You’ve been thinking about making a change. You’re thinking about looking for a new job. “Oh, I’ll wait until the new year, then I’ll start looking”. This is what runs through most people’s minds. New year, new you and all that. But, why wait until the new year? December is a great time to get a head start venturing into your job search. Get your resume updated. Fine tune your LinkedIn profile. Audit your social media presence, and make sure you are presented in a professional manner. You want to make sure that you are ready for that fresh start. Get these tasks completed now, so that a new start is possible in the new year.
Get ready to apply for jobs in December. Don’t wait until January to start your job search. December can be a quiet time for a lot of corporations. This could be a perfect opportunity to get seen by that recruiter or HR Manager. Not everybody takes 2 weeks off during the winter holidays. Some decisions makers might take a day or two off here or there. It can be a slow time of year for their customers, which means they could have more time to review that stack of resumes on their desk. There is also a real possibility of going to job interviews during this slow business time of year.
Make 2018 a year that you start off right. Be prepared before the new year begins.
Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, too many pages long…recruiters have seen many resume mistakes. Make sure your resume is polished and ready so you can get that interview! Hiring Managers have been known to spend only 6 seconds looking at your resume. Not getting any call backs from your job applications and resume submissions? Perhaps it is time to review your resume, and make sure it is clear and concise.
Here is a short video on 9 common mistakes people make on their resumes.
video credit: Business Insider
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So, you’ve uploaded your resume to various job board websites, created online social media profiles for all industry leaders to see, and applied to every opportunity that interests you. You’ve managed to be accessible to almost all the employers out there. “This must lead to a new job!”, you might think. That might not be all it leads to….
Not only have you made your work history and educational background available to hiring managers, you’ve made your personal information readily available to scammers. On the surface, it looks like you are just going through the common job search process. Fact is, potential employers only really need your name and phone number or e-mail address to be able to contact you. Providing them with your street address, apartment number, and worse – Social Insurance Number is just plain dangerous.
As a recruiter with McNeill Nakamoto, I view countless resumes online and a surprising number of them have personal information included that makes identity theft too easy for criminals posing as potential employers. Scammers have been known to simply use the information you provided on your resume or online profile to access your banking information, make duplicate government documents, and much more.
There are more complex tactics that every job seeker should be aware of… Some con-artists pose as hiring managers and email applicants who submit their resumes to legitimate job postings. By hacking into a hiring manager’s email account, they can respond to applicants – confirming that they have won the position, and then ask the unsuspecting candidates to provide personal information, government ID numbers and banking information. Read This! Job Seeker Identities at Risk
Moral of the story – Think twice before sharing personal information online.