5 Common Resume Mistakes that Could Hurt Your Chances of Getting an Interview

 

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Having a well crafted resume is extremely important when you are looking for a job. The job market is extremely competitive and recruiters are faced with the task of sorting through hundreds and sometimes even thousands of resumes. Your resume is the recruiters first impression of you, and if your resume is poorly done, it will be their last impression of you. Here is a list of some common resume mistakes that could be costing you an interview.

  •  Spelling/Grammar Mistakes

If your name isn’t even capitalized, chances are the recruiter is going to throw out your resume. The same goes for if your resume is filled with misspellings and grammar mistakes.

  •  Applying for a job you are not a good fit for

If you apply for a job where your skills do not match their needs at all, you probably will not be considered. Try to apply for jobs that fit your skills set.

  • Jumping from job to job

While this is not exactly a problem with the crafting of your resume, jumping from job to job is a big red flag for recruiters. They are going to invest a lot of time and money into you if they hire you. They do not want someone who is only going to stick around for a few months.

  • Having a resume that is too complicated

The person reading your resume has very little time to decide whether or not they will call you in for an interview. They should be able to quickly determine who you are and why you are the right fit for their business.

Premiums rising, despite promises

According to a recently released study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, health care insurance policies sold through government run exchanges are expected to rise 7.5% in 2015.

In the run up to his election in 2008 and in the run up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the American public was told that a family’s premiums would go down by $2,600 per year.  That, and the promise that you could keep your policy if you were happy with it, clearly has not happened.

What is the cause of these increases?  The most likely case is that the pool of people signing up through the government run exchanges is older and sicker than what had originally been planned for and priced for.

Moreover, although the government has now stopped publishing the figures, based upon tidbits of information released by carriers, it appears that at least 20% of the 8,000,000 people who acquired coverage through an exchange by March of this year have already dropped that coverage.

Affordable Care Act Related Employment News

Affordable Care Act effecting temporary workersThe Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported last week that nearly 19% of businesses in its region were reducing their workforce due to the impending employer mandates related to the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, 18% of these employers increased their reliance on part-time workers.

This is consistent with what one would expect to happen with the imposition of this added cost of employing a person

Endowed Scholarships

Trojan Labor is pleased to announce endowed scholarships at four universities. The universities are Warner University, Bennett College,  North Greenville University, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. These five hundred dollar scholarships will be given to seniors who display a commitment to community service.

5 Ways to Help Make Monday Great

Most people have experienced “the Mondays” at one point or another. Returning back to work on Monday after a fun weekend can be difficult. However, there are a few small things that you can do to help ease yourself back into the work week.

 

1. Get a good nights sleep

After a full weekend and sleeping late on Saturday and Sunday, it may be tempting to go to bed late on Sunday. This is not a good idea. Squeezing in even an extra hour of sleep on Sunday nights will go a long way towards improving your Monday mood.

 

2. Don’t leave large tasks for Monday.

 If at all possible, try to accomplish your most tedious tasks before the week is over. Do not save something you dislike doing for Monday morning.

 

3. Vary your schedule.

 Depending on how much control you have over you schedule, try to vary your schedule so that you are not doing the same thing every morning.

 

4. Wake up Early

After sleeping in all weekend, you may be tempted to hit the snooze button on Monday morning. This is not a good idea. If you are running late, it will add to the stress of the day.

 

5. Have something to look forward to

It does not have to be anything big, but having something to look forward to on Monday nights can help ease the Monday blues. Whether it is your date night with a significant other or friends, a night to eat out, or even just your favorite TV show, anything can help make your day something to look forward to.

 

 

Are You Making a Good First Impression?

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Making a good first impression matters. A lot. The old saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is both very true and very intimidating. Whether you are meeting with a new client, starting a new job, selling a product or service, or even just making new friends, a person’s first impression of you is going to influence the way that they view you for a long time.

Here are some tips to make sure that you are making the best first impression possible:

 

1. Personal hygiene matters!

It may seem like a give in, but so many people often overlook the importance of good personal hygiene. Making sure you do not have bad breath or a disheveled appearance can go a long way.

2. Dress for Success

Our world is increasingly becoming more casual. That being said, it is still important to dress in a way that is appropriate for the situation at hand.

3. Communicate Well

People can make quick assumptions about your personality, intelligence, and maturity after hearing you speak for just a few minutes. Choose your words carefully. If you can not think of anything to say, instead of saying “um” just pause briefly. Eliminating um, uh, and the overuse of “like” from your vocabulary can make you a much better communicator.

4. Smile and Make Eye Contact

These may be the most self explanatory but they are very important. Similar to the way good word choice shows you are a good communicator, listening well by making eye contact has a similar effect. Listening is vital to communication. Making eye contact with the person you are meeting with shows them you are listening.

 

 

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