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  5 Must-Haves for an Effective Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
When it comes right down to it—let’s be honest—the real purpose of your resume is to do what? Get you interviews. That’s the primary function of a resume—no more, no less. So how do you create a resume that’s effective at getting you interviews? Here are five tips that will get you started: RELEVANCE The most effective resumes are the ones that are targeted to a specific position. Resumes that lack focus produce little...
 
  What Is Your Professional Resume Really Saying?
by Abby Locke - Jun, 2013
It seems like every time I turn around, there are more speculations and “predictions” about the economy. One minute we are up and the other we are doomed, however, if you are a job seeker who has been trying everything to land a job or break into a new career, it’s just down right frustrating. Well, the one job search strategy that needs no prediction is a professional resume. Despite all the online branding and social med...
 
  Are Required and Preferred Skills Really That Important to My Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
You’d better believe it. The employer wouldn’t include them if they weren’t. Required and preferred skills are essential. When reviewing the description for a job opening, be careful to note exactly what the employer lists as required and preferred. This is critical information. You need to make sure your resume communicates very clearly that you possess all of the required skills. This means you’re capable of doing the jo...
 
  The Science Behind Your Résumé
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2013
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to your résumé. The trick is to be sure the most impactful parts of your résumé are viewed and absorbed by the recruiter or hiring manager. Other than mind control, (which is not an option) how can you direct the reader’s eyes to particular places on the résumé? How can you get them to retain key points? The answer is proper construction. I’ll share a few trade secrets used...
 
  The simple resume writing hack that will transform your job search
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2013
Have you noticed how often product marketers use testimonials? It’s very rare to find a website that doesn’t include rave reviews from clients. And remember those toothpaste ads that used to claim “9 out of 10 dentists recommend this toothpaste?” Marketers do this because they know how effective testimonials can be. After all, if they tell you how great their product or service is, you might ignore them (they would say...
 
  Don’t Neglect to Include a Resume Headline
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
Leave them guessing or tell them what you came here for? The importance of a newspaper headline can determine whether you read the article or not. The same could be said about your resume. A resume headline is important in communicating to the reader the exact position you are interested in and what sets you apart as a candidate. Excluding a resume headline means the recruiter or hiring manager is going to have to dig through...
 
  9 Reasons You Need A Resume (Even If You Have A Job)
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - May, 2013
During a job search, your resume plays a major role. It provides proof that you’re capable of doing the job. However, having a resume even if you’re not looking for a job is also important. Here are nine reasons you need a resume – even if you have a job: 1. To Ensure Client Loyalty Clients and customers are always on the lookout for a better, quicker, more attractive response! There’s no quicker way to lose a customer...
 
  Resume Tips For A Career Change
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - May, 2013
Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times – and these are not the best of times. There are resume tips everywhere and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a job seeker to know what advice to follow? The bottom line: no one way is the right way for everyone. For the job seeker, it is best to read as much as you can about how to write a resume and how to job search. Sort through the information...
 
  Do This, Not That: How To Make Your Resume More Effective
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2013
Most people fear that colorful resumes will risk rejection. The fact is, more people lose opportunities to other candidates because they cave into that fear. Because of their unease, many people flail when it comes to building persuasive resumes. Resumes are marketing documents. And marketing requires creativity along with a willingness to get uncomfortable. Following are three resume missteps that job seekers make eve...
 
  The Professional Credential Section: Tell Me More about That, Please
by Jason Stauffacher - May, 2013
Your professional resume and CV can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume. First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education, and Training. Then, secondly, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-pag...
 
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