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How to Triple Your Chances of Getting a Job

How to Triple Your Chances of Getting a Job

By Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., co-author of "Put Your Mindset to Work" As a job seeker or someone trying to flourish at work, ever wonder, out of the hundreds of "expert" tips, which ones are actually proven to work? Here's what 98 percent of top employers worldwide say and groundbreaking research studies prove... Read More »

Four Tips for an Attention-Getting Resume

Four Tips for an Attention-Getting Resume

Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder Employers nowadays are generally so overwhelmed with applications for a position that they can't devote a great deal of time to each potential candidate. How can your resume spark their interest enough to garner more than just a passing glance? Here, experts... Read More »

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... Read More »

Ten 'Must-Do' Tips for Job Seekers

Ten 'Must-Do' Tips for Job Seekers

By Alina Dizik As a job seeker, finding the right position can often be a frustrating experience. But there are ways to make your search a little bit easier. Here are 10 tips from career experts to simplify your job search: Read More »

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. Read More »

What Employers Really Want from Recent College Grads

What Employers Really Want from Recent College Grads

Perfect grades? Internships? Clubs and activities? Summer work experience? Many college students knock themselves out trying to add any or all of the above onto their fresh resumes, but will they really help them get the job? A recent study done at Oklahoma State University concluded that certain... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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? Read More »

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... Read More »

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... 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 »

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 »

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