CareerCast.com Reports on Job Search Red Flags
18-Aug-2011 | News-Press Release
CARLSBAD, CA, USA/AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (August 17, 2011) – In this economy, employers typically are flooded with hundred of applications for a single opening. A new CareerCast.com report helps job seekers create a resume that will rise to the top of the pile during the screening process.
One of the biggest mistakes a job seeker can make is not paying attention to details. “Always proofread everything that a recruiter might see, including the obvious – your resume, cover letter and emails, as well your social media profiles,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “Sloppy grammar or bad English can immediately dismiss you from consideration.”
Discrepancies can be another red flag for recruiters. If a hiring manager sees a difference between your resume, application and/or LinkedIn profile, they will wonder if you are lying or just sloppy.
“It’s best to create a centralized spreadsheet of all of your past jobs, degrees and awards and refer to it when you are filling out applications,” explains Mr. Lee. “This way you have your complete working history in one document.”
Many job seekers are so anxious for a job – any job – that they’ll look below their skill level. While hiring someone with an advanced skill set may seem like a boon for a company, hiring managers are concerned about how long the overqualified applicant will stay in the position. If you are applying for a position for which you are overqualified but are really interested in, make sure you communicate to the hiring manager how the position fits in with your career goals.
CareerCast.com offers these job-hunting tips to help you avoid recruiters’ red flags:
§ If you are unemployed, volunteer for a worthy cause, take a class or seek freelance work to show employers that you are still engaged in the workforce.
§ Avoid a cutesy email handle – sign up for an email address that shows your professionalism.
§ If you have lengthy gaps between jobs, briefly explain them in your cover letter.
§ In each correspondence with hiring managers, keep a formal and professional tone, using a person’s surname until they indicate they don’t mind being addressed more casually.
§ Use your social media pages to market and brand yourself and remember that there is no privacy on the Internet.
§ Customize your resume and cover letter to match the job description or you may not get past the Applicant Tracking System, which is set up to screen out candidates who do not match keywords listed in the job listing.
To read the full report, visit www.CareerCast.com.
CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America, job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content, videos and blogs, and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.
Beth Brody, Brody PR
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