This week, NBC News revealed that the business degree listed on a website run by Iowa Senate Republicans and approved by Iowa Senator Mark Chelgren was actually a training certificate from a company that operated a Sizzler franchise. This is a timely lesson for job seekers: lies on a resume may escape notice, but if discovered, can have far-reaching effects.
Stresses of the job search often include, and indeed begin with, questions about the resume. Is it too long? Should I include work experience from my college days, former salary, or LinkedIn profile?
With so much conflicting advice, it can be difficult to know where to begin, but a new survey of those making the hiring decisions may provide some much-needed insight.
Even if you're not a salesperson, when looking for a job, your only job is to sell yourself. You're convincing employers that they need you, that they can't keep doing business without you, and the best way to do this is to craft a compelling professional story.
The resume is the the first tool available to you to tell this professional story. Think of it as your brochure, the job of which is to sell you, the product to your target audience, the employer.