Job Hunting en-US 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="" 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="">10 Outdated Job Hunt Techniques to Avoid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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Jacob McMillen</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting job search promotion resume self promotion Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1238130 at 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="" 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="">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="">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="">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. Now seal the deal by learning how to answer these 15 common job interview questions. </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="" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href=""><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="">How to Start Off Your Cover Letter Right</a></li> <li><a href="">Follow Up After a Job Interview With This Email</a></li> <li><a href="">5 Rules For Following Up After the Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Job Hunting interview Job Interview job search new job Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1221623 at 10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't take your interviewer's questions at face value. Often, the reasons why she's asking you these questions is not just to hear your answers, but to read in between the lines and find out what your intentions are and how your character is. We've listed a couple of the most <a href="">popular interview questions</a> below and what the interviewer <em>really</em> means when they ask you these questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="">9 Costly Interview Mistakes That Can Lose You That Job Offer</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>Okay, you should ace this question because it's the most basic and expected question out of every job interview. We want to see how you carry yourself and how articulate you are. We also want to know what you think are the highlights of yourself and your career and what's special about you.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?</h2> <p>You know this question is coming, let's see how honest and thoughtful you can be. Not to mention how prepared you are. Please don't give us the clichés like, &quot;My weakness is I work too hard.&quot; We can see right through that. <a href="">This question</a> can reveal how self-aware you are and how proactive you are when a problem arises.</p> <h2>3. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you're here for the long haul and you've really thought about this. It takes resources to train a new hire, so ideally, we would like you to stay a while. Your answer will clue us into your ambition as well, and if you've truly thought about what your career track with us will be like. It's a chance for us to hear your strengths and your goals.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you really want to work for us and that you did your research. We don't want to hire people who just want this job because it's a job.</p> <h2>5. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?</h2> <p>Was there drama in your last company? We're actually curious to see if you left your company on good or bad terms. Obviously, most of you will catch on to this question, but your answer can also give us an insight into your relationship with your former company and how you work. If you badmouth your previous employer, no matter what the circumstance, we'll probably take it as a red flag. We also want to make sure that you're not going to leave our company for the same reason.</p> <h2>6. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>This is my opportunity to see if you have been paying attention and how passionate you are about this position and company. It's also a test to see how much homework you've done on the company and the position. This can be your chance to wow us, and it can be one of the most memorable things about a candidate.</p> <h2>7. [Insert Incredibly Hard Problem]</h2> <p>We want to know how you think on your feet and what your thought process is like. You <a href="">may not be able to answer this question</a>, but we want to see how you deal with the stress of not being able to answer the question and to see if you can at least tell us the steps you would take to find the answer. This shows good initiative and problem-solving skills. We're not looking for someone who would give up as soon as something hard comes their way.</p> <h2>8. [Insert Surprising Question]</h2> <p>Okay, you may be completely thrown off by this question, but we want that to happen. It may elicit a more genuine reaction and that's what we really want to see. Perhaps, we can catch a glimpse of your personality.</p> <h2>9. What Would Your Co-Workers Say About You?</h2> <p>We want to know how you think others view you. It says something about how self-aware you are, and it can clue us into how your relationships with your former co-workers are.</p> <h2>10. What Are Your Hobbies?</h2> <p>We want to know what you are like as a person outside of your job. This is a good time to bring up your side projects and impressive hidden talents. What you do with your free time can be a big reflection of what kind of employee you will be. For example, having a successful Etsy store can show us that you're productive, driven, passionate, and creative. This is your chance to stand out and share something personal about yourself that will make us remember you.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learn to read the truth behind these common job interview questions, so you can respond with the answers that get you hired. </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="" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href=""><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></li> <li><a href="">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="">13 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Job Hunting Job Interview questions underlying meaning Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1203902 at The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the job market continues to disappoint with <a href="">fewer and fewer available jobs</a>, we have to work harder at impressing potential employers.</p> <p>There are thousands of tutorials out there about how to impress interviewers and job gatekeepers. And just like you, everybody else is reading those same tutorials. That's why you need a secret weapon, a special edge, or just something plain crazy to stand out from the competition. (See also: <a href="">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="">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="">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="">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="//"></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=";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="">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="">quickly invited for an interview and offered him a job</a>. He <a href="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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=";">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="">preview video of Falskaar</a>.</p> <p>With <a href="">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="">Associate Designer</a>.</p> <h2>6. Attempt to Destroy Own Property</h2> <p><a href="">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> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting interview job hunt job search resume Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:03 +0000 Damian Davila 1213127 at Best Money Tips: Things You Can Do To Find Your Calling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="girl taking selfie" title="girl taking selfie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on things you can do to find your calling, protecting your child's identity, and vices that can ruin your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="">12 Things You Can Do to Find Your Calling</a> &mdash; Starting a blog or a YouTube channel can help you find your calling. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="">How to Protect Your Child's Identity</a> &mdash; To protect your child's identity, be aware of whether or not your child is receiving pre approved credit accounts. [Rich Single Momma]</p> <p><a href="">Five Vices That Could Ruin Your Finances</a> &mdash; Eating out and brand name shopping can ruin your finances. [Your Smart Money Moves]</p> <p><a href="">7 Reasons to Give Your Ideas a Try Even If They Might Not Work</a> &mdash; Do you have an idea you want to try even though you think it won't work? Give it a try anyway and remember that failure isn't permanent. [Create My Independence]</p> <p><a href="">10 Key Characteristics of Debt-Free People</a> &mdash; Debt-free people are patient and not addicted to shopping. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="">3 Simple Ways to Finish Your Financial Year Off Right</a> &mdash; Before the year is over, take the time to revisit your goals. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="">4 Books to Spark Your Child's Imagination</a> &mdash; The book Roxaboxen can help spark your child's imagination. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="">When to Pick Butternut Squash</a> &mdash; If you are growing butternut squash, wait until the stems are brown to pick it. [My Frugal Home]</p> <p><a href="">Why I'm Going Back to School</a> &mdash; Were you passed up for a promotion? Consider going back to school so that doesn't happen again. [According to Athena]</p> <p><a href="">DIY Sewing Room Storage Ideas</a> &mdash; Using a frame with wire and small pegs can give you a unique DIY storage option for your sewing room. [The Centsible Life]</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Things You Can Do To Find Your Calling" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting best money tips career job Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1194287 at 16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job interview coming up? Don't be nervous! Just follow these guidelines below, and you'll be fine.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="">Make a Good Impression on Your Interviewer in 10 Minutes</a></p> <h2>Do</h2> <h3>Wear the Right Outfit</h3> <p>Make sure you know what the dress code is for the office. One good idea is to check with HR before the interview to get a feel of what you should wear.</p> <h3>Bring Copies of Your Résumé</h3> <p>Although you're sure the company has your résumé, it never fails to bring copies of your just in case your interviewer needs to look at it and doesn't have it in front of her.</p> <h3>Have a Nice Folder for Your Résumé</h3> <p>Just so your résumé doesn't look like something cat dragged in, keep it in pristine condition in a professional-looking folder. Here are other <a href="">important items</a> to bring to an interview.</p> <h3>Have the Appropriate Body Language</h3> <p>Be aware of how you're carrying yourself during an interview, because your posture, eye contact, and relaxed position can impress your interviewer. Remember to sit still and straight and don't fidget. Here are more <a href="">body language tips </a>to help.</p> <h3>Give the Right Answer to the Weakness Question</h3> <p>This could be the question that could trip you up. Be honest and give a real answer and not a cop-out one. Here are more tips on how to <a href="">answer the question</a>.</p> <h3>Be On Time or Slightly Early</h3> <p>Turning up five to 10 minutes early is the sweet spot for interviews. Showing up too early can make things awkward, and showing up too late is a red flag. But just because you only have to get there shortly before the interview starts doesn't mean that you can leave your house later. Plan to be near the interview spot a lot earlier than when it starts to account for unexpected delays like traffic, and hang around in a nearby coffee shop until it's close to the interview time.</p> <h3>Prepare the Right Questions for the Interviewer</h3> <p>Make sure you've prepared a <a href="">list of good questions</a> to ask your interviewer at the end. Pay attention throughout the interview, so you'll have questions related to what the hiring manager talked about. This shows that you're actively listening.</p> <h3>Send a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Always send a thank you note (here's a <a href="">good template</a>) after the interview. This is something that's appreciated by a lot of recruiters. It's also your chance to make a final impression or clarify anything you didn't get around to in your interview.</p> <h2>Don't</h2> <h3>Think the Interview Is Over Until You Walk Out the Door</h3> <p>The interview will continue until you walk out the office door, so be careful of your behavior and your words even when your hiring manager is done firing questions at you. Be polite and on top of your game when you are making casual conversation on your way out, and be nice to the receptionist.</p> <h3>Get Too Relaxed</h3> <p>Your interviewer can seem like your long-lost BFF, but&hellip; she's not. And you shouldn't treat her like one. It's OK to be friendly, but you're still trying to make a good impression. Don't be too relaxed or you may slip up and do something that's unprofessional. She's not going to base the interview solely on how likeable you are.</p> <h3>Badmouth Your Old Job</h3> <p>Maybe you had a boss à la <em>Devil Wears Prada</em>, but your hiring manager doesn't need to know that. Badmouthing your former employer just gives off negative vibes and detracts from your professionalism.</p> <h3>Be Unprepared</h3> <p>This should be obvious, but research the company to death. <a href="">Here's how</a>. This is so you can craft your answers to fit the kind of candidate they're looking for and show that you're diligent and have done your homework.</p> <h3>Address Salary or Benefits Until the Interviewer Does</h3> <p>OK, so they are very important factors for you, but hold off until you get the job offer. Your interviewer wants to see what you can do for the company, not what's in it for you.</p> <h3>Freak Out If You Don't Know the Answer</h3> <p>The interviewer just threw you a big curveball by asking you to do some calculations when you have a phobia of math. Don't. Freak. Out. The worst thing you can do is to clam up when you don't know an answer, because you won't be able to think clearly and may throw out a bad answer in panic. Here's <a href="">what to do </a>you if you don't know how to answer a question.</p> <h3>Lie</h3> <p>Never, ever lie. Being found out will ruin your chances of getting the job. Plus if you make up something, you may not be able to talk at length about it without slipping up. Generally speaking, honesty is the best policy! Here are some of the <a href="">common lies</a> you need to avoid.</p> <h3>Talk About Your Problems</h3> <p>You need the job to pay off your student loans, blah blah. The hiring manager does not want to hear about your 99 problems, and although you're being honest, it can come off as a pity party. You will be hired based on your qualifications, potential for success, and your fit with the culture. Everything else will be secondary to those factors.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume, network, online profiles all worked and you&#039;ve landed the interview. Don&#039;t mess up now! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href=""><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="">What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview</a></li> <li><a href="">Check Out the Employee Discounts at 21 of the Biggest Retail Stores</a></li> <li><a href="">4 Major Don'ts For Women in the Job Market</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Job Hunting ettiquete Job Interview resume Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1183629 at 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="" 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="">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="">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=";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="">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> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Kate Luther</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting creative resume job search resumes Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:00:06 +0000 Kate Luther 1178256 at Best Money Tips: Things to Bring to a Job Interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-to-bring-to-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on things to bring to a job interview, getting a free education at your fingertips, and easy home organizing tips.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview</a> &mdash; Be sure to bring a reference sheet and your resume to a job interview. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="">A Free Education Is at Your Fingertips - 12 Ways</a> &mdash; You can get a free education by checking out YouTube and Academic Earth. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="">Say No to Clutter! 20 Easy and Useful DIY Home Organizing Tips</a> &mdash; To get your home uncluttered, organize your cords and utilize hidden storage. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="">How to Earn an Extra $1.4 Million in Two Steps</a> &mdash; Negotiating a higher starting salary can help you earn an extra $1.4 million. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="">Building an Emergency Fund Isn&rsquo;t as Annoying as You Think</a> &mdash; If you get frustrated with building your emergency fund, remember you won't be funding it forever. [Frugal Confessions]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="">18 Ways You're Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be</a> &mdash; If you have an all or nothing mentality, you are making your life harder than it has to be. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="">5 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone Else's Day</a> &mdash; Making someone a home made meal or complimenting them can brighten their day. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="">8 Tips to Get Back on the School Schedule</a> &mdash; Regaining consistency and going to bed earlier can get your kids back on the school schedule. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="">Are Glass Screen Protectors Better Than Plastic Ones?</a> &mdash; Plastic screen protectors may be cheaper, but glass ones tend to be tougher. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="">How to Go Back to Work If You're Already Retired</a> &mdash; Want to go back to work even though you are already retired? Check community resources to update your resume or practice interviewing. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Things to Bring to a Job Interview" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting best money tips Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1172614 at A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="resume" title="resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Resumes are your first introduction to a potential employer; they're the key that unlocks a closer inspection. You might be the world's best interviewee, but if you can't land an interview in the first place, those interpersonal skills won't do you much good. (See also: <a href="">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <p>In an effort to identify the dumb mistakes many job hunters make on their resumes, I spoke with Jenny Rae Le Roux, professional resume editor and owner of <a href="">Management Consulted</a>, an online resource for would-be consultants. After spending several years as a consultant with Bain &amp; Company, Jenny Rae now helps others enter the highly competitive world of management consulting.</p> <p>Here, in her words, are the top five mistakes Jenny Rae sees in resumes.</p> <h2>1. It's a Novel</h2> <p>We are sure your history is amazing, and you may be an awesome storyteller, but don't ever, ever,<em> ever</em> have more than two pages on your resume. Five sections (summary, professional experience, academic experience, leadership, and personal), four entries per section, and four to five bullet points per entry should cover it. And please don't ever use less than 10.5 point font size and 0.5 inch margins!</p> <p>Less is really more. You only have 10 seconds to make an impression, so don't bore the reader or scare them away with too much detail. Instead of reading everything, they'll look at your huge document and skip it completely.</p> <h2>2. The Formatting Is a Fiasco</h2> <p>Keep it consistent, people! If you are hoping someone will select you to appropriate their big honking budgets, manage multi-member teams, make major decisions, or perform any basic job at a competent level&hellip; you should be able to make one page flawless.</p> <p>Don't mix fonts, sizes, or styles and PLEASE &mdash; do NOT put color on your resume (unless you are 10 years old or younger).</p> <h2>3. Previous Positions Prioritized Poorly</h2> <p>Say that three times fast!</p> <p>If you scooped ice cream for 10 years, but just completed a three-month non-paid internship with Google, that's what employers want to know the most about. If you can fill up a page with short-term prestigious experiences, leave off the 10-year piece altogether &mdash; especially if it makes someone picture you in a setting that isn't compatible with your current aspirations. The last thing you want is to paint a picture of yourself in a role you're attempting to break free from.</p> <h2>4. It Suffers From TMGI</h2> <p>(That's <em>Too Much General Information</em>)</p> <p>You do not have to explain to the reviewer that you answered phone calls as a secretary. They know that. They also don't want to know about your middle school awards. Focus only on college achievements and beyond, and make sure that you don't just include summaries of each job. Include one clear illustration of something you did over and over with positive results.</p> <h2>5. It's Missing Key Details</h2> <p>&quot;Offered advice to companies,&quot; does not pack as much punch as &quot;Oversaw team of four consultants to manage a contract with $5B pharmaceutical company; assisted CEO directly with new market entry strategy.&quot;</p> <p>Provide relevant details and metrics wherever possible. Expect to spend time on your resume on your own, but also consider having an expert review it for you. It's a small one-time cost that will pay itself back tenfold by the time you start your first day at a brand new job.</p> <p><em>Have you made any of these resume mistakes? Share in the comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Jacob McMillen</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting job hunt resume resume mistakes Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:02 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1161453 at 10 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Getting a New Job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-getting-a-new-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="151" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those of us looking for work, more work, or better work, the odds aren't always stacked in our favor.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">We all know the essentials, the big things that can make or break our applications. But what about the little things, the dumb things, that can steal victory right out of our hands? Don't let these mistakes stand in your way.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">(See also: </span><a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;" href="">14 Proven Strategies for Landing Jobs</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">)</span></p> <h2>1. You're Not Looking in the Right Places</h2> <p>Don't limit your search to one or two listings. Occassionally browsing <a href=""></a> isn't going to cut it if you're serious about getting a job. Attack the search engines. Find online groups and forums in your field. They will link you to numerous job listing sites. Utilize LinkedIn. Contact people in your network. The wider your net, the better your catch will be. (See also: <a href="">6 Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <h2>2. You're Not Selling Yourself</h2> <p>As a job hunter, you should be running a full marketing campaign on yourself. This includes every marketing channel you can find, from online profiles to cover letters, resumes, networking, even direct advertisements if you're so inclined. And your message shouldn't be simply informative. You should be selling yourself. Don't be humble. Highlight your selling points. Pitch your value. (See also: <a href="">How to See Yourself to Potential Employers</a>)</p> <h2>3. You Have Weak Social Media Profiles</h2> <p>Speaking of marketing channels, everyone knows not to leave compromising images or information posted on their social media profiles, but many fail to use these profiles as a meaningful part of their job hunt. Employers regularly check these pages, and in this job market, any opportunity to stand out should be taken full advantage of. Your profiles can be crafted into targeted marketing channels, actively participating in landing you a job. (See also: <a href="">Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image</a>)</p> <h2>4. You're Not Following Directions</h2> <p>Did the application say, &quot;Include 'I'm your new hire' in the email header,&quot; but you didn't bother reading that paragraph? Did the directions tell you to answer in bullet points but you wrote paragraphs? Failing to follow simple instructions is quite possibly the dumbest reason to bomb an application. (See also: <a href="">8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search</a>)</p> <h2>5. Your Applications Have Typos, Spelling Errors, or Grammar Mistakes</h2> <p>Correct grammar and spelling are the easiest things to get right on a resume, application email, or cover letter. Sure, you need to be thorough, but spell-check typically does the heavy lifting anyway. The key is to remember that spell-check is an <em>editing tool</em>, not an editor. Never send out written materials until you've thoroughly reread them at least twice (and once more aloud). (See also: <a href="">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <h2>6. You Write Long-Winded Cover Letters</h2> <p>Your cover letter should never exceed a single page. You have five brief paragraphs MAX to detail why you are the right fit for the position. Get to the point, brag about yourself where it counts, and close. The cover letter is your chance to supplement your work history with something meaningful, not list additional information. (See also: <a href="">Stupid Things to Put in Your Cover Letter</a>)</p> <h2>7. You Employ Tactless Name Dropping</h2> <p>If you know someone at the business you're applying to, great! You should absolutely mention them in your cover letter. But don't be tactlessly obvious. Mentioning your association should be done in a way that's relevant to the overall message of your cover letter. If you can remove the name-dropping sentence with no consequence to the flow of your letter, there's a problem. (See also: <a href="">15 Bad Networking Habits That Will Kill Your Job Prospects</a>)</p> <h2>8. You're Focusing on You</h2> <p>This may sound harsh, but the company you're applying to isn't really interested in your career story. They're not interested in solving your employment situation. What they are invested in is solving their own business problems. Talking about yourself is a sure-fire way to be ignored. Talking about how you will bring value to the business, however, will get your foot in the door. (See also: <a href="">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</a>)</p> <h2>9. You're Trying Too Hard</h2> <p>Nobody likes desperate, and overreaching can cause mistakes. Doing highly detailed research on your target company and making a grand show reeks of desperation. It tells the company you're probably not employable. Approach every potential job like you have options. (See also: <a href="">8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore</a>)</p> <h2>10. You're Not Trying Hard Enough</h2> <p>On the flip side of the coin, companies don't want prima donnas on their rosters. They want to know that you are genuinely interested in working for their company. If you can't even answer a basic question about the company's product line, background, or brand, you won't be receiving many offers. Dress the part. Clean yourself up. Arrive on time. Don't let the dumb little things hold you back. (See also: <a href="">This Is How You Get A New Job This Year</a>)</p> <p><em>What's the dumbest job hunt mistake you've ever made (or seen)? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Getting a New Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Jacob McMillen</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting job hunt job search Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:22 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1142124 at This Is How You Get a New Job This Year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-you-get-a-new-job-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job applicant" title="job applicant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're unemployed or looking to take your career to the next level, there are ways to snag a new job before the end of this year. Yes &mdash; given the stubbornly <a href="">high unemployment rate</a>, and the fact that many employers are bombarded with resumes and applications, getting noticed isn't without its challenges. But don't let this discourage you. Here's a look at 10 ways to get a new job this year.</p> <h2>1. Gain New Experience</h2> <p>Sharpening your existing skills and gaining new ones can put you ahead of the competition. For example, have you mastered the latest software programs for your industry? In addition, if companies in your industry can benefit from bilingual employers, learning another language might impress hiring managers and increase your chances of getting an interview, and maybe a job offer. Take a class at a local community college, attend a workshop or seminar, or volunteer for hands-on experience.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">How to Get Job Experience Without Having a Job</a></li> <li><a href="">Turn Volunteer Experience Into Job Experience</a></li> </ul> <h2>2. Make Your Resume ROAR</h2> <p>Even with the skills and experience needed for a particular job, a boring resume can reduce the likelihood of an interview. To <a href="">make your resume ROAR</a>, it needs to be Results Oriented And Relevant. In other words, when listing your duties, your resume should not sound like a cookie-cutter job description. Rather than focus on what you were told to do, your resume should focus on how you can benefit the company and highlight past accomplishments or achievements.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">12 Words to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></li> <li><a href="">How to Get Your Resume Past the Resume Filter</a></li> </ul> <h2>3. Get LinkedIn</h2> <p>Don't rely on your resume and application to get noticed by employers. Many corporations have taken the job search online and use various online sites, such as LinkedIn, to locate suitable candidates.</p> <p>After updating your resume, give your LinkedIn profile some attention. Similar to a resume, your profile should state your objective and list your education, skills, and experience. And if possible, include links to an online portfolio to highlight your work</p> <p>Since this is your online resume, the more people you connect with in your industry, the more opportunities to put your best foot forward.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed With a Few Attention Grabbers</a></li> <li><a href="">9 LinkedIn Changes Every Job Hunter Should Make</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Use Your Connections</h2> <p>The people in your circle can be a valuable resource when looking for a new job. Put out feelers to individuals you know in the industry &mdash; maybe your former boss, colleagues, friends, and family members. Also, don't be afraid to network outside your immediate circle. Attend industry events, such as meetups or alumni mixers.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">8 Job Hunting Tools That Are More Important Than LinkedIn</a></li> <li><a href="">31 Hidden Networks That Can Help You Land a Job</a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Rock Your Interview</h2> <p>Your resume gets your foot in the door, but it's the interview that gets you hired. And unfortunately, if you bomb the interview, the employer may move to the next applicant.</p> <p>How can you shine on your interview?</p> <p>Arrive on time &mdash; at least 10 minutes early. Dress professionally and practice responses for common interview questions. You need to impress and wow employers, thus demonstrating that you're the best person for the job. The employer shouldn't forget your name and face as soon as you walk out the office.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="">Weird Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them</a></li> </ul> <h2>6. Get a Grown Up Email Address</h2> <p>This might seem like a minor thing, but if your virtual life comes off as a bit childish, some employers may conclude that you're not mature enough to handle certain positions. There are several ways an employer can assess your character and personality. He or she may check your social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, to see what you're posting. Also, your email address can be a tell-tale sign of a &quot;too-young&quot; attitude. And when the employer calls to schedule an interview, if your voicemail isn't professional, he might decide not to leave a message and move to the next applicant on the list.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image</a></li> </ul> <h2>7. Fix Your Attitude</h2> <p>No job prospects can leave you sad, angry, and desperate. However, your mood has a tremendous impact on the job search. If you're not motivated, you may spend the majority of your days lying in bed, rather than looking for a job. And if you go into an interview without confidence, the employer will detect this and conclude that you don't have what it takes to handle a particular job. Be positive, and you'll get better results. Get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and exercise for 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Job Hunting Tips for the Recently Unemployed</a></li> <li><a href="">How to Thrive Despite Long Term Unemployment</a></li> </ul> <h2>8. Be Flexible</h2> <p>You may desire a particular schedule and salary, but unfortunately, getting a new job this year may require relaxing your standards. This is especially true if you've been out of work for a while and desperately need a job.</p> <p>Take a look at your budget and determine the least amount you can accept for a position. Also, can you take a job with a flexible schedule, or perhaps a job that requires weekend work?</p> <ul> <li><a href="""">7 Tips for the Newly Unemployed</a></li> </ul> <h2>9. Spellcheck</h2> <p>Careless typos and grammatical errors do not leave a good impression. And if an employer receives countless applications from qualified job seekers, mistakes can push your application to the bottom of the pile.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">6 Dumb Things Employment Recruiters See People Do</a></li> </ul> <h2>10. Follow Up</h2> <p>Some job ads specifically ask applicants &quot;not&quot; to contact the company &mdash; make sure you adhere to the rules. However, if the ad doesn't specify follow-up guidelines, contact the company in 7 to 10 days to confirm receipt of your application or resume. And if you interview with the company, it's okay to send a &quot;thank you&quot; note or email within 24 hours. This tactic can keep your name on the interviewer's mind as the company makes a decision.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a></li> </ul> <p><em>What are you doing to boost your job search this year? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="This Is How You Get a New Job This Year" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting find a job getting hired job search Thu, 29 May 2014 09:00:34 +0000 Mikey Rox 1141013 at 5 Scary Thoughts Everyone Has During a Job Interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-scary-thoughts-everyone-has-during-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="nervous interviewee" title="nervous interviewee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you think about when you hear the word &quot;interview?&quot;</p> <p>Does it invoke feelings of dread, terrifying memories, and lucid nightmares? Or perhaps your experience with the interview process has been decidedly more positive.</p> <p>Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, there are a number of thoughts almost everyone has during an interview. We're going to take a gander at what those thoughts are and how we can best respond to them. (See also: <a href="">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</a>)</p> <h2>1. &quot;Is it my fault that handshake was so awkward?&quot;</h2> <p>Awkward handshakes are a part of life. It's quite shocking how many ways there are to mess up the same classic greeting we've been doing for centuries. Nothing kills your confidence at the outset of an interview quite like an awkwardly misfired handshake. (See also: <a href="">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</a>)</p> <p>If you experience this in an interview, don't waste your time wondering whose fault it was or what the interviewer is thinking. If you act awkward about it, you'll kill the mood for the entire interview. If you jump straight into engaging with the interviewer and confidently advance the conversation, the opening jumble will be forgotten.</p> <h2>2. &quot;They're not saying anything. Am I supposed to say something?&quot;</h2> <p>Long pauses can be difficult to navigate. Your interviewer finishes a statement and then simply stares at you for a few moments, as if you're supposed to say something. Or you finish your answer to a question, but the interviewer continues looking at you as if he/she expects more. What now?</p> <p>Treat the conversational element of your interview like you would any other conversation. You can't control the other person. You can't dictate what they will or will not do within your discourse. Just focus on yourself. If they fail to ask a question, say something such as, &quot;I feel like there's a question in there somewhere,&quot; just as you would if a friend behaved similarly in a casual conversation.</p> <h2>3. &quot;Why are they trying to sell me on the company?&quot;</h2> <p>Good companies are run by good employees. I know this, yet somehow, it always surprises me when the interviewer starts selling me on the company. If you're at the interview stage, it means either your resume stands out or your networking was fantastic. Either way, you're the type of talent who has options, or at least, that's a possibility your interviewer is aware of.</p> <p>Come with specific questions prepared. When you catch that first whiff of salesmanship, it's time to take over the interview and begin asking meaningful questions about why this company is the right fit for you.</p> <h2>4. &quot;How invested in getting this position should I appear to be?&quot;</h2> <p>Do you act like this is your dream job? You don't want to appear desperate. Do you pretend you have much better offers on the table? They aren't going to offer the position to someone who isn't interested.</p> <p>Finding the right balance of purported interest can be tricky. Ultimately, you want to put yourself in the same bracket as they see you. To them, you are one possible choice on a shortlist of options, any of which will work, and none of which are irreplaceable. You should approach the interviewing company in a similar manner. It is one of several strong options you're considering. You could absolutely see yourself working there, but you will be 100% fine if it doesn't work out.</p> <h2>5. &quot;Dang it, I have no clue how to answer this question.&quot;</h2> <p>It seems that no matter how much we prepare, there's always at least one question which completely throws off our interview groove. It might be that one question you didn't want them to ask about your resume. It could be an ambiguous question about your weaknesses or a query concerning topics with which you are unfamiliar.</p> <p>First, stop and breathe. Don't rush into an incoherent answer because you're afraid of a brief silence. The most important thing to understand is that questions are always a positive opportunity. You are being given full license to frame any issue or topic in whatever way suits you best. You have a few moments to construct the interviewer's perspective of you and dismantle any assumptions that would otherwise arise.</p> <p>Interview questions, like the interviews themselves, are simply your opportunity to shine.</p> <p><em>What scary thoughts have you had during a job interview? How did you get through them?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Scary Thoughts Everyone Has During a Job Interview" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Jacob McMillen</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting first impressions interviews Mon, 19 May 2014 08:00:30 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1139540 at 10 Words to Never Use in 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-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="hand covering mouth" title="hand covering mouth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job interviews are tough, if you're lucky enough to get one. A recent study found that 80% of the available jobs in the US are never advertised. And only 20% of people who apply for any given job actually get an interview.</p> <p>So, if you do have an interview lined up, congratulations; you've already beaten the odds. Now, you have to get through the interview, and once again the odds are stacked against you. First impressions count, and doing your homework on the company you want to work for is a given. But what else can you do, or not do, to improve your odds of getting the job?</p> <p>Below are 10 words that you should never use in an interview. Read on to learn these words, and understand why you shouldn't be using them. Whether the employer is conscious of these words or not, by avoiding them, you raise your chances of being hired. Of course, we're excluding blatant curse words, racial slurs, and other obvious words to avoid. If you're using them in an interview, you'll need more than a little luck. (See also: <a href="">The Interview Technique That Will Get You Hired</a>)</p> <h2>1. Um</h2> <p>You may have other variations of it:&nbsp;<em>erm</em>, <em>hmm</em>, or <em>urh,</em> for instance. Whatever your go-to &quot;I need to think about this but keep making a sound&quot; phrase is, don't use it. It will kill a presentation, and your job interview is a presentation about yourself.</p> <p>Sure, this is not as formal as public speaking, and one or two uses of the <em>um</em> word may go by unnoticed. But if you are answering every question with <em>um</em>, the interviewer knows you are using a filler word to give yourself more time to answer. Why? Are you having trouble coming up with something? Are you about to lie? Are you not knowledgeable on the subject? If you need time to think, simply pause and say nothing. It is way better than thinking aloud.</p> <h2>2. Try</h2> <p>A very wise fellow once said, &quot;Do, or do not; there is no try.&quot; That was Yoda, and how right he was.</p> <p>You can <em>try</em> your hardest to do something, but saying &quot;I <em>try</em>&quot; in an interview is both vague and non-committal. For instance &quot;I <em>try</em> to do about three hours of studying every night.&quot; What does that mean? I could <em>try</em> to lift a dump truck with my little finger; it doesn't mean I will ever succeed. Similarly &quot;I <em>try</em> to make the best of a bad situation,&quot; or &quot;I <em>try</em> to get in early every day&quot; is just as bad. It means nothing and gives the interviewer a reason to question your response. Cut it out.</p> <h2>3. Hate</h2> <p>It's a strong word. Actually, it's a very strong word. And when people do use it in an interview, it's usually about a previous job (or current employer).</p> <p>If you are asked about your current boss and you say &quot;I <em>hate</em> him&quot; or &quot;I <em>hate</em> working for her&quot; you are entering a world of pain. Similarly, if you start saying &quot;I <em>hate</em> this about the industry&quot; or &quot;I <em>hate</em> the way&hellip;&quot; then you're really piling on the negatives. It's OK to dislike the way certain people do things, or the kinds of systems that are put in place. But to bring out a heavy hitter like <em>hate</em>? That's not a good idea. <em>Hate</em> is a word that should be reserved for your personal life, not your professional life.</p> <h2>4. Honestly</h2> <p>There is a difference between being honest and specifying that you're being honest. If someone asks you your opinion on something, and you begin with <a href=""><em>honestly</em> or to <em>be honest</em></a> there are four possible outcomes. First, they'll think nothing of it, which is doubtful. Second, they'll overlook it. Third, they'll think you are actually trying to hide insincerity. Or fourth, they'll think you're lying every other time you open your mouth. Don't fall into this trap. Be honest, without being blunt or rude, but don't say you're being honest. It's a red flag.</p> <h2>5. Perfectionist</h2> <p>This word is loaded, and for all the wrong reasons. Very few people in this world are actually true <em>perfectionists</em>. The word itself means &quot;a propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.&quot; So if you're taken literally, the interviewer now knows you will be unhappy 99% of the time because perfection is almost impossible to achieve in any job. Usually, this word comes about when asked for a weakness. People refuse to give one, and so say something like &quot;if anything, I think I'm a bit of a <em>perfectionist</em>.&quot; No, you're not. Put this word in the mental trashcan.</p> <h2>6. Amazing</h2> <p>In 2012, the word <em>amazing</em> topped a list of <a href="">words that should be banned</a>. As someone who has interviewed many people over the years, the word <em>amazing</em> is one that continues to stick in my craw. In fact, only once has that word lived up to the hype; the advertising campaign they presented to me really did get <em>amazing</em> results.</p> <p>Usually, <em>amazing</em> is interchangeable with <em>nice</em>, <em>good</em>, <em>interesting</em>, or <em>noteworthy</em>. But as the definition of amazing is &quot;causing great surprise or wonder,&quot; it should be used sparingly. You were not an <em>amazing</em> supervisor. You did not do an <em>amazing</em> job. You did not work for an <em>amazing</em> boss.</p> <h2>7. Basically</h2> <p>What does <em>basically</em> mean? Well, <em>basically</em>, it&hellip;ah, I almost fell into the trap.</p> <p><em>Basically</em> is a way of teeing up events that are complex, and breaking them down to something more easy to understand. The explanation should be quick, and brief. So when a mechanic says, &quot;<em>Basically</em>, you need some new parts for your engine&quot; he or she is saving you the trouble of going into detail about the pistons, valve guides, counter-shift balancers and a whole host of other stuff most people don't understand. But when someone says &quot;<em>Basically</em>, I was in charge of a team of four graphic designers, and we oversaw the creation and production of a vast array of print projects including, but not limited to, magazine ads, newspaper articles, logos, brand identities, corporate stationery, signage systems, typographic solutions, page layouts, point of sale terminals, and annual reports,&quot; they are not being basic at all. Just drop it, and explain what you did without using it.</p> <h2>8. Irregardless</h2> <p>A small red wiggly line has just appeared under the word <a href=""><em>irregardless</em></a> as I write this; that means my copy of Microsoft Word does not believe this is a real word. It does appear in many dictionaries though, and it has been in conversation since the late 19th century. But that doesn't make it acceptable.</p> <p>The word <em>irregardless</em> is a melding of two words &mdash; <em>regardless</em>&nbsp;and <em>irrespective</em>. They both mean exactly the same thing. So using this is word shows a lack of respect, or understanding, of language; that's not a great idea during an interview. It also makes some people go nuts, and you don't want to risk your interviewer being one of those people. Just use regardless, and drop the pointless prefix.</p> <h2>9. Whatever</h2> <p>So let's be clear on this. If you use it in the &quot;<em>whatever</em> project was put in front of me, I approached it with vigor&quot; kind of way, you'll probably be OK. It's the dismissive<em> whatever</em> that should be struck from your lexicon. If you're using it to say you didn't care about the outcome of something, you should find another word&hellip;and quickly. A few years ago, whatever ranked as <a href="">one of the most annoying words</a> used by Americans. &quot;They overlooked me for a pay raise. Hey, <em>whatever</em>.&quot; That will not stand you in good stead. If you want to say it was no problem, say it and justify it. But don't sound like a facetious valley girl.</p> <h2>10. I</h2> <p>You know what they say &mdash; there is no <em>I</em> in TEAM. If you use <em>I</em> a lot, you're focusing everything on yourself and not on the job or the employer. While you should certainly be promoting yourself, you really need to be careful with the use of <em>I</em>. Use it too often, and you will begin to come across as some self-centered egomaniac that has only one subject to talk about &mdash; yourself. Instead of using <em>I</em>, find ways to turn the sentences around. Instead of saying &quot;<em>I</em> am a hard worker&quot; say &quot;My work ethic is strong, and greatly benefited my last employer.&quot; Instead of &quot;<em>I </em>am a great with budgets&quot; try &quot;Budget management was very important to me in my last position.&quot; You're saying the same things without turning it into a &quot;look at me, look at me&quot; party. (See also: <a href="">Things You did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview</a>)</p> <p><em>Are you an employer who has specific words and phrases that really bug you? Let us know what they are and how interviewees can avoid them.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting first impression interview job search language Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:20 +0000 Paul Michael 1138213 at 9 Great Cities for Job Seekers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-great-cities-for-job-seekers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Austin, Texas" title="Austin, Texas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="128" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the unemployment rate is slowly declining (decreasing from <a href="">7.5% to 6.3% in 12 months</a>) some cities across the US are faring better than others when it comes to job opportunities. Based on data that includes unemployment rates, median salaries, and surveys sent to 18,000 employers by Manpower, these are our picks for best cities to find a job in the US:</p> <h2>1. Austin, TX</h2> <p>With its young population boom, <a href="">Austin's</a> employment rate has begun to increase, thanks in part to the number of startups moving to Texas. Current unemployment rate: 4.7% and a median income of $29,000.</p> <h2>2. Washington, DC</h2> <p>Becoming one of the biggest regions for healthcare and education (in addition to government and public policy sectors), <a href="">Washington, DC</a> has become a great place for companies that are looking to further their R&amp;D departments. Current unemployment rate: 4.9% and a median income of $45,151.</p> <h2>3. Virginia Beach, VA</h2> <p>A veritable resort city, <a href="">Virginia Beach</a> is a great place to seek employment in the hospitality industry. Although it's the most populated city in Virginia, Virginia Beach boasts an unemployment rate of only 5.5% and a median income of $34,373.</p> <h2>4. Fort Worth, TX</h2> <p>Thanks to large corporations like Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and American Airlines calling <a href="">Forth Worth</a> home, this Texas city boasts the 16th highest population in the country. In addition, it also has an impressive unemployment rate of just 5.6% and a median income of $28,636.</p> <h2>5. Omaha, NE</h2> <p>Heavily encompassing the healthcare and data entry sectors, Omaha has an impressive unemployment rate of only 3.6% (one of the lowest in the nation) and a median income of $27,390. In addition, the city of Omaha is very involved in job training and offers career programs through the University of Nebraska-Omaha.</p> <h2>6. Denver, CO</h2> <p>While the data is too fresh to account for any job booms thanks to the new marijuana laws in Colorado, <a href="">Denver</a> still makes the list as one of the most desirable cities for job hunters. In addition to a booming small business economy, corporations like Lockheed Martin and the Ball Corporation help to drive the unemployment rate to 5.8% with a median income of $32,002.</p> <h2>7. Raleigh, NC</h2> <p>Another city heavily involved in the R&amp;D fields (thanks to its Research Triangle area), <a href="">Raleigh</a> also is the home of the IBM corporation. Its current unemployment rate is well under the national average at 5.4% and a median income of $30,778.</p> <h2>8. Arlington, TX</h2> <p>A well-kept secret on job hunter lists, this Texas city should not be overlooked. Home to the Lear Corporation and a multitude of small businesses, <a href="">Arlington</a> has an impressive unemployment rate of 5.6% with a median income of $28,434.</p> <h2>9. Minneapolis, MN</h2> <p><a href="">Minneapolis</a> is known for housing corporations that run the gamut. In addition to Wells Fargo and Target, the city is also home to one of the largest performing art festivals in the country, the <a href="">Minnesota Fringe Festival</a>, which helps to keep the local economy thriving. The unemployment rate is 4.0% with a median income of $30,127.</p> <p><em>How far would you go for a new job and a new start? Will you add any of these places to your job search? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="9 Great Cities for Job Seekers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Megan Brame</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting best cities employment job search relocate Wed, 07 May 2014 08:12:18 +0000 Megan Brame 1138214 at 8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-get-noticed-during-a-job-search" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="handshake" title="handshake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's assume you are perfectly qualified for a job you find on Craigslist or LinkedIn, saw in the classifieds (really?), or learned about from a friend. You have the skills. You have the experience. Great. Unfortunately, unless it's a very specialized job, many, many other candidates will be perfectly qualified, too. Or maybe just a bit more qualified.</p> <p>So how do you get the job?</p> <p>You have to separate yourself from the pack. These eight tips might help.</p> <h2>1. Don't Mention You're Responding to an Ad or Listing</h2> <p>If you respond to an ad for a job opening, don't mention that. It's like saying, &quot;I'm interested in your company because I need a job.&quot; Instead, try &quot;I am introducing myself to your human resources department because I am skilled in X,Y or Z and believe I can contribute to your company.&quot; It's not the most scintillating sentence ever written, but it turns the situation around. You are not seeking <em>them</em>. They are seeking <em>you</em>.</p> <h2>2. Introduce Yourself When They Aren't Looking</h2> <p>What if you saw an ad for a job where you knew there was a fair amount of turnover. To add to this, let's assume you are not desperate and unemployed. Wouldn't it make sense, then, to allow the ad to run its course and send a letter a few weeks later to make it appear your interest in the company was genuine and not an opportunistic spur of the moment decision made because there was an enticing ad that sparked your interest? The point here is to get yourself noticed when they aren't looking &mdash; and when there aren't a hundred other candidates seeking their attention all at once.</p> <h2>3. Get Right to the Point</h2> <p>&quot;I have five years experience doing X,Y, and Z and believe I am a very strong candidate for the job of &hellip;.&quot; Put your best foot forward immediately. With emails, skip the formalities of a business letter that put what is now redundant information at the top such as the company's address and the date. The email already registers the date. Think of scrolling as your enemy. Emails come pouring in like a swarm of cicadas and human resources staff open their 120th letter of the day and it begins, &quot;I saw your ad in the ...&quot; Who wants to read that? Of course you saw the ad. Get to the point.</p> <h2>4. Make a Personal Connection</h2> <p>&quot;A former employee at your company, <em>Bob Usta-Work-For-You,</em> suggested I write.&quot; This is not always possible, but when you can manage it, this is powerful. Companies trust employees and former employees more than they do perfect strangers, such as yourself. In two recent inquiries for myself, to make the point further, I said, &quot;So-and-So, suggested I call you,&quot; when So-and-So was someone they didn't even know. And it worked! In each case they said, &quot;Who was that you said suggested you call?&quot; And I reeled off the name and credentials of the person &mdash; and suddenly I had an impressive sounding person suggesting I call. They could have said, &quot;Well I don't know them, and I'm not impressed,&quot; but they didn't.</p> <h2>5. Ask for Advice Before the Interview</h2> <p>If they say yes and you get that preliminary interview, then you should always ask for help preparing for the job. This does three things. It helps you prepare for the job. It displays initiative. And it gives you an excuse to call (or write) and say thanks once you've completed the suggested tips. What you want is to keep reminding the hiring supervisor that you exist. &quot;Thanks for the suggested reading material (or whatever it was). I found the book/website/whatever and read the chapters you suggested. It was helpful.&quot; Now, suddenly, you've gone from being a genuinely interested candidate to someone who takes suggestions well and gets things done.</p> <h2>6. Find Out How You Can Help</h2> <p>Similarly, you should listen for hints that the person doing the preliminary interview is having trouble with something. It could be something incidental, not even connected to work. A week later, you might read an article about that concern. Shoot that interviewer a quick email with a link. Now you've promoted yourself to someone who listens well and is helpful, traits that employers are certainly seeking.</p> <h2>7. Hand Deliver Your Resume</h2> <p>Sometimes you have to manufacture reasons to be noticed. One trick I used to use is to not mail in a resume (or whatever it might be), but deliver it by hand. This is obviously not possible when the company is far away, but if it is close, stopping by to drop off something gives you one more chance to display your professional persona. To make the point, don't drop off a resume in cut-off shorts unless you have a particular reason to show off that side of your personality.</p> <h2>8. Find Out Who the Hiring Manager Is</h2> <p>Avoid the human resources department unless it is spelled out that there is no other choice. The reason is obvious: Human resources departments don't hire, they screen out unqualified applicants. They then send resumes and cover letters of qualified applicants to department supervisors, who pick the people to hire. Those supervisors then call the human resources department and say, &quot;Call up So and So. That's who I want you to hire.&quot; It follows then, that when you call for a preliminary interview, ask for &quot;Someone in the department who can really give me the lowdown on the work the company does.&quot;</p> <p><em>What's gotten you noticed for the job? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Anthony Hall</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting job hunt job hunt tricks job search Fri, 02 May 2014 08:12:22 +0000 Anthony Hall 1137728 at