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Blogging with BG: Can your resume get you the interview?

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This is the first in a series of posts teaching you exactly how to write a job ready resume.  I am Byron Goynes, Business Engagement Specialist II at Workforce Connections.    On average, I read two hundred or more resumes per week on behalf of the employers I recruit for.  I would estimate that sixty percent of those resumes have issues.   I often ask myself if the job seeker understands the importance of the resume.  Besides a college degree or an internship, building a solid resume is arguably the most important step to landing a job.  My advice is based on real world hiring experience.

First of all, a resume is a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience. The resume separates a good candidate from a great candidate when job searching.  Having the experience and the skills that match a job is obviously important.  So, when the experience and skills are not listed on the resume that is obviously a huge mistake.

That begs the question . . . What are some of the most common resume mistakes a job seeker makes?

My experience tells me the following six mistakes are all too often made:

Don’t include irrelevant experience

While you may think that a resume full of every notable thing you’ve ever achieved in your life would set you apart from the rest, irrelevant additions actually distract from qualities that would make you viable candidate.

Avoid using fillers and generic phrases

Fluff words like “team player” and “hard-working” do nothing to help build your case.   Instead, provide specific examples of them in action.   For example, instead of listing “team player” talk about a specific project that you successfully led the team on.

Leave off personal information

While this was standard practice back in the day, it’s unnecessary and can date your resume. Things like marital status, religious preference, age, and race. These things have nothing to do with your job skills and although employers aren’t supposed to allow them to be a factor, they can be more of a hindrance than a help.

 Remove unnecessary additions

The objective statement, hobbies, or references on your resume in no longer needed. These additions take up valuable space that can be better used to display your qualifications for the job. If you make it to the point in the interview process where a prospective employer needs to contact your references, they’ll ask for them.

 Use a professional email address

This may seem simple, but you’d be surprised how many people overlook this small detail. While “DropItLikeItsHot ” may have been the perfect email address for your high school days, it’s inappropriate in a professional setting. Set up a free account using a variation of your first and/or last name on a service like gmail or yahoo for use in professional settings.

Proofread, proofread, and proofread!

The simplest mistake to fix is also one of the most common. We all get in a hurry and make typing mistakes, but they reflect poorly on the prospective job seeker applicant. Take the time to read over your resume to not only check for spelling mistakes but also to ensure that everything flows & will clearly convey your experiences to the reader.

Good luck getting the job with a winning resume!

 

 

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Do People Really Want to Work?

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I bet when most people read this title, they will answer, of course people want to work.  However, we see a slightly different perspective from working within the recruiting field.

My name is LeRoy Bilal and I am a Business Engagement Specialist at Workforce Connections. Every week, my team and I prescreen candidates for employers to help them find qualified people. So as one can imagine, we have seen and experienced quite a bit. Therefore , it is this observation that causes me to ask the title question – Do people really want to work?

As I travel around the city, I hear people complaining about the lack of jobs here in Las Vegas and I am perplexed because I have jobs I can’t seem to give away. My colleagues and I spend a huge amount of time looking through resumes and we then invite people to come and interview with us or the hiring company. Now these are people that applied for a particular position and they still don’t show up. To better explain, I recently invited 28 people who applied for a cashier position to come meet with me. The job pays $13/hr and not one person showed up to the prescreening session. We see outrageous disparities like this on a weekly basis. So out of the people that do come to our pre-screen, here is a list of examples and excuses that constantly bombard our team:

  1. A large number of people don’t thoroughly read the email we send out. We tell people to bring a resume, dress professionally, arrive by 9:00am and allow up to 2 hours for this process. Well, you probably already guessed it. A number of people show up without a resume. Whyyyyyy!! Let this be a lesson, never, ever go to an interview or a pre-screen without a resume. This makes you look unprepared with a nonchalant attitude about getting a job. Also, please arrive on time. We have people knocking at the door after 9:00am. If you can’t come to the pre-screen on time, why should we refer you to the hiring company?
  2. Some people say they can’t take a job because it is too far. If you have a car, there is really not many places in this small valley that is too far to drive for work. Especially if you need a job.
  3. No patience – How about getting upset with us or the hiring company because the interview process is taking longer than normal? This goes back to my first point, the inviting email says it may take 2 hours, so you need to free your schedule. Please don’t get angry with the people who are trying to help.
  4. We had a guy who really needed a job and he most definitely became a squeaky wheel. We soon found him employment and thought all was good. Not the case. About a month later, he called back and wanted help finding another job. Well you may ask, what happened? That is exactly what we said. Apparently, they offered him a lot of overtime and he didn’t want to work that much. Therefore he quit. Really!!
  5. We will refer people to an interview with a company and then they never show for the interview. Or even better, they get hired and don’t show up for the first day. Changing your mind is definitely okay, but please let the company know ahead time. You might need them again in the future. In other words, don’t burn any bridges.

 

Finally I hope people read this blog and decide to step up their game. We offer open positions every week and companies are looking for qualified people who want to work. Please help dispute the title question and prove there are people who really want to work. Also, please respond back and let me know what you think or how we can help alleviate this problem.

LeRoy Bilal is a Business Engagement Specialist II at Workforce Connections. LeRoy has strong relationships with employers and won the MVP: Clincher of the Year Award for his work performance for Program Year 2015-2016. 

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ShawnaSays: ARE YOU INTERVIEW-READY?

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So you wake up ready to start the day! This particular day starts with an interview as you are in need of not just a job but an opportunity.

Let’s just say you sat at the kitchen table practicing how you will drive the discussion/interview.  The formal process of an interview is awkward.  Try to make the interview natural and it will put you at ease. Interviewers love something different from the norm.

ShawnaSays when the time comes make sure to pay close attention to the person interviewing you, you want to follow their lead.   People like to build rapport with those who are just like them.

First things first, make sure you are not late! No reason is a good one.  There’s no denying that the traditional alarm clock has taken a backseat to our Mobil devices. Nowadays, our phones are our lifeline, stopwatch and most importantly our alarm clock.  It’s not the time to hit snooze, do not disturb or swipe left or right.  Get up! Opportunity is knocking!

Remember the first day of school and how you laid out your outfit the night before? Well it’s your first day of school! So ask yourself, how formal or how corporate is this employer? If the company is casual, dress business casual and if they are business casual dress business professional. “ShawnaSays” When you wear clothing that is not interview attire you establish the first impression to the interviewer that you have low self-awareness.

You have driven to your destination, checked yourself in the mirror, managed to not spill anything on your clothes.  Make sure you smile and have a pleasant tone once at your interview location. Know who you are there to see, why and the time of your appointment.  This is not the time to pull out your phone and reference an e-mail.

You’re ready to start the interview, nervous? Don’t be.  ShawnaSays your behavior effects your state of mind and determines the tone for any interaction. Make sure to smile but keep it natural.  Your nonverbal gestures are crucial, such as your facial expressions, body language and posture.  Slouching and folding of arms and clasping of hands, is a sign of nervousness, so be mindful.

Take the time to slow your breathing as it will naturally calm you. It’s not an interrogation, it’s simply an opportunity to show your qualities through demonstrated experiences.

You are in the groove and things are going well.  You look sharp, you are being an effective communicator, painting a picture of your qualities, guiding the conversation and setting the tone of the interaction. With all this don’t forget eye contact. Simply alternate your gaze from their right eye to left eye, nose to mouth and whatever you do, do not look down! You want to show your confidence and eyes reflect trust. You are the perfect candidate for consideration because you were prepared, flexible and confident.

Good Luck!

Shawna Rice is a Business Engagement Specialist II at Workforce Connections. Her job is to connect employers to a ready workforce.

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