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5 Biggest Resume Mistakes

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Sylwia BaranBookRenter Blogger Biography

A resume is the very first impression you make on any possible future employers. Before you even have a chance to charm your interviewer with your wit and humor, they have to first like your resume. Therefore, it is crucial that your resume is impressive, professional, and on-point. Don’t make silly mistakes that can potentially cost you a job.

Avoid these resume mistakes and you could be on your way to your next interview:

1. Forgetting to Proofread

This is the number one mistake that job applicants make that has a huge impact on a resume review and yet can be so easily avoided. Make sure to read your resume over several times before sending out a final copy. Then after you’ve read it, have a friend read it over too in case you missed anything. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

2. Lying

Although it’s usually okay to embellish a little bit about your responsibilities at previous jobs, do not put down blatant lies. If you do not know how to use certain computer software that the job you are applying for requires, don’t say you do know how to use it in the hopes of figuring it out if you get the job! This will not work and you will just end up looking like a liar and feeling embarrassed.  Then your whole overall value as a reliable employee will be tarnished, and may even cost you the position.

3. Not Enough Detail

If you are a recent college graduate, you are probably desperately applying to 20 different jobs each day, so your natural instinct may tell you to simplify this process by creating a generic resume that you can quickly send out that generalizes your skills to apply to all of the jobs you are applying for. Do not do this. It is tempting because it is easy, but make the time to tweak your resume to be specific to each job that you apply for. Use the same key words from the posted job description to fill into your resume. The person reviewing your resume will see you obtain all the skills required for the job and may ask you to come in for an interview. It is more beneficial to send out 8 resumes that are more personalized and detail-oriented, than to send out 20 cookie-cutter resumes.

4. Rambling

More information is not always the best. Using superfluous words and rambling just to fill space on the page does not indicate more experience for the job. It may actually do more harm than good. It’s good to keep a resume short to the point. As the saying goes, quality is better than quantity.

5. Unprofessional Presentation

Resumes should be clean, not crumbled, typed in black ink (unless you are applying for graphic design), with consistent font face and size. Your resume should not only read as professional, but should also look that way as well. It should be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but also nothing crazy. Use traditional formatting and make sure it is easy to read. When in doubt, clean and simple is the best way to go.

Put some effort and time into your resume each time you apply for a job. You may be anxious (that’s normal) to just applying to any job you come across that looks decent, but don’t just throw yourself into applying without taking the time to present yourself in the best light for the position. Your resume is your golden ticket to get called in for an interview, so be sure to treat it as an important step in the application process!

Share your resume tips with us in the comments below!

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How To Land Your Dream Job

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

For those college seniors that will be graduating soon, you will soon be facing the real world made up of bills, expenses, and unforeseeable costs. Did I mention student loan payments? Like most college graduates, the next thing to achieve is a full-time job to ease these worries. Better yet – aim for the job you went to college for in the first place, the job that will prove that getting your degree was worth it; reach to achieve your ultimate dream job.

Whatever your career interest is, here is some job hunting advice that will help you land your dream job:

1. The Resume

Make sure to get your resume as perfect as you can. The key to a great resume is to make it appealing to the company you are applying to. Try not to overload your resume with information. Keep it simple and concise. The key is to highlight your accomplishments, the work you’ve done, and the extracurricular activities you’ve participated in. Look at some resume examples for comparison and make sure your resume stands out with maybe a hint of color, a unique design, or something that will catch the eye of the reviewer (but do not go too drastic because that will scare them away). Always proof-read! Nothing looks worse than representing yourself as a horrible speller (it’s simple mistakes that can really make a difference). Always have a few people look it over and ask for their input. Another good tip is to always put the same key words from the job description and listing into your resume so the reviewer will see you are qualified for the job at hand.

2. Social Media

Social media is definitely a great resource to finding employment positions. Make sure to create a LinkedIn account because a lot of business professionals tend to look for candidates and post jobs here. LinkedIn is essentially a place to grow your network and to have your resume online for other business professionals to see (and evaluate if you would be a good fit for their team). Though social media can be a great source for finding employment, it can also hinder you from getting jobs if you have content that an employer could find questionable, such as inappropriate clothing, alcohol/drug use, profanity, etc. The best thing to do is to clean up your social media profiles (yes, all of them, they can all be found by a simple Google search) prior to applying to any jobs. Google search your name and see what you find. Would you hire yourself based off of what you saw?

3. Dress To Impress 

Once you’ve landed an interview, now you have to dress to impress! The way you present yourself can make or break an interview. A potential employer usually decides within the first few minutes (based on your appearance, fair or not) if they are interested in you. You want to look presentable, professional, and as someone they can see working in their environment. Do your research on the company and see if they are more business casual or if they wear more business professional attire. Although, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Ladies, stray away from any skirts that are too short (anything more than 2 inches above the knee) or massive high heels. Avoid any clothing that may be too tight, too flashy, or too revealing. Keep it as neutral as possible with minimal jewelry. Guys, a nice button-up, dress pants, and shiny dress shoes will do the trick. Denim should absolutely n ever be worn to interviews. Ties and blazers are optional but definitely recommended if you want to make a great first impression. See the above photo for examples on what to wear for business professional and business casual interviews.

4. Interview

The interview is the most nerve-wracking part of the entire job hunting process. My best advice is to walk into the interview with confidence. Make sure you’ve done your research on the company and familiarize yourself with the type of work they do. This is definitely the time to talk yourself up, but at the same time do not sound overly confident. You want to stay relaxed and calm during the interview. Be as personable as you can and just have a conversation with the interviewer. Rehearse potential interview questions and answers the night prior so that you can mentally prepare yourself. It is a good idea to ask someone to do a mock interview for you so you can do a practice run. Make a great first impression by having a good, firm handshake (not too hard) at the start of the interview. Bring a portfolio of work samples to show the interviewer hands on what your experience is. At the end of the interview always have three question to ask the interviewer to clarify any concerns you may have, but to also show the employer your level of interest. Be sure to send a thank you note or email to your interviewer to leave a lasting impression. Feel free to follow up with the employer if a few weeks have passed and you haven’t heard back. However, keep in mind that sometimes filling a position can take a while and this may come across as too pushy to some. So just remember, patience!

Create a resume, set up a LinkedIn, clean up your social media accounts, dress professionally, prepare for an interview, and you will be that much closer to landing your dream job! Don’t get discouraged if you do not get the job right away, it may take several attempts before you get anywhere. Do not lose your confidence! Each time you apply for a job, you can learn what worked and what didn’t and use it towards applying for the next position. Once you land that job, you will truly have earned it!

What is your dream job? Have you landed it yet? If so, how did you do it? If not, how do you plan to? Share with us in the comments!

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4 Methods For Finding A Job

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

Congratulations to all you 2014 college graduates! And congrats to everyone else who has successfully completed another school year. If you haven’t already, the first thing you are going to want to do is relax and enjoy some time off before gearing up for another year. As understandable as this is, you might want to put relaxation to the side for just a minute and think about what you are planning to do for a summer job or how you are going to get money for the next semester.

1. Online

Try job searching online with websites such as www.monster.com, www.indeed.com, or www.simplyhired.com and search for jobs in your area or jobs that match your job interest. You could even just type your job interest into Google and all relevant positions should end up in the search result. Some places may require you to create an account to apply or to fill out an application online in addition to digitally submitting a resume and cover letter.

2. Newspapers

Sometimes you can find job positions in your local newspaper. These may even be positions that might not end up online, so take a quick peak and see how you can apply. You might have to contact someone first to find out what they are looking for as a job application.

3. In Person

If there is a place you go too often or somewhere that isn’t too far away? Stop in! Ask them in person if there are any open positions. It shows them you are making the extra effort and hopefully they will remember you when looking at your application as a step above the rest. If you come prepared with your resume, a cover letter (depending on the position you are applying for), references, and dressed appropriately – you will leave a lasting impression that tells them you are serious, prepared, and trustworthy.

4. Recommendations

Jobs are highly competitive these days; especially for college students during the summer. It wouldn’t hurt to let everyone you know that you are job searching and what kind of a job you are searching for. Others may be aware of a particular job opening that they can recommend to you! At the least, they can keep a lookout to any potential job openings and let you know if they hear of anything.

Although you will want to have fun and relax during your break, you will also want some spending money now and for your upcoming semester. It also doesn’t hurt to get some job experience on your resume. And for graduates, don’t give up – you may not land your dream job right away and that is okay. Finding any kind of job is a major accomplishment!

Do you have any jobs lined up yet? If so, what? If not, then how do you plan to find one?

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3 Reasons To Go Greek

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Greek organizations in college campuses across the nation are recruit new members at the beginning of each year. Each one recruits differently either through formal “rush” events or just by getting to know new people and inviting them to hang out at the house. Here are three reasons why you should go Greek:

1. Connections

The more friends you have in college, the better the experience will ultimately be. Your social life is just as important as academics. Having fun and making memories is an important part of college. The connections and bonds you form now will carry over with you after school as well. Joining a Greek organization will expand your network immensely that will come in handy after graduation.

2. Academics

Having a good balance between being social and homework is key and Greek life is a great way to find that balance. While there may be a lot of fun and games, you are also required to maintain a minimum GPA (usually about a 2.5) and awards are given to those with the highest GPAs. Also many fraternities and sororities have an appointed academics chairman to help you study if you fall behind or direct you to more academic resources.

3. Resume

If you go in for a job interview and the interviewer was in a Greek organization in college, or in the same one as you, you will have a much better chance at landing that job. This is not just because you both have something in common, but also because each organization has its own values to live by and the employer will know that you have the same work ethic and values.

You can also show a lot of leadership experience if you hold an officer position. Fraternities and sororities have a president, vice president, marketing chair, recruitment chair, financial chair, etc. There are also weekly formal meetings used to plan out activities or discuss possible issues.

Aside from all of the above reasons, just do it for the memories. You will form bonds that can’t be broken and memories that are unforgettable. My fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, helped me figure out what I want to do and how I want to accomplish it. It also helped me mature into a responsible young man with my head on straight. Joining the right Greek organization can make or break your college experience and will give you a perspective and experience unlike any other.

Are you (or have you been) a part of a Greek organization? Which one?

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Career Advice: Cleaning Up Your Online Profiles

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

You may still be waiting on that dream job offer, but there are some things you can take care of right now to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light, starting with your social media presence.

A lot of us typically do not think about what we post as our status updates on our social networks. We don’t think about who might see it or how it could be taken, whether or not our profile is “private” or “public.” It’s important that we start paying attention to these things. Anyone, including potential employers and internship coordinators, has the ability to view our profiles – so make sure you are presenting yourself professionally.

To give you an idea how to clean up your profiles, here are things you should avoid posting:

1. Relationship Problems

Social media is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Invest in a handwritten journal or vent to friends and family in person instead of publically posting relationship drama.

2. Work Troubles

Upset because of the hours you’re working or not working? Get into an argument with a coworker? Keep it to yourself. Ranting online about employees, customers, or your boss can cost you your current job and prevent you from future ones.

3. Legal Issues

Arguing with your landlord, custody issues, court dates, or suing someone are all private matters that should not be shared. No one wants to get involved with someone who is involved with legal issues, especially a future employer.

4. Alcohol

One celebration because of a job offer or graduation is okay. Don’t be continuously posting pictures or statuses of alcohol consumption – especially if you are not legally of age! Even if you are over 21, employers aren’t looking for the biggest partier as their new hire.

5. Trashy Photos

Too often, my newsfeed is littered with friends posting batches of photos from their wild weekend at the bars or at parties with friends. Almost 100% of the time, they are inappropriate. This falls under the alcohol category but also applies to drug use, sexual activity, vandalism, and other controversial acts.

A good way to approach your networks is to ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would this update or photo negatively influence my hiring decision?” If the answer is yes, don’t post it. Remember you are trying to present yourself in the best way. Think branding. It’s not just for companies anymore, but also about your own self-image.

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