Words That Should Never Be On Your Resume
A resume is your calling card. Your first impression. Your bait to reel in the big fish. Unfortunately, instead of live bait, far too many job seekers are fishing for new jobs with nothing more than a lifeless, rotting worm.
• Flexible - If you’re applying for a contortionist position at the circus, then by all means list this trait. Otherwise, nix it..
• Highly Qualified - Newsflash – the person looking over your resume will decide for him or herself if you’re highly qualified.
• "Hard Worker" - The vast majority of the other candidates also work hard, as this is a basic requirement and nothing that needs to be pointed out on a resume.
• "Innovative" - Don’t just say you’re innovative, prove it. If you took it upon yourself to find a new revenue stream with a brilliant idea, then just say that.
• "Problem Solver" - Just saying you’re a problem solver is a problem because the hiring manager doesn’t know what problems you’ve solved.
Global Benefits Analyst
• Minimum of 7 years of benefits design and administration experience with exposure to global benefits
• Extensive vendor management and analysis experience
• Knowledge of all compliance / regulatory requirements for employee benefit programs in the US and globally
Last week, the Department of Labor reported that July was the sixth straight month the economy added over 200,000 jobs, the first time that’s happened since the late 1990’s. It is noteworthy that the labor market's recovery now includes solid job gains spreading to industries such as architecture/engineering, finance and computers. Previously, the increases were dominated by low-wage jobs in sectors such as restaurants and home healthcare. Hopefully, this is a good sign for Human Resources professionals looking for a new opportunity as well.
Here at BTHR, we have seen some growth in the availability of both contract and permanent positions in recent months and have even experienced a shortage of available candidates for some positions. The difficulty finding candidates is sometimes a result of geography and salary/hourly rates, but with the unemployment rate for professionals with college degrees at around 3.5%, there is a smaller pool of potential candidates for contract opportunities.
On a more positive note, we’ve also seen somewhat less resistance to leaving a current position thanks to a increased confidence in the overall status of the job market as open enrollment begins to heat up for benefit departments throughout the country and many employers start to address projects that have been on the back burner for a while.
Approach to Voluntary Benefits
The Looming Shortfall in Human Resources
Workplace Benefits That Are Disappearing
Making ‘Benefits Information Amnesia’ a Distant Memory
Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends
Making a Friend in HR Can Help Your Career
Unum: Employee Satisfaction With Benefits Lowest In Six Years
The correlation between the satisfaction of the benefits package and the employer remains strong, but employee ratings of their workplaces and benefits offerings are at their lowest levels since 2008, new research by Unum has found.
It is the lowest rating of benefits in six years of conducting the research.
• 49% of U.S. workers rated their employer as an excellent or very good place to work and 47% of employees who were offered benefits by their employer rated their benefits as excellent or very good
• 77% of workers who rated their benefits package as excellent or very good also said their employer was an excellent or a very good place to work
• Only 17% of employees who considered their benefits package to be fair or poor also said their workplaces were excellent or very good.
Dalicandro, vice president of the consumer solutions group at Unum, said
the research also pointed to the importance of providing education and
guidance to employees about their employer-sponsored benefits.
The online survey polled 3,031 adults 18 or older. Of those 3,031 adults, 1,521 were either working full or part-time or were self-employed.