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  • Five Ways to Rehab Your Resume

    Five Ways to Rehab Your Resume

    Just in case you haven't heard it enough: It's tough to get a job these days. So tough, in fact, that it's not unlikely for a job seeker to spend six months or longer looking for a job before actually getting one. Although it's common for today's job search to take a while, there are ways to increase your... Continue Reading

  • Can Tweeting Help You Write a Better Resume?

    Can Tweeting Help You Write a Better Resume?

    According to employment experts at My Job Group, a network of regional job sites in the United Kingdom, résumés written by job seekers who are actively involved on Twitter were better written and more likely to land on an employer's short list. After analyzing 500 resumes, they found that... Continue Reading

  • Does This Resume Make Me Look Fat?

    Does This Resume Make Me Look Fat?

    Most job seekers I meet have some sort of "special circumstance" or blemish on their resume that they feel makes them unattractive to a hiring manager. For some, it's accounting for the dot-com they worked for that went bust after nine months or the year they took off from work to care for an aging parent or... Continue Reading

  • Three Major Missteps That Could Jeopardize Your Job Search

    Three Major Missteps That Could Jeopardize Your Job Search

    Someone reached out to me today, frustrated that he had applied to multiple job postings with limited results. When this occurs, the knee-jerk reaction is to blame the resume for the lack of responses, but the résumé is only effective if you have a strong search strategy to accompany the... Continue Reading

  • Transforming Your Resume From Military to Civilian

    Transforming Your Resume From Military to Civilian

    Duncan Mathison, co-author of "Unlock the Hidden Job Market: Six Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough," recalls working with an ex-Navy SEAL who was trying to land a civilian job. "He realized that most people thought his skills consisted of landing on beaches and blowing things up.... Continue Reading

  • Ten Minute Resume Makeover

    Ten Minute Resume Makeover

    Sometimes an old outfit can look new and fresh by adding a new shirt, tie, scarf, or pin. With just one item the look can be transformed quickly without spending a lot of time or money. Most résumés I read could benefit from a similar transformation. They contain the basics, but they just... Continue Reading

  • How To Put Your Resume Online

    How To Put Your Resume Online

    I came across Emurse long before it became an AOL service and was impressed with it from Day One. Emurse is a simple concept with an easy purpose. Mix the letters of e-m-u-r-s-e up and you get "resume." Quite simply, it is your online resume. Here are 10 things you should know about having your resume online... Continue Reading

  • What Is White Font and Can It Help My Resume?

    What Is White Font and Can It Help My Resume?

    Many of my clients ask me if I think it is a good idea to use white fonting on their resume. White fonting is the practice of attempting to manipulate the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that many companies use to sort through mountains of resumes by placing keywords (the words that describe the applicant's... Continue Reading

  • How to Write a Cover Letter for Maximum Impact

    How to Write a Cover Letter for Maximum Impact

    Today a client asked me to explain the differences between the resume and the cover letter. Many people assume that the cover letter is just a formality and simply something hiring managers and recruiters have come to expect. But the cover letter can serve a much higher purpose. Job search is about building... Continue Reading

  • Seven Ways to Improve Your Cover Letter and Get Your Application Noticed

    Seven Ways to Improve Your Cover Letter and Get Your Application Noticed

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Don't underestimate the power of a cover letter. When well-written, attractively designed and customized for the recipient, a cover letter is a powerful tool that can practically scream, "Interview this candidate immediately!" But when they are thrown together using little to... Continue Reading

  • Answers to Common Resume Questions

    Answers to Common Resume Questions

    When it comes to the topic of how to write a résumé, people seem to have an endless supply of questions. And since your resume may be one of the most important documents you ever have to write, it makes sense that people would want to know as much as possible about the topic. Below are resume... Continue Reading

  • Do Employers Think You Are a Job Hopper?

    Do Employers Think You Are a Job Hopper?

    When hiring managers read resumes, one of the first things they look at is dates of employment. If they see multiple short employment stints, they will often assume that you are a job hopper, question your ability to stay at one company for long, and move on to the next candidate. Often people's choppy... Continue Reading

  • Are You Lying on Your Resume?

    Are You Lying on Your Resume?

    A résumé is a marketing tool and I encourage job seekers to position their accomplishments in the best possible light. However, it is critical that all information reported on the document is accurate and something you can back up with facts if questioned. Here are some of the ways I see job... Continue Reading

  • Resume Mistakes That Keep Hiring Managers Amused But Cost You the Interview

    Resume Mistakes That Keep Hiring Managers Amused But Cost You the Interview

    Think resume typos are no big deal? Last year, Accountemps, a temporary staffing firm, interviewed 150 senior executives from some of the nation's largest companies. Forty percent of the respondents said that just one typo on a resume would cause the candidate to be eliminated. Thirty-six percent said it would... Continue Reading

  • Five Tricks to Get You Hired Faster

    Five Tricks to Get You Hired Faster

    In today's challenging economy, job seekers will need to implement a strong self-marketing campaign in order to get noticed in a crowded job search space. That campaign starts with strong marketing collateral, particularly a quality resume and online presentation that is easy to find and read and memorable for... Continue Reading

  • Five Spring Cleaning Tips for Your College Resume

    Five Spring Cleaning Tips for Your College Resume

    It's springtime, and besides bringing thoughts of flowers and warm weather, for college students it brings thoughts of jobs and summer internships. A lot of students have come up to me in the past few weeks asking me to review their résumés. If they are sophomores and juniors, they are getting... Continue Reading

  • 4 Essential Functions of a Resume

    4 Essential Functions of a Resume

    Donald Asher, author of "The Overnight Résumé: The Fastest Way to Your Next Job" Everybody knows that résumés are useful for getting interviews, but not everybody realizes the résumé's other, equally important, functions: It structures the interview process, reminds the... Continue Reading

  • Phrases That Kill Resumes

    Phrases That Kill Resumes

    Over my career I have come into contact with thousands of people who perform miracles at work every day. But you would never know it if you looked at their resumes. More than 90% of the resumes I see overuse personal attributes to describe the person's candidacy. Continue Reading

  • 4 Tips for Crafting a Resume to Complement Your Job Application

    4 Tips for Crafting a Resume to Complement Your Job Application

    The job application and the résumé go hand in hand. The former is the raw data that an employer has about your work experience; the other dives deeper, detailing your skills, accomplishments, and overall job worthiness. Here are 4 tips to make your resume shine and complement your job application. Continue Reading

  • Worst Resume Mistake and How to Avoid It

    Worst Resume Mistake and How to Avoid It

    I recently saw a panel presentation with five college recruiters from five of the country's top employers. Hands down, their biggest pet peeve when it comes to resumes is typos. Many recruiters and hiring managers agree that having a typo on a resume is the fastest way to get placed in the "no" pile. It can be... Continue Reading

  • How to Get Noticed By Recruiters

    How to Get Noticed By Recruiters

    During a recent staffing conference I attended, I talked with recruiters and asked them this question: "If they could tell job seekers one thing, what would it be." Here are their responses. Continue Reading

  • Résumé Mistakes to Avoid

    Résumé Mistakes to Avoid

    With resumes outrunning job postings by literally several hundred to one, employers don't have to be very forgiving of resume mistakes, and they're not. These days, it's one strike and you're out. Continue Reading

  • Does Your Resume Show Your Age?

    Does Your Resume Show Your Age?

    Once a year I go through my closet and get rid of the clothing that no longer fits me or is out of style. It's not an easy thing to do because I become attached to certain favorites and old reliables, but I know they're no longer relevant to the way I want to look so I let go and give them away. Updating... Continue Reading

  • How to have a Rock Star Resume & Ace the Interview

    How to have a Rock Star Resume & Ace the Interview

    Are you ready, ready to rock 'n roll? Presenting your résumé to a potential employer is not unlike auditioning for a band, so I thought it would be fun to get a few pointers from the Bonnie Raitt of resume-writing, Dayna Steele. Steele is a former top rock and roll radio deejay and the author... Continue Reading

  • Résumé Magic: 10 Tricks to Make It Stand Out

    Résumé Magic: 10 Tricks to Make It Stand Out

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Nearly one in four human resources managers said they receive, on average, more than 75 résumés for each open position, according to a nationwide survey by Careerbuilder.com. When a job posting's response is that overwhelming, human resource managers often... Continue Reading

  • Six Most Common Cover Letter Questions -- Answered!

    Six Most Common Cover Letter Questions -- Answered!

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Time and time again, studies indicate that cover letters are read in less than 60 seconds. That's all the time it takes for most recruiters and employers to decide whether or not you're a candidate worth interviewing. To progress beyond this point, you have to be savvy about... Continue Reading

  • Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

    Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Many job seekers fail to score interviews, even though their skills and experience qualify them for the positions they want. This can occur when a job seeker's work history sounds archaic to the person screening his or her résumé, according to Susan Britton Whitcomb,... Continue Reading