Why Sacrificing Soft Skills Weakens Your Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2013
International Talent Management Strategist Dorothy Dalton recently wrote a compelling blog post:“The Hard Truth About Soft Skills,” which absolutely nails the value of soft skills in a career story resume. Dalton describes how resumes that come to her attention often do so based on the “high incidence of hard skills in the text,” but goes on to assert that “… unless the resume or professional profile tells an engaging acc...
Executive Resume Checklist
by Jean Cummings - Dec, 2013
Be sure your resume meets all these criteria so that you can stand out in a competitive field of applicants. Your career brand and your value proposition 1. The reader can grasp a "reason to hire you" inside of 3 seconds. 2. The recruiter or hiring authority can get a sense of your career brand, that is, what makes you YOU professionally and distinguishes your from the competition. 3. The recruiter or hirin...
3 Simple Questions to Help You Write a Better Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2013
It can be daunting to think about trying to put your entire career history into a two-page document. Especially when you have 10+ years of career experience, are trying to make a career transition, or have had a few bumps along the way. Sometimes, asking yourself a few questions can really help get the creative juices flowing and can help you frame up your resume—making those blank areas a little easier to fill in. When you si...
Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2013
Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that p...
How to Best describe the Objective in your Resume
by Shweta Khare - Nov, 2013
First impressions must make an impact, to be precise, to show respect and to be courteous is what it takes to make a pleasant and lasting one. You might be able to do it in person but how good are you on it at writing – and especially when you are applying for a job your resume and cover letter are the ones that make this special first impression. And of course to make that impact, be sure to polish your objective and that...
Is Embellishing Your Resume Part of the Job Search Game?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
I was in a radio interview with the Local Job Network team this week discussing the perfect balance of a resume—and not overselling or understating yourself. And this question came up: It’s often perceived that embellishing one’s skills or experience is a part of the “game” of getting a job. What do you say? I would say that the real issue is that most job seekers do not know how to effectively market themselves and show...
Resumes That Work
by Judith Lindenberger - Nov, 2013
If you are looking for a job, writing a resume is one of the first steps you need to take. The goal of a resume is to get you in the door with prospective employers. And, you have about 30 seconds to grab the reader's attention. As the former Manager of Staffing for a Fortune 500 company, certified career counselor, and board member of several nonprofit organizations, I have reviewed thousands of resumes. Based upon my exp...
How To Get Your Resume Past An Applicant Tracking System & Into The Hands of Hiring Authorities
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
The Internet has significantly altered the job search landscape. Easy online availability of information about industries, professions and companies have created a very small world, essentially rendering physical distance irrelevant when it comes to looking for employment. Now, someone in Los Angeles can not only find about a job opening in New York, but can apply for the position just as easily as someone who lives acro...
How to be a Polite Pest Using Your Resume
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2013
Here is a very helpful article that our certified resume writer, Jasmine Marchong, shared with me recently about being a polite pest during your job search… (I’m telling our clients this all the time by the way, be a pest, just be professional and polite about it!) We’re doing this as a Q&A format again to help you think outside the box using your resume as a tool for your search. Read the article here. Hallie: How can you...
How to Write a Resume the Employer Wants to Read
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
Over the past few weeks I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes—and to my dismay, they’ve all looked and sounded the same. I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to give job seekers the advice that replicating an unoriginal career summary or objective statement on their resume was a sound job searching practice. But whoever did that should be blacklisted from providing career advice to job seekers. I can assure you (and I’m...
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