Did you know the attention span of recruiters and Human Resources (HR) managers is declining, due to the overwhelming volume of candidates applying for the same job? If you have ever seen the Old Spice commercials, you might understand why it is important to capture their attention in the first 10 seconds. Jokes aside, a hiring authority usually spends around 15 seconds looking at resumes, according to recent studies. “They could take between 15 to 30 seconds, but no more than [...]
On the surface, it may appear that job-searchers are struggling in their job hunt. But, as we approach the warm summer months, it looks like the job market is warming up too. I was exceptionally pleased when Statistics Canada released the unemployment numbers on Friday. Its national labour force survey found that the unemployment rate fell to 7.6 per cent with the addition of 58,000 new jobs in April. What this means is that we’re back where we were in [...]
Honestly, who are you kidding? Can you really be objective about your own unique attributes, professional accomplishments and goals? Moreover, can you articulate them in way that is clear and concise yet persuasive to the hiring authority?
In the words of the almost now forgotten Peter Principle, “it [the resume] has risen to its highest level of incompetence.” It can no longer honestly function as a spokesperson for that rare and special individual behind the piece of paper or electronic byte.
Jobseekers often focus on selling their technical and transferable skills in writing their resumes. But we are noticing that more and more employers and recruiters are now seeking candidates with relevant innate strengths. Highlighting your natural talents—whatever they may be—could be your ticket to that dream job.