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2 Most Common Job Seeker Mistakes

To get you closer to the job you are pursuing, there are common mistakes to avoid when creating your resume and cover letter. According to CareerBuilder, candidates are encouraged to spend extra time when it comes to all aspects of the hiring process by avoiding simple, yet common, mistakes.

The job market is highly competitive, which means it is crucial for job seekers to avoid common pitfalls. You don’t want a simple typo to be the reason a hiring manager does not consider you “worthy” of an interview. According to Glassdoor.com, “…the average recruiter or hiring manager spends 6 seconds reading a resume.” So, it is important that you make a lasting impression and avoid your resume landing in the “rejected” pile. I think spelling errors and poorly formatted resumes are common knowledge so we won’t spend any time on that topic. I’m assuming you know misspelled words and a poorly formatted resume, right? I hope your answer is yes.

Take a look at the following common mistakes to be sure you avoid making them:

Mistake #1: Too Much Information in Your Resume

It is important to introduce yourself to the employer through your resume without including 20 years of work history. The hiring manager should be able to do a quick overview to identify your skills as they related to the job. Less is more. Unless you are applying for a senior level executive job, you should be able to keep your resume between one to two pages.

Mistake #2: Not Customizing Your Resume For Each Employer

According to the CareerBuilder,” No two jobs are exactly alike, and the resumes you submit should not either.” You want to avoid submitting a “one-size-fits-all” resume where the qualifications listed do not match the job description. The goal is to make your resume memorable to hiring managers who have the task of reviewing hundreds of resumes.

For example, if you are applying for a legal secretary position, then it may not be necessary to list your previous job as a general laborer unless the desirable qualifications align. According to a 2016 National Survey conducted by The Harris Poll, “54 percent of job seekers don’t customize their resume for each employer.” So, when writing your targeted resume, be sure to list key words from the job description.

It is important that you spend time outlining your skills with the job description to help move your resume to the top of the pile. A hiring manager is reading your resume with a “what’s in it for us” mindset. In most cases, your resume is the first impression a potential employer will have of you, so make it a good first impression. Job searching can be overwhelming, but it is necessary for you to obtain your ideal position.

Sure it takes more time to review each job description and write a customized resume and cover letter, but remember you have an average of 6 seconds to catch the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter to make a great first impression and hopefully land an interview.

Best of luck on your job search. Remember, should you need career coaching or resume assistance CLICK HERE or complete the contact form below.

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On My Heart

Having a smile on your face doesn’t equal having peace. So many times we have a smile on our faces to mask pain or anguish. Lord knows I’ve done it.

So, Father God, I come before you now thanking you and praising you for who you are. Lord, I pray that you would remove the spirit of heaviness, despair, and the desire to give up. It is on my heart that someone needs a breakthrough RIGHT NOW.

Lord, someone reading this feels they cannot bear anymore bad news. Lord lift every burden. In fact, someone feels they are drowning and is questioning their reason to live. The blood of Jesus is against any feelings of suicide. Lord, this is urgent.

As I sit on this lightrail commuting to work, I know YOU can FIX what needs fixing. Lord touch us. Lord we need YOUR peace. Lord we need YOUR healing.

I just keep hearing DON’T GIVE UP on yourself, your dreams, and PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD!!!

So, in the name of Jesus we decree and declare supernatural breakthroughs are here now.

Amen and Amen

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Micromanagers are killers…

Especially in the workplace, micromanagers can kill motivation, creativity, and overall productivity.

It’s safe to say that a micromanager is one whose management style is obsessively controlling of the creativity and freedom of their staff or subordinate. It is one who has an “it’s my way or the highway” managing style.

When I think of a micromanager, specific thoughts and terms come to mind:

  • Control freak
  • Insecure
  • Lacks confident in their management role
  • Ineffective
  • BossZILLA
  • So annoying!!!

I saw a Somee card graphic/meme online states, ” I perform better under strict micromanagement, said NO employee ever.” After I LAUGHED OUT LOUD (for real), I thought about the sad reality of that sarcastic meme that many good employees are faced 40+ hours a week. A few questions come to my mind when I think of micromanagers in the workplace, like:

  • Do these people, identified as micromanagers, know they are micromanaging their subordinates?;
  • Is executive leadership aware of the micromanagers who are driving employees crazy and stealing the organization’s productivity?
  • Is it possible, micromanagers see their style as strategic and effective to their employer and staff retention?

I’ve read articles that offer ways for the affected staff member(s) to change their approach in dealing with the “micromanager”, but none that suggest how leadership assesses and fixes the problem of how micromanagers are killing motivation, creativity, and productivity. Is there help for good employees who HATE coming to work and have increased absenteeism just for their own sanity?

Do organizations understand the COST OF A BAD BOSS? Have you experienced having a micromanager or were you ever told you were a micromanager? COMMENT BELOW…

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