Top 7 Mistakes on Resumes

Executive recruiters say you’d be surprised at how many candidates leave out important facts, such as the names and locations of companies where they’ve worked, or include way too much information, like Soccer Coach of the Year!

Is your résumé working for you or against you? Here are seven signs it may be time to tweak (or toss) your résumé:

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Making a Difference

One day a philosopher was walking along the beach when he notice a figure that appeared to be dancing in the distance. As he got closer, he realized the figure was that of a young man picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the young man, he asked, “What are you doing?”

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What Recession?

Most of the recent economic news has focused on the downturn – or recession, if you prefer. Employment indicators have turned down since January. The national unemployment rate stands at 5.1 percent and the rate in Los Angeles County is 6% in 2008, up from 5.2% in December 2007, and up from 4.9% one year ago in January 2007. But….don’t let the news of company layoffs confuse you. As long as you really want to work there is a job for you! You are talent for hire!

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Working with Generation Y

A new generation is entering the work force with a rather peculiar set of expectations and behavior patterns. Raised on modern technology — personal computers, cell phones, cable TV — they expect higher salaries, good benefits and the potential for advancement.

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Look Hard Before You Leap in a Slowing Economy

With companies continuing to reduce their work forces and fewer new jobs being created, many employees may be planning to ride out the economic turbulence with their current employers. However, a number of workers will be trying to switch employers even during the business slowdown. They should be mindful of a twist to an old saying: The grass may not be greener – especially in a slower economy.

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NCAA Basketball Tourney vs. U.S. Employers!

Forget the recession, the subprime mortgage market crisis, or Bear Stearns’ recent stock plunge – Who is really responsible for our nation’s current economic distress. YOU ARE, the American worker, according to so-called experts!!!!

Last week, the consulting firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas released their annual report on the NCAA tournament’s impact on the American workplace, finding that 2008’s version of March Madness should end up costing U.S. employers more than $1.7 billion.

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Selling vs. Marketing

Many people mistakenly think that selling and marketing are the same – they aren’t.

You might already know that the marketing process is broad and includes all of the following:

– Discovering what product, service, or ideas your customer want.
– Producing a product with the appropriate features and quality.
– Pricing the product correctly.
– Promoting the product; spreading the word about why customers should buy it.
– Selling and delivering the product into the hands of the customer.
– Selling is one activity of the entire marketing process.
– Selling is the act of persuading or influencing a customer to buy (actually exchange something of value for) a product or service.

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10 Reasons for NOT accepting a Counter Offer.

1. Where is the money for the Counter Offer coming from? Is it your next raise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines, which must be followed.

2. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.

3. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t.

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How much is a billion? By Harvey McKay

Stories about billion-dollar corporate deals are in the headlines daily. Carl Sagan used to regale us with the mysteries of the “billions and billions” of stars in the universe. The population of China is more than 1,320,000,000, or approximately one-fifth of the world’s population.

A billion is a big number, no matter what you’re talking about. Most of us can’t begin to comprehend just how much a billion is, but a friend sent me some statistics to put it into perspective. (Alexander B. Trowbridge, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, presented similar statistics a number of years ago; these have been updated.)

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When a Stranger Calls – How to Handle Phone Interviews? By Tranette Ledford

This article actually runs in a section of the paper called “Decision Times’ which also is in the Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. (Seen by service members and veterans worldwide.)

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If you’re looking for a job, you may have dropped off your resumes with friends, done some networking through acquaintances, or sent query letters to job postings. While you’re waiting for the phone to ring, it just sits there. Then suddenly, you’re relaxed, watching reruns of Third Watch, eating pizza – or you just stepped out of the shower – only to find there’s a hiring manager on the other end of the line, or an employer you’ve been itching to impress.
Getting caught off guard is the worst part about waiting for a phone call during a job hunt. But nobody can wear the ‘job seeker’ hat 24/7. So how can you get ready – and stay ready – to sell yourself in a conversation you were hoping for but weren’t expecting?

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