Upgrade Your Resume By Going Back To School – Just Remember To Bring Along Your Tablet

Thursday, 26. January 2012

There are many reasons why going back to school is a good idea, to further your education, finish off an unfinished degree, make a career change, or simply to upgrade your resume.

For some of us, it may have been quite some time since we last sat down in a lecture hall taking notes with paper and pen. Just by saying, taking notes with paper and pen I’m probably dating myself, especially with the recent news coming out of Apple.

With the launch of the newest app for the iPad, iBooks 2, Apple has set out to reinvent the textbook. You remember those big, cumbersome tomes of paper that are usually outdated before the printing press even has a chance to warm up? Well they’ve now moved into the 21st century. Apple reports:

“…iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less…”

Here at ResumeMag we are all for this new advancement in textbooks. Digital textbooks are the wave of the future for education, and here are the top 5 reasons why:

#1 Portable

Probably the most important aspect of the new digital textbook is portability. By loading all of your textbooks on one 7-ounce tablet, not only will you, and your children, avoid running to your locker between classes to exchange one ten-pound pile of books for another, but you’ll save potential damage to your back from lugging the heavy textbooks to and from school. As reported in the Woodinville Patch out of Woodinville, WA, ‘rucksack palsy’ is the number one preventable source of back pain. According to the article, Dr. Stefanie Haugen, a chiropractor with Fremont Spine and Wellness, says that, “Carrying a heavy backpack improperly over time can definitely result in long-term challenges to a child’s spine, including, strained muscles and joints, headaches, forward head posture and causes serious back pain, just to name a few.”

#2 Searchable

With the ability to search digital textbooks with standard computer searching parameters that we are all familiar with, you will spend less time looking for a specific reference and more time applying the knowledge that you found.

#3 Updateable

As previously mentioned, the now archaic paper textbook is typically out of date before it even comes of the press. With the new digital textbooks, updates can be made on the fly with a simple download.

#4 Affordable

Although tablets may still be a bit pricey, the costs associated with digital textbooks far outweighs the initial investment that the education system may have to incur to get a ‘tablet in every hand’. With Apple’s iBookstore℠ pricing textbooks at $14.99 or less, soon the days of the $100 textbooks that are only current for one semester. will be a thing of the past.

#5 Environmental

A digital textbook can now be created 100% virtually, without the need for paper, ink, or a printing press. Not only are digital textbooks environmental in the way that tress will not have to be cut down to produce them, but older textbooks will not have to end up in our landfills, as a digital textbook is updateable, and does not create any physical waste.

When It Comes To Job Interviews Looks Really Do Matter

Thursday, 19. January 2012

The results are in; beautiful people really do get all the good jobs. According to a study published by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, the attractiveness of an interviewee can significantly bias the outcome of the hiring decision.

“When someone is viewed as attractive, they are often assumed to have a number of positive social traits and greater intelligence,” say Carl Senior and Michael J.R. Butler, authors of the study. “This is known as the ‘halo effect’ and it has previously been shown to affect the outcome of job interviews.”

Okay, so this really isn’t that new of breakthrough. We’ve known for quite sometime that good looking people get all the good jobs, but is hasn’t been until the release of a recent study, conducted by researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston, that we now have a better understanding of why this happens.

The “Discrimination Against Facially Stigmatized Applicants in Interviews: An Eye-Tracking and Face-to-Face Investigation” was published in the November 2011 edition of the Journal of Applied Psychology. The study found that interviewees were less likely to be hired if they had any kind of facial disfigurement, such as birthmarks, scars and moles.

To some degree, this is much more than just a matter of how “beautiful” a person is. A disfigurement is distracting. If an interviewer is drawn toward a mole or a scar instead of to your smile or your eyes, it does several things:

  • It reduces your ability to win over the interviewer with your smile and your eyes.
  • It makes it irritating to look at you, and that creates a negative impression for the interviewer.
  • It might even make the interviewer wonder if you will lose the company clients by creating a negative impression.

Does this apply only to natural or accidental disfigurement? The study doesn’t cover purposeful disfigurement, but at least to some degree we can assume that if you are wearing a nose ring or sporting a tattoo (or war paint?), you will be drawing attention away from you and toward a possible irritant.

Best to remove facial jewelery and use makeup on blemishes as best you can, before heading into your job interview.

“The bottom line is that how your face looks can significantly influence the success of an interview,” says Mikki Hebl, Professor of Psychology at Rice University. “Our research shows if you recall less information about competent candidates because you are distracted by characteristics on their face, it decreases your overall evaluations of them.”

As a professionally resume writer, I strongly believe that your resume is the number one way to get them loving you before they even see your face. So make that opportunity count. But don’t blow it when you show up for the interview.

New Year’s Resume Resolution

Wednesday, 4. January 2012

ResumeMag would like to wish all of our faithful readers a Happy New Year. By now, many of us are well into our New Year’s resolutions, like quitting a bad habit, hitting up the gym to shed those excess holiday pounds, thinking of ways to make more money, or building new relationships.

As professional resume writers we believe that the New Year’s resolution doesn’t only apply to yourself, but you can also make resolutions for your resume. After all, to a potential employer, your resume is you.

We’ve taken the four most common resolutions and have applied them to your resume:

1) Quit Bad Habits

Bad habits come in all forms when it comes to your resume. Ask any recruiter, hiring manager or professional resume writer about the most common mistakes they see and without any hesitation they can list off a grocery list of mistakes that could have easily been avoided with some simple proofreading.

It doesn’t take long, but many job seekers still have the bad habit of sending out their resumes without first having them checked over. Sending out a resume with such things as typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors is the sure fire way to have your resume filed in the circular filing cabinet. So this year, make sure you proofread all of your correspondence, which also includes your cover letters, emails and any applications you submit.

Another bad habit to quit for 2012 is the ‘one-size fits all resume’. Sending out a template resume that is not tailored to the specific position you are applying for not only wastes your time, but also that of the company’s. So make this year’s resolution all about creating a new resume for each position you apply for. The time and effort that you take to tailor your resume will show, thus giving you a better chance to get your foot in the door.

2) Shed Excess Weight

It can be easy to end up with an obese resume, whether it is because you’ve listed every single job you have ever had, or it is jammed packed with useless information. Whatever the case is, it’s easy to lose control and end up with a beefy resume. Your 2012 resume resolution should be to slim down your resume, making it more attractive to potential employers.

One if the easiest ways to shed the excess weight is to remove irrelevant content, such as the standard ‘References available upon request’ line and anything else that isn’t relevant to the position you are applying for, like hobbies and interests or certificates and accreditations. A professional resume writer can also help you to tighten up the writing, making your resume more concise and to the point.

3) Make More Money

One of the best ways to make more money with your resume is to make it more appealing to a hiring manger. Instead of reiterating what your old job descriptions were, use that valuable space to showcase your worth by explaining, not only how you helped to save or make your previous employer money, but also by quantifying your results.

Another thing you can do to help your resume make you money is by hiring a professional resume writer, because as the old adage goes, sometimes you have to spend money to make money.

4) Fall In Love

When applying for a position that you know you will love, take the time to create a resume that shows your devotion to the position and to the company. This includes such things as creating a tailor made resume, that not only speaks to the specific position, but to specific company needs as well. An inside tip to help you accomplish this is to use the same phrases and keywords that the company itself used in their requirements section of their job posting.

So start the year off right, and try these four resume resolutions.