| Job Search Guide - Credibility Matters
by Perry Newman and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
We've probably all seen it or heard about it when someone with less ability or experience gets a job over the seemingly better candidate. Varying factors can play a role, including the credibility an individual carries with him or her. Perry Newman, job strategist and award-winning resume writer, tells Tim Muma that the "Credibility Factor" is a major component to anyone's successful job search. We examine the details and how...
| Job Search Guide - Balancing Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
With limited space and minimal opportunity to elaborate further, the resume requires a delicate balance in portraying your qualifications. Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, helps Tim Muma and the listeners figure out the best way to express your value without over or underselling your skill and experience. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process from strategies for cover letters...
| Job Search Guide - How NOT to Describe Yourself
by Jeff Haden and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Whether it's on a website, social media accounts or even your cover letter and resume, a description of your skills and experience can determine your professional fate. Tim Muma speaks with Jeff Haden, owner of BlackBird Media, who draws off his experiences as a manager. Jeff also utilizes insight from business leaders to express the issues he has with many of the ways job seekers and others describe themselves. Job Search...
| Job Search Guide - From Fluff to Facts on the Resume
by Don Goodman and Tim Muma - Sep, 2013
The resume remains a tool for landing an interview for a potential position, but it's important to utilize it properly and choose your words wisely. Tim Muma speaks with Don Goodman, About Jobs president and certified resume writer, who offers his experienced perspective to help job seekers find ways to get away from "fluffy" language and create truly marketable verbiage. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process fr...
Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2013
Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that p...
How to Best describe the Objective in your Resume
by Shweta Khare - Nov, 2013
First impressions must make an impact, to be precise, to show respect and to be courteous is what it takes to make a pleasant and lasting one. You might be able to do it in person but how good are you on it at writing – and especially when you are applying for a job your resume and cover letter are the ones that make this special first impression. And of course to make that impact, be sure to polish your objective and that...
Is Embellishing Your Resume Part of the Job Search Game?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
I was in a radio interview with the Local Job Network team this week discussing the perfect balance of a resume—and not overselling or understating yourself. And this question came up: It’s often perceived that embellishing one’s skills or experience is a part of the “game” of getting a job. What do you say? I would say that the real issue is that most job seekers do not know how to effectively market themselves and show...
Resumes That Work
by Judith Lindenberger - Nov, 2013
If you are looking for a job, writing a resume is one of the first steps you need to take. The goal of a resume is to get you in the door with prospective employers. And, you have about 30 seconds to grab the reader's attention. As the former Manager of Staffing for a Fortune 500 company, certified career counselor, and board member of several nonprofit organizations, I have reviewed thousands of resumes. Based upon my exp...
How To Get Your Resume Past An Applicant Tracking System & Into The Hands of Hiring Authorities
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
The Internet has significantly altered the job search landscape. Easy online availability of information about industries, professions and companies have created a very small world, essentially rendering physical distance irrelevant when it comes to looking for employment. Now, someone in Los Angeles can not only find about a job opening in New York, but can apply for the position just as easily as someone who lives acro...
How to Write a Resume the Employer Wants to Read
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
Over the past few weeks I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes—and to my dismay, they’ve all looked and sounded the same. I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to give job seekers the advice that replicating an unoriginal career summary or objective statement on their resume was a sound job searching practice. But whoever did that should be blacklisted from providing career advice to job seekers. I can assure you (and I’m...
3 Easy Steps to Writing a Resume for Results
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2013
I get it—it’s not easy to write about yourself. I don’t know many people who excel at writing about themselves. Even some of the best resume writers in the industry hire their colleagues when they need a bio written or their resume updated. So how can you make the daunting task of putting your career history down on paper a little bit easier? Here are three tips to help you out. Focus on Facts Figuring out how to foc...
Objectives on Resumes Are So Last Century - Really??
by Jean Cummings - Oct, 2013
People have been telling you for years now to drop the objective on your resume - it automatically dates you and makes your resume look old-fashioned. Well, that is undeniably true, if we're talking about the typical objective statement that reads like: Objective: Seeking a position as a Project Manager where I can contribute to the company and continue to upgrade my skills. Ditch it, if you've got one like it. But let...
3 Popular Resume Writing Clichés to Avoid
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2013
Selecting the appropriate adjectives to describe your best self in your resume can be a daunting challenge. For the professional resume writers and career coaches on our team, doing this task on behalf of our clients can be even tougher. Below are 4 of the most common resume writing clichés we see, and our suggestions on what to do to avoid using them incorrectly and turning off a potential employer. The key takeaway is a less...
Best Way to Have Outstanding References
by J.T. O'Donnell - Oct, 2013
Last week, I thought I had a phone stalker on my cell. I didn't recognize the number and the caller ID had a weird name. Finally, I picked up the phone. It turned out to be the head of HR for a company in NYC doing a reference check on an intern I had 5+ years ago. I was totally caught off-guard. I hadn't heard from this person in over two years, was given no warning I'd be contacted, and didn't even know what position he was...
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