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Worst Resume Mistakes!

Why interested in position: “to keep my parole officer from putting back me in jail.” Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.” “Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.” “Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail” “Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.” “Able to say the ABCs backward in under five seconds.” “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.” “It’s best for employers that I not work with people.” “I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.” Objective: “I would like to work for a company that is very lax when it comes to

Resume Refresh: A Best Practice for End of the Year

Current content. Start at the most basic: is your phone number and email correct? It’s best-practice to use a non-company email on your resume. Does your resume reflect your current position and duties? Do you have additional volunteer experience or skills to incorporate? Additional accomplishments. Have you received any promotions or recognitions since you last updated your resume? Integrate recent achievements and awards into the existing format. Conversely, it may be time to trim off items you listed previously that are no longer relevant to your focus. Dynamic descriptions. Evaluate the job duties and skills listed. Taking time to periodically update your resume allows you to describe ta

Help Your Employees Enjoy the Holidays: Three Golden Rules for Time off

Earlier this year we wrote about the importance of honoring employee vacation. In light of how much that piece resonated—with employers and employees alike—we wanted to revisit the subject and highlight a few things to keep in mind that are specific to the holiday season. Read our entire list of vacation recommendations here as you prepare to have a relaxing and happy holiday! Make the policies clear in advance. There is inherent complexity in maintaining workflow and staffing needs while balancing time-off requests. Well before the time-off inquiries start rolling in, notify staff of how requests should be made, any restrictions or parameters, and remind them that your goal is to make the h

Presidential Candidates 2016: Lessons on Leadership

Though the elections are still a year off, presidential campaigns are well underway. With the race still populated by so many candidates we wanted to take a moment to consider what lessons on leadership we can glean from the road to the white house. As you seek to select leaders that are the best and the best for your organization, here are some principles to bear in mind. Convictions matter. Voters are seeking authenticity. Candidates who have exhibited fidelity to a higher ideal, such as Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders, have fared well and engendered trust and support from voters. Conversely, waffling on your positions can be costly, as Hillary Clinton has found. No one likes to feel manipul

Overqualified? 4 Tips for Applying Successfully

Career trajectories are not always clean and linear. While some people obtain a degree, secure an entry-level position in their field, and work their way up over the subsequent decades, many more do not have such a tidy journey. Majors change. Industries change. Priorities change. All of which can result in job changes that are not simple or sequential. Whatever the reason, if you are applying for a position which will be perceived as overqualified for, you may raise a few eyebrows. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the process. Know your reasons. Why are you applying for this position instead of one similar to your current or recent position? Spend some time thinking through your rat

Holiday Gift Giving: 5 tips for Good Office Protocol

The Holiday Season is full of traditions. In far too many offices, gift conundrums and confusion seems to be among them. Navigating the holiday season, including gifts at the office, doesn’t need to add stress to your holiday. Here are 5 tips to keep gift-giving enjoyable for all involved. Check with your company. Many organizations have a policy. Everyone will feel more comfortable with guidelines, consider inquiring with your supervisor and suggesting a modest policy so that gifts do not become compulsory. Plan ahead. Santa Claus shouldn’t be the only one making a list! Spend some time thinking about your year. Are there any colleagues that were key to your success that you would like to

2016 Forecast:  Hyatt-Fennell's Predictions for 5 Important Hiring Trends to Watch

As the year winds down, we can’t help but think about the future. Here are five things we see gaining momentum in 2016: Social media. Social media has grown in it’s usefulness for finding quality talent. We turn to the internet for everything nowadays, hiring is no exception. While networking will always remain a key avenue, even personal discussions and recommendations are now facilitated by social media. Employer branding. LinkedIn reported in their 2016 Global Trends forecast that “employer brand is a top priority” for 62% of businesses. Companies will continue to define the personality and values of their organization and use that as a key message for finding like-minded employees. Flexi

Between the Lines: Tips for an Effective Phone Interview

Phone interviews are odd hybrids. You’ve caught a potential employer's eye enough that they want to speak with you. Yet, it won’t be in-person. While phone interviews can feel like half-interviews, it’s a mistake not to prepare for them fully. Here are 5 tips to minimize the shortcomings and maximize the advantages of a phone interview. Dress for success. Even though your interviewers won’t see you, you’d be remiss to talk to them in your pajamas. The way you dress has direct bearing on the way you feel and carry yourself. Shower, shave (if applicable), and put on professional attire as you get into the mindset of the interview. Find your place. Plan in advance where you will conduct the int

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