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How to make a better resume

images-8Everyone knows that a resume is one of the most important components of a job application. What many people may not realize is that it’s not just your past positions and accomplishments, but also the words you use to describe those achievements, that can make a difference in how the hiring manager or recruiter views you.

In an attempt to make their resumes more appealing, job candidates may include extra information or use words they think sound impressive. But sometimes, those words will not have the desired effect and, in fact, may turn off hiring managers.

Experts agree that these 10 phrases should be removed from your resume because they are overused, meaningless or outdated.

1. GPA

“If you have a higher degree, remove your GPA, especially if it is considered average or low,” said Tim Davis, resource manager at staffing agency Kavaliro. “For the most part, employers won’t even notice if it is not included on a resume. Only include GPA if a company specifically requests it on the application.”

Instead, summarize your academic statuses or awards, Davis said.

“Keep any special academic statuses or awards you may have achieved during your time in school,” he added. “Recognitions such as these show ambition and initiative.”

2. Results-driven

Rather than saying you’re driven by results, you should give examples of actual results, said Matt Doucette, director of global talent acquisition atMonster.

“List the results achieved, and outline how you accomplished them,” he said.

3. Problem solver

“Work is all about solving problems,” said Mikaela Kiner, founder and CEO of HR consulting firm uniquelyHR.”The more important question is, what kind of problems, how complex are they and how do you solve them?”

Opt for words that describe your approach to problem solving, such as “creative” or “analytical,” Kiner added.

4. Objectives

Years ago, an objective was considered a primary component of a resume. Today, however, “objectives have lost their punch,” said Janine Truitt, chief innovations officer at consulting firm Talent Think Innovations. Instead, candidates should summarize their skills based on the advertised job description, she said.

5. Responsible for

This phrase is meaningless because it doesn’t say what you actually accomplished, experts say.

“‘I was responsible for maintaining company X’s servers,’ doesn’t give enough insight into what the candidate did,” said Neil Napier, CEO of job search company jobrack. “Quantifying what you did and being clear would be better.”

For example, it would be better to write something like, “Managed Company X’s servers for six months with Y technology.“Napier also suggested alternative words, such as “implemented” or “grew.”

Job Interview That you Should Know Before

download-25When you’re going on a job interview, you know you should prepare to answer the interviewer’s questions about your background and experience. But are you ready to ask the right questions when your interviewer turns the table?

Business News Daily has compiled a list of questions you should never ask during a job interview, and what you should ask instead to get the information you want.

1. How long will it take me to get promoted?

Why you shouldn’t ask it: While eagerness to advance is an admirable quality, asking this question can give the impression that you won’t be focused on the job you’re actually interviewing for, said Adam Robinson, co-founder and CEO of hiring software company Hireology.

“No employer with any credibility is going to guarantee [a promotion] timeline, so you won’t really learn anything by asking it,” he said. “Asking this question is all downside.”

What to ask instead: “How have you been able to progress your career here?”

Asking about your interviewer’s career can give you a better idea of the growth opportunities at the company in a more indirect way.

2. What does your company do?

Why you shouldn’t ask it: This question shows the interviewer that you didn’t take the time to do your homework and properly research the company.

“It indicates to me that a candidate is not actually passionate about what we do and essentially casted a wide net to whomever would respond to their job search,” said Leilani Lucero, recruiting manager at Justworks, a provider of payroll, benefits and compliance services.

What to ask instead: “What are you currently working on that you’re most excited about?”

By asking about specific projects, you can get a better sense of the company’s priorities and everyday operations. Plus, if the interviewer’s project is something you have experience with, you have an opening to further discuss your qualifications.

3. Why should I work for your company?

Why you shouldn’t ask it: While an interview is your opportunity to see if a company is the right fit for you, it’s important to approach it with humility, said Alexis Joseph, head of talent at Rocket Lawyer.

“Candidates that demand an explanation for their personal choice to set up an interview or explore a company can come across as pompous and entitled,” Joseph added.

What to ask instead: “What do you love most about working here?”

“This is a great way to engage your interviewer and keep your time together conversational and honest,” Joseph told Business News Daily. “Any recruiter or interviewer that declines to move you forward, simply because you are curious about what life is truly like at the company, speaks volumes about the culture.”

4. What is the compensation/benefits package/flexibility like?

Why you shouldn’t ask it: As a job candidate, it’s not a good idea to ask about salary, benefits, hours or flexibility during the first interview, Robinson said.

“You want the manager to remember you for the thoughtful discussion about their business, and not about the questions you asked about insurance co-pays,” he said. “Leave the benefits-related questions for the final stages of the process, after you’ve cleared the first hurdles.”

“This information will naturally emerge during the interview process, and actively asking about these things could make an interviewer question whether you’re interested in the job for the right reasons,” added Jesse Siegal, a vice president at The Execu|Search Group.

Robinson added that, depending on the company, a lot of this information is publicly available on sites such as Glassdoor, so you may not have to ask about it at all.

Best Earning Potential For Student

download-24If your career goal is to make as much money as possible, you should consider focusing your studies on science and engineering.

A new study from PayScale revealed that professionals holding STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees have some of the best earning potential, both at the start and middle of their careers. This holds true for those holding associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“This year’s report highlights that degrees focusing on engineering and science provide the greatest opportunity for increased and high median mid-career salaries,” Katie Bardaro, lead economist for PayScale, said in a statement.

Associate’s Degrees

For those holding associate’s degrees this year, the 10 highest-paying jobs by salary potential, and the median salaries for those with less than five years of experience and for those with more than 10 years of experience, are in the following fields:

  • Computer engineering: $41,000/$77,300
  • Economics: $36,500/$76,500
  • Management information systems: $43,600/$76,400
  • Construction management: $44,500/$73,400
  • Electrical engineering: $42,200/$70,800
  • Electronics and communications engineering: $43,100/$70,700
  • Engineering: $37,800/$70,500
  • Dental hygiene: $62,100/$69,100
  • Computer programming: $42,900/$68,800
  • Occupational health and safety: $52,700/$68,700

 

Bachelor’s Degrees

For those holding bachelor’s degrees this year, the jobs with the highest early and midcareer earning potential are in the following fields:

  • Petroleum engineering: $96,700/$172,000
  • Systems engineering: $66,400/$121,000
  • Actuarial science: $60,800/$119,000
  • Chemical engineering: $69,800/$119,000
  • Computer science and engineering: $71,200/$116,000
  • Nuclear engineering: $68,500/$116,000
  • Electronics and communications engineering: $68,000/$115,000
  • Electrical and computer engineering: $68,100/$114,000
  • Aeronautical engineering: $63,000/$113,000
  • Computer engineering: $69,600/$113,000

 

Master’s Degrees

For people with master’s degrees, the jobs with the highest early and midcareer earning potential are in these fields:

  • Nurse anesthesia: $140,000/$156,000
  • Computer science and engineering: $95,900/$134,000
  • Operations research: $80,800/$130,000
  • Electrical and electronics engineering: $79,500/$129,000
  • Taxation: $61,100/$129,000
  • Electrical engineering: $79,900/$127,000
  • Technology management: $65,900/$127,000
  • Chemical engineering: $73,100/$125,000
  • Computer engineering: $86,700/$125,000
  • Computer science: $84,800/$125,000