Standard English & Proper Grammar

Standard English & Proper Grammar

The grammar used on your resume says a lot about you and today we want to address capitalization.

We were recently asked:

When is it correct to spell out United States, and when should we use the abbreviations US, U.S., and USA?

Good question!

As with many grammar questions, there are differences of opinion, but here are some generally accepted guidelines you can follow:

  1. Short forms, such as U.S., are common in casual language, and using a full name or title is considered more appropriate in formal language. So, for example, when giving a speech, you should always say "The United States of America."  (The full form is also more dramatic.)
  2. In writing, use the full form, United States, as a noun, and U.S. (with periods inserted and no spaces) as an adjective describing another noun, as in these examples:
    • In the United States, many people work full time.
    • The U.S. Postal Service is in financial trouble. (U.S. is an adjective describing Postal Service)
  3. Finally, use of the abbreviation USA is limited. You will find it in some proper nouns, especially the names of media sources such as the newspaper USA Today, the cable television channel USA Network, and websites like USAaircraft.com. It can also be used in mailing addresses and fixed expressions such as "Made in the USA." Unless you are quoting a source, however, you do not need to use it. 

Why should you learn to use proper grammar?

The quality of your writing often has a huge influence on the first impression you make on people. People judge you based on how you write and speak. Taking the time to follow the rules of Standard English in your formal writing and speech allows you to present yourself in the best possible light.

We hope this helps when writing your resume!

Examples:

Correct - United States Army, U.S. Army

Incorrect - US Army

New Hosted Careers Mini Site Features

Avjobs is flexing its muscle in aviation recruiting with more ways for business to promote aviation job listings. The new Hosted Careers Mini Site feature gives companies another way to attract top talent to current openings. These Mini Sites also help companies to market their products, services, news and announcements to connect with more followers on social networks and promote themselves with the Aviation Ad Network to get their open position in front of more candidates.

All employer accounts come with the new Hosted Careers Mini Site feature, and Avjobs is experimenting with a slew of new features tied to mini sites. Based on the traffic and behavior behavior we’ve seen on Avjobs, we’re running tests on job postings and applications from candidates to improve the overall effectiveness of the process.

Another new posting notification feature allows companies to formally share a job opening with related details like job title, company name and location. The special delivery and formatting differentiates job postings from other content and attracts eyeballs in the crowded job availability market and applicant pool.

Company job postings show up on the Hosted Careers Mini Site, creating a dedicated landing place where companies can send job seekers. Companies get the added benefit of potentially gaining new followers whether or not someone applies for the open position, compared to a relatively static Careers page on a company’s website.

Job postings include an “Apply Now” button that launches a standard job application flow, but pre-populated with information from a user’s profile. That helps people quickly apply for jobs without typing in redundant information.

Submitted applications are received by companies as an Avjobs Message (job application) sent to the email address of the company’s recruiter, website or ATS.

Avjobs added personalized RSS Feeds for company jobs last year, which provide additional syndication in the aviation industry. Now businesses are also able to show their job postings to more people with Aviation Ad Network ad offerings. Avjobs opportunity here combines its ubiquitous reach, personal data and engagement.

Avjobs applicant profiles, are filled with extensive information about their past jobs titles, employers, education and interests. Recruiters can target job posting ads so they reach people with the right credentials in preferred locations. And because people browse Avjobs and the thousands of Aviation Ad Network publisher sites constantly, those users are likely to eventually see the ads.

Most Avjobs users visit when they’re updating their profile about a new job, or are actively looking for one. But Avjobs can reach people not even thinking about a job, yet could be convinced to apply for the chance at a higher salary or better job title.

That’s the same reason Avjobs has been able to build giant brand and performance advertising businesses. Avjobs offers demand generation, drumming up interest people didn’t know they had.

Understanding the Hiring Funnel

Understanding the Hiring “Funnel” can Help You Gauge Your Chances Understanding the Hiring “Funnel” can Help You Gauge Your Chances

In recruiting, we have what is known as a “hiring funnel” or yield model for every job, which helps recruiting leaders understand how many total applications they need to generate in order to get a single hire. As an applicant, this funnel reveals your chances of success at each step of the hiring process. For the specific case of an online job posting, on average, 1,000 individuals will see a job post, 200 will begin the application process, 100 will complete the application, 75 of those 100 resumes will be screened out by either the ATS or a recruiter, 25 resumes will be seen by the hiring manager, 4 to 6 will be invited for an interview, 1 to 3 of them will be invited back for final interview, 1 will be offered that job and 80 percent of those receiving an offer will accept it (Talent Function Group LLC).

 

Why do some companies post jobs as confidential?

Why do some companies post jobs as confidential?

A "Confidential" posting means that the company chooses to remain anonymous. This typically happens for one of a few reasons.

  • Some companies don't want it to be publicly known they are hiring. Perhaps they haven't advertised it even to their own employees.
  • Sometimes they are going to replace a person who doesn't know it yet and they don’t want them mistakenly finding out they are interviewing for the position.
  • Perhaps they don't want their competitors knowing what sort of skill set they are looking for.
  • Perhaps they don't want their stock prices to drop when the public realizes the star employee with the brilliant ideas' is retiring and needs to be replaced.
  • In some cases, someone is about to get fired and the company is looking to find a replacement without tipping them off
  • The company doesn't want to deal with the sea of people wanting to follow up via the phone. Yes when it says, "No phone calls" they are serious. It is not a test to see if you really want the job and so you will call. Keep in mind that the average posting gets about 1000 people looking at it and so they would have to hire someone full time just to field the phone calls about the job or the calls of "I just want to make sure you got my resume"

We get a lot of posted jobs from a lot of "famous personalities" and what these companies want is normal professionals applying to jobs. What they don't want is a John Travolta/Seattle Seahawks/Garth Brooks fan applying to a job that they don't have any business going after.

We manually screen each posting and run a check on all new employers using the site so the reality is that a confidential posting can really be one of the "better" jobs that we have on the site.

Unfortunately we cannot reveal to anyone who the company is.

We realize that for some job seekers who are currently employed you don't want to apply to a confidential job at their own company (this has happened) or otherwise let your current employer know that you are looking.

This industry is filled with go getters, if you are looking and you get "caught" congratulations, you are just like everyone else.

If you are not happy in your job or if your employer isn't challenging you enough then by all means get out there and find a new job. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why they might want to be confidential.

Our advice is to apply, you really have nothing to lose.