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Job Seekers Think Outside the Cubicle With Gimmicks to Get Noticed

lightbulb1If you’ve hit the last straw in your job search, you may be among the number of candidates who resort to gimmicks.

Consider this — a job seeker sent a rather large box to his potential employer, One Fine Stay. The company sets up short-term accommodations in luxury homes and according to The Wall Street Journal, a queen-size pillow was nestled inside the box.

But that’s not all. A 24 by 33-inch resume was attached to the pillow. Although no one at the company can remember the candidate’s name, they can remember his moniker: “Pillow Guy.” Read more

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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

Are Resumes Becoming Archaic?

When we read this piece on Fast Company, it became food for thought. Although resumes are necessary for systems purposes from a recruiting purposes and having a calling card, are they going the way of the dinosaur at least for the start of the hiring process? Phasing themselves out as recruiters and hiring managers rely more heavily on LinkedIn and Twitter up front?

In the piece, the president of the search division of WinterWyman revealed the resume is “quickly becoming archaic.” Ian Ide continued, “People still like that concise document for purposes of interviews, but the front end is changing pretty quickly.” More and more people are connecting on LinkedIn and landing interviews that way.

In fact, the piece emphasized social media. Imagine captivating recruiters by your interests and online profile instead of being so transparent that you’re looking for a job especially if your current supervisor views your accounts. 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

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Five Things to Overlook While Job Hunting

Ever feel like you’re putting too much pressure on yourself with the job search? Maybe you’re stressing certain things that aren’t even important in the eyes of the hiring manager and recruiter.

Well, as per a post on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few items you don’t need to fret about any more.

1. Your cover letter. Whether or not you address it to a hiring manager or specific person, it doesn’t really matter; content is what counts. Is it succinct yet informative? Spot on with grammar and spelling? Good, that’s all that counts.

2. Your resume design. In the piece, Alison Green writes, “What employers want from your resume design is a document that’s clean and uncluttered, easy to scan, not overly fancy, and puts the information we want in the places we expect to find it. Whatever design you choose that achieves those goals is fine with us.”

3. Your resume length. One or two pages? That is the question but definitely not a deal breaker. It’s fine for resumes to encompass two pages; anything longer than that will start feeling copious. This means you can fiddle with margins and fonts to fit it into two pages (or of course, magnify it if you’re right out of school and need to fill up space on a page.)

4. Your “personal brand.” Green reminds us employers don’t really care about personal brands. Rather, what’s truly important is doing good work. She points out in the piece, “The evangelists telling you that you must build a unique and recognizable personal brand are looking for a new concept to sell you in an overcrowded marketplace. Employers—the people actually thinking about hiring you—could care less. Do good work and build a good reputation, and forget the branding hype.”

5. Your thank-you note. If you’re torn between the e-mailed note or snail mailed one, fret not. The recruiter isn’t going to focus on form of communication but a.) the point that you sent one and b.) if it expresses enthusiasm and c.) references a point made during the interview. Similar to the cover letter, be sure it’s flawless with content.

Of course, the goal is to leave a lasting positive impression so whether or not you put a stamp on a note or quickly sent one via modern technology, the point is you’re expressing interest, you’re thanking them for their time, and following up.

Lifestyle Website Asks Candidates to Submit Headshot


Typically employers don’t want candidates to submit a headshot with their CV because it puts them at discriminatory risk if they’re ever audited. But alas, in the day and age where it seems anything goes, it does.

As pointed out by JimRomenesko, there’s an editor-in-chief position available at and candidates must include a photo of themselves or they simply won’t be considered!

Check this out from their job posting:

*You must ATTACH a picture or headshot of yourself. Applicants without a picture or headshot will not be considered.

Three Common Mistakes of Creative Resumes & How to Avoid Them

Let’s face it: As journalists and media folks, we’re immersed in the world of creativity. We march to the beat of a different drum so when it comes to a standard, chronological resume, that can be a bit bland.

In the case of a creative resume, the folks at Brazen Careerist remind us it can show prospective employers there’s a creative problem solver right in front of them.

That said, a few major faux pas within the creative resume can be the ixnay on the objay.  For starters, don’t forget your industry. Read more

What Really Happens After You Submit Your Resume

More and more employers are asking applicants to submit resumes to their online systems, but do you really know where your information is going, or even if it will get to human hands? In this Mediabistro Career Breakfast, our panel explains what happens after you apply and how you can stand out from the field of applicants.

David Gaspin, head of talent acquisition at, and WeightWatchers HR rep Kate Van Arsdale spoke about how to write a resume that will grab a hiring manager’s attention, while THINQACTION CEO Antonio Neves, revealed the one thing that will guarantee you don’t get an interview.

Watch the full video above and follow us on Google+ to find out about our next Career Breakfast.

Three Ways to Make Your Resume User-Friendly

As media folks, we’re accustomed to evergreen stories so pieces will last and gain the most readers as possible so why should a resume be any different, right?

According to a piece by Josh Sanburn on Time, there are several ways to ramp up your resume so recruiters can spend more than a few seconds eyeballing it. After all, you’ll want the most readers here, too!

As per the piece, recruiters spend about six seconds reviewing each resume (yes, you read that right: Six). For starters, Will Evans, TheLadders’ head of user experience, explained one way to gain more attention is to be simple. Your resume is not a vehicle to flex your creative skills!

Since recruiters clearly aren’t spending a lot of time reviewing resumes, the important take-away is making it user-friendly, simple to read and following a common template. All of the essentials should be clear: Your name, title, company, responsibilities, and then former titles, employers, and responsibilities. Evans explained in the piece, “Recruiters develop this mental model that allows them to extract the most important bits.”

As for another way to keep eyeballs fixated on your resume for a little bit longer, don’t make it too long. Although it’s fine extending a resume to two pages and have a lot of experience and publishing kudos to add, go right ahead. Just don’t make it too long — as pointed out in the piece, that would appear too cluttered.

As for a third tip? Skip the personal achievements. Okay, you don’t need to skip them altogether but succinct bullet points are fine; don’t focus your CV on running a marathon or volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Leverage the resume to play up your professional achievements instead.