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
Ko-kard is a payment option for workers in the Philippines only. The advantages of using ko-kard are:
- You can send automatically from your bank card in countries such as the US, Australia, UK.
- Potentially a lower cost than PayPal. The cost is $7 per transfer which compares with 4% for standard transfers and 2% for MassPay.
- Employees receive money in their local currency (pesos) which saves them money
- Workers don't need a bank account to receive the money. They will be sent a card in the mail and they can withdraw money from an ATM using this card.
- The currency exchange rate is potentially lower than PayPal. They don't give a specific rate but say that it should always be the same or better than PayPal.
The PayPal integration is set up for PayPal Mass Pay. This is the lowest cost way for a business to pay people on PayPal. The cost 2% of the transfer amount PLUS PayPal will effectively charge for currency conversion at a rate of approximately 2.5% although this varies depending on the currency. The maximum fee is $20 for international payments and only $1 for US and Canadian domestic payments.
If you do not have access to PayPal Mass Pay but you still want to use PayPal then you can pay manually through your PayPal account. In this case select the payment method as Manual. The costs will be significantly higher in this case.
The steps to setting this up are:Read More
What is the best way to structure the setup of a remote working team?
What are pitfalls of setting up a remote team and how can they be overcome?
If you’ve decided to hire a remote digital marketing team, where’s the best place to start?
Those were the burning questions David Bain asked our very own Liam Martin, co-founder and COO of Staff.com and Time Doctor, on episode #28 of the Digital Marketing Broadcast.
Staff.com is an online staffing site for long term jobs.
Time Doctor is a time tracking and productivity monitoring software designed for managing remote teams.
In this podcast, Liam discussed with David the the ins and outs of setting up a remote working team, reflecting on his 5 years of experience in outsourcing, designing and managing distributed ecosystems like those of Staff.com and Time Doctor.Read More