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As the holidays approach many people wonder if they should list seasonal and temporary work on their resume. Whether you are a college student, recent graduate or recently unemployed, this question pertains to you. It is not uncommon to take on temporary, freelance and/or seasonal work until you find a job in your field or while pursuing your degree. In fact, it’s a great way to gain work experience, earn some extra cash and close gaps in employment. The question then becomes whether or not this experience should be added to your resume.
Keep in mind that you do not list every job you’ve ever held. Going along with this notion, when you list a number of jobs held in a short period of time you risk looking like a job hopper and a company may fear you may not stick around for them either. On the other side of things, you don’t want large gaps of time on your resume.
Below are some of the best practices for including (or not including) short-term jobs according to a Simply Hired Blog:
Tell the truth – When you send in an application to a hiring company, it should be the complete truth. A simple background check would show inconsistencies, and you could easily lose your consideration for a great job.
Include years only – A simple change from a month and year (March 2010) date format to year-only (2010) can be an easy way to make short-term jobs less noticeable. This is generally acceptable if you’ve held the position for six or more months.
Leave it off – If you held a position for less than six months, it’s not relevant to the positions that you’re applying for, or you didn’t stay at the job long enough to make any notable contributions, you can leave it off your resume.
Note contract and temp work – If short-term jobs were meant to only last a few months, such as contract work, temporary jobs, freelance work, or even seasonal jobs, you should definitely include them on your resume. Just make a note that it was a contract position (or whatever the case) right after the dates held.
Include the word “seasonal” or “temporary” in the title when writing about seasonal work on a resume. This will help clear up any of the above issues and show you are not flakey. Seasonal jobs often require a considerable amount of flexibility and strong work ethic. Highlight these traits in your resume. Here is an excellent example of how to highlight your seasonal experience if you are still in school.
When in doubt follow this general rule of thumb: your resume is where you showcase your most relevant work experience to prove you have the experience required for roles that you are interested. If your resume is loaded with resume experience, go without the seasonal work. You can always explain this in the interview.
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All jobseekers have a fear of something regardless if they are employed, unemployed or underemployed. For some, it might actually be the fear of going back to work itself and for others it is that they will not find a job they like or one that will pay the bills. All of this fear eventually evolves into a fear most of us experience at some point, the fear that “this is all my fault.”
This is your biggest handicap because as time goes on one generally tends to focus more on their faults and less on their job search. In order for you to get a job, you have to be positive and focused on what you want. In order for this to happen you must stop blaming yourself. Yes, this is easier said than done. Fear sometimes results in self-sabotage. It has the ability to paralyze you to the point where you stop your job search and have the attitude to just give up. You have to take a step back, refocus your strategy and move forward. Try to find out what it is exactly that isn’t working and start from there.
A helpful tip is to create an excel sheet of the jobs you apply to with the position, company, where you found the posting, how you applied and any follow ups. It makes it much easier to keep track of your job search and prevents unnecessary stress. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all received a call from an employer where we can’t recall where and what we exactly applied for.
In some cases your fear maybe that your current employer will find out you are looking before you find a new job. The best approach to prevent this scenario from happening is to be sure not to leave your resume on your work computer, apply to positions at work, apply with your work email or anything relating to your current job. On top of this do not change your LinkedIn header to “looking for a job” as your employer will probably stumble upon it.
What’s your biggest fear as a jobseeker?
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Looking for a job can be a job in and of itself. You might spend hours a day or week applying for jobs and to make the process longer you have to sift through all the job scams out there. You could save yourself so much time and worry if you knew how to detect a job scam from a verified posting. If a posting has any of these qualities just move on in your search: get-rich-quick schemes, work-at-home scams, pyramid schemes, no experience is necessary, etc.
Here are some tips to help you spot any red flags in a job post:
- There isn’t a company name in the ad.
According to USD Career blog, “blind ads can be used to gather personal information about individuals as part of an identity theft scheme.” A lot of times company simply prefers to keep the name of their company confidential until they reach out to candidates of interest to them. Keep in mind there is a huge difference between writing a brief description about the company; for example, “luxury fashion brand” vs. completely neglecting to mention a name.
- The e-mail address ends in @yahoo, @gmail, @hotmail, etc.
You might be thinking “well some start-ups do not have company email accounts” and you are correct. Research the company and if this is not the case be cautious.
- The person of contact cannot be found through a simple Google search.
If you can’t find the company through a Google search or on LinkedIn it is best keep on moving in your job search.
- They offer you the job within 24 hours of sending your application.
It is easy to get excited at an immediate job offer, but this is a HUGE red flag. Take a second to think about this situation. A company needs time to review incoming emails, perhaps show resumes to respective departments, set up interview times and generally there is more than one interview in the process.
- They want to pay you before you even start working.
Just stop there. This is a classic scam to get into people’s bank accounts.
- “Work at home” appears in the header.
This is not a job titles so why would this be a header? If this is stated in the job description that is one thing, but a red flag should fly up when this is the header.
When it doubt follow this rule of thumb: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
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You’ve landed the interview, researched the company and interviewer and you’ve prepared for all possible questions, now it’s time to figure out what to wear. We’ve all had the problem of not knowing what to wear for an interview.
Your outfit isn’t going to ultimately land you your job, but it helps. A great outfit can help you exude the confidence you need to ace the interview. You don’t necessarily have to wear a suit and tie or black pencil skirt, but you have to look professional. This means looking clean cut and coordinating you color scheme. A well-tailored outfit suggests that you’re conscientious and detail-oriented in other areas.
A splash of color or print never hurt anyone, as long as they’re worn in moderation. You don’t have to go for the all black look, but be mindful that the colors you wear have more of an effect than you might expect. For example, the color of your tie or pattern of your dress can have an effect on your interviewer. There is a little more leeway here when looking into creative roles. For a breakdown of what colors represent on an interview and how to wear them, click here.
It comes down to understanding the job and industry you are interviewing in. If you would be meeting with many clients in the potential role or in sales or finance, a suit is usually your safest bet. For more behind the scenes roles, business casual is usually acceptable. As for shoes and accessories, a watch is always a good call; ladies try to avoid flashy jewelry or loud bangles. Going with the basic shoe colors (black or brown) is the way to go when unsure.
Be sure to take the sit-down test, some outfits look good when you’re standing up, but when you sit down your outfit might bunch or worse, leave little to the imagination. At the end of the day it all comes down to 2 professional options: smart suit or smart casual and when it doubt, suit up.
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