Recruiters and hiring managers generally spend just a few seconds on an initial scan of a resume. The vetting process is very similar to what most of us do when we visit a website looking for a product or service. We don’t read the entire website; we scan it quickly and if we don’t find what we need within the first few seconds, we usually move on to the next site. On websites, images and graphs that quickly explain the product or service tend to capture our attention and help us make a purchasing decision. The same is true of resumes. By displaying key information in more visual ways, you can make the resume an easier and more engaging read while increasing the likelihood that your reader will figure out your value add faster and more accurately. Here are some recommendations for ways to add design elements that improve your messaging to your resume.
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September and October were great months for Career Solvers! In September I received the National Resume Writers’ Association ROAR award for outstanding achievement in resumes and in October I was nominated for 3 TORI (Toast of the Resume Industry) awards by Career Directors International and won in the Best Information Technology Resume category.
I’ve followed thousands of job seekers and one of the biggest sticking points for them tends to be their networking strategy. Some people hate the process and find it incredibly daunting; others embrace it but can still get frustrated when things don’t move as quickly as they hoped. Here are the top 10 networking mistakes I see most people make and how to course correct for a smoother search.
Most job seekers I talk to rely solely on LinkedIn as their main online tool for finding contacts for their job search and being found by decision makers. LinkedIn is a fabulous resource, but Google+ can be used to supplement a job seeker’s strategy and open new doors that could be challenging to open when relying exclusively on the power of LinkedIn. Here are five reasons why job seekers shouldn’t ignore Google+ and why it’s a viable platform that can be integrated into a search campaign.
Everyone wants to help a friend in need. But before you start dishing out advice to a friend who is in a job search, make sure your advice and comments are actually helpful. Consider these typical comments/suggestions that many well-meaning friends make during someone’s job search. Are you really helping or could you be massaging your message to add more value to your friend’s search strategy?
Over the years a few annual surveys have come out about working and stay-at-home mothers right around Mother’s Day. Salary.com has the How Much Are Mom’s Worth? salary wizard which calculates how much someone would be paid for all of the jobs moms do (teacher, cook, chauffeur, etc) and reminds moms that all the work they do is worth a six-figure salary even though they never actually see a dime. And the CareerBuilder’s Working Mothers Survey published a few years back reported that close to a quarter of working moms take work home and reminds moms that they are not alone in feeling guilty about not spending more time with their kids. So I never head into Mother’s Day weekend with a warm and fuzzy feeling; instead I grumble as I wash dishes that should be at least a $10 an hour job and wallow in my feelings of being underpaid and overworked.
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the stresses associated with full-time employment may be a contributing factor to weight gain among US employees. Of the 3,000 people surveyed, 57 percent of workers feel they are overweight. The survey also revealed:
According to a 2015 CareerBuilder Office Romance Survey, 37 percent of workers surveyed reported they have dated someone they have worked with and 24 percent of office romances involved a superior. Nearly 1 in 5 workers who have had an office romance (19 percent) have had an affair with a co-worker where one person involved was married at the time.