A 2012 study by The Ladders found that the amount of time it takes a recruiter to decide whether a resume belongs in the “yes” or “no” pile is a lightning-fast six seconds. Nearly every candidate knows the “objective” and “references available upon request” lines just take up space stating the obvious. HR consultant and resume expert Christopher Fields says scanability is key. A winning resume uses language that mirrors the job posting, and includes verbatim words that will jump out at the recruiter (e.g., if a company’s website says its employees go “above and beyond” on their clients’ behalf, use “above and beyond” to explain your commitment to business relationships). The best resumes are also usually formatted in reverse chronological order.
Insight – Yahoo Finance Canada
You don’t need Miss Manners to tell you it’s rude to ask someone his or her age. “How old are you?” is also the kind of question that has no place in a job interview.
It’s one of several queries that are strictly off-limits when it comes to employers screening potential candidates.
“Anything that is listed as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Human Rights Code would be unacceptable,” says Alka Kundi, a labour and employment lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver.
Interviews come in all shapes and sizes. You might be asked to talk about past projects you’ve worked on, given a task to complete in a short amount of time, or expected to answer rapid-fire questions from a panel of the company’s employees. Especially when you’re interviewing at a start-up, where passion and culture fit is just as important as your skills, you can expect—well, just about anything.
Courtesy: JobCluster.com Blog
The Globe and Mail
Internships and experiential learning are integral opportunities every student should engage in to gain key insight into the world of work, explore vocation, and participate in service leadership. These experiences can form a strong foundation that provides access for opportunities to network, receive mentoring, develop individual passions, as well as improve skill-sets (particularly soft skills) – all of which comprise fundamental steps in landing a job today.
Be likable and humble. At the very least, make them hope you’re the most qualified for the job.
Be flexible and adaptable, and don’t have too big of an ego. There’s no job too small – approach everything you’re assigned with a positive attitude. Your employer will notice and trust you with greater responsibilities in time, but you have to earn their trust first.
Choose Your Colors Wisely
For years, former applicants have sworn that they received more invitations to interview when their resumes included navy blue or gray text instead of (or in addition to) traditional black.
While this information is purely anecdotal, it seems obvious that prudent use of color can go a long way toward getting your resume noticed. There are two ways to use color on your resume: colored paper and colored ink.
Courtesy – Business Insider
Are you responsible? A strategic planner and creative thinker?
So is the rest of the career-seeking world, according to LinkedIn’s annual list of the year’s most overused resume words. “Responsible” was the worst offender in 2013, followed by “strategic” and “creative.”
Go Fishing At The Food Table
While waiting in line for the food, start chatting up the person next to you. This is a great opportunity to get a conversation started because you already have something in common: the food. Everyone is thinking the same thing, What am I going to try? What looks good?
So, instead of just standing there in silence, start a conversation. Here are a few conversation starters for this situation:
- “Oh man, everything looks so good… I’m not sure what to get! What are you thinking?”
- “Yummy, they have ___! Have you ever tried it?”
- “Hmm, I’m not quite sure what that dish is… do you know?”
Who knows, you might leave the buffet with a better plate of food AND a new contact! That’s a win-win in my book.
Find A Loner…Here are some ice breakers:
If you see someone standing alone in the corner, clutching his or her drink, and looking miserable, don’t be afraid to walk up and introduce yourself. Typically, these people need a little help getting the conversation going.
- “Man, these networking events can be so crazy. Mind if I join you over here where it’s a little quieter?”
- “Wow, there are a ton of people here! The food must be good, huh?”
If someone is standing alone, he or she is probably feeling uncomfortable or unconfident. If you initiate the conversation, it could make them feel more relaxed and willing to connect.
Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/conversation-starters-networking-events/#GcDmqbO1mr0ZXRAx.9918 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events | CAREEREALISM.
Based on Workopolis expertise.
People often use weak verbs to describe their work. These can dull your contributions. Some of the most common examples include help, handled, assisted with, and worked.
‘Handled’ is too vague, use a more definitive verb. You don’t handle people (which is where one usually sees this), and if you handled money what did you do with the money?
‘Worked’ is too generic and doesn’t evoke any vision of the action you actually did to accomplish the task. For example: Worked with the team…doing what? Resulting in what?
‘Assisted’ isn’t the accomplishment or action verb, it belongs at the end of the sentence. For example: Accomplished A,B,C and D, while assisting the Vice President of Human Resources with E,F.
‘Helped’ doesn’t say very much. What did you actually help to do? What more specific action verb would be more definitive? Managed? Directed? Collated? Fine-tuned?
Read: Four words to cut from your resume now.http://www.workopolis.com/content/advice/article/four-words-to-cut-from-your-resume-now-and-some-powerful-ones-to-add/