Overused Resume Words to Avoid

Want your resume to be different? Avoiding these top 10 most commonly used buzzwords could be a good start. LinkedIn has compiled a list of commonly used terms across all users’ profiles. Here are the results:

What should you use instead of these great terms? Well, synonyms are fine, for example ‘motivated‘ or ‘driven‘ could be replaced by ‘inspired‘.  However, we suggest that instead of simply saying you are ‘passionate’ or ‘strategic’ give a concrete example on your resume proving it.

What problems did your strategy solve? How did you go above the expected because of your passion for the work?

Writing a resume using achievements instead of adjectives will make you stand out more than just switching synonyms. See the original story over at LinkedIn’s Blog:

Brand YOU Year: How to Brand Yourself Without Sounding Like Everyone Else

Infographic: HR Software Outlook for 2015

Let’s take a look at what some HR professionals have revealed about their company’s outlook on software. Results from a survey, conducted by Software Advice, an online resource for HR & recruiting software buyers, shows a glimpse of where HR software is headed.

What we’ve learned:

Most users are generally happy with their software products!

Manual methods, such as spreadsheets are still commonly used, by over two thirds of respondents.

It appears that most companies with under 500 employees are looking to decrease their payroll spending in the next year.

Human resources professionals are slowly adopting mobile technology in their work, with 16% using tablets and 12% using smartphones to access their software. We expect this number to increase over the next year, as more software vendors make their products mobile-friendly and the trend of flexible workplaces continues.

Twitter is better than Facebook for Job Postings

Employers are embracing social media more and more as you work to build an ‘employer brand’. You build company pages hoping to appeal to candidates and as a space to post your job openings.

The most commonly used social networks are LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Other companies make great use of photo-heavy Pinterest and Instagram.

We regularly get questions for our ATS system about integrating with social media. People want to post their jobs mostly to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn is by far the best choice for professional networking, this is well understood. However, we’ve found that many employers want equally as much to post their jobs on Facebook.

We feel that Facebook is overrated as a job search tool and employer branding site, while Twitter is more beneficial. Here’s why:

Your company page is only shown to your followers.

Despite posting witty updates and hilarious photos, it’s hard for Facebook pages to gain traction within the network itself. Advertising your Facebook page and asking for likes is something often seen outside the network. It’s only when someone ‘likes’ your company page that they will be shown your company updates and jobs. Job postings are not promoted in any way through Facebook, except to people already connected to your brand.

Now your FB posts will have even less reach

In November 2014, Facebook announced it will be reducing  page posts in the news feed. This was to minimize overly promotional posts to make room for group and friend updates, etc. What this means as a company, is that a post that may have been seen by as much as 16% of followers will only be seen by 5-6%.

Twitter posts can be seen by all users

While a Twitter feed includes people you follow, it is extremely easy to search and save feeds by subject, using hastags. In this way, even non-followers can see posts relevant to them. Simply tag your jobs with the relevant industry or profession. ex: #HRjobs

Unlike Facebook, Twitter is a much more open platform, and does not restrict posts to only followers/friends.

It’s simply much easier to reach a new audience when posts can be searched and found by all users.

 

4 Reasons You Need to Stop Using iFrames

iFrames used to be a common way for ATS systems to display job listings on an employer’s career page. While newer technologies are slowly being introduced, iFrames are still widely used, often simply because of a long term relationship with a vendor who hasn’t updated their product. For a long time, iFrames were an easy solution to integrate a job search and job application within a website.

Unfortunately, this is no longer a good solution, and is very bad practices for a number of reasons: Continue reading 4 Reasons You Need to Stop Using iFrames

Industries with the most Job Growth in 2015 (Canada)

Let’s take a look at projections for Employment Growth in Canada over the next several years. What industries will be most in demand, and what professionals will be most sought after?

The industries projected to post the strongest growth in employment are mainly those related to professional and scientific services; health care; mineral resources (including mining and support activities for mining, oil and gas extraction); construction; and non-automotive transportation equipment (aerospace, railroad, shipbuilding).

source: http://www23.hrsdc.gc.ca/

Specific fields with the highest projected growth, as shown in the graphic below, include:

  • Computer System Design Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Support Activities for Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Mining
  • Other Professional Services (Scientific/Technical)
  • Construction
  • Professional Business Services

 Job Creation

The largest amount of new jobs created will be in occupations that require a university or college education, or apprenticeship training. 7 out of 10 new jobs created are expected to be in high-skilled occupations or in management. This is largely due to the expected retirement of many in the baby boomer generation who have risen to the management level.

The 10 occupations with the strongest projected growth are:

  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners & Family Physicians
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • Professional Occupations – Business Services to Management
  • Head Nurses & Supervisors
  • Electricians (except Industrial & Power System)
  • Other Technical Occupations in Therapy & Assessment
  • Information Systems & Data Processing Managers
  • Underground Production & Development Miners
  • Physiotherapists

It is interesting to note that half of these occupations are in the Health industry. This is related to the ageing population and a growing need for healthcare services.