Many employers rely on Applicant Tracking Systems to vet resumes, long before your information ever reaches human eyes. In a perfect world, this would be productive for all involved – employers could save time sifting through resumes, and you could be assured that your excellent qualifications made it through to impress a hiring manager. The real world, however, is different. In this week's roundup, we look at how to use keywords to make sure your resume makes the cut, plus the decisions you'll always regret making at work, and the 15 things to take off your resume, starting today.
What's your slack-to-productivity ratio looking like so far this Monday? If you're finding yourself spending a lot of time catching up on your social media feeds and relatively little time tackling your to-do list, don't beat yourself up. What you need is a reboot.
When it comes to building a career, what we "know" can be as dangerous as what we don't know. That's because a lot of what we assume about succeeding the workplace isn't true. In this week's roundup, we look at what you need to unlearn in order to build the career you deserve, plus how to tame your to-do list, and what you should never, ever say in a job interview.
Why endure a long, frustrating commute, only to spend your days dozing off under buzzing fluorescent lights and trying to appear enthused about yet another seemingly unnecessary meeting? If you work from home, you can skip the business casual and some of the more boring aspects of being employed, while still earning a paycheck and building a career. Well, if you're a recent grad, one consideration is that many work-from-home gigs aren't open to you – at least, not right off the bat. A lot of telecommuting jobs are geared specifically toward those with experience, and work-from-home arrangements that evolve over a working relationship obviously mean getting your foot in the door first. But not every remote working situation is closed to new grads.
Today is National Receptionists' Day, and if you've forgotten it, your receptionist probably isn't all that surprised. It can be a thankless job, being the smiling, friendly face of the company – the first face, in fact, that clients, potential employees, delivery people, and anyone else who comes through that front door sees when they first interact with the organization. There's a lot your receptionist could tell you, if he or she weren't so discreet.