By Joe Carbone There has been a flood of archaic advice in the marketplace recently and one topic that I’ve gravitated towards is salary negotiation. It’s become more intriguing to me since  Massachusetts   recently passed a robust equal pay law that prohibits companies from asking potential employees their salary. Recently, I read an article written by a “Staffing Industry Expert” expressing her advice on salary negotiation and comparing it to buying a home…SMH. Now, I’m no expert at buying homes, other than buying and selling my own. However, I would consider myself an expert in negotiating compensation packages as I’ve been doing it for all level professionals throughout my 10-year tenure in the staffing industry. To that end, because I don’t want you to be steered in the wrong direction and I don’t see eye to eye with the advice that is available for you on the internet. I want to share ways you can negotiate an offer with a potential employer, whether they have your compensation details or not. First and foremost, the conversation will remain the same whether you are working with an agency recruiter to negotiate for you or speaking directly with the employer. It starts at the very beginning of the process by putting a value on our skill set and experience and setting high standards. This all starts at the beginning of the process before the interview certainly not when an offer is about to be extended. This will allow you to approach your search in a strategic way and negotiate a competitive salary. Collect market intelligence (internet, search firms) in an effort to create a salary band for your type of work and use the data as a benchmark for negotiating. While doing so you will start to understand the demand for your skill set so you can realistically come to a conclusion of a market salary (Take education, advanced degrees and certifications into consideration).  Example : Project Manager in a financial services firm at the VP level could earn anywhere from $125,000 - $160,000 on a base salary. Put together your storyboard as to why you’ve moved from one firm to the next and rehears it as much as possible.  You want to be authentic but practice makes perfect.   Set a “marker” – a number that you would accept the offer at based on the market intelligence you've gathered. That is the number you will go into the conversation asking for. When HR or the hiring manger asks you for this number, you deliver it and explain the reasons why you are asking for this number regardless of your current compensation. Example using the PM range from above: I am looking for $145,000 base salary. Reasons: I bring 15 plus years’ experience to the table along with the most advanced Agile certification. Furthermore, I’ve managed multiple work streams across a diverse product set. I have managed, in matrix organization, up to 30 people but also have managed small SME teams of 3 – 5. Also explain that although compensation is important, it is not the most important aspect of your search as you are interested in the career trajectory, opportunity to leverage your skill set, etc. Set a minimum salary expectation for the role as well as a new marker based on initial interviews. The marker may go up and down dependent on the firm, culture, role responsibilities, expectations, travel, and other non-cash incentives.  The minimum salary is the salary you would accept only if the marker was not met and other data points were taken into consideration: You really clicked with the manger and team This is a stepping stone in a pathway for your career trajectory You want to get out of a bad situation and this one is seemingly better Other non-salary benefits are strong – pension, education reimbursement, low cost/no cost health care, etc. Once you have completed the interview process and assessed your value against the role you are interviewing for you will continue the dialogue with HR/hiring manager about a potential offer and what you are looking for. When asked what you are looking for, provide the marker number ($145, 000) and continue with reasons as to why. At that point the ball is in their court and you need to wait and see if you get what you are asking for or if there is a counter offer. Remember, coming in first often times will allow the stage to be set for the rest of the negotiation so come in first and come in strong! (Others will recommend not to do so but this is the key to getting what you want!!!) Most times there will be a counter offer from the employer and you will need to assess at that point if the counter is not close enough to your marker to accept. If not than you will have to come up with alternative ways that the offer can be more appealing to you by working other parts to the offer, i.e., vacation days, sign on bonus, guarantee year-end bonus, etc. Whether you receive the offer you were looking for or not, it is entirely up to you if you plan to accept or pass. Remember that you are completely in control of your own destiny and sometimes you just have to walk away if you feel that an offer has not met your expectations, otherwise you'll be waiting for the equal pay act to come to your neighborhood!
What should you expect as a job searcher with a criminal record? We answer six of the most frequently asked questions on the matter. Perhaps you were recently convicted of a misdemeanor and are wondering how the infraction will affect the rest of your life. Or maybe you just finished serving a jail sentence for a felony conviction. Either way, if you are looking to get back into the job market and find gainful employment, your conviction could impact your chances of getting hired. There is a lot of confusion about precisely how and why convictions affect job chances, so we've answered six of the most frequently asked questions on the subject. Read on to learn more.   Will I have to disclose my conviction my job application? Let's start at the beginning of the job hunt. You are just starting to browse through new job postings and are wondering if you will be expected to disclose your conviction on any job applications you decide to fill out. Ultimately, your location will be the most important factor in answering this question. It used to be that almost all employers asked about criminal history on job applications. Recently, application sections inquiring about criminal history have become less common. Thank the ban the box movement, which has prohibited many employers across the nation from broaching the subject of criminal history on job applications. Per the National Employment Law Project, 24 states have adopted ban the box policies of some sort, as have more than 150 cities and counties. Many of these policies apply only to public employers but some extend to private companies as well. To find out if employers in your area can ask about criminal records, click here .   If I don't have to disclose my conviction, when in the screening process will employers find out about it? If your city, county, or state has a ban the box policy on the books, then you might not have to disclose your conviction on the job application. However, ban the box policies only extend so far. Employers are still allowed to run criminal background checks —usually either after the first interview or after making a conditional offer of employment. In other words, your prospective employers are still going to find out about your criminal past—they will just find out about it later than they otherwise would have. The document linked above will provide more details on the ban the box laws in your area, including information about when employers can run background checks.   Will criminal background checks hurt or ruin my chances of getting hired? This question is probably the biggest and most significant of the queries we will address in this article. If you've recently been convicted of a crime, your natural impulse is to find out what your record is going to cost you in the long term. And a criminal record can certainly cost you in the job market. The FCRA and the EEOC issue guidance on background check usage for employment purposes. Thanks to their standards, it is illegal for companies to create policies that ban all criminal offenders from employment. However, more serious felonies—like murder, assault, rape, sexual offenses involving children, and sex trafficking—are more likely to cost you a job offer than others. Businesses won't hire people that they think will pose serious threats to their employees or customers. A less serious offense might cost you a job if it relates directly to the position at hand. For instance, a DUI would greatly harm your odds of landing a driving position.   Is a misdemeanor conviction enough to lose me a job opportunity? Misdemeanors are inherently less serious offenses than felonies. Because of this variance in severity, many offenders assume that if they have a misdemeanor on their record, it won't affect their job chances. While employers are supposed to consider the severity and relevance of a conviction before taking adverse hiring action, some still see a misdemeanor conviction as a major black mark. This article from TIME illustrates that even misdemeanors can be sizable hurdles to overcome for job seekers.   Will I be able to get my conviction expunged? One of the biggest issues with criminal records is that they don't go away. Even years after the fact, a misdemeanor or felony can continue to hurt your employment chances. Some ex-offenders look to solve this issue through expungement. Laws for expunging criminal offenses vary from state to state. In most cases, though, you can apply for expungement if 1) a certain number of years have passed since the offense in question, 2) you have had a clean record since the offense, and 3) the offense in question is eligible to be expunged. Certain serious felonies—including murder, rape, child pornography, and more—can never be expunged. If you manage to get your conviction expunged, it will no longer appear on your background check.   How should I answer questions about my criminal history in job interviews? In some cases, you might end up facing questions about your criminal history in your job interviews. Your employer could ask what happened, how old you were, why you made the choices you did, and why he or she should trust you. Your best bet here is to answer honestly. If your criminal history comes up in an interview, don't downplay it or try to lie about it. Instead, control the narrative and tell the whole story. Explain what happened, say that you made a mistake, express your remorse, and outline the strides you've made to rebuild your life and become a better person. Employers are likely to respect a redemption story in the works, so giving your employer the details of your criminal past could be the key to getting a chance to prove yourself. Criminal history can affect your chances of finding a job, even as new jurisdictions pass ban the box laws and other Fair Chance Employment initiatives monthly. Knowing what to expect when you re-enter the job market after a conviction is half the battle to finding a job and beating the reputation challenges that so many ex-offenders face. Regardless of your past convictions and the jobs you are applying for, we wish you the best of luck in your search for employment. Michael Klazema has been developing products for pre-employment screening and improving online customer experiences in the background screening industry since 2009. He is the lead author and editor for . He lives in Dallas, TX with his family and enjoys the rich culinary histories of various old and new world countries.
Being made redundant is never a pleasant experience. Even for some who volunteer, and in doing so receive a large windfall, there can remain a feeling of rejection. But whatever the circumstances, it doesn’t have to spell the end of a career. By adhering to a handful of key principles, redundancy can quickly transform into an exciting new future, one filled with many more possibilities than would have existed otherwise. Don’t panic In the wake of redundancy – whether anticipated or unexpected - this may sound like wishful thinking, but it’s important to try and remain calm. One of the first things to do is to conduct a health check of your finances. This will help give you a timeframe for your job search and, depending on your redundancy package and savings, it may give you some peace of mind. You will also be wrestling back a bit of control. Speak to people in your network. Some will have experienced redundancy in the past; and if not, they will know someone who has. Talk to them about their experiences, how they coped and what advice they would give – gather as much information as you can. Keep active Set time aside each day to focus on your job search, e.g. scouring job boards, tailoring your CV, meeting agencies, networking, etc. Be disciplined about the use of your time. If you set aside two hours each day, stick to it. This regimented approach will not only make you more efficient, it will also help divide up your day and prevent the challenge of job-hunting impacting upon other areas of your life. A common plight of the post-redundancy job-seeker is that they feel guilty that they are not doing enough. Enjoy the free time you give yourself. You may not have it for long. Exercise your mind. Even if a job is considered dull and monotonous people shouldn’t underestimate how daily activity keeps the mind lucid and alert. As you embark upon your job search, make sure you build time into your day to exercise the old, grey matter – read a quality newspaper, tackle that classic novel you should have read at university, attempt the Times’ crossword, etc. Keep or get fit. If you already exercise on a regular basis, take advantage of the gym at quieter times or the paths and pavements outside peak hours. If you haven’t really exercised before then use this as an opportunity to do so. Ensuring both your mind and body remain active will bring enormous health benefits, will help you utilise your free time better and will also keep the redundancy blues at bay. Diversify It may not feel like it but this is a great opportunity to take stock. Think deeply about the career you’ve had to date, whether you’d like to continue in the same vein or move into a different sector. Write down goals you’d like to achieve and work out the individual steps to get there. Although an exercise in blue sky thinking, this should be done with two feet planted firmly on the ground. Research the job market to find out what jobs are available and where the demand lies. There is no point deciding on a brave new career as, say, a corporate banker if positions are becoming increasingly scarce. Also, your skills and experience may mean you could consider becoming a contractor or freelancer. A lucrative and flexible new career may be just around the corner. Remain visible Following redundancy, it’s all too easy – and understandable – to retire to a dark cave and lick your wounds. If you do, make sure it’s only for a week or two. Get out and about sooner rather than later. Arrange to meet former colleagues and contacts. Don’t appear desperate but make sure people know that you are available and ready for work. Ask if there are projects that you could get involved with on a temporary or part-time basis. Set up or extend your social media presence. Get your LinkedIn profile up to date and make sure that your skills and experience are prominent. Ensure that your status reflects that you are ‘considering opportunities’. Utilise LinkedIn, Twitter and online job boards to keep up to date on relevant vacancies. If you approach a recruitment agency, choose carefully. Insist on having a chat with a consultant before registering your details. Ensure that they understand you as a person and ask for advice about how to maximise your time following redundancies. If you are met with blank looks then it’s probably not the agency for you.  As an important aside, when you do manage to secure an interview for a role, bend over backwards to accommodate the hiring manager’s desired time and place. They will be aware that you are currently unemployed. Rearranging for the sake of a previously planned social engagement will signal to the company that they are not your number one priority.   5.Stay positive and persevere  Maintaining morale is the key to surviving redundancy. It’s difficult at this stage not to descend into clichés and platitudes. But regardless of the manner of your exit, you still have a lot to offer and in fact will be stronger for the experience.  Above all else, don’t give up. Perseverance will pay off in the end. Despite having over a decade’s experience in recruitment, I have never encountered a candidate with the right attitude who has not found a job following redundancy.  By following these five steps, surviving redundancy should become more a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’.   Mike Stirton, Director – Interim, Temporary & Contract, Core-Asset Consulting   Mike is the Divisional Director for Core-Asset Solutions. Mike has nearly 15 years' experience exclusively with temporary, interim and contract recruitment services. His division Core-Asset Solutions is focused on the investment management, financial services and accounting & finance sectors in Scotland. Mike is also an expert in employment legislation and has sat on many industry panels throughout his career. He has a BSc Honours in Genetics from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.
As you are approaching a new era in your professional development, working on your resume and going through job adverts on a daily basis, you need to make sure that you can keep your head above the water and make some extra cash, or preferably, live the same lifestyle to which you have become accustomed. There are several fun, yet profitable ways to stay afloat in this harsh economy, and you might find yourself tempted to skip the whole job seeking nonsense after you try some of them. All jokes aside, making money while defining your professional path is more than possible with the help of these well-paid jobs, so take your pick and start planning your next career move.   Virtual assistant   An increasing number of companies and international corporations are turning to the online community to find their perfect assistants. And while most of these positions are still occupied by experienced individuals, many are open to the idea of newcomers that are willing to brush up on some of their interpersonal skills. Thanks to the technological progress, along with improved internet connection on the one hand, as well as a growing number of start-ups and globally-oriented businesses on the other, the need for virtual assistants has become much more prominent. Dealing with a whole range of tasks, from daily e-mail correspondence to scheduling meetings, you will have the opportunity to improve your communication skills and grow your network of contacts.   Freelance writing   It is expected that by 2020, a staggering 50% of the working folks in the US will belong to the freelance world, so this is the place to be if you want to grow a successful online career. Among many freelance options, another online gig on the rise is the need for the written word. It comes in all shapes and sizes, so you can write brief blog posts, articles, more in-depth research papers, e-books, help others perfect their resumes and cover letters, to name a few. In addition to getting in touch directly with bloggers and companies that need them, there’s a plethora of growing platforms such as Upwork or Elance that are designed for the likes of you to get in touch with those who need a writing whiz.   Surveys   If you think that it’s near impossible to make money while completing paid surveys every day, think again. It can be a great temporary strategy for a solid supplemental income, while it can also become one of your permanent ways to earn some extra spending money or get some gift cards. You could even make a full salary if you invest enough time. The key is to do your research to avoid scams, stick with legitimate survey websites, and sign up for more than one. The beauty of this job is your freedom to do it anytime, and as much as it suits you, with only a computer and a solid internet connection at your disposal. You might even consider sticking to this work even after you find your next full-time job.   Something-sitting   Are you well connected in your community and people know they can trust you? Use your existing network to offer simple, yet well-paid services like babysitting , pet-sitting, dog-walking or house-sitting. Combine your web experience and word of mouth, and you will soon be booked for days on end. Not only will you make money and perfect some of your skills, but you will also likely broaden your network of useful connections, which might come in handy once you start looking for a more permanent career. Then again, many have fallen in love with this type of work, so don’t be surprised if this becomes a stable source of income.   Teach and tutor   Chances are you either have some sort of education, hands-on experience, various talents and skills , or a combination of any of these. Sometimes the market isn’t that perfect for making money from using those skills, but you can always offer to share your knowledge, in the form of a temporary substitute teacher, an online coach, an organized seminar, or even a weekend crash-course. If you know how to play an instrument, speak a foreign language, cook, or you are a skilled handyman, you can always teach in addition to offering your services. Youtube “how to” videos , for instance, are one of the most profitable ways to share your expertise and create valuable connections. The world is brimming with creative ways to live a financially stable and fulfilled life, so it’s only a matter of your personal preference which market you’ll dive into in order to get ready for the upcoming career change.
Few recruiters or HR pros have the time to spend a long time reviewing a 5 page resume. So you must keep the resume to one or two pages depending on your experience.  The general rule of thumb is to use one page for every 10 years of experience. If your resume is more than a page, be sure to include your name and email contact on subsequent pages and do your best early on to make sure the recruiter will want to read more! Remember the recruiter only spends 6-7 seconds at first glance so it had better catch their eye. Also don’t cram too much into one page. Avoid the “crowded resume” look. The great looking resume above that we found online is another way to get noticed. It's for a graphic designer. Examples like this reminds us that creativity also plays a big part in your resume success.
Depending on your profession, plenty of unpleasant situations can arise on a day to day basis. From serious issues such as discrimination and harassment, to someone stapling their tie to the desk. Admittedly, some mishaps are just plain fun, while others are not to be taken lightly, To help you deal with an unpleasant situation that may arise in the best way possible, be sure to keep on reading. Employee Management Every manager with a team under him can testify to the job being one of the most stressful things they have to do all day. Managing your employees means having to be in the loop with every part of the project(s) and dealing not just with their performance, but also with employee relationships as a part of a coherent system that is, hopefully, your company. That is why you need an HR department (or person); to relieve you of some of the tasks like managing interpersonal relationships within teams. Additionally, the best way to track employee performance is to make scheduled weekly checks pertaining to their work. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go through everyone’s work thoroughly, it simply means you taking the time to check on their progress and if they are meeting deadlines. Do your best to find an effective solution to an employee’s problem. Workplace Harassment This is a very delicate topic for most people, as harassment can come in many forms and can often sneak by unnoticed until it’s too late. Harassment can be based on gender, race and religion, and just about anything in between. The predominant type of workplace harassment around the world is sexual harassment which is reflected in any kind of intimate conduct, comments or physical contact that is unsolicited by the other person. The best way to battle harassment, both if you are the victim or a witness of harassment, is to report the incident to your superiors. Be sure to find a witness who can back your story and help your cause. If the harassment comes from higher management, then take the matter to their superiors. As a final resort, you can take the matter to court. Workplace Discrimination Discrimination is one of the most prevalent forms of workplace harassment in the world and it can be based on race , gender , religion and a number of other things. While you might think that you live in a civilized society that has surpassed common differences in the pursuit of happiness and prosperity, you should know that reality is much different. Even if you haven’t witnessed discrimination yet, unfortunately, there’s a good chance you will. When faced with discrimination, whether you are the victim or you’ve witnessed it, the best thing to do is to report the incident to your superiors. If you or someone else is being discriminated against by the company, the best thing would be to leave and seek employment elsewhere. Be sure to gather enough evidence to take the discriminatory company to court so that the person replacing you place doesn’t have to go through the same ordeal. Safety Hazards Some professions may be prone to greater physical risk than others, and whether you are working in dangerous environments such as construction sites, or you’ve injured yourself in the office, you should be equipped and ready to deal with any type of hazard that may present itself. First of all, to prevent workplace injuries from occurring, be sure to assess all the possible hazards. The report you draft from analyzing these hazards can produce solutions and minimize any possible threats. Be sure to wear and provide proper attire and safety equipment to workers to minimize the risk of injury. If, by any chance, an injury occurs due to organizational neglect, you should consult your personal injury lawyer in order to get compensation and ensure that the costs of your medical treatments are covered by the company. If you are facing any of the workplace mishaps you’ve read about today, be sure to always inform those who make the decisions, and always try to avoid verbal and physical conflict so as to have the law on your side. You will achieve more if you do your best to always stay calm and address the problem with objectiveness. Remember, the best way to stop workplace mishaps is by preventing them. Nate Vickery is a business consultant and a blogger. He is mostly focused on small business and startup marketing and management. Nate is the editor-in-chief at .
  Distilling your education, work and life experience into the one or two pages of your resume can be a challenging task. This is made even more problematic when you have gaps, caused by time away from education or work. Employers will be keen to know what these gaps represent and you need to have an explanation ready. Essentially, you need to reassure employers that the gaps in your resume are nothing to worry about; you’re a sure bet as an employee and would be dedicated to the job in question. As you explain your resume, you are creating a narrative of your work life. To impress an employer, this narrative needs to be positive and display progression. With this in mind, here are five rules for explaining any gaps in your resume: Be Honest When it comes to your resume, you can be a little sparring with the truth. When stating employment dates, just include years rather than months if you have short gaps to cover. However, don’t be tempted to stretch the truth about the gaps in your resume any further. Career gaps look a whole lot better than outright lies and you don’t want to risk being caught in one. Be Positive Whatever the reason for the gap in your resume – taking time out to take care of children or relatives, redundancy or travel – make sure you paint it in a positive light. Talk about the things you learnt and the challenges you overcame. If you were made redundant, don’t be afraid to discuss the whys and wherefores of the situation. Did your company have a “last in, first out” policy? What were the economic circumstances that led to a downsizing or reshuffle? And be sure to talk about the positive impact you had on the company whilst working there. Be Forward Thinking Showing an employer that things have moved on since your career break is essential. If you were looking after your children, emphasise that your little ones are now in full time education or childcare. If you were off work with a long term illness, be sure to say that you’re back to full fitness now. If you took time out to travel, communicate your current desire to settle down and start out on a career path. Clarifying these points will reassure your employer that another career gap isn’t just around the corner. Be Responsible Whatever you do, don’t blame your career gaps on anyone else, be it the boss that always had it in for you or the workmate you just couldn’t get along with. Take responsibility for your work history and make any career gaps seem like decisions you made rather than situations that were foisted upon you. Coming across as in charge of your own destiny can only look positive to employers.   If you are in the midst of a career gap, think of what you can do to make the most of this time away from work. Volunteering with a local organisation or learning a new skill are both things you can talk about in interview to show you had direction and drive, even during your career break. Be Prepared Don’t bury your head in the sand and hope that the issue of your resume gaps won’t come up at interview. It most certainly will and you need to be prepared. Practise how you are going to describe your time away from work so you’re able to spin things in a positive light, even in the pressure situation of an interview. Gaps in your resume, especially if you’ve lived through a time of recession, are inevitable and commonplace. Learning to talk about these gaps with confidence and positivity is all you need in order to land that next big job. Authored by Joan Herbert:  Joan is an Assistant Manager at , a curious individual, avid reader and a passionate creative writer.
As of late, it has become apparent that the hiring market is quite dry. With further inspection, it does not seem that the market will get better in the near future. Even Forbes recognizes that the hiring market is tough. In fact, today’s market is the toughest it has been since 2002. In truth, even professionals and qualified applicants see the writing on the wall. The good news is that even in a poor market, there are certain steps that you can take to raise the bar on your portfolio. In fact, there are many ways to get hired when the market is down. The market we’re in right now is definitely the toughest since 2002 or so, and even well-qualified students and professionals are faced with the same dilemma: how to get in when hiring is down. Don't Rely Solely on a Job Board or Newspaper Ads Unfortunately, when most people seek a job they look on job boards and the classified ads. However, studies show that the majority of jobs that are posted are already filled. On the other hand, job boards are a useful tool. They tell you what jobs are most lucrative and prevalent—the skill set a company looks for and other useful information for your profile. Instead, you can look for employment in others ways. Here is a list of effective ways to land a job from best to least: Figure out your interests and best skills. Next do a face-to-face interview only to gather information. Follow up by contacting the each organization that you want to work for. Talk to the person who actually hires, not necessarily HR. Using the phonebook, identify areas of interest. Call potential employers in your special interest list, ask to see if they are hiring. Go door to door to place of interest to see if they are hiring Ask friends, professionals and family members if they know about any job-leads. Go to the employment service office Ask a former professor or teacher for job-leads Attend job fairs and go to places that employers select workers union halls. Answer local newspaper ads Mail your resumes to employers you want to work for. You can also email your resume Look for employment online Use multiple job boards for your industry and location All in 6 Seconds In-depth studies done by the Ladders reveal that job recruiters spend approximately six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it goes into the “no” or “yes” pile. Their research also revealed that a captivating resume includes selective language that mirrors the job post. In fact, the Ladders suggest that your word usage is verbatim. In addition, some of the best resumes are typically formatted in reverse chronological order. For example, the resume begins with the job title headline (Marketing) which is followed by a list of qualification highlights then a career profile summary. The experience sector is in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent job then the next most recent job and so forth. At times, it is acceptable to omit part time jobs, non-related jobs and internships. Your Education and Technical Skills come after you list your work history and job descriptions. , volunteer work, professional affiliations and community service work can also be listed. As well, public speaking events and publications can be listed if applicable. The Importance of Social Media At one time hiring managers would look at any red flags that were in your social media. However, todays hiring managers look for a digital imprint. A good candidate is when a person is computer and Internet savvy and is socially interactive. As well, job seekers should keep in mind that the Internet is a good marketing tool, not necessarily for job searches but to put your name out there in the search engines as a likely candidate for employment. Also, having a well-designed website, which can be done with the help of development services , is a fabulous way to sell your talents and skills. Don’t Give Up Your attitude is the key to your success. In fact, numerous studies show that a positive disposition makes a huge difference in your health, well-being, and success in life and how others perceive you. So if the going gets difficult, keep your chin up and remember the more you hone your skills and positive traits the closer you are to getting the dream interview and job.
Writing your resume is a tru challenge for most people. After all they werm't trained to write them. But a firm out of Denmark just finished a survey that offers some great tips to improve your resume. Novorésumé - a young Danish company that aims make résumé writing a fun activity, has conducted a research with HR experts and employers from multiple countries to find out how the perfect résumé should look like in 2017. The main findings that most of the professionals agree with, are the following: Whenever possible, try to keep your résumé layout to one-page, especially if you do not have more than 5 years of relevant work experience. Have a contact section at the top where your phone number, city you live in and your email address are always included. Beside these, include 2 extra social media profiles depending on your industry such as: Twitter, Github, LinkedIn, Facebook or the link to your personal website. Instead of writing an objective which has become obsolete, focus on a professional summary which should include critical information about you in 2-3 sentences. It should be like an elevator pitch for a business idea, but in this case the business idea is you. In the Work Experience section, focus on your achievements rather than your tasks. Start every sentence with an action verb and include numbers and percentages whenever possible. Use of icons and too many infographics should be limited. It is alright to use the icons in the contact section, but including an icon instead of the skill/software name can be confusing for the HR recruiters as they may not recognize it. In addition to this, icons are not readable by ATS systems. Work Experience and Skills/Professional Expertise sections should always be the first on your application if you have relevant work experience. As a graduate, you should start with your Education and Skills. Personalize every résumé for each specific job you are applying for. It is important to carefully read the job ad and include all the main skills/experience needed that you posses. The background of the résumé should be white so that it doesn't affect its readability or distract the recruiters from the content. Depending the country you are applying in, you might do some research to whether or not to include a picture, but if you decide to include one, make sure it is a professional one. If you already have a Bachelor or Master Degree do not include your high-school education. As a Senior, it is enough to include just your most recent and relevant degree, without the courses or any extra information. Do not include in your résumé: Salary negotiable, Reference available upon request, unprofessional email address, that you were fired, acronyms and jargons. After the research, Novorésumé team prepared some professional résumé examples in order to help everyone understand how a résumé should look like in 2017.
The most significant thing that can influence every employer’s decision is a resume. If you produce a flawless paper reflecting your best skills and qualities, you will most likely get your dream job. Otherwise, if your resume is plain and ordinary, you can forget about the attractive position. No wonder every job hunter wants to provide a potential employer with effective and competitive paper. Obviously, it is impossible to find the exact set of skills and qualities that every hirer wants his or her employees to have. It is essential to target your resume to a specific job . Using a template will sabotage your chances, so try to avoid cookie-cutter resumes. However, there are certain qualities every applicant could mention in their resumes to get a few extra points. Communication Most of the employers mention communication skill as the most significant one. They want their employees to be friendly and easy-going in order to persuade customers to buy a certain product. Needless to say that this skill helps companies raise the level of sales in several times. Moreover, such people create a warm atmosphere in the team and help everyone else maintain a positive attitude. Analytical or Research Every employer wants to hire a person ready to conduct a thorough research, analyze data and figures, parse an outcome, find rare or unavailable information. An applicant who has developed analytical skills has more chances to get employed since these skills can lead a company to a greater success. Computer or Technical Today almost every job requires basic computer skills. If you can’t work with Word, Excel, send an e-mail or accept a Skype call, you should learn how it's done as soon as possible. Computer skills will definitely play into your hands. Flexibility and Adaptability At the very beginning, you may be assigned to do several tasks fast. Any employer wants to see your flexibility and adaptability while accomplishing several assignments at once. This skill will be definitely noticed and highly appreciated by the new company. Moreover, you should demonstrate your potential boss that you manage to set priorities and know what tasks require particular attention and time. Interpersonal A competitive environment can motivate the team. However, nobody wants to work in a hostile atmosphere. Employers don't want to have conflicts in the team. Therefore, you should show your interviewer that you can manage any conflict and ready to encourage and help your colleagues. Prove that you are not going to conflict with other employees. Let your future boss know that you are going to work and bring a success to the company. Leadership and Management Any company needs employees with the ability to take charge and manage their co-workers. While some employers don’t demand this skill, others are looking for a person ready to become a leader. Therefore, if you are sure that your potential recruiter wants to find a leader, tell about your previous achievements, projects where you occupied the main position. These facts can prove your leadership skills. Organizational A person that can properly organize their daily routine, working place and working process is highly appreciated by all employers. Such professionals are capable of meeting any deadline and coordinate several tasks or projects at the same time. Thus, make your recruiter believe that you are a self-organized and responsible person. Ann Mosley is an independent blogger and a writer of professional resume writing service reviews . Ann’s goal is to help job seekers to find a job that brings both income and satisfaction.