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  Résumé Help: The Case of the Prickly Profile
by Debra Wheatman - Feb, 2013
Today we explore the case of the prickly profile. What is a prickly profile? It is a profile that detracts readers. Just as the thorns of a prickly cactus prevent animals from taking a bite, a prickly profile can prevent prospective employers from reading the remainder of a résumé. In other words – no interview! Here are ways David can remove the thorns from his profile and entice a hiring employer to take a bite....
 
  Examples of Great Resume Objective Statements (Errr … I Mean Personal Branding Statements)
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2013
If you are sitting at your computer trying to come up with a really great objective statement to start off your resume with you might find yourself sitting there for a while tapping your fingers. The problem with objective statements is that they focus on what you want instead of how you can meet the needs of the employer. I encourage you to reconsider using an objective statement on your resume and instead use a personal bran...
 
  Why Your Resume Should NEVER Have an Objective Statement
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2013
I get the idea behind an objective statement; I really do. You want the employer to know what your job search goal is. But the problem with objective statements is the way they’re written. I’ve never seen an objective statement that was not broad and unclear. They’re basically a waste of crucial real estate on your resume. Below, I’m going to list a few examples of poorly written objective statements. I think you’ll agree they...
 
  8 Resume Do Nots
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Please do not do any of the following on your resume: 1. Do not add an objective. Add a branding statement that identifies the type of professional that you are. Indicate your subject matter expertise. Hiring officials are looking for problem solvers and goal attainees. Demonstrate what you do well in a branding statement. For example: Interior Designer High School Science Teacher General Manager Senior Management E...
 
  5 Elements of a Mediocre Resume – Hello Again, Trash Can …
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Has a lackluster resume response rate left you wondering if your resume or the job market is to blame for your shortage of interviews? Take a quick look at my list of five basics of a mediocre resume to help determine if your resume is to blame for your interview famine. Mediocre Resume Component #1 – A vanilla, undistinguished introduction or profile. If the introductory statement on your resume could describe someone els...
 
  3 Common Resume Problems – Does Your Resume Fall Prey to One of These?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Are you overlooking common resume blunders on your resume? I review job seeker resumes on a daily basis and I find the same three mistakes being repeated by countless job seekers. Below I’ve listed them so you can take a good look at your own resume and make some adjustments. Using An Objective Statement The problem with an objective statement is twofold. First, the employer already knows your objective is to get the j...
 
  Executives: Highlighting Accomplishments in Your Resume a Must!
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2013
It’s that time of year when smart executives take a look at their resumes to update. What has changed over the last year? New email address? Changed jobs? Successfully completed new projects? Overcame challenging business issues? Whatever the circumstances, your resume needs to be refreshed at least once a year. What’s one of the biggest changes a resume should display when refreshed? New accomplishments—your success s...
 
  These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsible for? Sought-after candidates (the ones whose phones are ringing off the hook for interviews while you’re struggling to get one call-back) don’t include phrases like these on their resumes. I hate to be so blunt but hey, you need to know. Stop selling yourself short in your job search. You CAN hav...
 
  3 Ways to Draw Industry Specific Terminology on Your Resume
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Believe it or not, some people are so proficient at their jobs, that they can’t tell you what they do for a living. These people (many of my clients get so frustrated when I simply ask them to tell me what they do). The reason that it is important to verbally communicate your skills and accomplishments is that it helps your supervisor, the HR representative or hiring personnel to see your value. Once the value of your ability...
 
  7 of the Most Overused Resume Words and Phrases of 2012
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Let’s lay to rest the worn out, tired resume words and phrases that every job seeker seemed to utilize in 2012. Be sure when you’re getting your resume together for your 2013 job search that you avoid these generic, vague terms that make you sound just like everyone else versus someone who stands out from the crowd. Accomplished — Rather than saying you’re accomplished, use quantifiable examples throughout the resume to sh...
 
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