You can’t jump into the mind of the person sitting across from you in an interview and know exactly what they’re looking for. But there are, fortunately, some basic qualities most hiring managers think are pretty important across the board.
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Looking for a job is difficult under the best of circumstances, and it gets considerably more so when you aren't prepared. Optimistically, we stick with a gig for a while even if we don't love it, neglecting to keep our resumes and other materials prepped if an opportunity comes up that we want to jump at.
Your resume is often the first impression recruiters have of you, so making sure you get the good side of your career in the picture is critical. If you're not having any luck impressing your potential employers, it might be that your resume is missing some critical information that would help you stand out in a sea of also-rans. According to Fast Company, the mistakes most people make on their resume can be easily rectified with a few edits, a dash of braggadocio and even a new font.
Sure, your LinkedIn profile probably has your bright and cheery face front and centre, inviting people to explore your professional experience, but don't think using the same tactic on your resume will land you a gig in the real world. In fact, some hiring managers would rather you not use any images.
The average person changes jobs roughly ten to fifteen times throughout their career. So, it’s in your interest to diversify your skills when you can. Fortunately, doing so is easy when you have over 1,000 career-building courses at your disposal...and this lifetime subscription to the Virtual Training Company will go a long way towards that.
"You should ditch the objective statement on your resume". "Objective statements are outdated". You'll see statements like these littered across career websites. Traditionally, a career objective or objective statement section served as an introduction to your resume. Nowadays, it's considered old-fashion to include one.
While there are calls to kill it off completely, the objective statement still has some relevance in the modern world. In fact, there are certain situations that calls for it.
So you’re toasting the end of the year at holiday parties and ringing in the next, but amidst the festivities you might have jobs on the mind. And we get that the going is tough in December: hiring has slowed and everyone’s out of the office, which means no one’s looking at any apps until January earliest.
There are plenty of resume templates floating around online and many of them have a section where you can list out your hobbies and interests. While it's easy to detail your qualifications and work experience, talking about your hobbies could prove more difficult because it's hard to see how your personal interests will help you land a job.
You may be tempted to scrap that section all together. But according to experts (and my own personal experience), it's definitely worth including extracurricular activities on your resume. We go through five different hobbies that can make your resume more attractive to potential employers.
It's the bane of many job hunters' existence: the cover letter. Traditionally, this is attached to a resume and sent out to potential employers. This short letter is meant to give you a platform to tell your potential employer why you're perfect for the job on offer. It's also an institution that was introduced over 50 years ago. In an age where employers barely have time to read a resume, should we just kill off cover letters for good? Let's find out.
For job seekers, a resume is a vital tool to get them noticed by potential employers. This document is used to convince them that you're perfect for the job on offer. But most resumes get a quick skim before they are tossed to one side, even if the job candidate may be the right fit. Hiring managers are often swamped with resumes so it's impossible for them to carefully assess every single one and most of them are swiftly discarded. Here are five reasons why your resume may fail to garner a closer look.
"What's your greatest weakness" may be an awkward, tired job interview question, but if a potential employer asks it, you want to be ready. This formula can help you prepare.