The Job Search

Giving Thanks to Your Resume

It’s that time of year again. A time to eat turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and give thanks. It’s Thanksgiving Thursday! And what better way to celebrate the holiday than giving thanks to our favorite job search tool, the resume.

We thank our resumes for always being with us, and for traveling the unknown of the world wide web to meet with interviewers. But more than saying our thanks, we should show it with some resume updates, too! Here are a few ways to ensure your resume sparkles this holiday season. (more…)

Why Aren’t You Getting a Second Interview?

You put in the work and sent out plenty of job applications, and you had the opportunity to interview with some great companies. But for some reason, even when you think those interviews went well, you never get a second interview.

What’s going on? Is there something you’re doing wrong? Not necessarily, but there might be a few things you can improve. Here are a few reasons for not getting a second interview and solutions to help you move forward. (more…)

Quitting Your Job and Following Your Passions

“It’s never too late to follow your dreams.” We hear that phrase all the time, but is it really true? For some celebrities it is. Tiffany Haddish worked on her standup comedy for years before she made her big splash in the film “Girls Trip,” and Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get real attention until he played “Gator” in “Jungle Fever.” Julia Child was 49 when she published “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 1961. And finally, Oprah was 32 when her talk show received national syndication.

You can pursue your dreams at any age. But what that looks like can change depending on your own situation. Here are a few of our tips. (more…)

HR Managers Hate Them: Easy Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Sometimes, the job search process can feel like a war. You spend hours prepping for battle, reviewing answers to interview questions, and filling out online applications, and then it all comes down to a final showdown interview against the HR manager. It’s easy to think they want you to lose.

But in reality, HR managers are on your side. They’re hoping you’re the best applicant for the job so they can fill the position and move on to the next opening.

That’s why it’s so important to make a good first impression with your resume. You want to stand out right away as a stellar applicant, the answer to their problem. And that starts by avoiding easy resume mistakes. Here are some of the top mistakes according to a survey from CareerBuilder. (more…)

Job Market Ripe for Hiring Skilled Workers

A whopping 82% of companies expect to face hiring challenges over the next year, leaving plenty of opportunities for workers with the right skills.

The biggest issue finding those workers is increased competition in the job market, followed by the available talent pool not matching company’s needs, and trouble assessing candidates’ skills during the hiring process. This is according to a new poll from The Harris Poll which was commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. (more…)

FALLing for Your Resume

Fall is finally here! Leaves are changing colors, the temperature is dropping, and pumpkin spice is once again taking over the country. But before you put on your sweater and run outside to enjoy the crisp officially autumn air, take a second to think about your resume. When was the last time you updated it? Even if you aren’t actively seeking a job, it’s important to have a resume that reflects your current experience. Here are a few fall-inspired things to keep in mind! (more…)

Is Job Hopping Still a Red Flag to Employers?

You’ve had several jobs in three years. It wasn’t because you were fired; maybe you were just finding your way, or the pandemic caused consecutive layoffs. Whatever the reason, your resume makes you look like a job-hopper. Traditionally, this has been a red flag to employers; they want to know you’ll stay dedicated to their company so they don’t spend time and money training you only for you to leave a few months later.

However, job hopping is much more common now than it was in years’ previous. It can be beneficial for workers to work under a variety of leadership styles and industries.

Nevertheless, there is still a stigma attached to job hopping. If the topic comes up in an interview, you’ll want to both explain the benefits of your job hopping and detail how this company is different. You won’t be leaving in a few months. Here’s how to do that. (more…)