Monthly Archives: July 2012
Competition for jobs is fierce and most employers are stretched for time. Accordingly, the time spent searching for the ideal employee is diminishing. Recent studies suggest that employers spend about 20 seconds on their initial evaluation of a resume. At this point, most end up on the reject pile.
How do you keep your resume from being discarded? Here are 4 mistakes that employers and Human Resource professionals say will land your resume in the trash faster than you can say Jack Robinson:
- Too busy. Microsoft WordArt and flowery fonts have their place- in a 4th grade book report. Big girl resumes use one font that is professional and pleasing to the eye. Have several friends proofread before submitting. Do they find your resume attractive? If your editors think it’s a visual nightmare, revise.
- Using a popular resume template. Most employers have seen resumes created from templates a million times. In addition to boring them to death, a generic resume can signal a lack of imagination. Remember, you never want to be just another face in the crowd.
- Using an unprofessional email account to send the resume. While your friends might love getting email from email@example.com, a potential boss may not find it cute or professional. Avoid any problems by setting up a free Gmail or Yahoo account using your name as your address. Use this account for all job search communication.
- Contact information is wrong or missing. Always, always, always double-check your contact information, especially if it has changed recently. If an employer can’t contact you using the information on your resume, they won’t bother contacting you at all.
Anything you’d like to add to the list? Share and help us develop a knock-out resume!
Sources & Resources
Peter Vogt, Avoid the Top 10 Resume Mistakes.
Katharine Hansen, Ph.D, Avoid These 10 Resume Mistakes.
Judith Aquino, HR Execs Reveal The 13 Most Common Resume Blunders.
Soul Cleansing. Those are two very powerful words. So the first time I read them, I sat with them for some time. I didn’t even really know what to do with them. I then started to ponder what a good soul cleanse looked & felt like. It sounds like a really good and healthy thing to do periodically, doesn’t it? Some of the things that came to mind were a really good cry; a long run; a hug from a child; walking in the rain; praying; meditating; reading and helping others.
When our souls are clean we are able to see all the beauty in this Universe. We are able to feel just how deeply we are loved by the people in our lives. There is clarity of purpose and meaning behind our thoughts, actions and words. When our soul is clean, there are no regrets, negative self-talk or doubts about the path. And when our souls are clean there are no obstacles standing in the way. There is nothing that we can’t do if we are in agreement with the Universe. We can achieve our soul’s desires. The world is divinely synchronized.
So today if you feel like your soul could use a good cleansing, go ahead and have that good cry, take that run or do whatever looks like a soul cleanse to you. Your spirit will thank you for it!
What do you do to cleanse your soul?