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Per CareerBuilder, It’s Time to Ditch ‘Go Getter’ & More Clichés on Resumes

successIf you’re accustomed to including words like “team player” and “go-getter” on your resume, it’s time to ditch them.

At least CareerBuilder says so. Per a recent survey, 17 percent of hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing a resume. Considering they spend such a short amount of time on each CV, job seekers should focus on strong action words that are more definitive. Avoid clichés because they don’t really convey anything substantial. Read more

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How To Improve Your Job Prospects: Clean Up Your Resume

ImproveJobProspectsLooking for a job can be a stressful endeavor. It can feel overwhelming at times, like a never ending to-do list. Luckily, we have a few tips to make your job search easier and less time consuming.

One of the first things you should do is go over your resume. Don’t focus on what you’ve written, but instead check out the style, formatting and overall look of your CV. It may seem silly, but to employers, it’s anything but:

Most employers (if they’re recruiting) will have gone through 10+ resumes a day, if not more, so you really need to make sure yours stands out for the right reasons. Research shows it takes someone only three seconds to decide if your CV passes muster — and believe it or not, that judgment is more based on the layout and formatting than on the content itself. Take a look at your resume, and see whether or not it’s easy to digest. Have you used bullet points? Have you used headers? Is the information easy to navigate on the page? All of this matters — so make sure it looks tidy and professional.

To hear more tips on how to score your dream job, read: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Job Prospects.

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What Resume? Web Designer Creates Video Game as CV

Find a JobEveryone should have a resume, right?

Okay, let’s rephrase that. Everyone should have a resume but lately it seems that comes after the fact. Contacts get to know you as a person and then ask for the soft copy version in order to circulate it.

If you’re in the camp that CVs are becoming obsolete, you’re not alone. Your LinkedIn profile and Web site may certainly speak for themselves. The resume feels more like an afterthought, doesn’t it? Read more

Want to Change Your Name on Your Resume? Just Say No

job oppsWhen we read the weekly job advice column today in The New York Post, we realized this is something that we haven’t seen before but it’s probably been thought about by various job seekers.

Can you change your name to appear “more American” like Smith or Jones?

Gregory Giangrande, human resources executive in the media industry, strongly advises against it. He proclaimed, “You cannot adopt a fake name!” Moreover, just think of the repercussions this has with the background check.

He continued:

“Do you want to wind up on some watch list or potentially get accused of fraud or identity theft, depending on whose name you adopt? I highly doubt your name really is having an adverse impact on your job search. If you do have a different name you go by that is on some government-issued document, that’s fine. Otherwise, you can change your name legally and use that. But putting anything false on your resume is never acceptable.

Got ‘Skelz?’ New Survey Reveals Top 10 Resume Mistakes

Need a good chuckle to kick off your weekend?

CareerBuilder’s recent study asked hiring managers, human resources professionals and workers for some of the most unusual and memorable resumes they’ve seen.

Ready for this? Here we go… Read more

Top 10 Ways People Lie on a Resume (Translation: Don’t be That Guy or Gal)

Want to Google something? Go ahead and type “lying on.”

As for the very first word to appear? That would be “resume.”

Believe it or not, people frequently lie on their resumes. As in a lot. We won’t get into the startling stats; the whole take-away here underscores the importance of being honest on that CV. Whether people stretch a date or blatantly lie about a degree they never earned, none of it leads to anything good. In fact, Marquet International, a security consulting firm, compiled a list of the most common lies.

People in the resume liars club have forged any or all of the following:

1. Stretching employment dates.
2. Inflating past accomplishments and skills.
3. Enhancing job titles and responsibilities.
4. Exaggerating educational background to the tune of degrees that haven’t been earned.
5. Inventing periods of unexplained gaps.
6. Omitting past employment altogether.
7. Faking credentials.
8. Falsifying reasons for leaving prior employment.
9. Providing false references.
10. Misrepresenting a military record. Read more

Four Major Resume Faux Pas & How to Avoid ‘Em

Please don’t be that guy or gal. You know, the type who has a four page resume printed on lavender colored and scented paper. Puhleeze.

When we read this post on Forbes about major blunders job seekers make with their CV, we couldn’t agree more. If you’ve been accustomed to making these blunders please quietly nod in agreement and make a pact with yourself to heed our advice to never do it again.

1. There’s not enough “white space.” This could go on and on — the fonts are too small (and while we’re discussing fonts, please don’t use Comic Sans. Actually, please don’t use Comic Sans at any point. Ever. It lacks a professional, polished look.) Read more

Lifestyle Website Asks Candidates to Submit Headshot

Really?!

Typically employers don’t want candidates to submit a headshot with their CV because it puts them at discriminatory risk if they’re ever audited. But alas, in the day and age where it seems anything goes, it does.

As pointed out by JimRomenesko, there’s an editor-in-chief position available at Joonbug.com and candidates must include a photo of themselves or they simply won’t be considered!

Check this out from their job posting:

*You must ATTACH a picture or headshot of yourself. Applicants without a picture or headshot will not be considered.

Four Things to Omit From Your Resume

Job searching shouldn’t be all drudgery and pounding the pavement, right?

Sometimes there are things that make us chuckle. This is one of them.

We found this post on U.S. News & World Report that outlined four job skills to leave off a resume. We weren’t chuckling at the piece but rather, with it. Yes, it’s that spot on.

And if you’re that guy or gal who’s committed a resume faux pas or two, no worries there — we won’t tell on you. Just be sure to remove the so-called skills, ‘k? Without further ado, here are the four “skills” to omit… Read more