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Monday, February 6, 2017

21 words to never include in your resume

Article originally published on Glassdoor

We have all heard the saying, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is perhaps most true when it comes to a job resume. While many companies use screening software to initially evaluate a candidate’s resume, recruiters are largely the first people you must impress.
“The language or content of a resume can definitely tank a job seeker’s chances of landing their dream job,” says Jamie Hichens, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Glassdoor. “You have a limited amount of time to catch a recruiter or hiring manager’s eye – use it wisely.”
Filling precious resume space with verbose language or overused buzzwords can certainly backfire. Therefore, we tapped a group of HR and resume experts to give us the inside scoop on the 21 words and terms to never include in your resume. Scan your CV to make sure you’re not guilty of including these red-flagged terms:
1. Unemployed
“Your employment dates already show if you’re unemployed – you don’t need to highlight it,” says Hichens.
2. Hardworking or Hard worker
“We hope you are a hardworking individual who shows up to work on time and is self-motivated, but you don’t need to call it out,” she adds.
3. “Ambicious”
“Misspelled words [like this one] should never appear on your resume,” says Elizabeth Harrison, Client Services Manager and Senior Recruitment Partner at Decision Toolbox. “Read your resume numerous times, print it and take a pen to it and have someone else read it. One misspelled word can completely eliminate an otherwise strong candidate from consideration because it demonstrates lack of attention to detail.”
4. Microsoft Office
“Popular resume templates and HR pros prompt job seekers to include a list of strategic skills on their resume,” says Glassdoor expert Eileen Meyer. “From Java to Final Cut Pro, speaking Arabic to spearheading 150% growth, be sure to include not only the relevant skills that make you a perfect fit for the role, but also the skills that make you stand out. Take note, command of Microsoft Office is not a skill. It’s a given.”
5. Objective
“Is your career trajectory pretty straightforward and lacking major gaps between jobs? Then you probably don’t need an objective statement,” contends Glassdoor writer Caroline Gray. “If your resume is self-explanatory, there’s no need to take up valuable space with anything that’s redundant. Also, if you’re submitting a cover letter with your resume, that should be more than sufficient in addressing your objective for your application.
6. Synergy
“Words like ‘synergy’ and ‘wheelhouse’ are completely overused lingo,” insists Hichens. Steer clear.
7. Reference Available Upon Request
Having “references upon request” at the bottom of your resume is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly. There is no need to point out the obvious. As one HR expert said, “everyone assumes we want references, but honestly, we can ask.”
8. I, She, He, Him, Her
“Talking in 1st or 3rd person reads weird – did someone write your resume for you? Just state the facts,” says Hichens. For example write, “Led a team of 4” not “I led a team of four people” or “Jamie led a team.”
9. Rockstar
“It’s been overused in the last five years,” insists Jennifer Bensusen, Technology Lead and Senior Recruitment Partner at national recruiting firm Decision Toolbox.  “Unless you are truly a singing superstar, applying for a wedding singer or entertainer role that is!”
10. Dabbled
Bensusen says do not use “technology or systems you have touched or were exposed to but really don’t know.”  For example, stay away from sentences like, “… a Software Engineer who dabbled with Python in college seven years ago but has been developing in .NET professionally since.” In this case, don’t add Python to your resume if you’re not a pro.
11. On Time
Again, a candidate being on time is an expectation. “[Instead] craft a well thought out, concise resume with interesting content on accomplishments, KPI success or significant highlights with bullets on what you did,” advises Bensusen. “Did you create efficiencies that saved the company big bucks?  Did you hire a stellar team that accomplished world peace?”
12. Expert
“Stay away from the word expert, unless you truly are,” says Bensusen.  Otherwise, “be prepared to be peppered with questions regarding your expertise.”
13. Can’t or Won’t
Negative words should not be included in a resume. “Resumes should demonstrate what you can do and not what you can not do,” says Harrison.
14. Unnecessary personal information
Harrison advises that your “date of birth, family status, personal interests etc. should be avoided on a resume. These items do not pertain to the qualifications of an individual for a position.”
15. “I know HTML, Photoshop…”
“Skills are the most common resume lies,” writes Heather Huhman, career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended.  “Although you may think that having every skill listed in the job description will get you the internship, that’s not always true. Telling the truth about your skills can set you up for success in your internship. You can still land the internship by being honest, and can gain valuable training and learning experiences on the job.”
16. Hobbies
“Content that does not relate to the job and does not address what qualifications a candidate has for a job can absolutely eliminate a candidate who may have accomplished many of the tasks that job is looking for, but was not articulated in the resume,” adds Harrison.
17. Generalizations
“Substantiate your accomplishments with numbers,” says Nicole Cox, Chief Recruitment Officer at Decision Toolbox. Some recruiters prefer to see actual numbers (such as “cut manufacturing costs by $500,000”), while others prefer percentages (“cut manufacturing costs by 15 percent”). Either way, provide enough context to show the impact. If your objective was to cut manufacturing costs by 10 percent, make it clear that you exceeded the goal.
18. Accomplished
Instead of saying you are accomplished, show it. “Accomplishments are currency when it comes to resumes,” advises Anish Majumdar, CEO of ResumeOrbit.com. “The more you have, and the more applicable they are to the job you want, the greater your perceived worth. This can have a big impact not just on whether you receive an interview, but how much you’re ultimately offered. Front-load the accomplishment, then describe how it was achieved. For example, ‘Improved customer satisfaction 30% within 9 months through re-engineering support processes and introducing new training materials to staff.'”
19. Stay-at-home Mom 
Like personal information, do not feel obligated to explain gaps in your resume. “Personal information about age, relationships or children can expose you to discrimination,” warns Cox. “Employers aren’t allowed to ask for that kind of information, and you shouldn’t offer.” However, if you’d like to address a gap because you are re-entering the workforce, Cox says, “You can be creative, such as putting Domestic CEO as the title and listing ‘Successfully managed procurement, budgets and scheduling.'”
20. Responsible for…
“Often, careerists will write, ‘Responsible for’ at the beginning of a statement where a more powerful lead-in would energize; e.g., instead of, “Seasoned sales management executive …,” write, ‘Regional Sales Manager for Largest Revenue-Generating Area, exceeding competitors by 25-55% in revenue growth, year-over-year’,” says master resume writer Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter. “In other words, strengthen the story through muscular verbiage and results. Lead with strength and energy.”
21. Results-oriented
“While many other words are misused or diluted by overuse, these are the weakest and most abused,” says Barrett-Poindexter. “If your resume language or content is weak, unfocused and/or rambling, you can obliterate your chances of landing that dream role.”

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Read the original article published on Glassdoor

Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to answer: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

Article originally published on The Muse

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
When a hiring manager asks you this, there may be a few things running through your brain. “Moving (way) up the ranks,” “running this place,” “working for myself,” or “in your job,” for example.
None of which are necessarily things you should say out loud in an interview.
So, how do you answer the question? Watch this quick video, where Muse CEO Kathryn Minshew shares a formula developed by our career expert Lily Zhang. It’ll help you share your goals and ambitions the right way—and not give your interviewer anything to worry about.
(Can’t watch the video at work? Don’t worry—we’ve also copied the transcript below.)

So, how do you answer, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, “not in this job,” or, “in your job,” or something like, “at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere.” But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.
The good news is you can be honest while still telling them what they really want to know. Do you have realistic expectations for your career? Are you ambitious? And does this particular position align with your growth and goals overall?
For example, one way I like to think about it is: Think about where this position could realistically take you, and think about how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.
So, for example, you might say, “Well I’m really excited by this position at Midnight Consulting because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the energy sector, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing managers, and so developing into a great manager myself is something I’m really excited about.”
So, what if this position is not a one-way ticket to your professional aspirations? It’s okay to say you don’t really know what the future holds, but you see how this experience could really help in making that decision.
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Read the original article published on The Muse

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Interview like a professional

Article originally published on SharpHeels

For many of us, college was our first experience as adults. We lived away from home and took care of our own schoolwork, schedules, and responsibilities. College is a time of constant transition and learning, but there is one thing that students might not learn during their college career: how to ace the employment interview.

While many college campuses across the country offer classes focused on career preparedness and interviewing strategies, these courses are usually not required to graduate. Knowing what’s really important when it comes to interviewing will help you successfully transition from student to working professional. Here are three key tips:

1. Don’t go in blind or empty-handed.

Reading a company’s mission statement and scanning a few pages on its website won’t necessarily arm you with the information you’ll need to ace an interview. Instead, spend your time learning about the values that are important to the company. Make sure you read through employee bios to get a feel for who the staff is, and take note of any similarities in your own personality or of anything that makes you feel as though you would be a good asset to the team. These are the things you should know before going to the interview.

Additionally, educate yourself on the company’s culture. Employees who fit in with the company’s culture make a work environment successful, so employers look for applicants who share the company’s vision, values, and norms. Show your interviewers that their beliefs and values are important to you by highlighting aspects of your personality and work ethic that align with them. This will differentiate you from other candidates vying for the same position, and help your interviewers to visualize you working in the office alongside them.

It is not recommended to show up for an interview empty-handed, but the traditional notion of bringing paper and pen to take notes is outdated and not useful anymore. You need to portray yourself as a professional, not a student, and engage with your interviewer rather than sit and listen while taking notes. Bring things that show your talents and skills; for example, class projects that show potential employers what you’re capable of.

2. Dress comfortably and appropriately for the environment.

Keep your outfit polished and professional. Don’t wear anything that is too tight or revealing. Many companies have adopted casual dress codes, so it can be difficult to decide what to wear, but something between business casual and business professional is always a safe bet. Most importantly, make sure that you are comfortable in what you are wearing.

The first key to comfort is wearing shoes you can easily walk in. Companies in metropolitan areas often do not have parking that leads to the front door. You don’t want to show up to an interview with blisters forming on your feet because you wore shoes that weren’t easy to walk in.

It’s also a good idea to opt for pants rather than a skirt, because you don’t know what kind of environment you’ll be interviewing in. Having a wardrobe that works in a variety of settings and that you are comfortable and self-assured in will eliminate some of your pre-interview stress.

3. Be confident in your strengths and honest about your weaknesses.

While confidence is the key to making a good impression, over-exaggerating your capabilities is not a good tactic. In the moment, you may feel like playing up your skills and overstating your strengths might increase your chances of landing the job, but if you do, in fact, land the job, your employer will expect you to deliver on whatever you promised in your interview. If you claimed to know something that you don’t actually know, it won’t matter how poised or personable you were in the interview, or how much you connected with your interviewers; your credibility with the person who hired you and the people you are working with will be ruined. This kind of mistrust can possibly lead to your termination from the position.

It’s important to remember that someone running a business will appreciate your honesty when it comes to your skills. As long as you can show a potential employer that you are aware of weak spots and are actively working to improve, you should not be afraid of being truthful. Your interviewer will appreciate you even more for your candor, and it may position you as an even better fit for the company than he or she may have originally thought. Stay confident and be honest in how you represent yourself and your abilities.

The more you interview, the more things you will learn and the better able you will be to develop your own unique style, but these tips are a good starting point to help you showcase your personality, honesty, and work ethic. Don’t be intimidated by the transition from student to working professional. Embrace it, and remember that you have skills and talents to offer. Let those shine through and you’ll find success.

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Read the original article published on SharpHeels

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The tips I wish I knew when I started my career

First impressions matter
Remember, you only have one chance to make a great first impression! Meredith Woods, Staffing Manager of CFS Bethesda, agrees that it’s important to introduce yourself with confidence. Whether you are meeting the CEO or the receptionist, greet everyone with a smile and respect. Also, your colleagues will take note of the effort you put into meeting them, so be sure to put yourself out there.

Don’t forget to ask questions
Landing your first professional job out of college is a big deal. Although you may feel you know everything, navigating the real world isn’t as easy as navigating a college campus. Patrick Senn, Managing Director of CFS Minneapolis, says “often times we feel like asking for help or not immediately knowing the right answer to something can show weakness, but it is critical to ask for help.” You’re not supposed to know everything right away, and asking questions shows your eagerness to learn.

Take chances
You were chosen out of numerous applicants to do this job because someone believed in you. Now you have to take a chance on yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. Step up and tackle that new project. Volunteer to lead a new marketing strategy. Whatever it is, even if it scares you, look at it as a chance to grow and accelerate your career.

Accept feedback
The first 90 days at a new job generally serve as an evaluation period. When working on your first big project or submitting that first proposal, you are likely to receive some feedback. John Jameson, Executive Recruiter of CFS Chicago, advises that you "view all constructive feedback as criticism, then learn to recognize the true value of it.”

When a manager advises you of a mistake you’ve made, it’s easy to be taken aback or even offended, but you need to remember that mistakes happen. The key is to utilize the valuable feedback and use it to grow. Your manager’s knowledge and experience is an amazing resource.

Never burn bridges
Through the course of your career, you’ll meet a lot of people at the office, work functions, networking events, and more. These connections will prove useful when you want to transition out of your current role. “It is very rare now for someone to start their career and then retire from the same organization. With this being said, your reputation/personal brand is very important and you don’t want that tarnished by burning bridges with your current employer,” explains Senn.

Say “Thank You”
Senn also adds that there is a lot that goes into training/developing/mentoring a new employee, and sometimes you need to take a step back to realize that you should be saying “thank you”. Your manager is giving up their time to make an investment in you and your future, and saying “thank you” is the easiest way to show your gratitude.

Prepare your own lunch
It’s easy to think that you’ll be able to eat out more often when you start your career. Think again. Being that this is your first “real” job, you should still maintain a budget. This isn’t to say that you should skip the lunch outings with coworkers, but instead just do them sparingly. Your health, your waistline, and your wallet will thank you.

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