Resume Tips

  • A Trick To Get Your Resume Past Applicant Tracking Systems

    A Trick To Get Your Resume Past Applicant Tracking Systems

    By Vivian Giang When you apply for a job at a larger firm, there's a high chance that your resume will be scanned by a filtering software for words related to certain job vacancies. This kind of automation process will also reject your resume if it doesn't "meet traditional, business-dictated document... Continue Reading

  • Why Your Resume Stinks (And What To Do About It Now)

    Why Your Resume Stinks (And What To Do About It Now)

    There's nothing like a 90-minute session with a resume maven to point out how little you know about your own accomplishments-or how lame you look on paper. I knew I needed help, but when Miriam Salpeter, a job and social media coach, began her critique, my head started spinning. Continue Reading

  • Stop Making These Resume Mistakes

    Stop Making These Resume Mistakes

    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... Continue Reading

  • Are These Resume Buzzwords Killing Your Chances?

    Are These Resume Buzzwords Killing Your Chances?

    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. Continue Reading

  • Online Job Search Tips for Older Workers

    Online Job Search Tips for Older Workers

    By Casey Dowd The internet has changed the job-hunting process for all generations. Whether you are a baby boomer, generation Xer or Millennial, online job searching is key. What's surprising is that older workers might be beating out their younger counterparts when it comes to online job searching. Continue Reading

  • How To Get A Job If You're Over 50

    How To Get A Job If You're Over 50

    Q: I am over 50, and just got laid off after working in the same place for 15 years. How should I approach prospective employers and deal with the age issue? I have a lot of experience, but the age thing seems like a big deal. Signed, Confused No one doubts it is difficult to find a job after working in one... Continue Reading

  • Avoid These Dangerous Resume Mistakes

    Avoid These Dangerous Resume Mistakes

    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... Continue Reading

  • No. 1 Way To Make Your Resume Irresistible To Employers

    No. 1 Way To Make Your Resume Irresistible To Employers

    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... Continue Reading

  • 7 Things Every Resume Needs In 2012

    7 Things Every Resume Needs In 2012

    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... Continue Reading

  • Should I Put This On My Resume? 7 Questions Answered

    Should I Put This On My Resume? 7 Questions Answered

    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. Continue Reading

  • 8 Words To Never Use On A Resume

    8 Words To Never Use On A Resume

    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. Continue Reading

  • Over 50? 3 Tips For Writing An Ageless Resume

    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... Continue Reading

  • Does Your Resume Show You At Your Best?

    Does Your Resume Show You At Your Best?

    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... Continue Reading

  • What Not To Put On Your Resume

    What Not To Put On Your Resume

    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... Continue Reading

  • 7 Things To Never Put On A Resume In 2012

    7 Things To Never Put On A Resume In 2012

    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... Continue Reading

  • Your Resume Should NOT Include A Headshot

    Your Resume Should NOT Include A Headshot

    By Erik Deckers Do not, do not, DO NOT include a photo with your résumé! Just don't do it. Continue Reading

  • 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