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!

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 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 🙂