Things NOT to Say on a Job Application

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We receive hundreds of resumes every week. On some of the applications we ask individuals to let us know why they would be a good fit for the position they’re applying for. A response to a question like this is the first impression a job seeker will have with a potential employer, and can be the difference between getting your resume looked at, or getting immediately discarded. So, let’s take a look at a few actual examples ...

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Resume Tips for Overqualified Candidates

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When applying for jobs, most candidates try to lift their skills, experience and education to convey to a potential employer that they are qualified for the position. But some candidates are in the opposite position, where they have a work history and or education that goes well beyond what a job description calls for. It may seem counter-intuitive that having too much experience would be prohibitive when applying for a job, but there are a few different ...

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4 Resume Tips for Job Hoppers

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It’s become more common to change jobs and even careers more frequently than in previous generations when it was common to stay with the same employer for several decades. Even though it’s more acceptable with more frequent job changes, it will still raise a red flag with hiring managers to have too many job changes in a short amount of time. The hiring manager might be worried that you lack commitment, have no patience or that you ...

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7 Things to Check Off Your Job Search Check List

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The process of finding a brand new job can be quite time consuming and frustrating. To make sure you don’t miss any important steps in the process, here are 7 things you should make sure are checked off your list to do:

Make sure your resume is up to date

Your resume is your first impression with a hiring manager. Make sure it is up to date, and reflects your job history and experience. Before submitting your resume, make ...

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Words and Phrases to Avoid on Your Resume

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When looking at your resume, recruiters and hiring managers are trying to get an idea of what kind of experience you have, what you have accomplished in previous job roles, and if you will be a good fit for the position they are trying to fill. With this in mind, it’s important on your resume to clearly describe your work history and avoid vague words and phrases that do nothing but fill up space on your resume.

According ...

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Does Your Resume Tell a Compelling Story?

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The first person to review your resume, likely a recruiter or HR administrator is going to spend about 6 seconds looking at it before deciding whether to take a closer look at it, or move on to the next one. They have to be able to sell your resume to their hiring manager, and to do so they can tell a compelling story about your resume and why you should be considered for an interview and for ...

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Avoid These Common Job Application Mistakes

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Many people think of the interview as the first step in finding a new job. What many fail to realize is that the application is the first step. Too often people will make simple mistakes during the application process that will stop the chances of moving forward dead in its tracks.

  1. Fail to follow directions
    Be sure to follow all instructions and directions during the application process. If there are questions; answer them, or write in N/A (not ...
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How to Write a Good Resume Objective

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The summary, or objective is an optional resume section. There are some differing thoughts on the objective on a resume. Some think it’s outdated and some that it’s unnecessary. But a well-crafted objective that focuses on your skills and objectives can make your resume stand out.

There is one occasion when you’ll definitely want to consider using an objective:

  • When you’re making a career change, and you want to explain that you’re making a change and why your skills align ...
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7 Reasons Recruiters Aren’t Finding Your Resume

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When searching for a job, you can use all the help you can get. Working with the right recruiter is a great way to have someone with established relationships advocate your resume to potential employers on your behalf. So, how do you make it easier for recruiters who may have matching job opportunities to find you?

  1. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date.
    If you are looking for a job, you will want to make sure every section ...
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Do I Need a Cover Letter?

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A common question from job seekers is: “Do I really need a cover letter, and if so, what do I write in it?” Yes, always include a cover letter with your resume unless no way to submit one with your application, or if the job posting says not to submit one; then you don’t need one. Here are 5 ways to make your cover letter stand out.

If you’re not sure whether the hiring manager or recruiter might want ...

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