June 15, 2018

Hidden Truths of Employment: Insights from HR Experts

The world of employment is filled with secrets; secrets that all companies, HR departments, and hiring managers try to keep to themselves. Why not have a look at some of these secrets as revealed by top HR personnel and managers?

Resume Secrets:

  1. Once you’re unemployed for more than six months, HR people assume that you are unemployable and pass you over.

  2. When it comes to getting a job, who you know does matter; it’s all about connections.

  3. Even in jobs where there are test applicants and those with the top scores are supposed to get the job, some hiring managers fix scores to get the people they like.

  4. Only a few HR managers read cover letters.

  5. Your email highly indicates your personality, and HR people will judge you based on it if it is inappropriate.

  6. If you’re in your 50s or 60s, never mention your graduation year on your resume.

  7. A resume should range between one and two pages; it should never be presented in a small font.

  8. Never include children and hobbies on a resume.

  9. Interview Secrets:

  10. Never act yourself in the interview, but rather show your skills and experience.

  11. Never ask about the type of business of the company where you plan to work; research it beforehand.

  12. A lot of managers don’t want to hire people with young kids, and they use all sorts of tricks to find that out, illegally.

  13. Sometimes it is harder to get a job if you’re overweight.

  14. Turn off your phone during an interview; don’t just silence it.

  15. Salary Negotiation Secrets:

  16. Never accept the job immediately. Say you need to think about it overnight.

  17. If you are asked about the expected salary, don’t answer and say that you are flexible or that it depends on the responsibilities of the job.

  18. Don’t ever lie about your salary. Most previous employers share this info with future employers.

General Secrets:

  1. Don’t have a weak handshake; people will judge you for that.

  2. If you have a question, go to the office of the HR manager, and never corner him in the bathroom.

  3. Don’t try to gain the sympathy of the HR manager by revealing how important it is for you to get the job; companies aren’t charities.

  4. Companies are always watching their employees; they even keep records of every call, text, tweet, and instant message.

Now that you have been introduced to some of the secrets of HR, keep these in mind while sending your resume, having your interview, and negotiating your salary and benefits.


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