How to Write and Organize a Professional Resume in 2018

Is it time to update your resume to a more modern format? If so, here are some valuable tips to help you with the process. A resume has 5 important sections: the heading, summary, job details, education, and skills. The cover page and reference page are also important additions, but not necessarily part of the resume.

HOW TO RECORD YOUR BASIC INFO

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What to include in your heading:

  • Name - You should put your name at the top of the page or in a header. Including your middle name or initial is optional. Be certain to add your maiden name if it will be needed by some of your references to track your work history with them.
  • Address – Both your street address and the city/state are optional. Include these details if you wish as it is common practice.
  • Phone numbers – If you want someone to be able to connect with you by phone, do not fail to include the most relevant number(s) to call, in order of preference.
  • Email address – If you are okay with someone contacting you by email for brief pre-screening questions or for scheduling purposes, include a hyperlink for this.
  • LinkedIn – If you would like the potential employer to review your site, create a hyperlink for this as well. However, if your LinkedIn page is unimpressive or does not contain pertinent information to the job, do not include the link.
  • Facebook – Do not include a link to your Facebook page, but in today’s world, know that employers often do look at social media pictures and posts. It is highly encouraged that before you begin your job hunt, you should remove any inappropriate images and posts (including comments to other people's posts) which might deter someone from considering you as a candidate for the job you are pursuing.
  • Twitter – Include a link to your account only if it is relevant to the job for which you are applying.

HOW TO WRITE A RESUME SUMMARY

Leave off the objective and include a summary instead. Either a "Summary of Qualifications" or "Competencies" label can be used for this section. The summary should not list every noble character trait you think you possess nor should it be a 2-page long list of skills and abilities. I’ve seen both, and neither are remotely impressive. Rather, the summary should be a brief but strong statement (or list) which will give your potential employer a quick overview of your skills, qualifications and job experience. Focus on relevant skills, achievements, character traits and career goals which are relevant to the job for which you are applying. This means that your summary may require subtle changes depending on each new job opportunity and its specific qualifications.

What you should include in your opening resume summary:

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  • Words depicting the type of worker you are: Use descriptors such as motivated, highly professional, entry-level, or experienced, and include a job title when possible
  • What you have done - Include a few impressive achievements, general or specific in nature; make them relevant to the job for which you are applying if possible; can be accomplishments from school if you are a recent graduate or from past jobs
  • More of what you are and what type of job you are seeking - As applicable, utilize words like hard-working, creative, conscientious, loyal, knowledgeable, skilled, cutting edge, team player, focused, service-minded, detail-oriented, energetic, dynamic, organized, excellent communicator, etc. Do not exaggerate or lie. Be proud of who you are and of the strengths you will naturally bring to table if hired.

Start each phrase or sentence with a strong past-tense action verb. Select a few aptly-chosen words which many others would also use to describe you – those natural traits which make you unique. If you are entry-level but have a degree, focus on that, and include transferable and meaningful skills which you have learned in school or by doing other jobs.

With each job that you apply for, it is important to edit the type of job you are seeking so that the title or type of job matches the job that is available. Additionally, if you can edit your resume skills so that they honestly but effectively mirror the language used in the company's job description, it may be to your benefit as long as the mimicking is subtle. Generally, recruiters only look at a resume for about 6 seconds before deciding to read further or move on, so making these minor changes in your resume can make a difference!

HOW TO MODERNIZE YOUR RESUME

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  • Resume format – The format and style of the resume is up to you, but be certain that the font is highly legible and that the information is in easy-to-follow chronological order. More than likely, you will email your resume as an attachment. Some businesses prefer to receive these in MS Word format, and others are fine with a pdf version of the resume. Why not include both? 
  • Hyperlinks - Hyperlinks to your email address and to your references or work samples (blogs, designs, etc.) should be established to make things as simple as possible for the one screening your resume or attempting to contact you.
  • Overall Resume Presentation - You can make your resume visually engaging by adding an appropriate image (or two - but not your own picture), creating a unique design, or using a little color, but keep it to one page when possible. References should be included on a separate page. Do not include a cover page unless the information it contains is 100% relevant to the job for which you are applying.
  • Education - Recent college graduates should acknowledge their degree at the top of the resume below the summary. However, for all others, include your education towards the end of the resume unless the degree is emphasized in the job description. College GPA, foreign language studies, and awards should not be included unless they are directly related to the job itself. Dates of attendance or graduation are not needed, but make it clear if you did or did not graduate or receive a certificate. It is acceptable to convey that you are a current student or a recent graduate of a particular institution; however, do not ever say an educational pursuit is current when it is not. Keep your resume updated in this respect.
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Relevance of education refers to having taken classes appropriate to the job you are seeking, so stating that you are a college junior working on your accounting degree would be highly important. Having taken Accounting I and II, even from a community college, would also be very important to someone hiring for an accounting position, so always include important details like these when it could make a difference whether you get a call back or not!

Finally, also be sure to include information about your GED or high school diploma. Again, no dates required.

HOW TO LIST YOUR WORK HISTORY

  • The Basics: Include dates of employment, company name (add city and state only if not local), job title, and job responsibilities (can be worded as accomplishments or managed tasks, as appropriate). Some people like to provide a short descriptive phrase of the company, especially if it is not well-known, but doing this for well-known employers like Wal-Mart or Fed Ex would be unnecessary.

 

  • The Job Descriptions: Knowing that you have a lot of competition and that hiring managers often make “yes, no, maybe” stacks of resumes after reviewing them for a mere 6-10 seconds, you should put forth every effort to make each section and word on your resume impressive, professional and true. Your detailed descriptions should reflect your knowledge of the business yet not be overly detailed or vague. Do not add “and other responsibilities as directed” to your descriptions unless it was a major part of your job.
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  • Special Achievements: This section is optional and should list the most relevant accomplishments specific to the job you are pursuing. Examples might be overseeing a 12% increase in production or negotiating a 7% decrease in costs, creating new guidebooks or procedures, or exceeding specific company objectives, receiving awards or specialty training, etc. Other achievements might read like this: processed over 500 invoices weekly or created advanced Excel spreadsheets for our sales staff while meeting multiple deadlines.
  • Quantity of Jobs to Include: This is a tough one to address. See below for a good option in how to label multiple temp or retail jobs. Otherwise, keep your jobs limited to the last 10 years. If you insist on going beyond a decade, add the job under “Other Relevant Employment", but only include the dates, company name and job title – preferably no job descriptions. There is no need to list every single position you've held or each task you've performed beyond the 10-year cut-off - only those that are absolutely relevant to a potential employer. Going overboard in listing past job experiences on a resume is not to your advantage, but referring to these past learning experiences during an interview, if and when relevant, may be to your great advantage. Experience matters.

 

  • Dealing with Job Type Transitions: If your resume is all about accounting, but you now seek only administrative work, that needs to be strongly stated in your summary and backed up by listing the appropriate skills in the SKILLS section of your resume.

HOW TO INCLUDE BRIEF RETAIL EXPERIENCES ON YOUR RESUME

Below is one of the most impressive ways I’ve seen someone combine their retail skills together to document them on a resume:

Customer Service and Retail Experience – 2009 to 2017

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Kirkland’s, Bath and Body, McAlister’s, Shoe Carnival, and Dillard’s

  • Provided excellent customer service and increased interpersonal skills
  • Worked closely with coworkers in a fast-paced environment
  • Utilized exemplary sales techniques
  • Gained cash handling experience up to $1500

You can also use this method when listing temporary jobs that you have held in the past.

HOW TO LIST YOUR SKILLS

Whatever you choose to list in this section does not need to be listed elsewhere on the resume. Hiring managers do not wish to read the same thing repeatedly.

Use bullets to list your skills, but do not bother providing detailed information regarding customized software or hardware that most people haven't heard of before - unless you know your experience to be an especially sought-after technical skill. Also try to label your computer software skill level(s) as beginner, intermediate or advanced.

A sample skill list might include the following:

  • MS Office: Word (interm), Excel (adv – including pivot tables and Vlookup), Access (beg), PowerPoint (adv), Publisher (interm) and Outlook (interm)
  • 10,000 kph
  • 65 wpm
  • CorelDRAW 2017 (beg)
  • Accounting software: QuickBooks Pro and Peachtree (adv)

Organizing and writing a professional resume is challenging work as there are numerous details to select, edit and incorporate into a one-page, well-worded document that won’t get relegated to the maybe or no stacks of the hiring managers with whom you are seeking to interview. But a good effort on your part and the editing abilities of a few good friends who have a professional eye for content, details, grammar, and spelling will be worth it all when you land a permanent job.

What follows are a few details about the cover letter and reference page. To view a sample resume, simply scroll to the bottom of this article. 

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE COVER LETTER

I love a good cover letter but hate wasting paper to print it once I realize it contains no truly valuable information.

Here are a few tips to remember when working on your cover letter:

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1. Put a date on it.

2. Include the title of each job for which you would like to be considered. Companies often have more than one position open. Simplify the hiring manager’s job by stating your exact interest.

3. Briefly convey your current job situation: in school and needing part-time work, one of unemployment, working but needing more of a challenge, money-motivated and looking for a more financially rewarding position, wanting a permanent job rather than a temporary one, or it may be due to a move or recent transfer, etc. Be careful how you word this part of the letter, but give an idea of what is important to you. Know that what you write may remove you as a candidate or cause the hiring manager to give you an immediate call. It could go either way, but it’s all a part of the screening process.

4. Make a professional closing statement that offers both your email address and your primary contact number.

5. Unless there is something else of primary importance to share, do not go over 4 or 5 sentences. Briefly state whatever is not on your resume that could help you get an interview or at least consideration for a future opportunity with the company. If your presentation is solid and impressive, the latter does occasionally happen.

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FINALLY, THE REFERENCE PAGE

The reference page is not part of your resume and should be kept separate. However, it should be included every time you submit a resume. It shows professionalism and automatically makes you a maybe – in my book, anyway. The inclusion of references shows initiative and conveys the assumption that you were well-liked by your former associates. Here are a few tips to consider:

1. Keep it to one page.

2. List the references in order of preference.

3. Include work references rather than personal references OR at least separate them. You need a minimum of 3 work references, yet more is acceptable. These should primarily consist of managers and immediate supervisors although other associates and co-workers may be able to at least confirm your employment with the company if former managers have moved on.

4. Give the best-known and most accurate contact information for each reference – be it email, cell phone or company number and extension. Check the numbers and addresses for accuracy before sending them to a potential employer. This is your job - not the employer’s.

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5. If you have difficulty with the references, remember this for future efforts. Build good relationships at work and connect with your co-workers and supervisors on LinkedIn. This is a great way to keep track of folks.

6. Think references are not a big deal? Then think again. I’ve seen people lose out on good paying jobs simply because they could not provide 3 good references. So, obtain good contact info from supervisors, co-workers and the HR Department (ask for names and direct numbers) when you leave a company and find a way to stay in touch with your references as the years go by. You want them to give you a solid thumb's up reference when they receive a call from a potential employer.

For additional insight regarding your references, check out this recent blog post from Brannon Professionals.

THE JOB SEARCH

Beyond these resume, cover page, and reference tips, if BRANNON PROFESSIONALS can be of service to you during your job search, please check out our website for a list of jobs that are currently available or email us your resume at your convenience.

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SAMPLE RESUME
 

Lisa Y. Burlissen

4248 Xcaret Drive - Memphis, TN 38103

Preferred contact number/Secondary contact number

Email hyperlink - LinkedIn hyperlink

SUMMARY

Recent college graduate seeks entry-level staff accountant position. Interned with both FedEx and Still & Jernigan for approximately 3 months each. Motivated, hard-working, skilled and conscientious team player hopes for a career opportunity with a Memphis firm.

EDUCATION

University of Mississippi, B.S. in Accounting, Graduated cum laude

UM Activities: Fraternity Treasurer, MAPA member since 2015

WORK HISTORY

Summer 2017           FedEx – Accounts Payable Clerk

  • Responsible for processing 80+ invoices daily

Summer 2016           Still & Jernigan – Bookkeeper

  • Maintained accounts for several small and medium-sized companies
  • Paid bills
  • Managed bank reconciliations

2011-2015                 McAlister’s and Dillard’s - Retail Experience

  • Provided excellent customer service and increased interpersonal skills
  • Worked closely with coworkers in a fast-paced environment
  • Utilized exemplary sales techniques
  • Gained cash handling experience up to $1500

SKILLS

  • MS Office: Word (interm), Excel (adv – including pivot tables and Vlookup), Access (beg), PowerPoint (adv), Publisher (interm) and Outlook (interm)
  • 10,000 kph
  • 45 wpm
  • Accounting software: QuickBooks Pro, SAP and Peachtree

 

 

Tips on How to Build a Resume in 2018: The New, the Classic, and the Outdated

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Resume trends have changed a lot over the years. What once was cool is now a major error, and what once was standard is now cliché. There are some resume standards that have stood the test of time, and there are some new resume trends which will help you get the job. So, what should you scrap and what should you add?

 

Here are the latest tips on how to build a resume in 2018:

THE NEW

  • Visually Engaging

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Paul Martin Lester, a tenured Communications Professor at California State University said, “Something is happening. We are becoming a visually mediated society. For many, understanding of the world is being accomplished, not through words, but by reading images.” We need to utilize the fact that images are worth just as much or more than words. According to workitdaily.com, " . . .  incorporating visual interpretation of data into your resume is paramount. In a recent study, SkyWard reported content with relevant images get 94% more views than content without.”

  • Color

A creative resume that utilizes images and color can really set you apart from the crowd. Highlight your name or section headers in a splash of color as a way to leave a more lasting first impression.

  • Hyperlinks

Make your resume easy and simple for recruiters to see and use. Instead of making a recruiter type in your email address or your website, provide hyperlinks so that it is all a simple click away.

  • Keywords

According to Clark.com, “Only the right keywords will make sure you get through the automated applicant filtering systems that HR departments use to weed out candidates.”

Hint – use a lot of the same words they use in the job posting.

  • Too Much and Too Flashy

According to thejobnetwork.com, “…at this point you really don’t need to worry about fancy formats (like video resumes).” Stick to the one-page resume classic, and you will be just fine. The design is where you can get creative.

THE CLASSIC

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  • Short, Clean, and Simple

All resumes of the past and the future should be short, clean, and simple. Make your 2018 resume one page long, easy to read with action verbs and short sentences, and simple.

  • Chronological Format

According to Accountemps, “three out of four bosses prefer a chronological resume.” This is classic and it works well as a standard resume format.

  • No Mistakes

The classic resume is neat and clean – meaning the grammar is correct with no spelling errors. Your resume preparation in 2018 requires just as much attention to detail.

THE OUTDATED

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  • Microsoft Resume Templates

Cutting-edge resumes are the way to go in 2017. You will date yourself and look uninteresting by using things like the old Microsoft resume templates. These forms are outdated and you need to add more design and modern phrases into your resume.

  • Objective Statements

Objective statements are tired and worn out. Obviously, your objective is to get the job. Instead, use that space to write a summary of the skills and talents you will be bringing to the job.

  • College and Awards

If you are not a recent graduate, you do not need to list your college education first. It can go at the bottom and does not require a lot of details. Similarly, if the awards and accolades you have earned do not directly relate to the job for which you are applying, leave them out.

  • Languages

According to Forbes.com, “you may be (rightly) very proud that you took an immersion course in Spanish… but that doesn’t mean there’s a place for this on your resume. Unless you are working or applying to work in a position where this language is necessary or useful, it’s a waste of space for something that you can put on your LinkedIn profile or personal website.”

Learn more about what to include (and not include) in your 2018 resume by contacting BRANNON PROFESSIONALS today.

And don't miss next week's blog post which will mimic this article but go into much greater detail regarding the specifics of how to write and organize a resume, cover letter and references.

Is There Hope for Job Hopping Candidates?

Applicants dread it. Recruiters hate it. The stigmas associated with job hopping are undeniable. If you cannot seem to keep a job, why should a potential employer even consider you?

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In reality, there is HOPE because job hopping is beginning to lose its negative connotations. There are several situations which can actually turn the frequent switching of positions into a positive for your resume or a potential employer. The key is presenting yourself the right way.

For Candidates

Can You Embrace Your Job Hopping?

According to LinkedIn, job hopping decreases with age. However, this process has nearly doubled in the last 20 years as millennials are significantly more likely to switch jobs quickly and frequently than the previous generation.

But here's the thing: that doesn't have to be a negative for your job search. In fact, according to CNBC,

While changing jobs too often can make you look unstable, moving from one company to another can also be a great way to boost your salary, expand your skill set and build your network if you do it smartly.
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Of course, the generational gap still exists. A study by PayScale found that while 41% of baby boomers believe that people should stay in their jobs for at least five years, 52% of millennials found company loyalty to be overrated and only 13% believe in the same five-year time-frame.

In other words, job hopping is normalizing; but how do you make sure your potential employer agrees with that notion? Here are a few tips to convince your recruiter it's actually a good thing:

  • Use your resume to clarify that each move was a step forward in your career.
  • Be prepared to explain in your cover letter or interview what benefits you gained by switching careers.
  • Don't be afraid to leave out short 'gap' jobs that only served to get you to your next career step.
  • Emphasize that you left on good terms and include references connected to previous jobs for evidence.
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The key to success is explaining exactly why you've made your career positions. Climbing the ladder, switching locations, and culture fit are all valid reasons to change jobs if you can succinctly explain them to your recruiter.

For Employers

When Should You Hire a Job Hopper?  

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Switching sides, it can be difficult for recruiters to hire a job hopper outright. They may seem like they're just in it for the money, while inviting concerns about expensive training that won't pay off in the long run.

Of course, that's not nearly always the case. As Business News Daily explains in Why Job Hoppers Make Good Hires, finding individuals who frequently change jobs can be beneficial. These candidates tend to be highly motivated, driven, and tend to advance to leadership positions more quickly and effectively than their counterparts.

The most important part, of course, is to find job hoppers who switch jobs for their career and not those who simply dislike or try to escape every work environment they encounter. Oftentimes, these individuals were “impulsive, lacked persistence and fixated on negative emotions."

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To find the answer, ask exactly why the candidate in question keeps changing jobs. If it's the former, your company can actually gain from it. In fact, people who frequently change their jobs have been found to adjust to new situations more quickly and to have a more diverse set of skills and experiences. 

Make no mistake: job hopping is losing its stigma. For both employees and recruiters, the key is not to avoid the practice altogether, but to find the candidates (and highlight the skills) that make it potentially beneficial.

We can help in that process. To learn more about what it takes to find successful hires who fit your company culture and work environment, contact Susan Brannon Reich with Brannon Professionals at 662-349-9194 today.  

Check out our website at www.brannonprofessionals.com.

How to Plan for 2018

Ever heard anyone say, "Aim for nothing, and you’ll hit your mark every time!"

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Some people naturally and instinctively set goals, make plans, and prepare well, but not all human beings are created this way. How do you want to transition into 2018? Are you one to make New Year’s resolutions? If so, you might find the ideas below worth your time. 

1. Reflect on what you accomplished in 2017.

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If you will write down all of the most important things that you accomplished in 2017, you will probably be amazed over the responsibilities, goals and passions which captivated most of your time. Perhaps you didn’t keep all your 2017 resolutions, but do not downplay your other accomplishments. Was any of your time in 2017 devoted to doing hard or unexpected things? Give yourself credit where credit is due! But also take note of the goals you tended to ignore; these may need to be addressed in a slightly different manner in 2018.

2. Reconsider your methods for doing the hard things in life.

Why are there so many resolutions made and not kept? Because they are our pitfalls, our bad habits, the things which really, really need to change. For us, they are goals which require much more than a vague attempt at change.

Instead of resorting to the status quo, try these fresh ideas:

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a) Consider ideas from sources other than yourself. Brainstorm solutions to your problems with family, friends and co-workers. You may find someone with similar goals and issues to partner with during the year.

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b) Be consistent: Every week, write down a singular challenge for yourself related to the resolution with which you struggle the most. Everyday, check it off as a met goal. If you fail to meet the challenge a few times during the week, at least you will know that you excelled on the other days. Focus on your progress! Make any aspect of perceived “failure” a part of the following week’s goal, but do not set impossible goals, only do-able ones.

c) Be mindful: As inferred above, remember to always look forward to the future, not behind at the past. Forgive yourself and your shortcomings but keep moving forward and setting weekly goals. However, do make note of any dangerous pitfalls as you want to avoid these as often as possible.

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Potential pitfalls may include certain people’s words or actions, weariness, fear, personal loss, busyness, overspending, negative thoughts or attitudes, the rehearsing of past events, even food or a song. Whatever yours is, be mindful of it. Adopt an appropriate philosophy to ward off the despair and negativity that can stem as a result. It may be an adage, a scripture verse, or something you’ve recently heard or read.

Here are two I like & use often:

  • When I feel that I can’t go on . . . "Don’t quit. Don’t give in. You’re an overcomer." (lyrics from a Mandisa song)
  • When something I don’t want gets handed to me . . . Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. (Lou Holtz)
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3. Renew Your Passion for Living Life to the Max

  • If it has been a while since you looked at your bucket list . . .
  • If your dreams died years ago . . .
  • If your list hasn't been updated in years . . .
  • If you have not yet checked even one item off of your list . . . 
  • If you have never even bothered to create a bucket list . . .

Then get busy. Make one. Dig it out. Reread your list and smile. Edit it as desired. Begin planning. Dream again. Reflect on the possibilities. And hope. Why hope?

Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all -

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And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me.

-by Emily Dickinson

Hope has a restorative effect upon our soul (our mind, will, and emotions). We need hope, and it enables us to move forward.

Karen Greenstreet suggests in one of her blogs on The Success Alliance website that we should create a Vision Board for ourselves and keep it in front of us year-round. Using old magazines and your choice of craft supplies, words and pictures, Ms. Greenstreet suggests including the following on your board:

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  • Feelings that you want to experience
  • People you want to attract into your circle
  • Places you would love to travel
  • Financial goals
  • Professional goals
  • Lifestyle goals

So, as you plan for a new year, focus on your past accomplishments, fresh methods for accomplishing the hard things and breaking the ugly habits of past years, and fulfilling your passions at home, in your work, and during your down time. Be hopeful for a bright 2018. Plan for it!

 

How to Rock Your Next Job Interview: Body Language and Posture

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When you're headed in for a job interview, you want to be sure that you're getting everything right. Your qualifications can be great, your answers spot-on, but sometimes, little details can make the difference between securing your job and watching it go to another candidate whose qualifications and experience were very similar to yours. Follow these body language tips for interviews to help boost your chances of receiving a job offer.

1. Radiate confidence.

There are several small things that can help make you look confident and assured--and ensure that your interviewer sees you as an excellent candidate who is prepared to take on the position.

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Here are a few tips:

  • Make face contact, not necessarily eye contact. Look directly at the interviewer to convey a sense of confidence and engagement, but don't feel like you have to stare into their eyes the entire time, either.
  • Sit up straight. 
  • Sit all the way back in your chair, rather than perching nervously on the edge. 
  • Feel free to talk with your hands. Hiding them can indicate that you're nervous or uncomfortable, while gesturing freely as you're answering questions reflects the confidence you're looking to convey.

2. Develop a great handshake. 

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Yes, the handshake matters. In many cases, it's part of the critical first impression your future employer is forming of you. You don't need to try to break your employer's hand, but do your best to offer a firm handshake. Don't let your wrist go limp or offer only the tips of your fingers like you're expecting your interviewer to bring you in for a kiss. 

3. Show engagement. 

Your posture and movement throughout the interview can shape the way your interviewer thinks about your engagement--and therefore your interest in the open position.

Make sure you're showing engagement through a few critical nuances: 

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  • Lean forward occasionally as you make points.
  • Mirror the way your interviewer moves. This will subconsciously increase their opinion of you and increase the appearance that you're genuinely interested in and involved with the conversation.
  • Avoid slumping back into your chair. No matter how comfortable you feel during the interview, slumping can indicate disinterest to your interviewer. 

4. Avoid appearing defensive.

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It's natural to cross your arms over your chest if you feel that you're being cross-examined or you're talking about a sensitive or heated subject--for example, why you chose to leave your last company. Instead, try to hold your hands out to your sides or use a gesture that will keep your palms up. This will help create the illusion of openness and honesty to your interviewer. 

5. Know your fidget triggers.

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Do you bounce one leg nervously when you're under pressure? Is it natural for you to reach up and play with your hair or chew on a fingernail, especially if you're nervous? Know what fidget movements you use on a regular basis and try to avoid them during the interview. If you catch yourself fidgeting, make an effort to still yourself. Fidgeting decreases the aura of confidence you're trying to project and can create an unfavorable impression with the interviewer.

6. Remember that the interview starts before your interviewer arrives.

If you're left waiting before the interview, remember that your future employers are still watching. Everyone from the receptionist who let you in to the interviewer himself could be observing your behavior.

Below are some tips for the pre-interview wait:

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  • Stay off of your phone. Don't distract yourself with internet browsing or checking your email. This time belongs to your future employers!
  • Sit up straight, without hunching your shoulders or raising your knees to your chest. Try to stay calm, relaxed, and ready.
  • Interact politely with everyone you encounter while you're waiting, especially those who initiate conversation with you.
  • Keep papers and other information in your briefcase or folder. Immediately before the interview is not the time to look them over! If you must double-check information, do it while you're in the car.

Acing an interview requires great body language along with good answers to your interviewer's questions. By carefully reviewing these body language tips, you can improve your odds of a successful interview at a company you've always wanted to work for.

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If you need help getting your foot in the door for a job interview, contact us today to learn how we can connect you with employers who are looking for employees just like you.