06Jun

Say you have started working on your resume. You know the basics of what to include, but you want to stand out! There are plenty of ways to stand out among a competitive list of applicants, but you do not want to stand out for the wrong reasons and miss a fantastic job opportunity.  

Recently on the Green Key Resources blog, we outlined what you should include on your resume and the best ways to highlight your skills so you can match the job of your dreams. Before you hit apply, be sure to review your resume and remove these 6 things from your resume. 

1 – Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors 

Double or triple-check your resume for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Read it aloud and have another person read it for mistakes. Utilize spell-check and review grammar rules for resume writing to ensure your resume is on point. You do not want to lose a shot at an interview because of a simple mistake. 

2 – Inaccuracies about your experience or skills 

Never lie on your resume. False claims on your resume would be humiliating if discovered and may lead to termination or a lawsuit. Make sure you can back up all of the skills, experience, and projects you include on your resume. 

3 – Irrelevant hobbies, interests, and experience 

Make sure your resume only contains the most relevant information that a recruiter or hiring manager should know about you when considering you for a position.  

Consider removing: 

  • Old jobs 
    • Work experience that is older than 10-15 years can be left off your resume to make room for more current and relevant experience. 
  • High school information 
    • If you have a degree above a high school diploma or GED, you do not need to include your high school education on your resume. 
  • Non-related job experience 
    • Unless you are switching careers or you are at the start of your career and want to show general working experience, leave off the work experience that does not directly relate to the job to which you are applying.  
  • Hobbies and interests 
    • Your interview is the time recruiters and hiring managers can get to know you on a more personal level, so you do not need to include personal details that would be good topics of conversation during your interview. 
  • Internships 
    • If you have been in the corporate world long enough to have sufficient professional experience, you can leave off even relevant internships to make space for more impactful work experience.  

Remember: your resume is important real estate. All the content of your resume should inform the reader of why you are a viable candidate for that role. Only the most relevant information should be on it. 

4 – A professional headshot 

Your photo reveals a lot about you – your nationality, gender, age, among other things that could inadvertently lead to discrimination. In fact, anti-discrimination laws prevent most states from requiring a photo on resumes or applications.  

Outside of the United States, it is standard practice to include a professional photo on your resume. In the US, however, this is not a typical practice, nor is it required. It is better to leave a photo off your resume. Let your qualifications and experience be the focus. 

5 – Long paragraphs or large blocks of text 

Your resume should give a quick, accurate picture of your experience and skills. Avoid cluttering your resume with unnecessary information and large blocks of text that might make it difficult for employers to find the most relevant elements of your experience and background.  

A resume should be easy to read. If a hiring manager or recruiter cannot quickly skim your resume and get the information they need; you may be out of the running for a role. Use bullet points and create precise, action-focused sentences that highlight your skills and the results of your work. A simplified and tailored resume is an impactful resume. 

6 – Flowery language and company-specific jargon 

When creating your resume, avoid using flowery language. Words like “really” and “excellent” do not add much substance to your resume. When possible, use data to illustrate your point. Remove low-impact adjectives and adverbs so you can utilize the real estate on your resume for a skill or experience that will have more impact.  

Review your resume to ensure you have not included any company-specific jargon, abbreviations, or acronyms that someone outside of the company would not understand. 

Including industry-specific jargon on your resume is acceptable, especially if you are applying for a job within the same industry. In fact, utilizing industry jargon can often show your understanding of the industry. Additionally, these industry keywords are often used by keyword matching programs in resume parsers that many recruiting firms and large corporations use to find candidates that match their job openings. 

Conclusion 

The main thing to understand about your resume is that it should be an accurate representation of your skills and experience that is easy to digest in a short amount of time. If you’re looking for more career and job search guidance, be sure to reach out to our recruiting teams on our website or on LinkedIn

Now that you’ve got a great resume, check out the list of Green Key Resources’ jobs we’re hiring for now and submit your new resume to apply! 

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Here’s a Free Course In Leading Virtual Meetings

With so many businesses limiting employee travel and having those not required to be in the office to work from home, virtual meetings are booming. Since February, Microsoft says use of its conferencing service Teams has jumped 500%. Companies with travel restrictions have increased their use of video conferencing service Zoom 30% in a month.

That’s sent IT teams scrambling to get their newly remote workers up and running with the technology.

Just as suddenly, managers are having to learn how to conduct virtual meetings on the fly. They are fast discovering that it takes different skills to conduct a meeting when the normal communication cues are difficult to read or non-existent. In-person meetings offer non-verbal clues to how participants are reacting to what’s being said. Nodding heads, eye contact, yawns, whether participants are leaning forward or kicking back are all part of the body language that tips us off to how effectively we are communicating.

Telephone conferencing provides none of that non-verbal information. Video conferencing is better, but still falls short. Problems are compounded by shortcomings with the technology and the comfort level of users and especially meeting leaders. Even for polished public speakers, virtual meetings present a unique type of challenge few have been trained to address.

That’s why the leadership consulting firm DDI is offering a free quickie course in leading virtual meetings. Managers with experience leading remote teams will find the microcourse a refresher. The scoresheets are good checklists to evaluate the effectiveness of the meetings you have been conducting.

For those new to virtual meetings, the course covers all the basics and a bit more. Some of the advice should be familiar to everyone who leads meetings — whether or not you actually follow it! However, you’ll discover why some of the basics are even more critical when you’re speaking to a remote audience. Some suggestions — like having each speaker identify themselves and taking attendance — will seem obvious once you hear about them, but are easily overlooked by inexperienced meeting leaders.

One particularly valuable section discusses methods for engaging your audience. Since even video conferencing doesn’t clearly convey the non-verbal signals we rely on to interpret emotional context, the course suggests using more inflection than you normally would and including “feeling words.” And because it is so easy for people to not participate, call on them. Instead of asking, “Any comments,” ask specific individuals if they are clear on what was said or if they have any questions.

The course takes 15 minutes or so and even for experienced meeting leaders, has enough valuable advice and tips that it will help make virtual meetings more productive and engaging.

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Businesses are Seeing the Value of Blockchain

The bloom began falling off the blockchain rose a few years ago, as companies conflated the technology with the cryptocurrency frenzy. In a handful of sectors, however, companies continued to explore how blockchain could benefit them.

Now organizations in sectors well beyond the pioneers in finance are investing in blockchain to protect data, decentralize processes and facilitate asset and data transfer.

“It’s an appealing model for many sectors, promising transparency and trust as it helps make value exchange possible,” says a SmartBrief article. Although focusing mostly on the financial sector, which is where blockchain found its earliest uses, the article mentions the steady creep of the technology into other industries and even slowly becoming commoditized as “blockchain as a service.”

“Amazon and Microsoft both currently offer BaaS, and enterprises as well as startups are taking advantage of it,” says SmartBrief. Citing a Gartner survey of CIOs, the article notes that “60% expected their firms to start or continue adopting blockchain-based technology between now and 2023.”

Earlier this year, Deloitte issued a blockchain trends report. Besides describing the evolving technology and the features each different approach offers, Deloitte found that some of the fastest growth in blockchain investments was coming in such unexpected industries as professional services – a sector that includes the staffing and employment industry – and energy and resources. In each of those 38% and 43% respectively of the firms surveyed were spending at least $5 million each on blockchain initiatives.

Not unexpectedly, the largest percentage of businesses investing in blockchain were in technology, media and telecom.

“More organizations in more sectors — such as technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, health care, and government — are expanding and diversifying their blockchain initiatives,” Deloitte observes.

Like the financial sector, life sciences and health care deal with highly sensitive medical data they must protect or face legal consequences. Those two sectors are where blockchain “can have a more immediate and meaningful impact,” says Deloitte. They are in an industry, the report explains, “In which data transparency, speed of access, immutability, traceability, and trustworthiness can provide the information necessary for life-altering decisions.”

Interestingly, Gartner assigns a similar importance – not life or death, but still vital – to blockchain’s value to media.

“Organizations and governments are now turning to technology to help counter fake news, for example, by using blockchain technology to authenticate news photographs and video, as the technology creates an immutable and shared record of content that ideally is viewable to consumers,” Gartner said.

As companies increasingly see how blockchain can work for them, and, as SmartBrief observes, with issues of interoperability and standards being worked out and “well-known financial firms and governments” becoming ever more involved, blockchain is fast becoming “more than a passing trend.”

Photo by Maxim Hopman on Unsplash

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