Getting Out of Your Own Way to Write a Good Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2013
Everyone has a story to tell, and by digging deep, you can unearth gems that sparkle and gleam, attracting even the weariest hiring manager's attention. Sadly, however, most people don't know how to excavate their precious-stone stories, and the result is lackluster content. A marketing-driven resume must be color-rich, clear, and strong enough to bear the heavy—often unforgiving—weight of the resume-vetting process. T...
How to Create An Engaging Resume That Won’t Bore the Employer
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call. He admitted that it really is an unfair process—that so many job seekers are judged solely by the quality and presentat...
Everything but the kitchen sink in your resume
by Hallie Crawford - Dec, 2012
Many people want to include everything they have done on their resume. Whether it’s their first job, details of every position they’ve had, or even where they attended high school. This can be overkill. You only want to highlight relevant experience because you may lose the recruiter or the employer who is looking at your resume. Don’t get lost in the shuffle. It isn’t important to go back to what high school you attended...
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...
Freshen Your Executive Bio
by Kris Plantrich - Dec, 2012
Many executives find their next job with a biography. An executive biography is a different format than a resume. They are generally written in full paragraph form rather than in bullet statements, but an executive bio can make you memorable and can be full of punch if written correctly. An executive bio is more flexible than a resume. You can carry hard copies with you to carry around with you to job interviews, job fairs...
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...
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