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February 01, 2008

Don’t try this at home…

We’ve discussed resumes with you before: given advice on optimizing keywords and increasing accessibility, warned against including white lies or stretching the truth, and suggested ways to make your resume really stand out.

And we presented interviewing and networking to you in a similar fashion.  But maybe we’ve been going about offering tips for the job hunt in the wrong way.  Perhaps more compelling advice can be found in real-life examples about what you should NOT do. 

For example, you should probably have a general understanding of the position and company you are applying for before you submit your application.  And another thing:  while including an objective on your resume is helpful to employers and increases your chances of being matched with a position you actually want and are qualified for, you probably don’t want to get too specific or personal.

You’ll see what I mean.  Check out these unbelievable job-applicant faux-paus for an early—and entertaining—start to your weekend.

Posted by Roseanne D.

November 05, 2007

Keyword on the street is …

Human eyeballs rarely see resumes at the first pass anymore. Instead, the documents circulate in cyberspace, courtesy of online job boards and networking sites, until a search engine plucks them from relative obscurity for an actual person to review.

But who wants to wait that long? How can you rein in your resume, target its reach and speed its results when technology is the first to find you? In a word, keywords.

Optimizing your resume with keywords means making it more searchable. The process correlates the document to the most likely search terms, which in turn increases hits in a list of results.

If you are fairly certain your resume wouldn’t rise to the top of a bucket, much less an online search, it’s time for a redo. First, figure out the keywords (or buzzwords) for your field. It also helps to take keyword clues from job descriptions, and work them into the document.

Another tip is to use specific job titles (software engineer), industry acronyms and terminology (C++, RAD), and certification names (MCITP). In addition, include multiple keyword iterations and synonyms throughout the document to account for search terms’ variability.

Plus, action verbs helps electronic scanners pick up your resume, while also giving it punch when the HR person gets a hold of it. And definitely avoid keywords for jobs you would never take in a million years.

While this approach is not a silver bullet against faceless online recruiting, it certainly helps you play the game according to modern technology’s rules. At the very least, you’ll sharpen your competitive edge in an expanding marketplace, and stand out better in the cyber-crowd.

Posted by Roseanne D.

October 11, 2007

Being prepared for your dream job

We wrote a post a few weeks back on why fall is the perfect time to start your hunt for a new job. Now, with the holiday season right around the corner, there will be more opportunities for tech consultants to land seasonal gigs.

So what can you do to make sure you’re prepared for opportunities that may come your way?

Network. Networking is critical whether you’re actively searching for a job or not. You never know how the people you meet today can impact your career in the long run, so be prepared. Always bring business cards with you to industry or company events, or better yet—carry them with you at all times! And don’t let your first interaction be the last. Follow up with the contacts you meet, whether with a quick eMail or a message on sites like LinkedIn.

Work on your resume. Make sure your resume is up-to-date! And even more importantly, make sure it’s accurate. Rachel Zupek, of CareerBuilder.com, has a great article highlighting the lies told through resumes. While it may be tempting to fudge your credentials to make yourself appear more qualified, don’t do it!  According to Rachel’s article, 57 percent of hiring managers say they have caught job candidates in a lie, and of those, more than 90 percent didn’t hire the candidate as a result.

Update your skills. Make sure your tech skills and certifications are current. No one in 2007 will want to hire someone who’s last training was in the 80s.  Take advantage of your current company’s training programs, complete industry certifications or even take the next step in your academic education by returning to school for a Master’s or MBA. Having updated skills will increase your value to current and potential employers and may also lead to higher salaries. (Keep an eye out for my upcoming ComputerWorld article for more information on this topic.)

So take our advice and don’t get lazy!  Whether you’re actively searching for a new job or not, you never know when your dream job might come knocking at your door.

Posted by Jim L.

August 14, 2007

Today’s the Day to Update Your Resume

A message to all you job seekers out there: this week is Update Your Resume Week! But even if you’re not actively searching for a job, this is still the perfect chance for you to show your resume a little TLC. You never know when you’re going to need an updated copy. Plus, it’s much easier to work on your resume gradually, than rushing to do it right before it’s needed.

Monster.com has some great resources available to edit and update your resume. Definitely check out Common Resume Blunders to make sure yours is error-free, and Refresh Your Retro Resume in 6 Steps to make sure you stay competitive. Most importantly, don’t forget to review Resume Tips for Technology Professionals!

Happy editing!

Posted by Anna M.

June 11, 2007

What's the view like from your cubicle?

TechRepublic just revamped its career blog and named it “View from the Cubicle." As they appropriately ask, “Do clueless end-users and cutthroat co-workers make your work life a walking festival of hell?” If you can relate, definitely check out this blog for humorous but oh-so true workplace conundrums, war stories, job hunting advice, and good conversation – Toni Blowers gets a ton of people writing in with their comments from the field. The latest post is on how to get the most out of your professional references, which is something you should take seriously when on the job hunt.

Posted by Christy H.

May 23, 2007

Lessons from The Daily Show

According to some very credible research by Demetri Martin, "Youth Spotting" expert for The Daily Show, video resumes are becoming more popular as a way to stand out from the crowd in today's competitive job market. (Ok so it’s not credible, but it’s still true, and funny!) In all seriousness, video resumes are opening new doors for job candidates and enabling them to tell a more convincing story about themselves than you can put on paper. Something to think about when on your next job hunt.

Demetri's advice: Keep it short. Don't take naps on camera. And don't cry on your video resume.

My advice: Keep it short. Don’t just tell them why they should hire you - Use the visual advantage to show them why you are the right candidate for a job. Be creative and memorable, but don't make yourself look completely crazy!

Check out the Daily Show segment: http://tinyurl.com/25bt76

Posted by Christy H.

March 02, 2007

STOP - Don’t Upload That Photo!

Recently, we blogged about online networks and how they can be a useful tool to network and possibly search for job opportunities. While the Internet and social networking can be helpful, beware of what you upload/post out there on the Web.

Case in point: According to a recent New York Daily News article, by the time “Sylvia’s” interview day arrived, her destiny had been determined. When her interviewer “Googled” her name, she found drunken pictures, inappropriate language and other items that demonstrated Sylvia’s severe lack of maturity. Needless to say, she did not receive a job offer following her interview.

With the rise of user-generated media and content, more and more employers are using the Web as a tool to get an inside look at the people they might consider hiring. The Boston Globe recently cited an ExecuNet survey that stated nearly 77 percent of recruiters said that they used search engines to check out candidates in 2006, and 35 percent have eliminated a candidate because of what they saw online. And, hiring managers are doing the same thing.

To avoid falling prey to Career Googling, always think twice before posting something on the Internet or commenting on someone’s blog. Due to cached pages and other blogs that cut and paste from other sites, things are not easy to delete once they’re out there. Make sure to conduct a search of yourself frequently. Simply type your name into a few major search engines and see what pops up. Clean up your Internet presence by hiding old scandalous content through posting industry-related comments on blogs like ours or message boards. Also, if you have your own blog, log on and read through your old entries to make sure nothing could make you look bad to a prospective employer. Gather more helpful tips from our previous blog post on Tech Résumé Tips

Posted by Michele B.

September 11, 2006

Is Your Resume Working for You, or Against You?

I don't know about you, but my last resume was built using a Microsoft Word template.  Turns out that is akin to a cardinal sin in the job search world.

After reading Monster's Resume Critique Checklist, I find it hard to believe I ever got a job!  OK, maybe I'm being a little hard on myself, but I have certainly broken my share of these resume rules in the past.

My friends often come to me for help writing and updating resumes.  Now I'll keep this guide handy as a reference tool.  Another great reference is this posting by my co-blogger Christy.

Posted by Veronica R.

August 28, 2006

Eight Reasons Recruiters Never Call You

I loved this post from the Recruiting.com Blog Swap.  You submitted a beautiful resume (so you think) but no one ever called you back.  What's the deal?  Below are some highlights, but be sure to check out the full story.  Not only does Jim tell us why no one called, but he give us advice on how to conquer that issue.

1.      Too many responses and not enough time. One advertised job can bring as many as three hundred responses in less than three days. It is logistically impossible for any one recruiter to reply personally to every applicant.
Job-seeker Advice: Network your way into the company. This is the best way to circumvent the tidal wave of resumes recruiters face daily.
2.      There is a relevancy factor. Many resumes received are not even in the ballpark of what is being advertised. Simply put, some applicants are tossing their resume against the proverbial wall and hoping it sticks. These types of efforts are immediately recognized and consequently ignored.
Job-seeker Advice: Make sure your resume is accented with keywords significant to the job you are applying for. (ONLY add those terms relevant to your experience.)  I would also suggest a cover letter that extols your professional virtues pertinent to the employer.

Feel better?  Great, now go read the rest of the posting and tell me what you think of it.

Posted by Veronica R.

August 17, 2006

Ten Ways to get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile

When you spend a lot time and effort creating a resume, you certainly want it to get read.  Check out the post on Bill Vick's blog Employment Digest from August 13th, 2006.

Some of the highlights include utilizing your personal relationships and preparing a presentable and easily readable resume. And a reminder to be friendly and alert when an agent calls out of the blue. He may be one of those reference spammers, but he also may be the genuine article holding the keys to a great opportunity.

When you do get an interview, do some research on the company so that when you’re asked the inevitable “Do you know anything about us” you don’t end up saying “I think I’ve heard of you”.

Preparation, hard work and a friendly demeanor are crucial to getting your resume to the top of the hiring manager’s pile. Try these ten tips today and see what will come of your job or contract search.

Posted by Veronica R.