When Hiring Managers receive hundreds of applications for a job, they aren’t initially spending much time combing through resumes to look for the most qualified candidates. Instead, they’re going to spend their time (typically about six seconds per resume, according to a CareerBuilder study) looking for red flags that will eliminate candidates from consideration. Which red flags are they looking for, and how can you make sure that you keep your resume out of the shredder? Let’s examine three of the most common offenders:
Want to know the key to getting your next job? It’s probably something that you learned in kindergarten? No, not how to draw a cat (though that is pretty cool), its two simple words that you probably hated hearing:
Fifteen years ago Facebook had just been launched and the iPhone was yet to be released. Since then, technology has continued to advance at breakneck speed, and new jobs that people could only have dreamed of are now burgeoning. Here are five growing jobs that didn’t exist 15 years ago:
It may seem a bit early to start focusing on the holiday season, but if you are looking to secure a seasonal job in the coming months, it’s time to get moving. Most companies start hiring months in advance, and if you wait until spooky skeletons have been replaced by boughs of holly, it will be too late. Here are four tips that will help you find your seasonal job:
“I love writing cover letters,” said no job seeker ever.
In the entire job search process, there are few things more maligned than the cover letter. In the age of online one-click applications, it seems like a tool of a bygone era, something that seemed to fit better way back in the first few years of the 21st century (if you can remember that far back). As you come across articles questioning the need to include a cover letter, and jobs that give the option to include one, you may question the need. So, do you need a cover letter?
Are you a chronic over-thinker? Do you find yourself thinking three steps ahead of a decision you’ve yet to make? Decision-making and job searches go together like chocolate and peanut butter, and over-thinking can become an issue if you are prone to it. While being able to think through different scenarios is a good quality for a job seeker to have, it’s rather easy to cross that line by questioning every step you take. Over-thinking can hurt your job search, and make prepping for an interview much harder than it needs to be. While it may seem like a hard habit to break, here are three things you can do to prevent over-thinking:
Are you considering stretching the truth a bit on your resume? Do you think adding a little extra pizazz will get you an interview?
When you find a job that you’re nearly perfect for, but missing a few of the desired skills or experience, it can be tempting to fib a little. If a little white lie puts you over the edge, it’s worth the risk, right?
Looking to jump back into the job market after some time off? Whether you took an extended sabbatical or just the summer, the idea of dipping your toe back into the job pool can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you would think, especially if you do these three things:
Going in for a job interview? Considering that only a small percentage of applicants get to the interview stage, you should feel good about where you are. While you obviously have the qualifications and experience to get your foot in the door, what can you do during the interview that will help you stand out in the mind of the Hiring Manager? Here are four things you can do during your interview that will leave a good impression.