Resume Writing: It’s All About What You Leave Out
by Louise Fletcher - Dec, 2012
I’m taking an art class at the moment and one of the lessons being drummed into us is that what you leave out of a painting or drawing is just as important as what you include. As I was working on a landscape sketch last night, and making the decision to ignore a whole line of trees, it struck me that the exact same principle applies to resume writing or creating online profiles on sites like LinkedIn. You could tell e...
Six Steps To A Polished & Relevant Resume
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
Giving your resume a polished, professional look and feel proves to employers that you are detail-oriented, take your job search seriously, and know what it takes to stand out. Sloppy or boring resumes (e.g. too much white space, generic wording, errors, etc.) are the ones that end up lost somewhere in HR or in the trash. But, there are several steps to make your resume stand out as polished and professional. Here are just som...
Two Quick Steps To Help Your Resume Stand Out
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
If you are like most professionals (myself included), you have submitted the same resume for multiple positions without much thought to whether your skills or experience matched well with the position. However, unless you are in a trade where your responsibilities are largely the same with each company (e.g. roofing, housekeeping, etc.), your resume should not be identical for every position. Also, hiring managers can almo...
You Don't Need to Pack Your Resume With Keywords
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2012
Resumes are not a science; nor do they require mathematical algorithms to land that next great interview. While using language in your resume that mirrors your target company's needs is imperative, keyword packing is not. In other words, know your audience, be precisely focused in your target job, and let the words bubble up intuitively. The following are five reasons you should spread your energies and job search mark...
5 ways to create a dynamic Résumé
by Debra Ann Matthews - Dec, 2012
I. Give your set of skills a Title – Demographic Description – “Professional Logistics Specialist, Aviation Production Expert” II. Describe the Problem that existed on the job prior to your employment, then Note the Action that you and your colleagues took to solve it. “Instituted Employee Morale System in Response to High Turnover Rate, Resulting in 10% Retention Increase in 12 month”. III. Add color that reflects your p...
Compelling Reasons for Keeping the Resume Updated
by Beth Colley - Dec, 2012
Very few professionals these days have the luxury of staying with the same company, much less job, for more than 5 years. Considering the statistics are stacked against you, I advise updating your resume annually if not every six months. The biggest mistake that many professionals make today is thinking that they only need a resume when they are in a job search. If you’re one of those professionals, here are some compelling re...
How to Write Your Resume When You’re NOT The Perfect Candidate
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2012
If your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps (such as a gap in work history or job hopping), you’re among the multitudes in this job market. Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer the way they once did. I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-s...
Top 5 tips for your resume
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
Are you lost and unsure about your resume or cover letter? Here are 5 things to keep in mind when writing your resume: 1. Keep it short – Keep it at two pages or less. Most people hiring prefer one page, but two pages is okay if the content is appropriate. For example, someone who has had a longer career. 2. First Person Implied – As a rule, your resume should be written in first person implied. No, you don’t want to...
“How Long Should My Resume Be?”
by Louise Fletcher - Nov, 2012
Of all the questions we get asked, this has to be one of the most common. For some reason, resume length is one of those things lots of people have a firm opinion on, but – to be honest – few have any real basis for that opinion. For example, there are many people who will tell you that your resume must be only one-page long. This is a myth (as I explain here) and should be ignored! Others – generally those over 50 – will...
10 scary job search mistakes
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
It's a spooky time of year. Ghoulish decorations, goblins, and jack-o-lanterns abound, reminding us that it's time to stock up on bowls of candy for greedy trick-or-treaters. It's also a good reminder to make sure that you aren't frightening off hiring managers and squandering opportunities to land jobs. Is it time to dress up your job search strategy? You don't need to transform into someone else altogether, but if you ha...
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