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 »
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: Read More »
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. Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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. Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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?" Read More »
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... Read More »
By Erik Deckers
Do not, do not, DO NOT include a photo with your résumé!
Just don't do it. Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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. Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »