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The Best & Worst Resume Phrases

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Our friends at CareerBuilder put together a survey of the best and worst words to use on your resume. They asked over 2,000 hiring managers and here are their results:

The Worst Résumé Terms

1.      Best of breed

2.      Go-getter

3.      Think outside of the box

4.      Synergy

5.      Go-to person

6.      Thought leadership

7.      Value add

8.      Results-driven

9.      Team player

10.   Bottom-line

 

The Best Résumé Terms

1.      Achieved

2.      Improved

3.      Trained/Mentored

4.      Managed

5.      Created

6.      Resolved

7.      Volunteered

8.      Influenced

9.      Increased/Decreased

10.   Ideas

 

After reviewing this list maybe you should take some time to look over your resume, do you have any of the words on the worst list? If you ever need help with your resume, ask your recruiter! We are here to help you.

PCG Partners: Rachel Levin Style

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We are so excited to introduce you all to Rachel Levin. Rachel started her career working with Saks Fifth Avenue while attending school in Ohio where she studied Fashion Merchandising and earned her MBA.  It was during her time at Saks Fifth Avenue where she starting working in Designer Sales and realized how much she loved building one-on-one relationships with clients. She then moved to NYC and after gaining management experience in sales, merchandising, operations and development as a Director for Saks and GM for Intermix she decided to start her own styling business. She loves being a part of people’s day to day business as well as their special moments. As she says, “Helping someone find clothing that works for them can start a chain reaction of positivity into other areas of their life; it’s magical for me to be a part of that.”

Rachel has offered to answer your questions, think of her as an honorary PCG team member. The first question comes up again and again with our recent graduate candidates.

What are your styling tips for starting a new job?

Always know your audience! Understand the culture of the company you are interviewing with and how to dress to represent their brand. Spend money on investment pieces that are versatile so you can work them into your wardrobe. For example, a statement jacket with a unique element can be a great piece you can wear with jeans or dress pants based on the company. When you are interviewing wear your best of the best when it comes to accessories, take out your good handbag and wear your nice shoes! Once you have the job never get too comfortable when it comes to your style. We can all be guilty of this but you should put the same thought and pride in what you wear each day to work as to your interview.

If you have any questions for Rachel please leave them in our comment section below. You can find Rachel online at her site at rachellevinstyle.com or on Instagram @rachellevinstyle

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Rethink Your LinkedIn Photo

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The photo at the top of your LinkedIn page may be one of the most important parts of your profile. LinkedIn’s research shows that a profile with a photo is 11 times more likely to be viewed than one without a photo.  This is because you are the brand! It is worth your time to give this photo some thought before adding it to your profile. See an example of what NOT to do in the photo above.

When choosing a photo maybe a pic of your dog, kids or a group shot would be nice. Or maybe a casual look with sunglasses or wearing a baseball cap. No way! None of these are good ideas.  Looking natural yet polished is always your best choice. Your profile is a modern day resume, focus on a career-worthy photo.  Think about what a potential employer would be looking to hire and try to present yourself in that way. But the photo you choose doesn’t have to be boring! It is great to have a creative profile photo of you are in a creative industry, but if you are an accountant, a creative photo may not be the best choice.

When taking a photo it is best to take it against a sold background, you don’t want anything distracting happening in the background. This also goes for your outfit choice; something professional and polished is always a good idea. If you already have a photo you are happy with, make sure it’s current and presents you in the best way possible.

Speaking as a group of recruiters, we want to know who you are! We want to see your friendly face prior to meeting with you. Your LinkedIn photo should make the same impression on people as if you were greeting them personally. Make it warm, approachable, and professional.

Interview Question: Where Do You See Yourself 5 Years From Now?

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One question that typically is asked during an interview is about your future goals. It might sound like a straightforward question, but job seekers can sometimes struggle over how to best answer it. In some cases this is because they don’t haven’t specific goals and feel that the interviewer is looking for a clear plan. They aren’t looking for a detailed timeline of your goals etched into stone so don’t put that unneeded pressure on yourself.

The best way to respond to the question is to refer to the position and the company you are interviewing with. This is not the time to talk about buying a house or having a family, they are not relevant. You want to connect your answer to the job you are interviewing for. By showing your interviewer how the job fits in with your overall goals, you can show that you’ll be excited to do the work. This can show them your commitment to building a rewarding future within the organization.

Be genuine and help the interviewer understand why this position would be a great next step on your way to wherever you are going—even if that destination isn’t mapped out in detail yet!

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Ask Our Recruiters: Thank You Notes

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We received another question on our Facebook page, thanks Kim! Here is what she wanted to know:

Would you recommend writing a hand written thank you note or would an email work just fine?

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Both! Sending a thank you the same day is a must. Clients want to see that candidates are excited! You can approach this in several ways. If you are going to send an email, make sure it is soon after the interview. A hand written note can be done in conjunction or in place of an email. Some people choose to drop off a note the same day as they interviewed which is great. If not, send the initial email for immediacy and put the hand written note in the mail!

We would like to make this a recurring series on our blog so leave your questions on any of our social media pages or in the comment section below! Thank you.