Having a strong resume is arguably the most important part of the job application process. There are many elements that go into a resume, from layout, to style, to even font size, but one question that seems to continuously come up for job seekers is: “how far back should I go?” You certainly want to give a full picture of the professional experiences that have shaped the skills you have now, but you need to be careful to not go back too far.
A resume is a work in progress, and you could update it forever. But who wants to do that? If you’re in a time crunch and need to update your resume STAT, just keep three things in mind: make it clear, compelling, and error-free.
Do you feel like you've mapped out the blueprint of a perfectly fabulous, successful life, only to feel like you’ve fallen flat on your face when your dream company doesn’t hire you? Or maybe you don’t know what the plan is and you need some help getting on the right track? The good news is that there are so many great career development books out there chock full of amazing advice your college career center never gave you—and we’ve rounded up the five best ones of 2018 below.
The debate over resume length is age-old. With so many articles but a total lack of objective statistics, it can feel impossible to know if there’s a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to resume length. That’s why the Planted team decided to get to the bottom of this question: we dug into our user data — a sample of 82,000 candidates — to answer the most burning question on job seekers’ minds: should a resume be one page?
Losing your job is heartbreaking, frustrating, and everything in between. Your whole life has changed in an instant, and it’s crushing to your morale (basically, it just sucks). You know you need to find a new job ASAP, but you don’t even know where to start. Not to mention, it can be hard to update resumes, fill out applications, and network until your lose your voice when you’re already feeling down on your luck. Follow these five tips to help improve your self-confidence and fire up your job search.
Itching to ditch your boring desk job to break into a dynamic, high-growth startup? You’re not the only one: last week, dozens of job seekers joined us at General Assembly’s NYC HQ for the inside scoop from growing startups.
For as much as we pay to go to college, we don’t always learn everything we need to prepare for post-grad life (aka “the real world”). For those of us who are a few years out of college, we remember the struggle of finding a job -- having to craft just the right resume, answering interviewers’ questions right, making sure you track all your job applications -- admittedly, it’s not fun. But because the job search is something most of us will have to go through in our lives, we’ve put together these three tips for fresh job seekers so that you don’t have to make these mistakes yourselves.
The job hunt is about as tough as it gets. When you’re looking, and I mean really looking for that next opportunity, you have maybe just one chance to woo the hiring manager before your candidacy gets tossed into the digital Recycle Bin.
That means you need to up your game and make sure that you’re gonna give the hiring manager as many reasons to want to hire you, as well as remove all the reasons why they wouldn’t. We’re in a game where a simple typo could cost you a great new job. The misplacement of a single word could leave an unintended negative impression. And we want to help you get that job, so here’s a little something to address those mistakes:
Finding a job is not an easy task- and that can go extra for startups. With online applications at an all-time high, hiring managers are seeing hundreds of resumes, so standing out can be difficult. Add that to the fact that most of them glance at a resume for an average of 6 seconds, and pretty soon, the job hunt is gonna start feeling pretty bleak.
The startup world is a strange and mysterious beast--at least it can seem that way until you get your foot in the door. Whether you’re looking for your first job fresh out of college or you’re looking to make a career jump with a few years of experience under your belt, the thought of jumping into a startup can seem daunting.
There are many reasons you might be thinking about a new job. Are you fresh out of college and looking for your first “real” job? Do you wake up in the morning, dreading the commute and whatever bullshit life is gonna feed you that day? Maybe you feel ready for the next step in your career but there’s no room for upward movement at your current company.
Panic. That’s probably the first feeling that sets in when 4 years whiz by and the job hunt doesn’t go as planned. While your credentials may slay, there’s unfortunately no way to predict how long it will take to find the right job for you. It can get pretty frustrating to see your friends celebrating home runs while you keep missing the ball.
Ahh, the resume. Your entire professional career, succinctly squashed into a page-long Word document. We’ll admit it--drafting up that effective CV can certainly be a challenge, but nailing it is absolutely essential; get it right and you’re one step closer towards landing that big interview. We'll help you answer some common resume questions like, "How long should a resume be?" so you can focus on how you're gonna woo your interviewer.
Moving on is hard to do. In the 90s, R&B boy band Boyz II Men sang, “ although we've come to the end of the road, still I can’t let… go.” While relationships can get a second go around, being a college graduate often comes around once. So your gown is all tucked away, your college friends have done the proverbial “I’ll see you again,” and everyone is asking you the dreaded “what’s next?”
Social media is great for documenting some of the best and coolest moments in our lives. But while we might look back at our photos and tweets and laugh at the things we did, potential employers might look at them and go “aw HELL no.” We’re talking about that photo of you when you were clearly plastered at 11pm in the pub, or that snarky tweet you sent mocking that one company or celeb after a PR blunder. Believe us, we’ve all been there, and it’s okay if you’ve done these things. The problem is that first impressions matter, and if your employer’s first impression of you is negative, they’re not likely to spend any more time on your application. Employers aren’t like your friends who understand what your lifestyle was like. They don’t know that you’re a very kind and helpful person 99% of the time. All they know is what they saw online when they went to see if you were a real person.
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