Resume Tips

  • No. 1 Way To Make Your Resume Irresistible To Employers

    No. 1 Way To Make Your Resume Irresistible To Employers

    By Donna Fuscaldo Resumes are a dime a dozen, so making yours stand out is critical. But the way to capture the attention of hiring managers isn't through graphics, colorful language or a headshot. Employers care about what's in your resume, not how it looks. "It's really all about content as opposed to... Continue Reading

  • 7 Things Every Resume Needs In 2012

    7 Things Every Resume Needs In 2012

    Age discrimination, unfortunately, is a fact of life for experienced job seekers. However, there is more you can do to make yourself seem modern, relevant, and qualified for the jobs you want than simply dying your hair or updating your wardrobe. One key to job search success: an up-to-date, contemporary... Continue Reading

  • Should I Put This On My Resume? 7 Questions Answered

    Should I Put This On My Resume? 7 Questions Answered

    Are you a 5-foot-7 female who has three dogs, loves skydiving and makes a killer margarita? Unless you're applying for a job as a dog walker, skydiving instructor or bartender, these details do not belong on your resume. Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways You Can Use Facts In Your Job Hunt

    5 Ways You Can Use Facts In Your Job Hunt

    Recruiters, human resources staffing personnel, and hiring managers just want the facts when reviewing resumes and conducting interviews. Continue Reading

  • 10 Things To Leave Off Your Resume

    10 Things To Leave Off Your Resume

    By Alison Green What you don't include on your resume can be as important as what you do include. Here are 10 things you should leave off: Continue Reading

  • 8 Words To Never Use On A Resume

    8 Words To Never Use On A Resume

    My friend, Don Goodman, from Resume Wizards recently gave me his personal 18-point checklist for creating a good resume. As I read through it, all the bad resumes I've ever read came flashing back to me. Continue Reading

  • Over 50? 3 Tips For Writing An Ageless Resume

    Age discrimination is real. So, what can you do if you are over 50 and know hiring managers are screening you out? Some suggest leaving dates of graduation off your resume. Others suggest only listing your last 15 years of experience. The problem with these suggestions is recruiters are keen to them. Thus, if... Continue Reading

  • Is A Fancy Resume A Waste Of Time?

    Is A Fancy Resume A Waste Of Time?

    By Marian Schembari It's not even big news anymore when someone does something "crazy" to get a job. Whether it's a Google or Facebook advertisement, a shoe in a box, or a resume in Trafalgar Square, job seekers are getting more and more aggressive about standing out. Personally -- and as someone who has... Continue Reading

  • 4 Hidden Resume Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

    4 Hidden Resume Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

    Most employers will tell you that job seekers routinely make obvious, painful errors on their resumes that cost them the job. And while there are online tools that will help you avoid making some of these mistakes, such as punctuation errors, most tools won't catch these four major blunders. Continue Reading

  • Real Resume Help: What Every Resume Needs -- But Usually Lacks

    Real Resume Help: What Every Resume Needs -- But Usually Lacks

    Some job seekers have problems selling their skills. They list their basic duties, which most job seekers have in common. You can stand out in a job search by positioning those skills so they set you apart. Think of how a salesperson sells a car. He doesn't tout the fact that the car has four wheels, windows... Continue Reading

  • Does Your Resume Show You At Your Best?

    Does Your Resume Show You At Your Best?

    A publisher sent me a book on resume writing the other day. As I was paging through it, I realized something: it's been years since I've sent anyone a resume. During that time, a dozen clients have come and gone, but no one asks for a chronological list of my work history. Which is good, because I don't really... Continue Reading

  • What Not To Put On Your Resume

    What Not To Put On Your Resume

    By Kelly Eggers According to a 2010 Accountemps survey, 28% of executives say the resume is where most job seekers make mistakes in the application process. But what exactly constitutes a mistake? We talked with career coaches and resume writers to find ten gaffes that will guarantee that your resume never... Continue Reading

  • 1 White Lie Allowed On Resumes

    1 White Lie Allowed On Resumes

    Q: I was just fired from my job. I am at a bit of a loss on how to move on from here. I had been out of work for five months prior to this position and worked there for 2.5 months before being terminated. In those weeks, I did not rack up any accomplishments I would typically list in a resume. Should I... Continue Reading

  • Resume Gaps: How To Minimize The Negative Impact

    Resume Gaps: How To Minimize The Negative Impact

    By Anthony Balderrama When the recession began, the question that popped up repeatedly was, "Can I find a job in this economy?" Then, for those with a work history who were fortunate enough to be offered a position, the question often became, "Should I take a job even if it's a step down from my last?" Continue Reading

  • 7 Things To Never Put On A Resume In 2012

    7 Things To Never Put On A Resume In 2012

    One of the most challenging aspects of a job search is writing a compelling resume. First you have to look back on all of your experience and figure out how to condense it to one page. Then you have to make sure it's tailored to each job you're applying for, whether that means moving around the order of your... Continue Reading

  • Your Resume Should NOT Include A Headshot

    Your Resume Should NOT Include A Headshot

    By Erik Deckers Do not, do not, DO NOT include a photo with your résumé! Just don't do it. Continue Reading

  • Grammar Lessons All Job Seekers Should Know

    Grammar Lessons All Job Seekers Should Know

    By Kaitlin Madden When applying for a job, there are few faster ways to get your résumé and cover letter thrown out of contention than by making a glaring grammatical error. These days, human resources departments and hiring managers are flooded with résumés. They have to be... Continue Reading

  • From General Best Practice To Career Business Case

    From General Best Practice To Career Business Case

    By Kevin W. Grossman Recently a dear friend of mine asked for some resume advice. She's in a career transition and wants to open herself up for a related, but a little bit of a stretch move. I'm no resume-writing expert (or more preferred, no online profile writing expert), but I do understand the... Continue Reading

  • Resumes In 2012: What's Old, What's New?

    Resumes In 2012: What's Old, What's New?

    By Justin Thompson It seems everyone has an opinion on what a resume should contain, how many pages it should be and how it should be formatted. So as we enter into a new year, what are the universally agreed-upon elements that are in, and which ones are now passe? Here are some of the best practices when... Continue Reading

  • Tell A Story, Keep It Real & Make Your Business Case

    Tell A Story, Keep It Real & Make Your Business Case

    By Kevin W. Grossman "If there are employment gaps or stints shorter than a year, screen 'em out." "Why?" I asked. "Because that means there are deficiencies, problems and/or they're flaky job jumpers and can't be trusted. We've got clients to service with viable candidates with continuous work, and... Continue Reading

  • How To Make Room For Supporting Skills On Your Resume

    How To Make Room For Supporting Skills On Your Resume

    If you want your resume pulled from the databases and read with serious attention, it's common knowledge that it needs to focus on the skills you bring to a single target job. However, employers still want to know about your supporting skills. Continue Reading

  • Go To A Paperless Resume: 4 Ways To Get Results

    Go To A Paperless Resume: 4 Ways To Get Results

    By Mona Adbel-Halim As you search for a job, keeping track of numerous different resumes can be difficult. Have you ever considered moving to a paperless resume as a way to keep track of your work history and experience? Paperless resumes are easy to create and use. There are a number of sites that offer... Continue Reading

  • Seasonal Work On A Resume? 3 Things To Consider

    Seasonal Work On A Resume? 3 Things To Consider

    By Sean Weinberg Whether you wrapped presents in the mall or were a lifeguard last summer, you probably have worked at least one seasonal position in your career. Seasonal work is a great way to gain experience, make some extra cash, and close large gaps in employment. But what happens when it's time to... Continue Reading

  • Anatomy Of An Outstanding Resume [Infographic]

    Anatomy Of An Outstanding Resume [Infographic]

    In today's competitive job market, creating the best resume possible may seem daunting. It can help to view the process much like an elaborate puzzle that comes together piece-by-piece. Begin by making sure all your contact information at the top of page -- the header -- is current and free of errors. In... Continue Reading

  • Top 10 Overused Resume Buzzwords

    Top 10 Overused Resume Buzzwords

    By Anthony Cintron Are you a flexible, motivated, skilled problem solving go-to-person with a proven ability to listen actively and attentively? I bet you're also a strategic thinker with an excellent ability to meet demanding deadlines too. Just be sure not to put that on your resume if you want to get an... Continue Reading

  • 4 Reasons Resumes Are Rejected

    4 Reasons Resumes Are Rejected

    By Ryan Mack Recruiters spend countless hours reviewing resumes and screening candidates. In fact, they spend so much time scanning resumes that they can often do it in a minute or less. As disappointing as that may be, given all the hard work you put into your resume, it's the unfortunate reality. And... Continue Reading

  • 4 Nifty Ways to Make Your Cover Letter Amazing

    4 Nifty Ways to Make Your Cover Letter Amazing

    By Gerrit Hall Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, Ben and Jerry... some things are just meant to be together. Just like these great pairs, your cover letter and resume should be a match made in heaven. When written the right way, these two documents complement each other in a way that engages the... Continue Reading

  • The Top 10 Ways To Scare An Employer With Your Resume

    The Top 10 Ways To Scare An Employer With Your Resume

    By Sean Weinberg There are plenty of occasions where it is perfectly fine to be a little scary. Halloween, scary movies, and when your friend has the hiccups... all great opportunities. However, you never want to be scary in your job search. With the job market as tough as it is right now, scaring away a... Continue Reading

  • Are You Afraid? 4 Scary Truths About Your Resume

    Are You Afraid? 4 Scary Truths About Your Resume

    By Sean Weinberg It's Halloween and we all know what that means: it's time to be scared. Whether you like scary movies, haunted mazes, or a great monster mask, there are plenty of opportunities to get the heebie-jeebies this holiday. If you're a job seeker, you know there is plenty to be scared about. Continue Reading

  • What Happens When You Send Out a Resume?

    What Happens When You Send Out a Resume?

    By Mary Marino For job seekers, the process of finding and landing your dream career can be quite nerve-racking. Pair that with the fact that many job hunters don't really know what happens once they hit "send" and you've got a pretty confused group of people. It's a question we may not think about a lot:... Continue Reading

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