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Job Search Tip of the Week #25 (2017)

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The Best & Worst Words to Use on a Résumé



A recent survey of 2,201 hiring managers and HR professionals by employment website CareerBuilder indicates that your résumé may get more face-time than previously thought.

In contrast to an earlier finding by a different employment website that hiring authorities spend an average of six seconds reviewing a résumé, the majority (68%) of survey respondents reported spending on average less than two minutes, with only one in six hiring managers (17%) admitting to 30 seconds or less.

Whether you choose to believe in the six seconds or two minutes (and personally, considering the inherent response bias of the self-report method, we find the finding based on eye-tracking data more trustworthy), we think we can all agree that job applicants don’t have much time to impress potential employers with their résumés.

So besides crafting a company and position-specific résumé, and beyond formatting and checking it for common typos and grammatical errors, what else can you do to keep a hiring manager’s attention for as long as possible?

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Job Search Tip of the Week #24 (2017)

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Top 5 Most Common Typographical & Grammatical Errors

Details Can Make the Difference on Your Résumé & Cover Letter


Check for typos!


You could be everything a hiring manager is looking for, but if you neglect to review and revise your application materials before you submit them, you may be giving your potential employer a reason to take you out of their candidate pool.

Hiring managers base their initial impression of who you are and would be as an employee on your résumé and cover letter. Documents and other correspondence laden with typographical and grammatical errors suggest that you lack attention to detail and professionalism, which consequently increases the likelihood that you won’t be considered a viable candidate for the position. The following is a list of the five most common, non-content mistakes that we’ve come across on technical résumés and cover letters:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #23 (2017)

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You wouldn’t wear sweatpants or a clown suit to an interview, right? So why would you use Times New Roman or Comic Sans on your résumé?

You only have a very small window of time (six seconds, if that) to make the perfect first impression, whether it be in person or on paper – so every little detail counts.

“Since a prospective employer is looking at the résumé for only [a few] seconds, you want [a font] that is aesthetically pleasing and grabs the employer’s attention at a quick glance,” Wendi Weiner, certified professional résumé writer and founder of The Writing Guru, told Business News Daily. “The résumé should be sophisticated in design with clear headings that stand out.”

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Job Search Tip of the Week #22 (2017)

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6 Steps to the Perfect First Impression

The Science behind Snap Judgments


“You’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

Cliché? Most definitely. Wrong? Absolutely not.

We’re all practitioners of physiognomy, the art of determining personality from physicality. Research suggests that we form opinions of others within seconds (perhaps even in just a fraction of one), and any further interaction serves to justify them – which often proves to be as accurate as those reached over longer periods of time.

In other words: We make up our minds about someone in a hurry, and what’s more, we’re surprisingly good at it. So the last thing you want to do is to put yourself in a situation where you give someone the wrong idea!

Fortunately, learning more about the science behind first impressions can help you make the perfect one at your next interview or networking event. Check out these 6 tips on how to make the perfect first impression, which we’ve adapted from Carolyn Gregoire’s “How to Make the Perfect First Impression (According to Science)”:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #21 (2017)

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How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

Infamous Voicemails and other Telephone Crimes



Your résumé gets your foot in the door (at least, if it’s written well). Now, how do you get all the way in?

Unfortunately, even in today’s digital world, job applicants often overlook how important phone presentation is in securing an in-person interview and moving on in the interview process. Job applicants who look perfect on paper can end up taking themselves out of the running by committing telephone faux pas.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #20 (2017)

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How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

Forgetting About Non-verbal Cues: Body Language



Your body language during an interview says just as much, if not more, than your physical appearance. However, unlike your clothes or your words, your body language is much more difficult to control.

Body language is often executed and interpreted at a subconscious level, meaning that we are often unaware of the movements we make – or, how other people’s body language affects our behavior towards them.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #19 (2017)

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How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

Forgetting About Non-verbal Cues: Colors



Last week we discussed how your personal appearance says a lot about you and sets the tone for your first impression. One of our readers asked us whether the color of your clothing really makes a difference in an interview.

The short answer? Yes.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #18 (2017)

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How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

Dress to Un-impress

“What to wear to the interview in the summer?” is a trick question, because despite the brighter colors, more casual garb, and shorter hemlines and sleeve lengths that the summer months tend to bring into the office, interview attire stays the same year-round!

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Job Search Tip of the Week #17 (2017)

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How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

When Early Is a Bad Thing


How early is too early?

You know that a late arrival to an interview makes for a bad first impression and could disqualify you as a job candidate. But did you know that showing up to an interview too early may also have the same effect?

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Job Search Tip of the Week #16 (2017)

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How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

How late is too late?



A late arrival – yes, even by “just five minutes” – is a breach of pre-interview etiquette that’s difficult to recover from.

Worst case scenario? You don’t get the chance to show off your perfect handshake, let alone interview – some companies will refuse to see job candidates who are late.

But if you’re lucky enough to be granted another interview opportunity, it’s important to know that you’re starting your interview off at a disadvantage. Your tardiness has already given the impression that you’re unreliable and inconsiderate.

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