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...
Resume Writing for a Career Transition
by Kris Plantrich - Nov, 2012
If you have been working in one industry for most of your adult life, a career transition can be frightening. While you may be excited at the prospect of changing jobs, it is understandable and expected that a tiny bit of apprehension will sit in a corner of your mind. It isn’t uncommon for those of us that change careers to sit, staring at our resume, and wonder, “Am I doing the right thing? Is this job for me? Am I crazy?”...
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...
3 Job-Search Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making
by Robert Chen - Nov, 2012
Want a job you love? Jumpstart your job search with our online How to Get a Job bootcamp. How long has it been since you either became unemployed or began looking for a new job while stuck in one you hate? If the answer is somewhere between “a while” and “way, way too long,” it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and asking some uncomfortable questions about why you haven’t landed somewhere new yet. Is it the 8.3...
Truth or dare on your resume (Tell a white lie?)
by Hallie Crawford - Oct, 2012
I can’t tell you how many times we have career coaching clients come to us wondering what is ok to put on their resume and what is not. I find that most people we encounter fall into the category of not wanting to lie on their resume (a good thing!!) but as a result they end up selling themselves short. They are so worried about telling the truth on their resume that they go to the other extreme, and aren’t fully comfortable s...
Should I Include Salary Requirements on My Cover Letter, Resume, or Application When Asked?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2012
I recently found myself baffled. Yes, baffled. I placed an ad with a prominent, industry-related newsletter seeking a few new, talented, certified resume writers to add to our team. One of the requirements of the application submission included submitting a few samples of previous work the writers had completed—and also a request that they submit their fee requirements. Of all the submissions we received, only one cand...
How a Good Video Resume Leads to a Good Job
by Miriam Salpeter - Sep, 2012
Video interviewing is the latest trend in human resources and hiring. It offers employers a low-cost way to engage job seekers and get to know them using the power of web cameras and other mobile technologies. Earlier this year, Aberdeen Research found "54 percent of organizations that are adopting video have a continuous or long-term talent acquisition strategy in place." As companies become more comfortable with video te...
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