Tag: resume tips

  • 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

  • What Advice Do You Have For Job Searchers?

    What Advice Do You Have For Job Searchers?

    By Rod Kurtz Despite a slight dip in the unemployment rate recently, the hiring picture in the United States remains shaky at best -- with millions still out of work and many of them all but giving up their searches. But with a new year comes renewed optimism, and even the most cynical job seekers find that... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Think Outside The Box: 4 Creative Resume Ideas

    Think Outside The Box: 4 Creative Resume Ideas

    By Sean Weinberg Let's visualize, shall we? Close your eyes (on second thought, don't close your eyes), clear your mind, and imagine a resume. What do you see? Do you see a piece of paper? Nice paper? Bullet points? Times New Roman font? You might be something slightly different, but probably only slightly. Continue Reading

  • How To Customize Your Primary Professional Branding Tool: Your Resume

    How To Customize Your Primary Professional Branding Tool: Your Resume

    Your resume is the primary branding tool to introduce and position yourself to the professional world. It is, quite simply, the most financially important document you will ever own: when your resume works you work, when it doesn't you don't. Properly executed, a carefully branded resume insures that... Continue Reading

  • 5 Silly Resume Mistakes That Cost You The Job

    5 Silly Resume Mistakes That Cost You The Job

    By Sean Weinberg Everyone has had that "Oh, shoot!" moment. Whether it was when you dropped that carton of eggs or forgot the index cards with your wedding vows on them, all you can even think or say is "Oh, shoot!" Your job search probably has a few of those moments sprinkled throughout as well. We're all... Continue Reading

  • Resume Solutions: What To Do When You Have Skills For Multiple Jobs

    Resume Solutions: What To Do When You Have Skills For Multiple Jobs

    "I've always been successful with whatever has been thrown at me. How do I take all my varied skills and combine them into a resume that works?" -- Karen W., Ohio. Continue Reading

  • The 500-Year Evolution of the Resume

    The 500-Year Evolution of the Resume

    Trying to craft the perfect resume is one of life's more frustrating endeavors. Not only is it not easy to describe mundane work-related activities in colorful terms, but in today's digital age, job seekers have to ensure that their resumes can make it past electronic scanners and applicant-tracking systems. Continue Reading

  • Anatomy Of A Memorable Resume

    Anatomy Of A Memorable Resume

    Important pieces to help you land the interview By Alina Dizik, Special to CareerBuilder A memorable résumé is crucial in helping you get your foot in the door. "The structure and strategy behind a résumé are often the keys to engaging employers," says Laura Smith-Proulx,... Continue Reading

  • Turning a Lot of Experience Into An Effective Resume

    Turning a Lot of Experience Into An Effective Resume

    How to use a varied work history to your advantage Perhaps, generations ago, students graduated from college and found jobs related to their majors. They stayed at these jobs for several years before moving on to the next job, which was still in the same industry but hopefully a step up. For today's... Continue Reading

  • 4 Strategic Ways to Turn Unemployment Into a Better Resume

    4 Strategic Ways to Turn Unemployment Into a Better Resume

    When employees lose their jobs, they start updating their resumes, networking, and searching job boards for job postings. What most are focused on, however, are tactical ways of landing the next job. They take their own skill set, location, and existing job openings as a given. They forget that even a... Continue Reading

  • Four Tips for an Attention-Getting Resume

    Four Tips for an Attention-Getting Resume

    Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder Employers nowadays are generally so overwhelmed with applications for a position that they can't devote a great deal of time to each potential candidate. How can your resume spark their interest enough to garner more than just a passing glance? Here, experts... Continue Reading

  • Seven Ways to Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash

    Seven Ways to Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash

    By Kelly Eggers If your resume and cover letter seem to be lost in the black hole of job applications, you're not alone. In a 2009 survey of 10,628 job seekers conducted by New York-based executive recruiter FPC, 42% said not getting a response to their resumes was their biggest frustration. While not all... Continue Reading

  • Get Rid of Your Resume Fluff

    Get Rid of Your Resume Fluff

    I read a lot of resumes that start off with applicants describing themselves as passionate, visionary, out-of-the-box thinkers, dedicated, "roll up their sleeves" professionals, and big-picture thinkers. Perhaps they believe these phrases elevate the professionalism of their resume or make them sound more... Continue Reading

  • Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    For many, spring is a time of career renewal. Maybe it's the weather; maybe it's the fact that many people have just received their payout for last year's bonus and they are now ready to make a move. Whatever the reason, many people decide to spring clean their resume this time of year and embark on a job... Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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

  • The No. 1 Resume Mistake and How to Fix It

    The No. 1 Resume Mistake and How to Fix It

    Frequently, AOL readers ask me to review their resumes. Nine times out of 10, their resume suffers from the same problem. The No. 1 mistake made on resumes is writing only about job tasks and never writing about what was achieved in each position. When your resume lands on a hiring manager's desk, he may... 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

  • Five Job Search Tips for Tech Pros

    Five Job Search Tips for Tech Pros

    With employment opportunities exploding for technology and analysis positions, especially in the financial services sector, tech job seekers need to focus on their "personal branding" and emphasize their responsibilities, and not just their roles, as they begin to prepare to make a job move in... 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

  • 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

  • Seven Things to Leave Off Your Resume

    Seven Things to Leave Off Your Resume

    Several AOL readers have written in to ask what to leave off of a resume. While every job seeker is unique, here are some general items I recommend leaving off of your resume to achieve optimal results. 1. Objectives Most hiring managers I talk to are not interested in reading resume objectives.... 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