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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.’”

Arizona Woman Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview Regains Custody

job searchYou may remember a story we told you about several months ago. Shanesha Taylor went to a job interview and left her two young kids in her hot car in Arizona. Her six-month-old and two-year-old were found by police in her locked car as temperatures reached 100 degrees.

Well, according to Reuters, a few days ago she regained custody of them. And in case you’re wondering, she still hasn’t found employment. Read more

Play Ball! Sports Industry Employment’s On the Rise

sportsIf you’re hitting a brick wall in looking for media, advertising and creative opportunities, you may want to look into sports-related jobs.

That’s because sports employment overall is on the rise. It’s hot-hot-hot according to a new survey released by CareerBuilder. Read more

Reader Mailbag: How to Deal With Shady Recruiters

interviewWe’ve seen this all too often — the ol’ bait and switch routine. A recruiter seems legitimate, tells you about a fantastic new opportunity and when you start pursuing it, poof! Just like that it’s no longer available but let me tell you about another one that is just as wonderful…

All recruiters are not the same and as per an email we received from one of our readers, she dealt with a shady recruiter and took matters into her own hands. 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

How to Ace Behavioral & Situational Interviews

interviewThere are a few different types of interview questions, and here at MJD, our mission is to help prepare you to ace either one!

Let’s dig right in, shall we? There’s the behavioral one which is always a favorite. It dives deeper. While many interviewers prefer to stay on the surface by asking direct questions about your past work experiences, some may venture into the land of behavioral questions.

These types of inquiries focus on your past to predict future outcomes. For instance, they may ask you to describe a time when you were embroiled in internal politics on the job. What was the outcome? Tell me about your biggest setback and how you overcame it. Read more

New Study Shows Majority of Employers Catch Lies on Resume

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve been fibbing ever so slightly on your resume, a fib is still a fib no matter how big or small.

And according to a new CareerBuilder survey, it’s pretty likely you’ll get caught; 58 percent of hiring managers in the survey mentioned they have caught a lie.

As for repercussions, half of employers indicated they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie whereas 40 percent mentioned it really depends on what the candidate actually lied about. Seven percent revealed they would overlook the fib if they liked the candidate. Read more

Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. Read more

Survey Shares Top 10 Metro Areas for Job Growth

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve had a hard time pounding the pavement, it may be time to switch zip codes. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 10 metro areas are known for their spurts in job growth.

Without getting too technical because we’re certainly not economists, simply stated the following areas grew faster than the national average post-recession. Read more

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