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(CNN) — With national unemployment at 9.8 percent, Americans are looking for ways to make their job applications stand out.

However, peppering résumés with tired or empty buzzwords probably isn’t the recipe for becoming a standout job candidate.

LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, has compiled a list of the 10 most overused terms and phrases within the profiles of its 85 million members.

“We wanted to reveal insights that help professionals make better choices about how to position themselves online,” DJ Patil, LinkedIn’s lead data analyst, said in a statement.

Job seekers may want to search through their résumés and cover letters and reconsider using any instances of these words:

1. Extensive experience

2. Innovative

3. Motivated

4. Results-oriented

5. Dynamic

6. Proven track record

7. Team player

8. Fast-paced

9. Problem solver

10. Entrepreneurial

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president of Florida-based Great Résumés Fast, recently compiled her own list of throwaway phrases. She says she cringes when coming across things like “great communication skills” or “attention to detail.”

These terms, she writes, “are frequently used on résumés, often by candidates who really don’t even possess them. Instead of using these throwaway terms to describe yourself, attempt to outline specific accomplishments.”

Click the image below, play the game while you answer questions about how to make sure you get the Job you want.

Leave a comment with your final score.

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Yesterday we filled out an online job application and discussed valuable information on how to make your application standout from all the others. Take some time and answer the following questions. If you feel you need help, feel free to use google or your favorite search engine to find the answers.

1. Should you use blue or black ink to fill out your application?

2. Should you fill in all blanks?

3. If a question does not apply to you, what do you write?

4. Do you always tell the truth on your application?

5. How should your salary expectations be filled in?

6. Do you sign your full name?

7. Can volunteer work be listed under work experience?

8. Should you get permission from the person(s) you are using as a reference?

9. What must you include when listing your telephone number?

10. How should you list your duties at your most recent job?

12 What information do you need to be able to list references?

13. What order should your work history be listed in?

Awesome… You did so well on your job application, you have been called in for an interview… here are some very useful tips for A Successful Interview.

1. Be Mindful Of The Physical Appearance You Project
If you look good, you feel good. Image is important. First 7 seconds – impressions are formed.

2. Never Create A Situations Where You Can Keep The Interviewer Waiting.
The interview will go downhill from the very start, regardless of your alibi.

3. Smile! – Unfreeze Your Face
Improves your looks 100% – gives you confidence and makes the other person feel comfortable.

4. Shake Hands Firmly
Firm handshake suggests a sense of purpose and strength of character.

5. Present A Positive Attitude
If you believe in yourself, you will be more confident and project a positive image to others. Self-doubts and fear of failure can scuttle a job interview.

6. Show Enthusiasm
Adds luster to any personality. Positive thoughts bring positive results.

7. Listen Attentively
To show that you are listening attentively and as a mark of respect, look at the interviewer directly when he/she speaks. Eye contact is important.

8. Relax, Be Honest, Be Yourself
Be able to calmly and confidently discuss your experience, education, skills, and how these will benefit the company. Be prepared. Remember that you’re re-interviewing the company as much as being interviewed.

9. Don’t Talk Too Much Or Too Little
If you’re not sure about a question, ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Answer questions completely. Stress what you can do best and what skills you could bring to the company.
Don’t reveal personal information.

10. Send A Follow-Up Or Thank You Letter
Keep the note short – Address it to your interviewer – Send it right away.

New graduates and other younger job-seekers often struggle a bit in developing a strong resume. How confident are you in your resume-writing abilities? Take this quiz and test your resume-writing skills.

Directions: Please choose the best answer to the following questions.

1. Given that employers screen resumes for between 2.5 and 20 seconds, a resume should show the employer at a glance what you want to do and what you’re good at. What’s a good way to sharpen the focus of your resume and provide the reader with this vital information?
A. An Objective Statement
B. A Summary or Profile Section
C. A small, tasteful graphic
D. All of the above

2. When describing work experience, paragraph-style job descriptions are preferred over bulleted lists.
True
False

3. Should you list your GPA on your resume?
A. Yes, if it’s above 3.5
B. Not under any circumstances
C. Yes, it’s always expected
D. Yes, if your overall GPA and/or GPA in your major is over 3.0

4. Within your professional history, the most important element to highlight is:
A. Duties and responsibilities from past jobs
B. Skills
C. Names of supervisors
D. Accomplishments

5. When listing your Education, list in this order:
A. Name of college, city/state of college, major, graduation date, degree name
B. Name of degree in name of major, name of college, city/state of college, graduation date
C. Name of college, name of major, GPA, name of minor, span of dates of attendance
D. Dates of attendance, name of college, degree name, GPA, major

6. It’s perfectly acceptable to use personal pronouns (I, me, my) on a resume.
True
False

7. When listing your job history, list in this order:
A. Dates of employment first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, title/position
B. Name of employer first, followed by city/state of employer, title/position dates of employment
C. Name of employer first, followed by street address, phone number of employer, supervisors name, position/title, reason for leaving, salary
D. Title/position first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, dates of employment

8. What types of words are most important to include in your resume?
A. Action verbs and job-specific keywords
B. Colorful adjectives that describe you as a person
C. Multi-syllabic words that make you sound sophisticated
D. As much use as possible of the verb “to be”

9. Students with very little experience, especially minimal experience in their chosen field, should consider this resume technique:
A. Skillful exploitation of transferable and applicable skills
B. Use of a chrono-functional resume
C. Descriptions of class projects and coursework that are relevant to the chosen field
D. All of the above

10. Unpaid experience, such as you may have gained frominternships, sports, volunteer work and extracurricular activities, should be:
A. separated from paid experience
B. left off your resume altogether
C. incorporated with your paid experience
D. listed only on page 2 of your resume

11. Students who have or are pursuing a four-year degree and also have an associate’s degree from a community college should include the associate’s degree on their resumes.
True
False

12. It’s important to list references on a resume.
True
False

13. Students who belong to a greek organization should be sure to mention their fraternity or sorority by name on their resumes.
True
False

14. You should list hobbies and interests on your resume to make you more “human.”
True
False

15. You should be sure to list your high-school education on your resume.
True
False

16. Knowing that a prospective employer might try to reach you in your dorm room after you’ve sent out your resume, what kind of greeting should you have on your answering machine or voicemail?
A. A humorous greeting that enables the employer to see what a fun person you are
B. A musical greeting that gives the employer a glimpse into your cultural tastes
C. A greeting in which your roommate and several other people who live on your floor chime in so the employer can see how personable and popular you are
D. A professional greeting that tells the employer you are serious about job-hunting

17. Your Objective statement should be as general as possible so it won’t limit your job choices.
True
False

18. You should list all your coursework, or at least coursework in your major, on your resume.
True
False

19. It’s an unbreakable rule that a new graduate’s resume must be limited to one page.
True
False

20. One or two typos or misspellings on a resume won’t hurt if you’re well qualified for the job.
True
False

Part of being in an ROP class is learning how to fill out job applications and creating a resume.  Today we will talk about and fill out an online job application.  Click the image below to complete your application. When done, click Command – Shift – 4 to take a screen shot of the completed page.  It will save a picture onto your desktop.

Question 1:  A resume is…

a: 
An autobiography of one’s career life and professional experiences in order to secure employment.
b: 
A detailed listing of a job candidate’s skills, experiences, responsibilities and achievements as these relate to the position and company being targeted.
c: 
A complete listing of an individual’s education, work experience and professional training.


Question 2:  The purpose of a resume is to…

a: 
Establish a candidate’s qualifications for a position in order to secure an interview.
b: 
Establish a candidate’s qualifications for a position in order to secure employment.
c: 
Establish a candidate’s qualifications for a position in order to eliminate the competition.


Question 3:  The length of a resume must be…

a: 
One page, no longer.
b: 
Two pages, no longer.
c: 
Whatever number of pages is necessary to qualify the candidate.


Question 4:  The most important information on my resume is…

a: 
Job experience and education.
b: 
Contact information.
c: 
Achievements.


Question 5:  It’s okay to exaggerate information on my resume when…

a: 
I’m writing about older, less important positions and need to make my career path more logical.
b: 
I was shy of completing a degree by only a few credits – and a degree is a requirement of the position.
c: 
It’s never okay to exaggerate information in a resume.


Question 6:  When writing my resume, my main focus should be on…

a: 
Who will be reading my resume.
b: 
Presenting my best skills, experiences and achievements in priority.
c: 
The readability and visual presentation of my document.


Question 7:  When submitting my resume to a job advertisement, I need to make certain that…

a: 
I provide as many options for retrieving my resume as possible (ASCII, PDF, Word processed document, etc.).
b: 
I follow the directions of the ad explicitly.
c: 
I secure the name of the hiring manager or decision maker.


Question 8:  When salary history is required in an ad, I should…

a: 
Ignore the request. This information may damage my ability to compete for the position.
b: 
Include this information in its own document and submit it with my resume.
c: 
Include this information in the cover letter.


Question 9:  When salary requirements are requested in an ad, I should…

a: 
Address this in my resume and provide a specific salary amount.
b: 
Ignore the request. Salary requirements are best discussed at the interview stage.
c: 
Address this in my cover letter by providing a salary range or by indicating that salary is negotiable.


Question 10:  Certain personal information needs to be included in the resume, such as…

a: 
My name and contact information.
b: 
My name, contact information and date of birth.
c: 
My name, contact information, date of birth and number of dependents.


Question 11:  A potential employer is permitted to ask me the date(s) of my __________________ graduation, and, therefore, I should include this/these date(s) on my resume. 

a: 
high school
b: 
high school and college
c: 
college


Question 12:  Posting my resume on a job search database online will make my resume available to:

a: 
Potential employers.
b: 
Only those ads to which I respond.
c: 
Almost anyone, including my current employer.

Click on the image below and use Chapter 4 of your book to find the answer to the questions.

What (or who) is older?
A. Macintosh
B. Super Mario Brothers
C. IBM Portable Personal Computer
D. Mark Zuckerberg
The basic Macintosh cost $2,495 when it was first released. How much do you think an original Mac in good working order would fetch today?
A. $300
B. $995
C. $2,495
D. $5,000
How big is the screen on the original Macintosh?
A. 7-inch
B. 8-inch
C. 9-inch
D. 10-inch
How fast is the processor in the original Macintosh?
A. 4MHz
B. 8MHz
C. 16MHz
D. 32MHz
What company built the processor for the original Macintosh?
A. Motorola
B. IBM
C. Intel
D. Texas Instruments
Which of the following didn’t happen in 1984:
A. Dell Computer was founded
B. Tandy 1000 was introduced
C. Bill Gates was featured on the cover of Time
D. Microsoft Windows 1.0 was introduced
How much did it cost to produce Apple’s famous “1984” commercial television commercial that ran during the Super Bowl
A. < $10,000
B. < $100,000
C. < $1,000,000
D. < $10,000,000
The Macintosh Super Bowl ad was directed by movie and TV ad veteran Ridley Scott. What was Scott’s best-selling movie at the time?
A. Alien
B. Blade Runner
C. Beverly Hills Cop
D. Ghostbusters
What company originally developed the Graphical User Interface (GUI)?
A. Apple
B. Microsoft
C. Xerox
D. Sinclair
How many Macs did Apple sell in its first six months?
A. 1,000
B. 10,000
C. 100,000
D. 200,000

1. The term PC means
a. Private Computer
b. Personal Computer
c. Professional Computer
d. Personal Calculator

2. A _________ is an electronic device that processes data, converting it into information
a. Computer
b. Processor
c. Case
d. Stylus

3. _____ is processed by the computer into information
a. Number
b. Data
c. Picture
d. None of these

4. What is the default file extension for all Word documents?
a. txt
b. wrd
c. doc
d. none of these

5. CPU stands for –
a. Computer Processing Unit
b. Central Processing Unit
c. Computer Protection Unit
d. None of these

6. IC chips used in computers are usually made of
a. Lead
b. Silicon
c. Chromium
d. Gold

7. One kilobyte is equal to
1 1000 bytes
2 1024 bytes
3 100 bytes
4 1023 bytes

8. Which of the following is not an example of Operating System?
a. Windows 98
b. BSD Unix
c. Microsoft Office XP
d. Red Hat Linux

9. One Gigabyte is Approximately equal is
a. 100,000 bytes
b. 100,000,000 bytes
c. 100,000,000,000 bytes
d. None of these

10. A collection of 8 bits is called
a. byte
b. word
c. record
d. nibble

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