Sunday December 8, 2013
Even though the holiday season is typically a time when hiring slows down, you can, at best, use the holiday season to boost your career or, at least, avoid holiday office gaffes. Now's the time to start thinking about how you can use the holiday season to boost your career.
Whether it's taking advantage of less competition for available jobs, spending time on career planning, surviving the holiday season, navigating holiday office etiquette, or dealing with the stress the holidays can bring, here's holiday season advice from About.com's Career Guides.
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Saturday December 7, 2013
Are you leaving your job or saying goodbye to someone who is leaving theirs? Use your goodbye letter or email message as an opportunity to update your contacts, to congratulate or express condolences, and to stay in touch with your connections as you or they move on.
Here are a variety of letters and email messages you can use to say goodbye. Use these goodbye letter examples to say farewell to co-workers, clients and business contacts to let them know that you have accepted a new job, are retiring, or resigning.
There are also letter examples to send to colleagues, clients and customers to congratulate them and wish them well as they move on to a new opportunity.
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Saturday December 7, 2013
Last time I wrote about lying on your resume, I got a variety of responses, both for and against lying to get a job:
- People who get ahead are the ones who take some educated risks.
- Let's be real, if a CEO can get away with being hired and working for years with lying on resume so should any of us.
- Lying on a resume is just plain dumb. The trend seems to be to check an applicant's references out more and more, unless you are a burger flipper.
- Lying on resumes, regardless of your status, just does not cut it!
I don't think anyone should lie on their resume - even white lies that "only" stretch the truth. There is a good possibility that it will come back to haunt you. Is it worth taking the chance of not getting a job or getting fired later on?
Here's an example. I received an email from someone who had just received a job offer from a company where he had always wanted to work. It was the job of his dreams.
He didn't think about reference checking though and had fudged the dates of his last couple of jobs to cover a resume gap. He was in absolutely panic and trying to come up with a story to cover the "mistake" on his resume. He decided to be honest with the hiring manager, and was lucky that he kept his job offer, but that's not always how it works out.
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Friday December 6, 2013
This is a good time of year, and you should do it at least annually, to check and revamp your resume.
It's important to take the time to write a resume that reflects why you're a top tier candidate who should be selected for an interview. That means your position descriptions should be as quantified as possible - numbers, percentages, achievements - concrete evidence of what you have accomplished.
In addition to having a well-written resume, you need to make sure that your resume looks good. Resumes with bad formatting or typos are often rejected, regardless of how qualified the candidate might be. So, take the time to give your resume a check-up, then ask someone else to look at it for you. Another pair of eyes can see things you've missed and can give you some ideas on how to up your resume a notch or two.
Review these top resume tips for choosing a type of resume, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, reviewing resume examples, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes.
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