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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Avoid the Resume Overshare

For many of us, job searching is not an activity that inspires feelings of confidence and security. For one thing, unless you get an offer from the first interviewer you meet with, you’ll probably wind up dealing with a lot more rejection than you’re used to. (Assuming you’re not an actor or a salesperson or hold another occupation that gets turned down a lot.)
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Unsurprisingly, many people respond by trying to have both sides of the conversation with the hiring manager – sometimes before they even meet in them in person – in order to overcome any objections right away. That’s a mistake: the resume overshare can cost you. This week’s roundup examines what that phenomenon looks likes in practice, plus advice on negotiating salary and productivity tips for telecommuters.

Resume to Interviews at The SavvyIntern: Resume Overshare – What Not to Share With Employers

“You know that Facebook friend you have who’s plastered across your dashboard because they tend to overshare?” writes the admin of Resume to Interviews. “You know the one — a picture of every meal they eat, a status to tell you they totally wish they were at the beach right now, an event for every one of their cat’s life milestones. Yeah, that stuff is just as obnoxious on your resume, except you’re going to be the one who loses out.”

What constitutes oversharing on a resume? Well, for starters, don’t give them a reason not to hire you, e.g. by calling out an employment gap. You might be surprised what else you’re telling hiring managers that you don’t want them to know.

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Hannah Morgan at Career Sherpa: 9 Tips To Negotiate A Job Offer Like A Pro

“First things first,” Morgan writes. “You should have already conducted company research before you walked in the door for your first interview.”

That means coming prepared with an appropriate salary range for the role, given your experience, education and skills. (Don’t rely on word of mouth for this one. PayScale’s Salary Survey guides you through the process, generating a salary report that reflects your worth on the market.)

Find out what else you need to know before you even sit down to the negotiating table, in this post.

Brie Weiler Reynolds at Job-Hunt.org: How to Work from Home Effectively

One of the best pieces of advice for a new (or would-be) telecommuter is to develop outside interests. Sound counterintuitive? Consider:

“People who work from home are often more likely to work more hours and feel more burnout than their in-office counterparts, because the line between work and home life can blur until you’re working constantly,” writes Weiler Reynolds, Senior Career Specials at FlexJobs. “Outside interests help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.”

You’ll find a lot more advice on being productive, developing discipline and holding onto work-life balance, in her post.

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