Resumes

  • When a Creative Resume is Over the Top

    When a Creative Resume is Over the Top

    I frequently advocate using design strategies in a resume to make key information stand out. This may mean using bold typeface, shading, or adding a chart that illustrates the business impact you've achieved in past positions. And certainly professionals in creative fields such as graphic design, culinary... Continue Reading

  • Unemployed? Keep Building Your Resume

    Unemployed? Keep Building Your Resume

    Though the unemployment rate has dropped to 9 percent (whew!), the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average length of unemployment is at an all time high of nine months. Regardless of how long you're out of work, Lauren Milligan, a job-search coach with ResuMAYDAY, says one thing is certain: "When... Continue Reading

  • Online Profiles Replacing Resumes?

    Online Profiles Replacing Resumes?

    Is the traditional resume going the way of the dinosaur? It might take some time, but some human resources (HR) managers interviewed recently by OfficeTeam think so. More than one-third (36 percent) of respondents said it's at least somewhat likely resumes will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and... Continue Reading

  • Five Secrets to Greening Your Resume

    Five Secrets to Greening Your Resume

    Are you hoping to transition to a green career or in the process of searching for a green job? Green career expert Carol McClelland recently shared five tips for greening your resume. 1. Get clear about your targeted green position. Without a focus and a description of the position you are targeting, it's... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: How Far Back Should You Go on Your Resume?

    Ask an Expert: How Far Back Should You Go on Your Resume?

    Deciding how much of your career chronology to report on your resume can be a tricky thing. If you focus on information too far in the past, an employer may quickly figure out how old you are and possibly discriminate against you based on your age. But if you don't report early career experience, a hiring... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: Answers to Five Common Job Search Questions

    Ask an Expert: Answers to Five Common Job Search Questions

    At AOL Jobs we get a lot of great questions about job search from our readers. Here are responses to five commonly asked questions. 1. In today's economic climate, many of us have to look at positions one or two levels below our previous one. How does one convince the prospective employer that we will be... 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

  • Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers

    Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers

    As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it... 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

  • Functional Resumes Should Be Renamed Dysfunctional Resumes

    Functional Resumes Should Be Renamed Dysfunctional Resumes

    Recently, someone showed me a resume and asked for a critique. The resume had absolutely no chronology; no company names, position titles, or dates of employment. It simply grouped work experience into categories with no reference to where this experience occurred. When I asked her why this information was... Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Trouble Landing a Job Interview? Don't Ask for a Job, Ask For Information

    Trouble Landing a Job Interview? Don't Ask for a Job, Ask For Information

    As a young adult without much real world experience, trying to get a job interview may seem impossible in this dismal economy. However, trying to land an "informational interview" is a completely different story AND it may just be your ticket to getting that position you are seeking. Continue Reading

  • Keeping It Real When Looking for a New Job

    Keeping It Real When Looking for a New Job

    Does coaching your daughter's soccer team count as management experience? If you've added clip art to PowerPoint presentations, are you a graphics artist? If you have written online restaurant reviews, does that make you a legitimate restaurant critic? You might be surprised what pops up on... 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

  • Follow-up OR Forget About It

    Follow-up OR Forget About It

    If you're merely posting your résumé online for open positions on job sites like CareerBuilder or Indeed.com, you're not effectively job hunting. As a recent college graduate, you should be reaching out to every possible contact you can think of. Then, after you speak with your various contacts and... 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

  • Local Job Fairs: Spring Into A New Career

    Local Job Fairs: Spring Into A New Career

    University Hall at the Stafford, VA campus of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) was bustling with people yesterday, anxious to get in to the Mark Warner federal job fair. The fair which had a reported 5,000 people pre-registered, drew over 7,000 people once walk-ins were added, sending the line to get into... 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 Resume Phrases That Every Hiring Manager Hates

    Six Resume Phrases That Every Hiring Manager Hates

    Lately, I've been seeing so many hackneyed phrases on resumes at every professional level. Here are the top six phrases I see job seekers using to describe themselves over and over again that are sure to get your resume tossed in the "no" pile. trustworthy team player flexible good... Continue Reading

  • Resume Writing Advice That You Should Ignore

    Resume Writing Advice That You Should Ignore

    Over the years as a career professional, I've had clients tell me about some pretty bad resume writing advice they have received. Here are the top five pieces of advice that I believe all job seekers should ignore. Continue Reading

  • Where Does Your Resume Really Go When You Apply Online?

    Where Does Your Resume Really Go When You Apply Online?

    These days, job applicants are lucky if an actual person is reading any of it, at least on the initial screening. Continue Reading