This week, Free Resume Builder asked hiring managers to talk about a touchy subject: how they really feel about bad resumes.
A recruiter can be a powerful asset during your job search. But if you plan to gain the attention of recruiters, remember: they aren't always reviewing your resume with the same eyes as those of actual employers. While employers know exactly what they want, recruiters are casting a wide net and using only the information that employers have provided them to filter a broad pool of potential applicants. That means they'll be searching for details like the ones listed below.
Words in the same language can have different meanings for different people. And sometimes what we say (or write) carries a different meaning for the person in a position to review our written or spoken words. As you begin drafting and formatting your professional resume recognize that when you use some of the phrases below, they may not have the impact you intend or expect.
In an earlier age, job seekers in almost every industry at almost every level would attach this short little tagline under the final text of a professional resume: "References available upon request."
This week, Free Resume Builder asked several business owners and HR pros to answer a simple question: What happens to resumes after candidates are hired?
In the career-counseling world, there's a vocal school of thought that suggests the following: A great resume can't get you a job, but a great interview can. Even with a killer resume that offers more than hundreds of others, a candidate won't increase his or her odds by any more than a fraction of a percentage point. But a powerful interview, on the other hand, can seal the deal despite a weak resume, one that hasn't been reviewed, or even no resume at all.
This week, Free Resume Builder rounded up a set of hiring managers and asked them an important question: How much do attitude and personality factor into a hiring decision? In other words, would you ever hire a talented candidate who you didn't like?
Job seekers are often advised to demonstrate interest and show initiative by "following up" after every connection that takes place during the job search process. But as with any other form of social engagement, follow-ups have a specific time and place, and following up relentlessly or inappropriately can actually have a negative impact on an otherwise promising job search.
You've been warned of a pending round of layoffs, and you suspect (or you know for sure) that your job is one of the ones on the chopping block. So before your last day in the office and your first official day on the job market, what should you do? What steps can you take to make the resume writing process easier and to reduce the time you spend between this job and the next one?
Sometimes a job post provides very clear instructions regarding what job seekers should and should not submit as part of the application process. Some posts will ask for a resume, some will ask for a resume and cover letter. Some will ask for resume, letter, and work samples And some will state very clearly that candidates should not include samples or extra attachments, and that attaching these files will result in immediate rejection.