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October 22nd, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Job Search, Most Popular

istock_000013968465xsmallNearly every day we see online articles and blog posts offering job advice.   Some are good, some are questionable and then some offer terrible advice you just don’t want to follow if you ever want to get a job.  Our advice – avoid the following tips at all cost:

1. Post Your Resume Everywhere Online

We say:  You may think that posting your resume everywhere improves your chances of getting a job.  Does it really? Throwing your resume around only overexposes and diminishes your value as a candidate as well as attracts spammers and scammers.  Our advice is to go through reputable websites and agencies focusing on quality and not quantity.

2. Write Your Resume in Corporate-Speak

We say:  Ok, you want your resume to be formal but writing it in boilerplate style corporate-speak beloved by government bureaucrats is a terrible idea. Nobody in their right mind would enjoy or appreciate reading something similar to: “results-oriented proactive team player with experience in cross-functional facilitation”.  Keep it simple and don’t use the type of language that sucks life out of your resume.
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September 24th, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Humor

istock_000011413597xsmallHave you ever wondered what your boss really thinks of your performance? Following the success of Job Evaluation Terminology Translated into Plain English, we have translated some of the “big words” used into job evaluations. Enjoy:

AVERAGE: Not too bright.

EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED: Has committed no major blunders to date.

ACTIVE SOCIALLY: Drinks heavily.

ZEALOUS ATTITUDE: Opinionated.


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September 1st, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Humor

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August 27th, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Humor

istock_000012679341xsmallWe often hear employers use big words such as “detail oriented” or “problem solving-skills”.  Everyone seems to be throwing them around without fully considering their true meaning.  Here is the interpretation of common corporate terminology that will make you smile:

COMPETITIVE SALARY: We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY: We have no time to train you.

CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE: We don’t pay you enough to expect that you’ll dress nicely.

MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED: You’ll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
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August 13th, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Job Search, Unemployment

graduate unsual job searchLet’s face it - it is not easy finding work these days and some job seekers have no choice but to resort to unusual job search tactics.  Companies love when candidates think outside the box and can prove their competency or solve a problem in an original and a create way.  However, keep in mind, that an unorthodox tactic could be appreciated in one firm and be seen unprofessional at another.  Always use common sense and make sure to show real value to the employer.  While stunts may get someone’s attention they quickly lose their sizzle and after a good laugh you would still be without a job.

We have assembled some of the most creative and unique strategies that have left impressions and even got the candidate hired. Enjoy:

• Alec Brownstein bought ads on Google for names of top advertising executives. When those people did their customary search of their own names for press hits, they saw Brownstein’s ad along with a link back to his own website with his resume and portfolio of previous projects.
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