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Give your résumé a face lift » LifeClever ;-)

Give your résumé a face lift » LifeClever ;-)
After avoiding the 7 deadly sins of résumé design, you may be asking, “If I can’t use crazy colors, clip art, and other types of decoration, how do I make my résumé stand out from the crowd?” Like many things, the answer lies in the details. Even if you can’t hire a fancy designer and are stuck with Microsoft Word, a few tweaks can turn your blasé résumé into an elegant and functional showpiece. Update (Oct 25): As promised, here’s a template of the final résumé. Before starting your résumé makeover, first take a look at a typical one: Like most résumés, it was created in Microsoft Word. Pick a better typefaceRemove extra indentationsMake it easy to skimApply typographic detailing If you’re using Times New Roman, Word’s default typeface, change it now. At the same point size, Georgia appears larger than Times New Roman, so you’ll want to set the font size a point or two smaller. To improve readability, also increase the line spacing (also called leading) to at least 120% of the font size.

35 Interview Mistakes to Avoid - Life Lessons After working in the recruitment industry for over 8 years and having interviewed hundreds of candidates face to face, over the phone and via Skype, I’ve noticed many common mistakes that candidates often make when it comes to the job interview. You can do all the right things in an interview – but it’s the wrong things, the slip of the tongue, that one little mistake or off comment, that can instantly ruin your chances of getting the job and throw all your good work and rapport out the window. By paying attention to the following interview mistakes, you can learn from the mistakes of tens of thousands of other people, and avoid making them in your next job interview. Here are 35 mistakes NOT to make in your next job interview: 1. There is NO excuse to be late for an interview. Before going to the interview you should know where you’re going, how long it will take to get there, how far you need to go, what time you need to arrive, where you’re going to park and everything else. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Life Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice “I am always surprised how some interviewees tend to trail off towards the end of an interview instead of finishing strong and leaving a lasting impression,” says Zachary Rose, CEO and founder of Green Education Services, a green jobs training firm in New York City. Whether you’re a senior preparing for campus recruiting or a recent graduate still hunting for a job, here are the top questions experts recommend asking at the end of a job interview to leave a great final impression on hiring managers and establish yourself as a top candidate. “Is There Any Reason Why You Wouldn’t Hire Me?” Kelsey Meyer, senior vice president of Digital Talent Agents in Columbia, Mo., says, “A recent candidate asked, ‘If you were to not offer the job to me, what would be the reason?’ “This one question is something I would suggest every single candidate ask,” adds Meyer. “As an Employee, How Could I Exceed Your Expectations?” Michael B. “How Could I Help Your Company Meet Its Goals?” The Bottom Line

The 10 Best Questions to Ask at a Job Interview Karen Burns You’re interviewing for a job. After 20 or 30 minutes, you’re asked: “Do you have any questions?” The worst thing you can do is ask, “What is it your company does?” (Hey, it has happened.) [See 21 secrets to getting a job offer.] You need to ask some questions! Bottom line: Don’t make the interviewer do all the heavy lifting. [See 50 tips for surviving your worst work day.] So what should you ask? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. [See more career advice at the U.S.News Careers site.] 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. P.S.

The 25 most difficult questions If you are one of those executive types unhappy at your present post and embarking on a New Year's resolution to find a new one, here's a helping hand. The job interview is considered to be the most critical aspect of every expedition that brings you face-to- face with the future boss. One must prepare for it with the same tenacity and quickness as one does for a fencing tournament or a chess match. This article has been excerpted from "PARTING COMPANY: How to Survive the Loss of a Job and Find Another Successfully" by William J. Morin is chairman and Cabrera is president of New York-based Drake Beam Morin, nation's major outplacement firm, which has opened offices in Philadelphia. 1. Since this is often the opening question in an interview, be extracareful that you don't run off at the mouth. 2. You should be able to discuss products or services, revenues, reputation, image, goals, problems, management style, people, history and philosophy. Give your answer a positive tone. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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