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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.”

 
Click Goodman’s photo to read more.


 

TIAA-CREF’s Chief Economist: Four 2016 Video Forecasts

26 Jan

TIAA-CREF, the full-service investment firm that manages nearly $835 billion in assets, recently produced a series of short videos about the year ahead (2016) featuring its Chief Economist Tim Hopper. 
 

1. The U.S. economy should accelerate modestly this year.

 

2. Fed rate hikes could stimulate economic growth this year.

 

3. The U.S. economy is on a path toward sustainable growth in 2016.

 

4. China’s slowdown puts a damper on global growth.

 

Want to Attract the Health-Conscious Consumer?

22 Jan

This television interview of Hofstra University’s Professor Joel Evans (of the Zarb School of Business) recently appeared on Fios1’s Money & Main$treet program. The interview was conducted by host Giovanna Drpic. It deals with catering to consumers who are interested in a healthy lifestyle. There are many tips and graphics.
 

 

Quotable Career Tips from Business Leaders

19 Jan

Do you want to be a better leader? If yes, take a look at these leadership tips in the form of quotes by prominent  executives as compiled by the National Retail Federation.

Click the image for a larger version.

NRF Quotes
 

Looking for a Job in Marketing Or Public Relations?

18 Jan

As we embark on the year 2016, it is a good time to be looking for a job in marketing and public relations.

As Clare Lane reports for PR Daily:

“The demand for marketing, creative, digital, and communications professionals is on the rise — and so is the price for new hires.”

The “Paladin Blog notes, as the opportunities for marketing professionals evolve, it’s important to note how much organizations are willing to pay for in-demand skills. In addition, employers are seeking professionals with a capacity to add new skills. This year, job seekers can expect to see employers express interest in adaptability, creativity and digital marketing. Because of technology, social media, shifting consumer behavior, and marketing’s increased role in customer service, these professionals need to be agile, adaptable, and always willing to learn. And because of those same things — along with high-demand for their skills—they can be selective with their career steps and expect to make generous salaries.”

 
Click here to see Paladin’s top ten creative/marketing jobs (and their average salaries) for 2016.
 

And click the image for specific companies with marketing jobs as of January 2016.

 

Video Tips About How to Be Safer Online

28 Dec

Although it’s nearly possible to totally protect ourselves against identity theft and an invasion of our online privacy by hackers, there are several things that we can do to make it tougher for hackers to get into our online accounts and social media.

How big is this problem? Take a look a look at this chart on cyber crime based on November 2015 data generated by Hackmageddon. Cyber attacks on U.S. sites dwarf those in the rest of the world.


 
Watch the two videos highlighted below. Can YOU pass the quiz in the second video?
 

 

TV Interview: Where Should Retailers Be Locating?

21 Dec

This television interview of Hofstra University’s Distinguished Professor Joel Evans (of the Zarb School of Business) very recently appeared on Fios1’s Money & Main$treet. The interview was conducted by host Giovanna Drpic. It deals with malls versus local shopping areas. There are many tips and graphics.
 
 

 

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