Resumes

  • 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

  • Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

    Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Many job seekers fail to score interviews, even though their skills and experience qualify them for the positions they want. This can occur when a job seeker's work history sounds archaic to the person screening his or her résumé, according to Susan Britton Whitcomb,... Continue Reading

  • 10 Things to Leave Off Your Résumé

    10 Things to Leave Off Your Résumé

    Everybody knows that in most situations, less is more -- your accessories, eating habits and especially your résumé. Job seekers do themselves a disservice when they send out résumés with too much information. Employers don't have the time or the patience to sift through... Continue Reading

  • The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    A dean of the Hofstra University School of Communication recently told me, "Your cover letter and résumé are the first things an employer sees -- and if they're not right, they're the first things an employer throws away." So, how good do YOU look on paper? Continue Reading

  • Think Twice Before Sending That Crazy Resume!

    Think Twice Before Sending That Crazy Resume!

    In these challenging economic times, it is tempting to use all means available to differentiate yourself. But not everything goes over so well. As a recruiter with 15 years' experience, I want to share examples of candidate submissions that are deadly to achieving your goal of a great new job! Continue Reading

  • Are You Pressing Your Recruiter's Hot Button?

    Are You Pressing Your Recruiter's Hot Button?

    Many of you have had unique experiences working with recruiters during a job hunt. Some good and some not so good. Like every profession, there are "good people" and then there are others. You need to do your own homework to ensure you are working with a reputable recruiter. At the same time, you need to do what... Continue Reading

  • Top 10 Tips for Your 2010 Résumé

    Top 10 Tips for Your 2010 Résumé

    "Out with the old, in with the new," isn't that what they always say? The same thing applies to your résumé. Chances are you applied for hundreds of jobs in 2009, only to be ignored or rejected. That means that something has to change. Last year, 25 percent of employers said that on average,... Continue Reading

  • Does Your Name Affect Your Chances of Landing a Job?

    Does Your Name Affect Your Chances of Landing a Job?

    My son has a name that is very common in some parts of the world but not very common in the United States. When you hear a person's name, do certain thoughts and associations come to mind? I started thinking about how birth names might affect a job seeker's candidacy and wondering if they can actually play a... Continue Reading

  • My First Jobs - A Little Luck and a Lot of Chutzpah

    My First Jobs - A Little Luck and a Lot of Chutzpah

    I've always believed in teaching by example. When I was about to graduate (more years ago than I care to admit), the economy was in a downturn. It was not quite as serious as this one, but still considered a recession. Interest rates were through the roof, inflation was more than 14%, unemployment was around... Continue Reading

  • Job Seekers: What Can you Accomplish in Just 18 Minutes a Day?

    Job Seekers: What Can you Accomplish in Just 18 Minutes a Day?

    Not much. But the Department of Labor reports that the average number of minutes unemployed Americans are spending looking for a job each day is 18 minutes. What can those 18 minutes possibly translate into? Checking one job board, making one phone call, connecting to a few friends and colleagues online, or... Continue Reading

  • Five Quick Ways to Get Your Resume Tossed in the

    Five Quick Ways to Get Your Resume Tossed in the "No" Pile

    Submitting a resume to a recruiter or hiring manager is often the first step in building a relationship with an employer. Job seekers make decisions about what to add and omit from their resume in an effort to put their best foot forward and land an interview. But frequently, job seekers adopt a writing... Continue Reading

  • Break All the Rules in Resume Writing to Land the Interview

    Break All the Rules in Resume Writing to Land the Interview

    flickr.com Last week I went to visit a friend. While we were sitting in her kitchen chatting, I noticed that she had a rotary phone on the wall. When I commented on it, she told me a story about showing her daughter's teenage friends how to dial on a rotary phone. When they first looked at the phone, they... Continue Reading

  • Feel like Giving Up on Your Job Search?

    Feel like Giving Up on Your Job Search?

    CareerBuilder.com According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 38 percent of full-time workers were unemployed for 27 weeks or more in September 2009. That's equivalent to more than 5.4 million people. Whether you're out of work for five days, five weeks, five months or five years, any period of unexpected... Continue Reading

  • How to Dumb Down Your Resume

    How to Dumb Down Your Resume

    Getting hired is getting harder and harder as 9.8% of the country is unemployed, and being overqualified for a job is one reason too many people hear for why they're not being hired. While dumbing down your résumé isn't ideal, it may be necessary if you're going for a job that doesn't require... Continue Reading

  • Do Mistakes on Résumés and Cover Letters Matter?

    Do Mistakes on Résumés and Cover Letters Matter?

    CareerBuilder Did you think I would say anything but "YES"? Of course mistakes on résumés and cover letters matter - isn't that what we've been telling you, and what you've heard for the past - forever? If an employer is only looking over your résumé for about 30 seconds, you... Continue Reading

  • Silly Questions, Serious Interview

    Silly Questions, Serious Interview

    By Ed Orum Five hundred resumes came down to one simple question: If you were at a baseball game and a foul ball came your way, would you stand up and try to catch it or just wait in your seat and hope it fell your way? No, the job opening wasn't for a baseball team, but a $13-an-hour administrative assistant... Continue Reading

  • How to Write a Winning Resume

    How to Write a Winning Resume

    Debbie Shalom, founder of Amazing Résumés and Coaching Services Practice makes perfect Winning résumés and victorious athletes share several features; they both rely on extensive preparation and hard work. As you begin to create your résumé, you need to invest... Continue Reading

  • Does Your Resume Answer These Key Questions?

    Does Your Resume Answer These Key Questions?

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Most people, no matter what job they seek or how long they've been part of the working world, make the same mistake when it comes to the resume-writing process. They forget -- or simply don't know how -- to develop their resume from the employer's point of view. "Employers... Continue Reading

  • 7 Steps To Finding a Job Online

    7 Steps To Finding a Job Online

    By Anne Fisher, Fortune Dear Annie: I have two questions for you. First, I graduated from a top engineering college in June and have been applying for jobs all summer with no luck. I've targeted five companies I'd especially like to work for who I know are hiring entry-level engineers. I sent them my resume... Continue Reading

  • Do Out-of-the-Box Tactics Really Work?

    Do Out-of-the-Box Tactics Really Work?

    Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer From résumés accompanied by shoes to get candidates' "feet in the door," to candidates sending cakes designed as business cards, hiring managers have seen it all when it comes to memorable job-seeker tactics. Facing the most difficult job market in decades,... Continue Reading

  • Buzzwords That Can Damage Your Resume

    Buzzwords That Can Damage Your Resume

    Robert Half International Your resume is designed to communicate your accomplishments and distinguish you from other job seekers, but there are certain words and phrases that can actually disguise your qualifications. For example, if an applicant writes, "Assisted manager in optimizing marketing campaigns,"... Continue Reading

  • Get the Edge: Using Buzzwords in Your Resume

    Get the Edge: Using Buzzwords in Your Resume

    CareerBuilder.com Wouldn't it be great if you could sprinkle a few magic words into your résumé that would miraculously catapult it to the top of the heap in an interviewer's office? No hocus pocus is needed -- adding certain "buzzwords" or keywords to your résumé could do just... Continue Reading

  • Crazy Resumes and Lasting Impressions

    Crazy Resumes and Lasting Impressions

    By Ann Everhart and J. Michael Worthington, Jr., ResumeDoctor.com Your resume will be your first impression you have to make to an employer. Recruiters tell us that you have less than 10 seconds to make that impression; so you had better make it a good one. ResumeDoctor.com asked their recruiter network to... Continue Reading

  • Six Tricks to a Clutter-Free Resume

    Six Tricks to a Clutter-Free Resume

    CareerBuilder.com In the world of job searching, bigger, flashier, more colorful and louder isn't always better. While some people feel the need to use elaborate fonts, bright paper, or graphics and animation in hopes of getting attention, it is often wiser to take a minimalist approach to your resume One of the... Continue Reading

  • Five Resume Tips for Creative Jobs

    Five Resume Tips for Creative Jobs

    CareerBuilder.com For most job seekers, there are basic rules to follow when writing a resume: Focus on accomplishments, incorporate important keywords, print on professional paper and use black ink. But for those applying for jobs in more creative fields, is it necessary to break from tradition and design a... Continue Reading

  • Fluffy, Vague Phrases Cloud Many Resumes

    Fluffy, Vague Phrases Cloud Many Resumes

    By Dawn Sagario, The Des Moines Register Hiring managers are deluged daily with resumes. They seek those that quickly and succinctly tell them a candidate's specific skills, experience and accomplishments. Resumes swiftly let them know if you make the cut or get tossed into the reject pile. Time-pressed... Continue Reading

  • 10 Ways Your Resume Irks Hiring Managers

    10 Ways Your Resume Irks Hiring Managers

    CareerBuilder.com writer Fashion designer Coco Chanel had a personal rule: Before she left the house, the style icon always removed one piece of her ensemble to avoid the faux-pas of wearing too many accessories. Were Chanel alive today and working as a hiring manager, she would likely offer similar advice to... Continue Reading