STOP CLUTTERING YOUR RESUME

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Is your resume stuffed to the gills? Are your margins .2 inches on every side? Does your resume look like a wall of ink when you print it?

We know that one of worst things you can give to an employer is a thin resume. The second worst? A resume that shows no restraint and no editing.

Resumes are snapshots, not comprehensive documents—that’s what a CV is. CV’s can be five or six pages long, because they’re basically everything you’ve ever done.

As for your resume, if you’re under 35, you should stick to one page.

Here are the guidelines for your page margins:

  • A top margin of .5 inches
  • A bottom margin of no less than .3 inches
  • Keep those side margins to a full 3/4 of an inch.

If you find yourself going to the edge of the paper, show some restraint. Employers will respect you more for knowing how to cut the fat.

ONE CRUCIAL TIP TO HELP YOU GET MORE JOB OFFERS

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2013

When you’re sending your resume out, save all that pretty formatting—the boxes, the graphs, the shading—for the resume you print out and physically hand to employers.

When you send your resume out to large companies, or even a medium-sized one, they have something called the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This is how HR manages the thousands of resumes they get.

This tracking system reads the resumes electronically—and all those little boxes and shadows and fancy lettering stop the program from properly reading your resume. This is a big reason you haven’t been getting as many job offers as you should be. The system just can’t process the awesomeness of your resume.

So here’s what you do: have two versions of your resume. One to physically give to someone in an interview, or to mail out, or to attach as a PDF. But then you’ve got your ATS-friendly resume.

If you have to upload your resume to a system, make sure you attach a version stripped of all the fancy formatting.

TURN YOUR SEASONAL GIG INTO A FULL-TIME JOB

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2013

You can turn that great seasonal job into full-time work with one simple piece of advice: take it on like a full-time job from day one.

It’s so simple that it’s brilliant.

Most employees come into these seasonal positions thinking, “I’m in, I’m out, all I got to do is get a paycheck, but I hope I can take this on full-time one day.” Stop this magical thinking and start being action-oriented.

It’s not going to happen to you unless you treat that seasonal job as if you were going to work there for years.

LIST PROMOTIONS AS SEPARATE JOBS ON YOUR RESUME

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2013

This one’s short and simple.

Promotions are the first thing the interviewer looks for on your resume. So when you’ve been promoted on the job, don’t make the mistake so many others make and hide it.

What most people do is, under the name of the company they’ve worked at, they put their latest title, then a comma and finally their prior title, as such: Senior Account Manager, Account Manager.

What you’re doing there is hiding your promotion. So instead of bunching these positions, list them as separate jobs, each complete with their own dates and bullet points.

FOUR BIG SIGNS YOU’RE GETTING LAID OFF

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SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2013

There are four major signs that you’re going to get laid off. If you notice any of these at your job, dust off your resume and update your LinkedIn page: hunting season is approaching.

1) Big projects are put on hold with no explanation. If that project everyone’s been focusing on in the office is put on hold, it probably means something fishy is going on at the company, and the next step may be downsizing.

2) Your boss, who used to float around the office all the time, is now constantly behind closed doors.

3) You’ve always gotten good performance reviews, and now, all of a sudden, you’re not getting any or you’re actually getting a bad one. If you didn’t change the way you do your job, or you’ve been a top performer until now, management is likely starting a paper trail. They are establishing the groundwork so that when it comes time to lay you off, they’ll have evidence of your “declining” performance.

4)  If you’re asked to train a colleague, especially if it’s a colleague that’s not in your group and has nothing to do with your job, you’re probably training your replacement.

Be on the lookout for these four big signs. Just as some people are always “camera-ready,” you should be job-ready. Brush up on your interview skills and always have a resume on hand; you never know who you’re going to meet.

GAPS IN YOUR RESUME DON’T HAVE TO BE A BAD THING

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SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2013

Stop thinking the gaps in your resume are a bad thing.

Whether you’ve  recently been laid off or have been out on the prowl for months, what really matters to a new employer is not that you didn’t have a job, but what you did with your time while you were out of work.

Did you just sit around and watch Judge Judy all day long? That’s a problem—Judy’s going to cost you your next job.

So what do you do? Volunteer, go out, get active. Involve yourself with a nonprofit, or help homeless cats, or do what Auntie Evan did and start an organization that helps inner-city youth with their college essays.

Do anything, just don’t sit around and do nothing.

THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS ON YOUR RESUME

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SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2013

People only read the first five or six words of each bullet point on your resume, so you got to make those words count.

Start your resume bullet point items with powerful words, such as “lead,”“created,” “initiated” and “designed.”

Instead of having a few giant block paragraphs for bullet points, you could easily break those up into multiple, eye-catching list items.

WHY CUTTING OFF YOUR RECRUITER TOO QUICKLY IS A BAD IDEA

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SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 16, 2013

There’s this misconception going around that recruiters are just the matchmakers. Job hunters assume that once recruiters get you connected to the job and set you up with the interview, you should break off communication and direct any follow-up questions to the hiring manager.

That’s actually a really bad decision. Why? Because the hiring manager is going to think you’re unprofessional. He’s going to wonder why he’s hired this recruiter in the first place. And, of course, the recruiter will think you’re trying to circumvent him and hold him back from his commission.

Case in point, you’re going to get disliked from both sides, you’re going to lose that recruiting relationship and you’re going to lose the job because the hiring manager won’t trust you anymore.

Don’t abdicate communication once you’re through the door; the recruiter’s there to guide you through the hiring process.

And that goes both ways: if the hiring manager starts to go around the recruiter, you know there’s a problem. You don’t want to be playing with people who don’t play by the rules of the game.

Happy hunting!

CHOOSE YOUR FOOTWEAR WISELY

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SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 16, 2013

If you want to get the job you have to look the part. And a major component of that part is footwear.

We’ve been told our whole lives that shoes make the man, but for some of us the message just hasn’t resonated very strongly. After all, who’s going to look down at your feet?

Well, your employer is. Shoes that stand out because they’re either too raggedy or don’t match your outfit are not only an eyesore, they give off a bad message to employers.

One pair we’d like to call out in particular today are Prada’s sneaker-esque solid-black shoes.

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If your footwear has rubber soles and looks like a pair of glorified tennis shoes, it shouldn’t be worn to a job interview, no matter how good the suit looks.

The way the employer sees it is that, since you didn’t think things through from head to toe for the job interview, you’re not going to think things through on the job itself.

Yeah. we’re gaga for having good looking footwear at work, and that’s because shoes are likely the most worthwhile investment you can make in terms of wardrobe: they catch employers’ eyes and look great with a variety of suits and even denims. They’re an essential tool in your job hunting arsenal.

MAKE YOUR RESUME LOOK SOPHISTICATED

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SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 9, 2013

They say the job god is in the details, and that includes something as minute as the spacing between the letters in your resume. It’s these little differences that make you stand out from everybody else.

Here’s how to increase the character spacing in Word and make you resume look more sophisticated and elegant.

You know those section titles you have, “Experience,” “Education,” etc.? We’ll be focusing on that today.

Right click the section title and choose “Font…”

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Next go to the “Advanced” tab (note: this is if you’re using Word 2010; Word 2007 will say “Character Spacing.” In the “Spacing:” drop-down menu, select the “Expanded” option and in the “By:” drop-down menu directly to the left, type the number “2″ in place of the “1,” and leave the “pt” alone.

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And here is the result:

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