Resume News from Around the Web: Week of 9/15

Resume News from Around the Web: Week of 9/15

Here are a few of the most interesting stories on resumes published this week:

Tom Brady found his pre-NFL resume and it’s spectacular

On Throwback Thursday, Tom Brady (yes, that Tom Brady) took to Facebook to post his post-college, pre-NFL resume. Chris Chase went through some of the highlights in a blog post for USA Today: “Merrill Lynch? Country clubs? Golf courses? Home builders? Brady has learned the value of work in different fields.” Brady was ahead of the curve in skipping the resume objective, but he did succumb to using some of the vague corporate-speak that tries harder to sound official than to convey useful information. There were also some unique entries on Brady’s resume, including “Guided football team as starting quarterback to 1998 Big Ten Championship and postseason bowl victory.” There you have it—proof that specific accomplishments stand out more than a list of responsibilities.

Wal-Mart spokesperson resigns over falsehood in resume

In this Washington Post blog post, Jena McGregor covers the resignation of Wal-Mart’s chief spokesman, David Tovar, after the revelation that he did not have the bachelor’s degree as he claimed. Tovar attended the University of Delaware, where he pursued an art degree, but he never finished the required coursework and never graduated. On his resume, he had said that he graduated in 1996. “Tovar is hardly the only high-ranking corporate manager who has lost a job due to questions about academic credentials on his resume—a matter of truth-telling that’s important for any executive,” McGregor says.

Unfortunately, Tovar and others who have lied on their resumes are hardly alone. In a recent survey by CareerBuilder, 58% of hiring managers said they had found exaggerations or lies on resumes, with 33% saying exaggerations and lies had increased since the recession. 

Google’s Head Of HR: These Are The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make On Your Resume

In this Business Insider post, Jillian D’onfro looks at what Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president of people operations, says are the things that make him reject a resume. He has personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes, and said that the five most common errors are typos; length; overly-complicated formatting; revealing confidential company information; and, as mentioned above, lying.

When it comes to resume length, “A good rule, Bock says, is that you can have one page of resume for every 10 years of work experience….If you have a succinct, focused resume packed with only the most important information, it shows your potential employer that you know how to synthesize and prioritize information.”

Regarding lying, “As Bock points out, you can easily get busted thanks to reference checks and Google searches, and even old lies can still get you fired if they’re discovered. Plus, he adds, ‘Our moms taught us better. Seriously.’”

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New Survey: 4 Industries Account For 66% of All New Resumes Created in the US

LiveCareer is one of the internet’s leading career sites, offering an award-winning resume builder along with other products for job-seekers and career-changers. They’ve amassed an extensive database of resumes from customers seeking jobs in over 50 different industries.

A study conducted by LiveCareer in the first half of 2014 revealed that more than 66% of these resumes focused on just 4 job categories: Customer Service/Retail, Healthcare/Nursing, Restaurant and Food Service, and Office Manager/Administration.

This infographic shows the role these industries play in the job markets of a few major US cities:

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Industry #1: Customer Service and Retail

This was by far the most popular career field for job seekers, accounting for 28.5% of all resumes created. This includes everyone from Cashiers to Retail Managers. There are plenty of jobs in this category, but with so many people applying, customer service and retail candidates need to stand out from the pack to get hired.

Industry #2: Healthcare and Nursing

With America’s aging population, qualified Healthcare and Nursing workers are in high demand. And the 17.7% of resumes created by those seeking jobs as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides and more reflect that need.

Industry #3: Restaurant and Food Service

The Restaurant industry is always a popular option for job seekers. LiveCareer found that just over 10% of resumes in its database came from Waiters, Bartenders, Servers, and other food service professionals. Turnover in these jobs is often high, and there are lots of opportunities for professionals with the right experience.

Industry #4: Office Management and Administration

Rounding out the survey, 10% of job-seekers created resumes for office management and administration positions, such as Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, or Receptionist. In these jobs, attention to detail is a must.

A Great Resume Can Help You Stand Out in a Tough Market

The message of the survey is clear: if you’re a candidate looking for a job in one of these job categories—well, you’re not alone. Competition for good jobs is always going to be tough. But if you’re looking for a career, let’s say, as a Nurse, a Retail Associate, an Admin Assistant or a Restaurant Manager, you’re really going to have to stand out to get noticed.

According to LiveCareer, your best chance to separate yourself from the great mass of applicants out there is with a crisply written resume that highlights your most marketable skills, and a cover letter that’s so well targeted it feels like it was written with a specific job in mind.

Laura Keresty is the Director of LiveCareer’s Resume Writing Services. Her advice: Personalize your resume. “Do your homework on your potential employer,” she suggests, “and write your resume and cover letter with a very specific audience in mind. Hiring managers will really appreciate the extra effort.”

Need a Little Help? Get the Resources You Need Online 

If you’re like most people, writing your resume isn’t your favorite part of the job-search process. Unless you’re a professional writer, you might find it a challenge and a chore.

Luckily, there are online resources like LiveCareer’s Resume Builder to help you out. This tool makes it easy to follow a step-by-step process to design, format, write, edit, save and send a customized professional-quality resume in a matter of minutes. And they can even help you write your cover letter, too.

To find out more about Resume Builder, Cover Letter Builder, and all of LiveCareer’s resources for job-seekers, visit www.livecareer.com.

Resume Buzzwords to Avoid

Resume Buzzwords to Avoid

There are certain words that, through no fault of their own, become popular and find themselves used on resume after resume. Once a word gains popularity, it can become overused to the point that it no longer means anything—it loses its value and distinctiveness. So, while you may in fact be “innovative” or “analytical,” these are just two of the buzzwords that have been used so often that they have become clichés. If you want your resume to stand out, avoiding using these uninspired terms and focus your efforts on relevant and concrete keywords instead.

Adjectives

Analytical

Creative

Detail-oriented

Driven

Dynamic

Effective

Fast-paced

Innovative

Motivated

Professional

Results-oriented

Verbs

Amplified

Authored

Curated

Leveraged

Incentivized

Interfaced

Optimized

Spearheaded

Troubleshot

Utilized

Nouns

Enthusiasm

Passion

Responsibilities

Solutions

Thought leader

The true substance of a good resume is in the concrete information it conveys. A clear and concise resume is much more effective than one laden with buzzwords. Being specific about your experience and skills is the best way to paint a picture of who you are and what you can do for an employer.

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