Posted tagged ‘Problems’

Job Seeker Advice

February 2, 2010

A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal by Sarah E. Needleman says,

“There’s been no shortage of warnings about the career dangers of posting racy content on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Yet many job hunters still don’t heed that advice, and others don’t realize they’re doing just as much damage by doing things like bending the truth or spamming their résumés. Recruiters say such faux-pas can result in immediate and lasting career damage.”

In this highly competitive job market, you should do all you can to make yourself presentable to prospective employers. Help yourself by avoiding common internet errors made by job seekers.

Read the full article here.


The Obvious Interview Question

October 29, 2009

When going into an interview, it is very important to intimately know the company. An interviewer can ask a multitude of questions that will determine if you have done your homework or not. One of these common questions is this: “Why are you interested in this company?” Andrea Rice, a respected career blogger says that people generally make one of these two classic mistakes;

“1)    They give generic answers that communicate I haven’t done my homework and don’t know how you differ from your competition; and

2)    They don’t tie the differentiating features about the company to their own strengths or interests.”

She gives two different examples of answering this question, one generic, and the other a solid answer.

“Karen; “Widget Inc. is an exciting emerging leader in the industry. The company attracts really sharp people and has a great reputation for its employee development and culture. I’m sure I would learn a lot at Widget and could make a valuable contribution.

Julia; “I’ve been following Widget Inc for the past 3 years since I first used the company’s product after seeing an ad. Even though the brand wasn’t as well established then, the product was so much faster and more intuitive for a user. I told my friends, and clearly others told theirs. It’s not surprising to me that the company’s market share has doubled to 28% in the past 2 years and international expansion efforts are underway. As you see on my resume, I’ve had multiple opportunities to develop and demonstrate my sales skills in various initiatives over the last few years. I believe I could immediately put those skills to use at Widget.”

Whether you are asked this specific question or not, it is imperative that you communicate accurately your interest in the company without generic, cliche answers.

For Andrea Rice’s full blog post on this subject click here.

Most Common Resume Errors

April 30, 2009

A recent survey by Nichols College (Massachusetts) of 780 employers revealed the following errors most commonly observed in applicant resumes.  (The percentages are of employers reporting, not of the percent of resumes found with these errors.)

  • 78% – Grammatical/spelling errors
  • 71% – Resume not directed to the specific position/generic resume
  • 59% – Objective not specific to the job
  • 43% – Too much information
  • 32% – Unexplained gaps in experience
  • 31% – Accomplishments not identified
  • 29% – Inappropriate email addresses
  • 21% – Poor resume format
  • 8% – Education or GPA not listed