In the study, only the views of adolescent and young adult women were assessed. The result shows that among her peers, a young woman in a sexualized picture is considered less attractive physically and socially. She also is considered less competent to complete tasks, and the only difference between the two profile pictures is the way the same woman presents herself. This is the price tag among her female peers right now, and it doesn’t go into why the other girls think the way they do or how it affects future careers.
Recruiters and employers sift through stacks of resumes very quickly, so your resume needs to grab attention fast. What makes a resume stand out and get you the interview?
First, your resume must be easy to read (bullet points, not paragraphs) and error-free. Mistakes will get your resume dumped fast. Beyond these basics, here are 3 simple ways to rev up your resume:
1 - Quantify Your Accomplishments
Sales resumes should absolutely, without question, show your performance numbers--sales numbers, rankings, etc. But even if you aren't remotely connected to sales, quantifying your accomplishments (using numbers, dollars, and percentages to describe what you've done) will grab attention and show that you'll be a great asset. (See How to Write a Resume That POPS)
The #1 Job Interview Rule for Crushing The Interview is:
You Must Be As Prepared As Or Better Prepared Than Your Competition.
An interview begins long before you step in front of the interviewer. Wise job seekers will prepare with this in mind. The best-prepared candidate makes the best impression, has the best interview, and almost always gets the offer. When you get the interview, follow these steps:
Step 1 - Research the Company (and Interviewer)
Know as much as you can about the company's history, products/services, sales processes (if you're in sales), finances, plans, recent news, noteworthy executives, physical locations, operating challenges, operational approaches, and anything else you can find out prior to stepping into the room. Do an internet search, but also check out LinkedIn and your network. Reach out to contacts, check blogs, and try to get the inside story on what is happening at your prospective company (and be prepared to talk about it).
Job Interview Thank You Notes or Thank You Email Tips
1. Send a thank you note. Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note after your interview, and yet many people don’t. Thank you notes make you stand out from the other candidates, and really can make the difference in whether or not you get the job.
2. Write a substantial note--not a form letter. This is another opportunity to point out a key item or two in your favor. It should mention that you enjoyed talking with them, some additional thoughts about how you and your skills are a great fit, and what you learned that makes you even more enthusiastic about working there. See this Sample Thank You Note.
Some of us liked math class, and some of us did not (I am in the latter group). But like it or not, numbers are essential in your career, from resume to retirement and everywhere in between. Job performance numbers are particularly useful for at least three reasons:
they look good on your resume
they help with salary negotiations
and they give you confidence
Performance Numbers Validate Your Resume
When you can state that your work for a past employer resulted in a 15% increase in sales, that is an authoritative statement. It had better be a true statement that you can back up with more information, too! The fact is. illustrating your success with hard numbers always gets a good ROI on your resume because it is specific proof of your worth. Employers looking for a good return on their investment in hiring you will be impressed.
Is English your second language (ESL)? This can cause significant communication problems during job interviews with US companies. These problems can keep you from getting the jobs you are qualified for.
I've worked with many job seekers from China, Japan, Mexico, France, and Dubai, among others, to help them overcome language and/or cultural barriers so they can communicate more effectively in job interviews.
How a Coach Can Help
For instance, I just got off the phone with a highly skilled job seeker from China. She knew that her phone interviews weren't going well, but she didn't realize just how much trouble she was having until she worked with a coach.
Everybody thinks about quitting occasionally… …and sometimes, quitting your job might be the best decision you make. But there’s some real downsides to quitting unprofessionally, and you need to be careful to avoid them because they will haunt your future career. These are bad ideas:
breaking an employment contract
venting your anger online in public forums
raging at your boss in a final dramatic recount of all your frustration
stealing to make up for the way they treated you
leaving suddenly without preparing the person taking over your job
not having money to live on while you look for another position
I sure hope you see why these are bad ideas! It’s easy to talk yourself into thinking they are good ideas, though, because your emotions get in the way when work conditions become intolerable. Every single idea has future consequences, and thinking about those consequences is a good idea. Future employers will look at your past jobs and contact past employers about your behavior. They look at what you say online. Theft is a crime and you will get caught. How’d you like to take over someone’s job who left it like you did? And money is important for bills and groceries, am I right? Here are some good ideas:
Paulus has never had to apply for work before. It always came to him...until now. He found himself in a job search, so he updated his resume, and created a 30-60-90-Day Plan (which he was told would not work--ha!). The twist to his story shows the absolute power of persistence in a job search.
Enjoy his story. I hope it inspires you.
Greetings to you and your team from Canada. Allow me to share just a short note with you all. In May of last year I was at a cross road regarding my work. I have been working in Canada for over 4 years and have not had a weekend off. We my wife and I are not young anymore but still fit and healthy to do a good days work. In all my working career, I have not had to apply for work ever, the work always came to me.
So it was a real process for me to apply for a job here in Canada. I’m so glad I found you at Career Confidential . I listened to many of the webinars and bought some of your material and studied it till I knew it well.
I wrote my resume and sent it to you, made the corrections and then did something which even my children said will not work. They are in Top Jobs here in Calgary one in the Legal sector and one senior town planner.
They said they never heard off such a thing as a 30/60/90 day plan. Well I did not listen to them. I presented my resume to a top 100 company and they were blown away with my plan. Bearing in mind I’m not that young (67-year old) I competed against top graduate young people.
The company told me they are very interested but would have to offer the Job in-house first. Long story short the candidate only lasted 3 months. In the mean time, I completed a managers 30/60/90 day plan and sent an email off to the company informing them that I’m still interested and have done some more courses and would like to present them with my updated 30/60/90 day plan.
Well I’m happy to report that I got the Job and will start on X -X- 2015 and my salary is more than I expected.
This bundle will get you prepared for any job interview (phone interviews or face-to-face) so you can get the offer!
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This bundle is a fast read and definitely increased my confidence in interviewing for new nurse position. I nailed the phone interview and received two job offers. Saved so much time in preparing for interview and priceless advice for any field! Highly recommend.
If your goal is to get a new job this year, here are seven things you need to do to prepare yourself for your job search.
1. Update your résumé. While ideally your résumé is customized for a specific job, having an up-to-date résumé targeted for a specific “type” of position is the next best thing. So if you’ve taken on additional responsibilities in your current job, or you’ve changed your job target, or you’ve added new training or educational credentials, now is the time to talk with your résumé writer about updating your résumé. (And if you don’t have a résumé at all, now is definitely the time to put one together! A professional résumé writer can help!)
2. Develop — or update — your LinkedIn profile. A LinkedIn profile doesn’t replace the résumé…it complements it. Someone looking for a candidate with your skills and experience might conduct a search on LinkedIn and find your profile. Or, someone in your network might be interested in recommending you, and forward your LinkedIn profile URL. So make sure you have a LinkedIn profile — and make sure that it’s updated. (Yes, this is something your résumé writer can help you with.)
3. Know what you’re worth: conduct salary research. One of the most often-cited reasons to consider a job search is to increase your salary. But how do you know what you’re worth? There is more salary research data available than ever before. Websites like Glassdoor.com and Salary.com can help you see how your current salary and benefits package stacks up.
When we tell job seekers about 30-60-90-Day Plans (what they are and what they do for you in the interview) and then ask, "If you brought a detailed, customized 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interview, would you get the offer?" 98% say yes.
If you want to learn more about 30-60-90-day plans, go here:
You don't have the perfect background or quite enough experience?
You don't stand out as the "wow" candidate?
You get lots of interviews, but no offers?
The easiest and best way to get past those very common obstacles is towrite a 30-60-90-day plan and bring it to your interview--that's the straightforward, honest truth. It works if you're a brand-new graduate and it works if you're a seasoned veteran of your career.
I've used it myself (and got 5 offers the last time I was in the job search) and I've had my candidates use it for years--because it gets them hired.
Once you use one of these plans, you will never go to another interview without one. They're that good. We have a ton of information about 30-60-90-day plans on this blog you can use to write one, but here are two to start with:
Or, if you want to just cut to the chase and get it done (or even if you just need the confidence of an expert who's got your back), check out our 30-60-90-day plan samples and templates that come with all my tips and tricks for writing and presenting these plans to make you very comfortable using this tool in an interview:
Your job references can make or break your chances of getting hired. Even if you have good references to call on when you're up for a new job, what you say about them can kill your chances of getting the offer.
You need to know what to say (and what not to say) when the interviewer asks about your references. In the audio below, I talk about a candidate who made a fatal mistake when I asked her about her references.
Listen to this audio to find out what a big references mistake is and how you can avoid it:
One iron-clad job interviewing rule is: Always have questions of your own to ask.
Here are 3 great questions to ask in your next interview:
What qualities does does the perfect candidate have for this job? Ask this near the beginning of the interview, and you'll find out specific desired skills that might not be in the description (who knows who wrote the description or when they wrote it?). Once you know what the manager really cares about hearing, you’ll be able to talk up those related skills you have in your interview answers. This way, you'll get the maximum mileage out of every interview answer you give.
Is there any reason why you wouldn’t hire me for this job? This is a hard question to ask--but it’s the only way you’re going to find out if they have any doubts about hiring you. Knowing what they are gives you a chance to address those doubts and hopefully clear them up. Job seekers who ask this question increase their chances of getting hired by 30 percent.
What are the biggest challenges of this job? This question lets you know what the most important tasks are for this job, or what potential pitfalls may be waiting for you. Show how you’ll use your skills to handle the challenges.
Find out more questions to ask, how to research the company, and lots of interview do's and don'ts in our Free Job Interview Prep Kit.