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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

Four Tips For Resume Writing in an Online Applicant Tracking System

Okay, we admit the headline makes this piece sound a bit boring but fret not! The online applicant tracking system is the database recruiters use to scour hundreds upon hundreds of resumes to find a gold mine. As in, yours.

As such, you need to make your resume not only user-friendly for potential interviewers and fit into one or two pages, yada yada, but it also needs to be database-ready for the system to pick up key words.

As per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, there are several pointers to consider… Read more

Four Reasons Why Your Resume Gets Rejected

Ever wondered why maybe you’re not getting a call from a recruiter after submitting your sparkling resume?

Well, maybe it’s not as spot on as you may think. According to a piece in India Real Time (sister site to The Wall Street Journal), there are a few reasons why your top notch experience may not be presented the right way on the ol’ trusty CV. This is assuming your skills and experience match the job qualifications (if you’re not qualified, well let’s just say that’s the numero uno reason why you’re not getting a phone call.) Read more

Unique Job Post Indicates Resumes are Not Necessary to Submit

Here’s a breath of fresh air for you. A job posting for a games business support job at 12 Gigs in San Francisco reveals the hiring manager does not (we repeat — does not) want a resume!

Instead, they want to receive three to five reasons why you’d be awesome for the role and why you should get the job. The cross-device gaming network founded by execs from Zynga and tapjoy seems to want people who are excited about being part of a startup.

The job posting reads: “We don’t care about your resume or experience. We don’t care where you worked or where you went to school. We want smart and passionate people who pursue excellence and can work as part of a top-notch team.”

College Student Submits Nicolas Cage Photo to Career Center Instead of Resume

How’s this for accuracy?  Or better yet, a major faux pas.

Just yesterday we issued a friendly reminder about the importance of submitting accurate job applications but a student at York University in Toronto made a major blunder while sending an e-mail.

As a job seeker, the last thing you want to do is make a mistake (let alone have it go viral), but in the spirit of keeping things light with the job search, we can’t resist from sharing.

The Wall Street Journal reported Vanessa Hojda accidentally attached a photo of Nicolas Cage to her job application. She e-mailed the career center at York regarding an administrative assistant opening. In lieu of her resume and cover letter, Hojda attached a deer-in-headlights headshot of the actor! Read more

Four Things to Bring On Your Next Interview

Have you ever shown up for an interview with just a purse or a man tote? We didn’t think so. Chances are, you at least brought a portfolio but you’d be surprised at how many people forget some of the basics. Hence, it’s time for a refresher course!

As pointed out by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter on U.S. News & World Report, there are several things to bring so you’re not only prepared, you’re polished as well. Read more

How to Explain the Gap on Your Resume

Mind the gap. Literally.

If you’ve been downsized or jumped from project to project with some noticeable gaps in the timeline of your resume, you’re not alone.

There are several ways to address this during an interview and as long as you don’t portray yourself as an unambitious coach potato, you’re good to go.

According to a piece in The New York Post, after getting downsized one burned out job seeker took six months to travel the world, spend quality time with family, read books, and simply tap into creativity that was dormant for way too long.

In the piece, Gregory Giangrande, chief human resources officer for Time, Inc., advises the job seeker to talk about sabbaticals in positive terms. Instead of focusing on being burned out and not having a life, focus on the up side of time well spent.

In the piece he states, “Portray it positively, saying you took advantage of an opportunity to take six months to travel, explore, learn, etc. — which is something most working professionals don’t get to do until retirement. Add that you are energized to resume your career full- throttle — and that the time off and experience make you even better-prepared for the next gig.”

And in case you didn’t have such a jetsetting sabbatical in between gigs, no worries there. The reasons could be plentiful — you took a journalism class, cared for an ailing loved one, joined a volunteer organization, etc. The key is demonstrating to the interviewer that you utilized your time wisely instead of doing nothing else but catching up on Mad Men episodes on your DVR.

Plus, keep in mind there are countless other job seekers in the same boat as you; interviewers consistently ask about the gap question on resumes and continue to get a variety of answers. Don’t over think it but be prepared to give an answer positively and enthusiastically about what you did and also what you learned.

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

Mind the Gap: Explaining Holes in a Resume

Ah, the gap on a resume. We know it all too well; in other words, blocks of unemployed time that seem to blare loud and clear there’s a hole.

The key to gaps is having an explanation you have been productive during the down time. After all, it’s likely an interviewer will inquire about the gap so it’s important to be prepared with an answer.

Patrick Sweeney, president of consulting firm Caliper, told U.S. News & World Report, “Show how you put your time to good use. Examples could be learning more about your industry, networking with others, taking a course, a volunteer role, working closely with your friends or family on a project together or any number of things—no one is absolutely static when they are unemployed. Show that you filled that time with purpose.”

As for the good news? Due to the economy, you’re not alone in having a gap so chances are, several other candidates have them, too.

Since employers will likely more concerned with recent gaps than older ones, there’s no need to bring it up unless they do first. In the piece, he advises, “But you don’t want to walk into the interview and start talking about it…Communicate with enthusiasm and show that you’ve done your homework. That you know about their company and their business.”

In order to distinguish yourself among a sea of other candidates, staying on top of your game is critical to the interviewing process — gap or no gap.

Lessons Learned Via Yahoo! CEO: Always Have an Accurate Resume

Always tell the truth. In life, in job searching, in everything.

By now you may have heard that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson allegedly beefed up his resume with both a computer science degree and accounting degree even though he graduated with an accounting degree from Stonehill College. The matter is the resume was falsified and now his integrity is at stake.

Yahoo referred to the mistake as an “inadvertent error” and their board hired outside counsel to review the false statement. Regardless of the outcome, it seems the damage has already been done.

Here’s the thing about fudging a resume, no matter how big or small: It will come back to haunt you at some point. Background checks are in place for a reason and although this wasn’t caught initially, it eventually surfaced. Whatever you do in the job search process, if there’s anything to be learned from all of this, is to always tell the truth. Always be above board — whether it’s a degree, job title, length of employment, employer. Always, always, always.

John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm told CNN an “exhaustive” process isn’t always going to capture everything right down to the degree.

One falsification in your career may not seem like a big deal similar to telling someone an innocent little, white lie but in addition to catching up to you, it may inevitably be difficult to escape and in the end. Plus, the initial lie may eventually seem irrelevant to your accomplishments other than tarnishing your integrity. Forever.

The questions speak for themselves: Does the fact that he doesn’t really have a computer science degree impact his role as CEO? Not really. Does the fact that it was falsified reflect his integrity and reputation as a CEO? That would be a resounding yes.

Challenger pointed out in the piece: ”Yahoo hired him for what he’s done in the past five, 10 years. It doesn’t really matter for someone at this point in his career what he did at 22.”

He added, “He may have felt at some point in his career that he needed an extra something — and then he couldn’t get rid of it.”

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