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Deck the Halls with a Resume Revamp

‘Tis the season, after all!

Boughs of holly are great, but a stellar resume makes for the ultimate holiday decoration. What better way to celebrate the season than with a shiny resume revamp? If you find yourself with a bit of downtime as this month draws to a close, take a look at your resume and see if there’s anything you might want to change. 2021 is fast approaching, and you want to be prepared! Here are a few yuletide-inspired tips for wrapping your resume just right.

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Should You Lie on Your Resume?

Is it worth your pants catching fire?

Applying to job after job and getting rejected over and over is awful. It stinks to go through all the trouble of submitting countless applications and then not even getting a single interview. And if you aren’t getting interviews, it’s easy to blame your resume. There must be something wrong with your experience or your educational background. Otherwise, they’d at least let you come in for an interview. It would be so easy to just change a few numbers around or add a position that didn’t exactly exist. They’d never know, right?

Wrong. As noted by Dave Davis, CEO and hiring manager at digital analytics agency Redfly in an article put out by Monster.com, “Hiring managers were not born yesterday. A single question is enough to catch you out on a lie. It causes an embarrassment and an awkward situation for everyone in the room.” Interviewing is all about making a good impression, and getting an interview isn’t worth it if a lie ends up ruining your reputation. Here are a few other reasons lying isn’t worth it. (more…)

Mom’s Job Search Tips

Mother knows best Whether it’s swooping in to brush a child’s stray hair out of place, reminding the kids to shut the refrigerator door, or dispensing some of her legendary advice, mom helps to keep the world keep turning. That’s why we just celebrated Mother’s Day, after all. But what would mom say about your approach to the job search if she were an expert recruiter? Here are some of our favorite Mom-isms, as applied to finding a job.

Santa Checks His List Twice; Have You Looked at Your Resume?

Don’t get coal in your job search stocking.

Interviews are scary. But if you have a great resume, interviewers better watch out, because a well-qualified applicant is coming to town.

A good resume does half of the work for you. Your interviewer will know your skills and accomplishments, so all you have to do in the formal interview is show that your personality and preferred workplace culture are in line with those of the company.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your resume for the new year. (more…)

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Your favorite MOU blogs from the past year

2017 is over, and it was a big year for Movin’ On Up. With nearly 141,000 page-views in 2017 and a grand total of 3,398 comments since our inception, we’re growing fast. And it’s all thanks to you!

Our staff is made up of writers and industry experts who want to see you succeed. That’s why we’re here. It’s our job to help you build a great career. As a thank you for coming to see us every week, we’ve put together a list of our top 2017 blogs.

Thank you, and good luck in 2018!

Interview Tips: Do This, Don’t Do That

You’ve spent days applying and sent in what feels like a thousand resumes. And now you finally have an interview. We’re here to help. Review this list of dos and don’ts to ace that next interview!

How to Deal with a Difficult Boss

Discovering that your boss doesn’t respect your expertise can ruin your work ethic and drain your enthusiasm. But if you aren’t in a position to quit, here are a few ways to excel, even with a disrespectful boss.

4 Secrets to Getting a Pay Raise

Asking for a raise isn’t easy and preparing to ask can be nerve-racking. When should you ask for one? How much should you ask for? Here are our top four tips for negotiating a raise.

Reasons You May Never Retire

Traditionally, retirement was expected. You put in the extra hours while you were young so that you would have the freedom to do whatever you wanted in your later years. But that’s no longer the case.

Resume Tips to Impress Your Interviewer

If you really want to stand out, you need to add something extra to your resume. After all, you can’t make an impression without an interview. In this blog, we focus on the little things you can do with your resume to truly stand out.

How to Tell Your Interviewer You Were Fired

Yeah, you were fired. But does the interviewer really need to know that? Yup. Here’s why.

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On Your Job Search

The job search is the internet equivalent of cold calling: knocking on doors and hoping someone is interested in your product. Every time you fail to get an interview or don’t make it to the next round, it can feel like a personal insult. But that doesn’t mean you should give up!

Why Companies Don’t Respond After an Interview

Why would a company skip out on the goodwill a well-meaning rejection email can generate? Although we personally feel companies should always send out courtesy rejection emails, here are a few reasons why they might not.

Age Discrimination in the job Search

Age discrimination in the job search is a problem. After all, you can’t change your age—it’s a part of who you are. What can you do?

5 Low Cost Ways to Develop Your Skills

Acquiring new talents and abilities doesn’t have to clean out your bank account or leave you drowning in debt. Here are a few affordable ways to develop your skills.

Anything you want to see a blog about in 2018? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Take the Luck Out of Resume-building

Top topics to consider when writing a resume

Lucky  ResumeYou send off a resume with a sigh, knowing it could be one of hundreds that pass in front of a hiring manager or HR representative. With odds like that, it can seem like getting an interview is down to the luck of the draw. Hopefully they’ll notice your killer font choice and professional formatting.

But what content needs to be included on a resume to make it truly stand out?

Experience

Employers always look for applicable experience for the job they’re trying to fill. That’s a given. So it’s important to highlight any experience that matches the job, even though you think it may not apply. For example, someone new to the job market who has experience in another field should think creatively about how time spent in other roles applies to the desired position. Mention any teamwork lessons learned from volunteering with a non-profit or leadership skills gained from work in a different field.

Soft Skills

This is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit in the business world. But what exactly does it mean?  Soft skills are the characteristics or attributes that allow you to effectively work with others.

Think of these as “people skills.” A professional attitude, ability to problem-solve in a group, leadership skills, etc. Instead of expertise with a certain software or tool, soft skills highlight an individual’s ability to thrive in a communal work environment.

There are many ways to highlight specific soft skills on a resume. When describing a previous position, note your ability to communicate with upper management about changes that helped with production. If problem solving is a major strength, provide an example of when you assisted an employer with a specific problem and describe the outcome.

Digital Footprint

An online presence is basically required for both individuals and businesses these days. But an unprofessional Facebook post or embarrassing Instagram pic can cost an applicant a job.

What does this have to do with resume-building? On a basic level, if your skill set involves writing or graphic work of any kind, a resume should include links to an online portfolio. If the application is for a social media position, you’ll want to include links to any personal or professional social media pages.

On a higher level, an applicant’s online presence is an invisible portion of her resume. A 2016 CareerBuilder survey showed that 60% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.  A quick Google search is the next step after approving a suitable resume. So give your online social life a thorough cleaning. If the position is in the business world, make sure to create or update a LinkedIn account as well. A professional applicant without LinkedIn is similar to a business without a website. It just looks bad.

The path toward a new career takes time and hard work

Luck doesn’t have anything to do with it. Which is why you need to leverage every possible strength. Think outside of the box and find the qualities that make you the best candidate for the job.

If you’re looking to expand your job search, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. We employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. If you have any questions about your job search, contact a local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

Have any resume-building tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below.