6 Resume Red Flags You Can Avoid

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2. Resume appearance malfunction. Is your resume friendly to the beholder who wears bifocals? Non-standard fonts, small text with little to no space between sections, and narrow margins all raise red flags. Beyond the poor aesthetics, they may suggest you are the kind of person who is “bound and determined” to wedge too large a story into too small a space, rather than boiling down the salient aspects of your career achievements into a document which clearly speaks to the job to be filled.

Solution: Remember that your resume is not your unabridged autobiography. You aren’t obligated to show everything you have ever done and every place you worked. It’s a marketing document onto which you should put the things that are most germane. Use a standard font at a reasonable type size and forget all the lines, graphics, pictures, and colors.

5. Resume evasiveness. There are many things that job hunters typically try to “fudge.” Yet, overgeneralizations, squishy language, and omissions are not generally regarded well.

For example, job hunters in their 50s and 60s believe they can avoid age discrimination if they omit dates when degrees were earned. But just the opposite is the case. In attempting to skirt the age issue, you actually bring attention to it with your unstated but very clear message: “I don’t want you to figure out how old I am based on when I attended college.” Worse, you may potentially also raise the red-flag question: Is this job seeker trying to mask anything else of significance?

6. Key phrase banalities. Some job hunters aren’t certain of how to go about the process of writing an effective resume, and so they resort to words and phrases found in resume-writing books and other templates that might be good starting points, but not ending points. By adhering too closely to them, you are likely to sound like everyone else, without conveying any understanding of what you are really trying to convey. Using hackneyed phrases like “hard worker,” “out-of-the-box thinker,” “team player,” “excellent communications skills,” etc., offer your own conclusion about your talents and work ethic. But they do nothing to cause the resume reader to believe you or to come to the same conclusion. Instead, show examples of your out-of-the-box solutions and talk about times when your actions really did benefit your team.

If you take the time to lower these red flags, you will raise the likelihood of gaining the respect and positive attention of those who own the resume game.

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How Not To Get A New Job In 2013: An 8-Step Plan

The beginning of a new year, particularly February, is the best time to look for a new job. Budgets are approved, new job requisitions are posted and your confidence is at an all-time high.

Every year in January I hear from hundreds of people ready to start a job search. They really want a new job. They’re eager to get started. And slowly but surely, they fail. It’s not a lack of talent, experience or desire. They’re just doing it wrong.

Are you ready for a new job in 2013? Here’s how not to be successful — guaranteed:

  1. Lack self-awareness and confidence. If you don’t know and believe in your strengths, no one else will. If you come across as hesitant or unsure about your qualifications, you invite others to question your qualifications. Ignore your strengths, feedback from previous work experiences and doubt yourself — that will really help your chances.
  2. Don’t tell anyone. The fewer people that know about your job search, the better.  Keep it totally quiet and under wraps. Don’t get any feedback on your resume or strategy from friends or former colleagues.  It’s also good to ignore any networking connections those friends might have.
  3. Cold-apply to as many jobs as possible. Hide behind your computer and look for jobs at companies where you don’t know anyone. Find any job that sounds relatively interesting and apply. Don’t follow up, either. Sit back and wait for the calls to start pouring in. And when they don’t, keep applying.  Volume is always better.
  4. Let your resume speak for itself. Any savvy recruiter or hiring manager should be able to translate your resume to fit the job. Let them do it! Don’t customize your resume for the job. Don’t look for contacts in the organization that can help make your case for you. And definitely don’t do any informational or exploratory interviews to learn what matters most to a hiring manager or organization before you apply.

CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2013

Ready for a happier career in 2013?

The CareerBliss annual 50 Happiest Companies in America awards is a great place to start your job search because these companies have been voted by their very own employees as a happy, rewarding workplace.

To reveal the top happiest companies, CareerBliss analyzes thousands of independent employee-submitted reviews. The reviews ask professionals to rank how they feel about key happiness factors at work, such as the culture of the company, compensation and people you work with.

“Being able to be truly happy at work is one of the keys to being happy in life,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and Co-founder of CareerBliss. “CareerBliss recognizes companies that excel at providing happy work environments since it is a vital part of the CareerBliss mission to foster rich and rewarding work cultures for everyone.” Check out the full happiest companies below!

Think your company should be on the list?

Post a quick company review to nominate your company for next year!

Looking for a happier job in 2013?

Start your job search now and take a look at 3.5 million happier jobs on CareerBliss!

31 “Killer” Interview Questions

Earlier this month I shared three interview questions I used with success as the CEO of the Taproot Foundation. “Three Killer Interview Questions” was read by over 200,000 professionals and generated nearly 600 comments. Many people found it helpful, some thought the questions were idiotic and some even reported that research had demonstrated that interviews are not effective regardless of the questions.

My favorite comments, however, were those from managers who shared their own “killer” interview questions. Here are the 32 interview questions you posted. Some are brilliant and others perhaps a little less so but I will let you be the judge.

  1. What’s the biggest mistake you mistake you made in your life and what did you learn from it?
  2. If in 3months you found the job not to be what you expected it to be, what would it look like?
  3. What superhero would you be and why?
  4. What is one misconception people have about you?
  5. If you were a kitchen appliance what would you be?
  6. Why shouldn’t I call for a reference and why?
  7. So what are you going to do for us?
  8. Who are your heroes and why?
  9. What works for you and why? How can you increase your interaction with the energy generators? And what can you do to be one yourself?
  10. Who at your former place of work gave you the most energy and why?

9 Tips For Becoming A Successful Networker

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What’s the secret to being a successful networker? Well, we all know how important it is to balance the online and offline networking and connecting what we are doing now.

We can’t only live online, or offline anymore. Each one is mutually interdependent and inter-related. They work so well in tandem.

Both have their importance, purpose and value. We know being “online” is simply smart and essential because that is where people converge, gather and interact. But, “offline” is where the true personal connections are made to explore the mutuality and develop the relationship. If you are not in physical  proximity with someone, what are some of the ways and things you can do to accelerate relationship building?

Are you meeting, picking up the phone or Skyping regularly when you make new social friends?

How To Be A Successful Networker

Here are nine things you can do that will help you develop some warm connections, stand out, and be remembered.

1. Share Your Passion, Authenticity, And Story

People really connect with your real side and everyone has a story. It’s the new “elevator pitch.”

2. Target Your Audience

Learn about the community where you are meeting. Research and find out about them on websites, blogs and through others that may know about them, or are members of the group.

3. Know The Guest List

When you know some specific people that will be there, that you will want to meet, do your homework and find out about them. Company, awards, community activity, accomplishments. This is great fodder for conversation. How would you feel when someone you didn’t know yet, approaches you and says, “I loved the blog post you wrote on how to be a Mom and grow a business”? It certainly says something to me about them.

4. Work The Room

Mix and mingle, and try to have several warm interactions. Don’t monopolize or be monopolized. Engage and encourage mutual conversation and include others into it.

5. Pair Up With A Mentor

Find someone who knows the crowd and group and rely on them to introduce you around. Coming with someone others know and respect says something about you. “You are judged by the company you keep,” is the quote isn’t it?

Tips 6-9 and Complete Careerealism Article

5 Kinds Of People You Need During Your Job Search

by Brittany Schlacter


5 Kinds Of People You Need During Your Job Search (via A Hire Calling)

The job search is a challenge unlike any other when it comes down to the variety of emotions and experiences you are faced with. While relatively wholesome in nature, a challenging job search–on its hardest day–can knock even the most confident and sane individual off their feet. But similar…