Resume Rescue

  • Ten Top Resume Writing Books

    Ten Top Resume Writing Books

    Need help writing your resume? If you consider yourself a "do-it-yourself-er" there are a lot of great books on the market that can help you craft a compelling and visually distinct document. Here are a few of my favorites. 1. Resume Magic Filled with "before and after" resume examples that not only teach... Continue Reading

  • Eight Commonly Asked Questions

    Eight Commonly Asked Questions

    Many of the questions from our AOL Jobs readers focus on resume writing. Here's a roundup of some of the most commonly asked. 1. What's the best style: chronological or functional? Most recruiters and hiring managers prefer a chronological format. Omitting your work history and just showcasing functional... Continue Reading

  • 15 Words You Should Replace on Your Resume

    15 Words You Should Replace on Your Resume

    The list of personal attributes that job seekers place on their resume to convey their value proposition is endless. Almost every resume I read is full of words that suggest the person is someone worthy of a spot on the team, yet few of them explain what they have actually done in their place of work to prove... Continue Reading

  • Five Characteristics of an Outdated Resume

    Five Characteristics of an Outdated Resume

    I constantly come across the same five outdated resume-writing methods, which keep getting passed down from generation to generation of job seekers. It's time to break the cycle and dispel some common resume-writing myths once and for 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

  • Resume Rescue: How Do I Prepare My Military Resume for a Federal Job?

    Resume Rescue: How Do I Prepare My Military Resume for a Federal Job?

    Robert Davis was completing his military tour of duty in Afghanistan and he needed a resume to help him transition to a federal job. As a computer engineer and security manager, he supported covert activities for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Because the nature of his work was top secret, it was... 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

  • Five Resume Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

    Five Resume Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

    Hiring managers may have to sift through hundreds of resumes before they find the person they want to call in for the interview. So many resumes I see would get passed over quickly by a hiring manager simply because they are too difficult to read. Here are five resume formatting mistakes to avoid. Continue Reading

  • Did Someone Really Write That?

    Did Someone Really Write That?

    Resumes are frequently used to make a first impression on hiring managers. Yet many job seekers are making mistakes on their resumes that are leading to a flat first impression. Here are some examples of resume content that falls flat, confuses, or amuses the reader -- all at the expense of the candidate. 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

  • How to Fix Funky Resume Formatting

    How to Fix Funky Resume Formatting

    Poor formatting on a resume can make the document difficult to read. Since most hiring authorities only spend about 15-30 seconds reviewing a resume, it is important to make the document as "user friendly" as possible to improve the chances of piquing the hiring manager's interest. Below are three common... Continue Reading

  • How to Write a Resume That Proves Your Value

    How to Write a Resume That Proves Your Value

    Hundreds of readers have sent AOL Jobs their resumes asking to be rescued. Combing through the resumes, I see job seekers making similar mistakes when crafting their documents. Here are three representative resumes with common errors in writing strategy and design. Are you making any of these mistakes? Continue Reading

  • Five Tips for Crafting a Resume for the Stay-at-Home Mom

    Five Tips for Crafting a Resume for the Stay-at-Home Mom

    An AOL reader asks, "I am currently a stay-at-home mom, but I want to start back at work as soon as possible. I'm intimidated when it comes to submitting a resume, because I don't have much work experience. I have been home for two years with my son. What do I put on my resume to explain this gap in work?" Continue Reading

  • From Sleeper to Keeper

    From Sleeper to Keeper

    Would you go to see a movie if the movie trailer was boring or buy a book if the information on the book jacket was dull? Probably not. Yet when people craft their resumes, they generally introduce their candidacy with a summary statement that is so unmemorable and generic that it looks like hundreds of others... Continue Reading

  • Tame My Resume From Long and Shaggy to Short and Chic

    Tame My Resume From Long and Shaggy to Short and Chic

    When it comes to resumes, longer is rarely better. In today's fast-paced world, hiring managers generally spend less than 15 seconds looking at a resume. They want to be able to see your key differentiators quickly, and they will rarely look past page two to find the information they need. So how do you keep... Continue Reading

  • 10 Quick Resume Fixes in Less Than 10 Minutes

    10 Quick Resume Fixes in Less Than 10 Minutes

    The cornerstone of a quality resume is having a targeted, consistent message that conveys your ability to use your skills and leverage your accomplishments to add value to an organization. But in addition to that, there are a number of subtleties that can impact how your resume is viewed by your audience. You... Continue Reading