Times New Roman Is A Bad Choice For Résumés, Experts Say

Times New Roman may be a classic font, but it’s apparently a no-go when it comes to applying for a job.

Bloomberg recently spoke to a group of typography experts about the best and worst type fonts to use on a résumé. Times New Roman was labeled as respectable, but unadventurous and mundane.

“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” said Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design. Using the font in a résumé is akin to “putting on sweatpants” for an interview, he added.

Unsurprisingly, the typewriter-style font Courier and the jolly Comic Sans were also given the thumbs-down. Comic Sans shouldn’t even be looked at “unless you are applying to clown college,” Hoff said.

Among the favored fonts, Helvetica came out on top. The font “is beautiful,” said Matt Luckhurst, the creative director at brand consultancy firm Collins.

Go to Bloomberg to see the full list of best and worst résumé fonts.

Last month, Business News Daily posted its own list of the best fonts to use in a résumé.

“Since a prospective employer is looking at the résumé for only [a few] seconds, you want [a font] that is aesthetically pleasing and grabs the employer’s attention at a quick glance,” Wendi Weiner, a certified professional résumé writer and founder of The Writing Guru, told the website. “The résumé should be sophisticated in design with clear headings that stand out.”

Business News Daily picked Calibri, Garamond, Georgia and Trebuchet MS as some of their top résumé fonts.

Times New Roman also made the list, and was praised as being “clean” and “easy-to-read.” However, the website warned that “it may be construed as boring and unimaginative, and is unlikely to stand out in a sea of résumés.”

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/28/times-new-roman-resume-best-worst-fonts_n_7167390.html

This article was written by Dominique Mosbergen from Huffington Post and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


The Job.com Team Goes on the Hunt for Their Quarterly Team Builder

You may have heard of the Amazing Race but how about the Egg-Mazing Race?  It’s one of the scavenger hunts found on the growingly popular, photo-centric, Goose Chase App. Yesterday, the Job.com team formed groups, downloaded the app on their phones and took to the streets of downtown Fredericksburg to complete zany challenges and locate uncommon oddities all while taking in the sights and sounds of our beautiful city.

Among the numerous missions were to find a far away out of state license plate, take a group picture with a police officer, locate a historical monument (which wasn’t too difficult to do in historic Fredericksburg), snap a photo with a tower of 30 pennies, find a knight in shining armor, and take a photo of each group member reading a page from a New York Times bestseller.

The team ended the event by sharing their photos and stories of the hunt at their favorite local bakery.

3 Reasons You Need a New Job

Embarking on a new career can be scary.  What can be even scarier is the idea of being stuck in a job you hate for an indefinite amount of time.  If you haven’t convinced yourself to go after that dream job let us remind you of 3 reasons you’re ready for a change:

1.  You’re not living up to your full potential.  Whether you’re feeling under utilized, or just plain bored, if you find yourself giving less than 100% in your current position it’s time to call it quits.  While it may be unreasonable to just up and leave your job you should be doing everything you can to find more fulfilling work in your spare time. More than likely you possess a certain set of skills and qualifications that are being sought out by a variety of employers.  If you believe in yourself, and the work you’re capable of doing, the hiring manager will as well at interview time.

2.  You’re not making enough money.  Money doesn’t always buy happiness but it at least buys security.  If you’re not feeling secure with your existing income then you need to be earning more.  Research what other people in your position are making in your area and prepare to have a conversation with your boss if you’re making less than the average.  On the flip side, if you are being fairly compensated and having a hard time making ends meet you have a couple of options:  step it up at work and earn yourself a promotion, or find a job that pays more.  Either way you’ll have your work cut out for you, but it will be worth the bigger paycheck in the end.

3.  You crave better work/life balance.  Life isn’t much fun when it’s all work and no play.  More and more cases are being built around the benefits of the flexible work schedule, and many employers are embracing it.  If you work in an office setting but can work online from virtually anywhere, why not let anywhere be home?  Between long commutes and constant distractions at the office, there’s a good chance you can be more productive working at your house in your pjs!  If teleworking can provide you with the freedom and flexibility you desire, why not get in with a company that offers this type of working environment?

Life is too short to be unhappy.  With millions of job opportunities circulating Job.com and the entire Internet this minute, you’re bound to find a job you’ll love.  Jump start your search and find a better job today.  Don’t forget to update your cover letter and resume while you’re at it!

The Best (and Worst) Places to Find a Job in 2015

Curious about which cities in the country have the most employment opportunities? Here is a list of both the best, and worst cities for employment in 2015, according to Manpower’s 2015 Employment Outlook Survey.

Top Cities for Employment:  

Cape Coral, FL
McAllen, TX
Deltona, FL
Grand Rapids, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Oxnard, CA
Honolulu, HI
New Orleans, LA
Austin, TX
Charleston, SC

Cape Coral, Florida is ranked #1 for jobs

Cape Coral, Florida is ranked #1 for jobs

Worst Cities for Employment

Spokane, WA
Portland, OR
Syracuse, NY
Rochester, NY
Indianapolis, IN

The most jobs by outlook can be found in:

Hospitality
Retail
Transportation
Technology
Education
Healthcare

Celebrating the Season at Job.com

This week the Job.com team took some time away from the office to help out in the community as well as to celebrate the season with one another.  As second year volunteers for the Marine Toys For Tots Program, the team gathered at the Northern Virginia Toys for Tots Headquarters to sort toys, haul boxes and fill gift orders. Job.com is proud to work alongside the Marines and their close friends and family members in an effort to bring some joy to those less fortunate.  After a memorable day of giving the team circled back in their Fredericksburg, VA office for their annual luncheon. The event consisted of a gift exchange, a Mediterranean buffet, and ended with a 2014 Pop Culture Trivia contest.  There was plenty of food, fun and laughter at this joyous event.

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Give Yourself the Gift of a New Job this Holiday Season

We can all afford a little extra cash during the holidays

We can all afford a little extra cash during the holidays

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, it may be tempting to put off your job search until the New Year. However both the job and labor markets are strengthening which give you two very good reasons for maintaining your motivation for finding a new job. If you find yourself coming up short on ideas on where to apply, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the top industries hiring job seekers of all backgrounds from skilled workers to savvy business professionals.

1.  Retail – The number one industry hiring right now is retail. Stores small and large are always looking for a variety of new employees this time of year.

2.  Transportation – This industry is hot on hiring right now. Companies are gearing up for the hectic holiday travel and gift giving season.

3.  Automotive – With auto sales steadily rising there is no time like the present to search for jobs in this industry.

4.  Telecommunications – As both business and consumer technology continues to evolve, more and more jobs will become available in the Telecommunications and Wireless Industry.

5.  Insurance – With Obamacare entering its second year of open enrollment, insurance companies are staffing up to help guide consumers through the process.

Start searching jobs in these industries and more and find yourself a new job this holiday season!

 

It’s a Homemade Halloween at the Job

Although it’s difficult to break away from our desks and the work that surrounds us, research has proven that a little play in the office helps with employee productivity. Today the Job.com team celebrated that notion with a sweet and savory Halloween party.  The treats along with the costumes were mostly homemade which made this gathering a festive one.

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The Art of the Job Search – Always Be Looking

You may have heard the phrase “Always Be Learning.” To be the best you can be, in your professional and personal life, this certainly holds true. We can and should always be learning. Learning doesn’t cease just because we receive a degree or reach a certain age. We can always learn more about our surroundings and others.

There is another phrase to follow in life – Always Be Looking. If the recession and economic uncertainty of past years taught us one thing, it could be that we never know the real security of our jobs and lifestyles. One day we can have it all, and the next day be forced to look for a new opportunity. While the shock of being laid off or having our companies close cannot be lessened through preparation, we should always be learning and looking. Looking for other opportunities in our field, or in other fields, and keeping our options open.

Know Where Your Industry is Going. Are the number of job opportunities growing in your field, or are positions like yours disappearing? By constantly looking for job opportunities, you can spot trends, gain the education you need, and be proactive in your career.

Give Yourself Goals. Research jobs you would want down the road. If you are in college or a training school, look for positions you would want to apply to after graduation. If you are in a field and want to move up (and who doesn’t), look at the descriptions and requirements of those jobs that would appeal to you in 1 year, 5 years, or more. Create a path to success by gaining the education and experience needed for those positions.

Create a Game Plan for a Worst-Case Scenario. If you lost your job next week, what would be your first steps? By regularly researching the types of jobs available in your field, and the companies where you would want to work, you would have knowledge of where to begin your next aggressive job search.

Job.com is a job board with a focus of putting America Back to Work. If you are ready to continue (or begin) your resolution to Always Be Looking, visit our site to conduct tailored job searches and research tools available to reach employers and recruiters across the nation. As always, the Job.com team wishes you success!

The Art of the Job Search – When to Disclose Information to a Potential Employer

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It can be difficult to access when, in the course of the job application process, you should disclose specific information to a potential employer. Laws regarding disclosure of disability information, for example, can be strict for an employer. On the other hand, you may feel that it would be potentially harmful not to disclose information to the employer when they are considering you for a position.

The first thing to know is that you should not disclose information regarding disabilities during the application process. During the application and interview processes, an employer should not ask if you need special accommodations to perform the job, if you are taking any medications, or how long it will take for an injury to heal, for example. Only when you receive a conditional offer can these questions be asked.

With many positions, a potential employee is given a conditional offer, meaning you must first pass a drug test or job performance test before a formal offer can be presented. This is the time to provide information about accommodations you may need to perform the job. Once you receive the offer, you should disclose information about your disability, your pregnancy, or any other conditions that may affect job performance.

Once you have disclosed the information to the employer, they must prove an undue hardship as a reason for not hiring you. An undue hardship can be defined as a special circumstance or expense that makes you exempt from the position. If you require very expensive equipment to perform a job, for instance, the employer must demonstrate how the cost of the equipment is not financially feasible for the company.

Providing information to an employer is an important step to take before beginning a new position. However, wait until you have the job offer before disclosing the information. As with any new job, make sure your offer is confirmed before giving notice at your current job.

You can learn more about your rights as an employee at ADA.gov (Americans with Disabilities Act), and the U.S. Department of Labor website.