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Three Resume Tips for ‘International Update Your Resume Month’

resume mistakesWhen we think of September we think of back to school, getting back into routines and beautiful cool temperatures.

We don’t think of resumes but maybe we should. After all, apparently September is “International Update Your Resume Month!” This makes sense when you stop to think about how many job searches were likely halted in order to make room for beaches and personal time instead. Now it’s time to pound the pavement again!

With that spirit, here are three resume reminders from Ford R. Myers, president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm and Get the Job you Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

1. Be brief. For starters, he says less is always more! Per the press release, he says a career summary section is where brevity counts the most. He points out, “Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention.”

2. Be specific. If you’ve ever been very general about your job search as well as expertise, we wonder how that’s working out. We’re assuming not to good since specifics always whine and get noticed. Be specific with your experience and quantify past jobs in terms of budgets managed and money saved as well as how many clients you juggled.

He mentions, “It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time.”

3. Be active. Use action words instead of passive words. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for.’”

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Four Myth Busters About Temporary Work

ImproveJobProspectsIf you think a temp job looks shady on your resume, listen up. Opportunities are thriving in this area and hiring managers aren’t really thinking your resume is tarnished if temporary assignments are part of your portfolio. If you focus on the job itself and not the duration, you should be good to go.

Plus, the numbers tell all: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, temporary services have added more than 100,000 jobs from January 1 until now and has added more than 200,000 jobs over the course of an entire year.

Companies are looking to staffing firms for temporary needs and they’re seeing the value of temporary workers. And as a temporary worker if you’re currently on the bench for full-time work, at least your skills are remaining sharp and you’re making new connections. Read more

Four Items to Remove From Long Resumes

ImproveJobProspectsIf your resume is approaching three pages, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Resumes, as you probably already know, should be one page or two pages at best. Going on three pages? That’s more like a dissertation.

Now, that’s not to disqualify your hard work, skills and experiences, we just wouldn’t want you to get passed over because it’s too lengthy. There are ways to sharpen and tighten it up and that includes removing four loquacious items, as per a piece we saw on U.S. News & World Report. Read more

Four Clues to an Unprofessional Résumé

unhappy-computer-keyYour résumé is essentially putting your best foot forward. So why have it riddled with mistakes? When we worked in recruiting that was the biggest red flag ever. Mistakes weren’t only indicators of a poor candidate, there were other issues, too.

TheLadders recently pointed out these snafus in one of their posts so we simply have to share:

1. Random or cute email accounts. Please don’t have an account that reads something like this: “cupcakes2014@domain.com.” Puh-leeze. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a professional sounding account or at least one that’s you’re own. Please avoid including joint accounts on your résumé even if it’s what you currently use 24/7. Examples include thesimpsons@domain.com or janeandsteve@domain.com. Read more

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

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

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