2 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT

Searching for a job is extremely tough. It involves a lot of work; crafting your resume, searching for job listings and online job boards, writing countless different cover letters, preparing for interviews and finally, interviewing.

If you are what to make sure that your resume stands out among the rest, check out two essential tips you should follow.

1. Show off your personality
It often seems like there are too many people and not enough jobs. Many people apply for hundreds of jobs without even securing an interview, which can feel demoralising and frustrating. Make sure your resume stands out by filling it with your personality. Include any volunteering or networking that you have done, and include some character in your cover letter. If you make the interviewer smile, they are much more likely to remember your resume later.

 

2. Take any advice you get

 

If you applied for a job and didn’t get the position, email the company to see if they can provide you with any feedback. It could only have been one thing on your resume that stopped you getting the job, and if you change that now, you are more likely to get hired later. Sometimes it can be hurtful getting constructive criticism, but remind yourself it is just that; it is constructive criticism, designed to help you improve.

 

Do you agree with this? Do you disagree? Let me know with a comment! I hope everyone is enjoying the new year!

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3 COMMON RESUME ERRORS

Do you think your resume has any errors? There are certain resume do’s and don’ts that most employees and recruiters look for when they are hiring, and it is important to make sure your resume has no errors and stands out. After all, your resume is the gateway to new jobs and better work opportunities.

Check out 3 common resume errors here.

1. Irrelevant Employment

If you are applying for a manager role at a new company, it is unlikely that your previous experience as a bartender 20 years ago is relevant work experience. It won’t help you to get the job – but it might make it seem like you don’t have enough relevant experience, and you’re using it to fill up space. Instead use recent or relevant experience that relates to the job that you want.

 

2. Negativity towards an old employer

Most people don’t need to include a ‘Reasons for Leaving’, so you may be able to completely take this section out. If you left your previous job quickly or under strange circumstances, you may need to include a reason for leaving. If you do, don’t be spiteful towards for your former employee. It normally comes across as unprofessional and negative.

 

3. Nothing phrases

“Highly organized”,  “strong work ethic” and “team player” are frequently used on resumes, but what do they mean? Anyone can use these phrases and they do not prove that you actually are any of these things. Instead provide examples of times when you displayed a strong work ethic, or when you worked well as part of a team.

 

What do you think of this list? Let me know with a comment!

7 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU GET FIRED

7 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN FIRED

Being fired by your workplace is often shocking and upsetting. if you need to scream, now is the time to do it – preferably somewhere where your old boss won’t be able to hear you. You may have had notice or this could be a total surprise, but either way the best option is to pick yourself up and get back on the right track straight away with these 7 steps.

1. Try to stay calm

It is understandable for you to feel upset and angry initially, but your biggest priority should be making sure you have a good reference – it could end up getting you your next job. Avoid talking to your old co-workers and boss immediately afterwards; tensions will be high and you may say something you end up regretting. Remember that your job paid the bills and gave you learning opportunities – it was a great experience, and now you are going to try to move on to something better.

2. Register as unemployed

It is very likely you will be eligible for benefits or help while you are out of work. Unemployment is tough and it can be unpredictable, and registering will offer you a financial safety net.

3. Update your Linked-In

Make sure your on-line profiles are up-to-date and include your recent role. Never slam your former boss or company on social media either – this could destroy your chances of getting a great new job and leave you without a good reference.

4. Update your CV

Make sure your last job is on your CV and check that you have highlighted any new skills you learnt while you worked there – this will raise your value and help you find new work.

5. Check out on-line job boards

Upload your CV to different job sites and see what jobs they offer. Job sites are often updated on a daily basis so you can see hundreds of recent job listings – and employers can search for your resume, raising your chances of finding a new job.

6. Create a system for applying for jobs

Ideally you will be applying for multiple jobs each day, which can get a little confusing. Make your life easier by writing down all of the jobs you apply for, along with the name of the company and the person hiring.

7. Follow up your applications

It can be demoralizing hearing nothing after applying for lots of jobs, but some companies don’t provide feedback unless they hire you. Follow up all of your job applications and you will likely receive feedback from a few, which can help you to improve your CV and cover letter. Also – looking keen is never a bad thing. Following up on your application may actually get you the job.

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance Part 2

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work/Life Balance Part 2

Do you struggle to find a good balance between work and play? Many people either work too hard or relax too much, and they struggle to change their lifestyles. If you struggle to find the perfect work/life balance, check out 5 more ways you can find the perfect work balance.

1. Limit your work hours

Working extremely long hours isn’t good for your mental health – or your family’s mental health. However, some people have to work longer hours – maybe they are starting their own business, or they run a company. If this is you, set out your work hours at the beginning of the week. Make sure you work 8 hours at least one day of the week every week – if you work late on the other days, you should have no work issues, and this can be something for your family to rely on.

2. Work with your personal energy

We all have natural energy cycles; some people work better first thing in the morning, while others get all of their best work done during the night. Think about when you are most productive and try to work for a few hours during this time. As you will be feeling extra productive and motivated, you will complete more work than normal during this time, freeing up time at different points in the day.

3. Delegate tasks

If you really struggle to take time off work, you may need to delegate some of your tasks to others. From hiring an assistant at work to paying a cleaner to clean your house once a week, these methods can help you to focus on your most important work while still having some time to yourself.

4. Plan a holiday

No matter how busy you are, you can afford to take a few days off a year through delegating tasks. Time off will relax your body and mind, making you a more efficient worker generally. If you can’t afford to take a week off work, book one day off and make plans with your loved ones for the day. This will help you to enjoy your life while refocusing and recharging.

5. Join a club

If you work so often you struggle to maintain friendships, consider joining a club. This will help you to enjoy your time off while also offering you the opportunity to socialize. There are various clubs, from cooking to swimming – have a look and see if anything takes your fancy!

Do you have any advice for anyone who is hoping to find a better balance between their work and their personal life? Comment your ideas below! 🙂

12 Common Mistakes To Avoid During A Job Interview

12 Common Mistakes To Avoid During A Job Interview

Are you looking for work? The job interview is an important part of finding new work, but there are many common mistakes that people make during interviews that can lose them the job.

Here are 12 common mistakes that people make during a job interview ;

Avoiding eye contact
– Not smiling
– Fidgeting – playing with your hair, touching your face or biting your nails
– Having a weak handshake
– Dressing inappropriately – wearing clothes that are not clean, ill-fitting, too bright or too short
– Gesturing too much with your hands
– Over explaining why you no longer work at your old job
– Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm for the job
– Knowing little to nothing about the company you want to work for
– Lacking a sense of humor or genuine warmth
– Trying to be great at everything – not admitting to any flaws or weaknesses
– Pretending you know more than you do

Make sure you are prepared in advance – plan your outfit, your journey to the interview and some answers. Here are some common interview questions that you should prepare answers for in advance;

– Why did you leave your last job?
– Why are you a good match for this position?
– What do you know about the company?
– Why do you want to work here?

Do you have any other useful advice for people who are currently looking for work? It can be hard to find a job in this economy, so all advice is useful, and good luck to anyone who is searching for work – I’m sure you will find your dream job soon!

6 Time Management Tips

How To Make Sure Your Blog Stays Successful

If you’re reading this the likelihood is you already run a blog. Many people today have their own blogs, as there are many different benefits. Whether you’re a student, a business or a singer, a blog can benefit you in many different ways. For instance, it can;

 

– Help you to reach a wide audience
– Connect you to others with similar interests
– Keep your audience updated with business/personal developments
– Share your knowledge with others
– Make you money!

 

All of these things can benefit you personally, and there are various ways to help your blog be as successful as it possibly could be. Here are three ways to help your blog become successful;

 

– Write short posts. Most people who read content online are used to jumping from snippet to snippet, so they expect posts to be written in easy, digestible chunks. Posts between 300 or 600 words are great, and if you’re writing an in depth piece 1,000 words is ideal.

 

– Use bullet points. They will break your post up, making the important information immediately available.

 

– Keep the tone conversational. Blogs are often more personal than websites or newspapers, and being colloquial will help you to create an individual voice.

 

Watching your blog grow can motivate you to keep posting great content, but often people let their blogs ‘die’ without really understanding why. Here are three tips to help you to guarantee your blog stays successful;

 

– Schedule posts in advance. This will help your blog to keep running, even on the days when you are too busy to log on. If you start by posting every day, and later swap to once a week, you may notice a drop in followers.

 

– Come up with ideas for 30 blog posts. This will encourage you to write the posts later as you don’t have to come up with an idea; you already have one!

 

– Link to similar blogs. Sharing links helps your posts to become more popular, and they may return the favor, opening your blog up to a whole new audience of possible followers.

 

– Stay active. Don’t just share your own posts – interact with fellow bloggers to stay successful. Being an active blogger helps you to feel like a valued member of a community, which will help to motivate you to keep posting.

 

Of course there are many other important factors to consider; if your content is poor you will still struggle! Do you have any blogging tips of your own? As a new-ish blogger I am always grateful for tips and advice from my fellow bloggers 🙂

6 Words To Avoid Using On Your CV

6 Words To Avoid Using On Your CV

If you’re looking for work, you already understand how difficult it can be to write cover letters and edit your CV for each position you apply for. You don’t need anything else slowing down the process of finding new work; check out 6 words to avoid using on your CV.

1. Dynamic

Dynamic is a nothing word that means well, but doesn’t really say anything. It is a positive buzz word that doesn’t prove anything, so swap it out for a word that describes what you mean more accurately; if you mean you adapt well to change, say that you are flexible and give an example of a time that you performed well while you were outside of your comfort zone.

2. Likable

This is another nothing word; without meeting you, the employer has no idea if you are likable. The most annoying person could choose to describe themselves as likable, so it doesn’t really carry any merit.

If you want to show that you are a friendly person and a good team player, instead mention times that you lead or worked in a team and how brilliant the results were.

3. Skilled in Microsoft Office

This is just taking up space on your CV that could be filled with more important skills you have – after all, nearly everyone can use Microsoft Office! Instead try to mention specific skills you have that relate to the job.

4. Results Driven

Many people say this on their CV, but who isn’t driven by results? Most employers expect everyone who works for them to be results driven, so mentioning it can make it seem like it is one of your best traits, when you probably have much greater traits that are specific to the job.

5. Dependable

This is another thing that isn’t worth bragging about, because any employee who is worth their salt is dependable. Saying that your employer can trust you is basically unnecessary, so instead focus on examples showing your ability and willingness to go the extra mile.

Can you think of any more examples of words to avoid using on your CV? I think one of the main problems is overuse of buzz words, which we are all probably guilty of doing once or twice! Let me know if you have any more ideas – I would love to hear them 🙂