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  What’s an Employer Really Looking For in Your Resume?
by Teena Rose - Nov, 2010
Most job-seekers write their resumes with one thing in mind—themselves! They toot their own horn so loud the interviewer is blown away by the sound. The “I did this” and “I achieved that” approach is important, of course. The hiring manager wants to know what you’ve accomplished in your previous line of work and how you can benefit his or her company in the new position. Reading Between the Lines BUT—he or she is also lo...
 
  Students Must Stand Out To Make Out
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2010
When college students simply tell employers what they can do and what they have done, they are putting themselves in the middle of a very large pool of job applicants. However, the best candidates will stand out when they describe the exceptional “results” that they have previously achieved. That?s important because employers believe that past results are the best predictors of future results. Which statement of stu...
 
  How boring is your resume summary?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2010
Have you struggled with putting your brand into your resume, writing a profile paragraph that looks great, but is failing to get the attention you deserve? If you’ve spent considerable time (or money) on a lackluster resume that serves up the same information as everyone else’s, it might be time to rewrite your introductory summary to get better results. You’re boring hiring managers if your resume contains an opening pa...
 
  Stupid Mistakes Job Hunters Make
by Thomas J. Denham - Nov, 2010
1. Being Negative – Number 1 is not having a positive, upbeat and enthusiastic attitude. Evict any thoughts that are excuses, self-defeating, limiting, or roadblocks. Forget about what’s not working. Focus on what IS working for you. Put out positive energy. Key to your success is staying mentally and physically fit with a good diet, exercise, sound sleep and a dose of fun. 2. Insufficient Reflecting – STOP and really...
 
  3 Job Search Lies That Keep You Unemployed
by Kevin Donlin - Oct, 2010
This may ruffle a few feathers, but your time is valuable, so I’ll be blunt: If you’ve been struggling to find a job for more than 6 months, you may be doing the wrong things to get hired. Worse, you may have been given bad information by well-meaning folks who have steered you wrong during your search. I am here to set things right. And to offer three Guerrilla Job Search “truths” to get you hired faster … Lie...
 
  How to avoid mistakes on your resume
by Miriam Salpeter - Oct, 2010
Today’s post is one of many from members of the Career Collective community I co-coordinate with my colleague Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter. I encourage you to visit other members’ responses, which will be linked at the end of my post tomorrow. Please follow our hashtag on Twitter: #careercollective. This month’s question (in a nod to Halloween this weekend): How to avoid scary career/resume mistakes? How should job seekers en...
 
  The Top Ten Scary Things Job Seekers Do
by Barbara Safani - Oct, 2010
In honor of Halloween, this month’s Career Collective topic is scary resume and career mistakes. Here are the top ten mistakes I see job seekers make. 1. Inflate their qualifications or lie on their resume. While a resume is not a legal document, it should be an accurate representation of your experience and achievements. I advocate for showing your employment history in the best possible light, buy lying is never wise....
 
  3 Mistakes You’re Making on Your Resume and How to Correct Them Now
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
As a former hiring manager I tend to have a critical eye on resumes that pass through my line of sight. Because I’m so involved in this industry I see tons of resumes on a daily basis. Although job seekers tend to make many different kinds of mistakes on their resumes, here are the main three I see most often that tend to tarnish that five-second review you get from hiring managers. DISORGANIZED OR UNATTRACTIVE RESUME FOR...
 
  3 Strategies for Making it Past the Initial 5-Second Resume Scan
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I’ve heard it said various ways that you get a 5-, 7-, or 30-second initial scan from the hiring manager. I can tell you personally that when I was an HR manager and had 100 resumes to go through, my initial scan was about 5 seconds long, and I was looking for something to catch my eye. Here are the three areas I looked at when considering whether to invest more time: PROFESSIONAL FORMATTING When you’re reviewing 100 resum...
 
  3 Reasons Why Your Resume is Keeping Your Phone from Ringing
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
If you know someone who’s looking for a job—and I’m sure you do—then you may have heard them complain about having sent their resume off to hundreds of employers, only to receive absolutely no responses or acknowledgements. I’ve heard this complaint countless times from friends and colleagues. Part of the reason this happens so often is because companies really have become much less personal about their hiring processes. Th...
 
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