Resume Words To & To Not Use

We’re talking about the importance of utilising ‘powerful’ cv and resume words today! A strong version of either of these documents will be packed full of these words, they’ll help you create the strongest, interview (and hopefully) job winning resume around!

People often make mistakes and choose the wrong / redundant words, which will drag the resume down and reduce its effectiveness.

I’m going to give you two excellent infographics, one from a company called Careerbliss and another called workNet DuPage.

Careerbliss are up first, with 20 power resume words that you should absolutely use:

power resume words

workNet DuPage are now going to give us the best of both worlds; the best and worst resume words to use:

best and worst resume words

Both of these infographics are a few years old, but the words on them definitely still apply to resume’s these days.

Let us know which words you used; if you feel brave enough, then give us a preview of the sentence you used them in!

The Notorious “Why Do You Want To Work Here?” Interview Question

Strange question, right? You may think it odd that an employer wants to know why you want to work for them, but you really do need to persuade them and prove that you’re interested.

This is interview question favoured by most employers is one you will most certainly be asked from time to time, that’s why you need to master it.

The “why do you want to work here” question can sound easy to answer, sure, you could just go for the short answer which is “I just need a job”, but you don’t want to do that, ever. You need to stand out from the crowd when answering this!

Here are some tips to creating yourself a killer answer for this somewhat killer question:

Research – Check sources like Google for articles about the company, particularly any successes or awards they may have received. How about the industry they are a part of? Has that had any recent developments or boosts?

You could also visit websites such as Glassdoor, which allows current and ex-employees to publicly review the companies that they have worked for, this can give you some excellent insights into the company and should not be overlooked!

Topics To Use – there’s a load of topics you can discuss when answering “why do you want to work here”, the main ones include the company culture – what’s it like to be a part of their business, the (previously mentioned) company successes / awards / challenges, development opportunities and training offered, and the main one…their product and / or services and why they interest you.

Know the position as well and why you think it would be a good challenge for you and what you could be doing for them.

Topics To Avoid – Being too honest can sometimes guarantee interview failure, an employer isn’t going to be impressed if you sit there and say something like “I’m desperate for work, I’ll do anything here, I’ll take any wage”. You must also avoid saying something like “this just looks like a great company to work for, I’d love a job here”, that’s just generic and doesn’t demonstrate any evidence that you’ve researched the company.

The final one is to not give the silly unfunny answer such as “you may as well throw all those other CV’s away! I’m your Man!”.

In a way, you do want to get that final one across; you need to show off your skills and talents, just not in an overly cocky and annoying way like that.

Do YOU Want This Job? – You should take the time to think about the position and whether you really want it. Is this a company that you really want to represent? Do you really feel passionate about their product, service or industry? Is the position a step up or drop down?

You need to ask yourself the question “why do I want to work here?”.

Hopefully, now you’ve got a good idea of how to answer the “why do you want to work here” question.

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How To Dress For An Interview

Dress To Impress!

When attending a job interview, it is crucial to get your appearance right. Not looking the part could play a large part in not getting the job, and whether the Interviewer wants to progress your application.

Here are some points to help you out when it comes to deciding on how to dress for an interview:

Ask Beforehand – It’s perfectly acceptable and normal to email or call the Interviewer or HR Manager prior to your interview, to ask what kind of interview it’s going to be (formal or informal), from there, you can make a judgement on what outfit you should be wearing. Whether it be a suit or a jacket with jeans and smart shoes.

What Do Their Employees Wear? – Research the company culture before the interview, and try to match what their current employees are wearing. Are you interviewing at Google? Might be best to go for that smart casual look! Accountancy firm? Suited and booted!

In most cases, it’s the done thing to go for the suited option, smart casual interviews very rarely happen.

Not Too Loud – It can be good to wear ‘louder’ colours in your outfit, it can show that your confident and are trying to stand out. Just don’t go for something completely over the top; you want to impress the interviewer, not distract them.

Keep any shirts as plain as you can, as well as ties and socks, the interviewer will notice otherwise.

Keep It Tidy – If your outfit is wrinkled and / or dirty, you need to get that fixed ASAP! The worst thing that you can do is show up to an interview with a dirty suit or wrinkled shirt, make sure you do this a few days before so that you can get it cleaned if needed. Ensure that your clothes are well-fitting, anything else might appear messy and you’ll also feel more at ease and comfortable during the interview.

Ensure that your clothes are well-fitting, anything else might appear messy and you’ll also feel more at ease and comfortable during the interview.

Oh and please, don’t forget to polish your shoes!

The Night Before – Prepare your entire outfit the night before! You don’t want to have to stress about finding that missing sock or tie on the day of your interview.

Overall, if you can’t work out what to go dressed in, I would play it safe and just go for an uncomplicated plain option, aka suited and booted.

Do you have any advice on how to dress for an interview? Stick it in the comments below or share it with us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook!

CV vs Resume – Differences & Which To Choose

So in today’s post, we’re going to be covering a question which I constantly see people asking online; the old ‘cv vs resume’ conundrum, what are the differences and which you should choose.

Let’s start this CV vs resume match off by talking about Britains most favoured type…

CV – A CV, otherwise known as the Curriculum Vitae, is an in-depth account of a person’s qualifications, education, previous careers, achievements and more. They will often be two or more pages long and will list the owners experience in a newest to oldest order.

Resume – A resume, often spelt résumé, is a brief but comprehensive overview of the applicant’s personal, education, professional qualifications and experience. It is designed to give a detailed summary of the owners qualifications for a particular job; the job seeker will often adapt the Resume for the position they are applying for.

A good resume will give the employer enough confidence to be able to want to bring the candidate in for an interview.

What’s the difference? – You’ve probably already worked out what the different between the cv and the resume are by what’s been said above. The differences that stand out the most are the length, format / layout and the purpose.

A resume is a quick summary of the owners skills and experience, carried across one or two pages, whereas a CV is more in-depth and is often longer than two pages.

A resume comes in a number of formats such as chronological, functional, and combination.

A CV is in chronological order, listing your entire career history; a resume’s order can be moved around to suit the job that the applicant is applying for.

The main difference between these two is the length; the resume is meant to be short, the cv is meant to be long.

The Internship and Career Center at UCDavis put together this quick and clear comparison table between the two:

cv vs resume table

Which should you choose? – A CV is the done thing over here in Britain, the resume is more favoured in countries such as America and Canada.

You can also tell which to use by reading the advert carefully, you’ll be able to tell by the way it’s written and quite often it will say near the end which to submit.

I hope that this CV vs resume article has been useful for you; hopefully, you’ll be able to choose which one to utilise in your job search!

We’ll have more on both of these documents in the future, so make sure you’re subscribed to our blog and following our social channels, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Top 10 UK Job Sites In 2016

Which Of These Job Sites Should You Choose?

With a growing number of Recruiters using job sites / boards every day, candidates must ensure that they are using the right ones to get found! 26% of Recruiters claim that job boards are their primary source for finding / hiring candidates.

It can be daunting and quite overwhelming to choose which job site is right for you, but that’s where the fantastic folk over at SocialTalent come in wielding this mighty list of the UK’s best job sites of 2016!

Top 10 UK Best Job Sites In 2016

Main Points

  • 26% of Recruiters claim job boards are their primary source for finding candidates who are ultimately hired
  • 31.4 million people were employed in 2015 (UK)
  • 2.0% the amount by which average wages, including bonuses, rose during 2015
  • 5.1% the current UK unemployment rate (dropping)
  • 42% of sourcers admit to making no effort to optimise their jobs to be found by job seekers….

I’ll just leave this here for those of you who fall into this category….

face palm

Want to compare this to last years one? Click here! It’s very interesting to compare it to the 2015 list, with websites like Fiverr, CWJobs, TES almost dropping and completely falling off the list!

Lets quickly look at some of the main points from 2015’s infographic as well:

  • 85% of recruiters use paid sources to advertise their jobs online
  • 1.7% the amount by which average wages, including bonuses, rose during 2014
  • 32% of sourcers admit to making no effort to optimise their jobs to be found by job seekers! Good grief! (to put it politely) That’s risen by 10% in one year, c’mon guys and gals, start optimising your posts!

I’m going to leave another one of these for you naughty ‘non-optimisers’, and this time, it’s a double…

double face palm

I hope that you have found this infographic useful, I’m almost certain you will get something positive out of it.

Bizarre and Weird Workplace Rules

Prepare yourself, we’ve taken to Reddit once again, but this time to compile a list of the most ridiculous and downright bizarre workplace rules around!

No Coffee After 2pm – One user described how their company weren’t allowed to drink coffee after 2pm and that the secretaries had to take it all away and lock it up! This rule has since been moved back to 12pm!

No Protection, No Problem – QualityOfMercy talked about how they were required to wear a fall protection harness to go up a scissor lift, however, explicitly it did not require you to attach it to anything….

Colour Of The Month – Kibblets worked at a restaurant where they held a “Colour Of The Month” rule, where they had to wear a specific coloured accessory that matched the rest of the front of house staff. Supposedly the colours never repeated themselves, so employees found themselves buying some expensive and never to be worn again accessories!

Colours

The Mystery Report – One user has to print a report every day (10-30 pages), reorganise it and check it for any errors, sign it, have someone else sign it and then send it to an installation 3000 miles away to be verified.

He assumed that the installation was the end of the line. Nope! That report is then manually typed up into an excel spreadsheet by a room full of people! If that isn’t wasteful then I don’t know what is!

License To Toast – Superstoreman’s wife worked at a University where you had to have a license to use a toasted sandwich maker! The license holder also had to ensure this ‘dangerous item’ was locked in a drawer, for use by only them.

toast

Arrive Early, Start Early – Thunder_bird had an HR Manager who enforced a rule that said, if you arrived at work early, you have to start work early, unpaid. You apparently couldn’t even wait outside until your start time.

Slightly illegal?

That’s the end of this post, I hope you’ve enjoyed it! Do you have any weird workplace rules that you want to share? Put them in the comments below or send them to us through our social channels.

How To Video Interview, Successfully

Need Help With Your Video Interview?

The video interview is becoming more and more popular by the day, a lot of companies and recruiters are starting to use them, mainly due to how cost effective and convenient they are.
Candidates must prepare themselves with new ways to impress the interviewers during these meetings, that wouldn’t normally be used during your standard face to face interview.

If you have a video interview coming up and need to prepare yourself, then you’ve chosen the right article to read! Let’s begin:

1. Test Your Tech – Whatever you’re using, be it a computer, tablet or even a smartphone (I would avoid this), you need to ensure that your picture quality (camera) and sound (microphone) are up to scratch! You must also make sure that you have a stable internet connection with a half decent speed, along with a well-lit area for you to sit in and the right software installed.

Test it before you begin the interview, ask a friend or family member to video call you and give you feedback. Also, turn off any applications that could interrupt the interview, ensure that your operating system isn’t going to update and restart halfway through the meeting!

2. Location, location, location – Avoid sitting in an area with any distractions or background noise. As mentioned above, make sure that the area is lit correctly, and that you’ve (ideally) chosen a plain generic background.

3. Dress like you mean it! – Just because you’re having a job interview at home, doesn’t mean that you can video interview wearing your favourite t-shirt and jeans. Dress and present yourself as if you were having a proper interview; that means a full suit, tie, tidy hair and clean teeth!

4. Smile for the birdy! – Don’t forget that this is a job interview, keep eye contact with the camera, smile, and don’t slouch or wave your hands around.

5. Q&A – You’re not the only one who’s going to be receiving questions! You can also give some to the interviewer, so get some prepared before the interview begins (keep them offscreen, of course).

That’s that! Your video interview is over and now what do you do? Maybe you should check out our ‘post interview survival guide‘, or if you want to polish up your interview skills a bit more, then you can read our ‘interview mistakes to avoid‘ article.

Don’t Accept That Counter Offer

Step Away From The Counter Offer!

So you’ve just accepted a job offer from another company and now it’s time to give your notice in.

You’re sitting face to face with your employer in the resignation meeting and have just been told that they were going to give you a raise within the next week or two, as well as a promotion and a bonus.

They may have also (or instead) said that they would match or better the offer that the other employer has offered.

Your employer is going to try and keep you for as long as they possibly can; when an employee says that they are planning on leaving, a Manager will almost one hundred percent of the time try to talk them out of leaving with a financial incentive.

Let’s get on to the subject of this post, why accepting that counter offer is a bad idea:

1. Your employers trust in you will almost certainly be weakened if you take that counter offer. If you have been speaking to other employers out there, then that trust is always going to be damaged. They might say “oh I’ve forgotten all about it”, but they’ll probably still become suspicious when you book a days holiday off.

2. Do you really have to give your notice in just to get a promotion? Is that really the kind of company you want to be employed by? If your employer wants to give you a raise or promotion based on your skillset and work for the company, surely they would have given it to you by now! Instead, they’re giving it to you because of the threat of you leaving, and for them to have to pay a lot of money to get someone else recruited.

3. When we look for another job, it’s very rare that it’s just for the salary increase. Most of the time, it’s something to do with relationships between yourself and someone else in the company, you want to develop yourself personally, want more responsibility, or want to work in an environment where you’re appreciated and rewarded.

Accepting that counter offer just for a bit more money isn’t going to solve this problem, you’ll probably end up leaving anyway! So consider that before / if you accept it!

4. Accepting a counter offer may also cause problems between yourself and your colleagues. They are probably going to lose respect for you and your boss who gave you that raise. They may resent you and become jealous. You don’t want to work in an environment like that, right?

Got any more cons to accepting a counter offer? We’d love to hear them! Put them in the comments below or send them to us through Twitter or Facebook.

Weird Jobs From Around The Internet

Weird Jobs – The Best Of The Rest

Some of us from time to time may have worked (or may even be in) in a weird job or environment, which some people may not even know existed!

We’ve taken to the front page of the internet, aka Reddit, to put together this list of outlandish, different, and just plain weird jobs for your entertainment! Enjoy!

Video Games…For Cats?! – User OrphanBach had to write video games for cats, yes, really. It was part of vision research, where they were studying how to interest cats for the maximum amount of time, the amount of visual tracking and the exact type of eye movements. Apparently the cats loved it!

It’s All A Lie!! – Remember those art shows on TV like Art Attack where they would feature art sent in by children? Well, Doctor_Puppet used to create fake children’s art for one of these TV shows (which he didn’t name)!

Feed Me Money! – Tigger880 didn’t specify his job title, but apparently he had to fold up and wrinkle dollar bills and then feed them into test machines. He was surrounded by thousands of dollars and was constantly under surveillance in a locked room. Freaky…

A Caddie…At A Miniature Golf Course – I’m not sure if Bob_Loblaw007 was serious or not, part of me wants it to be true and part of me doesn’t…

Break, break, break! – ETA_Was_Here is responsible for breaking toys and then writing reports on how they break. Great if you suffer from stress and need to unwind!

Book Repairman – While working at her local library, user Dianeruth was tasked with repairing books and once spent 4 hours glueing pictures of sad clowns into one book…

The Mystery Employer – Jaeward apparently spent 3 months taking pictures of cash machines (aka atm’s) and completing a survey on their condition, for a mystery employer who paid him $3 per machine. He claims to have been able to do 100+ machines a day!

There’s plenty of other unusual and weird jobs out there, this is just a handful that I thought were worth talking about!

If you have worked in a weird job / have heard of any, then please put them in the comments below.

The Ultimate CV Checklist

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The time has come to update your CV because you’ve decided that over the weekend you’re going to apply for some jobs!

We’ve put together this cv checklist to help you create an interview and hopefully job winning CV:

Is your contact information visible? 
You must, must, must have contact information somewhere on your CV. Use your name, personal address, email and telephone number/s (choose between home, mobile or both).

Ensure that your email address is appropriate as well; Hiring Managers and Recruiters won’t be impressed if you’re using something like “walrus_dandruff@hotmail.co.uk”. Make sure you also have a nice, professional voicemail set as well, just in case you miss any calls.

See our CV mistakes post for more info on the above.

What did you do and where? 
Ensure you’re displaying your most relevant qualifications, skills and experiences to showcase your ability to do the job. Sure, putting in your summer jobs when you were 16 in is nice, but an employer is really interested in the later / recent ‘good stuff’ that you have done.

Have you got a summary? 
This section is imperative and needs to include any achievements / qualifications that you are particularly proud of, but more importantly, should tell the employer why they should hire you. Get them excited about your skillset and how you could help them!

Have you tailored your CV? 
The chances of you getting an interview and maybe even the job could depend on this! Use strong keywords and strategic placements to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. Give them good reasons for offering you the job!

Have you spell and grammar checked? 
This is easy and only takes a minute or two; use the built-in Word spellchecker or Grammarly to check over your CV, it’s worth it!

Is it an appropriate length? 
Hiring Managers and Recruiters don’t want to spend time going through a 5+ page CV which lists absolutely everything that you’ve ever done in your professional career. Make it no longer than 2 pages if you possibly can!

Everything else:
Is it visually pleasing? 
Is it easy to read and not cramped? 
Is it all neatly aligned? 
Is each section clearly labelled? 
Have you checked the continuity of the fonts and sizes? 
Have you listed some interests? 
Have you included keywords, action verbs, buzzwords and industry relevant acronyms? 
Have you included a referees section? 
Does the content support your career goal? 

Does it feature a:
Contact info section? 
Personal profile / summary section? 
Employment history / work experience section? 
Education and training section? 
Interests and achievements section? 
References section? 

Finally, have you read it and have you had someone else read it? 

You should now have an excellent CV to use in your next job application!

If this CV checklist has helped you, then please leave us a comment!