Resumes tell a story, but not always the story we want them to tell. If you’ve been job searching for a while and are getting nowhere, it might be time to take another look at the old CV and see if you’re sabotaging yourself. In this week’s roundup, we look at expert advice on tweaking your resume, plus how to know when to ask for help at work, and 12 do’s and don’ts for starting a new job.
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“There’s something that has to change if you’re getting your resume out there but no one’s biting on it,” Goodman writes. “There are a number of factors to why this may be. Most of the time it can be as simple as not following instructions carefully. Other times it may be the result of what’s on your resume or how the information is presented.”
For instance, he says, your resume could reveal your age. It might be illegal to discriminate against candidates based on their age, but that doesn’t stop hiring managers from doing it – and getting away with it. Here’s what you can change to make sure your resume makes it past biased HR folks, applicant tracking systems, and more.
“Navigating tricky workplace decisions can be often feel just as stressful as trying to coordinate a get-together with all your friends in one email chain,” writes Autruong. “There are so many (conflicting) messages about how to be a professional. Be proactive, but also measured. Take initiative, but also collaborate. ‘Just figure it out,’ but also, ‘know what you don’t know.'”
If you’re paralyzed with indecision as a result of all this contradictory advice, Autruong’s post offers a guide to help you know when to tough it out. Sample advice? If you’re capable, but afraid, just go for it.
“One of the best bosses I ever had told me that whenever he started a new job, he spent the first couple of weeks immersing himself into the organization,” Doyle writes. “He wanted a thorough understanding of how the company, his job and his team worked before he made any suggestions or shared his input. Of course, everyone’s job is different, but taking the time to learn as much as you can from everyone you meet at work is excellent advice.”
Her list of do’s and don’ts for the first few weeks on the job will help you prepare to listen and learn, while making a good impression on your new boss and colleagues.
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