Don’t Really Want The Job? Put This On Your Resume

Friday, 29. June 2012

Writing the perfect resume can be a stressful endeavour, especially when you really want the position you are applying for. Many people feel that they may lack the essential skills or education that the job requires and feel pressured into exaggerating their resumes to the point of out-right lying.

This is a sure-fire way to get you fired, or in case of Yahoo Inc’s ex CEO Scott Thompson, force you to hand in your resignation.

If you are feeling the pressure, a professional resume writer can help craft the perfect resume for you using the skills and education you actually posses. There is no need to lie to get a job, because as the old adage goes, Cheater’s never prosper. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but eventually you will be found out.

However, if you don’t really want the job to begin with, these examples are the perfect addition to a resume that won’t get you the job, or even the interview:

1) List All The Jobs That You Have Ever Had
Sure, you’re applying for the IT position at a big fortune 500 company but that doesn’t mean the hiring manager won’t be interested in reading about your paperboy gig you had when you were 10 year old. Might as well put in that stint you did at McDonald’s when you were in highschool too.

2) List Your Faith
Most places it is illegal for a company to demand such things as race, creed, religion and martial status on the application. It’s certainly illegal for them to discriminate based on those factors, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. So if you don’t really want the job anyway list how much of a devote follower you are to your religion on your resume.

3) Attach A(n) (unflattering) Picture To Your Resume
This is a great way to not be considered for the interview, especially if you are an older applicant applying for a typically younger position. Employers can’t discriminate based on age, but it still happens. Don’t really want the job anyway, give them a good enough reason and attach one of those embarrassing Facebook party pictures of yourself. You know the one, where you’re half naked drunkenly dancing on the table.

4) Ad Speling Misteaks
Profreed your resume and ad in as many speling misteaks as possible. Not too many though, you want it to look authentic.

5) Use A Generic Resume Template
Applying for multiple positions in varying fields? Why not use the same generic resume for each one? No need to customize the resume for each application, and certainly don’t bother reading the job description. Just use the one-size-fits-all resume and you’ll do fine… at not getting the job.

These are five great examples of what to include on your resume if you don’t really want the job anyway. However, if you really are looking to land a job, check out our Top 10 HR Secrets That Will Help You To Get Hired post.

Top 10 Signs That You Won’t Land That Job… And Why

Wednesday, 1. February 2012

Here at ResumeMag we have provided you with a host of sample interview questions that you can expect to be asked in order to prepare yourself for an interview. Everything from the Top 10 Job Specific Questions, to the The Top 7 Scenario Type Interview Questions, and even The 10 Most Popular ‘About You’ Questions And How To Answer Them.

Hopefully this advice has helped you to prepare, and ace, your job interview. Today we are going to discuss the Top 10 signs that you won’t land that job… and why. It doesn’t matter how well written your professional resume is, if you have a habit of doing these 10 things during an interview, you are NOT going to land that job:

#1 Dance around an interview question
This can either be interpreted as having poor listening skills or you may come off as cagey and untrustworthy. Always answer the questions directly and as concisely as possible.

#2 Walk into an interview cold
Walking into an interview without first doing your research on the company and the position you are applying for is a sure fire way to have your application thrown right into the circular filing cabinet. To an interviewer, this is evidence that you are not serious about the position and company.

#3 Ask about pay too soon
Wait until you get an offer; otherwise, you’ll seem more concerned about what’s in it for you than the company.

#4 Talk disparagingly about other co-workers or employers
Interviewers realize that those you don’t care for may have poor views of you.

#5 Be arrogant
There is a definitive line between arrogance and confidence, so make sure you don’t cross it, otherwise the interviewer may assume that you are too judgmental and not a good fit for the company.

#6 Cut an interviewer off in mid sentence
If you think you’re more important than the person who might give you a job, you might not be a team player.

#7 Take too long to answer a question
This can be considered as another avoidance tactic, or that you are not prepared. Either way, taking too long to answer a question will not land you that job.

#8 Oversell your abilities
Overselling yourself can be just as bad as underselling. With overselling you can come off as too needy or desperate.

#9 Avoid direct eye contact
People see it as a lack of confidence, so make sure that you are always making eye contact with the person who is speaking with you and those that you are speaking to. If multiple people interview you, make sure you address each one as you answer your questions.

#10 Speak with poor diction or grammar
It’s a strike against your pitch to be an effective communicator, one skill that most jobs have in common. So take your time, prepare and speak properly. It is best to work on eliminating your crutch words as well, such as the um’s and uh’s that so easily find there way into our speech when we are nervous.

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.

Not Even A PFO Letter

Wednesday, 17. August 2011

You’ve done your research, you’ve sent out your resumes, so why isn’t anyone calling you back or even responding to your emails? Not even so much as a PFO (Please F@#k Off) letter these days.

The economy may be in the toilet, but surprisingly there are still some jobs out there to be had. After the confidence bruising effect of zero responses how do you get back on track with your job search? Well I’m glad you asked.

Step 1: Find some constructive criticism

The reason no one is getting back to you may be a simple as the first thing they see, your cover letter and resume.

You’ve probably worked on it for days, proof read it numerous times and ran it through every spell checker imaginable. Even if you asked some friends to look it over, they may not have had the heart to let you know that your resume just plain sucked.

It’s now time to seek out professionals and people who will be fair and honest about your resume. There are even many free services that will critique your resume for you; from online professional resume writing services to local job connect and social services in your local area.

If you really want to land the interview, use everything at your disposal to make sure your resume is perfect.

Step 2: Clean-up your Internet reputation

We can’t kid ourselves that hiring managers and recruiters are not searching for us on the Internet.

The reason you are not being invited in for an interview could be something as simple as that picture of you from college that is circulating online. You know, the one where you are half naked dancing on a table while drinking beer from a boot, yeah, that one.

It might be time to delete some of those old photos from your social networking accounts like Facebook and MySpace. And for the love of God, set your privacy settings higher so only people you accept as friends can see your full profile.

Step 3: Start networking

The old adage rings true, ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know.’ If you are a faceless applicant that has to rely solely on your cover letter and resume to get your foot in the door, well then you better make sure it is printed on gold.

Well, maybe that is not entirely true, but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt.

Like any good caper what you need is an inside man. Someone to, maybe not so much put a face to the name, but at least a person to the paper. If no one speaks on your behalf, to the hiring manager you are just a piece of paper, but if Bob from accounting can come in and put a good word or two in for you, well you may have just gotten your resume moved away from the circular filing cabinet and into the maybe pile. Congrats.

So how do you find Bob from accounting? Well good old fashion networking of course. Join some clubs, take up a co-ed leisure sport, start a pottery class. Whatever will put you in a room with a bunch of strangers where you are expected to socialize, well that’s networking baby.

You might want to stay away from those, “Hello my name is ____, and I’m a….” type groups, unless of course you really need them.

Step 4: Update your skills

Your cover letter and resume may be perfect, with what you have to work with anyway. You’re the poster child for a clean, respectable Internet reputation. You may know everyone from the president of the company to the mail clerk, but you still are not getting that interview.

As every girl that has ever broken up with me wanted to say, the problem is not me, it’s you.

The problem is you. How is that for confidence building?

What you need to do is update your skill set. Learn some new skills. Hone the ones you have. Show to the hiring manager and recruiter that you are one that is always learning. Always up for the challenge and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

How do you update your skill set?

There are many workshops and classes, both online and brick and mortar, available to take. There are also many opportunities to volunteer your services; NGO’s and nonprofits need help all the time. It’s not only a good way to give back to the community and gain some new skills, but you will also be networking at the same time.

Who knows, maybe you’ll even meet Bob from accounting.

Hamlet’s Resume (a sonnet)

Friday, 22. July 2011

Shall I submit to thee my resume?
Thus my vast experience thou canst see:
‘Tho life’s a stage, and on the stage we play,
There be listed here no frivolity.

A noble prince of Denmark I hath been,
Hath taken arms against slings and arrows;
I doth grunt and sweat in weary life, when
I couldst sleep, perchance to dream, heaven knows.

All of this thou shalt find outlined hence, and
A cover letter of sufficient length;
Against all usurpers I shall stand,
As my princely vita giveth me strength.

What future to tell, mine resume can:
To be or not to be – an employed man. car rental