Five Rules for the Perfectly Worded Resume


It’s easy to use the wrong words on a resume, but the real challenge is creating a perfectly worded resume.

Five rules that will help you create a strong, accurate and powerful resume—something that can really get you the job!

Five rules for the perfectly worded resume

When writing resumes, it’s easy to talk about the words you want to avoid—empty, meaningless terms that have nothing to do with you getting you the job.

A bigger problem for job seekers is creating the perfectly worded resume.

It is true the wrong words can destroy your chances of getting the job, but the right words will surely improve your chances.

Creating a perfectly worded resume is not easy. There is no handy “list” of just the right words. A perfectly worded resume will vary depending on the job you are looking for.

However, there are five rules to get you started on the perfectly worded resume:

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Busting Five Myths About Employee Referral Programs


How can you get the most of your professional network when hiring? The answer is employee referrals.

Five Myths About Employee ReferralsIn a recent blog post by Heather Huhman for BusinessInsider.com, she busted a few of the myths of employee referrals. In the piece, she reminds readers that employee referrals provide better workers, as well as loyal employees who stay with the company longer than the average outside hire.

The sad thing is that despite evidence employee referrals are a powerful recruitment tool, many organizations remain skeptical.

If these companies can only see referrals in a new light, they will not only gain more candidates, but also a wider range of quality candidates from which to choose.

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7 Interview Mistakes That Scare Away Top Talent


Via Business 2 Community:

Employers may think they hold all the cards when it comes to interviewing job candidates, but they too can do things that will scare off would-be workers.

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Interview (Photo credit: smiling_da_vinci)

That may not matter if it’s a low-level position the company is seeking to fill, but if its top talent the company is after, then interviewers have to tread carefully during the interview process.

“Employers scare off candidates probably more often than they realize,” says Crystal Miller, a strategist at Branded Strategies, the recruitment and brand strategy company. “Everything is geared toward what the candidate should and shouldn’t do. Many employers don’t realize it’s an audition for them too.”

The job market may be tight, but when it comes to sought-after skills, companies are increasingly competing for top talent. The worst thing a company wants to do is lose a potentially great employee because of bad behavior on the part of the interviewer. From being unprepared to saying inappropriate things, here’s a look at seven behaviors that will send potential employees running for the hills.

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U.S. Small Business Hiring Plans Drop in May


Small business is looking up in the U.S., but small business hiring took a hit in May.

Small Business HiringAlthough small business optimism increased a bit in the U.S. in May, small business hiring plans took a dip compared to April, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’s Index of Small Business Optimism.

For the second month in a row, U.S. small business confidence edged slightly higher, increasing 2.3 points to reach 94.4 for May. Although this reading is the second highest since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, this doesn’t necessarily reflect strong economic growth.

Planned job creation fell a full point, which seems to be stalling after five consecutive months of gains.

An overall optimistic small-business economic sector is certainly a good thing, but when coupled with an unenthusiastic view of future small business hiring, the result brings the whole outlook down.

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SMS Recruitment: Connect to the One Thing Every Candidate Owns


The way to connect with the one thing every candidate owns–a cell phone–is with SMS recruitment.

SMS Recruitment

Almost everyone owns a mobile phone, but SMS (Short Message Service) in recruitment is amazingly underutilized. SMS recruitment is an untapped market, one that saves money and time, something which can clearly be appealing for any organization.

The advantage of SMS recruitment is that it saves administration costs. Bulk SMS communication takes only seconds to send, where individual phone calls take hours or days.

Everyone carries cell phones–including candidates

In a recent study, 80 percent of mobile phone owners carry their phones all the time. Text messages have become the most reliable form of contact.

Consequently, SMS is also an effective way to get the right person for a job.

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Obsessed With Social Media? Why Not Get Paid For It!


A new study by the University of Florida reveals a social media skills gap.  Businesses want to incorporate social media into their marketing and recruiting, but lack qualified personnel to use it to the fullest.

Social Media Obsession

Are you one of the millions of people who obsessively check their Facebook and other social media pages?

Do five minutes without a peek at your Twitter feed stress you out?

Now, a study arrives showing your social media addiction could be your next brilliant career move.

More companies than ever have recognized the importance of social media—for anything from marketing and advertising to recruitment and hiring. A social media expert is now accepted as a valuable asset, one that can directly affect the bottom line.

Today’s MSM online infographic—How Your Social Media Obsession Can Become a Career—comes from the University of Florida. It uses research on social media trends, predicting job growth in the industry by 2018 to be around 13 – 24 percent.

The biggest takeaway: an estimated 30 percent of business brands are not using social media well, due to the lack of employees with relevant online skills.

Of all businesses with a strong social media presence, 85 percent report increased market exposure, with 70 percent committed to expanding their online “footprint.”

Smarter1A business needs to know the different uses for social media platforms.  They will succeed by using the differences in each one to its greatest advantage.

For example, a shorter tweet—with 100 characters or less—will actually have higher participation rates than one closer to the 140-character limit.

Of course, as someone who spends time on Twitter, you probably already knew that.

Pinterest is also becoming an online powerhouse, especially for changing browsers into buyers. More than two-thirds of online consumers found a product they wanted to buy after visiting Pinterest.

However, only 25 percent of Fortune 100 companies have a Pinterest account.

More than anything else, this should be a wake-up call to entrepreneurs. There is a definite demand for social media experts. Companies are just waiting for the right person (or people) to fill that need.

Identifying the newest trends, especially with social media, could take your passion (or obsession) and get paid for it. Remember, that is how great fortunes are made!

Infographic after the jump…

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Job Tips for Generation Y Can’t They Find a Job


 What to do about Generation Y… can’t they find a job?

Generation Y Can't They Get a Job?

In a recent survey of 500 hiring managers, a majority believe that college graduates are not prepared to enter the job market. In addition, 58 percent are not planning to hire recent graduates for entry-level positions.

With student loan debt reaching $1 trillion, this gap between Generation Y (born in the 80s and 90s) and employers can become a serious problem. Most new entrants in the job market have a bachelor’s degree, making them overqualified for many entry-level jobs.

Generation Y and social media

In addition, social media is essential parts of Generation Y. Nearly 60 percent of them are reluctant to work for companies that ban social media, as well as having a heightened sense of entitlement. These attitudes make job seekers finding the right “fit” in an organization challenging.

Making the situation more difficult for Generation Y is the fact that many Baby Boomers are delaying retirement, staying in the job market longer and taking more of the higher-paying positions.

This infographic from Adecco offers several successful job search tips for Generation Y candidates. Apart from dressing well and refraining from sharing too much on social media, job seekers should not focus exclusively on themselves.

Infographic after the jump…

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