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10 Resume Misconceptions Job Seekers Encounter Throughout Their Careers

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Over the years I have had clients approach me with misconceptions about résumé writing, cover letters and other written information they have submitted for their next career move. As the world of work constantly changes with technology, there are still some areas of writing résumé, posting and etiquette that still hold true and probably will indefinitely.

I was told that my résumé can only be one page

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Remember that the résumé is your “Ad” to the employer. Think… when you read a newspaper or online ads are they long or short ads. “You want to catch ’em quick!” I am not saying or agreeing that all résumés need to be one page, but your summary should be compelling enough to entice the reviewer to contact you and to invite you for a phone screen or interview.

If you are networking at a job fair, a one page résumé is good enough. Once you speak to the representatives at the job fair, you leave the impression in hopes for the next step. You can prepare an in-depth résumé for the hiring manager or next level invitation 2-page résumé with highlighted skills, titles, and keywords.

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However, there are certain types of résumés that are will be four to five pages long due to the content they contain by request of the employer. One type that come to mind is the federal government résumé. They have an online format to complete a résumé, but also allow you to upload a résumé. For more information on what is required, please go to USAJOBS.

Having bad credit will bar me from most good jobs

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Careful here… I have heard this to be true for many jobs but NOT always. Yet still… you should still be aware of you stand with your credit. Now while you are looking for a job, your credit rating is probably the last thing on your mind while looking for a new job. Maybe you’re taking a second or a third look at your résumé and cover letter, or you are working with career coaches, friends or family review it. As of this writing, we are pretty much through with the financial crisis but it has become practice that companies will consider it a standard operating procedure for many companies to do a credit check, along with checking out your work and education references, or even doing a drug test or checking to see if you have a criminal history. This is especially common with large Fortune 500 companies, financial companies (banks, security companies, federal government (US), etc.)

I repeat, I recommend that you keep an eye on your credit to see where you stand. A rule of thumb is to keep your score at 720 and above to be considered to have good credit. Credit Karma is a site that allows you to review you pull your report and score at any time. Use this site not only while you are job seeking, but to keep wraps on your status with creditors and potential identity theft issues. Review this article at CreditCards.com for more information.

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Recruiters or the hiring managers will call me; I don’t need to follow-up

Really… following up is the part of the process to applying for a job. Employers usually list an opening and closing date for jobs. It is appropriate to follow-up one to two weeks after the closing date of the job announcement. If the job announcement states “NO CALLS ACCEPTED” or “NO FAXES ACCEPTED” then follow instructions, they will contact you if you meet the qualifications they state they are looking for.

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I have to list my salary requirements on my résumé

No, you do not need to list the salary requirements on the résumé but if asked, please be honest. I coach my clients to provide a range when asked by the employer. Or, if my clients have already researched the position of choice and I will guide them to address it in a short narrative format that provides leverage when negotiating salary at the interviewing table.

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I’ll add ‘References available upon request,’ hobbies, my age, and marital status to my résumé

No. It is understood that you have references. When asked to provide them, determine how many are necessary, and choose which references will best represent you for this particular position. Contact your references so they will expect a call or email from this company, and discuss the job with them so that they can represent you in the best possible light. Please, please, please do not add your age, hobbies and marital status to your résumé. This is not needed and can be considered as discrimination.

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Cover letters are a waste of time and recruiters or hiring managers do not read them.

This is not entirely true. Cover Letters are used as an introduction and should accompany your résumé, whether e-mailed, posted on a job site, mailed, or hand delivered to an employer. Do not think that recruiters or hiring managers do not read them, because THEY DO! When writing your cover letter make it a powerful introduction that makes them want more. A strong fact and figure to support your credentials in the cover letter can support your case to getting an interview which is one step closer to getting that job. There are a couple of exceptions where cover letters may not be needed or necessary. They are at job fairs or when you are introduced to someone in person. But all in all make sure all of your career documents stand out and show out.

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I can just post my résumé to a major job board and wait for the interviews to come to me

BE CAUTIOUS with this! I have never heard of jobs just coming to a candidate unless you have a rare skill or trade that hard to find in the WORLD. Just because you post to a job board does not mean you do not have to do the due diligence of following up with the employer to see where you stand. Continue to abide by the instructions that are posted on the job board and the announcement posted but FOLLOW UP.

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I applied for the perfect position that was written just for me-the phone should be “ringing off the hook”

You would not believe how many times I have heard this one or have experienced this myself. But as just the same, there are others that are saying the same thing. Not long ago, there was a Program Manager position that client knew it was perfectly written for him. He tailored the résumé for the position, submitted the appropriate documentation expected a call and did not hear a word. Why? Many recruiters are probably receiving a mass amount of résumés and they do not have the time to call everyone back. This is true for small and large companies. In small companies many recruiters are serving in roles as HR professionals and administrative roles and do not have time to call. And for large companies, it could be sheer volume of résumés coming in that your phone may not be “ringing off the hook”.

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I always use a picture with my résumé

No, break the habit please. I have seen and heard recruiters and hiring managers discard résumés due to this. In many countries it is illegal to discriminate in hiring based on the race or gender of an applicant, so many employers would actually rather you didn’t include your picture as it can lead to allegations of impropriety. The only example of this is if you are applying for a performing arts position (dancer, actor, model, etc.) then it will be appropriate to include a picture.

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I want my ‘formatted résumé’ to be seen by employers on the Internet… so I’ll place it in their text blocks, anyway.

You should follow the rules that they have set for their online application program. No it is not necessarily a trick or scheme from the employer. I have seen where applicants neglected their direction and not gotten a phone interview or invited to the interview because the company could not read or understand the information submitted to them. Applying for a job takes work so take the time to complete the boxes and fill in the information they require. Many times they will have a place for you to upload your ‘formatted résumé’ into their system.

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NEITI recruitment 2022 application procedure is here. Are you interested in the Extractive industries transparency initiative recruitment? NEITI is calling on suitably qualified candidates to apply for the 2022 recruitment exercise.

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The NEITI is recruiting. See the available vacancies, requirements, qualifications and also how to apply for the Extractive industries transparency initiative recruitment 2022.

If you are interested in the NEITI jobs, you are advised to take time and read this guide to help you submit your application successfully on the recruitment portal.

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NEITI Recruitment Form 2022

At the moment, the Extractive industries transparency initiative is not recruiting but might soon commence a nationwide recruitment. Interested applicants are advised to wait patiently upon the release of the application form.

The form is available online at the NEITI careers portal via www.neiti.org. Most important, the Extractive industries transparency initiative application form is totally free. Kindly disregard any information or individual asking for money in exchange for the form.

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NEITI recruitment 2022
NEITI recruitment 2022

See Also: SMEDAN Recruitment 2022/2023

Eligible States

Interested applications from the below states can apply for the NEITI recruitment 2022.

AbiaAdamawaAkwa Ibom
AnambraBauchiBayelsa
BenueBornoCross River
DeltaEbonyiEdo
EkitiEnuguGombe
ImoJigawaKaduna
KanoKatsinaKebbi
KogiKwaraLagos
NasarawaNigerOgun
OndoOsunOyo
PlateauRiversSokoto
TarabaYobeZamfara & FCT

NEITI Recruitment Requirements 2022

Nationality: Nigerian

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Minimum Age: 20

Mode of identification: National ID, International Passport, Driver’s License or Voters Card

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  1. Minimum of 5 Credits in SSCE/GCE/NABTEB/NECO including Mathematics and English
  2. B.Sc or Master’s Degree obtained from an accredited Tertiary Institution in any related discipline or an HND in a relevant course in any field of study.
  3. Applicant must have good communication and writing skills

How to Apply for NEITI Recruitment 2022

To apply for the Extractive industries transparency initiative recruitment, you need to visit the application portal via www.neiti.org. Follow the steps below to submit your application.

  1. Visit www.neiti.org
  2. Create an account with your active email
  3. Verify your account via email confirmation
  4. Fill the online application form
  5. Upload credentials
  6. Submit.

We will update this page with the latest application procedures once the NEITI has started the 2022 recruitment exercise.

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SMEDAN recruitment 2022 application procedure is here. Are you interested in the Small and medium enterprise development agency of Nigeria recruitment? SMEDAN is calling on suitably qualified candidates to apply for the 2022 recruitment exercise.

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Small and medium enterprise development agency of Nigeria is recruiting. See the available vacancies, requirements, qualifications and also how to apply for the recruitment 2022.

If you are interested in the SMEDAN jobs, you are advised to take time and read this guide to help you submit your application successfully on the recruitment portal.

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SMEDAN Recruitment Form 2022

At the moment, small and medium enterprise development agency of Nigeria is not recruiting but might soon commence a nationwide recruitment. Interested applicants are advised to wait patiently upon the release of the application form.

The form is available online at the SMEDAN careers portal via www.smedan.gov.ng. Most important, the small and medium enterprise development agency of Nigeria application form is totally free. Kindly disregard any information or individual asking for money in exchange for the form.

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SMEDAN recruitment 2022
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Eligible States

Interested applications from the below states can apply for the SMEDAN recruitment 2022.

AbiaAdamawaAkwa Ibom
AnambraBauchiBayelsa
BenueBornoCross River
DeltaEbonyiEdo
EkitiEnuguGombe
ImoJigawaKaduna
KanoKatsinaKebbi
KogiKwaraLagos
NasarawaNigerOgun
OndoOsunOyo
PlateauRiversSokoto
TarabaYobeZamfara & FCT

See Also: Total Nigeria Recruitment 2022/2023 Application Form Portal | www.total.com.ng

SMEDAN Recruitment Requirements 2022

Nationality: Nigerian

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Minimum Age: 20

Mode of identification: National ID, International Passport, Driver’s License or Voters Card

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  1. Minimum of 5 Credits in SSCE/GCE/NABTEB/NECO including Mathematics and English
  2. B.Sc or Master’s Degree obtained from an accredited Tertiary Institution in any related discipline or an HND in a relevant course in any field of study.
  3. Applicant must have good communication and writing skills

How to Apply for SMEDAN Recruitment 2022

To apply for the small and medium enterprise development agency of Nigeria recruitment, you need to visit the application portal via www.smedan.gov.ng. Follow the steps below to submit your application.

  1. Visit www.smedan.gov.ng
  2. Create an account with your active email
  3. Verify your account via email confirmation
  4. Fill the online application form
  5. Upload credentials
  6. Submit.

We will update this page with the latest application procedures once the SMEDAN has started the 2022 recruitment exercise.

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Total Nigeria Recruitment 2022/2023 Application Form Portal | www.total.com.ng

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Total Nigeria recruitment 2022 application procedure is here. Are you interested in the Total Nigeria recruitment? Total Nigeria is calling on suitably qualified candidates to apply for the 2022 recruitment exercise.

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Total Nigeria is recruiting. See the available vacancies, requirements, qualifications and also how to apply for the recruitment 2022.

If you are interested in the Total Nigeria jobs, you are advised to take time and read this guide to help you submit your application successfully on the recruitment portal.

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Total Nigeria Recruitment Form 2022

At the moment, Total Nigeria is not recruiting but might soon commence a nationwide recruitment. Interested applicants are advised to wait patiently upon the release of the application form.

Total Nigeria Recruitment 2022
Total Nigeria Recruitment 2022

The form is available online at the Mercy Corps Nigeria careers portal via www.total.com.ng. Most important, the Total Nigeria application form is totally free. Kindly disregard any information or individual asking for money in exchange for the form.

See Also: Exxon Mobil Corporation Graduate Internship Programme

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Eligible States

Interested applications from the below states can apply for the Total Nigeria recruitment 2022.

AbiaAdamawaAkwa Ibom
AnambraBauchiBayelsa
BenueBornoCross River
DeltaEbonyiEdo
EkitiEnuguGombe
ImoJigawaKaduna
KanoKatsinaKebbi
KogiKwaraLagos
NasarawaNigerOgun
OndoOsunOyo
PlateauRiversSokoto
TarabaYobeZamfara & FCT

Total Nigeria Recruitment Requirements 2022

Nationality: Nigerian

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Minimum Age: 20

Mode of identification: National ID, International Passport, Driver’s License or Voters Card

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  1. Minimum of 5 Credits in SSCE/GCE/NABTEB/NECO including Mathematics and English
  2. B.Sc or Master’s Degree obtained from an accredited Tertiary Institution in any related discipline or an HND in a relevant course in any field of study.
  3. Applicant must have good communication and writing skills

How to Apply for Total Nigeria Recruitment 2022

To apply for the Total Nigeria recruitment, you need to visit the application portal via www.total.com.ng. Follow the steps below to submit your application.

  1. Visit www.total.com.ng
  2. Create an account with your active email
  3. Verify your account via email confirmation
  4. Fill the online application form
  5. Upload credentials
  6. Submit.

We will update this page with the latest application procedures once the Total Nigeria has started the 2022 recruitment exercise.

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