Bitches Don’t Get Hired

Tuesday, 26. April 2011

I was reading an interesting post by Deb Ng, Why B**ch Isn’t a Selling Point. Basically, she notes that a lot of women are proclaiming out loud their inner bitch. Is this a good thing? Obviously the people proclaiming it think it is. Deb disagrees.

And so do I.

Sure, it’s good for a laugh with close friends. “Ha ha ha, I’m a bitch.” With strangers…not so much. If anything, it will make them keep clear of you. What might be going through their heads?

“No way, this women is likely to bite my head off.”

“Not worth talking to her.”

“If she has to proclaim herself to be a bitch, what will she do to me to try to prove it?”

Interviewing the Bitch

And so we come to that job interview. Do you wish to proclaim yourself to be a bitch – somebody that people want to avoid?

“Do you work well with others?”

“No, I’m a bitch.”

“Would you describe yourself as a team player?”

“No, I’m a bitch.”

“How would you deal with a difficult fellow employee.”

“I am that difficult employee; I’m a bitch.”

Before the Interview

I know what you’re thinking. Just because someone proclaims her inner bitch, doesn’t mean they’ll do so in a job interview. That is so true…mostly because those people will rarely get a job interview. Prospective employers have no interest in interviewing someone who will almost certainly become a problem employee.

They will see what you have said – and how you talk! – on FaceBook, Twitter and MySpace.

They will check out your photos online.

They will read you blog posts.

And they might even read it between the lines in your resume or cover letter (another good reason to hire a professional resume writer, to ensure you set the right tone – the tone of a desirable employee).

Sorry. You might think it’s cool, but nobody wants to hire a bitch. And nobody wants one around as a co-worker.

Remember what your Momma said years ago – “If you can’t say something nice about somebody, don’t say anything at all.” Polite is still in. It was in 4000 years ago. It was in last week. It will be in when your grand children retire. Now is the time to make sure the image you project is one people will appreciate…before you need to find a new job.

This post was featured in Integrated Finance carnival.

Top 20 Signs You Might Need a Professional Resume Writer

Tuesday, 19. April 2011

1. If your resume lists your top 50 favourite recipes, you might need a professional resume writer.

2. If you list cleaning your desk drawer as one of the accomplishments on your last job, you might need a professional resume writer.

3. If your “career goal” is to meet your future spouse on the job, you might need a professional resume writer.

4. If you list as one of your qualities that you are biodegradable, you might need a professional resume writer.

5. If “praying” is what you say you learned from your previous position, you might need a professional resume writer.

6. If your “proudest achievement” is winning the distance-peeing contest in grade four, you might need a professional resume writer.

7. If you type in all caps because it looks more important, you might need a professional resume writer.

8. If you list “collecting free samples” as your top hobby, you might need a professional resume writer.

9. If you list ‘the dictionary’ and ‘A Guide to Herbal Remedies’ under “references”, you might need a professional resume writer.

10. If you include the stint inside the Little League mascot costume among your positions, you might need a professional resume writer.

11. If your “objective” is to ‘find a job’, you might need a professional resume writer.

12. If your last employer was “My Mom”, you might need a professional resume writer.

13. If you use emoticons on your resume, you might need a professional resume writer. ;-)

14. If your “education” begins with kindergarten, you might need a professional resume writer.

15. If your “volunteer work” includes community service, you might need a professional resume writer.

16. If “u rite yer resume lik” this “oR LiKe tHiS”, you might need a professional resume writer.

17. If your idea of a professional resume is one hand written in ink instead of crayon, you might need a professional resume writer.

18. If you list ‘applying for jobs’ as one of your “hobbies”, you may need a professional resume writer.

19. If your skills include such things as armpit farting and belching the alphabet, you may need a professional resume writer.

20. If you end your resume with a doodle of a unicorn, you may need a professional resume writer.

What to Do if Your Poor Credit Threatens Your Job Prospects

Friday, 15. April 2011

One of the consequences of the recent recession has been that layoffs have led to difficulties some have regarding paying bills. Other problems can arise for job hunters when bankruptcy, medical bills, out-of-control credit card debt and other unforeseen problems result in a less than desirable credit history. Unfortunately, employers can request a credit history from you. Refuse, and employers can refuse to hire you, thinking you have something to hide. Agree, and employers can refuse to hire you based on your poor credit history.

Be Prepared: Do You Know What’s in Your Credit Report?

An employment credit report won’t include your credit score, but it will include other information about your past habits and financial behaviors, including late payments, whether you have a large amount of debt and bankruptcies. Some hiring managers worry that evidence of financial problems can lead to problems in the workplace. What if your debts lead you to steal from the company? What if your apparent lack of financial responsibility is a character trait that translates into lack of responsibility on the job? Employers check your credit history, and that could cost you a job.

Before you begin the job hunt, it is a good idea to double-check your credit history. You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the major credit bureaus every year by visiting (You are also entitled to see your credit report if the information it contains results in your not being hired.) Know what is in the report, and be able to account for why the negative item is present. If you missed one payment three years ago, point out that it was an oversight, that obviously only happened one time.

A pattern of problems, though, might require a little more explanation. You can have a statement prepared so that you can address these concerns. If you are asked in an interview to provide permission for an employment credit check, and you know there is something in your credit report that can be damaging, be up front about it, and explain the circumstances – and how you have since remedied the situation. You want to prove that you are more responsible now, and that you are working to improve your financial situation.

Including a Statement in Your Credit Report

You are also allowed to make a statement in your credit report. If there are extenuating circumstances that have resulted in your poor credit history, you have a chance to include an explanation. Your statement will be included with your credit report, and potential employers will have the opportunity to read your side of the story before making judgment. Make sure that your statement is professional, grammatically correct, and as free from errors as possible. Keep to the essentials, and try to make your statement as brief as possible while covering the major points.

Also, since you can find out exactly which items contributed to your being passed over for a job, it is possible for you to address them with the employer. Some hiring managers will give you a chance to explain negative items on your credit report, and address concerns. Be ready with an articulate defense, and you might be able to save your job chances.

Janet Hutchins writes for Credit Cards Canada, a site devoted to helping consumers learn about credit, and find the best Canadian credit cards.

This post was included in the Carnival of Wealth and the Integrated Finance Carnival #5.

Career News: Accountant Jobs

Tuesday, 12. April 2011

Over the next few issues of ResuemMag we’ll look into some specific careers, providing you with a little information on what opportunities there may be, different paths to take, what you need to know and how much you can expect to make. In today’s issue we’ll take a look at accounting jobs.

The Job
Accountants are responsible for keeping track of an organization or an individual’s finances. Typically they will prepare reports that will be used to determine how a company is doing financially. Accountants will also prepare Government tax reports for organizations and individuals. Because of the exacting nature of their responsibilities, a professional accounting resume can be an important first step to getting hired.

In general, the work environment is a standard office setting with a 40 hour week, which may increase during the tax season. However some accountants may be required to travel, especially those that perform audits either on a government or public level.

In total three main categories of accountants:

1. Public Accountants
Public Accountants work for public accounting companies, whether it is through their own business or for an accounting firm. Their main clients are typically individuals, but they may also do accounting for small business owners as well. Typically a Public Accountant will perform a mixture of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting work.

2. Management Accountants
Management Accountants are in house accountants that manage the money for the companies they work for, preparing things like financial reports for managers and tax reports for the Government.

3. Government Accountants
Government Accountants work for government agencies ensuring that the tax dollars are being spent correctly. They may also help to keep track of the finances of individuals and organizations doing business with the government.

Job Opportunities
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 there were 1.3 million accountants and over the next 7 years that employment rate is expected to grow faster than all other occupations.

What You Can Expect To Earn
The same statistics show that in May 2008 the average yearly wage of accountants was $65,840.

What You Need
Most accountants have a college degree in accounting and all public accountants are required to take a special test in order to earn a certification as well as be licensed in the State in which they practice.

If you have any specific careers you would like us to cover in upcoming issues please leave a comment, send us a message or get in contact with us on Twitter.

Top 10 Job Specific Questions

Tuesday, 5. April 2011

In our final issue on how to respond appropriately to interview questions we will discuss the top 10 job specific questions, as voted by you on our Twitter account, as well as a bonus question that I know everyone dreads being asked.

1. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest with the interviewer when answering this question, but do not spend a lot of time explaining what other positions you are applying for. You want to give just enough information to show that you are a valuable candidate, but not too much to show that you are desperate and will take just about anything.

2. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Make sure you are aware of the company’s policy on hiring relatives before answering this one. Only mention a friend you know of in the company if they are a good employee.

3. Have you ever done this kind of work before?
Just because you haven’t ever done the specific job before doesn’t mean you haven’t acquired the skills that are necessary for you to be successful at the job. So when answering this question never say no, instead explain your experience relating to the your skills. This could be a combination of paid jobs, volunteer work and hobbies and interests. Be creative with your answer, but stay honest.

4. Why have you applied for this particular job?
The interviewer is not only looking to see if you are a perfect fit for the organization, but if the organization is also a good fit for you. Make sure you have done your research on the position you are applying as well as the organization so you can properly explain what points interest you the most.

5. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
The interviewer is attempting to determine if you will be loyal, the best answer is just a simple yes and leave it at that.

6. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
Like many of your answers, honesty is the key here. Only say yes if you are really willing to relocate, don’t just say yes to get the job as this could end up backfiring on you in the end.

7. Would you be willing to work as a temporary or contract employee?
Even though you may be looking for full-time work, becoming a temp or contract employee is still a valuable opportunity to get your foot in the door. Although there may be certain rules around applying for internal postings as a temp or contract employee you may now have the opportunity to apply for these positions.

8. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
When attempting to answer this question, specific time frames, like 5 or 10 years, are probably not a good idea. Instead answer something ambiguous, such as for as long as possible.

9. What is your salary expectation for this job?
Never undercut yourself to the point where your desperation shows, and in the same vein never over sell yourself to the point that the company cannot afford you. Salaries are negotiable, so pick somewhere in-between the two and work up from there.

10. Why should we hire you?
Be honest with this answer and explain to the interviewer how the organization’s ideals meet that of your own, providing a few specific examples that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

Bonus Question

Do you have any questions for me?
Next to ‘Tell me about yourself’ this is one of the most dreaded interview questions. In order to succeed, make sure you have some questions prepared before hand and take notes during the interview so you can ask the interviewer to expand on any areas of concern. Stay away from questions relating to wages, vacations, sick leave, etc. Try to make them pertain to the specific position or the organization as a whole.

If you have any specific questions about interviews, resumes, or job searching in general feel free to drop us a line, leave a comment or send us a message on Twitter.

Until then, happy job hunting,