Resumes Aren't Important - They are Everything When it Comes to Getting an Interview

Written by Roger Clark

Employers and recruiters receive hundreds of resumes for every position they are trying to fill. To select their shortlist of candidates to interview, they look forrepparttar most common resume mistakes most applicants make and eliminate them first.

To increase your chances of getting an interview, make sure you avoid these common mistakes.

Ten Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’ve been downsized, are looking for a career change or are just starting out, your resume speaks volumes about you. If your resume doesn’t make it pastrepparttar 141818 first cut, you’re doomed; no matter how qualified you are. Below are ten common mistakes to avoid when putting your resume together. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

1. Multiple pages – You need to be concise. Keep it to one page and one page only. If you can’t highlight your talents on one page, you’re givingrepparttar 141819 message that you are unorganized and tend to go on and on.

2. Fancy paper – If your skills don’t speak for themselves, then your fancy paper isn’t going to make a bit of difference.

3. Fancy font – Same as above. Don’t try to set yourself apart with a different font on your resume. Set yourself apart by being uniquely qualified.

4. Irrelevant info – No one really cares that you were a singing waiter if you’re applying for an accountant job.

5. Outdated information – Does it matter than you had a newspaper route and were onrepparttar 141820 high school cheerleading squad 24 years ago? No, not inrepparttar 141821 least. Leave it off.

Why One Word Answers are Bad News at Job Interviews

Written by Roger Clark

It takes a lot of time and effort to get invited to a job interview. Don't blow your chances by being misunderstood byrepparttar interviewer. Not many people are aware that giving one word answers to questions, substantially increases your chances of conveyingrepparttar 141817 wrong impression.

Active Listening Skill Tips for Interviews

During a job interview, a potential employer asks, “Can you take on more than one project at a time?” If you respond, “Yes,” you may want to rethink that answer. According to Dynamic Listening: Interview Skills, a computer based training module from Mindleaders in Columbus, Ohio, you should avoid one-word or one-sentence answers.

Be specific. And speak money-language. Here’s a preferred answer torepparttar 141818 question above, “In general, depending uponrepparttar 141819 type and length of projects, I believe in efficiently handling more than one project at a time. This could save a company as much as 30%.” Let’s check outrepparttar 141820 definition of “active listening skills” and learn more to help with your next interview…

Active Listening Skills

Just as everyday “speaking” is notrepparttar 141821 same as public speaking; “listening” is notrepparttar 141822 same as active listening. Active listening means two things: analysis and response torepparttar 141823 message being communicated.

An active listener maintains eye contact and good posture with a slight lean towardsrepparttar 141824 speaker. Duringrepparttar 141825 interview,repparttar 141826 listener nods, smiles and takes notes. Be ware, however, that a daydreamer or pseudolistener, can adopt these behaviors. So a listener’s physical response does not necessarily mean good listening skills are at work.

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