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Life Lessons: Resumes can make or break you

In a CareerBuilder study of over 4,000 participants, 58 percent of employers said the most common resume mistakes were typos, followed by resumes that were not personalized for the position.

Having an inappropriate email address came in at 31 percent. You probably know to look out for these errors, but there are more slip-ups to watch for.

There are up to six million jobs available in the U.S., so if you think a position won’t open up, think again.

Newlin Archinal, CFP®, CRPC®, AIF® says, “there is a ton of turnover in the workplace.”

When submitting a virtual resume, do not title the document “resume”. Save it as your name, so it does not get lost with the others.

Many employers use a system that scans resumes for keywords, and eliminates the files that don’t make the cut. Use words that appear on the job posting in your resume to send yourself to the top of the stack.

If you don’t meet every qualification, it is often still worth your time to apply. This is especially important for women.

“Men have the attitude of I’m gonna get right back on that horse, I’m gonna market myself, I’m gonna go out and network, I’ll be on LinkedIn and social media, selling myself to my next employer. Women I think take a step back, and they really sort of evaluate where they are,” Archinal stated.

Men apply when they meet 60 percent of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100 percent. Explain how your previous experience relates to the job you’re applying for, and provide references who will attest to your skills.

The app Switch takes a tinder approach to job hunting, and lets you swipe to apply and match with hiring managers. And the app Good&Co uses personality tests to help you identify your strengths and find companies that you would fit into.


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