Archive for ◊ June, 2011 ◊

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• Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Your resume should also be served in bite-size pieces. No one wants to cut through a big slab of text that takes time and effort to consume. Consider these two resume examples: “Ugh, too much text.”                         “Mmm, bite-size pieces!” The resume on the left looks like a lot of work. Any one of those solid paragraphs […]

• Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

When it’s time to write a resume, some job seekers have a hard time figuring out which elements to emphasize in order to land an interview. But what’s the most important aspect of a resume that hiring managers look for? A recent survey posed that question to 85 hiring managers in Orange County, CA. Here are the top […]

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• Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tell them the job is right up your alley. In your opening paragraph, tell the hiring manager that the position fits your skills and experience. They might see that in your resume, but the cover letter can help point out how “what you have” fits with “what they want” and give advance billing to your resume. Show […]

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• Friday, June 24th, 2011

First, ignore the conventional advice to state a weakness that’s really a positive job attribute, such as, “I’m a workaholic and I spend too many hours at work.” Interviewers have been hearing that for years, and they see right through it. And the truth is, they are looking to see how you handle the question and what […]

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• Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

This question falls into the same category as “What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What would your boss say about you? Such questions have no value in predicting future job performance.  Interviewers really are interested in seeing how you respond. They really want to hear that you’re committed to your career, constantly improving your […]

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• Monday, June 20th, 2011

Be prepared – be very prepared. By that, I mean, prepare questions that show you’ve taken the time to learn about the company you are interviewing for and that you are interested in it. Don’t just tell the hiring manager your strengths; prepare stories that illustrate where you’ve used those strengths successfully in past work experiences. […]

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• Thursday, June 16th, 2011

“Fit” is a subjective measure that takes into account the candidate’s abilities, as well as innate qualities such as sense of humor, capacity to learn quickly, maturity, and confidence. “Cultural Fit” is a combination of how the interviewer feels about you, and whether you seem like someone who will fit in well and complement the […]

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• Monday, June 13th, 2011

Hiring the right employee is a challenging process. Hiring the wrong employee is expensive, costly to your work environment, and time consuming. Hiring the right employee, on the other hand, pays you back in employee productivity, a successful employment relationship, and a positive impact on your total work environment. Hiring the right employee enhances your […]

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• Friday, June 10th, 2011

What’s the best way for a candidate to address employment gaps in their resume during an interview? As we’ve discussed, what a hiring manager cares about is your ability to do the job, do it well, and fit into the organization. A lot of people have gaps in their resume. Yes, I will question you about […]

• Wednesday, June 08th, 2011

Go to Google.com, type in the words “have you,” and then stop. You’ll see a list of suggestions pop up. That’s called Google Suggest, and it’s a group of popular search terms that Google thinks you might be looking for. In other words, it’s Google trying to make your life simpler by telling you what the […]