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  5 Mistakes Job Seekers Make on their Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
I’m sitting in front of my computer trying to think of a new way to say the same things I’ve already said a million times. I think I’m beginning to feel border line preachy with my resume and cover letter advice. But I also feel a duty to share with job seekers the blunders and mistakes they make that prohibit them from getting the interview and ultimately the offer. After ten years of working as a human resources manager and...
  Job Quest Underway? Discover Your Buried Treasure--Transferable Skills As Career Doubloons
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2010
It’s unnerving to be out of work. Starting the job hunt can be gut-wrenching. We can even get confused about how to answer these simple questions: What do I know how to do? What jobs should I apply for? How do I get started? The temptation is to slap together a resume with a chronology of past jobs, titles, and duties. Then, with guns blazing, fire them out to every job board, classified ad, or on-line posting. Ugh!...
  3 Ways to Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
Want to get hired faster? You can avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking. Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume information—but only if you know how to use them correctly. Here are 3 tips for mining job ads for better resume results: 1 – Get an idea of the title you'll be applying for. While this may sound odd, your first ste...
  How to Effectively Follow Up on Sent Resumes
by Kris Plantrich - Jul, 2010
As I talk with many candidates, the biggest frustration I hear is that there is no response to resumes they send out. Although many have worked hard to develop a large contact list, targeted specific companies of interest and have a specific system or plan in place to send out resumes, I find most do not follow up on sent resumes. When I ask the question, “Have you followed up with them?” I usually get the deer in the head...
  Filling out job applications… Why and How?
by Harry Urschel - Jul, 2010
In an age of online application processes, and emailed resumes, why do so many companies still have you fill out a paper job application when you arrive for an interview or before they make you an offer? You would think they have all the information they need from you already, why is it necessary to have you fill out the paper form? Is it necessary to duplicate everything on your resume onto the application? What exactly...
  3 Ways to Capture Leadership Value in Your Executive Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
So you’ve written and re-written your executive resume, but it still doesn’t feel right to you? Maybe you’ve added metrics and detailed your career promotions, all to no avail. If so, it might be time to up your game—especially if you want to generate interviews. To create a powerful and effective leadership resume, you can find relief from using a concept called the S-T-A-R (Situation-Task-Action-Result) strategy. This...
  What’s the Difference Between a Resume, CV and Bio?
by Thomas J. Denham - Jul, 2010
When it comes to packaging and marketing your background, you have three main choices: 1) a resume, 2) a CV (curriculum vitae) or 3) a bio (career biography). There are some significant differences. You will need to determine the reader’s preference - do they want something short, something more detailed or a promotional document. Resume - a one or two page bulleted list of your professional information used to apply for...
  Keywords And Resumes: Don’t Miss The Point
by Judi Perkins - Jul, 2010
Keywords. The very phrase is enough to freak job seekers out. “Does my resume have enough?” “Is there any such thing as too many?” “Should I change it for every ad?” Conventional wisdom says a resounding YES for the last question. Consequently, job seekers end up with multiple resumes. The average number is 4. This week I had someone come to me with 8. Absurd. (And they were all poorly done, too) Job seekers want to...
  Improve Job Search Success - Add a Resume Objective Statement!
by Marcia Robinson - Jul, 2010
I just read a post on a new career blog where the writer proclaimed that resume objective statements are unnecessary. I don't agree! Of course I don't support resume objective statements that say nothing, but I know for sure that a resume objective is a good way to get the reader's attention. Isn't that your goal? Imagine you are in a busy HR office sifting through stacks of resumes from potential candidates for a posit...
  Effective Resume Creativity
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
Knowing what I do for a living, friends sometimes call me when they see particularly outstanding resumes—good or bad. This week I got a call from a friend who’s a hiring manager at a technology company. He received a resume that was so creative that they decided to interview the candidate immediately. This candidate had packaged her resume in a box about the size of a cookie container. The front of the box showed her nam...
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