Why Your LinkedIn Profile Should Be More Than a Copy of Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2014
LinkedIn is a great tool for professionals. It offers the opportunity to network with others in your field, and it can be a great tool for finding job leads—and even getting hired. All too often, I see people who simply copy their resume information directly into their LinkedIn profile. This is absolutely the wrong approach for a few reasons, and if this is something that you are doing, it is definitely something you should fi...
How to Write Great Resume Bullet Points
by Louise Fletcher - Apr, 2014
So you’ve read lots of resume advice, and you know that your resume needs strong, results-focused bullet points. But try as you might, you don’t really know how to write those bullet points. I sympathize – it’s very hard to write about yourself in this way. Most of us have been taught to be humble and modest about our accomplishments, and now suddenly we’re required to brag about them. It feels very uncomfortable. As...
Two Ways to Do Your Resume: DIY & HAE
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
Boiled down to its simplest level, you have two ways to create or revamp your resume: Do It Yourself (DIY) or Hire An Expert (HAE). Since my profession is resume writing, you might guess I’m not going to tell you you should always do your own resume, but I will say that sometimes “it depends.” Having made my disclosure about possibly not being 100% impartial, I’ll still do my best to give an unbiased view of the two ways y...
Top 10 Worst Words to Use on Your Resume.
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2014
Recruiters have confirmed my suspicions! Recently, a survey of more than 2,200 hiring managers revealed the worst words you can use on your resume. Below you’ll find the top 10 offenders: 1. Best of breed 2. Go-getter 3. Think outside of the box 4. Synergy 5. Go-to person 6. Thought leadership 7. Value add 8. Results-driven 9. Team player 10. Bottom-line 11. Hard worker A list made up mostly of soft skills t...
How to Match Your Personal Brand with Your Resume
by Stacey Lane - Apr, 2014
Jackson was really frustrated with his job search. He knew something was off, but he couldn’t pinpoint it. You might identify with how he assessed his pros and cons related to his job search situation: Pros Great past working relationships. Interesting work history, thread is strategic partnerships and communications. Extensive professional network, but hasn’t been nurtured in past few years. Unusual backg...
Small (But Important) Resume Mistakes All Execs Should Avoid
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2014
Resume faux pas can really cost an executive the interview. Simply put, at this stage in the game you should know how to write a killer resume, but there’s so much confusion out there that even the most experienced professionals fumble. Avoid the following executive resume mistakes and you’ll be way ahead of the game. Using a photo. There are only two kinds of positions that traditionally require photos on...
4 Ways To Take Your Resume From Good To Great
by Teena Rose - Apr, 2014
What really makes a great resume for today’s job market? The use of a branding statement, a tag line or two, relevant keywords/key phrases, and a situation/action/results writing style can actually increase the return of your resume. Let’s review why each are increasingly important for job seekers competing in today’s highly competitive job market. Including these can take your resume from good to great, and ultimately h...
3 Tips for a Resume Recipe Revamp
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Apr, 2014
The struggle when revamping a recipe is akin to the angst when rebuilding your resume. Recently, in a lively Facebook discussion, I learned how to make a better egg dish. The processes I underwent mirrors what I see careerists face when cooking up a new resume – whether they hire a professional with which to collaborate or do it themselves. The reality of my struggle emerged when I began adding more eggs to my diet an...
Should I Put a Local Address on My Resume?
by Rich Jones - Mar, 2014
I just had a conversation with someone around this very question. As a recruiter, I can tell you that we do look at where someone is located when reviewing his or her resume. Some of us will even screen you out if you’re too far away and we don’t offer relocation (I’ve done it). And it’s that fear of being screened out that leads some folks to put the local address of a friend or family member. I completely get it. However, yo...
5 Must-Read Resume Writing Tips
by Patricia Erickson - Mar, 2014
Is the thought of writing a resume as pleasant as having your wisdom teeth surgically extracted? I ask because I was discussing resume writing tips with a client today and she was thrilled I was going to write it for her. As she put it, she was no longer actively involved in the “whole torturous process.” I didn’t realize the experience could be so terrible – but then I thought about doing my own taxes and realized what she...
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