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Posts Tagged ‘Common Mistakes’

June 27th, 2012 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Job Search, Resume Writing

5 Mistakes on Your Resume that Are Hurting Your Job SearchFinding the job you want has always been a tough, time-consuming task, but these days just getting any job is a difficult prospect. One of the most important tools at your disposal in your hunt for that perfect position is your resume, but if that resume is just so-so, or - worse - riddled with mistakes, you could be making yourself stand out - in a bad way. Want to know some of the worst mistakes you can make on a resume? Read on!

Typos. The person reading your resume has probably gone through several dozen - if not more! - that day, and going through resumes probably isn’t the only job they have to do. Don’t make it any harder on them by turning in a resume with misspellings and grammatical errors. If anything, you’re giving them an easy reason to pass you over.

Poor Use of Subtitles. Lots of people like to use subtitles on their resume to separate it into sections. While this is a good idea and can help to avoid clutter (which we’ll get into shortly), too many people end up using generic terms that say nothing. So next time, instead of “Employment History,” try something like “Previous Teaching Positions” or “Past Administrative Work.” Not only will this clearly show your specific experience for the current position, it will show that you cared enough to tailor your resume for them.

Font selection. It’s great that Word and other programs offer us hundred of choices for the font style we want to use, but only a dozen or so are actually helpful for general use. It may seem boring, but sticking to the old standards is way better than, say, trying to stand out and ending up with something illegible in Curlz MT.
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May 17th, 2012 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

What's Too Casual for a Casual Business Dress CodeCasual business attire? Mad Men this isn’t.

Most people are thrilled when they hear business casual. No need to spend hundreds - or thousands - on nice suits or business-appropriate dresses. You can be comfortable wearing clothes that are already in your closet and not worrying about taking forever making yourself presentable.

But what does “business casual” really mean? Sure, you can wear khakis and a button-down, but what about jeans? Is that skirt too short? That top too revealing? Where is the line drawn?

Unfortunately, what “business casual” means is different to everyone, and unfortunately not every company has a dress code. And don’t think you can just get away with going the opposite direction and dressing up - in some workplaces, suits will make you stand out in a bad way.

The best way to know what to wear is to observe those around you and mimic the general style that the majority of them are wearing. There are some outright no-nos that pretty much count across the board, though.

Revealing clothes. Something is not appropriate for a work environment if people can see your midriff, down your shirt, or up to your rear end. And for guys, pant waists that go below your underwear aren’t any more acceptable.

Offensive logos. You might think that shirt with the dead baby joke is hilarious, but that doesn’t mean it’s something you should be wearing to work.
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April 17th, 2012 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Networking

5 Most Common Networking MistakesNetworking. Is there a more cringe-inducing word in the English language? Most people are not inherently good at it, and some even find the idea of it distasteful. Unfortunately, your personal connections are the best asset you have in getting a job and moving ahead, so networking - and networking well - is something that all of us have to work on.

That’s why it’s valuable to look at 5 of the most common mistakes people make when trying to network. Avoid these, and you’ll be well on your way to making a positive connection.

Make it all about you. Yes, the point of networking with someone is so that you can get them to help you in some way, but that doesn’t mean that you should ask for their help right away. Most people will find this rude, and even if they do help you, they might do it begrudgingly. At the very least, you want to forge some kind of personal connection before asking for what you want, but it’s even better if you can make yourself useful to them in some way.

Paper the town. When you ask someone for their help, or even just to get to know them, you want them to feel like it’s because they’re special - they are the only one who can help you because of their special knowledge and abilities. But that’s not going to be possible if you take a scattershot approach and put yourself out there to a bunch of people because you want to make sure that someone comes through for you. Do that and you’ll quickly become that annoying person that no one wants to help.
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March 20th, 2012 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Job Search

Don't Fear MistakesOne of the saddest aspects of our dog-eat-dog culture is that so many people are brought up to be fearful of their own ignorance, errors, and outright mistakes. That’s a shame, because - just as with learning to ride a bicycle - some things are very difficult to master without a period of trial-and-error. This includes all things musical, artistic, and athletic. It also includes most creative thinking, inventing, and science.

The whole notion that making a mistake is a mistake, is a mistake.

In fact, just as giving away a dollar to get back two (we call this “investing”) is a basic business activity, learning more from a mistake than the mistake itself costs you is a basic pattern of human growth.

When you unpack this notion, you realize first that you aren’t making a mistake if you know in advance that a particular choice or action isn’t going to work out well. That’s just being stupid, or self-destructive.

An honest mistake involves a sincere advance belief that it’s going to work out great. When it doesn’t, you may feel foolish. You may have singed your hair a little. You may have lost some coin or some advantage that it took you a long time to amass. But if you have the right attitude, and take the time to study your mistake, you may learn enough from it to make your mistake a worthwhile expenditure of time, money, opportunity, and effort.
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February 3rd, 2012 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

Computer Geek Really MadIn a Utopian world, everyone agrees about everything and there is no conflict. Until we get there, however, learning to understand the causes of conflict - and later, to defuse, defeat, or unwind it - may be among the most important lessons that life can teach.

Of course, conflict has its uses. When people disagree, they drive each other toward new ideas, and they motivate each other to work harder than if there were no conflict at all.

But all in all, conflict is usually more harmful than helpful.

For one thing, in addition to new ideas and higher levels of motivation, conflicts often generate negative feelings, a decline in our reasoning powers, and a temporary set of goals and priorities that may override our more sensible interests in longer-term interests and objectives. For people who are caught up in a conflict, with no clue as to its deepest roots, the situation quite often tends to be maddening, frustrating, and counter-productive.

So it’s usually a good idea not to wallow in conflict for the good it does, but to avoid or eliminate unnecessary conflicts, and properly manage the ones we can’t escape.

Recognize and Understand a Conflict’s Causes

Step Number One in avoiding, eliminating, and managing conflicts is to recognize and understand the cause(s) of the conflict you’re facing.
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