Since Microsoft Office 2007 allows candidates the option to save files as PDF versions, I have noticed an increasing number of resumes in .PDF format. I’ve also noticed resumes that are scanned copies of a paper resume, often resulting in a .JPG or .PNG image file. Below are four key reasons to always send your resume as a Word document (.doc) to ensure you don’t unintentionally hinder your job search:
Archive for October, 2012
Are you an entry level job seeker or someone changing jobs? The following post identifies mistakes not to make in your job search.
When it comes to searching for a job, most people think sending out a hundred resumes a week and/or networking with everyone they know are effective strategies to land a new job. Little do they know, those efforts can actually prevent them from finding a job. From launching an unfocused search to not taking advantage of LinkedIn, here’s a look at five mistakes job seekers often make:
Some people might think that when a major event occurs that it’s a bad time to find a job. However, the following post has a contrary opinion.
What happens if you wait for some macro event to establish your new career path? If you are in or want to be in an executive position how should you create a network through big macro events? What events might qualify as macro events during the year?
You don’t want to put too much stress on yourself before a job interview. The following post lists four things you shouldn’t sweat about before this meeting.
Even if you were not one of the most popular students in high school, you can learn lessons from those who were and apply them to your career. Learn more in the following post.
Those cheerleaders, class presidents and smiling sports stars were so popular in high school, and they’re more successful in their careers, too.
They earn more than the rest of us even 35 years after high school is over, according to new research from the National Bureau of Economic Affairs.
Job seekers, a quality resume won’t do you any good unless it is received by a recruiter or an employer in the right format. The following post lists four reasons why the Word format should be used when submitting your resume.
Recruiters, here are a few tips to help you gain a favorable impression with potential job candidates.
The job search is changing for the employer and the employee. Even though unemployment remains high, the market for qualified job seekers, particularly those with very technical skills, is extremely challenging.
Companies are looking at new ways to build relationships and gain the attention of the technical and qualified prospective employee. For the last few years, the focus has been on recruiting the active vs. passive job seeker, but that is no more.
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Before submitting your resume, think about whether or not it has the four qualifications referenced in the following post. They might make a difference in whether or not you get a call back for an interview.
Your resume has to accomplish a lot in this economy.
It needs to speak in the right language, it needs to tell the story of your personal brand and it needs to focus on the right thing (hint: it’s not you or your work history).
But, when push comes to shove, your resume really needs four key things. Every single one of these is a key step in the process of getting hired.
If your resume fails to do pass one of these steps, you will get rejected.
For employers who believe that money is the only reward that employees value, they may want to think again. The following post offers more information.
Employers may think giving their workers cash rewards is the best way to keep them happy, but it turns out, its those non-financial awards that lead to loyalty and productivity among employees.
“Cash rewards don’t have a long lasting effect,” says Susan Heathfield, About.com Guide to Human Resources. “Most people fritter it away and don’t spend it on something tangible or significant in their lives and as a consequence its impact doesn’t last.”
How can our more mature workers find new jobs should they get laid off? The following post has some helpful tips to get them back in the job market.
After a major buyout by an international competitor who brought in their own sales management team Jeff Rostman lost his job to a younger sales person, half his age and according to Jeff, half his ability. The fallout with new management left Jeff Rostman wondering about his future and looking for a new job after 20+ years with the same company. Like most companies today they offered Jeff some severance to basically stop him from pursuing legal action.
I know Halloween is over, but in case you were wondering, here are some of the scariest jobs in the job market, according to the following post.
Are you dressing up for Halloween as your favorite rock star (think Lady Gaga in the meat ensemble she wore at the MTV Video Music Awards) or TV personality (think Dr. Oz or Charlie Sheen)? While it can be fun to step into their shoes for just a few hours and imagine how cool it is to have their job, there are some jobs out there that are downright spooky.
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