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Should I Use Those Words in my Resume?

We’ve talked many times about what should and what should not be in your resume.  What kind of experiences do you include? What do you say about a job you were fired from or suffered victimization from a reduction in force? We reminded you not to say negative things about a past boss or place of employment.

Now let’s look at some specifics. What words should you use and what words should you avoid in your resume? What buzz words should not be used and how do you know if a word is considered jargon or not?

A few years ago, it was the thing to do to say you were hardworking, outside the box thinker and team player. Now if you say those things there just might be a new York hiring manager somewhere rolling their eyes. Now these are buzz words that have lost any power they once had.

Since most hiring managers – a full 68%-  take only a couple of minutes to review your resume, they don’t want to see jargon or buzz words. In those few minutes the hiring manager wants to see accomplishments and real skills, not buzz words.

Hiring managers have no time for passive language, vague language or clichés. So in this article we will look at the words you should avoid and the ones that will make a positive impression. Vague words that anyone could be defined by do not make a good impression while specific accomplishments do.

Here are some of the most disliked words reported to CareerBuilder by hiring managers.

38% of hiring managers dislike the term Best of Breed

27% of hiring managers dislike the term Go Getter

26% of hiring managers dislike the term Thinking Outside the Box

22% of hiring managers dislike the term Synergy

22% of hiring managers dislike the term Go-to Person

16% of hiring managers dislike the term Value-Added

16% of hiring managers dislike the term Results-Driven

15% of hiring managers dislike the term Team Player

14% of hiring managers dislike the term Bottom Line

Don’t use words for your responsibilities that require the hiring manager to try to sort out what it is you actually do. Use strong words like “lead on this project or negotiator”. Not weak words like “assisted on this project”.

The same CareerBuilder survey that gave us the terms hiring managers do not want to see in your resume, also gave us the kind of terms they do want to see.

52% of hiring managers like the term Achieved

48% of hiring managers like the term Improved

47% of hiring managers like the term Mentored/Trained

44% of hiring managers like the term Managed

43% of hiring managers like the term Created

40% of hiring managers like the term Resolved

35% of hiring managers like the term Volunteered

These should always be action words, followed by what it is you achieved or improved. Who did you mentor and what did they accomplish? Remember not to use clichés, but to use action words that describe what you actually did.

Top 10 Skills

Sep
2014
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Top 10 Transferable Skills         

We have talked at length in several articles about presenting transferable skills on your resume as opposed to always listing job duties and responsibilities.        We have also discussed how important this is if you are attempting to transfer from one type of career or field of work to another.

There is however a certain set of skills that once mastered can be transferred from one job to another with ease. These are also the skills that are most in demand at any time by most New York hiring managers. No matter what field you are in and no matter what field you might like to migrate into next, these skills will always be at the top of the list for any hiring manager. Let’s look at the top ten of these.

  • Communication: This can be verbal or written. It can and should encompass different types of communication such as negotiation, public speaking, persuasion, counseling, training and coaching. Without good listening skills you cannot claim to have good communication skills.

 

  • Interpersonal: This includes a lot of the skills inherent in good communication and in good listening skills, as well as things like patience and honesty.

 

  • Leadership:  One of the most important transferrable skills anyone can have. Leadership skills do not mean that you are now or going to be a supervisor or manager. Leadership skills are needed whether you are going to be in that type of a position or not. You can be a leader without having the supervisory role. To be a leader you need to be able to give instruction, be accountable, and be able to inspire others to follow your lead. If you have these skills make sure they are highlighted on your resume.

 

  • Listening: This is one of the more important skills as well. Active listening means really listening. It does not mean pretending to listen while you decide what you are going to say in response to whatever that person is saying. You can’t be actively listening and thinking at the same time. All your abilities need to be focused toward what the other is saying,

 

  • Teamwork: One of the most transferable skills of all is teamwork. It is also an essential skill for anyone who wants advancement in their career. You have to be able to work with others. Whether those others were difficult or easy to get along with you need to be a team player. The true team player is able to work with just about anyone.

 

  •  Computer Skills of some sort are critical to the potential of transferring from one field to another these days as the ability to use technology to collect and analyze both data and numbers is essential in a wide range of job fields.

 

  •  Time Management is a vital transferable skill for anyone in any role to conquer, but it is particularly important to supervisors, managers, leaders and project managers. Getting the most out of the time you have without burning yourself out or wasting time is critical.

 

  • Creativity is not always a skill you have or need to have in order to move from one career field to another. Your ability to think creatively is a major plus. Thinking a situation through from many different angles is a major plus in terms of transferable skills.

 

  • Problem Solving is always a transferrable skill. Problem solving skills allow you to take advantage of situations that come your way. There are a multitude of jobs waiting for those who are able to effectively problem solve,

 

  • Learning: Finally the ability to learn, coaching ability you might say, is a crucial transferable skill. Learning is something we will be involved with all our lives if we are open to it and have the right attitude. You might be good at one thing and not another, but if you have the ability to learn, you can be good at everything.

 

All of these are also skills that can have a lot of value for you in your personal life as well as your professional life. Many of these skills are really intertwined as good communication skills require good listening skills and good interpersonal skills. The more of these skills you can conquer and integrate the more value you will have to any employer.

After the Interview

Mar
2014
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By ResumeNewYork.com – Staff Writer 

In this article we will look at the question that haunts every job seeker. “What do I do after the interview?”

There are things you can do and there are things you must do. The worst thing you could do is nothing. This is a time for movement not just waiting for an answer from the company you interviewed with.

Follow up After all interviews

You want to follow up with the hiring manager after every interview. If you have a phone interview and it is your only interview follow up. If the phone interview is a screening interview for the face to face one, you still want to follow up. Then follow up again after the face to face interview and again after the second interview.

You could have 3 follow ups if you had a phone interview, face to face interview and second interview. Each time you follow up you remind the hiring manager of why he interviewed you and you are reinforcing your desire for the job.

  1. Assess the interview: Take time immediately after the interview if possible but at least within 24 hours to assess the interview. Make notes about what you thought went well, what could have gone better and what did you forget? Note the important points from the interview that you want to reiterate with the interviewer(s).
  2. Thank the interviewer(s): Get business cards or contact information before leaving the interview. If this is not possible use Linked-in to get the information and send a letter or an email.
  3. Do it now within 24 hours of the interview.
  4. Remind the interviewer(s) of your qualifications and match with the job.

Make an assertion that you believe the position is a great fit and that you would be excited to join the company.

Remind them of what went well in the interview and address any concerns that you did not fully address in the interview.

Compose a different email for all the others you met and thanking them for their time and any helpful information which they shared.

Send a separate thank you to any helpful support staff. This is really important as they have more influence than we think.

 

Oops. I forgot.-what did you forget to say in interview? Say it here.

  1. Follow up with a phone call about 3-5 days after the letter if you have not heard from the company yet.
  2. Send References immediately after the interview. Make sure you have alerted your references that they might be contacted.
  3. Keep learning about company. You might have a second interview or you can use the information during offer negotiations.
  4. Keep Networking – network for this job as people in your circle might have influence with the hiring manager. At the same time continue networking for other jobs in New York.
  5. Keep looking for other jobs and career opportunities. This is not the time to give up.

Conclusion

The time following an interview is not the time for resting on your laurels. There is much to do if you want to get the job you interviewed for. Follow these steps after every type of interview.