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Sure it may not be a requirement for most jobs today, but anything that makes it’s easier for the hiring manager to see your resume is going to help. Not to mention mobile is the way the world is heading.
“A lot of people tend to use their phone to review new applicants,” says Jesse Siegal, senior managing director – temporary staffing at The Execu|Search Group. “Getting your resume mobile friendly is only going to help and give you little more of a competitive edge in a pretty tight market.”
Getting your resume mobile ready doesn’t mean a complete redo, but it does mean you want to make sure the layout and content keeps mobile readers engaged. From choosing the right font to making it easy to read, here’s how to get your resume ready for the mobile wave of job hunting.
1. Keep it simple
Unless you work in a creative field where your resume is an extension of your portfolio, the best way to ensure your resume can be read regardless of the device is to keep it simple. “Avoid anything that is overly complicated like columns,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “No colors and no crazy formatting. It might get garbled.”
Since most people will be looking at their mobile screen vertically and scrolling down you also want to make sure it fits in the pane of the phone or mobile device, says Siegal. The font should also be something basic like Arial, he says, noting you can differentiate sections of the resume with a smaller font instead of bolding items. “You want to make it a little more compact and laid out and a little easier on the eye,” says Siegal.
2. Be concise and to the point
Recruiters and hiring managers are often operating under a tight deadline and don’t have time to read a resume that drones on and on. On a mobile phone, people typically have even less patience, which is why brevity is your best friend. “Minimize scrolling and cater to short attention spans by ensuring that you get your point across with the least amount of words possible,” says Jesse Wright, vice president of recruiting and delivery at Adecco Engineering and Technology. “Ideally, your resume should be able to be captured in a single screen shot.”
Experts says to include all of the information about your career, accomplishments and achievements that pertain to the job opportunity up top and leave the less important things at the bottom. When someone opens a resume on a mobile phone what they see first is “make or break it” for the job candidate, says Skillings. You want to make sure you are optimizing that piece of mobile real estate by having the most relevant and interesting information right at the top, she says. “The biggest thing is making sure you are grabbing them with what is immediately visible,” says Skillings.
3. Take advantage of hyperlinks
Standing out is pointless if you make it hard for the recruiter or hiring manager to contact you. An easy way to prevent that from happening is to have hyperlinks to your phone number and email. Ideally you want the recruiter to be able to call you directly from your resume, says Wright. If you use social media as part of your job search, then Wright says to provide hyperlinks to those as well. After all scores of people have the leading social media apps installed on their mobile devices and in one click can be checking you out on LinkedIn.
4. Test your mobile resume before sending it out
Anything can go wrong with technology, and the last thing you want to happen is a problem with your resume whether it’s reading it or opening up the attachment. That is why career experts says it’s extremely important to test your resume on as many mobile devices as you can including an iPhone, iPad, and Android based phones. Wright says it’s a good idea to use the latest version of Microsoft Office because some new smartphones and tablets don’t support legacy versions of Microsoft. Another option says Adecco’s Wright is to save your resume in the PDF format, which provides easy mobile viewing. “You don’t want to make assumptions,” adds Skilling. “Testing it is important.”
Source: Glassdoor Blog
“So as part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates,” she said. “We come up with an offer that we think is fair. If you want more equity, we’ll let you swap a little bit of your cash salary for equity, but we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.”
Why did Pao decide to pursue that somewhat-radical path? After all, the ability to negotiate over salary seems like one of those bedrock principles of modern corporate life—innumerable websites and books offer advice on how to leverage as much money (and perks) as possible from a new employer.
But Pao feels that women are at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating salary: “Men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate.” In her mind, eliminating the prospect of negotiations levels that part of the playing field somewhat.
As pointed out by Mashable and other publications, a handful of studies over the past decade have suggested that men indeed tend to negotiate more assertively than women.
Some pundits applauded Pao’s move. “I think ending that kind of one-side negotiation is important,” Noreen A. Farrell, executive director at women’s rights advocacy group Equal Rights Advocates, told Fast Company, “and I applaud Ellen Pao’s willingness to test an out-of-the-box solution to a real problem impacting women and people of color in the workplace.”
But not everybody seemed onboard. “It’s true that women don’t fare as well in salary negotiations, but the fact is, they don’t fare as well with compensation generally as men,” career-advice columnist Alexandra Levit told Mashable, “and this [move by Reddit] won’t solve the age-old problem of unconscious bias.”
Reddit is a popular property at the moment, so it has no trouble pulling in top talent. But is eliminating salary negotiations something that smaller, relatively unknown companies can do, and still attract the people they need? Will people feel cheated if they can’t squeeze out a few more perks and dollars from their next workplace?
Bosses who are good listeners convey to their employees that they are valued and that what they have to say is important. Consequently, these bosses are not only well-informed but often have loyal, committed employees.
Most managers are constantly bombarded with data to be sorted through, decisions to be made and schedules to meet — hardly an atmosphere conducive to active listening.
Research, done in companies across the country, reveals that most managers spend over 60% of every day interacting with people. Up to 80% or more of that time is spent listening.
With so much important information coming at us through our ears, we can’t afford to miss much. That’s why it’s shocking to discover that these studies show that we forget 50% of a 10-minute presentation within 24 hours, and 25% more is lost by the next day.
Our listening habits are not the result of poor training, but rather the result of the LACK of it. We need to learn to listen the way we learned to read and write — systematically and with practice.
In the business place, like elsewhere in out lives, we need to listen between the lines to truly comprehend what is being said. Often, people hint at what they are really thinking, or have an undeveloped thought that needs to be drawn out.
If you miss these cues, you may be operating with only surface information. When a subordinate quits, a project fails or morale sags, you may have been forewarned, but you never really listened.
According to Drs. Ralph Nichols and Manny Steil, here are some of the bad listening habits we have acquired and what you can do about them.
In & Out Listening
We can listen four times faster than the average person speaks. The poor listener will daydream, particularly with a slow speaker. A good listener will evaluate, synthesize, weigh the evidence and listen between the lines for the feelings beneath the surface.
Red Flag Listening
To some people, words are like the proverbial red flag to the bull. Words like “new procedure,” “taxes,” “grievance,” can provoke strong emotions that shut down listening. Good listeners are sensitive to the feel of these emotional “hooks.” They keep their mouths closed and their minks open until the speaker has had a chance to finish his train of thought.
Prematurely Judging the Speaker or his Ideas
We sometimes decide too quickly that the subject or speaker is boring or makes no sense. The good listener will try to overlook the speaker’s delivery and seek out the content of the message. The skilled listener will also ask, “What’s in this for me? How can I use this information?” Furthermore, he will listen for central themes and ideas, not just for facts.
Preparing for the counterattack
We don’t like to have our pet ideas, prejudices and points of view overturned. When this happens, the poor listener will tune out and begin planning his own defense or a cross-examination of the speaker. (Red flag listeners often fall into this category, as you might expect.) Good listeners won’t judge until comprehension is complete.
When a topic is judged as too new, complex or too difficult, the poor listener mentally shuts off.
Good listeners will make a real effort to understand and will ask lots of questions. They will try to relate the information to their own experience and use their listening time to mentally summarize and look for central themes.
There is one thing you can do to enable you to overcome most of the bad habits mentioned above: paraphrasing. This repeating in your own words what you think the speaker meant, without interjecting your own opinion or questions, is the single most important listening technique.
Paraphrasing sounds like this: “In other words, your plan is to research the topic and prepare a proposal. Is that right?”
The components of paraphrasing are:
1. repeat a summary of the speaker’s thoughts and feelings;
2. use key words and phrases to avoid “parroting”;
3. always check with the speaker to make sure your summary was accurate;
4. if you are losing the train of thought, it’s all right to interrupt to paraphrase;
5. don’t insert your opinions or argue a point until the speaker has completed his comment.
It is particularly important to paraphrase when you are going to make a decision on the information, opinion or suggestion offered. And it’s equally important when your immediate reaction is to reject, ignore or disagree with what you’re hearing.
When you confirm your understanding of someone’s thoughts or ideas, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you agree with what is being said. When you say, “In other words, you’re saying…,” “So you feel that …,” you’re simply making sure you both share the same understanding of what is meant. This puts you in a position to take whatever action is necessary.
Even if you choose not to follow a suggestion or use an idea, the fact that you’ve taken the time to listen and understand is motivation. It meets the speaker’s need for recognition and strengthens the perception that his suggestions and opinions will be listened to and understood.
A 2013 AARP study found that nearly half of all older job seekers reported being overlooked for a job because of their age.
That’s why it’s so important that you not make yourself seem old on your resume, says author Marc Miller in a recent LinkedIn post.
“The format and contents of your resume says a lot about your age,” he says. And no matter how qualified you are, if your resume makes you “seem” older, there’s a good chance it’ll end up in the “no” pile.
“You do not want to be filtered out by the staff who are screening initial resumes and lose the opportunity to demonstrate your talents and skills,” he says.
To avoid this situation, Miller suggests you stop including these five things on your resume:
1. Your home address.
“For many years, we sent our resume and cover letter through the mail,” Miller explains. “We put our home address right on the top.”
Today there is no longer a need to put your home address on the resume, since it’s almost always sent electronically, he explains.
“If the employer needs your home mailing address, they can ask for it.”
2. Your Hotmail or AOL email address.
One telltale sign that you are over 50 is an aol.com or hotmail.com email address, or one from your cable provider, says Miller.
Create a Gmail account immediately.
3. Your home phone number.
Who under the age of 45 still has a landline?
“We ditched our home phone five years ago, and I am quite a bit older than 45,” Miller says. “If you still have a home phone and do not want to give out your cell phone number, get a Google Voice number.”
4. Double spacing after periods.
“I am going to go out a limb and declare that putting two spaces after a period is obsolete,” Miller explains. “It is how most of us were taught to type on a typewriter. Therefore, most of us who do this (I have taught myself to stop putting two spaces after a period and it was hard) are over 50 years of age.”
Miller says he has heard that this has been used as a method of screening out older candidates.
5. Your outdated skills.
Limit the skills you list on your resume to current and relevant ones.
“I could list that I wrote MS-DOS control programs, wrote machine level code developing word processors, managed IBM mainframe computers, and lots of other obsolete technologies,” he says. “Unless I was applying for a position that required these skills, all it tells the reader is I am over 50 years of age and maybe older.”