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  Makeover Your Resume Achievements
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Aug, 2014
One of the key principles I am constantly preaching to my clients is that when it comes to resumes and LinkedIn profiles, more is not really more. Less is emphatically more in these arenas. You can see this clearly in the resume achievement makeovers below. I’ve pulled resume bullets and paragraphs from random resumes and revamped each one in turn. In this first example the bullet is too long and too vague to impr...
 
  How to Write a Great Interior Design Resume
by Louise Fletcher - Aug, 2014
Are you struggling with your resume? Finding it hard to come up with creative ideas, even though that’s what you do for a living every day? Don’t worry – you’re far from alone in this. Most interior designers struggle to sell themselves effectively. But your lack of a killer resume is hurting your career and ensuring that you are being passed over for people who are often less qualified. I specialize in resume writi...
 
  Spark Interviews With a Distinctive Resume Voice
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2014
Distinctions Between Voice and Tone In a recent blog conversation with an admired colleague, Debra O’Reilly, job search strategist and certified resume writer, we discussed the distinctions between voice and tone. In particular, we discussed how those distinctions might matter when writing a resume. Debra offered pithy, valuable points in regard to ensuring the resume voice aligns with the candidate’s personality, and th...
 
  Why Recruiters Ignore Your Resume
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2014
A recruiter has asked you to submit your resume for a search assignment they are trying to fill. Then silence. You may think your resume landed in the black hole, but actually, these factors may have negatively influenced the recruiter. 1. You don’t have a gmail email address. Executives are thought of as movers and shakers, people with forward thinking. Those are the types of executives that recruiters are looking for...
 
  How Do Recruiters Read An Executive Resume?
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2014
Wouldn’t you like to know how recruiters read your resume? If you did know, you could leverage that knowledge to incorporate the right strategies into your resume, right? Believe it or not, recruiters are trained how to grab the most information in the least amount of time. By last count, they have shaved the time down from 10 seconds to 6 seconds, so you know your resume needs to be sharp to capture their interest. Jennife...
 
  Three Reasons Why Objective Statements Are Out
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
With all the “do’s and don’ts” of resume writing, do you ever wonder the reasons why objective statements are out? The objective statement falls in the category of a “don’t.” There are at least three reasons why objective statements are no longer recommended for professional resumes. ONE: It places the focus on your needs (objective) rather than the employer’s needs. The purpose of your resume is to help the hiring man...
 
  3 Easy Ways to Disguise Resume Gaps
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2014
If you’re worried about gaps in your resume, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common concerns expressed by new clients of Blue Sky Resumes, and a common topic of conversation on web forums and social media sites. The good news is that resume gaps are not as big a concern as they used to be. As our economy has changed, the world of work has transformed with it. People keep jobs for shorter and shorter periods of tim...
 
  One Resume Technique to Make You Stand Out
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
A Human Resources Manager, working at a Fortune 500 company, asked for my help in writing her resume. She told me: “Thousands of resumes have passed through my hands but when it comes to writing my own I have a difficult time doing it.” She isn’t alone in her concerns. Most people find resume writing challenging. A resume is nothing more than a slick piece of advertising, but an important piece, especially in today’s job marke...
 
  Your resume is not a history book
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
When dealing with clients in their 50s and 60s, it isn’t uncommon for someone to think that they have to put every job in chronological order complete with dates. But your resume isn’t a history book. Resume IS a Strategic and Targeted Marketing Document Your resume MUST be a strategic marketing document that highlights your value, clearly defines your success stories, and positions you with the key words that match...
 
  Should You Include Hobbies on Your Resume?
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
I often tell people that resume writing is an art, not a science. This means that there are often questions with no definite answers and ‘should I include hobbies on my resume?’ is one of them. The truth is that including hobbies on your resume will almost never hurt you, and sometimes may help you. I say ‘almost never’ because there are a few situations in which including hobbies might damage your chance of an interv...
 
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