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Kim Kardashian west is one of the most well-known and easily recognisable names in the world, and while the KUWTK star is rolling in job offers for brand endorsements, TV roles and makeup appearances, us mere mortals have only our CVs and charm to rely on when it comes to securing a job. 

However, one person has utilised their online nod of approval from Kim K herself to stand out from the crowd.

Twitter user, blogger and author Chris Sumlin is on the career hunt, and under the accomplishments section of the resume, he added that Kim Kardashian has personally tweeted him to applaud his work.

'Retweeted by Kim Kardashian West for impressive work in graduate school,' the CV reads.

'Y’all I added that @KimKardashian retweeted my graduate school paper on my resume and I’ve already booked THREE job interviews in less than a week' he tweeted. 

'This woman’s influence is helping me secure a bag.'

Kim herself saw his tweet – and responded. 'Good luck! I hope you get the jobs!' she wrote. 

Chris has already updated his CV once more for potential employers, letting them know that his hunt for the career of his dreams has been given Kim's seal of approval once again.

The Grad Student faced a little bit of criticism for his tweets and association with Kim – with one tweeter asking if the secret to securing employment was to make a sex tape, a dig at Kim's original fame stunt – one which she rode the wave of to become one of the world's most successful and prosperous brands. 

In response, Chris said: 'No the secret to scoring a job interview is to leverage social media to create opportunities for yourself not use it to hate and talk mess with a stock photo as an avi.'

Yes queen – lets use these opportunities to build one another up not dismiss one another's achievements. 


Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd when they hand in their CV… and as a result, many of us end up using the same words to show just how unique we are when applying for jobs. Pretty ironic.

According to research conducted by LinkedIn, saying that you’re an ‘experienced, enthusiastic, and successful worker’ may not help you land your dream job, as they’re among the 10 most overused words in CVs.

Their analysis drew from the profiles of their world-wide membership, Red reports, including 23 million users in the UK, to see what the most common CV buzzwords are.

The following are the top 10 words to delete from your CV so you don’t seem like every other Tom, Dick, or Harry:

  • Experienced
  • Specialise
  • Motivated
  • Passionate
  • Skilled
  • Leadership
  • Excellent
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Successful

Uh oh. Looks like we may need to do some tidying up of our CVs.

With recruiters using keywords to identify the ideal candidates, we’re encouraging members to ensure they’re using the right words to land their dream job,’ said Darain Faraz, LinkedIn’s Careers Expert.

‘There has never been a better time to ensure the words you choose are selling you as powerfully as they would do in an interview,’ he added.

If you are on a job hunt, the site thankfully has some advice to help you get that corner office.

Firstly, they recommend that you ensure your online presence sells you in the best way possible by listing all relevant skills that you’ve gained through your work experience. Startups hiring for engineers are sometimes looking for candidates online and if you have a good online presence, they might notice you and reach out to you.

As well, LinkedIn notes that it’s important to show some personality in your phrasing, while still remaining professional.

Show, don’t tell, is another big one. If you describe yourself as creative, why not include projects or design work that shows just how talented you are?

There’s a whole lot of fish in the job sea, so you only have a matter of seconds to capture a recruiter’s attention.

Finally, networking both online and in person can keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in your field, and put you in touch with the right people.

Happy job hunting, ladies.


When you finish school, college or an internship, it can be terribly frustrating when it seems like nothing is moving and no employer wants you.

*Cue feelings of disappointment and inadequacy*

You think you have the experience, right? So, why are you getting zero responses from your chosen employers?

Even if you think you might be doing everything perfectly, it turns out that many of us can slip up on a few simple aspects.

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Writing for the Huffington Post, Nancy Laws, who has been in the recruiting game for years, writes, “Moving from one interview to the next without a positive response can be frustrating, but the problem, no matter how much it may suck, might be with you.”

So, to avoid these pitfalls, here are five pieces of advice on how to get your foot in the door:

Be honest

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This is rule numero uno. While researching this piece, nearly every recruiter said that they were shocked by how many people lie on their CV.

From putting down job titles that they never had to internships they never completed, nobody is going to hire a dishonest person.

One business manager told HP, “The moment I realise that an applicant has been dishonest, I simply move on. What’s the point of trusting a dishonest person?”


Be qualified

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By applying for a job you’re not qualified for, you’re not only wasting your own time, but the employer’s time too – and that will leave a bad taste in their mouths.

It pays to acknowledge your qualifications and whether or not these are fit for the job you are applying for as a company’s hiring process is a strenuous one. The human resources department will require you to present your qualifications for the job you are applying for, this in itself is a profession worthy to take note of and you might even consider taking a human resources mba if this is in line with your preferred career path.

“Applying for a Sales and Accounts Manager position, with a background in childcare is a bit over ambitious and slightly annoying,” says the HP’s career guru.

In other words, be smart about what job you apply for.


Be enthusiastic

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We know that going for an interview can be stressful and in some cases, you just turn into an overflowing bag of nerves, but failing to show enthusiasm for the job is not a great way to make a first impression.

Acknowledge your nerves but don’t let them stop you from communicating your passion for the job. “How you speak, how you enter the room, and how comfortable you look are really important,” says John Lees, a career strategist for the Harvard Business Review.

If you’re excited in the interview, the employer will leave feeling good about you.


Remember, you’re worthy

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This is one thing that hinders most people when applying for a job. You might be the best candidate for it, but then you enter the interview and downplay your achievements, or don’t communicate them properly.

“If your past achievements are not directly related to the job, but you’ve demonstrated a great ability to learn and adapt to new situations, you should very clearly articulate that,” says John.

Employers want to know how valuable you are to their company, so learn how to communicate your best assets; it’ll bring you and your employer closer to understanding each other.


Dress appropriately

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Now, we’re not saying you need to don your best Hilary trouser suit to every interview, but know what is appropriate and, well… what’s not.

We’re told by Nancy Laws, “The way you choose to dress for an interview is a reflection of the value that you will bring to the position, and a reflection of how you value yourself.”

Going to an interview dressed in the latest NYFW trend might not impress a banker, but if you’re being interviewed for a quirky fashion magazine, then work away.


Now, go in and knock ’em dead.



Even if you're more than qualified for a certain job, it's important to remember that your prospective employer will meet your CV before they even come close to meeting you.

A badly written CV could be the difference between you getting the chance to sell yourself in an interview and simply getting another rejection letter.

Make an incredible first impression by checking over your CV to ensure it doesn't fall foul of any of these common mistakes.

1. Spelling and grammar issues
Even in a job where writing skills are not key, it is SO important to have perfect spelling and grammar on your CV and cover letter. Typos and incorrect grammar show a lack of care and could send your CV straight to the bin. Check and double check everything before you send it, read your cover letter aloud to yourself to ensure the grammar sounds right, and if you have notoriously bad spelling ask a friend to vet everything on your behalf!

2.  No personal profile
A couple of lines at the beginning of your CV is a great way to grab the reader's attention and let them see that it's worth their while reading on. Launching into your education and experience details straight off the bat will just bore prospective employers and leave them skipping to the end.

3. Rambling
Being clear and concise is a great way to show that you are organised and have good attention to detail. Avoid long and rambling sentences, especially on your CV – don't use 50 words where you could use five.

4. Not tailoring your CV
Certain previous roles will be more relevant to particular jobs, so tailor your experience to suit the role you are applying for. If you are applying for a customer service role, try to focus on relevant elements of your duties and achievements in previous jobs – for example, that you worked in a busy café and had to be personable and help to manage customer problems on a daily basis. Small changes or alterations can ensure your CV is the one that stands out.

5. Leaving gaps in your experience
Even if you were off backpacking without a job for six months, or were on the dole while waiting for something new, it's best not to leave a large gap on your resumé. If you were volunteering, interning, blogging, taking night classes, babysitting or doing anything constructive with your time, mention it! Otherwise, prospective employers have every right to assume you just sat on your bum for eight months.

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