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 »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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. Read More »
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:... Read More »