Don’t list your Responsibilities | State your Accomplishments

Here are my 4 top takeaways from a segment of the Leonard Lopate Show, Pro Tips to Grab a New Gig for the New Year, that I was listening to on my car radio a few days ago:

1. Getting a personal referral from someone in the company to which you are applying is worth their weight in gold.

2. Develop mentors and advisers from your network and get feedback from them about your cover letters, resumes and other supporting documents – hiring managers will not help you with improving your resume.

3. Low quality, sloppy grammar and spelling mistakes on a resume is the fastest track to rejection by a hiring manager.

4. Always, always be truthful on your resume and in your interview.

His guest is an HR executive, Victoria Humphrey, author of Clueless Emperors: How to Overcome Problem People and Not Be One Yourself, and the just over 28 minute piece provides job-seekers, from soon to be graduates to nearly retired, a forum to disclose their experiences and listen to real life hiring managers share their advice and cautionary tales.

You might not agree with everything that you hear, or you just might learn some new things, too. Nevertheless, please take a moment to listen, then I invite you to share what your top 4 takeaways are with me.

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