Resume Tips

  • Ask an Expert: How Much Information is too Much?

    Ask an Expert: How Much Information is too Much?

    Sometimes during a job search it can be difficult to determine what to tell and not tell a potential employer. Recently AOL Jobs received several questions from readers trying to figure out how much information to give a prospective employer. Here are two of them. Continue Reading

  • Employers Are Not Gullible When it Comes to Your Resume

    Employers Are Not Gullible When it Comes to Your Resume

    Foolish fibs on your resume are considered full-out lies in the employment world. A resume is no place for stretching the truth, especially when it is an employer's first impression of you. Your resume is not the only indication of who you really are, and many of today's human resource professionals dig... Continue Reading

  • Five Biggest Resume Lies Exposed

    Five Biggest Resume Lies Exposed

    According to a survey done by Forensic Psychology, 31 percent reported lying on a resume. Research culled by Jobacle suggests that the number may be as high as 43 percent; the breakdown of resume fibs looks like this: Continue Reading

  • Get Your Resume Noticed: Three Sizzling Secrets [Video]

    Get Your Resume Noticed: Three Sizzling Secrets [Video]

    There's an old Taoist saying -- "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." For job seekers caught up in the web of massive unemployment, that first step is a resume. When you send out your resume, you can expect some stiff competition. Here's a sobering statistic from the U.S. Bureau of... Continue Reading

  • Online Profiles Replacing Resumes?

    Online Profiles Replacing Resumes?

    Is the traditional resume going the way of the dinosaur? It might take some time, but some human resources (HR) managers interviewed recently by OfficeTeam think so. More than one-third (36 percent) of respondents said it's at least somewhat likely resumes will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and... Continue Reading

  • A Top Career Coach Reveals Her Favorite Resume Strategies

    A Top Career Coach Reveals Her Favorite Resume Strategies

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing For more than 20 years, 'Resume Magic' author Susan Britton Whitcomb has helped thousands of people better manage their job hunts and careers. The job market has changed substantially during this time, but what hasn't changed are many of the obstacles job seekers struggle to... Continue Reading

  • How to Prevent Underemployment and Get Out of Job Jail

    How to Prevent Underemployment and Get Out of Job Jail

    Taking a job far beneath your abilities is what author and human resources consultant Audrey LeGrand considers putting yourself in "job jail." She says she's worried less about the unemployed than she is about the underemployed. Continue Reading

  • Five Secrets to Greening Your Resume

    Five Secrets to Greening Your Resume

    Are you hoping to transition to a green career or in the process of searching for a green job? Green career expert Carol McClelland recently shared five tips for greening your resume. 1. Get clear about your targeted green position. Without a focus and a description of the position you are targeting, it's... Continue Reading

  • Five Resume Tricks That Will Make You Stand Out

    Five Resume Tricks That Will Make You Stand Out

    Tired of having a vanilla resume that doesn't seem to "wow" hiring managers? Get ready to be bold and take some risks with the presentation of your professional qualifications to spice up your resume, entice hiring managers and get the phone to ring. Here are five ways to turn that big yawn of a resume into a... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: 'Why Won't Employers Call Me Back?'

    Ask an Expert: 'Why Won't Employers Call Me Back?'

    Many of our readers have asked recently, "Why won't employers call me back?" Job seekers get that employers can't always respond to every single applicant ... but to never so much as e-mail or call someone back after an interview? What gives? Some job seekers have applied to hundreds of jobs and haven't... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: What Information Belongs on a Resume?

    Ask an Expert: What Information Belongs on a Resume?

    Whether you are writing your first resume out of college or are embarking on a search after several years or even several decades, you may need a tutorial or a brush-up on what to include on your resume. Here are some guidelines for you to follow. Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: How Far Back Should You Go on Your Resume?

    Ask an Expert: How Far Back Should You Go on Your Resume?

    Deciding how much of your career chronology to report on your resume can be a tricky thing. If you focus on information too far in the past, an employer may quickly figure out how old you are and possibly discriminate against you based on your age. But if you don't report early career experience, a hiring... Continue Reading

  • The Ultimate Guide to Resumes

    The Ultimate Guide to Resumes

    As a resume writer I have come into contact with thousands of people who do great things at work every day. But you would never know it if you looked at the resumes most people write for themselves. There seems to be an enormous disconnect between the work people do and their ability to document the value... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume

    Ask an Expert: How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume

    At AOL Jobs, we receive a lot of questions from readers asking how to address a significant gap in employment due to caring for a sick family member, coping with an extended illness or raising a family. In this situation, it is best to be transparent and explain what you have been doing during this period of... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

    Ask an Expert: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

    This may just be the No. 1 question I am asked regarding resumes. People seem to think that the length of a resume plays a key factor in whether or not the resume gets read. But the reality is that resumes rarely get read, no matter how short or long they are. At least not in their entirety. The length of... Continue Reading

  • Eight Myths About the USAJobs Federal Job Posting Process

    Eight Myths About the USAJobs Federal Job Posting Process

    Are you considering applying for a federal job but not totally confident about using the USAJOBS automated application system? Kathy Troutman, a leading federal jobs expert, spoke to AOL Jobs to debunk the myths about the process so you can get started applying for federal jobs right away. Continue Reading

  • How to Write a Resume for a Federal Job

    How to Write a Resume for a Federal Job

    Are you thinking of applying for a job with the federal government? The strategies for writing a powerful resume are different from those recommended for the private sector. AOL Jobs spoke to Kathryn Troutman, a leading federal resume expert, to learn more about how to write a top-notch resume for the federal... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: Answers to Five Common Job Search Questions

    Ask an Expert: Answers to Five Common Job Search Questions

    At AOL Jobs we get a lot of great questions about job search from our readers. Here are responses to five commonly asked questions. 1. In today's economic climate, many of us have to look at positions one or two levels below our previous one. How does one convince the prospective employer that we will be... Continue Reading

  • A Resume Checklist: 13 Things to Do Before You Apply for the Job

    A Resume Checklist: 13 Things to Do Before You Apply for the Job

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing. Featuring an excerpt from 'Step-by-Step Resumes' by Evelyn Salvador. When writing the first draft of your resume, you probably know it could be -- and should be -- stronger than it is. If you're like many job seekers, though, you might feel pretty mystified as to which specific... Continue Reading

  • Social Media, Resume and More: Terms Never To Use

    Social Media, Resume and More: Terms Never To Use

    It might be your Linkedin profile or the "About Me" page on your blog. It could be your resume, or perhaps it's your cover letter. Wherever you're presenting yourself for a job or developing new business, there are certain terms you should never use, reports Julie Steinberg on Fins Finance. Continue Reading

  • Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers

    Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers

    As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it... Continue Reading

  • Resume Services: Good, Bad, Scams

    Resume Services: Good, Bad, Scams

    Getty Images Resumes professionally done by services that understand your industry can make the difference between nailing down a lucrative job or being left out in the cold. I learned that in the mid 1990s. Hospital executive Anne Murga invested in a resume service that specialized in health care. After that,... Continue Reading

  • Eight Federal Government Job Myths Debunked

    Eight Federal Government Job Myths Debunked

    Want a job with the federal government but think the odds are against you? Not necessarily. According to Kathy Troutman, owner of The Resume Place, a federal resume writing and federal career consulting firm, and author of 'Ten Steps to a Federal Job: How to Land a Job in the Obama Administration, 2nd... Continue Reading

  • The Importance of Resume Keywords

    The Importance of Resume Keywords

    Years ago, when résumés were still sent to employers by mail, job seekers hoped things like a high-quality paper stock and unique, professional formatting would catch the eye of an employer. These days, things are a little different. First of all, it's rare that employers even accept paper... Continue Reading

  • New Techniques That Make Your Resume (and You) Stand Out

    New Techniques That Make Your Resume (and You) Stand Out

    Ever wonder how you can prevent your business card or resume from winding up in the slush pile? Well, Brian Spindel, president and COO of PostNet (as well as a frequent panelist at International Franchise Association conferences and conventions), may just have the answer for you. It's not easy making yourself... Continue Reading

  • Do You Know the Most Important Part of a Resume?

    Do You Know the Most Important Part of a Resume?

    Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder A tough job market means piles of applications for open positions, so it is no surprise that hiring managers are looking for ways to screen candidates quickly. "Recruiters typically devote only 10-15 seconds to read any resume," says Wil Lemire, director of... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: What Are Keywords and Why Do I Need Them on My Resume?

    Ask an Expert: What Are Keywords and Why Do I Need Them on My Resume?

    Corbis An AOL reader asks: What are keywords and why do I need them on my resume? We've all searched for something online by typing in a word or phrase that closely resembles the type of information we are looking for. We find information and make decisions about products and services via these types... Continue Reading

  • Your Video Resume: Don't Be Dave!

    Your Video Resume: Don't Be Dave!

    If you think video resumes are a good idea, check out Dave's Awesome Video Resume, the first in the "Don't Be Dave" series of videos on how NOT to conduct a successful job search. This hilarious spoof on video resumes, courtesy of Pongo Resume, features fictitious job seeker Dave Hetherington, who makes every... Continue Reading

  • September is Update Your Resume Month

    September is Update Your Resume Month

    September is a time for new beginnings. The kids go back to school, fall begins, and many companies start aggressively recruiting after the slower-paced summer months. September is the perfect time to update your resume; it has even been designated as International Update Your Resume Month by Career Directors... Continue Reading

  • Resume Tips from Recruiters

    Resume Tips from Recruiters

    Mike O'Brien, Climber.com Most job seekers are satisfied with a resume that does a "good" job positioning them and presenting their skills and experience. But according to national online recruiting expert Climber.com, "good" isn't enough in today's tight job market-particularly at the leadership level.... Continue Reading

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