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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.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

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.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

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:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

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.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

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:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

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:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

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.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Craft Compelling Cover Letter Conclusions

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 11, 2014 10:43:27 AM

RH_Blog_cover_letter_closeWhen it comes to cover letters, it’s important to write a compelling, attention-grabbing opening sentence. But to leave prospective employers with a favorable impression, you also must craft a solid conclusion.

Consider using your last sentence or two to reassert your strong interest in the position and suitability for both the role and company. And, of course, make sure your conclusion is free of errors. As the saying goes, “Good to begin well, better to end well.”

Topics: Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: ‘Miscellaneous’ and ‘Other’ Matters

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 4, 2014 10:06:38 AM

RH_Blog_Resume_MiscellaneousCompelling content about your qualifications or trivial tidbits that have nothing to do with, well, anything? Guess what a hiring manager is more interested in?

We’ve previously written about why you shouldn’t focus on hobbies in your resume, but you’d also be wise to avoid including a “Miscellaneous” or “Other” section.

If you struggle to find a place on your resume for a certain piece of information, it’s probably a good sign you don’t need to include it.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania