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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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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... Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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