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5 Good Reasons to Move on From That Prospective Employer

Posted by John Krautzel 

During a job search, especially one that is long or difficult, it can be tempting to overlook unacceptable behavior displayed by potential employers. To ensure you're spending your time and effort on worthwhile companies, watch out for these red flags.

Unreasonable Requirements

When the talent pool is large, some companies try to make job seekers to jump through many hoops. Look out for unusual and unreasonable application requests, such as long essays or pre-screening events that require you to appear in person. If the employer asks to check your references before the interview stage, or if he requests uncompensated travel for skills tests, spend the energy required for your job search elsewhere.

Low Salary-to-Experience Ratio

It's not uncommon to see job postings with high experience requirements and low salaries. This happens for a variety of reasons. The company could be completely ignorant of market standards, or they may simply be trying to get out of paying a reasonable rate. If corporate policy requires a public job posting and the employer has an internal candidate in mind, listing an absurd salary and extreme qualifications might be an intentional way to dissuade applicants. Regardless of the reason, a low-ball salary usually indicates that it isn't worth your time to include the company in your job search.

Lack of Communication

Communication is a key factor in any professional setting. If you don't receive a confirmation after submitting an application or a company leaves you hanging for weeks after an interview, it's a bad sign. After all, the way a company treats job candidates is a good predictor of how it treats its employees. Cut your losses, and do your best to find companies that respond quickly and professionally during your job search.

Unprofessional Interview Behavior

Unprofessional behavior during a job interview, toward you or anyone else, is an instant red flag. Intense or biased political statements, off-color jokes and discriminatory comments are all hints at the interviewer's true nature. Other areas for concern include blatant ageism, a dismissive attitude toward other employees and illegal interview questions. If a hiring manager make you uncomfortable, it's time to move on with your job search.

Spec Work

Be wary of employers that ask you to work for free to judge your skills. It's one thing to request portfolio pieces or sample work products from past jobs, but it's quite another to ask you to create brand new work without compensation. Weigh each request carefully, and use a one-hour limit as a guideline. If the spec project takes any longer to complete, redirect your search to companies that respect your time.

A job search can be stressful, but that doesn't mean you need to accept unreasonable and unprofessional behavior from potential employers. By avoiding companies that treat candidates poorly, you can maintain your integrity and increase your chances of landing a job with a professional, reputable company.


Careers Don't Always Go as Planned

 Posted by Nancy Anderson

 A career plan rarely follows the cleanly defined path you imagined when you first entered the workforce. Even if you get the right degrees, stay focused and follow good networking advice, changes in your industry or personal life can create unexpected detours that leave you dissatisfied with your progress. Don't panic if your career is falling short of your expectations. Follow these tips to assess the problem and get back on track.

Lack of Personal Fulfillment

Getting stuck in an unfulfilling career is easy when you have financial pressures and family obligations or simply chose whatever job you could do well. Eventually, you can't ignore the fact that even rewards and promotions are unsatisfying, especially when people around you seem happy with their career plans. A career change requires courage and exploration, but you can gradually transition by trying new hobbies, talking to other professionals about their jobs or testing freelance methods of turning your passions into profit. Smart employers understand that strength-based employment yields higher engagement, so try making a lateral move at your current job whenever possible.

No Growth Opportunities

When employers lose money or move in a new direction, departments and roles that were once prominent may suffer downsizing. Stagnation is also common when short-sighted managers value your expertise so much that they're unwilling to let you graduate to higher roles. In either case, inform your network that you're looking for a change. Build beneficial relationships with people in target companies, and research other industries to find new applications for your skill set. You can also strategically create growth opportunities with your current employer. By anticipating business solutions your employer may need in the future, you can try carving out a new niche to recharge your career plan.

Obsolete Industry

Technology is rapidly transforming business solutions, making many jobs and skills defunct along the way. Instead of letting industry declines or change-resistant employers interrupt your career plan, focus on rebranding yourself by reframing your transferable skills to fit in-demand jobs. Perform a skills search on LinkedIn to find compatible job titles and employers, and customize your online profiles and portfolios to suit key roles. Researching jobs can also help you identify skills gaps and get additional training to boost your competitive advantage.

Lack of Promotions

If you're repeatedly left behind when colleagues get promoted, it may be your first instinct to blame favoritism. However, your co-workers may be demonstrating strengths and leadership potential you lack or taking the initiative to ask for more feedback and responsibility. Try to evaluate the situation objectively, and ask yourself whether you play well with others, seek self-improvement and show enthusiasm about your job. In most cases, discussing your career plans with managers and asking for mentoring and feedback is the best way to get promoted.

A career plan is meant to be an outline, not an instruction booklet. Every experience, accomplishment and failure helps you fill in the blanks to create a unique personal story. When your career seems to be approaching a dead end, think of it as the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life.


What Are the 10 Most Useless Resumes According to Employers?


Posted by Nancy Anderson 

Are you searching for employment with a useless resume? If so, your document has a high likelihood of ending up in a recruiter’s shred pile. Review this list of the 10 things that can make a resume useless, and adjust your resume to ensure it doesn’t meet any of these criteria.

1. Too Long

It's not uncommon for job recruiters to receive dozens of resumes for one open position. Reading through all of these documents is a time-consuming process, and many resumes end up in the shredder because they're simply too long. Make sure your resume isn't longer than two pages, but aim for one page.

2. Contains an Objective

If you submit a resume to an employer, your obvious objective is to land the job. You don't need to state this information. Also, objective statements are considered outdated. Create a career summary instead.

3. Too Fancy

Employers often view decorative paper, fancy fonts and colored inks as distractions. Some employers even consider fancy resumes to be a tad bit unprofessional. Keep your resume simple; use plain white paper, a standard font and black ink.

4. Contains Nonrelevant Work Experience

Don't waste your employer's time by submitting a resume that lists irrelevant work experience. Make sure your document is tailored to the position you're applying for and that the experience you list demonstrates your ability to perform the job.

5. Stuffed With Keywords

It's essential to ensure you have relevant keywords and phrases in your resume, but don't go too far. Stuffing your document with keywords in order to get past application trackers is a trick employers are very familiar with and greatly frown upon.

6. No Social Media Links

If your resume doesn't have at least one social media link, employers might think you're not up-to-date with technology or have something to hide. At the very least, your document should point employers to a professional LinkedIn account.

7. Lists Your Hobbies

Employers are generally unconcerned with what you do in your spare time. Unless your hobbies directly relate to the position, don't list them.

8. Too Little White Space

In your quest to make your resume two pages or less, did you cram a ton of information together? If so, it's time for a revise. Resumes with too little white space are very difficult to read and digest. They usually look pretty bad as well. Use standard line spacing to ensure easy readability.

9. Outdated

If you still have your job from high school or your skills using Microsoft Office 2005 listed on your resume, it's time for an update. It's important to continuously update your resume as you gain skills and experiences, even if you're not on an active job search.

10. Contains Photographs

Unless you're seeking a career as a model or actress, don't include your photograph. The majority of employers are interested in your skills qualifications, not your looks.

Don't ruin your chances of landing a great job by submitting a useless resume to a prospective employer. Your resume is the most important document in your job search arsenal, so make sure it's always up-to-date, relevant and free of anything employers deem useless.