6 Common Resume Mistakes Job Seekers Make

by Melanie Korn | Category: Article

Posted on September 05, 2019 at 06:59:14 PM

Job seekers know all too well the pressures of putting together the perfect resume. That one piece of paper is usually the only chance you have to introduce yourself to a new company. We all want to make the best impression possible, so be sure to avoid these common resume mistakes. Don’t include irrelevant experience in your resume.  When it comes to selling yourself these days, less is more. Employers aren’t interested in skills & experiences that aren’t relevant to the specific job you’re applying for. While you may think that a resume full of every notable thing you’ve ever achieved would set you apart from the rest, irrelevant additions actually distract from qualities that would make you a prime candidate. Avoid using fillers and generic phrases.  While well-meaning, these fluff words like “team player” and “hard-working” do nothing to help build your case. Instead of simply listing these traits, provide specific examples of them in action. For example, instead of listing “team player” talk about a specific project that you successfully led the team on. Leave off personal information when trying to get hired.  While this was standard practice in days gone by, it’s unnecessary and can date your resume. This includes marital status, religious...

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Hiring Beyond The Resume

by Melanie Korn | Category: Article

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 09:17:49 AM

For decades resumes have been an essential part of the hiring process – they quickly provide employers a snapshot of professional history and give insight to their skillset. Putting together a resume as a candidate is always a daunting task, but reviewing it as an employer can be just as big of a task. It’s often the only chance candidates get to make an impression with a hiring manager before they decide who to call in for an interview. It is no hidden secret that resumes can bluff what each candidate actually has done or the skills they do have. So what can you pull from a resume that is in fact truthful and will lead to valid skills being presented once in an interview? Perhaps it’s not about what’s directly on each resume you see, but what’s beyond the resume. Do they have international experience? Have they worked in a vast amount of industries? Are they a veteran? Was their education a quick or lengthy process? There’s much more to learn about each job candidate if you just “read between the lines” of each resume. Between the Lines Check and evaluate their level of risk-taking – what projects/ jobs have they held...

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Crafting an Ideal Cover Letter

by Melanie Korn | Category: Article

Posted on August 09, 2019 at

Often times a cover letter is the very first impression a recruiter or employer has. Unless stated otherwise in the job listing, a cover letter is always to be drafted and sent in with your resume for consideration of hire. A good cover letter will be the difference between gaining an interview and having your resume ignored.     So what do you put in a cover letter? Most cover letters will only have 1 or 2 body paragraphs. You don't want to overwhelm the hiring manager or use up a great deal of his or her time.  After seeing many cover letters throughout our years of recruiting experience, we've rounded up a few key things to include in your letter.    State your intentions. Introduce yourself and explain the position you are inquiring for.  Plain and simple! Tell who you are and what you're looking for.    Express why you are a good candidate. Resumes flood in and it is easy to get lost in the stack of candidates. Make your cover letter quickly and easily stand out capturing the reader by briefly expanding on your accomplishments and why you deserve an interview. Mentioning a few personal strengths about your organization, great teamwork abilities or computer skills would...

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