By Miriam Salpeter
If you've been sending out hundreds of resumes and haven't heard back from one employer, stop now and commit to making several changes in your job search strategy. Looking for a job is frustrating; you're totally fed up with looking for a job and don't think there's another thing you can do... Read More »
It's the ultimate temptation of the job search -- lying on your resume. The tendency to embellish information on a resume is so widespread, nearly half (46 percent) of job applicants commit some form of resume fraud, according to ADP, the human capital management and research firm. Read More »
By Anna Pitts
Applying for jobs is a challenging task, one made all the more difficult when you know your recruiter has dozens of other applicants to consider. Instead of getting lost in the crowd, here are some things you can do to fast-track your resume to the front of a long queue: Read More »
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... Read More »
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. Read More »
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... Read More »
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. Read More »
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. Read More »
When it comes to the challenges of job hunting, simply getting your resume before a hiring manager can be an obstacle. Too few job seekers, however, are adept at making their experience and talents stand out on the page.
One example is the resume of Alex Doe (a pseudonym), below. He leads with a "summary of... Read More »
It's not always easy determining which information to include on a resume -- and in which order. Air National Guardsman Clay Doe, a pseudonym, thought that listing his planned bachelor of science degree was a priority, which is why he included it as the first item on his resume.
But Doe would do better to... Read More »
Many veterans don't worry about updating or even having a resume until they need to look for a job. But by then, it can be too late. Anxious about finding a job as soon as possible, many job seekers do a slapdash job, creating a resume that doesn't present a full picture of their achievements.
That's just... Read More »
Like many military veterans, Jess Doe (a pseudonym) had trouble articulating the responsibilities of her civilian job. Her single-page resume (below) reflects that problem. Doe's most current position, for example, as an assistant instructor at a taekwondo studio in Wisconsin, lists but two responsibilities... Read More »
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.
No one doubts it is difficult to find a job after working in one... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »