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8 Social Media Mistakes to avoid when Job Hunting

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There was a time, in fact, just about a decade ago, life was all about Google. You needed a recipe, you googled it, you needed to find the meaning of a word, you googled it. Now, while Google does continue its dominance in the background, it is social media which has taken the front seat and is almost ruling all information exchange online.

Not only has social media become the lifeline for youngsters and middle-aged alike, but it has also opened up quite a lot of new opportunities. Businesses take help of Social Media to reach masses and also advertise new products to ‘only’ relevant people. Moreover, new jobs these days are advertised more on the Social Media than on job portals (refer LinkedIn).

The problem, however, is that there is too much social media happening. The generation Y’s social media skills are touching the roof. Right from posting every food picture, selfie on Instagram to tweeting about every political issue, the Gen Y does live for attention. So, where businesses were mostly concerned with only advertising products and services online, today they are also taking note of a potential or a current employee’s social media channels and scrutinizing their posts.

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10 Things You Must Keep Off your resume

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When you are looking for a job, the most important piece of information is your resume. It is the resume that helps you get a job. It’s the decider as to whether you are fit for a particular job or not. It is the ultimate document which determines whether you will be selected for a particular job or will you need to go to a few more job search sites and test your fate.

While the resume needs to have all the information which may help you in landing your dream job, there are certain things you should ensure are not included in it. Check out the top ten things which should not have a place in your resume at all:

1. Unfitting email id: The last time I checked, you were trying to get a job, and not impress anyone. When it comes to the email id in the resume, please ensure it is suitable and does not contain words which may put the employer off. I completely understand that the email ids would have been trying to sound cool when were in college, but that definitely needs to change once you are stepping into the professional front. If you once had an email id which said JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , I’d suggest you change it ASAP and use a much professional one in the resume. A JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING sounds much better.  

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Draft the Perfect Resume for a Startup Job

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Start-ups are the new rage of the present day just like internet companies were over a decade ago. So much so that in the past few years, the start-up industry has even seemed to explode. Each day, a new start-up emerges, creating a myriad of job opportunities for the very talented bunch of candidates that are out there. While there are an array of positions in these start-ups waiting to be filled, it is often a big deal to land an interview with any of the start-ups.  Mostly because these companies may or may not hire through conventional channels.

At more prominent and well-established firms, it may be easier to get an interview by getting in touch with the HR of the company. Here however, you need to be creative to be noticed. Your first and foremost contact person could even be the CEO or one of the busy co-founders of the company. Since your resume doesn’t go through a lot of screening process and goes directly to the person concerned, it has to speak volumes. Also because funded startups throw in a lot of perks and provide high salaries, they ensure only the right bunch gets through to the interview stages, so less time is wasted.

While you may have heard many birds chirping as to resumes being a cliché in startups, a resume does define your seriousness and skill set and it stays the first step to hiring you.

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Writing a Resume after a Career Break

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Maternity leaves have been in the limelight for quite some time. So much so that a six months’ maternity leave has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. Now, it has become mandatory for all offices in both public as well as private sectors for granting a half a years’ maternity to women who have been expecting.

However, some women decide to put on their mom shoes and take time off from work for a good twelve months or even over a year at times. While some employers understand the time off was for a reason and are happy to offer you a job that you truly deserve, there are others who shy away from giving you that position taking into account the length of your maternity gap.

In some way, they tend to take it the other way around and consider it as a black mark on your resume. Thus, when writing a resume, it is important for new mothers to accommodate their maternity gaps correctly. A little bit of creativity can go a long way in addressing your maternity gap in the best way possible.

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LinkedIn Recommendations: The New Self-Marketing Tool

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You’ve been thinking of purchasing a new phone for yourself since a month, but you’re not quite sure if the model you like would be worth the money you’ll be spending on it. So, what do you do? You go and look up for that model online, and check the reviews to correspond its actual performance with what has been stated and marketed by the company, so that you get the worth of your hard-earned money. A detailed review left by someone who has used the product first-hand, will give you a fair idea if that phone model is worth purchasing or not.

The job market is no different either. The digital era has ushered in, and the market is more competitive than it was before. For every job, there are hundreds of eligible candidates that are vying for it, and recruiters are left with hundreds of profiles to choose from. How does the recruiter, then, find out the perfect candidate amongst a sea of applicants? Easy. They go online, and look up for the candidate’s online, professional profile (yes, LinkedIn). They see if the candidate has got any reviews of them online, to check if what they are going for is a viable choice, similar to the phone dilemma mentioned earlier.

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[Infographic] Resume Tips from Napoleon Hill

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We all know who Napoloen Hill was. A well known author and cribber, Napoleon Hill was one of the early most producers of Personal Success Literature. In his best-selling book "Think & Grow Rich", Hill describes a detailed description on how professionals from any field should work on their resumes or brief, as he called it, to attract attention from employers. 

Below we have tried to present his thoughts on writing this brief in the form of an infographic.

Resume Writing Tips from Napoleon Hill - Author of Think & Grow Rich

Let us know what you think. 

Writing a Resume in case of Career Switch (Part 1)

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As a resume writer, I can tell you this for sure – writing a resume for a person who is at the verge of a career switch is a sticky wicket – at times the right ideas click, and at times the transitions leave you scratching your head. Shifting careers is not an option, it is rather a choice, and let me tell you, there are times when it isn’t that easy.

Barring a small percentage, most of the people are confused regarding career choices. I don’t blame you for that. I myself was at crossroads when it came to choosing a career path after I graduated. I kind of gambled when I chose my profession. Surprisingly, I got the job, even though it was completely different from my major at the university.

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Writing a Resume in case of Career Switch (Part 2)

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Continued from the first part of the series: Writing a Resume in case of Career Switch (Part 1)


Case 2: Same industry/company, different vertical/functional area, like a Content Writer for a Resume Writing Company to a Business Development Executive in a Resume Writing Company

This transition is a little tricky, but again, a little effort and persistence on your part will reap you rich rewards later on.

In this scenario, I assume myself as a Content Writer for a Resume Writing Company at present, wishing to apply for a Business Development role in another company that also happens to be into the business of writing resumes. While being fully aware of the fact that the role I aspire is completely different from what I am doing at present, I believe that I can perform well at the job, if given a chance.

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Emails - Are you sending the right message?

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Emails are an integral part of any business conversation these days. They contain within them the power to make or break your perceived personality in the workplace. Not to mention, how you communicate without seeing the person face to face, or without actually talking to them depicts a lot about you.

"There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it."

- Dale Carnegie, American Educator (1888 – 1955) (Sourced and quoted as is from here)

The above lines pretty much sum up the importance of writing a well-framed email, especially in the context of business or workplace conversations. Writing a near-perfect email is an art, which can be mastered by following a few simple rules. In this article, I explore what common courtesy expects us to follow while writing a formal email to anyone in the workplace – be it your boss, the management, your junior, or even your colleague.

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