Resumes – Lipstick on a Pig
If you Embellish, it will be a Blemish – or Much Worse
The results of a recent Career Builder survey have been splattered all over the internet in the last several days. The responses reveal that 58% of employers have caught a lie on a resume; and 33 % said they have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.
The poll found that this transgressions include embellished skill set (57%), embellished responsibilities (55%), dates of employment (42%), job title (34%), academic degree (33%), companies worked (26%), and accolades/awards (18%). It is very interestingly the industry that finds the most fibbing is financial services (eh-hem) at 73%! But Information Technology came in a 63%, and Health Care at 63%.
HireRight.com, a provider of on-demand employment background screening, found that 34% of job applicants lie on resumes. (more…)
50 Ways to Quit Your Employer
(Sing to Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover)
“The job offer has arrived”, my recruiter said to me
“The next steps then follow logically
I’d like to help you on some scenarios to foresee
There must be fifty ways to leave your employer”
She said, “It’s my role to make this smooth
Furthermore, you should call me if there are any issues
But I’ll repeat myself, to prepare for the interlude
You must give a letter of resignation to your employer
Two weeks’ notice to your employer”
Just stay on track, Jack
Advise on your new plan, Stan
You don’t need to contain your joy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Talk to your boss, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Your decision is final, Lee
And get yourself free (more…)
Why Employers Should Include a 48-Hour Expiration Date in an Offer Letter
By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division
The whole point of any hiring process is to fill a current hiring need. The hiring process isn’t done until it’s done. That means getting the offer letter signed and assuring that the candidate arrives at the new employer on the appointed day.
So as soon as the ideal candidate is identified: make the offer, manage the variables, and minimize the risks to successfully hiring him/her. (more…)
Two weeks ago, we published “What NOT to include in Your Cover Letter” and got more hits in a week than many of our articles have gotten all year! Thanks for the read!
This week, let’s look at what you should include in your cover letter.
Convince the hiring manager that you truly want to work there. Tell them specifically why this is your dream job or why you think the company is the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread. Make it personal, make it compelling, tell a story that makes you stand out. If you can paint a picture that makes you look like the ideal candidate and the best thing since sliced bread, you’ve got an in. Show your excitement and make the hiring manager excited to meet you. (more…)