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Job Search Tip of the Week #25 (2017)

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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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