Face facts: Some people will never read your cover letter. The rest of the people may trash your resume if it does not include a cover letter. Others will value the cover letter over all other application materials. Since you can't know for sure which type of employer or recruiter will receive and review your... Read More »
About 85 million Americans work as white-collar professionals in the private sector, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Read More »
By Vivian Giang
If you're applying for a position at a larger firm, your resume will likely be among hundreds - or even thousands - that recruiters receive, and if you don't use the right keywords, you'll risk a chance of never crossing a recruiter's radar.
More and more companies are using a... Read More »
By Brad Hoover
Your tie is straight and your hair is neat. You've practiced that perfect handshake. You're more than ready to dazzle a potential employer ... but none of that matters if you haven't yet gotten the call for an interview.
Remember: It's not only your experience or skills that will make or... Read More »
Conventional wisdom holds that job searching during the holidays is a huge waste of time. Employers simply don't hire this time of year, the thinking goes, so those in the job market often take December off, resolving to start fresh in the new year.
But waiting may not be wise. A recent survey of executive... Read More »
Zillions of resumes are useless except perhaps for lining a bird cage's floor. The main cause? Resume advice has changed little over the decades, so most resumes today feel moldy, cliche-larded, as if spewed from resume software or a hired gun from the disco era. Read More »
By Beth Braccio-Hering
Duncan Mathison, co-author of "Unlock the Hidden Job Market: Six Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough," recalls working with an ex-Navy SEAL who was trying to land a civilian job.
"He realized that most people thought his skills consisted of landing on beaches and... Read More »
When it comes to the challenges of job hunting, simply getting your resume before a hiring manager can be an obstacle. Too few job seekers, however, are adept at making their experience and talents stand out on the page.
One example is the resume of Alex Doe (a pseudonym), below. He leads with a "summary of... Read More »
Ever ace an interview only to find out you didn't get the job? If so, you likely asked yourself a lot of questions about what went wrong: Did I talk about myself too much? Was my handshake too aggressive or too weak? Did I wear the wrong outfit?
The painful truth is that it probably wasn't any of those... Read More »
It's not always easy determining which information to include on a resume -- and in which order. Air National Guardsman Clay Doe, a pseudonym, thought that listing his planned bachelor of science degree was a priority, which is why he included it as the first item on his resume.
But Doe would do better to... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
If you just bought new, expensive resume paper, you've already made a job-search mistake. Most job applications and resumes are submitted online now -- one of countless new trends in the modern hiring process. Many job seekers are using outdated job-search practices, risking the impression... Read More »
By Steve Blank, author of 'The Startup Owner's Manual' and 'The Four Steps to the Epiphany'
Getting asked by a recruiter about where I went to school made me remember the day I had to choose whether to lie on my resume.
When I got my first job in Silicon Valley, it was through serendipity on my part and... Read More »
Many veterans don't worry about updating or even having a resume until they need to look for a job. But by then, it can be too late. Anxious about finding a job as soon as possible, many job seekers do a slapdash job, creating a resume that doesn't present a full picture of their achievements.
That's just... Read More »
Like many military veterans, Jess Doe (a pseudonym) had trouble articulating the responsibilities of her civilian job. Her single-page resume (below) reflects that problem. Doe's most current position, for example, as an assistant instructor at a taekwondo studio in Wisconsin, lists but two responsibilities... Read More »
You can design your resume to appear modern and appropriate for today's job search, but it is equally important to include relevant content to appeal to the hiring manager. Most companies today are using a computerized system (known as an applicant tracking system, or ATS) to evaluate your materials; this... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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. Read More »
Recruiters, human resources staffing personnel, and hiring managers just want the facts when reviewing resumes and conducting interviews. Read More »
Any career expert will tell you that resume customization is key to standing out in a job search. You need to include key details that will spark the hiring manager's curiosity and make her want to take a second look. However, divulging such personal information as your ties to the mob? Not a good idea. Read More »