Ignore these 4 cover letters tips!

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1. Failing to address the letter to the specific name of the recipient.

If you get the name of the recruiter or the department’s director, of course you should use their names. But if you don’t know the name of the person, then you should not make that up. Can you imagine the recruiter receiving a letter with a different name? “Dear Sir/Madam” is not as bad as some HR advisors portrait. You can also use the name of the company. For instance, if you are applying to a Google position you can write: “Dear Google team”.

 

2. Never say: “My skills and experience are an excellent fit for this position”

Why not? As long as you can validate this there is nothing bad in writing it in a cover letter. Although it sounds a little bit cliché, if the validation is supported by real and impressive achievement then the recruiter will forget about that. Don’t be afraid to start your cover letter like this. You have to start it somehow. Just make sure the content is valuable and useful to showcase your skills and professional fit to the company and position.

 

3. Overusing “I”

The cover letter is about you! It’s not about the company, it’s about you! So don’t be afraid to tell them about you. Use the “I” as much as you can because you have the leading role in this movie. They want to get to know you as much as they can, and at the end of reading your cover letter, recruiters will create your profile in their minds. Therefore give them enough information and the right information so they can build that image the better way possible.

 

4. Leaving the ball in the employer’s court.

You have done your part! You have applied to a position and now it’s their turn to get back to you. Of course we all know most of the times they don’t. You can follow-up on your application for sure but companies are not above you. Applicants have their value and they should not beg for a job. Companies don’t want that and you will not want that for you too. You need that job as much as that company needs you.

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6 Bad Answers to Job Interview Questions

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1. Why do you want the job?

– “I’ve read a lot about your company and I really think my skill-set could help out around here.”

This sounds very robotic and it doesn’t show any personality. Recruiters can know when you are being genuine and when you are trying to please them with a cliché. Be honest and focus on your skills, your goals and what the position/company has to offer you. Be specific.

 

2. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone at work and how you resolved it.

– “I usually get along very well with everyone.”

It’s not true and it shows the recruiter that you probably don’t focus on your past experiences in order to improve. It’s true that there are some people that really get along with MOST people, but we all have experiences with people that are way too different from us. It doesn’t have to be a conflict but try to have a situation in mind to answer this question.

 

3. What do you think is your greatest weakness?

– “I’m an overachiever, and work long hours that leave me little time for anything else but serving the organization.”

Sometimes what we think the companies want to hear is exactly what keep us from getting that job. Don’t play this game, play safe. Prepare these answers before the interview and think of something that you can provide examples on how you are trying to improve your weaknesses.

 

4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

– “Going to the pub and sleeping”

Some companies ask this question to get to know more about the candidate. It’s not usually something that is going to take a big role in the decision but it’s more of an opportunity to create a human and genuine connection between the recruiter/company and the candidate. Take advantage of this question and smile, be funnier and show your social skills. Because here they are trying to get to know how you get along socially and break the ice.

 

5.  What do you expect to enjoy most about this role?

–  “Lunchtimes” – “Salary” – “Discounts” – “Holidays”

Show that you did your research and state the key aspects of the specific role that you are most excited about.

 

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

– “I see myself doing your job”

Of course some companies will like this kind of answer but most will not. This kind of confidence works better in start-up companies. You can also use this same idea but use different words where you are not threatening the interviewer in any way. Be smart and be specific.

 

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Top 11 Mistakes on graduates’ resumes

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1. No Accomplishment statements

A resume has to be more than a job description. And although recent graduates usually lack some professional experience, they need to know how to highlight their accomplishments during their studies and others.

 

2. Lack of Action Verbs

Forget the “responsible for” and “assisted with” passive frases and focus on action verbs. Sometimes it’s all a matter of sequence. Instead of writing: “Working with the CEO, coordinating a training session for…” start with the action: “Coordinated a training session with the CEO…”

 

3. Lack of Differentiation

Every resume sounds and look more or less the same. The ones that make a statement at a first impression are only a few. Make sure you use your resume as a marketing tool and sell yourself! Set yourself apart from others.

 

4. Irrelevant Detail

Being concise is crucial. Cut out the irrelevant and obvious information and focus only on the valuable things of your past experience. Unless you are a college freshman, delete all information about your high school.

 

5. Poor Formatting

Some of the same students who list “Expert at Microsoft Word” on their resumes don’t know how to use bullets or set tabs to right justify information such as dates. It’s common to find a lot of spacing and alignment inconsistences.

 

6. Meaningless Phrases

Don’t state something that you read somewhere that it’s important for recruiters. What’s the point of saying that you are a “good team player” or have “strong leadership skills” if you are not describing any of those experiences with a supported evidence.

 

7. Grammar or Word Usage Issues

There’s no need to elaborate about this topic.

 

8. Typos

Read your resume out loud and give it to someone to read it before you send it to recruiters.

 

9. Over-Used Resume Templates

Microsoft Word templates are getting obsolete and they make you look lazy. Make an effort to work on the package of your talent. You can use Word as long as you know how to use it to make your resume look personalized.

 

10. Obsolete Elements

“References available on request” and “Looking for an opportunity to challenge myself” are old school sentences that actually have a negative impact on your resume. Get rid of the old format of resumes and don’t be afraid to try new things.

 

11. Start over please!

Some of the resumes are so bad that they should be thrown in the garbage. Sometimes people have no idea what a resume should look like!

 

Source: Youtern.com

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6 tips on how to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn Profile

For most people looking for a new job involves a long process built by daily actions. Those tasks include sending your resume, looking for job offers, replying to emails, calling some companies and creating specific profiles in social networks. The most famous one in these terms is LinkedIn.

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Everyone looking for a job should consider to build a LinkedIn Profile or update the existing one. Read the following tips on how to improve your chances to attract recruiters.

1. Find a keywords strategyHave you ever heard of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Companies are using it to improve their status when someone looks for a specific word on a search engine like Google. The same happens on LinkedIn and even on Google, regarding searching for employees. Make a list of the keywords associated to your academic background and professional experience. Than ask yourself: How would someone look for a profile like mine? Try to adapt your words from that perspective.

Tip: instead of writing Digital Strategy, you should write Digital Strategist. And what if they look for Online Strategy? Consider to include synonyms for your keywords, so you can broader your chances.

2. Prepare your best pictureWe all know you shouldn’t have a picture on your resume, but on LinkedIn it’s a different story. You will increase 7 times more your chances of getting your profile viewed just by having a picture on it. A face gives credibility and creates an impact. It also shows that you are active on LinkedIn. You should obviously choose wisely what kind of photo to put there. Make sure you are in a professional environment.

Tip: Don’t put a picture with a dog unless you are a veterinary.

3. Use your nameYou should personalize your URL and making it go directly to your profile. If you do this you will increase your chances to appear in a Google search.

Tip: You can also include a keyword in your URL like http://www.linkedin.com /in/CarlySimonSinger

4. Collect RecommendationsRequest people who already worked with you or for you to recommend you. Try to look for different people to point out a variety of skills you have. It gives credibility and shows your networking skills.

Tip: You should also make good recommendations as they will also appear on your profile.

5. Strategic ConnectionsAs you increase your connections you’ll increase the chances to appear on the recruiters’ search. Identify people you want to establish a connection with and write a personalized message in each request.

Tip: You can talk about the fact you are looking for a job, but don’t do it in the first message.

6. Share, be activeSome people think they just need to create a profile, add some people and magic will happen. Things don’t work that way, you cannot just make a profile and expect for a job to knock at your door. You need to actively participate and engage on LinkedIn activities. You can join some groups, share some interesting content or comment on others in order to make your profile more visible.If you need some help, we know how to create an impressive LinkedIn profile:

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Top 10 Best Jobs for 2014

These are the best jobs for 2014, according to a study by CareerCast.

So if you have one of these or if you are applying of these be prepared for a lot of competition! Prepare your resume so you can be great at the interview and get the job!

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1. Mathematician
Midlevel income: $101,360
Key factors for ranking: work environment, high income and outlook, low stress

These are the people who figure out if a decision makes sense for a company or organization, be it digging for oil or building a car. They work in a variety of sectors, including energy, transportation and IT.

2. Tenured university professor
Midlevel income: $68,970
Key factors for ranking: work environment (ranks No. 1 of all jobs), lack of stress

The key word here is tenured. “That means they have a job for life,” Lee said, pointing out that they also receive a six-month sabbatical every seven years. Plus, they usually teach about three to four classes per week and have a say in setting their schedule.

3. Statistician
Midlevel income: $75,560
Key factors for ranking: work environment, outlook

“These are the people who determine the statistical likelihood of things,” Lee said. “They figure out how many people will buy that new iPad or if that breakfast cereal is selling well due to changing demographics.” Basically, any kind of planning for the future. And they can work across most industries.

4. Actuary
Midlevel income: $93,680
Key factors for ranking: environment, hiring outlook

Actuaries, who came in No. 1 on last year’s best jobs list, are the people who determine how long something is going to last. Typically, they work for insurance companies (this accounts for around 80 percent of actuaries), estimating how long people are going to live or the statistical likelihood that they will get a particular disease. However, they’re increasingly being used for other industries, such as infrastructure: How long will that bridge last? Is it time to replaced that rail line?

5. Audiologist
Midlevel income: $69,720
Key factors for ranking: outlook, lack of stress

Audiologists tend to work in a low-stress environment in a job that is very rewarding, since their focus is to help patients deal with hearing issues. Plus, the hiring outlook gets a boost on two fronts: aging baby boomers and retiring audiologists.

6. Dental hygienist Midlevel income: $70,210 Key factors for ranking: low stress (it ranks as the least stressful of all 200 jobs on this list), outlook

“Talk to a dental hygienist and they’ll tell you the best part of their job is that they’re in control of the situation,” Lee said. They work directly with their patients and get to set their own schedule. Plus, Lee said, it’s the only job in the top 10 where you don’t need a four-year degree.

7. Software engineer
Midlevel income: $93,350
Key factors for ranking: low stress, outlook

Software engineers are the people who write software code for programs that manage everything from online shopping to home heating and airport-landing schedules.

8. Computer systems analyst
Midlevel income: $79,680
Key factors for ranking: work environment, outlook

These are the people who work with the actual hardware (from servers to laptops) to make sure that it’s the right equipment, the right amount, it’s doing what a company needs it to do, and there are no outages. They’re always working to increase speed and efficiency. And there is a huge demand for what they do.

9. Occupational therapist
Midlevel income: $75,400
Key factors for ranking: outlook, low stress

These are people who help patients overcome illness or accidents so they can return to the workforce. “It’s very satisfying work,” Lee said, explaining that it’s one of those jobs that receives more thank-yous than others because its aim is to help patients overcome a major obstacle.

10. Speech pathologist
Midlevel income: $69,870
Key factors for ranking: low stress, hiring outlook

Here’s another job that tends to be personally rewarding, because of its positive effects on a patient’s life. Plus, many of the patients requiring speech assistance are children. Health-care jobs have ranked extremely well over the past few years as baby boomers age, and this year was no exception, with 4 of the top 10 jobs coming from the sector.

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What part of your resume is being read by recruiters?

A recent study from The Ladders shows how is the recruiter’s behavior when it comes to resume screening and evaluation. According to the study, recruiters waste an average of 6 seconds to the first screening of resumes. So you have 6 seconds to convince them why you should go to the next phase.

An “eye tracking” scientific technique was used in 30 recruiters for a period of 10 weeks, examining the ocular movements while evaluating several resumes. After that they were able to identify what parts of resumes are more looked at and for how long.

These are what recruiters spend more time looking at:

  • Name
  • Positions/Roles
  • Companies
  • Dates
  • Education

Here you have 2 examples of different resumes and their differences are clear.

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The one in the right was more looked at because it’s easier to read and it has a structure.

Make sure your resume is readable and that you highlight the names and positions you held in the past or you are looking for in the future. Make your resume stand out, or ask us for a little help at www.impressiveresumes.net.

How stupid and unreal do you find most job offers?

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Looking for an employee able to work in a team and work independently?

It is not unusual to find these kind of requirements in a job offer, but what is the real meaning behind them?

We were looking for some job offers and we found this one asking for someone to be able to work in a team environment and work independently. At first we didn’t pay much attention because we are so used to have these words in every job related ad. But then we asked ourselves, aren’t we all able to do that?

In fact we are. Even if you prefer to work independently everyone is able to work in a team environment and vice-versa. Actually most jobs have a combination of both environments. If you are applying for a freelancing position for example, we are going to assume you like to work independently. And if we are talking about an offer for joining a specific team, you have to be able to work in that team environment. But you’ll also have to be able to work independently. There is no such thing as a 100% job working in a team environment.

We wrote this article to tell you about the vices of the HR world. We are so used to the bla bla bla world that sometimes we write things without question the obvious. Recently most jobs offers I looked at are searching for people (or should we say super-heros) with:

Communication skills (It’s so overrated that it has no meaning at all. Evaluate this in an interview, so don’t bother write it on your resume or select someone who is able to write that)

Able to work in a team environment but also work independently (Guess what?! You just shorted down your list from 100% to 99%!)

– It’s an internship but you have to have 2 years of experience (Companies are looking for the impossible. They want the best for the smallest price. In the long term it’s not sustainable and you’ll not attract the best people with that kind of offer.)

Graduates with knowledge in a specific software (Are you aware of most universities’ study program? They are vague and not that much focused on the practical side of the work environment. Instead of looking for someone with that specific knowledge, choose someone who fits the company and position and invest one week to train that person.)

And the list can go on….Now we want to hear from you:

Recruiters: Do you agree? How do you define your job offers’ requirements?

Job Hunters: How many of these do you find and what do you think about them?

 

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