We and many have written various articles on resume mistakes and how to tackle them. This post is an article written by Laszlo Bock, SVP, People Operations at Google. If you are versed in the industry you may have come across some of the mistakes he listed below and may have come across some the solutions he prescribed below. In the comments at Linkedin many people disagreed with his opinion while many agreed, but nothing is wrong hearing the opinion of top HR personnel at one of the biggest companies in the world. Read on below and share your thoughts using the comment box below.
I've sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I've personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week. I have seen A LOT of resumes. Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I've continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What's most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don't need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate.
There are numerous articles on resumes mistakes written by various employers, HR and other resources persons, however there are very obvious mistakes most employers make when posting jobs or in their recruitment process that most of these articles have failed to address. I have tried as much as possible to list some of them below. Job descriptions are full of typos Many employers do this (even some jobs posted on Ngcareers) and it is very bad, your job description should be typo free to help potential applicants understand the role required in the position being advertised and the steps you want them to take to apply. Some employer overlook this aspect because of the nature of the industry, they believe no matter the errors in the job details candidates will still apply, at the end they blame candidates for not understanding the job description. In our own effort we try to correct these typos where we can. But this is appalling. Poor Formatting of job descriptions Almost every employer/recruiter is guilty of this. Most jobs submitted are poorly formatted, this makes job descriptions hard to read and could make you lose quality applications. We spend several minutes reformatting various jobs published here on Ngcareers. The length of some job descriptions/ requirements / desired skills is very unbearable. Most NGO
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Waiting to get invited for an interview could be a nightmare. The days when the number of paper qualifications you'd bagged could solely throw a juicy offer on your laps seem to have gone in Nigeria. Too many factors play roles in job opportunities these days. So, receiving an invitation for an interview is often a melody too sweet to describe for many. It's therefore not out of place that you devoted a junk of your time 'practising' to impress the guys that'll be hosting you for the drilling. That's fine. It's Ok. But... Studying and preparing to impress the interviewer isn't the game. What if you don't clinch the job? That means you'll have to reach into your bag of 'tricks' for a new script each time another interview comes knocking. After all, every position comes with its unique features. It can be frustrating. Regardless of how smart you're, you'll soon run out of scripted strategies. There's only one strategy that doesn't fail in the long run. My experience first. Immediately after my youth service, I was lucky to be invited for a First Bank of Nigeria graduate trainees recruitment exercise. I was good at quantitative stuff. So, I scaled the test with some comfort. Some days after, I got called for the interview. Happy I was. But my preparation was to impress the interviewers. The c
The decision to obtain a law degree is the first step in the right direction to open up a world of power, promotion and privilege. In addition to the practice of law in criminal courts or civil litigation, a law degree can carry a great deal of weight for a business career or entrepreneurial enterprise. The components of a law degree expand beyond police procedures, courts and corrections, thus enabling the new law graduate to be fully prepared for a multitude of career options. Real Estate Broker In most states, obtaining a real estate law degree enables the law graduate to become an instant broker for residential and commercial sales. Possession of the law degree eliminates the need to begin entry-level work as a real estate agent or a Realtor. In addition, the law degree substitutes the requirement to take the state broker's exam. Unlike real estate agent earnings that are dependent on individual sales, a real estate broker will receive a fixed percentage of all property transactions made in his or her company. Teaching Law Classes Earning a J.D in law provides an excellent and competitive base to teach law classes. Law school instructors are pooled from a wide range of law professionals who specialize in a variety of legal fields. Law school teaching employment ranges from a full-time status to a part-time career teaching in the
If your career is in the health sector, this is a good news for you. According to a report on Punch Newspapers FCT, Abuja says it will recuit over 120 health personnels in the coming weeks. Read full details on below
The Federal Capital Territory says it will recruit 120 health personnel and 90 volunteers to boost healthcare delivery in Abuja. The Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday that the 90 volunteers would be engaged under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme. Mohammed said most of the volunteers had over five years experience in their various disciplines. He said the personnel would be deployed to serve in the existing 12 general hospitals and 215 primary healthcare centres in the FCT. “The 215 are supposed to be managed by the area councils out of these only 202 had one or two staff. “Only 15 per cent of these centres have adequate water, electricity waste disposal facility, adequate staff and access road,” he said. Mohammed said that only 27 per cent of healthcare facilities were working in the FCT by 2013 due to lack of adequate funding by the area councils and the FCT. Besides, he said lack of adequate legislative backing by the National Assembly was affecting the smooth operation of the board, which was established by the FCT a
Trying to land a job can be one of the most stressful things any person can do, especially when faced with today's job market. Potential employees need to do all they can to make themselves stand out from the crowd, and there are a multitude of options allowing them to do just that. Learn a Language As today's world becomes more culturally diverse, many employers look to see if potential hires are fluent in another language, such as Spanish or French. A growing trend in the workplace is to hire those who are skilled in sign language, so learning either or both can go far in impressing employers. Update Your Computer Skills This can be anything from improved word processor skills to coding a new website. It's a given that most jobs today will at some point require you to use a computer in the completion of your duties. Whether it's learning software such as Excel or PowerPoint or writing code for programming, the more skilled you are at the keyboard the more valuable you are to your boss. Volunteer for a Good Cause More and more businesses are involved in their local communities, and often expect their employees to be as well. Participating in charity events or volunteering to help can show employers you care not only about your job, but those who need help in your community a
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To every unemployed graduate and to those who need a better job.. Going to school is good but the problem today is what happens after graduates leave the four walls of our higher intuitions. I could remember when I was in school, all we dreamt about is a good paying job right after our NYSC program and you can all guess those types of jobs I’m talking about. These are jobs many people all dream of – banks, oil companies and the big spending and earning telecommunication firms. These are just where every graduate always pray to get a job with. But fast forward till today and you should know that the dream of yesterday has only be a dream which has never been fulfilled or realized. Today, I want to share something important with everyone here who has been looking for job or anyone who need a better job. It pisses me off today whenever I see my mates or anyone complaining of not getting a job. I really understand what it feels like to be in the frustrating period of spending months and even years at home doing nothing after applying for jobs all around but with little or no result to show for it. What really pisses me off is the fact that many job seekers are just ignorant of the fact that they are the ones who has been in the way of getting a job all these while. What do I mean by this? I’m not a serious religious guy but I’m a guy who knows some Bibl
Depending on your career trajectory and where you work you probably would have worked with a supervisor, manager or superior who gets angry at the slightest provocation and hurls insults without thought. If you have a boss who directly or indirectly uses insulting words or is always quick to get incensed at issues this here is a simple epistle on how you could cope or what to do. 1. Grow a Thick Skin For some insulting people they may really shout insults as more of a habit so you should learn not to take statements to heart. To advance in many organisations you certainly need to become insulated to disparaging remarks both from colleagues and superiors because you certainly will get them directly or otherwise. 2. Find out What Gets Him/Her Angry and Stop It if You Can Some bosses may be very much irritated by certain behaviour or actions. There are some who abhor latecoming or signs of laziness. For some others they may be easily incensed when they don't fine things where they should be. Study what makes your boss lose his/her and try as much as possible to eliminate that from happening when you work with him/her. 3. Have a Candid Chat With Him/Her For some situations it may be practically impossible to please your boss. If you notice she really does get over the top with her actions and words it might be
Tell us about yourself. If you've been the candidate in one or two structured interviews, this question may not sound strange to you. What may remain a problem is what the correct answer should be. It was a big problem for me during several interviews. In fact, it became an embarrassing point for me at one - I was lucky it wasn't a panel. The interviewer asked me to tell him about myself. I burst into a forced smile and I started telling him 'stuff about myself'. "My name is Taiwo Adeyemi. I graduated from the University of Lagos..." I didn't get to complete the sentence. He cut straight into me. "I know your name and your CV has told me where you graduated from. Tell me what is unique about you." From that point, I knew I wasn't the one talking any more. My voice was making a belated effort not to shake. All I was able to say was incoherent at best. I failed. The guy knew it. He made an effort to put an end to my misery by jumping to other less 'life threatening' questions. But I had lost my composure. I didn't get the job. But I got the lesson. I read about it. I asked questions about it. I listened to tales of experience about it. Incidentally, it's the simplest interview question. But it carries heavier weights than other supposed tough interview questions. Please tell us about yourself.
You may have a few relatives working for blue chip companies and government parastatals and have wondered why they cannot help secure you a job in those organisations. It is worth noting that the primary responsibility for your job search lies squarely on your shoulder. You may seek help from close friends and family but ultimately it lies on you. In many cases your friends and relations can only do so much and below are some reasons why it may be difficult to expect a relative working somewhere good to help you get in the door. 1. Strict and Formal Recruitment Procedures No matter how highly placed your relative may be in some companies there are laid down recruitment procedures which involve several people in the decision making process of who to hire or not. In such cases that uncle of yours can hardly convince the hiring manager to consider your application ahead of others unless he owns or runs the organisations. Even at that for many big firms the MD cannot unilaterally hire someone; it must still be through the laid down procedure. What most can do for you is provide insider information on when the organisation has vacancies to fill to enable you at least take advantage and get called for interview. From the interview test onwards they can do very little to help you especially if your performance is not a strong one that can catch the attenti
There are tons of advice out there on the importance of choosing a career mentor especially at the onset of ones career. While there may be great benefits of the right career mentorship what really determines how much value you get from it is the quality of the career mentor you end up with. A career mentor doesn't just give you advice; the right one challenges you to do better and also opens up and expands your network possibilities. Whether you are fresh out of school and need someone to help you set off on a successful career path or you are already bit experienced in a path and intend switching careers these tips are to help you qualify the key factors your prospective mentor should possess. 1. Availability What use is a mentor that is so busy he can't reply your emails or even schedule a 20 minute phone call once in a while. Time is an important part of mentorship; anyone who accepts to mentor a younger, inexperienced person already understands the implication (he/she would have to give some time). So if someone is to be your mentor and rarely makes time to even listen to your questions and stuff you need to clear with him/her you are better off finding another mentor. Building Ngcareers as a start-up has been tough and would have been tougher without the mentor we have. Our Advisor (I think I prefer tha
Wondering what went wrong in that last job you applied, even though everything on the resume was up to the mark. Well, other than the experience and qualifications, there are other things that a recruiter looks for in a candidate and having the right soft skills is one of them. The following article talks about what the employers look out when they say soft skills and how can you flaunt your soft skills to the recruiter in a new, non-traditional and non-boring ways. Introduction Most of the job seekers add phrases like ‘hard working’, ‘has a positive attitude’ and ‘can learn quickly’ to their resumes and wonder why has the recruiter not called me yet? Well, the fact is today human screening of resumes is going down and a lot of employers have started using the applicant tracking system that only shortlists the resumes that have keywords that match the job description. This is the reason most of the resumes directly fall into the black hole. Today, rather than showing off your soft skills in an old traditional way that might land you nowhere, it is important that you show them off in a more concrete way. So, it is time to change the traditional way of selling yourself and enhancing your way of looking at a job search process. Innovation and uniqueness are the two factors definitely helping you out for the perfect job search. Interestingly yo
If you are passively looking for better opportunities in Rivers state and more precisely Port Harcourt the oil city you be sure to always see daily new Port Harcourt jobs on Ngcareers. To day we have selected a few of the best open jobs you can find in Port Harcourt now. 1. Head IT and Systems A Newly privatized electricity distribution company, eager to recruit high quality and committed professionals interested in bringing their commitment, talent and focus to changing and developing the power sector in Nigeria. The position for Head of IT and Systems is for a seasoned professional with exceptional ability and grounded professional experience You can check out the job page here for details to Apply 2. Head, Regulatory & Compliance This is an experienced legal position for a professional who will be required to create and sustain effective relationships between the client organisation and the Government as well as participate in policy formulation and implementation within the organisation. See job details here 3. Head, Internal Audit Senior auditing position at an electricit
Ok, let's face it. Some interview questions would have been left out. The issues that these questions address are highly sensitive and simply unpleasant. But interviewers don't see it that way. Your smiles are set and disarming. You've done your homework on the company and you're now a veteran in the field of job interviews. But are you sure you are prepared for this question? The interviewer calmly fixes his gaze on you and bang! The question hits you in the face. Why did you leave your last job? Now, it won't be a problem if you'd willingly resigned in order to look for a more challenging job or if you were fired as a result of organizational downsizing. Those are normal scenarios. They're not a crime. It happens often in the corporate world. But in your case, the story isn't that straight. You were fired for an 'offence'. Mind you, even if you were completely innocent of the alleged offence, your file at your last office has been decorated with the inglorious letter or memo that delivered the exit sentence. And that remains a reference point for official purposes should prospective employers call for references. So, how do you answer such a question now? In honesty, you declare that you were fired. Then, logically what comes next is 'why were you fired?' The biggest mistake you'll make is to tell a lie. And yet another big mista
Graduate who held up sign advertising himself at Waterloo Station starts work after he's handed dream job by passing commuter *Alfred Ajani applied for more than 300 jobs after graduating in marketing *He tried different approach after growing sick of the crowded labour market *22-year-old handed out CVs to city workers passing through busy station *The result has seen him flooded with offers by impressed executives *This week, he started work in a marketing position at a recruitment firm A graduate who held up a sign advertising his skills to commuters at Waterloo Station has landed his perfect position after his direct approach to job hunting paid off. Alfred Ajani, 22, feared he was getting nowhere after unsuccessfully applying for more than 300 jobs following his graduation in May. He got up early to intercept passing city workers at the busy London station last month, holding a sign saying: 'Marketing Graduate - Please ask for a CV'. His approach was well received by passing executives and one director who saw him has now signed him up. Alfred stood on the busy station concourse with a sign advertising his skills after failing to find a graduate position despite applying for 300 roles Alfred, from south London, started in a marketing role at recruitment agency the Asoria Group yesterday and now works just yards from the spot where he once stood look
Many times one encounters CVs that are four pages long or more. Sometimes this could be for persons with such long years of experience and multiple organisations worked for; for some others you find that there is really no justifiable reasons for their long CVs. The ideal length for your CV should be 2 pages and it's what you should aim for. This doesn't mean CVs longer than that are not suitable. If you can, make your CV two pages only for the following reasons; 1. It takes an employer/recruiter only 10 seconds to determine if your CV is worthy of further consideration. No matter how long or detailed your CV is most recruiters will glance at it for less than 10 seconds looking for information to show you possess the right credentials and skills for the job in question. So this means your CV must have key information arranged in such a way as to help the recruiter make a decision to shortlist your CV. And many times this means creating a CV that projects work experience, skills, achievement highlights etc in the best and shortest possible way. 2. Having a length restriction forces you to be smarter with your CV writing Just compare how twitter has made people learn to convey very key information in only 160 characters that other people can read quickly and understand. Twitt
Barclay Paul Okari took up a volunteer teaching job at a school in Narok to give back to the community and boost his CV for career opportunities in future, little did he know it would open his eyes to a business opportunity waiting to be exploited. Barclay Paul Okari is the Founder/CEO Impact Africa Industries, a social enterprise that manufactures affordable, reusable and washable sanitary pads that sell to local communities in informal settlements currently distributing to Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya.
“Every day, I would observe girls skip school and I later learnt that they opted to stay home during their monthly periods. Aside from raising my curiosity, it gave me the idea of offering an affordable solution and making money while at it,” "One day I had visited a girl’s school in the community to give a talk. After the talk, when I was interacting with the students, I noticed people who were missing. On further inquiry the administration told me they missed school because of lack of access to sanitary towels. I then organized friends to buy them from the local supermarkets and donate them to the school. Since we were students we couldn’t sustain that money-wise because they were expensive. That is when I thought up of an alternative affordable product, which led to the re-usable Safi Pads." “It astounded me even more when I dug into the st
This is a very interesting question someone asked on a website I came across, "Should I list my hobbies in my resume?". Personally, I will say no and yes. YES, if the hobbies will in anyway give you an advantage over others for that particular job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for an advertising, sales or marketing role, listing making friends as a hobby will be okay; or if it is a travel related job, travelling as a hobby will be great. However, if your hobby isn't in anyway related to the work or won't give you an edge, avoid adding it, it could turn out to hurt you. Below is the question and responses culled from AskManager
Lately, I have been wondering about conventions regarding including hobbies and activities (other than volunteer work) on resumes. For example, in my spare time I take archery lessons and sing in an a cappella group, in addition to various musical commitments that may pop up over the course of the year (i.e., a summer concert band at a local university). I have received mixed feedback in the past regarding listing activities listed on my resume. One hiring manager told me that I should make it more apparent that I am a musician, as he has found in his experience that musicians tend to have strong work
It’s no secret: the legal job market is tough, and has been for a few years. There are thousands of aspiring attorneys graduating each year; many without jobs lined up. Fortunately, undertaking the right internships during law school can put a student above the pack. Employers consistently favor students with solid experience, and internships are an excellent way for students to gain legal experience. If you are looking for a way to beef up your post law school resume with impressive work experience, take a look at a few of the best types of internships to try before you graduate. Non-Profit Legal Services Internships Internships with non-profit legal services organizations are an excellent way to gain experience in legal research, legal writing, courtroom advocacy, client interaction and community organizing. Because they provide free services, and are usually under-funded, these organizations heavily rely on interns. This experience will bode well during the job search, especially if you apply to a firm that puts a large emphasis on pro-bono and community legal work. Judicial Clerkships Another great way to gain legal experience is through a judicial clerkship, where the law student works for a judge over a summer or a semester. The judicial clerk’s job includes legal research and writing to assist the judge in pending cases. Cl
In order for a business to have an emulating presence in today's ultra-competitive marketplace, training stronger leaders is a necessity. Not only must you employ calculated strategies to train the employees, you also need to make them feel inspired and motivated. While every person is different there are some basic things you can do a business owner to train your employees to be able to lead and inspire others around them. Provide Honest and Open Plans Communicating your end goals for these potential leaders is important. While you might feel tempted to give them a "test run" during training, clearly telling them that you want them to become company leaders is motivational. They will understand that a goal has been set for them, and they will work to attain it. Furthermore, the fact that you want them to lead is positive feedback in and of itself, so this compliment can give them the boost they need toward success. Schedule Training Sessions and Workshops When you want to train specific people to lead the company, you must put effort into training sessions and workshops. Throwing together a meeting at the last minute where employees bounce around ideas is a strategy, but it is not a training session. Consider hire specialists in business success or motivational speakers to give presentations to your future leaders on how to achiev
For graduates and people with less than 2 years experience it's not always easy to find good jobs that require such minimal amount of experience as they possess. We continually try to get as many real entry level jobs as possible and this week here are some exclusive entry level jobs and low experience vacancies you can check out; from sales/marketing to trainee to communication and customer service you may see something that interests you. 1. Sales Representatives at A Mobile Phones and Gadget Sales Company Location: Abuja See details of job here 2. Pharmacist at Incept Limited Location: Lagos See full job details here 3. Business Development Executive at Admissions Manager Location: Lagos Check out the details to Apply 4. Real Estate Analyst at A Real Estate Company Location: Lagos Check out full job details 5. Graduate Trainee at Spectraworld Location: Lagos Check
This week we present some interesting job openings that may interest individuals looking to change to better jobs. Many of these jobs require some level of experience. You can check them out to see the ones that match your interest. 1. Dregding Site Manager This is an engineering position in Bayelsa State for candidates with knowledge in marine operations. Check out the full job details 2. Pharmacist Company: Incept Limited See job details here 3. Technical Manager Company: Norfolk Fyne Papers Ltd See job details here 4. Reproductive Health/ Family Planning Trainer Company: ABT Associates See job details he