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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At a quick glance at a resume, hiring managers can easily be too quick to judge to determine if the candidate deserves an interview.
In this TED Talk video below, HR Manager Regina Hartley shares with us why highly motivated ‘scrappers’ are the kind of candidates hiring managers should be looking out for. Scrappers have experienced hardships and overcome adversity which has shaped them to be highly motivated, productive and successful.
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Getting ready for a job interview? Want to feel more confident? Want to be more confident? Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shares with us in this informative TEDTalk how we can “Fake it ’til you become it.”
We know that our body language communicates to others how they feel about us. In this video below, Amy demonstrates how our body language governs how we think and feel about ourselves.
Power posing for a couple of minutes before a situation such as a job interview can drive the effect of power and confidence. Our thoughts can be influenced by our own body language, and these expressions of power.
Consider the following guidelines when going on a job interview. These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.
Be on time. Intend to arrive a few minutes early to a job interview (but no more than 10 minutes)
Dress professionally and show a positive attitude. Do not underestimate the importance and impact of professional image. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed on the first meeting.
Research the company before meeting with the company representative. Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions to ask during the meeting.
Employers want to surround their teams with positive people. Always speak positively about past employers and team members or even yourself. Any negativity or discussion of ‘personality conflict’ will not be looked upon favourably. It is better to talk about highlight points and if a discussion about a ‘challenge’ comes up in the interview always look to find the ‘positive outcome’ that you learned from it or that may have resulted from it. (as this can sometimes be a challenging topic consider your response to this in advance of the interview)
Take notes during an interview if appropriate and ensure you are clear on any position details. Ask questions—don’t assume.
Send a thank you card to the person that interviewed you. In the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out. Be sure to double check for any spelling or grammatical errors before sending.