Entry Level Resumes: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Job hunting is stressful enough on its own; don’t make it more stressful than it needs to be! Chances are, you will nit pick and scrutinize every detail of your resume much more than any hiring manager will. In fact, there are probably at least a few points on your resume you think are important, but hiring managers won’t care about at all. When working on your resume, be mindful of the following tips to save yourself from unnecessary worrying.

  • Addressing your cover letter. If the hiring manager’s name is not easy to find, don’t worry about including it. Addressing it “Dear Hiring Manager,” will work just fine. If they haven’t readily provided their name, they won’t be expecting you to know it.
  • Designing your resume. Employers want a resume they can easily scan. That means something that’s clean, uncluttered, and has the information they’re looking for where they expect to find it. If your design meets those goals, go for it, don’t worry about making it overly fancy.
  • Your resume’s page length. Contrary to popular belief, it’s okay if your resume takes up two pages. Employer’s would much rather read through a two-page resume than try to read one page of tiny fonts and cramped margins.
  • Branding yourself. Employers want to see that you do good work and have built a good reputation.  This does not mean you need to create a unique and recognizable personal brand to achieve this. Let your experience speak for itself.
  • Your thank you note’s format. It truly does not matter whether you hand write or email your thank you note. What does matter is that it is well written and expresses enthusiasm. Build on the conversation you had during the interview and be sincere. Those are the points that will shine through.

Job seekers often make job hunting more stressful than it needs to be by agonizing over details that hiring managers will not give a second thought. Following the outlined steps will help you to make the most of the aspects of your resume that employers will be looking for without adding unnecessary worry to the parts they won’t. If you are in need of assistance in your job search, contact the experts at B. Loehr Staffing today!

Using Pinterest to Find Your Job

Think Pinterest is solely for planning weddings, home décor inspirations, or finding new recipes to try? Think again! Although these may have been the primary uses in its early stages, Pinterest has now grown into a full-blown cultural phenomenon that people have begun utilizing for almost any purpose – even an effective job search tool. If you’re currently in the midst of a job search or simply looking to advance your career, consider the following to best use Pinterest to your advantage.

  • Pin your resume. Believe it or not, resumes are all over Pinterest – why shouldn’t yours be, too? Keep in mind that in order to have your resume repinned and shared throughout the site, it will need to not only be clean and compelling, but also eye-catching. Think about what kind of resume you would repin.
  • Create a resume-inspired pin board. In addition to pinning your resume as one whole pin, consider creating a new board to represent the different aspects of your resume with different pins. Think pictures of companies you’ve worked for, schools you’ve graduated from, places you’ve volunteered, or even hobbies you enjoy. Remember, Pinterest is a visual medium, so this will give you that multi-dimensional edge over a traditionally two-dimensional resume.  Don’t forget to utilize the text box with each image to describe how the image relates to your career.
  • Follow career experts. Pinterest is not only a great tool for circulating your resume; it is also an excellent source for job search advice. Many online job sites and college offices use pinboards to showcase inspiring ideas for finding work, tips for new employees in the workforce, and career advice for the unemployed.
  • Link to your Pinterest resume. Once you’ve created your unique resume board, you’ll need to let people know about it. Consider linking to it in your email signature, LinkedIn portfolio, paper resume, and Facebook or Twitter profiles.  If you use business or other promotional cards, add the link to those, too. The more visibility you give to your Pinterest page, the better it will be able to help your job search.
  • Stay inspired. Job searching can be stressful, and at times, disheartening.  Don’t feel you need to make your entire Pinterest experience job search related. Continue to use the site for its original purpose: a fun and inspiring creative outlet. Just be mindful of keeping all of your boards clean and professional since they are viewable by anyone at anytime.

Using Pinterest in your job search is a relatively quick way to add another tool to your job search kit. For visual  people who enjoy creative outlets, Pinterest can be an excellent way to add a little something extra to the job search while unwinding at the same time. If you are looking for additional job searching tips, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!