4 Ways To Not Get Hired for The Job You Applied For.

The resume is the first real connection you make with the employer or hiring manager and it comes down to “first impressions”. My mom would always say “the first impression is what counts” and I’m sure you’ve heard this a million and one times in your life. So what you include on your resume will have an immediate positive or negative effect as far as you getting that call or email inviting you to come in for an interview. As we discussed in an earlier article “Six Things You Should Omit From Your Resume“, there are several critical mistake people make on their resume that can be avoided. Have you gone through your resume to see if your resume needed editing?

In this article we’ll go though four things that some job seekers still choose to include on their resume, which would explain why they’re guaranteed to never be shortlisted for the job they applied for. Once you go through the list you’ll notice a trend…

1. Sexual Preference: Your sexual preference has no relevance on how well you can perform the job. Leave it out when putting together your résumé, because according to statistics, discrimination still exists in the hiring process. By including this information you’re leaving yourself open to having your resume discarded.

2. Discussing religion in the workplace is another big no-no in North America. Including your religion, or lack thereof, on a résumé is too controversial and is irrelevant to the job. So unless you’re applying for a job at a religious institution, exclude this information. In my years as a career coach I’ve seen this mistake several times and the funny thing is, the job seekers who include it are under the impression that it would put a positive spin on their hiring chances.

3. Political Identity: Again, asking your future employer to acknowledge your political leanings is just too controversial.

4. The world of our great grand parents are no longer and prejudices will not be tolerated. If you harbor any prejudices against certain groups or individuals, it’s best to keep that to yourself (or consider counseling). Advertising the fact that you don’t work well with others is not going to get you the job. Employers want employees who can blend into the workplace and relate to their co-workers in a civilized manner.

Take a look at your resume and make the necessary edits if there’s room for improvement. It makes absolutely no sense spending countless hours at the job bank and even more time and money sending out countless resumes and applications if your resume is destined for the garbage can, due to the simple errors you never corrected.

Life Lessons You Can Learn From Cleaning Your Closet.

We live in an older home, which means the few closets we have are very tiny compared to ones in newer homes. I guess people back in the old days didn’t have much need for large closets… maybe they didn’t have much clothes. Today we have “collections” coming out every season and if you can afford it, you’ll soon amass a huge pile of clothes. Lately when I go to the closet for something to wear I find myself struggling to remove stuff off the hangers, as they’re so packed in there. You can only imagine how difficult it is when I do laundry and have to find space to pack things away.

It took about 1 hour, but I now have a closet with tons of space and though it was tough (I like keeping stuff), I got rid of all the clothing items I know I would never use again. Yes, I’ve been keeping some of these pieces for years, always saying that I’d wear it again someday, but in reality I knew I would never use it.

The few days that followed saw me use this approach to life in general. I took a closer look at all the websites I have, how much time and energy they were costing me and the income derived from them. Only when you take a closer look at things do you realize how much time you waste on things that’s not profitable. I’ve been on a mission after this, getting rid of the websites that just didn’t make sense having any longer. I can now safely say that I’ve gained an extra couple hours a day, with the time I freed up.

Take a close look at your everyday life and try to identify things that are like the unwanted clothes in my closet. Things you can trim and make room for more positive activities.

How can you apply this to your job search? Take your resume for instance. How much that’s on there is not relevant to the job you’re applying for? There’s no need to clutter your resume with certificates that are not related to the job requirements. If you’re applying for an IT position, highlight your professional certifications or designations. Show a link between your past work experience and your current career goals. If the information doesn’t serve that purpose, delete it.

Today I’m working on cleaning up my desk, you won’t believe how messy (is that a sign of productivity?) and unorganized my desk is. If my mouse wasn’t attached via a cord, I would surely misplace it, in this mess. I’ve already found notes I made several months ago on a great idea for a blog that could potentially generate some incredible income for me. I wonder what else I’ll find?