How to find a job — stop competing and start excelling
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2011
Everyone wants to know the job search rules. How long should my resume be? What should my cover letter say? When is the right time to follow up? How do I introduce myself in a networking setting? Do I list “job seeker” in my LinkedIn heading? Should I use Twitter? How often should I tweet? The list goes on and on. The short answer I tell all of my clients? “There’s no one *right* way to approach a job search.” It’s...
Is a Results Oriented Résumé Obsolete?
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2011
Q. I wanted to ask a quick question. I came across an article that was posted via LinkedIn, which contradicted some of the things you recently taught us at a webinar I attended. The author of the article said to keep the font size no smaller than 11 pt and also mentioned that a results oriented résumé with lots of action verbs is useless. R.T., Phoenix, AZ Dear R.T. A. Thank you for your excellent question R.T. and fo...
Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it is important to change along with it. Here are 10 tips for updating your resume to remain relevant in the eyes of the...
Great Résumé But No Job Offers Yet
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2011
Dear Deb, Q. Ever since your team revised my résumé and LinkedIn profile I have to say I have been getting much more activity. Here is the problem: I still have not received a job offer. For some reason I keep getting passed up when it comes to the actual offers. They aren’t even calling me back for second interviews. What do you think could be going on? Is there something I can do? I am at a loss and am getting very di...
How to drill down for accomplishments
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
If you think you don’t have accomplishments worthy of mentioning on their resume, think again. Most likely, you have plenty of them. Often, accomplishments lie just below the surface of routine job responsibilities. You just need to identify the right areas that can be developed into accomplishment statements. This may require thinking about your past experience in a new light. The list of possibilities for developing acco...
How to Tailor Your Resume for an Employer
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
With five candidates for every job, competition is fierce. Your online profile affects your chances to win interviews, but your resume is still the most crucial element of your job-search strategy. And tailoring your resume for each specific employer is one way to make sure you’ll stand out. Here are five tips to help you figure out how to appeal to your targeted employers: 1. Study organizations’ websites. Companies spe...
Overcoming Discouragement and Getting Back to Work
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. The average job seeker takes about four months to land a job after searching for openings, preparing for interviews, and taking stock of financial resources. During an economic downturn, finding a job becomes even more difficult and so discouragement is...
Five Quick Tips for Creating a Stronger Resume
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
In today’s intensely competitive job market, a single job posting can attract between 200 to 500 resumes. Out of these, only a handful will be considered for an interview. Can your resume make the cut? Most resumes will be instantly dismissed for one of the following reasons: a) they are poorly written; b) they are not focused on the target position; c) they fail to address the employer’s most pressing needs. The...
What Not To Include On Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
There are certain aspects of a candidate’s resume that can have the opposite effect than intended. Seemingly helpful information that is found in a “typical resume” can have a negative effect on certain job candidates, sending their resume straight to the trash. Here are a few examples of information you may want to leave out of your resume and why: Job history dates before 1990. Though it doesn’t seem like that long ago, l...
How Long Do Your College Honors Matter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2011
Entry-level professionals often have a hard time trying to determine which information to include on their resumes. While you obviously want to include any education or degrees, the other stuff from college gets a little trickier. Do employers want to know you were in the photography club? Would a hiring manager care you were membership chair for your fraternity? Relevance As with many things in resume writing, the answe...
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