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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 »

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 »

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 »

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. Read More »

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... 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 »

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... 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 »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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