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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

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Four Ways to Stand Out From Other Job Seekers

handshake2This just in…according to data from The Creative Group, advertising and marketing executives receive an average of 23 resumes for every position they need to fill. As for interviewing itself, they meet six job seekers before extending an offer.

We’re actually surprised the number of resumes isn’t a lot higher! Whether it’s 223 or 23, there are several ways to stand out from the pack during your job search. 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

Three Ways to Wrap Up an Internship

summer internsIf you’re a summer intern, you’re really heading into the home stretch now! While your campus beckons you back in the fall, chances are right about now you’re wondering where the heck the summer went as you pack up your cubicle.

There are several ways to leave that internship on a high note…

1. Say your good-byes. Protocol is definitely important. Remember when you started interning not too long ago and your colleague probably walked you around to introduce you to everyone? 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

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

Four Tips to Writing an Effective Cover Letter

job searchIt’s that time again! Yes, aside from various studies and quirky job news, it’s time to get back to basics.

You know, essentials like resumes, interviewing and oh yes – the elusive cover letter!

Job seekers often stumble upon this requirement but the cover letter doesn’t have to be an uphill battle every time you submit that resume. There are a few simple tips to keep in mind while crafting a quintessential cover letter:

1. Be succinct. Recruiters have hundreds upon hundreds of resumes and cover letters to read. Don’t make your cover letter a novel. Two or three paragraphs should summarize your passion and enthusiasm for the role along with your ability to fill the employer’s need. Read more

Got Typos? New Survey Says It Could Be Game Over When They’re on Your Resume

typosIf you have one or two typos on your resume that state something like you’re “graduating this Maybe,” listen up.

Per a new Accountemps survey, that’s enough of a reason to be dismissed from the hiring process. That is, 63 percent of senior managers in the survey indicated they would say buh-bye to candidates with typos in their CVs.

As for the good news? The survey shows employers are more lenient than they’ve been in the past. In 2009, 40 percent of survey participants indicated one minor snag on a resume would put it in the slush pile but now that number has decreased to 17 percent. 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

Will Taking a Holiday Temp Job Tarnish Your Resume? Expert Says Not Really

holiday jobsHere’s the situation – feel free to silently nod in agreement if you know where this person is coming from.

You may be out of work for a while and with the holidays right around the corner (heck, they’re already here!), there are several opportunities to earn some more Benjamins. Should you go for it in the spirit of earning much-needed cash and giving you something to do or refrain since it doesn’t exactly align with the polished resume and personal brand you’re trying to create?

In today’s New York Post, a reader wrote in and is considering taking a temporary holiday retail job after being out of an IT job for about six months. Will taking a “menial job” and putting it on his or her resume hurt the odds of getting a new full-time gig? Read more

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