What You Should (Realistically) Do When You Make a Mistake On Your Job Application

mistakeAuthor: Alyse Kalish
Source: The Muse

You spelled the hiring manager’s name wrong on your cover letter. There’s a weird formatting issue on your interview assignment. You sent an older version of your resume that included blah, blah, blah under one of the titles.

Is all hope lost? Should you pack it in and give up, because you’re never landing that job?

Definitely not. In fact, there’s a simple way you can recover from your mistake and easily put yourself back in the running. Here’s how:

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Remove These Words and Phrases From Your Resume ASAP

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These terms may sound good to you, but they actually make recruiters cringe.

Author: Amanda Augustine
Source: Top Resume

Studies have found that the average recruiter scans a resume for less than 10 seconds before deciding if the candidate is a good fit for an open position. When you have so little time to impress a recruiter, every word on your resume counts. That’s why it’s important to carefully choose which terms belong on your resume and which are better left out.

Below are some tips to help you get your application noticed by including the right words on your resume and removing the ones that are proven to bore and repel recruiters.

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14 Tips To Get Your Resume Read

reading-resume-ipadAuthor: Lewis Lustman
Source: Undercover Recruiter

You may know that when you submit your resume, it passes an automated Applicant Tracking System (ATS) scan. But that is just the opening skirmish in the battle; you’ve still got to persuade living, breathing hiring professionals that you are the best candidate for the job, and a coherent, polished resume can make recruiters and hiring managers sit up and take notice.

Take an objective look at your resume as it looks today. In fact, have a friend or professional acquaintance also review it and provide you with honest, unfiltered feedback. Is it geared to pass the review of a skilled recruiter or hiring professional who may spend as little as six seconds scanning it? With an abundance of resumes hitting their email boxes, HR pros can probably tell at a glance if your digital application materials are worthy of further consideration – or they’re better off just dragging your resume over to that little trash can icon.

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The 9 Deadliest Resume Mistakes

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Source: Undercover Recruiter

When it comes to writing your CV, the things you omit can be just as important as the things you include. Even if you are the greatest candidate in the word; sloppy mistakes in your CV can get you instantly rejected. So if you’re struggling to land job interviews; check out StandOut CV‘s latest infographic to ensure that your CV doesn’t contain any of the following mistakes.

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6 Resume Tricks to Beat the 6 Second Rule

Throwing-ResumeSource: Undercover Recruiter

By now you’ve certainly heard some of the ridiculous job search stats that are being thrown around. Yet, none are as silly as the claim that recruiters only spend 6 seconds on a resume before they decide whether or not to trash it.  Job seekers have been led to believe that all the hard work they put into their resume and their chances of getting an interview rest on a mere 6 seconds. With a stat like that, how can anyone feel hopeful about the job search?  Resume Genius decided to give some hope back to job seekers and put this resume myth to bed… but how?

More than 9,000 participants (average Joes AND experienced recruiters) completed a challenge, whereby different resumes were to be judged as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in just 6 seconds. The results are compiled in the infograpahic below. What do they tell us?  The success rate hovered around just 50% for both cohorts – not very promising!

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5 Ways To Make Your Resume Visually Appealing

resume-visually-appealingAuthor: Don Goodman
Source: Careerealism

Looks do count for a resume. Your resume has to have a compelling message and be easy to read. If it doesn’t come off as visually appealing, it’s unlikely anyone will want to read it.

At the same time, be careful about using fancy charts, graphics, or logos on the resume as it could cause the Applicant Tracking Systems (the software that reads and ranks resumes) to not be able to read it.

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How to Include Hard and Soft Skills on Your Resume

light-bulbsAuthor: James Hu
Source: Undercover Recruiter

Through your education and work experiences, you’ve collected quite a bit of know how. Whether it be learning specific programs or tools for your industry or learning how to be more adaptable in the workplace, you want to make sure your resume reflects your skill set.

When it comes to applying for jobs, skills are categorized as hard and soft skills. Hiring managers across the board claim that both hard and soft skills are equally important when searching for candidates. But what is the best way to showcase both in your resume.

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