Things People Reading Your Resume Wish You Knew

After speaking with many, many recruiters, here are some hard truths we’ve learned:

1) If your relevant experience, education, or skills are hard to find at a glance, your resume might as well be blank.

2) If it’s not immediately clear from your experience why you’re applying, no one will connect the dots for you.

3) If your resume is difficult to skim, it probably won’t be read at all.

4) If you expect to get your resume in front of a hiring manger, you need to first make sure you get through HR.

5)  If your contact info isn’t correct, nothing else matters.

See the full list here.

C: If there were a city in sub-saharan Africa that had job opportunities for immigrants and there was plenty acceptance of queer and trans people, I would seriously consider immigrating there. I was born in the United States, but I don’t consider this my nation. Not when white people are determined to keep their positions of power, whether as politicians or managers or worker-owners of hierarchical cooperatives or homeowners or lawyers or every other damn occupation…

anonymous asked:

I have a job interview Tuesday, yay! But I always get the 'tell me about yourself' question, and I never really know how to answer it. Any advice?

So when I have interviewed people, which has been relatively rare, I’ve never asked this question because I think it’s a bit silly. But in my reading on job interviews, I’ve been told from many sources that what they’re looking for is not like, where you grew up or what your hobbies are or even your personality — what they want is basically for you to present the highlights of your resume in a concise package. 

So my response when I was interviewing was always “Well, I’m in my third year as project manager for the research department at [my place of employ], and I’ve really loved working with Research, especially since I’ve been trained to work alongside the team. I find it actually more enjoyable and satisfying than some of my administrative tasks as project manager, so I’ve been looking to make the full jump over into researcher. I have a degree in the arts, which most people wouldn’t say isn’t really research-strong, but I think a lot of the skills transfer over — textual analysis, business writing, research, those were all part of my master’s degree.” 

Et cetera. People are looking to see if you’ll fit in with the culture of the office, in most cases, but they never want to stray too far from your qualifications, because that’s a much more quantifiable thing when they’re making their decision.

GOOD LUCK on your interview on Tuesday! I hope you get it!

anonymous asked:

Now that you're almost done with residency, how are you feeling?!?!? Anxious? Excited? P.S. You rock :)

Queasy. Queasy is a feeling. 

I’m starting to get a little bit of that “oh no I’m too stupid to be a real doctor” feeling and I’m reading more again. That fear that no one will be supervising me is starting to weigh on me. 

I’m not really satisfied with the job that I am most likely going to take (still haven’t signed my contract). It definitely has some things I will enjoy, but it’s ultimately not where I want to be. I’m basically taking it for the ease of not having to move and so that I can pay my loans down. But I feel very uneasy about it. 

My heart is on the mission field. And I don’t think I’ll be fully satisfied until I get there. But until then I will treat my current job as my mission field. 

Ever get an email from someone, and it just immediately makes you feel better and more encouraged and ready to face what’s next? That happened today. I heard back from 3 out of my 4 references that I emailed. They’re all good for continuing to be references. Thank god. One of them has been like a mentor to me for the past 5 years. She’s amazing. She ended her email with “eye on the prize, cara. eye on the prize…” and I’m not sure why but that, along with the rest of her email, went a long way towards cheering me up and making me not so stressed about this stuff.

Top Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs

Do you dream of not just working for yourself, but blazing trails? If so, there are a few characteristics successful entrepreneurs have in common:

1) They’re not afraid to make well-planned leaps.

2) They’re usually early to rise.

3) They’re a people person (or can fake it)

4) They know their strengths and weaknesses.

5) They match their passions with the right industries.

Want to be the next great entrepreneur? Be realistic, be ambitious and make a plan. Some of the greats have forged ahead for you, and given you a path to follow.

See the full list here.

anonymous asked:

Hi Sam! I was wondering if you had any tips on writing cover letters? This is my first time writing one and I'm not sure where to start. I was told by my college's career center to make each one unique, but I'm applying to a lot of places and that seems...daunting to say the least. Thank you so much!!

“Unique” is such a relative term :D Indeed, I have an entire guide to writing cover letters here! Scroll down to “The Cover Letter”, it’s about a quarter of the way down.

When they say “unique”, what they mean is that you should put the company’s name and address at the top, mention the company at least twice in the body of the letter, and make sure that what you say in the letter is relevant to the job you’re applying for. I have a different “form” letter for each kind of job (administrative, research, customer service) that I have applied to, and then I just plug in a few details each time. Whoever reads the letter should not get the feeling this is a form letter you send out to every application, but rather that you took the time to research the company before applying. 

Good luck! I hope the guide helps. 

Your Unpaid Internship Might Be Illegal

In fact, former interns of a few high-profile entertainment companies have recently sued their employers for failing to compensate them for legitimate work that was beneficial to the company. Over 300 former unpaid interns who had worked for Viacom and its television networks, including MTV, filed suit in 2013. Just two weeks ago, Viacom settled the case, agreeing to pay up to $7.2 million. Former unpaid interns of NBCUniversal and Fox Searchlight Pictures have reached similar settlements.

anonymous asked:

Dear Sam: Is "you don't offer health insurance, and I won't be able to afford my own on top of all my bills with what you're offering to pay me" an acceptable reason to decline a job interview? This job would be really cool, but now that I know more about it I don't think I can actually afford to seriously pursue it. (it's a small t-shirt printing business, if that matters)

Honestly, I think that’s perfectly justifiable, unless you super duper need a job tomorrow. You’ll be saving your own time and theirs by not interviewing for a job you know you can’t take.

If they were a big corporation I’d say do the interview anyway for practice, but it’s a little kinder to a small company not to take up their time when you know you can’t afford to take the job. 

Now, the flip side of that is that you might be able to negotiate for higher pay if they offer, so if you’re super enthused about the job itself you might take a swing at it. That’s the call you need to make, though, I think, and if they can’t offer you what you need, you need to be able to walk away. 

Good luck either way! Health insurance is such a nightmare, honestly.

For most students in the fashion industry, internships are an unavoidable hurdle that must be crossed. Lingerie students are no exception, and the process of finding and completing suitable internships can be fraught with worry – from competition to get a place with the best brands to the financial implications of working (usually) for free in major cities, it can be a difficult time even for the most savvy lingerista.

historywhore asked:

Hi Sam! As tumblr dad, I need some advice/general assurance. I graduated college last fall and with crushing student loan payments took a job at Starbucks. I make minimum wage and generally just am too exhausted to job hunt for something in my field. I recently had to buy a new car and want to move out soon. I need to make more money. My bf's mom has offered me a chance to work with her at a dr.s office. It's not in my field (I.R.) but it is more money. The hours mean I would have to cut my

hours at Starbucks considerably. I’m terrified I’m going to fuck up and end up with no job anywhere and with my bf’s mom hating me more than she does. I’m frozen with indecision and so afraid to stall my life even more than it has been already. Help?

What leapt out at me from this was “hating me more than she does”. 

All else being equal I would normally say hey, jump for the better-paying job that gets you out of Starbucks, being offered to you by someone you know who probably isn’t out to screw you. But if you genuinely feel this woman doesn’t like you, then there are two reasons she might make this offer:

1. She doesn’t like you, and she knows the job is hellish and wants you to take it because she thinks you won’t walk since you love her son.

2. She actually likes you fine and wants to help you, but the two of you are having some communication issues that make you feel otherwise.

I can’t tell you which it is, or if it’s some distant third option, but if you aren’t comfortable in this woman’s presence, you are not going to love spending eight hours a day with her at your new job. Also if you break up with your boyfriend that’s going to get awkward fast. There are a lot of axioms out there about working with family and how you generally should not do it. 

On the other hand…

One of my friends often says “you can do anything for a year” and while I think that’s not always true, it is often true. This job sounds like it’s a definite step up that you can take without having to go through a lengthy process full of rejection, and it sounds like it would at least be less exhausting than the Bux. 

If I were in your shoes I would take the new job, tell my boss at the Bux that I have an opportunity I need to explore but I’d like to keep hours there if I can, and give the new place a few weeks at least. I would also talk to your boyfriend and lay out your reservations so that if you have to walk from the job, he isn’t surprised. (You should, perhaps, also discuss with him that you feel his mother dislikes you, sooner rather than later, because that’s a problem that rarely goes away on its own.) But I am emotionally disconnected inside so working with someone who hates me has not traditionally been a huge deal for me. :D It may be for you. 

Ultimately there are a lot of factors in play here, and you’re going to have to make a hard call either way. I think you need to examine how stable your relationship with your boyfriend is, whether or not you genuinely think you can deal with working with someone who makes you uncomfortable, and whether that’s really the best alternative to “keep working at Starbucks and somehow find the energy to apply for other jobs”. I would try and frame it thusly: “I can keep working at Starbucks or I can take this new job with my boyfriend’s mother or I can…” and then work out what your other option would be. Might help, can’t hurt anyway. :)

Good luck — it’s not an easy decision to make. 


Leningrad (“St. Petersburg”), Russia: A rally was held on Lenin Square to save jobs in the city and the Leningrad region, March 27, 2015.

The action was organized by the inter-regional trade union workers’ associations (MPRA). The picket was attended by over 50 people, including factory workers from Ford and GM, United Communist Party (OKP) activists and other left forces.

anonymous asked:

Hello Sam, master of job advice! How bad would it look to take a supervisor position and then move away a few months later? It's been heavily implied that the position is mine if I apply, but I'm planning to move away in 6 months or less (for reasons I don't wish to share with my employers or coworkers). I've hinted that I don't know how much longer I'll be here, but I'm still being told that I should take the job and that I'd be very good at it. Any thoughts?

I dunno, I think it depends on the position and the people involved, and how certain your move is. 

If you absolutely 100% are positive you’re moving in less than six months — and by positive I mean you have a date, you’re looking at housing and moving companies, and you have a fully thought out and beginning-to-be-executed plan — then I think it would be inconsiderate. That’s just me — if I take a job I’m making a commitment to the company for at least a year or two, unless something drastic happens in that first year. That’s not to say everyone would agree with me, though.

And I think unless you are absolutely positive and in the planning stages of moving, then why turn down a good opportunity for the possibility of a future one? Especially when accepting option #1 (the promotion) doesn’t close down option #2 (the move) completely. A lot can happen in six months. 

If it were me, I’d take the job, purely because moving is uncertain and often takes a lot longer to accomplish than you think, especially if it’s dependent on other people or factors outside of your control. But if you know you’re moving, if you have a date set or if you have plans in the works, then it would be the more considerate thing to do not to put them through the search process twice inside of a year.