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6 Secrets of Great Resumes, Backed By Psychology

6 Secrets of Great Resumes, Backed By Psychology | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it

The day I landed my job at Google was the day I decided to pay forward all the help I received on reworking my resume.


After going through many resumes, I want to share what I learned in hopes that it helps more people get their dream jobs.


My biggest realization? We don’t think like psychologists. And in doing so, we sell ourselves short.


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This article has concrete examples to illustrate each point.

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6 secrets of great resumes, backed by psychology.

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27 annoying words on your résumé that make hiring managers cringe

27 annoying words on your résumé that make hiring managers cringe | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
These words don't mean much to hiring managers, other than "this one's going in the 'no' pile."
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This is a quick list to guide your next resume edit, including the more recent trend of not including your address on your resume. As with any advice, it doesn't apply to all demographic areas or all levels of experience. A resume that may lead someone to wonder if you have software skills may benefit from listing your software skills like MS Word. A young job seeker may list punctuality, depending on what else is competing for resume space. When you remove your objective, add a summary.
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How We Stopped Reviewing Resumes And Started Making Better Hires

How We Stopped Reviewing Resumes And Started Making Better Hires | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it

Long ago, the business world settled on a conventional hiring process. And while some companies are experimenting with their own approaches, the standard elements—a cover letter, resume, and interview—still prevail in most places. The thing is, they don’t necessarily serve the end goal: hiring the most qualified candidate.

Despite its convenience, the traditional hiring process has its shortcomings. For one thing, resumes and cover letters only convey self-reported data, so candidates can and do bend their experiences to fit the job description. Quirky interview questions can sometimes lighten the mood and get a candidate to give more revealing answers, but they don’t necessarily identify the most qualified candidate. For instance, Airbnb has been said to ask applicants, "What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?" It’s a cool question, but (hopefully) not a predictor of success at Airbnb.



Here at Compose, we realized that our own hiring process was not only less than completely effective, it was also—like most—susceptible to bias. So we set out to make it more transparent, less subjective, and less biased—all while decreasing the time we spent finding the ideal hire. Here's how we did it.


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"They are asking for me to produce work, not for my resume; is this legit?" Yes, depending on the company's hiring process, it is possible you will be moved through a series of prompts that ask for written work or other problem solving examples. The information technology field may be the front runner of this technique, but other industries are adopting it. Your response? Do your best at producing a quality example of your work; take your time enough to proof it while keeping an eye on the deadline. Could be your next job.
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The hiring process hasn't changed for decades. This company scrapped it and started over.

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The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever

The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it

We know writing and editing the perfect resume is enough of a challenge. Why should you have to spend your time and energy making it look great, too?

 

Especially if you're not a designer, crafting a resume that looks impressive and really stands out can be a challenge. But have no fear—that's what resume templates are for. Whatever sort of resume you want—from classic and traditional to modern and design-focused—we've gathered the best templates on the web.


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No need to pay to have your resume created/updated; talk with friends, colleagues, family members and jot down what others appreciate about you. Review supervisor feedback and letters of recommendation. Then check out the designs in this article and make it elegant. If you are getting contacted for interviews, your job materials are working. If not, keep working on your resume and cover letters. Hang in there, your job awaits you.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 13, 2016 8:02 PM

It's really hard finding resume templates to help you stand out. Here are some inexpensive and free resume templates that will help you stand out to hiring managers.

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How to Merge Money and Meaning: An Animated Field Guide to Finding Fulfilling Work in the Modern World

How to Merge Money and Meaning: An Animated Field Guide to Finding Fulfilling Work in the Modern World | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
The six psychological pillars of a satisfying life.

“To not have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if o
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I am currently reading Roman Krznaric’s: How to Find Fulfilling Work, which was recommended on this site. It has great prompts for career seekers.

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Ignore This Common -- and Awful -- Career Advice

Ignore This Common -- and Awful -- Career Advice | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Not all career advice is created equal. In fact, some can actually hurt a job search or career. Here are seven pieces of terrible career advice that you should ignore:
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Less post-interview follow up (still send a thank-you card), thoughtful resume length (showcase your experience concisely beyond a page), and more.

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The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them

The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
I've sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I've personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes
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These are the classic blunders; this article is worth a read before reviewing your resume.

 

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Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
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Networking is key to so many endeavors, whether you are building a business, seeking a job, or pursuing a myriad of other possibilities.

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College Freshmen: Your Career Starts with Day One on Campus, Says Career ... - Newsday

College Freshmen: Your Career Starts with Day One on Campus, Says Career ... - Newsday | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
College Freshmen: Your Career Starts with Day One on Campus, Says Career ...
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The first day of college is not too soon to start thinking about the impression students will make on prospective employers when they graduate.
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No matter whether you are a student on campus or a person in a community, these are excellent tips!

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5 Soft Skills to Showcase in an Interview

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This article does a good job describing likability and corporate fit, and how to demonstrate your interpersonal skills during an interview.

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Thinking of a Career Change? Unemployed? Use Hard Trends to Shape Your ... - Huffington Post

Thinking of a Career Change? Unemployed? Use Hard Trends to Shape Your ... - Huffington Post | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Thinking of a Career Change? Unemployed? Use Hard Trends to Shape Your ...
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It's good to think ahead... is your career path going to exist in the future?

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What You Wish You'd Known Before Your Job Interview | Visual.ly

What You Wish You'd Known Before Your Job Interview | Visual.ly | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
This infographic gives you all the tips and tricks needed to avoid the common mistakes and ace your interview!
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Great insight from a survey of 2,000 hiring authorities.

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The font that should not be on your résumé—and other tips for job seekers | Articles | Home

The font that should not be on your résumé—and other tips for job seekers | Articles | Home | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
By simply choosing one particular font, you might be conveying to prospective employers that you’re lackluster, lazy, and difficult.

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This is the best overview of contemporary resumes I have seen, complete with suggestions on how to leverage technology while retaining classic elements.

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Which Social Media Activities Actually Matter in the Job Search?

Which Social Media Activities Actually Matter in the Job Search? | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
60 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates -- up from 52 percent in 2015.
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Instagram to post photos of your work, Pinterest to demonstrate your professional style and resource sharing... read this article to see how you can leverage social media effectively.
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(EN) - Cover Letter Samples | about.com

(EN) - Cover Letter Samples | about.com | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Cover letter samples, templates and formats for a variety of different jobs, including examples of different types of cover letters, referral letters, and inquiry letters, as well as letters for a variety of levels of candidates and for many...

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Stuck writing cover letters and out of ideas? Alison Doyle has done great research to recommend areas of focus for a myriad of jobs. While your cover letter needs to be uniquely yours and connected to a specific job, Alison has key topics that may prompt your best writing yet.
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5 Steps to Networking Success for Introverts

5 Steps to Networking Success for Introverts | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it

While there are some people who enjoy networking and get a lot of energy from interacting with a crowd, many find it intimidating and draining. Traditional networking is not for everyone.


However, networking is essential in today’s job market. Experts estimate that well over half of jobs are found through networking and word of mouth. The old job search method of comfortably sitting at your computer sending off résumés and cover letters will no longer get you very far.


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Marcelle Yeager gets it; introverts and networking are a challenging mix. Her tips are solid and may be just what you need to gain momentum in the professional world of networking.
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Step out of your comfort zone. Think outside the box. Be your confident self.

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10 Best Job Interview Tips for Job-Seekers

10 Best Job Interview Tips for Job-Seekers | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Succeeding in job interviews takes research, practice, persistence. Find 10 best job interviewing tips for job-seekers to help you obtain job offers.

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The points made in this article cover a good range of important things to consider before going in for your interview.

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Rachael Butz's curator insight, April 28, 2015 11:48 PM

helpful for interviews

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It is always good to be in practice for interviewing, these will help. 

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How To Craft A Job Search Elevator Pitch

How To Craft A Job Search Elevator Pitch | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
When Anita Attridge worked in human resources at Merck and Xerox, she frequently kicked off job interviews with a standard request: Tell me about yourself. A striking number of applicants couldn’t answer her coherently. “You’d get everything from, ‘Where do you want me to start?’ to their whole life story,” [...]
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Know your value and boil it down to its key nuggets. Excellent article!

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How to add Rich Media to your LinkedIn Profile

In this video Kelly Mirabella with Stellar Media Marketing will show you how to add rich media (i.e. video, images, present ions etc.) to your LinkedIn profile.…
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Maximize your LinkedIn profile and demonstrate your skills through links to videos, blogs and more.

 

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4 Stunning Statistics People Ignore When Job Searching and Negotiating

4 Stunning Statistics People Ignore When Job Searching and Negotiating | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
If you are job searching or negotiating your salary, do not miss this post! Jim Hopkinson shares his expertise about finding a job and making money.
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Whether you are building your customer base or job seeking, this is a great article around marketing your skills.

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First-Time Job Seeker? Knock Em’ Dead with Author Martin Yate

First-Time Job Seeker? Knock Em’ Dead with Author Martin Yate | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
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This article is important for the younger workforce, regardless of your education and training level.

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Hire Economics: Why Applying to Jobs Is a Waste of Time

Hire Economics: Why Applying to Jobs Is a Waste of Time | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Jobs in the hidden market are much better than the jobs listed in the public market.The point of this article is to strongly suggest that job-seekers should only spend 20% of their time working the
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Network into your next job, and remember you are offering your skills and knowledge when you connect with others about employment.

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CareerLab®—Before You Quit Your Job

CareerLab®—Before You Quit Your Job | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
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If you are already employed, be sure to read this article before making a change. Also remember that having a job (even if it's just a 'for now' job) can look better than being unemployed.

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5 Things You Should Be Doing If You're Unemployed | CAREEREALISM

5 Things You Should Be Doing If You're Unemployed | CAREEREALISM | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Are you unemployed? Don't just skim job postings everyday... work on your job skills! Here are five ways to make yourself more hireable.
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Great tips to keep your skills current and in the spotlight.

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Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself

Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself | Contemporary Job Searching | Scoop.it
Picture this. You meet someone new. "What do you do?" she asks."I'm an architect," you say."Oh, really?" she answers. "Have you designed any buildings I've seen?
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A great refresher; review your resume, Linked In profile, cover letters and make sure you aren't sounding cliche...

 

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