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Resumania: Why to Put a Spotlight on Your Soft Skills

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 28, 2014 4:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_soft_skillsTop-notch people skills aren’t merely preferred by employers today — they’re now expected for most roles. 

Because attitude is everything on the job hunt, don’t just focus on your technical qualifications when crafting your resume and cover letter. Emphasize those increasingly pivotal soft skills, too. These strengths might include the ability to lead a team, negotiate, build consensus or resolve conflict.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Thank-You Notes Should Be Proofread, Too

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 21, 2014 11:08:21 AM

RH_Blog_Thank_you_letterAsk job candidates to name the most important part of the hiring process, and a common answer is likely to be the interview. But many applicants forget that what they do after the interview also impacts how employers perceive them. For instance, 91 percent of managers said it’s helpful for a candidate to send a thank-you note following an interview, according to a survey by our company.

Promptly showing your gratitude displays good etiquette. It’s also a smart way to again express your interest in the job and re-emphasize the relevant skills that qualify you for the role. But as with your resume and cover letter, your efforts will backfire if you fail to proofread your thank-you note or take the wrong tone. Here are some thank-you note mishaps we’ve collected over the years:

Topics: Resumania

Resumania: Don’t Go Old School

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 14, 2014 1:52:10 PM

RH_Blog_education_on_the_resumeThe prominence of the education section of your resume relates to where you are in your career. If you’re a recent graduate, for example, it makes sense to place education-related information near the top of the document. But as your work history develops, details about your academic career should move toward the bottom.

Employers are more interested in your recent professional accomplishments than scholastic achievements from years ago. These experienced professionals included dated academic details:

Topics: Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Prune the Exclamation Points!!!

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 7, 2014 12:04:37 PM

RH_Blog_exclamation_pointWe recently wrote a blog post reminding job applicants to minimize the number of questions they pose in a resume or cover letter. But you also need to be judicious in your use of the frequently abused exclamation point, which should be reserved for expressing strong emotion.

While prospective employers seek highly motivated job candidates, you shouldn’t rely on endless exclamation points to spotlight your passion for your profession. Many hiring managers will view this as amateurish or inappropriate for a business document. As the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once suggested, “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Are You Self-Assured or Arrogant?

Posted by Robert Half on Jun 30, 2014 11:27:10 AM

RH_Blog_Arrogant_in_ResumeConveying self-confidence is critical when you’re applying for a new job. After all, you’re trying to convince a hiring manager that you’re a better fit for the open position than anyone else. But if you’re not careful, self-assurance can easily come across as arrogance.

As you proofread your resume and cover letter for typos, also review for tone. You might even ask a friend to read your work to make sure you’ve struck the right balance. Remember: There’s a very fine line between confidence and cockiness. The following job applicants came across as entitled, demanding and presumptuous:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Polish Your Pitch to Get Hired

Posted by Robert Half on Jun 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_cover_letterThe pitch. It's what marketing and sales professionals use to entice potential clients and customers to buy (or at least further explore) a product or service. In many ways, your resume and cover letter combine to form a personal pitch meant to convince prospective employers that a certain product — you — is worth investing in.

As a job seeker, you need to quickly make a positive impression by presenting compelling and highly relevant information that will attract a hiring manager's attention. Unfortunately for the following applicants, their sloppy sales skills killed their chances of securing interviews:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: Avoid Questionable Questions in Your Cover Letter

Posted by Robert Half on Jun 16, 2014 5:22:00 PM

RH_Blog_cover_letter_questions“There is no such thing as a dumb question."

Well, some employers might disagree with that well-worn cliché after reading one too many misguided cover letters. Remember that when crafting a cover letter, your objective is to supply information, not request it. Keep the queries to a minimum in your application materials, and use the job interview to ask highly informed questions that show you've done your research.

Topics: Job Search, Resumania, Cover Letter

Resumania: When in Doubt, Aim for a Short and Sweet Resume

Posted by Robert Half on Jun 9, 2014 4:30:00 AM

RH_blog_short_resumeIt’s generally best to keep your resume to a single page or, at most, two. Having difficulty streamlining your text? Writing a professional summary can help.

Conciseness allows employers to quickly and easily search for information relevant to their needs and open position. Unfortunately, the following job seeker took this logic to the extreme, providing hiring managers with only a postcard-sized amount of information.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

Resumania: 3 Resume Questions Recent Grads Should Ask Themselves

Posted by Robert Half on Jun 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

shutterstock_171537062Are you about to graduate from college? Congrats!

Now get to work on fine-tuning your resume.

The resume remains the centerpiece of your job-search toolkit, and a carefully crafted one can help you stand out among your many fellow recent grads. Before you apply for your first job, ask yourself these three key questions:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

Resumania: Yep, Resume Typos Can Still Hurt You

Posted by Robert Half on May 27, 2014 10:55:15 AM

RH_blog_resume_typosSure, we now live and work in an era of typo-ridden texts and tweets, but that’s no excuse to submit a sloppy resume. In fact, being careless with your application materials can still prove costly. While employers are a bit more lenient than they were five years ago, 63 percent of senior managers said just one or two resume mistakes would eliminate an applicant from consideration for a job, according to a new survey by our company.

“The quick and casual nature of communication today shouldn’t extend to the job application process,” says Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half and author of Job Hunting For Dummies®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “Job seekers should take great care in crafting, proofreading and submitting their resumes. Attention to detail is required for most jobs, and a resume should showcase this skill — not detract from it.”

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter