Why Resume Templates Are Job Search Killers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
There’s this wonderful illustration about nature I want to share in relation to the effectiveness of resume templates. Zebras have these great stripes that cause them to blend into their herds. It’s actually a lifesaving feature when being attacked by a predator. I equate resume templates to a Zebra’s stripes—really great for camouflage and blending into a “herd” of other job seekers. Not so great for standing out from the...
Part I — Q&A For Creating An Outstanding Resume
by Ramon Greenwood - Mar, 2014
Recruiter Requirements Q: What do recruiters want to see in a resume? A: Recruiters screen hundreds of resumes daily. On average they spend 2 to 3 seconds per resume. They source candidates from proprietary networks such as Ivy Exec and LinkedIn. –Recruiters want to quickly see a clear declaration of what you do, for whom, in what sectors and with what results/contributions. –You must be present on LinkedIn....
Is it Time to Clean Out Your Resume Closet?
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
One of the reasons why it is so difficult for people to write their own resume is that there is often so much emotional baggage attached to our careers and it is hard to let go of the things we experienced in each of our jobs. Writing a good resume forces you to make choices about what should and should not be listed in the document and the exercise is similar to cleaning out a closet of cherished items that no longer have a p...
3 Vague Phrases Your Resume Can Live Without
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
Lately, I’ve found three phrases that seem to be flooding job seekers’ resumes—and they can drown out the uniqueness and distinctiveness you offer. If one of these three phrases is in your resume, I suggest you take immediate action to cut the fluff and be more direct. Exceeds expectations This term didn’t use to be on my hit list, but now it has grown so much in popularity that most job seekers are tempted to utilize...
How to Write an Interview Winning Resume
by Patricia Erickson - Feb, 2014
Since I get the same question from many of my clients about using one resume for multiple job targets, I thought it would be a great topic to cover. When writing your resume, it’s a good idea to remember the purpose of the document. The fact is an employer is looking for an individual to fill an open position, and they’re looking for someone with the right skill set, education, and professional background. With that in...
A Resume for Moms Returning to Work: Reentering Workforce After Kids
by Paul Freiberger - Feb, 2014
There is one career transition that has remained common through generations. It is the change for parents returning to work, going from full-time parent to employee. How do parenting skills help your career? What is an example of a good resume for a mom returning to the workforce like? There are many issues to address in the transition from full-time mom to employee, and from full-time dad to job seeker. There comes a time...
7 Things You Should Never Include on Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
Let’s get right to the list so you can fix that resume and start getting interviews! Dates of employment more than 15 years ago Including more than 10-15 years of work experience is unnecessary. Most recruiters and employers consider only the past 10 years of experience the most relevant when evaluating your candidacy. An objective statement In its traditional format an objective is extremely vague and tells t...
Why a LinkedIn Profile Does Not Replace the Resume
by Linda Dobogai - Feb, 2014
A few career management experts have predicted the demise of the resume in today’s world of fast-paced social media connections. This is based on an assumption that the LinkedIn profile will act as the replacement. However, there are several reasons why this assumption is incorrect. A LinkedIn profile provides background information. A resume also provides background information. Where they differ is in perspective and the a...
Should You Use Your Resume or Profile When Applying to Jobs on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
Using LinkedIn’s Jobs feature as a job board for your search? A handy tool for job seekers, LinkedIn Jobs offers a “Apply with your Profile” option—allowing you to show your interest with just one click. You may have noticed, though, that a resume and cover letter can also be uploaded for your job application. So what should you do – include both items in your application? Is it really necessary to provide a resume when...
3 Key Tips to Customize Your Resume
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
In an era in which you can send off 100 resumes in just a few minutes, I’m always getting the question, “Do I have to customize my resume to each job application?” Sorry folks, but the answer is yes. Here are three ways to customize your resume each and every time. Hiring managers get so many resumes that they will easily discard the resumes that don’t meet their specifications exactly. Fortunately, though, you don’t have t...
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