Via CNBC : Hiring managers share the No. 1 resume lie that could cost you the job
While hiring managers hate all resume lies, a recent survey finds some lies are worse than others.
The jobsite TopResume asked 629 professionals to rank the most serious of 14 categories of resume lies. Nearly all respondents, 97 percent, said they’d reconsider candidates with any type of lie. Nearly half those surveyed were HR professionals, recruiters or hiring managers.
Topping the list were lies about technical capabilities, licenses and criminal records. Yet the biggest deal breaker, according to respondents, was lying about an academic degree. 89 percent of hiring managers felt this was the most serious lie, inching out even criminal records.
It’s one of the most common lies that applicants tell, says TopResume career advice expert Amanda Augustine. Many candidates don’t want to be disqualified from a search when a job listing asks for candidates with degrees.
Still, it’s a dangerous lie to tell, says Augustine. Employers can easily verify this information through a background check.
Instead, be honest and upfront about your level of schooling, she says. “So many people assume that others have flawless resumes so they want to fib,” says Augustine. “Ask yourself what skills you have to offer and focus on that.”
If your degree is still in progress or you’re taking a semester hiatus, be clear about that on your resume and note the expected graduation date. Trust can be hard to regain if hiring managers discover you’ve misrepresented yourself.
Candidates with relevant coursework but no degree should be sure to list their classes. This can give you an advantage if those classes relate to the position for which you’re applying or if you picked up skills that could be beneficial in the prospective role, says Elaine Varelas, managing partner at career consulting firm Keystone Partners.
And don’t be too hard on yourself. Augustine suggests you read job descriptions carefully since some will ask for a degree or equivalent experience. For example, if you’re applying to a job as a web designer and you lack the requested college degree, you can note that you’ve been working in the field for a number of years and highlight the projects you’ve worked on and the skills that you’ve acquired through hands-on experience.
If you haven’t snagged that degree yet, you might also change your job-hunting strategy. Try targeting companies that don’t place a heavy premium on academia, advises Augustine. Surprisingly, you can find many of these organizations within the tech sector, such as Google, IBM and Apple. You might also scope out careers in industries such as healthcare, where it’s possible to find rewarding well-paid jobs without a classic four-year education.
Finally, leverage your professional and social network, says Augustine. Employers increasingly rely on internal referrals and you stand a better chance of getting hired — even when don’t meet all the job requirements — if you can bypass the applicant tracking system and get your resume into the hands of a person who can vouch for you and fight for you.
Via CNBC : Even CEOs struggle with resume writing—but this one simple question can help
Crafting the perfect resume is a daunting task even for CEOs and C-suite execs. Like many applicants, they also struggle with aptly describing their prior work experience and explaining what they bring to a new employer, says executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx.
Getting this description right can be critical. Employers need to understand what you’ll bring to an organization and how you compare to other applicants.
An effective way to tackle this section of the resume, says Smith-Proulx, is by answering this simple question: “What’s my legacy?”
Posing this question as you re-read every bullet point and resume blurb can help you focus on the mark you have made at each company — and know if your description tells that story.
Perhaps, you were great at building consensus, spotting new market opportunities or leading a team. Whatever the case may be, your resume should explicitly state how you effected change and the reader should understand how your workplace changed with you in it. Be descriptive. Use numbers. “Really show those achievements through metrics,” says Smith-Proulx.
To highlight your past results, try this three-step formula that’s recommended by Google recruiters: “Accomplished X, as measured by Y, by doing Z.”
For example, if you have a technical job, don’t just list the tools or platforms you worked on. Explain the ways you made things better, saying things like: “I improved server query response time by 15 percent by restructuring our API.”
You can also describe the situation before you took ownership of a project, to really drive home your impact. For instance, you might say “Launched our company’s Instagram presence, growing followers from 1 to 300,000 in just one year.”
If you’re applying to a new job while a project is still in motion, Smith-Proulx advises mentioning the expected result.
“It could be as simple as, ‘if we pursue these projected markets, we [forecast] this revenue,'” she explains. “Show that you’re putting things in place that will have actionable results when executed.”
Finally, although popular convention is to list work experience in reverse chronological order, Smith-Proulx warns her execs not to follow this format. Instead, “start with the coolest most impactful jobs,” she says. “Don’t bury the good.”
Via Entrepreneur : Everything You Need to Know About Writing the Perfect Resume
If there’s one area worth investing in when it comes to the job search, it’s definitely your resume.
If there’s one area worth investing in when it comes to the job search, it’s definitely your resume — after all, in just about seven seconds of glancing at it, recruiters and hiring managers already know whether or not they want to move forward with your application. Of course, writing a great resume is easier said than done; that’s why we’re here to help you every step of the way.
1. Choose the right type of resume.
If you thought there was just one type of resume, think again. There are multiple kinds, and the one you should use will depend on your own unique career circumstances. A chronological resume lists your different positions top to bottom from most to least recent, and is best for those whose careers reflect a clear path to the role they’re applying for. A functional resume emphasizes relevance over recency, with different positions listed top to bottom from most to least relevant, a skills section and a professional summary explaining why you’re a great fit. This is a great option for those who are transitioning into a new field or re-entering the workforce after a resume gap. A combination resume borrows from both formats by combining the professional summary and skills section of a functional resume and the chronological work experience order of a chronological resume. This is a good way to emphasize skills and experience equally, and is a great choice for many different types of job seekers.
2. Know what you need to include.
Resumes tend to have six major components: a header and contact info, professional summary, skills section, work experience, education and additional experience. Here’s a brief rundown of what they are, and tips for how to make the most of them:
- Header and contact info: The top of your resume (or whichever is the most prominent part) containing your name and contact info.
- Pro tip: Think twice before including your street address. It’s largely unnecessary nowadays, and can hurt your chances of scoring an interview if you live far from where the position is.
- Professional summary: A brief, one- to three-sentence description that encapsulates who you are, what you do and why you’re a great fit for the job at hand.
- Pro tip: Avoid descriptors like “hardworking,” “self-motivated,” etc. — those terms are vague and generic. Focus instead on the skills and accomplishments that set you apart.
- Skills: A list of the key skills you possess that will help you do the job you’re applying for.
- Pro tip: Can’t decide what skills to include? Look to the job description to see which skills matter the most.
- Work experience: A list of the different titles you’ve held, places you’ve worked and achievements you accomplished.
- Pro tip: When writing out your bullet points, use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to describe not just what you did in a previous job but what sort of impact it had.
- Education: Details on the level of education you’ve attained, where you went and what you studied.
- Pro tip: Only include your GPA if you’ve graduated in the last couple of years and earned a 3.0 or higher — the further along you are in your career, the more recruiters and hiring managers pay attention to experience over education.
- Additional experience: A catch-all section where you can add your volunteer experience, hobbies, awards, etc.
- Pro tip: Some companies are particularly passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community. If you’re applying to one of them, use this section to describe how you’ve made a difference — it’s a great way to show culture fit!
3. Don’t forget design and formatting.
At the end of the day, a well-written resume with relevant experience will win out over one that’s pretty but light on content. However, if you combine great content with a neat, clean design and proper formatting, you’ve just hit upon a winning combination. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want your resume to look its best:
- Use an easy-to-read font of no less than 11 pt.
- Add margins of at least .7 inches.
- Make sure there’s sufficient white space between sections.
- Keep your resume to 1-2 pages max, unless you’re in a field like academia or medicine and must cite papers and publications.
- Don’t go overboard with intricate design or decoration — touches of color are fine, but avoid any clashing or visually busy details.
4. Check for these last-minute items.
Once you’re feeling good about your resume, don’t click submit just yet. Uploading your resume before giving it a thorough scan can result in errors and missed opportunities to make the best impression. Check off the following items to make sure your resume is ready to be seen by the world:
- Verify your employment information to make sure that it matches what you have on LinkedIn. Any discrepancies, even if they’re accidental, might raise red flags for a recruiter.
- Use a platform like Grammarly to edit your resume. Grammarly can save you from misspellings, hundreds of types of grammatical and punctuation mistakes and words that are spelled right but used in the wrong context, all of which look unprofessional on a resume and can seriously hurt your chances of making it to the next round.
- Save your resume with a simple file name to maintain professionalism and to simply keep better track of it in your files. You can’t go wrong with “Lastname-Resume-2018.”
- Double check capitalization of company names and titles — consistency in your resume is key.
- Review your bullet points to make sure they’re focused on showing results, not simply listing your tasks.
Via Business Insider : A head recruiter at Amazon says the biggest mistake people make on their résumés comes down to their job title
- Your résumé is a recruiter’s first impression of you during the job search.
- Celeste Joy Diaz, a recruiting manager at Amazon, said not explaining your job accomplishments clearly is one key way to alienate recruiters from the outset.
- Instead, use hard numbers to demonstrate how you succeeded in previous roles.
Celeste Joy Diaz, the recruiting manager for university programs at Amazon, said her team doesn’t like to talk about “red flags.”
But there is one big thing that can irk recruiters like Diaz during the application process: namedropping your place of employment, without explaining what you did there.
“Titles are great, but we want to understand what was the project you owned, what was the scope of a project, and what did you accomplish,” Diaz told Business Insider.
Simply stating in your résumé that you worked at Google, The New York Times, or some other name-brand company is impressive, but it doesn’t really communicate what you did with that opportunity.
That doesn’t just apply to recruiters at Amazon, either. Career experts across the board have named lack of explanation as one of the biggest mistakes that applicants make in their résumés.
“Lack of measurements and results in the file is my biggest résumé pet peeve,”executive résumé writer and career strategistAdrienne Tom previously told Business Insider. “Without any measurements of success, the file is lacking proof of skill.”
So, expand upon what you did in that job that brought value – whether that’s an amount of revenue you produced, projects you led, or how you excelled in your monthly goals. Including the numbers that back up your success is key, Tina Nicolai, executive career coach and founder of Résumé Writers’ Ink, previously told Business Insider.
Be as specific as possible. Write, “Helped grow revenue by 500% to $1 million in 12 month period by doing X” instead of “Helped grow revenue,” Nicolai said.
“Employers need numbers to be able to fully evaluate the scope of your bandwidth,” Nicolai said. “No position is exempt from measuring results. And metrics help employers determine if a person is capable of leading a team, managing clients, or growing the business.”
This extends to job interviews as well, Diaz said. She recommended discussing your previous roles with other people, so you can practice giving concrete examples of your achievements and explaining what your job meant beyond the title and the company.
“People might not take the time to think about the impact of the work they’ve done,” Diaz said. “I want to understand scope of impact more than just job titles.”
Via The Ladders : 4 ways to slash your resume down to one page
Slicing off bits of your resume in order to keep it to one page can be so tough. When you’ve accomplished a lot in your career, it can be difficult to pick what to remove — so here’s what to cut out.
Say goodbye to super-old positions
It’s just not worth keeping them around.
Kim Isaacs, a resume expert for Monster and founder of Advanced Career Systems, writes on Monster’s website that you should “eliminate old experience.”
“Employers are most interested in what you did recently. If you have a long career history, focus on the last 10 to 15 years. If your early career is important to your current goal, briefly mention the experience without including details. For example: Early Career: ABC Company — City, State — Assistant Store Manager and Clerk, 1980-1985,” she writes.
Watch your wording
This can make a big difference.
Lily Zhang, Manager of Graduate Student Professional Development at the MIT Media Lab, writes in The Muse that you should “shorten bullets.”
“Your bullet points are really the meat of your resume. This is where you actually talk about your experience. To ensure that people actually read them, absolutely do not let them trail on to a third line. Two lines max, but preferably one,” she writes. “To decide between one or two lines, use your space efficiently. If your bullet is one line, plus a little bit that dangles onto the next, find a way to condense your language down. Ultimately, you’re going for a dangler-free resume.”
Don’t include this line — it’s unnecessary
Pay close attention to this advice.
Alison Doyle, an author, career expert and founder and CEO of CareerToolBelt.com, writes in The Balance that you should “skip the references.”
“It’s not necessary to say ‘references available upon request’ on your resume. It’s understood that you will provide references, if required, as part of the job application process,” she writes.
Choose the right examples
This is key.
Marcelle Yeager, president of Career Valet and co-founder of ServingTalent, writes in U.S. News & World Report that you should “filter out responsibilities.”
“Employers can likely find almost exact replicas of your job descriptions by doing a Google search for your job titles. It’s your responsibility to tell them more of your story and what you are capable of,” she writes. “Replace your laundry list of duties with specific examples and the impact of your work. This is what is going to get you noticed.”