Have you ever felt something was missing when you look at your bland paper résumé? Well, maybe it is missing an extra kick. These examples of extremely creative résumés will completely blow any traditional notion of CVs out of the water. Click on to see them and get inspired.
Do you know that every time you make a change on LinkedIn, your connections get an update of your tweaks? If you don't want your every move watched by your network, turn the notifications off. After all, not only do you want to avoid spamming your LinkedIn friends every time you change your profile picture, but you might also want to keep the timing of the changes private. Here's how to turn the notifications off:
- Log into your LinkedIn account.
- Hover over your name on the upper-right corner of your page, and a dropdown menu should appear. Click on the settings option.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page, go to the privacy controls section, and click "Turn on/off your activity broadcasts." You'll see a small pop-up that will let you check or uncheck a box that gives people updates. Uncheck the box, and save your changes.
Getting ready for a job interview? Find out exactly what you shouldn't say, thanks to our partner site DailyWorth:
With unemployment hovering near eight percent, even landing a job interview can be difficult these days. So once you do, you want to make the most of it. Being prepared helps, of course, but the words you choose during the interview can be equally important.
Use the wrong ones, warns Success For Hire author and career consultant Alexandra Levit, and you can kill your chances at advancement — even if you’re well-qualified for the job. We asked recruiters for five of the most common culprits and what to say instead.
- "I can do anything."
- "I can try . . . "
Saying this shows you're an up-for-anything go-getter, right? Not so, say recruiters. If you’re one of many candidates for the position (and you probably are), this vague response will just get you lost in the shuffle. "It doesn't give the recruiter a clear idea of what you can do to meet the needs of the job," says talent consultant Carol Watson, founder of recruiting firm Tangerine-Watson. Instead, be specific. Try: "You said you're looking for someone who can do X. Let me tell you about my experience with that."
If a hiring manager asks if you feel comfortable doing something you've never done before, it’s tempting to respond: “I can try.” Resist the urge. It suggests that you don't feel confident that you can pull it off, says executive coach Marc Dorio, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Job Interview. Opt instead for more decisive phrases like "I do" or "I will" and keep the focus on what you know you can bring to the job.
Our friends at LearnVest share the top tips for acing your job interview:
Job interviews: Nobody likes them, but they inevitably stand between you and your dream job.
Unfortunately, “What’s your greatest weakness?” is no longer the only hard-to-answer question hiring managers will throw your way.
New techniques, designed to do everything from measure your ability to handle criticism in the moment to downright intimidate you, are now being wielded more frequently by HR managers.
Life and Career Coach Anna Goldstein, founder of SelfintheCity.com, walks you through eight curveball interview techniques you might encounter, and the best way to ace each one.
Find out which cities are best for starting your post-grad life thanks to this list from Business Insider.
With May right around the corner, this is just about the time when the college class of 2013 starts to sweat.
For seniors lucky enough to have already lined up a first job, kudos. The hard part is over.
For the other 99% of 20-somethings on the cusp of launching their career, there's just one question to answer: Where do you want to go next?
The ideal city should have a few things going for it: A strong youth job market (as of March, the unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds in December was 11.7% –– not pretty), a good vibe for young professionals, and a low cost of living.
Whether you're more interested in picking a town flush with jobs in your field of study or are looking for a place where you won't have to live hand to mouth, here's a list of 10 cities that appeal the most to post-graduates, with help from Rent.com.
*All labor stats are based on the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Feb. 2013 report on Unemployment Rates for Metropolitan Areas.
When the hiring manager asks you if you have more questions during an interview, take this as an opportunity to help him visualize you at the job. In a thread on Reddit, some commenters suggest asking questions like "What is one thing I could accomplish in my first six months here that would have the most impact?" and "If I were chosen for this position, what would a regular day at work look like for me?"
This helps the interviewer form a mental image of you being part of their team and company, which can make you more memorable. However, be sure to keep it subtle, and avoid direct and aggressive questions like "When do I start?" or you might turn your interviewers off.
So you use Twitter to retweet cool articles and follow your favorite celebrities. But if you're someone on the job hunt, have you used it to fill out your #Twesume yet? Let us explain.
Using social media to land a job is nothing new, but you may have recently heard of the 140-character résumé — or rather, the #Twesume — either by seeing it in your feeds or reading about it online.
While being prepared to tweet out your skills is important, it's just one part of the job search game. Here, check out some tips to get you ahead in the Twitterverse and the job world.
- Be engaged in your industry: Chances are that your industry of choice — no matter what the field — will have a significant Twitter presence. Be someone who contributes to the conversation both by interacting with established career folks or passing on relevant articles. The ultimate goal is for others to look to you as a thought leader in the industry.
- Use it as the starting point: A #Twesume might be a good idea, but you'll also want prospective employers to learn more about you. Hook up your Twitter profile to your LinkedIn page or personal website. Make it easy for them to get a sense of the bigger picture of what you're capable of.
- Take part in industry chats: One of the best things about Twitter is interacting with people you wouldn't necessarily meet in person. And one of the best ways to do that is by joining chats related to your field of interest. Not only will you have a reason to reach out to new contacts ("What did you mean when you said that in the chat?"), but you'll stay up to speed on what's going on in the industry.
- Let people know you're on the hunt: It's good to announce (and remind people) that you're searching for a job so they can put you in touch with anyone who can help. But don't be annoying about it by posting too often and don't be the person who only reaches out when you need something.
- Go to the source: Follow hiring managers, recruiters, and accounts dedicated to promoting job openings. Sometimes you'll get word of a job through Twitter before it's even posted on the company website, giving you a leg up on the competition.
Is LinkedIn your go-to resource for getting ahead in your career? Well, another site called Levo League just might take over its spot in your bookmarks tab. Here's the scoop: the site is like a community for professional women typically in their 20s — women at the beginning of their careers searching for advice, resources, and inspiration about what it takes to get to the top. It launched in 2011 but has been growing and expanding ever since, adding resources like videos, articles, and more. Read on for a breakdown of some of the site's services.
- Connect: Once you sign up using either your email or social accounts (choose from Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn), you'll be able to connect with others on the site by following them. One of the best "connect" features on the site is getting to ask questions with established women from all different industries who are designated mentors. For instance, you can submit a question to Sheryl Sandberg's profile, and there's a good chance she'll answer.
- Office Hours: Office hours is a cool weekly feature that's basically a half-hour interview with female leaders, CEOs, and CFOs. The chats are mediated by someone from Levo League, and the women answer preselected questions as well as ones that come in during the live chat. The quality of the videos isn't great, and the interviewee can be hard to hear, but their insight if helpful and often full of great nuggets of advice.
- Jobs: The Levo League says it works with at least 100 companies that range from The New York Times and AOL to nonprofits like Pencils of Promise. Depending on what type of job you're looking for, the search can yield more than 40 jobs or none at all. You can filter results by company or a specific job, but don't count this search engine as your main resource for job hunting.
- Local: One of the best features about Levo League is that is supports 19 local Levo groups, from California to Canada to Paris. Users can create networking events, which range from happy hours to book clubs, that are all about like-minded women connecting face to face.
The bottom line: Levo League (levo is the Latin root of the word "elevate") does, in many ways, help women develop and grow their careers. Just browsing the site, you can feel how much it's about women looking out for other women. It might not directly or immediately get you a job, but it can certainly foster relationships — and give you insights — that will.
It's hard to start a résumé from scratch, which is why the best way to go about creating one is to work off a template. You can get a sample CV from your friends, but there are also a few places online that let you download them for free.
Keep in mind that these aren't perfect, and you should be tweaking them according to your needs. For example, I personally would take out the objective statements that seem to appear in many of these templates. It's also good to change it up, just in case someone else in your applicant pool is using the same template.
Check out some of best templates I've found online when you click on.
Source: Instagram user Morgan_Zimm
Job hunting seemed a lot simpler way back when. Redditor Ezeeeek shared his grandfather's résumé from the 1950s, which the Reddit user claims garnered his grandpa 12 jobs before he even graduated from college. "Apparently just the fact that it was typed made it enough to stand out," says Ezeeeek. Handwritten résumés? How quaint!
It's interesting to see how job search has evolved over the decades. For example, the vintage résumé offered up information that we would never see in the modern CV, such as height and weight, which we leave out today to avoid discrimination.
It almost puts our overly padded résumés stuffed with tired phrases like "self-starter" and "team player" to shame, doesn't it?