Clearly, there is no end to amount of advice offered on resume writing. However, every day I read resumes that have glaring mistakes. Not simply grammar or spelling. There are resume pitfalls that can cause doubt to arise about you. It may seem unfair. At the same time, can you really expect a perfect stranger to know how well you fit the job if you’re conveying a different message?
Although there are many who can provide advice on resumes, including professional resume writers, I thought it would be helpful to share a few of the common errors I see. Check out my latest article at Job-hunt.org to learn more. Feel free to add your own advice by commenting on this article within my blog.
One of the most popular requirements listed for an open job posting is “good communicator.” Most people immediately think something along the lines of “Yes, I am good at communicating my message clearly to individuals and large groups.”
But this is only half of being a good communicator. Hiring managers want to know you are also a good listener. And an interview is a great chance to demonstrate your skills in this area.
Check out my first article for a blog site dedicated to coaching you through your career path: Work Coach Cafe. If you have additional tips on listening skills, please share your comments on either blog.
In this article written for Job-Hunt.org, I cover five popular misconceptions about working with agency recruiters. The article also references several links that may be helpful in understanding how this process works and what to expect. These misconceptions include:
- Recruiters will find me a job.
- All recruiters are the same.
- Recruiters are career counselors.
- Apply for all the jobs the recruiter has listed.
- All I need is a simple LinkedIn profile and the recruiters will be banging on my door.
If you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, this article is a “must read.”
Article: Working with Agency Recruiters
I have stated many times that external recruiters can be helpful to you even though you do not pay them. I know this may seem counterintuitive, but the reality is, they cannot do their job without you. Even so, many job seekers keep them in the dark about their job situation or requirements. It is important to realize, it is hard for a recruiter to do their job well (on your behalf) when they are unsure of your specifics. Take a look at my latest article for job-hunt.org for more details on this tedious balancing act.
When an employer asks you what your salary expectations are during the early stages of the interviewing process, you are trained to say you are open-minded on salary and are more concerned about the overall opportunity. Many say, “I look at the entire package and opportunity before I make decisions about salary.” And from there, the conversation may go in a few directions, hopefully leading to an ideal result.
When working with an external recruiter, the process is slightly different. Read this article I wrote for Job-Hunt.org to learn more about how to manage this aspect of the interviewing process when a recruiter is involved.
Article: The Starting Salary Question
New grads are accustomed to interacting with on-campus recruiters representing hiring companies. But not nearly as many external recruiters help place new grads within their clients’ organizations. The reasons for this are pretty straightforward, but does this mean New Grads should not include external recruiters in their job search? Read the article I wrote for Job-Hunt.org for insights:
Article: Recruiters and New Grads