A resume is the first place to start when looking for a great job. It needs to be accurate and up to date. It should be formatted to the style of the job. A resume for a lawyer would look different than one for a janitor. Some people use a professional to help them write the initial resume. They then change it to match different jobs they are applying for. It needs to be concise and to the point and allow the potential employer the chance to know a little bit about the new employee. It is only the starting point and a way to get a foot into the door though. Usually, at least one interview will follow the acceptance of the resume.

Because of the recent economy, there is a lot of competition for most jobs. Remember, this is the first introduction and so it is important for the resume to be done in a professional manner.

Sometimes in the workplace there are cultural differences. These can be seen or unseen. They may be hard to understand, and the new employees will often have to learn how to fit in the team. It is important to emphasis the ability to be flexible in the resume. Being able to work with people with different views and personalities can often be difficult to do. A lot of conflict goes on when employees cannot forget their cultural differences and work together.

Cultural differences are not just between different nationalities, they are between people who have different religious views. Political ideas and age can also cause people to think and behave differently. It is important to adjust and leave preconceived ideas at home before coming to work each morning.

The latest way to write a resume is to include a section on how conflicts can be handled in the workplace. Cultural conflict often causes problems for employees and management does not want to spend time managing employees who cannot get along. Having the ability to get along with people will allow most applicants the chance to get that first interview.

Take plenty of time before completing the resume. Make sure it speaks well and points out all strengths. It should be updated often, so if someone has been looking for a job for several months, they might want to review all the facts in the original resume. Out of date facts will not only provide confusion, they will often cause someone to lose a chance for an interview.

I was lucky to grow up in a culturally diverse area knowing a lot of different people from all different walks of life.

Anjelah Johnson

If writing a resume seems very difficult to do, it is a good idea to seek outside help. Some people go for several months and never get a first interview and it is because their resume is not well written. Ask a friend to look it over and offer their honest opinion. A good resume can make all the difference as to whether someone gets the job or not. It is one of the most important parts of the job search. Do it well and it will provide great opportunities.

Cultural Differences at Work

Cultural differences at work can cause significant problems between employees. When the dominant culture does not understand the backgrounds of minority employee cultures, problems can occur that stifle creativity, a congenial work environment and productivity. Decreased productivity and an unpleasant working environment increase employee turnover, labor costs and overall business expenses. This can also mar a company’s reputation with customers, vendors and other companies in the industry. Cultural differences can also, however, be a boon to a business if it is treated as an asset instead of a liability.

Diversity as a Buzzword

Diversity is one of the latest human resources buzzwords. Companies use it on their hiring webpages to demonstrate their commitment to hiring people from all backgrounds. A true commitment to diversity is more than just hiring people who have different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds, however. It is creating a workplace that truly values having people from different backgrounds as part of the labor force.

Way to Air Grievances

Employees often dread diversity training because of its focus on being politically correct and accepting of everyone. However, diversity training can also include a way for employees to ask each other questions about their ways of life and a venue for employees to present information about their own cultures.

Employees have an opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings or break down stereotypes of their cultures when they can speak about them openly. Additionally, when an employee from a minority culture acknowledges misconceptions, worries, stereotypes or other misinformation about his or her culture during an explanation of the home culture, it helps to immediately set members of the dominant culture at ease. Their fears and confusions are openly acknowledged. They are more ready to listen and ask questions.

When whispers and other similar, isolating cultures in a workplace stop, employees can truly start to learn from each other. Ideas can form, and new strategies, processes and products can be successfully, and profitably, developed and distributed. In an atmosphere of tolerance and safety, airing these questions and viewpoints can help employees learn to accept and value their colleagues.

Positive, Productive Relationships

Barriers are broken down, and friendships may begin to form when employees understand where their workmates come from and why they may act or speak a certain way. Such relationships can increase creativity, productivity and create better working teams. Employees begin to see each other as being on the same side, working toward the same goals of individual professional development and improving the organization.

Employees of different backgrounds do not have to stay in a situation of unspoken mistrust and confusion. Talking about the differences at least once can help an organization grow and develop. New employees will notice a good team that works together, despite the differences in cultures present in the company. They will see that the organization draws strength and an edge from its diversity. They learn to value the company’s diversity, and they are more likely to stay on for a long period of time and positively contribute to its work.