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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

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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

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

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

Getting Back to Basics: Cover Letter Essentials

It’s often overlooked and quite frankly, it shouldn’t be. The cover letter, as you’re probably already aware, can help your resume shine. That is, if you have an effective one.

According to a piece on Fast Company, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Per the piece, Slate editor Katherine Goldstein strongly suggests focusing on the cover letter to land a new job. Read more

Revising Your Resume? Check Out Where Recruiters Spend Their Six Seconds of Review

Instead of agonizing over the fonts on your resume or other visuals like how big to make the margins, keep this statistic in mind.

According to a survey conducted by TheLadders, most recruiters spend only six seconds reviewing your resume. That’s worth repeating — six tiny seconds! One thousand one, one thousand two, see we’re almost there ourselves…

They’re not alone with their results. As pointed out by ERE, BeHiring mentioned the average time is five to seven seconds. Although the time is certainly succinct, each second counts. 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 Ways to Spring Clean Your Career

Okay, we know it may be kind of trite but what could be more metaphorical than spring cleaning your career than the arrival of spring this week?

1. Revamp that resume. Even if you’re not job hunting, few things can be as powerful as powering up your CV.

That is, make it ready for circulation even if you’re not looking. It’s your ticket to the next step in your career so even if you don’t send it out right away to a few contacts, might as well dust it off, update it to your current job and make a few tweaks. Read more

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