Recruiters are looking for every reason to put your resume in the no pile. Surprisingly, where you live is one of them.
“When building your team, don’t hire a skill set, instead choose people that you wouldn’t mind going for a hike with after work, and trust that most people will step up to the plate and learn the skills that they need.”
David Mielach says that to get your resume seen you should: Get as specific as possible, avoid tired phrases like the plague, and show—don’t tell—the hiring manager why you’re the person they need.
5 common resume blunders are:
- Using cliches.
- Including “References available upon requests.”
- Listing your ‘objective’ (your objective is to get the job).
- Making vague claims.
- Using qualitative descriptions.
Writer Rebecca Thorman’s advice on interview preparation: "Rifle through your resume and cover letter to find three times where you felt unstoppable—anecdotes that ‘illustrate your relevant skills, experience, and lessons learned.’”
“It seems that interviewers like to have each day’s ratings balance out. When an interviewer sees 3 or 4 good candidates in a row, they become concerned that they are giving too many high ratings. So, if another good candidate comes walking through the door, they get a lower rating just so that the ratings for the day are not uniformly high.”
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“We’ll ask them to tell us about times that they’ve owned projects from start to finish. We’ll talk about tying results to customer demands. We tend to look for real, practical work experience.”
Amazon’s director of global university programs talks about what the company looks for in applicants.
Meet Sasha Senderoff, who feels the intern hiring process is broken, particularly in creative industries like film, TV, music, and fashion. Step one: ditch the paper resume.
“When I speak to managers and executives, rotten apples provoke especially strong reactions. At the gathering of high-tech CEOs mentioned above, there was an interesting 90-minute stretch where each described “what keeps me up at night.” One said it was a star executive who brought in a lot of business but was driving away good people. There was consensus among his fellow CEOs that “we all have seen this movie before” and they all learned, after firing someone like that, “You always ask yourself, why did I wait so long? Things are so much better now!””