Infographic Resumes: Here to Stay, Or Just a Passing Fad?

The most difficult part of a modern job search is determining if the latest technology is a definite movement or only a passing fad. One example is infographic resumes.

Infographic resume (2)Everyone agrees that finding a job can be a job in itself, especially for employers who have to sift through thousands of identical resumes. So it might be reasonable to think job seekers will use eye-catching tricks in an attempt to stand out. One popular trend has become the infographic resume.

With infographic resumes, is it more than just a fad? It could be here to stay.

Video resumes are a prime example of technology gone awry—perhaps even becoming a running joke with employers. Some experts swear by them, others say job seekers should stay away.

The same is true with infographics, the vision and design phenomenon that has now made its way into the world of the resume.

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Infographics have already become common business tools, popular for summarizing information in visually appealing ways and making them easy to understand.

It is not difficult to imagine job seekers will try to do the same for their qualifications, strengths and abilities.

Isn’t that is the point of a resume, anyway?

However, an effective infographic resume should depend on the situation and type of job you are seeking. Do it right and it could get you noticed (in a good way); do infographic resumes wrong, and you may be the object of office jokes for years to come.

Four tips for creating a successful infographic resume:

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Eight Reasons Why Your Resume is Getting Dumped!

In today’s economic climate, the competition is difficult, but your resume should never be.

Why your Resume was DumpedThe resume is the most effective tool to kick-start your job search. Applying for a new job, the best way to get your foot in the door is your resume. It is not difficult to write a powerful resume, but it does take a little attention.

Some facts about resumes, and the way it can affect your career: Continue reading “Eight Reasons Why Your Resume is Getting Dumped!”

Smart Interview Answers: “Why You Left Your Last Job?”

For job seekers, the interview is an indication of how well you carry yourself.

Preparation is essential, to anticipate some of what will be asked in the interview by an employer or hiring manager.

Interview tips from www.HRNewsDaily.comOne fastest ways to wreck an otherwise smooth-running interview is being unnecessarily hung up on a simple question.

This is not to recommend a candidate should appear so rehearsed that answers sound canned, hollow and lack sincerity. It is just that there always should be a reasonably clear response to the most frequently asked interviewer questions.

The single interview question that seems to mix people up is, “Why did you leave (or are looking to leave) your previous employer?”

Seven tips to help you avoid tripping over yourself, so you can give the interviewer a complete, reasonable answer: Continue reading “Smart Interview Answers: “Why You Left Your Last Job?””

Five Reasons Why Your Resume Sucks!

It’s a tough job market, and it’s anyone’s guess when it will change.

Too many applicants and too few of the right job openings, so human resources departments end up ignoring all but the resumes of most qualified candidates.

Why Your Resume Sucks!Have you applied for  positions, knowing you are fully qualified, but still with no response? What the hiring manager or human resources department isn’t telling you is that your resume just doesn’t cut it.

The problem might not be you, it is your resume. Here are five reasons you are not getting interviews—because your resume just might suck: Continue reading “Five Reasons Why Your Resume Sucks!”

Still Unemployed? Close Your Skills Gap to Get the Job!

Are you looking for the right job for this economy? You may be part of the widening “skills gap” in the U.S.

To find the right job quickly, you need to get up to speed! Develop the appropriate abilities employers require, starting with the information in this infographic.

Are you looking for the right job for this economy? You better get up to speed with the appropriate skills.In a recent survey of hiring managers and human resources departments, most candidates lack the skill set required by employers. This “skills gap” may be what keeps you from getting the perfect job.

Increasingly, there is a difference between the skills recruiters and human resources departments are looking for, and the skills most candidates possess when applying for a job. This problem adds to the widening breach between academic abilities and basic requirements that businesses demand for workers to remain competitive.

When looking at the numbers, skills gap becomes even more significant. It is what is driving structural unemployment in the U.S. to the highest levels in history.  Over 12 million working-age Americans were unemployed in 2010 while at the same time, the country experienced a shortage of 7 million skilled workers, according to numbers put out by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What makes this news really bad—this employment situation does not seem to be getting any better; unfilled skilled jobs are expected to reach 21 million by 2020.

The skills gap survey, conducted by DeVry University and the Career Advisory Board, asked employers to prioritize the skills they value most. Of all respondents, the top two skills were a larger view of the big picture (strategic perspective) and high integrity. Good understanding of technology and ability to network were at the bottom of the list as least relevant skills to get a job in this market.Human Resources: Free live ovation demo

A lack of academic achievement is seen to be the cause of the gap between jobs and available workers. This is on top of the difference in “soft skills” that make a candidate a good fit for a company. Having the right soft skills can make up for lapses in technical proficiency, since employee can learn practical skills. Hiring managers indicated that, if you don’t have them now, don’t worry; most of the essential skills can be learned!

It should not be surprising that the right mix of skills puts you in demand to hiring managers, recruiters and human resources departments.  The challenge is to minimize the disproportion between an employer’s immediate needs and the skill set the job seeker actually has.

This infographic outlines what job seekers can do to make themselves more attractive to employers…

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Four No-Fail Social Media Hiring Tips

This is icon for social networking website. Th...Need to hire an employee fast? Social media has straightforward, effective and inexpensive (or FREE) ways to reach out to qualified candidates.

More than 90 percent of companies are using social media to find new employees, according to a recent Jobvite study. The most popular: Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you’re up to the challenges presented by recruitment, here are four no-fail tips for using social media to find your next superstar employee:

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How Not to Write Resumes, Job Descriptions [Infographic]

How NOT to write a resume, job description

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for job searchers, hiring managers and human resources departments, words can count quite a bit more!

In crafting the tools for a competitive job market—for employers and job seekers—both what you say and how you say it are essential to making an impact.

Like marketing copy, the best resumes states a case clearly and plainly—compelling the reader with powerful calls to action (that is, giving YOU the job!)

The perfect resume or job descriptions can increase your brand, putting in front of hundreds more decision makers, with a better chance to get the job (or get the right hire if you are an employer).

Writing copy—resumes, job descriptions or other types of marketing copy—can be challenging to get right. But there is hope!

There some basic rules; follow them, and you can make recruitment simpler (and job search much shorter).  One of the best is this—the best resumes avoid jargon!

Adding buzzwords (that few truly understand) in job descriptions or resumes—unlike keywords—will turn off readers more than turn them on.

In resumes and job ads, spelling errors should also be avoided at any cost; it screams unprofessional and a lack of attention to detail. Job seekers–don’t rely on spell check! There will be times “form” (the right spelling of the wrong word) can pass by the computer, when you meant to say “from.” produced this infographic—with useful tips for both employers and job seekers.

Infographic after the jump…

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