and thank them for the opportunity you've had in your current role.</p> <p>Verbally, you can provide a bit more detail. When you speak to your supervisor, be honest about where you're going and why. <em>But leave the emotion out of it and stick to the facts</em>. It may be tempting to point out every unpleasant aspect of your current job, particularly if you've been unhappy for a while and have raised these issues with your supervisor only to have them fall on deaf ears. Instead, highlight why this new role at a new company is a good fit for you. And you never know; perhaps now that you've given notice your existing employer will make you a counteroffer that's worth your consideration.</p> <h3>3. Tell Your Team</h3> <p>Now that you've talked to your supervisor, it's time to tell your team. Make sure you stick to the same reasoning that you gave your supervisor. Don't go into intense detail with colleagues about the negative aspects of your job that drove you out the door. You don't want your departure to take on any scandalous aspects, nor do you want that information to get back to your supervisor. Save the gossip and emotion for your friends at happy hour!</p> <h3>4. Don't Throw In the Towel</h3> <p>Prior to your departure, don't slack off on the job. Continue to uphold your responsibility, work on a transition plan with your supervisor, and leave detailed notes on your current projects for the team members who will take over your projects. No sabotage!</p> <h3>5. Connect With Colleagues</h3> <p>Connecting with your colleagues through in-person meetings and online on sites such as LinkedIn is as critical as capturing your portfolio items. These connections, when forged authentically, will serve you well down the line in your personal and professional life. I've made some of the best friends of my life through my jobs. When I left my last corporate job prior to starting my own business, I was shocked by how inspired my colleagues were by my choice. It was the best ending I could have asked for and they have continued to be an incredible part of my life!</p> <p>The most important things to focus on when you leave a job are integrity, integrity, and integrity. Maintain your dignity during the search process and in the way you transition out of your job. It will pay off many times over. People may not remember everything you did while they worked with you, but they will always remember how you left.</p> <p><em>How have you gracefully left one job for another? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-things-you-need-to-do-if-you-want-to-quit-your-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-13"> <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/these-7-companies-have-the-craziest-employee-perks">These 7 Companies Have the Craziest Employee Perks</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/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing 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/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/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search">Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The 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/is-your-city-among-the-7-worst-for-job-seekers">Is Your City Among the 7 Worst for Job Seekers?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income job offer job search new job quitting a job resigning Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Christa Avampato 1183632 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead http://www.wisebread.com/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead" 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-resume-76806707-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the things you might need for a successful job search, a good resume has historically been the most essential.</p> <p>The problem is, most resumes look pretty much the same and that can make it hard to get noticed by potential employers. In fact, as someone who's spent time reviewing job applicants, I can tell you that it doesn't take long for all those resumes to start blurring together. (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>That means yours needs to &quot;pop&quot; if you want to stand out and as I outline in my upcoming book, <a href="http://prosperity20.com">Prosperity 2.0</a>, there's fortunately a number of ways to make that happen. You can even customize it to target a specific industry or highlight certain skills and accomplishments, giving you a real edge over the competition.</p> <h2>Conservative Industries Expect a Conservative Resume</h2> <p>The easiest way to choose a resume style is to look at your prospective employers. Are you looking in more conservative fields, such as law, banking, or accounting? Is the position you're applying for set in a traditional corporate environment?</p> <h3>Choose Chronological</h3> <p>If so, your resume should be traditional as well. The chronological format is most common, so when in doubt, this version is a safe bet. It's also a good starting point for the others included here.</p> <p>A chronological resume typically runs a page and a half to two pages in length and includes your complete history &mdash; your prior work experience, your education and your skills &mdash; in chronological order, with the most recent entries listed first. You can also include a section devoted to your accomplishments as well as your career goals and objectives.</p> <p>This resume doesn't really &quot;highlight&quot; anything specific &mdash; it's more of a 30,000 foot view &mdash; and works best for those with a strong and continuous work history.</p> <p>In some cases, the chronological resume might not suit your needs. Perhaps you don't have that strong work history or your most recent entries aren't overly relevant to your prospective job. Or maybe your targeted industry isn't quite so traditional and you think a bit more &quot;pizazz&quot; is called for.</p> <p>Not to worry&hellip; that's where the next resume comes in.</p> <h2>Create a Functional Resume to Highlight Skills Over Continuity</h2> <p>The functional resume is designed specifically to draw attention to the areas you want to highlight. It may or may not include your entire history, and the layout itself is also quite different from the chronological format, giving you a little more creative control in how you present yourself to prospective employers.</p> <h3>Put Your Winning Attributes at the Top</h3> <p>You can list your education first for example, or dive right into your accomplishments if that's where you really shine. Your work history is included, but doesn't have to be in any particular order, and in fact, rather than portraying your employment in a &quot;job-by-job&quot; format, you focus more on the goals you accomplished and the experience you gained.</p> <p>This variation also works great for those who are just starting out or have gaps in their employment history. Keep in mind however, that potential employers will likely want to pin you down on dates and length of employment at some point.</p> <h2>Use a Combination Resume to Feature Both</h2> <p>The combination resume is just what it sounds like: a combination of the chronological and function formats. It starts with skills and accomplishments, but also includes a complete, chronological work history. This resume is ideal if you're looking to change careers and want to highlight relevant skills and experience. It's also a good option if your industry is more creative than conservative, and you want to show some individuality.</p> <p>And speaking of showing individuality, there are times when you want to pull out all the stops. So, while it's a good idea to have at least one of these versions on hand &mdash; regardless of what kind of job you're looking for &mdash; it doesn't have to be the version you lead with.</p> <p>In fact, let's look at some other, more eye-catching varieties that can help get your foot in the door.</p> <h2>Resumes That Go a Step Beyond</h2> <p>It's not unusual for people to have multiple versions of the same resume, each one geared toward a specific type of job or to highlight a certain set of skills.</p> <p>But instead of reproducing your entire resume for this purpose, why not do what advertisers do and create tailored &quot;marketing pieces&quot; that push what you want to push.</p> <h3>Maybe Try a Newsletter Resume</h3> <p>For example, a newsletter resume is just what it sounds like: a resume written in a newsletter format. So, think images, columns, callouts, and bold headings, all laid out to highlight the skills and experience most relevant to the job you're applying for.</p> <p>This format allows you to zero in on your community service for example, or really promote those three months that you exceeded your sales quota. In fact, if you present the information in newsletter-style &quot;stories,&quot; you can turn any piece of information into an important (and impressive) asset, making this a perfect choice.</p> <h3>Or Pop With a Rack Card</h3> <p>Rack cards are commonly used by businesses to promote a special or advertise a new product or service, but you can use them to draw attention to your most marketable skills and experience.</p> <p>Standard size is 4x9 and typically uses both sides of the card, but other than that, you're free to use your imagination. And you should.</p> <p>Think big &mdash; lots of color, well-placed graphics and bullet points. Be bold. Market your very best strengths, the things you want a potential employer to notice, and include your contact information too. Have a website? Include that as well, and if you don't, read on to find out why you should.</p> <h2>Resumes That Go Several Steps Beyond</h2> <p>One of the best ways to attract a potential employer's attention is to think outside the box and with all the online tools available, there's just no limit to what you can do. So, let's talk about two very cool options here.</p> <h3>Your Resume Online</h3> <p>Yes, you can simply make an electronic version of a traditional resume, but why stop there? Why not get creative and show employers just how fantastic you truly are?</p> <p>Back in the 90s, when I was still working in the corporate world, I created an online resume that included &quot;The Top 10 Reasons You Should Hire Me&quot; (&quot;I really want this job&quot; was #7) as well as a multiple-choice psychic reading that promised to reveal the perfect candidate for the job in question.</p> <p>The user selected the qualities they wanted using radio buttons and clicked a big &quot;Reveal&quot; button to see the results. They were then taken to the traditional version of my resume which, by the way, was geared to highlight the same skills and experience options offered in the reading.</p> <p>Yes, I know that sounds a little cheesy, especially since resumes have always been such a serious and formal affair. But then, it was supposed to be cheesy &mdash; that was the whole point. I wanted to be different from all the other applicants, and I felt that the potential was worth the risk.</p> <p>A blog for instance, can allow you to show off your industry expertise as well as your stellar writing skills. A good LinkedIn profile can almost substitute as a condensed version of your resume, and a business-only Twitter account might enable you to do some serious networking within your niche.</p> <h3>Your Resume on Video</h3> <p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005O5CM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005O5CM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WNTOX6NYW647VOXH">Legally Blonde</a>, sorority diva Reese Witherspoon decides she's going to apply to Harvard Law to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner, after he breaks up with her to find a &quot;serious&quot; girlfriend. Getting into Harvard isn't easy however, so besides studying hard and passing the LSAT, she creates a video resume to stand out and get noticed.</p> <p>Now, she has no legal background to speak of and her character isn't the most intellectual of applicants&hellip; so, she uses the video to play up the strengths she does have instead.</p> <p>And you can do the same.</p> <p>Show off your contribution to the community, your sense of humor, your blazing-fast typing skills, your incredible multi-tasking abilities, and even your hobby if it's appropriate. The key is to create a video that shows off your personality while still tying into the job or industry you're applying for.</p> <p>Just remember that whatever you produce may be shared among others within the company, especially if it's entertaining, so create something for the masses. And don't &quot;be&quot; someone on the video that isn't truly part of your personality &mdash; characters and scripting aside, your prospective employer will expect to see a live version of the candidate they saw in the video, should you get an interview.</p> <p>For ideas, <a href="http://mashable.com/2011/01/17/tips-video-resumes/">Mashable has some great tips and samples of video resumes</a>.</p> <h2>One Resume Is Never Enough</h2> <p>Choosing the right resume can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, especially if you have something other than a run-of-the-mill background to work with.</p> <p>But that's what makes these other options so appealing.</p> <p>Ideally, you should have several versions of your resume to work with &mdash; a complete, traditional resume (be it functional, chronological, or combination format) and then some of the other varieties to help you target your desired industry.</p> <p>And don't be afraid to try new varieties or employ other tools to get you noticed within your niche. It's an easy way to stay in front of those that do the hiring and remind them of why they need you on their team.</p> <p><em>Have you created multiple resumes to attract more interest from employers? Please share your experience in comments (&quot;functional&quot; is fine)!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead">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-14"> <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-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</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/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get 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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook">6 Tax Deductions Job-Hunters Can’t Afford to Overlook</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-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting creative resume job search resumes Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:00:06 +0000 Kate Luther 1178256 at http://www.wisebread.com Employers Care More About Skills Than Your Degree — So Here's What You Should Do http://www.wisebread.com/employers-care-more-about-skills-than-your-degree-so-heres-what-you-should-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/employers-care-more-about-skills-than-your-degree-so-heres-what-you-should-do" 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-177293427-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our generation has seen the cost of a college degree inflate dramatically while simultaneously becoming far less valuable than it would have been 15 or 20 years ago.</p> <p>It's not just that there are a lot of them or that more people have access to financing and are able to get a degree. Rather, the quality of the education has dropped, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/18/290868013/how-the-cost-of-college-went-from-affordable-to-sky-high">price has skyrocketed</a>, and the value of what you do learn has become increasingly less cohesive with what employers want to see. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-improve-your-decision-making-skills?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills</a>)</p> <p>So what does this mean for you, Joe and Jane College Grad Job-Seeker? How can you advance yourself now that a degree is no longer the be all and end all? Here are a few suggestions.</p> <h2>1. Develop Skills Outside of the Formal Classroom</h2> <p>It's not that formal education doesn't have value. But we live in a time when we have such a vast amount of information available to us, that we can (in part) educate ourselves.</p> <p>This is particularly true if you're going into a technical field or something computer-related. For example, those who might hire a computer programmer probably don't care if you have a degree in computer science. Since they need you to write code, develop web applications, or design web pages, they want to see you do those things. On your own time as you're preparing to enter the workforce, brush up on the skills that you'll be marketing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-continue-your-education-without-going-back-to-school?ref=seealso">8 Ways to Continue Your Education Without Going Back to School</a>)</p> <h2>2. Focus on What You Enjoy Doing</h2> <p>Most colleges focus on a broad list of study topics when outlining their requirements for a degree. They call them &quot;core classes&quot; or general education requirements. The problem is that you end up spending just a little bit of time in a variety of different concepts and areas of study. You don't really focus on one particular topic until your junior year, at which point you've got at most, two years left to study it. Spend some time focusing on what actually interests you as it relates to your career. Get good at those things and make it evident to potential employers.</p> <h2>3. Rework Your Resume</h2> <p>While bearing in mind that employers want to see skills first and foremost, make sure to highlight those on your resume by putting them front and center. List relevant technical skills in a bulleted list, then move into work experience with a bulleted list of notable accomplishments at each job.</p> <h2>4. Build a Portfolio</h2> <p>If you're building a skill that can be displayed by completed work (web developer, graphic designer, logo creator, writer or journalist) look for opportunities to do either freelance or pro-bono work so that you can develop a portfolio of completed work. You'll set yourself far above the fray if you can show this to employers, so take your time to complete tangible work and document it for display.</p> <h2>5. Network</h2> <p>For people to know about your skills, they ultimately need to know you in at least a marginally personal way. The best way to make sure they do is to spend some time networking and getting to know the people in your industry. You can start on a local basis and connect through lunches or personal interaction, or go with a more broad approach and connect with people via LinkedIn or Twitter. Talk about your goals and interests with no strings attached. You're likely to get an enthusiastic response and a quick ally for when you are on a specific job hunt.</p> <h2>6. Work on Your Communications Skills</h2> <p>Being able to write and speak effectively are nearly universal requirements in today's workplace. Part of the reason is that so much communication isn't face-to-face but rather occurs over phone or computer. That means everyone needs to be able to write well and communicate effectively over a phone when the parties can't see one another.</p> <p>There are a number of practical ways to <a href="http://www.illumine.co.uk/write-speak-influence/verbcom-info/nine-ways-to-improve-verbal-communication.html">improve verbal communication</a>, like reading and listening to spoken word (podcasts or radio). The best way to improve written communication is to simply write. Respond to emails, blog, or just write down your thoughts for 20 or 30 minutes every day. You'd be surprised how much that alone can help.</p> <h2>7. Research Your Industry</h2> <p>If you want to focus your career in a specific direction, it pays to know what's going on with that industry in a broad sense. Read magazines, blogs, or just talk to people who run in those same circles so you can a feel for the trends, issues and substantive topics that are guiding that industry.</p> <h2>8. Learn Your Niche</h2> <p>You might have studied business, but it takes awhile to develop a specialty within the broad confines of the business world. It doesn't do you much good to go into an interview and say, &quot;I'm a business major.&quot;</p> <p>What makes more sense to an employer is if you can speak on their terms, using the same kind of language they use in the job description that brought you to their office. For example, &quot;I'm an expert in small-business startup consulting and online marketing. Here's a list of small businesses that I've worked with.&quot;</p> <p>You've got to have an area and a specialty and be able to target jobs looking for people with your skill set.</p> <h2>9. Think About the Culture You Want to Work In</h2> <p>Some people thrive in a team or with a lot of specific instruction while others work much better independently, without a lot of supervision or oversight. Think about what kind of culture would suit your working style the best and make sure to inquire about it in interviews.</p> <h2>10. Work Smart and Hard</h2> <p>TV host and all-around badass Mike Rowe tells a great story about going into a college counselor's office and being told to work smart, not hard. Ever since, he has consistently pointed out the value in working smart and hard, and has encouraged people not to despise skilled labor or a trade. In your pursuit of the perfect job, know that both sides of the coin are important; education and specific skills.</p> <h2>Best of Both Worlds</h2> <p>It's not that education and skilled work can't, or don't mix. In fact, they go hand in hand. So if you've got your degree, that's a good thing. Employers do like it. But it's not going to rope you a job. You still need to have a skill and a specialty. Take the time to identify and cultivate that ability. When you're being interviewed, you'll notice a major difference in your own confidence and how employers respond to you.</p> <p><em>How have you highlighted your skillset to a potential employer? 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/employers-care-more-about-skills-than-your-degree-so-heres-what-you-should-do">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-15"> <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/these-7-companies-have-the-craziest-employee-perks">These 7 Companies Have the Craziest Employee Perks</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/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing 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/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search">Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The 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/is-your-city-among-the-7-worst-for-job-seekers">Is Your City Among the 7 Worst for Job Seekers?</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-10-things-you-need-to-do-if-you-want-to-quit-your-job">The 10 Things You Need to Do If You Want to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income college degree job search job skills Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1177366 at http://www.wisebread.com