Gain a competitive advantage in the job search–it’s not about grades

73% of HR professionals… feel that job applicants do a “bad job” of tailoring their resumes to specific positions…. Only 28% of candidates said they always customize their resumes for a position, which means the majority of candidates are not taking advantage of the opportunity to highlight their most relevant experience.

… keywords are a must with 63% of HR professional respondents who reported that job applicants do a “good job” of including relevant keywords in their resumes.
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The average corporate recruiter manages approximately 20 to 30 open requisitions at a time, so when hundreds of applicants apply to a company posting, that person can only spend less than two hours per position to review applications even if he works a 50 hour week…. If recruiters on average only get to the first 10% to 12% of applicants, the closer you are to the top, the more likely your application will be noticed.

“Whether it’s meeting at a networking event, making an introduction via LinkedIn or having a friend recommend you, networking is your ticket to better job seeking results,”

In this age of social super-connectedness, nothing trumps a warm in-person personality (so make a phone call!)

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4 of the Worst Lessons You Learn in College

Worst Lesson #2.   Second chances are a common occurrence

Most colleges have policies that allow students to retake courses they fail without much consequence. This is one college’s policy on retaking courses: “If you earn a failing grade (F, WU, or FIN) in a course and then retake the course in a subsequent semester, earning a grade of A, B, C, or CR, both grades will remain on the transcript. However, the failing grade will no longer be calculated in your … GPA.” Many other schools have similar policies.

At work, if an employee continues to submit work that’s sub-par and doesn’t meet expectations, that employee will more than likely be fired after a short period of time. He or she would not be able to continue to resubmit his or her work until it was correct on the company’s dollar.
The same applies to late policies and missed assignments. Many college classrooms are far more lenient than any workplace would ever be.
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