June 24, 2018

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We're Hiring: Tips For A Perfect Resume and Smooth Interview

The U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to levels not seen since late 2008 when the Great Recession began, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013, small businesses actually added more employees as opposed to the reduction of workforces in September, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The stars have aligned for those millions of Americans who have been out of work for an extended period of time. You may be a little rusty, so here are some quick refreshers regarding your resume and subsequent interview.

Stand Out Among Everyone Else

Resumes are no longer a simple piece of paper that lists your work and education histories. Video resumes are getting more popular every year, while very clever, interactive resumes are also being utilized more. But you don't have to be a technology guru to make your resume stand out.

Taylor your resume to the respective employer. CashnetUSA, an online installment loan company, recommends always taking a personal inventory of yourself before drafting your resume. Place a sheet of paper on your refrigerator and every time you walk past it, write down a skill you have. Select the ones that most closely relate to the job you're applying for and highlight them for that particular resume.

Make sure to add a unique touch by including some of your hobbies and accomplishments that don't necessarily have to do with the job. Mountain climbing, volunteering for your church or winning a marathon are just a few ideas that potential employers could factor into the hiring process. Remember you're selling yourself, not just presenting a list of facts.

Ace the Interview

When you arrive for the interview, you should know as much about the company as possible. This information is not only useful to show the hiring manager you're genuinely interested in working for the company, but can also be used to answer questions they may ask. One frequently asked question is something like "describe how you handled a difficult situation at your previous job?" You can turn that around and apply it to a current issue their company is having.

Since many prospective job seekers are in their 30s and 40s, it's important not to reveal your age or convey animosity toward working with younger people. Staffing agency Adecco found that 33 percent of hiring managers were concerned that Generation X prospects could clash with Gen-Y managers. Avoid using any type of language that could insinuate discomfort working with younger people.

A Few Last Tips

An interesting study by the College of Optometrists in the U.K. found that job seekers were more likely to land the job if they wore glasses to the interview. Glasses make people look more intelligent and even more attractive, according to the study. For those with 20/20 vision, investing in a pair of clear lens glasses isn't a bad idea. Make sure your pants reach the top of your shoes and no further. Skirts should be at or below knee-level. Perfumes and colognes should be avoided all together.

Carolyn Anger Bio: Carolyn got her start in the industry as the lead editorial contributor for She currently works as a PR Account Executive at a Scottsdale-based advertising agency.

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