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Don’t Appear as a Job Hopper on Your Resume

3 Feb

Have you had a lot of jobs in your career? If you are perceived as a “job hopper,” some companies won’t consider you for a job opening no matter how strong your resume.

Why can this be a big negative in your job search?

As Don Goodman observes for Careerealism:

“When an employer scans your resume for 20 seconds, what will they see? If you have had a series of jobs lasting 1-2 years, then you may look like a job hopper and these are big red flags on your resume. Securing a candidate takes time and money for employers, so a candidate who has a record of job hopping does not leave a positive impression and sways employers to move on to consider other candidates instead. Short periods of employment generally indicate that you were terminated due to lack of performance and that is not the impression you want to convey.” [or that you are much too restless when you’re at a given job and move on to the next short-lived opportunity.]

Here are four tips from Goodman:

  1. Company Changes — “When the reason you leave the job is because of structural changes within a company or the company closes down, these are situations that are not within your control and should not be cause for you to appear like a job hopper on your resume. Whether you were laid off, the company moved out of state, or went out of business, indicate that as a brief note on your resume next to your dates of employment.
  2. Consulting And Temporary Assignments — “One way to handle this is to pull all these experiences together into one pool on your resume. You may indicate on your resume ‘Consultant’ and specify the full length of time you were in the role. Underneath this section, highlight the companies and/or specific experiences and accomplishments in the role. An employer will view all the individual experiences and temporary assignments – and its significance in furthering your career experiences – as a whole.
  3. Reformatting Dates of Employment — “Rather than listing the specific month and year you were employed with an employer, indicate only the year. It can appear less obvious that you were only on the job for 16 months, and appear more like two years.
  4. Demonstrate Past Contributions and Accomplishments — “There is little you can do to change the amount of time you were on certain jobs, but what you can do is divert the focus to your contributions and accomplishments on the job. Even if you were on the job for under a year, highlight significant contributions you made to show outstanding performance on the job. Employers care about and are impressed by candidates good at what they do and who are effective on the job; even if you only had a short period of time in the role.”

 
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Reminder: Know When a “Sale” Is Really a Sale

13 Dec

As we get closer to Christmas, it is more important than ever to know if an item is REALLY on sale. Read this post to learn more. :-)

Evans on Marketing

Unfortunately, many retailers misuse the term “sale”. And shoppers are often persuaded that a product is on sale even when it isn’t. [For our holiday shopping tips, pleaseclick here.]

As noted in Evans and Berman’sMarketing in the 21st Century: Price advertising guidelines have been set by the FTC and trade associations such as theBetter Business Bureau. TheFTC’s guidelinesset standards of permissible conduct in these categories:

  • A firm may not claim or imply that a price has been reduced from a former level unless the original price was offered to the public on a regular basis during a reasonable, recent period of time.
  • A firm may not claim its price is lower than that of competitors or the manufacturer’s list price without verifying, via price comparisons involving large quantities of merchandise, that an item’s price at other companies in the same trading…

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Be a Smart Customer: 2015 Holiday Shopping Tips

14 Nov

GREAT Tips to Save Money This Holiday Season!

Evans on Marketing

Every year, I offer a list of holiday shopping tips intended to help shoppers avoid overspending their budgets. Since the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, I’m moving up my tips post. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season actually started in October.

So, here are my 2015 shopping tips as a checklist [Click the list to see a larger version.]:

2015 Shopping Tips

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Innovation in Action: The Dinner Lab

9 Nov

The Dinner Lab has turned dining out into a very unique and fun occasion. It is “a place to discover what’s possible. Our nomadic dining experience invites members to try new recipes from rotating chefs and give feedback. The dinners are held in unique spaces that exist for only 24 hours, the company is diverse and adventurous and the chefs come from some of the world’s best restaurants.”

Today, Dinner Lab operates in more than 30 cities throughout the United States. Click here to see if your city is served. Following is a chart from the company’s Web site explaining how it works. [Click on the chart to access a larger version.] After the chart, there is a video by the New Yorker.

 

Dinner Lab 1
 

 

A CareerHMO Video Series for Seasoned Workers’ Job Search

16 Oct

CareerHMO is a career development firm. It offers a number of free resources, as well as paid career coaching. It not only offers advice for  those just embarking on a career after college, it also serves those with a lot of job experience.

For example, it provides a FREE nine-video series called “ 9 Ways Seasoned Workers Can Improve Their Job Search”:

#1 – Change The Way You Look At Yourself

#2 – Ditch Outdated Job Search Tactics

#3 – What “Overqualified” Really Means

#4 – Sharpen Your Brand

#5 – Promote Your Brand Online

#6 -Tell Great Stories

#7 – Working with the Younger Generation

#8 – Consider Self Employment

#9 – Managing Salary Expectations

 
Click the image below to access these videos.


 

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