You wouldn't turn up to a first date in your pajamas, even if they were a true reflection of your personality.
Similarly, we always make an effort to show our best side when applying for jobs, but the mistake a lot of people make is thinking that the interview is their chance to make a good first impression.
Before you even open the door to the interview room, the interviewer will already have your resume in their hand and subjected you to multiple stages of screening. So it's already too late to make that all important first impression.
In fact the first thing the hiring manager is looking for in your resume is a reason to reject you as quickly as possible; to get the list down from hundreds of applicants to a more manageable number. That means no silly fonts, no childish email accounts, and as we'll see no regrettable Facebook posts.
We'll cover some of the surprising reasons why candidates get rejected and how you can make sure this doesn't happen to you, so good luck, and let us know if any of the tips help you get hired.
1. Your font is too funky
You may be tempted to shake things up a little in an effort to make your resume stand out, but a font is probably not the best place to show your character.
Many recruiters will simply throw any crazy looking resumes straight in the trash.
If you're applying for a job in the creative industry then a little quirkiness is fine, but there are so many other ways to show your personality than font choice alone.
It may not be worth the risk using a non-standard font, as your resume could look garbled if your potential employer doesn't have your font installed on their computer.
Pro-tip: Barbara Safani, the author of "Happy About My Resume", recommends sticking with Arial as a safe bet as it's clean and easy to read and perhaps most importantly widely distributed across operating systems, meaning whether it's viewed on a Mac or a PC your resume will look as you intended.1
Last week on Entrepreneur Showdown, hosts Joe Cassandra and Dan Franks talks about Trends for the Future of Work in 2020, a blog article written by Rob Rawson that list out predictions of what work will be like in the coming years.
As in the case of robots taking over jobs, especially jobs that can be automated with software, will be automated.
However, Dan thinks there may be population issue due to this; Joe thinks people need to get more creative with how they make money.
Rob also provided some insights on the type of work that is going to be replaced in the coming years and what you need to do to pivot from A to B, and also dived into outsourcing and how to make your team productive even if you aren’t in the same state or even country.
Listen to the fun discussion on the podcast by clicking play below.
Explain an SEO job to someone who grew up in the '60s and likely he will take you for a loon. Talk about how technology destroys jobs and he will tell you about jobs people used to have that had long since been taken over by machines.
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