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Resume Mistakes to Avoid in Search For a Job

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Looking for a part time job, your first job or ready to start a new career, your resume speaks volumes about you. If your resume doesn’t make it past the first cut, you’re doomed; no matter how qualified you are.
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Your first impression means everything, especially when you’re looking for a job. Your resume speaks volumes about you according to this article I found by Terry. It covers ten of the most common errors that people make when they’re making their resume.    

First of all, the person who is looking through your resume only spends seconds looking at it. You need to be concise, keep it to one page and one page only. If you take more than one page to highlight your talents its shows that you are unorganized and that you tend to go on and on about yourself. Next, fancy paper or any kind of visual aid, like glitter and fancy font, isn’t going to make any difference. In fact, it might even hurt your chances. Make sure to only include information that directly relates to your job, for example, no one really cares if you were a juggling waiter if you’re applying for an accountant job. Also, make sure you don’t have any outdated information, like having a paper route when you were eight years-old.

            Never, ever, lie or falsify information. Doing so will just come back to haunt you. Always make sure you spelled everything right. Double and triple check. Another thing that you must avoid is not to attach anything to your resume. However, if you actually land an interview, you may bring whatever you want to show him. Elaborating too much about your skills and past jobs and responsibilities is also a big no. A brief explanation of your past jobs and your responsibilities are more than enough. Another good point made by this article is that, even though writing a cover letter is a bit difficult, any cover letter is better than none.

            This article really helped shine a light on many things I was still uncertain about how to build my resume. For instance, before reading this I wasn’t even aware that a cover letter even existed. However, I’m glad I learned about it before it was too late. On the other hand, I was already aware of most of the tips given in this article either from school or just reading other articles around the web. I feel as if my resume, and my chances of getting called in for the interview, will be greatly improved.

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6 Tips for Finding New Job Success

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                When the time comes that I actually get a job I want to start out strong. I want to make it my goal to go above and beyond and really impress my boss. I found this article that gives you tips on how to be successful. Having goals, before you start out any new job, is a very important key for success.

                First of all, the article talks about always asking questions before you find yourself knee deep in confusion. Don’t be shy or embarrassed to ask questions, your coworkers understand that your first couples of weeks in a new job are usually used for you to get accustomed to the new environment.  Next, you must always try your best to keep your social and personal life as far away as possible from your job. The first few months in a new job should be spent on learning and focusing on your new responsibilities.  Punctuality is a critical attribute to have for any kind of job. Being punctual will guarantee you a good first impression from your supervisors. Always keep track of time and leave yourself some extra time when it’s necessary.           

                Networking and socializing is a bad aren’t always bad things to do on the job. Get to know your coworkers, and let them get to know you. Another great tip for this article is that it’s always a good idea to take notes, and it’s never too late to start. Consider carrying a pocket-sized note pad whenever you get confused about something you have to do or just to make sure that you don’t forget something. Last but not least, is your attitude. One of your greatest assets could be a great disposition and a positive attitude. New workers that are positive are always welcomed to the team.

 

                In my opinion, the six tips on this article will be of great help to me. Some of these tips really changed my mind about how to act during your job. For instance, before reading this, I always thought that asking questions when you first start out would make you look incompetent. Also, I was under the impression that socializing with coworkers would make you look lazy. I am very grateful that I was able to find this article. I almost joined the workforce completely misinformed about the ways you should act during your job.   

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Teen Job Interview Questions and Answers

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Top interview questions and suggested answers for teen job seekers.

 

 

 

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Have you ever wanted to know what you’re going to get asked during your interview before you even have it? Alison Doyle was able to answer that question. In this article there are many questions, and answers, that are commonly asked in a job interview for teens. In my opinion, this article is a great study guide for your interview. In another article by Alison she talks about how practicing for an interview is very important in order to have a successful interview. I believe, these questions and answers will prove to be a very good tool when I have either one of my friends or my parents help me interview.

However, as I look thought these answers, I don’t think that they all apply to me personally. But that’s a very easy thing to fix. Even thought, they don’t relate to me I can still use them as a guide and make mine own answers that I would actually use in my interview.  In all of the interview tips I have read in the past they all have one thing in common. They all emphasize that you must be prepared.  In conclusion, these questions and answers will be of great help to me. I will be able to answer anything that they throw at me.  I hope this will help me ace my first interview.

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Sad But True Confessions About Job Searching - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

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Sad But True Confessions About Job SearchingU.S.

 

 

 

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Is it better to be truthful about everything when your job searching or would keeping some things private better? According to this article by Hannah Morgan there are four things that you should never confess when your job searching. The “just coasting” expression, the “victim” syndrome, the “desperation: dilemma, and the “stability” factor these are the four the things you should never confess.

First of all, you can give the impression that you're “just coasting” to your employers by saying something along the lines of “I am looking for a management job, but I just need to work five more years.” According to Hannah. By saying something like this to your employer you will make you seem like you're thinking and planning too much about retirement and that your heart just isn’t in the work anymore. Sure, everyone thinks of the time when they finally get to retire and settle down somewhere with on worries, no job. However, just keep those fantasies in your head.

“I’ve been looking for a job for over a year. The market sucks.” Saying something along the lines of this will make employers think you have a bad case of the “victim” syndrome. I think we all would agree that the last few years have been tough on everyone but the reality is that companies have been hiring. “A though job marker is sort of like a though job. If you're having difficulty in your search, what will you do when your job becomes challenging?” (Hannah Morgan). Even though this might not be fair it is an assumption that employers make about you. Hannah states that you should accentuate the positive activities you have been involved during your job hunting.

“Please! I’ll do anything for a job.” Whoever says this has something called the “desperation” dilemma. You might be willing to do anything now, but three months from now? A year from now? Will still be willing to do anything then? You must be very wary about what you say to employers because if you aren’t then chances are that you will be taken advantage of.

“Years ago I used to do accounting. I haven’t used it in a long time, but I think it’s a stable career and I want to back into it.” This is what is known as the “stability” factor. Companies don’t just hire to fill in an empty slot. They want to bring in real talent and skills to fill the void. By stating that you haven’t done the field you want to go back into a long time, your employer will think of you as incompetent and, most likely, will not choose you to fill the void in the company.

In my opinion, this article has some very good points on what not to say in order you give a great first impression to your employer and she also give you better alternatives to say. You will never be able to make a second first impression, so you must threat very carefully. However, if you follow the tips that Hannah gives in her article, Sad But True Confessions About Job Searching, you will be on your to getting a job no matter what syndrome you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Job-Hunting-Tips.com - Home Page

Free job hunting tips by David Carter, UK recruitment expert. Get recruitment industry secrets. Find a new job with Job Hunting Tips, the 100% unique job tips site for job seekers everywhere.

 

 

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The author, David Carter, says the hardest job hunting experience anyone will face is trying to find your first job after you leave high school or college.  This makes me very concerned, makes me question if I will be able to get a job at all. However, he does give simple methods that he says will give you an upper hand over other first time job seekers. One method he talks about is to not be afraid to ask other students and mentors for help.  He goes on to say, that it all comes down to how well you are able to network with fellow students and mentors. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

   The next method that David talks about is that if you’re interested in a field, which you’re currently taking classes on, ask your mentor because chances are that he or she has made some connections in their field and they’re more than likely to help you get started on your career. If you’re right out of high school or college, it is very important to determine your strengths and skills and even your weaknesses.

  Another point that David made was that companies usually like to employ younger people because they are able to bring something to the table that most older, more experienced, people can’t: youth.  Younger workers will usually do the jobs that the more experienced workers don’t want. It might not be the work you want, however it will give you precious experience in the field.

   In conclusion, I think that with these three methods any first time job hunter, like me, will be able to have an easier time with their search.

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Eleven job search tips for young adults | BrighterLife.ca

Eleven job search tips for young adults | BrighterLife.ca | Job Hunting 101 | Scoop.it
Landing a good job is tough these days, especially for young Canadians. Here’s how to put an end to your job search, the right way.
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While trying to find ways to make better use of my time when looking for jobs, I came across this article with eleven tips that will help me get on the right track. What do you want to do or who do you want to work for? You need to answer these questions so you can narrow down your search and focus your time and effort on opportunities you're well suited for.  Everyone has made connections over the years; don’t hesitate to ask your parents and family. They might know a lot more people than you think. This next tip I have found in many other different articles around the internet which probably makes it very important. Don’t forget to send a thank you note, this is often over looked. It is always a good idea to follow up an interview, or even an informational meeting, with a thank-you email.

In the past couple of months, during my research, I've came across some of these tips in other articles around the web. However, there is one tip that I haven’t heard yet. “Prepare and elevator pitch”, and that’s just a term for be ready to tell your employer why you are the best choice for the position that you are after in just about 30 seconds. Only a few people can do this well. It demonstrates confidence, clarity of thought and an ability to speak in an organized manner.

Next, everybody wants to stand out, but when you're searching for a job you must find a way to not be superficial about it. You want to stand out in the way that you have skills that put you on top of the other people who are also trying out for the job. Using colored paper and glitter for your resume, is the wrong kind of standing out. Always keep it simple and professional.  

My opinion, this article made some very important points, however I've seen most of them in other job tips articles. On the other hand, it did make a couple of points that I've never heard before. Preparing your elevator pitch and ditching the purple resume paper is a couple of examples. This article taught me how to make myself stand out in all the right ways, which prevented myself from looking like a fool to my employer.

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Tips on Jobs for Teenagers

Tips on Jobs for Teenagers | Job Hunting 101 | Scoop.it

Teenagers and money are often two things that don't go hand in hand. Employment can be hard to find without any work experience, and between high school and homework, a job can be a struggle.

 

 

 

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This article gives the reality on how hard it is to find a job when you’re in your teens and still in school. However, it isn’t impossible. If you’re a teen who is looking for some extra money, it is hard to find a job when you have little to none work experience, and when the economy is where it is right now. You must look for a job that accommodates all your personal needs. For instance, between high school and homework, finding a job that perfectly fits your schedule is no easy task. Flexibility should be on the top of your list when you’re looking for a job. You must avoid places that are only open during the day time, like offices, because it will most likely be closing time by the time you get out of school. And you must ovoid places that will have you working at late hours at night, so you don’t over work yourself and let your work interfere your school schedule. According to this article, the best jobs for teens are simple part-time jobs that don’t require must effort and time to learn. Keep restaurant and retail jobs in mind. Also, look in your local mall. Chances are that they have tons of part-time jobs perfect for teen. And you might even work at a store that you regularly go to.

 

                Amy Davison, the author of this article, even suggests a place that most teens wouldn’t look for a job. High schools all over the country offer a program called OJT, On the Job Training, which offer students to get out of school early and go to a job. With this program you can get paid and receive school credit at the same time. Make sure to talk to your teachers and counselors to see if this program is offered at your high school.

 

                Adding references to your resume, from any babysitting job or even ask a teacher is a great way to further insure that you can land that job. And remember, for no matter what job you’re seeking, you must dress to impress. Dressing professionally is a big must.

 

                In my opinion, this article gave me excellent tips. For example, I haven’t even heard of the OJT program. Now I need to check if this program is offered at my school. And if it is, then it will even further help me get a job. Also, it’s good to keep in mind the reality that you might not even get a chance for the job so your hopes and dreams aren’t crushed when you don’t get called back.

 

 

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First Job Interview Tips

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Even though you're probably going to be really nervous when you go on your first job interview, the key to a successful first interview is to prepare for the interview, practice interviewing, dress apropriately and try to stay calm.

 

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While researching first time interview tips, I found this article, by Alison Doyle, that has various tips that I believe will make a big impact when I get to do my first interviews.  I am almost certain that when that time comes, I will be a nervous wreck. But, I have to try my best not to be, because according to Ms. Doyle the most important things to do in order ace your interview is to be prepared, practice, dress to impress, and to stay calm. She goes on to give various tips to help you in your first interview.

   First, you must do some research about the company. Get to know how they operate. Doing this step, will make you ready for any company related questions that might be thrown at you, and will show your employer that you are taking interest in the job you seek.

  Next, she suggests that you practice interviewing either with a close friend, parent or family member. During this practice interview, use typical teen interview questions that you can find online. If you are able to answer every question perfectly, then you are well on your way on landing your job.

  Also, you must know what to wear and what not to wear.  You must choose an appropriate, and yet, simple attire for the position that you are interested in.  If you don’t know what to wear, ask a family member, a parent, or even a teacher. Chances are that they all had many interviews in their life time and they might know a thing or two.

  Last but not least, there’s one step that you must do. Immediately after your interview, send every person that interviewed you a thank you note. This will show them how interested you are in the job and it’ll also help them remember you and make you stick out from other people. Employers might do dozens of interviews every day, don’t let yourself be forgotten.

   In my opinion, this article has some great tips for any first job interview. It even had listed things that I would have never thought of doing. Honestly, this article has and will help me a lot when it is time for me to have my first interview.

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How To Write a Resume (When You Have No Job Experience)

How To Write a Resume (When You Have No Job Experience) | Job Hunting 101 | Scoop.it

How to Write a Resume When You Have No Job Experience - a step by step guide just for teens from About.com Teen Advice...

 

 

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   Writing a resume that stands out to employers could be very difficult when you have little to no work experience. This website explains step by step on how to make a resume that could land you a job.  This guide tells you what to do and what could potentially ruin your chances to get the job. First of all, it tells you to use a standard resume format and heavy duty paper when you print it out, this will show that you mean business and really want the job.  Mike Hardcastle, the author of this guide, goes on to warn every first time resume maker out there to stay away from any kind of fancy fonts or scented sheets. The next step on his guide is how to organize all your personal information and how nothing destroys someone’s chance to get a job than an embarrassing email address. People are very judging, especially employers that don’t usually get a chance to meet the person they’re about to employ, because of this you need to make sure that you don’t ruin your first impression because you will never get a second chance at a first impression. For instance if you’re email is along the lines of surferbabe94@freemail.com consider making a new one just for your work, your work email could just be a variation of your name.  Next, Mike says to write a two or three sentence introductory paragraph that tells the employer about your strongest and most desirable personality traits that’s is most applicable to the field that your applying to.  The next important step is filling out your past work experiences. Now this could be somewhat hard if you honestly have no work experience, however according to mike, you can list your past volunteer work experiences at school or church. Also, any work that you have done during a course at school this could also be listed here.  Even babysitting or yard work are acceptable choices here if you are able to get letters of references from the people who you worked for.  The next step is focused on your educational career, here you list all of your academic achievements over the years and letters of references from teachers.

 

   With these few easy steps you should be on your way to making a resume that really stands out in the eyes of your employers.

 

 

 

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