Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the September 25, 2006 issue of QuintZine.
Almost 50 percent of visitors noted that their resume needs help; more than 33 percent stated that they can live with it, leaving less than 19 percent that are confident that their resume was “perfect,” according to a survey conducted across a network of more than 11,000 sites by Beyond.com, Inc., the largest niche career network for business professionals.
Beyond.com recommends that professionals take advantage of a variety of available resources to improve their resume, such as resume-writing services, workshops, or even contacting a friend or colleague to provide insight and helpful suggestions. It is also important to be sure to exclude sensitive information such as your social security number and effectively exhibit your value proposition.
- 6 percent said “often”
- 55 percent indicated “sometimes”
- 27 percent reported “rarely”
- 2 percent stated “never”
- 9 percent responded, “We do not investigate the backgrounds of potential employees.”
The second survey on effects on hiring decisions based upon discovering inaccuracies revealed these stats:
- 86 percent said it was either “very important” or “important”
- 2 percent said “no effect on hiring decisions”
Executives were asked, “How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?” Their responses:
- One week or less: 37 percent
- One to two weeks 45 percent
- Two to three weeks: 9 percent
- Three weeks or more: 3 percent
- Don’t follow up: 5 percent
- Don’t know: 1 percent
Executives also were asked, “In your opinion, what is the best way for a job-seeker to follow up with a hiring manager after submitting a resume?” The top three responses were via e-mail (38 percent), telephone (33 percent), and a handwritten note (23 percent).
Bottom line? Executives expect you to follow-up. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re being a pest by checking on the status of your application.
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