Resolving Resume Confusion
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2013
While the futurists vie for the first-place ribbon in having predicted the resume’s demise, the resume heart beats strong. Social Profiles Are Modes of Transportation For Your Resume The primary challenge with many articles written by these forward-thinking bloggers is that they want to present a replacement to the resume when, in fact, they’re simply suggesting methods to modernize the vehicle in which your ‘career stor...
5 Days to a Killer Resume: Step 4
by Louise Fletcher - Aug, 2013
Let’s be honest. Recruiters are a jaded bunch. They’ve read thousands of resumes and seen the same stale phrases over and over again. To say they’re hard to impress is an understatement. But impressing them is not impossible. In fact it’s easy if you understand that what they’re looking for is proof. Proof that you will do a good job. Proof that you will deliver what they need. Proof that they’re not wasting their time if t...
7 Ways To Pump Up Your Resume
by Kristin Johnson - Jul, 2013
Hiring managers sometimes have to read over hundreds of resumes each day. They all start looking the same, as you can imagine. What does it take to write a strong, compelling resume that will catch their attention? That’s the prize-winning question! Because hiring managers, recruiters, or HR assistants are individuals, they have different things they find appealing. What works for one, might not work for the next. But, the...
LinkedIn Profiles vs. Resumes: What’s the Difference?
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2013
A question I am often asked in my duties as LinkedIn’s Ambassador is, “Should my LinkedIn profile read the same as my resume?” The answer is both yes and no. Here’s a breakdown: LinkedIn Profiles and Resumes: The Similarities 1.) Sections. As Martin Yate explains in his post on this subject, you can get a quick start to your LinkedIn profile if you copy and paste some information from your already existing resume in...
LinkedIn is Not Your Online Resume
by Jill Kurtz - Jul, 2013
LinkedIn is the premiere online business networking site. As such, it is tempting to see your profile there as your online resume. There are a few key reasons why that thinking is off target and will prevent you from getting the most out of LinkedIn. Your resume and LinkedIn profile both speak about you, but they do so in different ways: Resumes are limited in length; there is no such constraint on LinkedIn. General...
3 Phrases That Kill The Effectiveness Of An Executive Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2013
Want your resume to distinguish your leadership brand among competing candidates for C-suite or VP positions? Then ditch the boring language you’ve seen on many other executive resume summaries. Just because other resumes (both professional and self-written) employ a blend of monotonous, overused words doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Shake things up and ensure the effectiveness of your leadership brand message by ref...
Dispelling Resume Myths—Myth #2: Using the Same Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
I can use the same resume to apply to every job that I want, right? Only if every job you apply to is exactly the same, with exactly the same criteria, requirements, and desired qualifications … What’s the likelihood of that? Not very likely… Target your resume to the position you want, but don’t be opposed to making small customizations when necessary. Making small changes can really help increase your candidacy a...
Dispelling Resume Myths—Myth #1: My Resume Has to Be One Page
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
I heard that a resume should be only one page in length. Is that true? Nope, not really. Yes, if you have only one page’s worth of experience. Certainly don’t try to stretch it out to two pages. (hint, hint: my entry-level folks with a limited work history, I’m talking to you). Generally speaking, though—no, there is no resume rule that stipulates your resume can be only one page and that is it. Use two pages to ma...
Why Legislating Resume Writing Is Wrong
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jul, 2013
While I write resumes for a living, I realize (and prefer) that it isn’t “my way or the highway.” How bland of a career marketing world would it be if every resume was written by some formulaic approach? Unfortunately, though, myriad people seem to want to legislate resume writing into a tiny pigeonhole. As well, many social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus) conversations center on Do’s and...
The Deadly Resume Trap that Stops Most of Us Reaching Our True Potential
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2013
Writing a resume is tough. After all, getting it wrong could spell the end of your dreams. But in trying to avoid making a bad impression, most people make a very dangerous mistake. I call it the conformity trap and it can kill your chances of getting the job you deserve. The truth is that when we are frightened of doing the wrong thing, we tend to play it safe. And the safest thing of all is to look at what others have...
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