Can Facebook Get You Fired? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Friday, 21. October 2011


There has been a lot of chatter about how employers are using social networking sites, like Facebook, to screen potential applicants, but some bosses are even using these sites to ‘spy’ on their employees.

Like this poor lass:

But who was in the wrong here, the employee for venting her work frustrations on Facebook, or her boss for taking such offence to it that he fired her on the spot? I guess we could say that she should have been smart enough to not even add her boss on Facebook in the first place.

As we mentioned in a previous post, your professionally written resume will only get you so far, it’s up to you to make sure you clean-up your internet reputation before you begin applying for jobs.

ComeRecommended has put together this amazing infographic and 5 ways to make sure you never get hired:

28 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Accepting A Job Offer

Wednesday, 12. October 2011


You’ve sent out your inquiry letters, updated your professionally written resume, including your volunteer experience. You’ve got all your references lined up, hit the job fairs and aced all the interview questions. Congratulations! Your hard work has finally paid off and you’ve just received a job offer.

Is it time to crack out the bubbly and start celebrating? Not quite yet.

You may have spent the last few weeks, or even months, looking for a job and it can be very tempting to immediately accept the first thing that comes your way. Remember, this is going to be your new career, so you don’t want to be too hasty with your decision. Take your time to evaluate the offer and consider the following questions:

1) What is the start date?
2) What is the offered salary?
3) Do you consider it to be a fair salary?
4) Is the offered salary comparable to what other people in the same position are making?
5) If not, is the salary negotiable?
6) Do you think your salary demands are reasonable for the type of job you’ve been offered?
7) What will you do if the salary is non-negotiable?
8) Are there any other benefits that could make up for the salary?
9) Are the work hours manageable?
10) Is overtime expected?
11) Is flexitime available?
12) Is the location of the office going to work for you?
13) Can you handle the commute to the office?
14) Is telecommuting available?
15) What do you know about the potential co-workers?
16) Do you think that you will like the people you work with?
17) Will you be comfortable working in this office environment?
18) Is the corporate culture in line with your own values, attitudes, and goals?
19) Do you know who you will be reporting to?
20) Does your manager seem like the type of person you want to work with?
21) Does the company offer the possibility to advancement?
22) Do they promote from within?
23) Will you feel challenged with the type of work you are expected to do?
24) Will you need to travel as part of your job responsibilities?
25) Do you understand exactly what you will be doing in your new job?
26) Is this really the job you want?
27) Do you enjoy the field of work?
28) And finally how badly do you need the job?

Teaching Jobs

Wednesday, 21. September 2011


You’ve spent the last five or so years in school and have finally finished your practicum. At long last it is time to teach, but without an actual teaching job it can be quite difficult to do.

To tell you the truth, I think that trying to teach without a job may actually be called preaching, which is typically reserved for ordained priests and those crazy guys on the street corner. So unless you in fact are a priest, you’ll need to find yourself a job, and fast, before you end up on that street corner I was talking about.

Here’s how to begin:

1) The very first thing you will need to do is determine which districts you will be willing to work in. Are you going to stay local, or are you willing to branch out as far as possible to find a teaching position?

2) Now before you even begin contacting schools about openings, you will need to work on your resume. A professional teacher resume will help you to get to the top of the list when it comes time to call prospective teachers in for interviews.

3) Once your resume in up-to-date you’ll want to begin contacting the school districts human resource departments about current teacher job openings and their application procedures, this includes full contract positions and the substitute teacher list as well.

4) After you have found out about the application procedure, you should immediately get yourself on the as many substitute teacher lists as possible. The more experience you gain subbing, the better chance of securing a fulltime teaching contract will be. Especially if you sub for many different schools and districts. Like any industry, it is all about networking, and the more you make yourself familiar with a school’s principal, the better chance you will have at getting a teaching job.

5) Keep in mind, there may be thousands of other teachers on the substitute list, and as someone new, you will likely be further down the list. It’ll take a little bit of effort on your part to make yourself known, and one of the easiest ways is to simply introduce yourself. After getting your name on the substitute list visit each school and personally deliver your resume to the school’s principal. Ta-da! A face has now been put to a name.

6) In order to make yourself more hireable, you should spend your free time, like summer vacation, taking courses that will expand on your teaching skills, such as courses for early childhood education, second language training and special education training.

7) Make sure your professionally written resume clearly defines any skills or hobbies that can be transferable into the education system, such as your ability to play, and subsequently coach, basketball, or your background in music or art. Any additional skills in the extracurricular category will make you more valuable, both as a substitute and a full time teacher.

In the end, when it comes to teaching jobs, many last minutes decisions are usually made. So in order to be successful, remain as flexible as possible and try not to get too discouraged. Your dream of becoming a fulltime teacher is possible.

Summer Round-Up & Inquiry Letters

Wednesday, 7. September 2011


Students have just finished the last shifts of their summer jobs, while their teachers are, more than likely, begrudgingly ending their summer vacations. Here at ResumeMag we are doing a round-up of all our top summer posts.

In previous posts we’ve supplied you with tips on how to handle an interview, from a list of 79 sample job interview questions to advice on how to answer the 10 most popular ‘about you’, job specific and even situational type interview questions.

We’ve discussed the importance of including volunteer experience on your resume and obtaining references and recommendation letters.

We’ve provided you with some key tips on how to perform a successful job search, as well as explaining the significance that networking will play on your ability to get an interview.

Today’s post will go one step further, where we will not only teach you the importance of writing an inquiry letter, but will also provide you with some tips on how to write a letter that will give you access to the most sought after jewel of any job hunter. The unadvertised open position.

Why write an inquiry letter?

Simply put, your job searching skills can only get you so far. Not all companies advertise each and every open position they have available. This is one reason why we’ve tried to stress the importance of networking. Knowing someone in the company, even Bob from Accounting, may open some hidden doors for you.

If there is a company that you have set your sights on, but have yet to build any networks, all is not lost. This is where the inquiry letter comes in. A well-written and professional letter will help you to gleam some information about the company that may be otherwise unavailable to the general public, such as unadvertised open positions that are currently available.

Tips on writing an inquiry letter:

An unsolicited letter of inquiry, sent to a company that you have targeted as your next career move, can go a long way to getting your foot in the door. If done properly, your letter of inquiry will help you to establish a relationship with the hiring manager, which will greatly increase your success rate of being invited in for an interview.

Style

As with all correspondence you have with any hiring manager, formal business writing should be maintained. Your inquiry letter should in no way duplicate your cover letter or your professionally written resume.

Your inquiry letter should do the following:

  • Be able to not only grab, but also retain, the reader’s attention immediately
  • Clearly specify your intentions in language that is simple and direct
  • Identify your strengths and how they match the company’s requirements
  • Accurately describe your accomplishments and how they would benefit the company
  • Close strongly with a request for a further discussion or meeting

Additional things to include in your letter

It might go without saying, but it is extremely important to sign your letter of inquiry, and in ink. You also should include as much contact information as you feel comfortable divulging, be that your mailing address, a contact number, email address, or a combination of all three. Finally including a self-addressed, stamped envelope, may increase the odds of getting a response, be it a positive one or simply to send you a PFO letter.

When it comes time to follow-up your letter of inquiry, the general rule is that you allow the hiring manager at least two-week to respond to your initial request before sending a follow-up letter, phone call or email.

The Importance Of Including Volunteer Experience On Your Resume

Wednesday, 31. August 2011


The stale economy of the last few years has not only made the job market more competitive, but it has also put many people out of work for lengthy periods of time. Having these blocks of downtime can usually send up red flags to potential employers.

So how do you flesh out your resume to make it more appealing to hiring personnel?

Glad you asked.

A recent article at SnagaJob.com states:

“If you’re one of the millions of unemployed Americans, or if you’re returning to the workforce after an extended absence, your volunteer experience can be the one thing that sets you apart from the competition.”

Volunteer experience on a resume is becoming more prevalent these days. In the not too distant past, employers and jobseekers alike undervalued volunteer experience, or even dismissed it altogether. When it was included, it was often added to the end of a resume as an afterthought.

By giving more value to your volunteer experience on your resume you will not only be able to demonstrate your skills, such as leadership and interpersonal skills, a prerequisite for many jobs, but you will also be able to fill in those employment gaps that usually send up red flags, which can jeopardize your chances to be invited in for an interview.

A professional resume writer can help you to integrate your volunteer experience with your employment experience, creating a cohesive timeline of professional experience allowing you to get one step closer to employment.

Some of the other benefits of volunteering include:

  • The ability to gain valuable work experience
  • Possibility of permanent employment with the organization you are volunteering with
  • Networking opportunities, as we mentioned in Step #3 of our post ‘Not Even A PFO Letter’
  • The opportunity to apply and practice your skills
  • Volunteer experience will also help you to gain confidence in yourself, making transition back to the workforce that much easier.
  • And best off all, you’ll be helping out your community.

If your resume lacks volunteer experience, it is never too late to start acquiring some. Many NGO’s, non-profit and charitable organizations have opportunities to volunteer in your current capacity, or even in a position where you can gain some new skills. So get out there and start volunteering.