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Resumania: Don’t Scare Off Employers With an Over-Accessorized Resume

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 27, 2014 6:00:00 AM

scare_off_empolyers_with_resumeSearching for the perfect Halloween costume can be a blast for people of all ages. Adding accessories and props to an already over-the-top outfit is all part of the fun. But when it comes to crafting your resume, remember that less is often more.

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Resumania: Campaign for the Job With Care and Class

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 20, 2014 5:37:24 PM

campaign_for_the_jobWith Election Day approaching, it’s virtually impossible to escape the negative political ads filling the airwaves. But candidates who rely strictly on attacking opponents — rather than highlighting their own strengths and accomplishments — risk alienating the very people they need to win over. The same is true for job candidates.

Employers want to know why they should hire you, not why they shouldn’t hire someone else. These applicants took the wrong approach:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Why You Should Never Badmouth a Boss

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

badmouth_the_bossNational Boss’s Day, an annual holiday when employees show appreciation to their managers, is celebrated on October 16. How (or if) you thank your boss for his or her efforts and support is up to you. But here’s one clear-cut boss-related rule: Never complain about a current or former manager in your resume or cover letter.

Badmouthing employers will only lead hiring managers to question your professionalism and attitude. Instead of coming across as having a chip on your shoulder, use your application materials to highlight your ability to take direction and work well with others.

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Resumania: Are You Looking for a Good Job – or a Lifeboat to Save You From a Bad One?

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 6, 2014 10:49:44 AM

escape_from_jobHiring managers are drawn to job applicants who show strong interest in the open position as well as in-depth knowledge of the company. That’s why researching a prospective employer and writing a targeted resume and cover letter is so critical.

What you absolutely don’t want to do is send a message that you’re simply looking for any job that will enable you to escape your current employer. Your reason for wanting to leave should never be your focus. Hiring managers want assurances that a candidate is enthusiastically running to their company — not desperately running away from a bad situation.

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Resumania: Would You Hire Candidate A or Candidate B?

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

two_job_candidatesGood resumes feature concrete achievements, not routine daily tasks. For instance, consider the difference between the approaches these two management candidates took:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Rumpelstiltskin Impersonators Need Not Apply

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 15, 2014 9:43:58 AM

rumpelstiltskinPoets and novelists often use complex metaphors to further a reader’s understanding or to highlight important ideas, but crafting a cover letter or resume is not an exercise in creative writing.

Use a straightforward approach when contacting prospective employers. After all, a busy hiring manager simply does not have the time to search for the hidden meaning of your message.

The following job candidates made some odd comparisons:

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Resumania: Keep Sweating the Small Stuff

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 8, 2014 6:05:00 AM

mistakes_in_resumeOne incorrectly used term. One transposed letter. One misplaced punctuation mark. That’s all it could take to cause an employer to question your professionalism and attention to detail. And that’s why it’s so critical to carefully review your resume and cover letter.  

Relying on spell-check alone is problematic because the program won’t necessarily flag every type of error. Proofread on screen and on paper, and ask a friend or family member for feedback. Fresh eyes can catch tricky mistakes you overlooked.

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Resumania: Yo! Don’t Do This With Your Resume or Cover Letter

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 2, 2014 6:05:00 AM

resume_slangThere are many ways to address a prospective employer. “What’s up?” probably isn’t the best option. “Hey!” and “Yo!” aren’t any better, but some job seekers continue to take an overly casual approach.

Writing in a relaxed tone is an easy trap to fall into considering today’s texting culture. But your resume and cover letter must convey your professionalism and an understanding of proper business etiquette, so avoid using abbreviations, slang and colloquialisms. These job candidates were far too informal:

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Resumania: Does Your Education Section Make the Grade?

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 25, 2014 5:05:00 AM

education_on_resumeIt’s back-to-school season. As students across the country return to the classroom, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at the education section of your resume. Here are the ABCs of writing and formatting your academic credentials:

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Resumania: Bad Jokes Are No Laughing Matter

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 18, 2014 6:03:00 AM

RH_Blog-Bad_jokeWhen applying for a job, aim to present yourself as a highly qualified candidate – not a comedian. Yes, having a sense of humor can be helpful to your career, but there’s a time and place for it.

While it’s acceptable to inject a little personality into your resume and cover letter, don’t fill your application materials with jokes or sarcasm. Humor doesn’t always translate well on paper, so it’s generally best to stick to the facts.

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