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.
How many times have you sat at your desk, bored to tears, creating toys out of any object in reach? Do you daydream of leaving your work behind and going back to the creative days of childhood? When you visit your parents for the holidays, are you volunteering to watch your niece or nephew as an excuse to play with your old LEGO set? All this may be calling you back to the dream career you never knew existed: playing with toys full-time.
If you grew up with social media, then your parents and teachers warned you throughout your life about the damage you can do to your reputation online. But, will prospective employers really check your profiles while evaluating you for a job? The latest research says: probably. In fact, the number of employers who look at candidates' social media has increased 500 percent in the past 10 years, according to one survey.
One of the most pervasive jokes about job hunting in pop culture today is the classic posting, "Entry-Level Job: 3-5 Years Experience Necessary." Of course, not all entry-level jobs are created equal. Some occupations fare better than others in terms of opportunity, starting salary, and potential for growth.
Strange as it might seem to most of us, there are people out there who love various parts of the job search process. Some like meeting new people, or feel energized by the interview process; others see exciting new potential in every networking connection or job posting. But even those job-searching Pollyannas would be hard-pressed to find an upside to one part of the process: writing a cover letter that grabs readers' attention, expresses their qualifications, and doesn't mindlessly repeat the same material as their resume. In this week's roundup, we look at one expert's advice on writing a cover letter that reads as if it's written by a human, plus a few reasons why your job hunt is stalled, and tips to make your resume stand out ... even when the hiring manager only takes eight seconds to skim it.
Even if you're the best employee in the history of paid work, you might get fired at some point in your career. Sometimes, it's no one's fault: you turned out to be a bad fit for the role and vice versa. Other times, you might have made a mistake, and paid a steep price for it. But the worst scenario is the one that's not your fault at all – but that still potentially haunts your job search afterward. In this week's round-up, we look at what one career expert advises job seekers who've been fired, plus how to repair a damaged professional relationship and how to give tough feedback.
The best time to look for a job might well be when you have a job, but that doesn't mean it's easy to engage in a lengthy interview process while you're still employed. This week's roundup looks at ways to do that without tipping off the boss – or at least, without alienating him or her. Also in the roundup: the never-fail job search tips you're probably ignoring, and ways to include testimonials on your resume, so there's no way hiring managers can miss how impressive you are.