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Avoid Job Hunting Burnout with Wavely’s Tips

By Leah Richards

It's okay to take a break from job hunting. In fact, it's necessary! After all, you can't maintain a job search for too long without an occasional rest. A break is important for recharging your batteries, refocusing your strategy, and putting your best foot forward when you return to the hunt. If you don't take breaks at regular intervals, you're more likely to become job-searching machines instead of thoughtful humans—and that won't get you far.

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4 Resume Red Flags You Can Easily Avoid

By Leah M. Richard

When hiring teams see red flags like excessive job-hopping, unplanned departures, and generic information it can raise alarm bells. But there’s no such thing as a perfect resume, so what does it take to overcome these hurdles and impress a prospective employer? Remember, your goal is to minimize or eliminate those elements that might move your resume to the discard file.

Let’s get started.

Typos and General Disorganization

This is one of the easiest resume red flags to spot and the quickest to resolve. Given all the online resources and books now devoted to resume writing, there’s no excuse for a resume that’s difficult to read, poorly organized, or filled with typographical errors. Candidates who submit messy documents demonstrate a lack of attention to detail, and this can overshadow an otherwise stellar background. After giving your resume a thorough review ask a friend or colleague to look it over, the more eyes the better!

Major Job Hopping or Extensive Gaps

Hiring managers understand that people may be out of work through no fault of their own. Most people who find a home in corporate America have been laid off, fired, or experienced downsizing at one time or another. The way that businesses are now restructured, any stigma associated with being fired is not what it used to be; it’s actually how you deal with being let go that will ultimately decide how you move forward in your career.

However, when a candidate has held a series of jobs for short periods of time, that’s a resume red flag. It can indicate a troublesome or unstable employee or a chronic job hopper. If you make it through to the interview, remember to prepare an answer. Whatever the reasons are for your leaving, take time to organize your thoughts and consider how this explanation will be received.

Too Generic

For a hiring team, a candidate that submits a generic resume didn’t tailor their resume to the job. This is a sign that they are applying to lots of positions without carefully considering fit. Another red flag that the resume hasn’t been tailored is length. A resume should preferably be one page long. Any longer than two pages and it indicates to the hiring team that the candidate isn’t tailoring.

Style over Substance

Resumes should look neat and be easy to read through. For most industries, a simple format is best to convey information. The best resume fonts are clean and easy to read, the information should be organized intuitively, and all of their contact information should be easy to find. If a job candidate goes the styled route, hiring managers may be distracted by the appearance of the resume and glaze over the content.

Remember, effective resumes market you and identifies your accomplishments and strengths. Hiring managers want to see that you’ve achieved success, not just shown up and completed tasks. Consider the document an opportunity to impress and craft a strong introduction about yourself, rather than just a summary of work history.

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How to Ask for a Raise (Without Having a Panic Attack)

By Leah M. Richard

Before you even begin to craft your pitch for the pay raise you so deserve, you need to have the knowledge to back up your claims and consider the mood and environment you’re walking into.

Here’s how to prepare.

Collect Your Positive Praise

It helps if you set up a folder on your computer or in your email account to store all those notes from clients, your boss, and your colleagues in which you were commended for a great job. These are regular reviews you do of your work in addition to any formal annual review or performance review you and your boss might have.

Always Bring Data

With your self-evaluations, you’re keeping a detailed track record of all your past achievements and recent accomplishments. Here are some questions to ask yourself in your weekly evaluations:

  • How has your company or department directly benefited from your work? Get specific.
  • Did your team play a role in increasing sales?
  • Were you included in any important projects? What were they and what role did you play? Who were the clients?

Use a Real Number

They’re going to ask what salary you want and you need to have an answer. That number should be based on real research or, even better, you can ask your peers in similar roles and companies how much they make. Try to understand the entire salary compensation of five people—men and women—and industry standards. And don’t forget that you’ll likely wind up losing 10% or more of that number in the salary negotiation phase.

This is not the time to be modest. People, and women in particular, tend to couch their requests, practice talking about what you want without qualifiers.

Chances are your boss won’t be able to say yes or no right away. They’ll probably ask you for some time to discuss with other supervisors and/or review your information. Thank them for their time and give them some space, but make sure to touch base with them if you haven’t heard back after a full week.

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How To Practice Self-Care During Work To Stay Healthy

By Leah M. Richard

Self-care time has traditionally been reserved for outside of work hours, but attitudes around self-care are changing. It’s becoming clear that weaving moments of self-care throughout your day is more beneficial than grinding through a hard day and leaving the “you” time for later. It’s more effective to consider self-care as a regular part of your routine than as a complete departure from it. This sort of integration can help ensure ongoing good health (both mental and physical), and help you better manage your stress.

Here are a few habits to look after your self-care during work hours:

Know Your Stress Triggers

When it comes to what causes us stress, one size does not fit all. We are all different and need to know what exactly causes us stress. Is it the workload, the people we work with, meeting deadlines? Are we stressed working in a team, or working alone? Do we prefer an environment in which a lot is happening, or do we need a quiet area free of distractions? Self-awareness, an essential first step in self-care.

Saying “No” is Self-Care

Sometimes saying no is an essential part of letting people we work with know that we are at our limit. It is important to frame our saying no in the right context. Let it be known that if you accept the extra work, the quality of the work you do will suffer, to the detriment of the team and organization.

Set Boundaries

We need to set boundaries and let others clearly know where those boundaries are. Do we need a quiet time to meditate, recharge, and regenerate? Let everyone know this, and be clear that outside of emergencies, you would appreciate not being interrupted during this time. If you are working on an important project with a tight deadline, let everyone know and thank them for helping you by allowing you to focus on this important piece of work until completion.

And remember, you can always ask for help. Asking for help when you need it is not a sign of weakness; it is an indication of someone who knows themselves, is open, and is a good team player. Let your colleagues know when you have some free time and are able to help them with something in return. The better your self-care habits the better person and worker you’ll become.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Quitting Your Job

By Leah M. Richard

Quitting a job is rarely a simple, smooth process, even if you hate your boss or have a better offer with a six-figure salary waiting for you. It can be emotional, and you want to keep your professional relationships intact.

Here are a few bits of advice for people looking to make a change and preserve professional relationships.

No Surprises

The first step you should take after deciding to leave your job is scheduling an in-person, phone or video meeting with your manager to let them know of your plans. No manager wants to be surprised, email them and say that you’d like to get some time on their calendar for an important conversation.

Giving two weeks’ notice is still the standard when exiting a position. Make your intentions clear, but keep the announcement brief. If you’re not comfortable telling your manager where you’re going to work, you can say, “All the details aren’t ironed out yet, but once I’m in place and set, I’d be happy to chat about my new role.”

Try to Stay Gracious

It’s important to begin your resignation with expressions of gratitude. Tell your manager how thankful you are for the opportunities you’ve had during your time in the role. If you’re struggling with negative emotions toward your employer, reflect on the people you’ve met, the relationships you built and some of your biggest achievements.

A Transition Plan

You can offer concrete suggestions in your resignation email to help with this transition, which could include a flexible notice period or training a replacement. Maintaining your productivity and motivation will prove to your manager and colleagues that you’re a responsible and accountable professional. This will leave a strong lasting impression on your colleagues and make them more likely to refer or recommend you for jobs in the future.

Don’t Put People on Blast

Unleashing an emotional burst of criticism toward your manager or human resources might feel great in the moment, especially if you’ve had a rocky relationship with your manager. During your exit interview, try to focus on the positives of your experience and constructively voice your concerns about the company, team, or your manager. You don’t want to spark any backlash, there’s nothing you can gain from it. You’re already leaving the organization.

Quitting your job is a delicate process. If you want to do what’s best for your career, you need to transition out of your company in the smoothest way possible. By respecting your manager, and appreciating the opportunity of working at your old company, you can leave and join companies with your network and reputation intact.

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Our Alternatives to the Cover Letter

By Kelly Baumann

It had been four years since my last job search. As I prepared my documents I wrote various versions of my cover letter, variations that would cater to specific job titles. Once I hopped online to submit applications, what I found surprised me: companies were routinely not requiring cover letters and some weren’t even allowing them! How was I supposed to show off my personality without a cover letter? Here are two cover letter alternatives to get your job search off on the right foot.

The Infographic

One alternative to a stiff cover letter is to create an infographic about your professional journey, achievements, and skills. Even if you’re not a graphic designer, you can quickly and easily make a cool looking infographic with in-browser tools like Canva. By using visual elements you’ll be able to showcase yourself in a way they may not have seen from any other applicant. Consider using: a headshot photo, stats (such as your years of experience or number of completed projects), quotes from references, and company logos. Check out this tutorial, if you’re new to making infographics.

Video Resume

One sure-fire way to attract some attention without a cover letter is to make a 1-minute video resume and link it in your application or, better yet: embed it on a DIY portfolio site. Most companies have gone (either permanently or temporarily) virtual in 2020 meaning that you may never get a chance to physically meet the hiring manager. A one-minute video resume that you can host for free on YouTube or Vimeo is a wonderful way to show off your personality quickly and easily – even if the company has stopped accepting cover letters. As a reminder: it doesn’t have to be a grand production. Get ready as if you’re actually going for an in-person interview, turn on your webcam, and film yourself answering the typical interview question: “Tell me about yourself”.

What changes have you noticed out on your job hunt? This year has changed the way so many companies conduct hiring. Wavely is no exception. Check out why we’re done with the phrase, “Job Seeker” in this 2-minute video here.

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