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Dos and Don'ts When Submitting a Resume

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Looking for a job?  Well, make sure your resume doesn't have any spelling mistakes.  You may also want to consider transforming your resume into a Rubik's Cube.

In a new CareerBuilder survey of nearly 2,300 hiring managers in the U.S., 61 percent say they would automatically dismiss a candidate whose resume includes typos.

Other mistakes to avoid:

  • Resumes that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting: 41 percent of hiring managers would dismiss an applicant for making this mistake.
  • Resumes with an inappropriate email address: 35 percent.
  •  Resumes that don’t include a list of skills: 30 percent.
  • Resumes that are more than two pages long: 22 percent.
  • Resumes printed on decorative paper: 20 percent.
  • Resumes that detail more tasks than results for previous positions: 16 percent.
  • Resumes that include a photo: 13 percent.
  • Resumes that have large blocks of text with little white spaces: 13 percent.

While it's important that your resume stands out from the pack, you don't want to make it so unusual that it turns off the employer.  Here are some examples of awkward applications cited in the survey:

  • Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob.
  • Candidate applying for a management job listed “gator hunting” as a skill.
  • Candidate’s resume included "phishing" as a hobby.
  • Candidate specified that her resume was set up to be sung to the tune of The Brady Bunch.
  • Candidate highlighted the fact that he was “Homecoming Prom Prince” in 1984.
  • Candidate claimed to be able to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job to work in Antarctica.
  • Candidate’s resume had a photo of the applicant reclining in a hammock under the headline "Hi, I'm _____ and I'm looking for a job."
  • Candidate’s resume was decorated with pink rabbits.
  • Candidate listed “to make dough” as the objective on the resume.
  • Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly.

Conversely, here are some examples of applications that made a positive impression on employers and led to hires:

  • Candidate sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik's Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the resume.
  • Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist.
  • Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a resume in the form of a fine-dining menu.

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Recent Graduates Say Future Looks Bleak

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The future looks bleak for many young people who’ve entered the workforce since 2006. 

A new survey of high school graduates from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University finds only three in 10 are employed full time, compared with all college graduates, who are employed at nearly twice that rate.

Some 73 percent of high school grads think they need more education to have a successful career. 

According to a Heldrich survey released in May, only one fifth of recent graduates of four-year colleges and universities said their generation will have more success than the generation before them.  More than twice as many -- 58 percent -- said they will have less financial success than the previous generation. 

The reports find the situation facing less-educated young people appears to be far worse than it is for college grads.

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Obama to Push Military Credentialing to Boost Veteran Employment

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will unveil a new initiative on Friday that will, for the first time, allow some U.S. service members to receive civilian credentials and licenses for skills they learn in the military.

The effort, announced by the White House late Thursday, is aimed at boosting employment among post-9/11 veterans, some of whom have had difficulty obtaining jobs in high-skill industries because their training is not immediately transferrable to the private sector.

The current unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans is 9 percent, based on a three-month weighted average, officials said.  Veteran unemployment is 8.4 percent overall.

Obama will announce that a Defense Department task force he created has penned a deal with several major U.S. credentialing agencies for engineering, logistics, machining, maintenance and welding skills to provide the “opportunity” for 126,000 service members to get “industry-recognized, nationally-portable certifications” starting this summer.

Obtaining certification in the military is no guarantee of getting a job post-service, however.  White House officials did not estimate the impact the new effort might have on veteran employment overall.

The cost of the initiative, which does not require Congressional approval, is “pretty minimal and will be paid for with existing resources,” an administration official said.  The administration plans to expand credentialing opportunities for other sectors, such as health care and information technology, by this time next year.  

The president will make his pitch at a Golden Valley, Minn., Honeywell facility that employs 65 veterans with manufacturing skills first obtained in military training/service.

“The same technical skills used at Honeywell are the same skills that military services produce in our veterans by the thousands,” an administration official said.  “But today, there is no credentialing process for that experience when veterans leave the service.  We know that there are companies having difficulties finding the right people to fill for which they’re imminently qualified.”

Honeywell has hired 900 veterans since 2011, the company said.

Obama will also use the event to call on Congress to enact the fifth item on his “to do list” -- a five-year, $1 billion “Veterans Job Corps” spending bill that would fund the hiring of veterans as first responders, conservationists, construction workers, etc., across the states.

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More Americans Removing Tattoos in Hopes of Employment

Robert Ginn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Got a tattoo?  Thinking about getting rid of it?  You're not alone.

According to a survey conducted by The Patient’s Guide, an online skincare reference center, laser tattoo removal procedures have soared by 32 percent this year compared to 2011.

One of the major factors behind this sudden flurry of Americans seeking to remove their ink is the search for work.

Dr. Eric Bernstein, a renowned laser expert from the University of Pennsylvania, says that patients have been telling him “their tattoos are affecting their professional lives.  Many feel that their body could be holding them back and this has resulted in more folks seeking tattoo removal.”

Collecting information from 700 participants in the survey, The Patient’s Guide reveals that employment reasons accounted for 40 percent of those who had tattoos zapped -- up 25 percent from last year.

Other categories included "Name of Ex-Partner/Spouse" (18 percent), "Change of Beliefs" (16 percent) and "Unhappy/Don't Like it' (11 percent).

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Breaking New Ground: Oil Boom Draws More Women to Industry

Comstock/Thinkstock(LIBERAL, Kan.) -- Even before she suits up in her overalls and laces up in steel toe boots to head out to a drilling rig, Linda Trujillo is breaking new ground as one of the pioneers of America's gold rush.

The single mother of three says she first heard about the good paying jobs available in the oil fields from her older sister.

Trujillo made the decision to quit her job at a fast food restaurant in New Mexico, and move her family to Kansas -- one of the states experiencing an oil boom.

She says she spent the money from her tax refund to earn a license to drive heavy construction equipment.  Today, she's the only woman on a six man drilling crew.

"It's really stressful to work around a lot of men, and being the only woman. It's kind of awkward, but I manage.  They've adjusted to me," she says.

Trujillo's bold move was once unheard of, in what has mostly been a man's world.  But that world is beginning to show dramatic change.

According to Rigzone, a group that analyzes data for the oil and gas industry, approximately 48,900 women worked in America's oil fields in 2004.  The latest numbers from 2012 show 78,400 women working in the industry -- an increase of 29,500 in just seven years.

Todd Seba, Trujillio's supervisor, calls her one of his most valuable employees.

"We're a team, so as long as you're part of the team, you fit in," Seba says.  "She's good, she's good, she's part of the team and that means a lot."

For Trujillo, the gamble to start a new career has paid off.  She's now making $14.65 per hour with plenty of overtime pay.  She says she has moved her family from a "run down trailer" to a three-bedroom house.

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Many Employers Looking to Hire this Summer, Survey Finds

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a summer job?  Well, there's good news for you.  A new report out Wednesday by says employers in many industries are boosting their hiring plans.

"We found that 29 percent of employers say that they plan to hire temporary positions for the summer, and that is the highest number we've seen since the recession began," says Michael Erwin with CareerBuilder.

"Surprising to us was manufacturing: 45 percent of employers said they're going to bring on summer hires this season," he adds.

And as Erwin explains, some of those seasonal jobs could turn into permanent positions.

"I find that manufacturers are looking to bring on temporary help and turn those into full time help," he says.

Hotels, restaurants and retailers also plan to add workers this summer.

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Job Market Improving for New Grads

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Employment prospects for new college graduates are better now than at any time since the start of the recession, say college placement directors, employment experts and students themselves.

In fact, a just-released study of 225 employers by Boston research company Millennial Branding finds 87 percent of employers say they will hire more new graduates this year than last.  Almost as many say that in the past six months they have already hired up to 25 new graduates each.

The study is a first for Millennial, which consults companies on the characteristics of Generation-Y.  The survey drew on data compiled by Experience, Inc., a provider of career services for some five million current students and recent graduates.

Dan Schawbel, Millennial's founder, says that while the job picture is brightening, it's not yet back to where it was before the recession. Young job seekers, he says, still need to be realistic about their prospects.

"The message of our survey is that you can't rely on anything anymore.  Getting a degree doesn't mean you'll get a job.  Getting an internship doesn't mean you'll get a job," Schawbel says.

The most successful candidates, he says, are those who, as undergraduates, pulled out all the stops: "You've got to get as many internships as you possibly can.  Use social networks.  Use your family and your friends."

As far as skills and attributes, what are employers looking for?  Schawbel says 29 percent of companies say they want somebody with entrepreneurial experience.

"Ten years ago," he says, "that number wouldn't have been anywhere near as high."  What's changed, he says, is that companies now need "to innovate or die."  There's more pressure on them to come up with new products and services.

Successful seekers, says Schawbel, don't necessarily have to have started a business.  They just need to present their experience in a way that shows they have initiative and creative ability -- that they are "independent minded."

"Maybe you started your own blog.  Maybe you've freelanced or you created your own internship," Schawbel says.  Any of those, he explains, would carry weight with an employer.

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Only Half of Recent College Grads Employed Full Time

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- The great recession has taken a heavy toll on college grads, with only half of those who graduated between 2006 and 2011 reporting they have full-time jobs, according to a new study.

The survey by Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development was based on a random sample of nationwide interviews with 444 people who graduated from college during the period.

“Although many have had a full-time job since graduation, only half the sample was employed full time at the time of the survey,” the report’s authors said. “College graduates are unsure about their ability to move up. Only one-fifth believed that their generation will be more successful than the one that came before them. Well over half said they will be less successful.”

Fifty-one percent of responders had full-time jobs, the survey found, while 20 percent were in graduate school. Part-time workers made up 12 percent, and 11 percent were unemployed.

Read the full report.

The median starting salary for those surveyed was $28,000, some $3,000 less on average than pre-recession grads.

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Survey: College Graduates Struggling to Find Work, Pay Loans

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Just a few years ago, new college graduates had little trouble finding a job within a year of finishing school.  Now, the outlook for those about to jump into the job market isn't so bright.

"It has been a challenge, it really has," says Madeline Rivera, who is about to graduate from Fordham University.  "I've heard that it's getting better out there and I'm sure that's true, but in reality a lot of my friends are still having trouble finding jobs."

A new survey out Thursday seems to affirm that sentiment.  Researchers at Rutgers University found that only half of recent college graduates are working full-time.  The poll was completed last month and included 444 graduates from the class of 2006 through 2011.


Of those who managed to snag a full-time position, the median salary earned was $28,000, making it difficult for recent graduates to pay off their student loans.  The survey found that 55 percent of students owed an average of $20,000 upon graduation.

As a result, graduates have had to resort to jobs outside of their fields to make ends meet.

"A lot of people have had to do that -- choose something else that will sustain them for now.  You have to pay off loans.  You do what you have to do," says Rivera.

Furthermore, graduates who have landed positions don't feel they are on the right track.  Only 20 percent saw their first job as being on their career path, according to the survey.

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Man Claims Burger King Fired Him After Revealing HIV Diagnosis

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- Virginia resident Christopher Pena is alleging that Burger King fired him last year because he was diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

In a lawsuit brought last week, Pena, 35, said he was a district manager for nine Burger King restaurants in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach when he alerted his superiors about his condition in June 2011 that was discovered just two months earlier.

By September, Pena was given his walking papers due to what were termed as performance issues.

According to Pena, he had never been reprimanded during the eight years he spent at Burger King until he revealed he had HIV and then he was called on the carpet for firing an employee who had stolen money from the restaurant.

Victor Viramontes, national senior counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund that is representing Pena, says Burger King picked on the former manager's performance because, "It's rare that a sophisticated employer would say they were terminating you based on what the law says they can't use."

Pena wants an unspecified amount for damages and lost wage.  He remains unemployed since his firing.

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