You do what for a living?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Some of you out there have nice, easily explainable jobs like “professor” or “salesman” or “consultant”. Others of you have job titles that people either totally don’t grasp or think are kind of odd. As a resume writer, I fall into the second category, with reactions to my vocation ranging from, “Wait, is that a euphemism for your being unemployed?” to “Why would anyone ever pay someone to write their resume?” Most people...
Resume Rescue: Tame My Resume From Long and Shaggy to Short and Chic
by Barbara Safani - Oct, 2010
When it comes to resumes, longer is rarely better. In today's fast-paced world, hiring managers generally spend less than 15 seconds looking at a resume. They want to be able to see your key differentiators quickly, and they will rarely look past page two to find the information they need. So how do you keep your resume concise without sacrificing clarity or quality? Here are some common resume problems that can result in a do...
Human resources consultant lists 10 tips for writing a terrific resume
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
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 exper...
The Single Most Important Resume Item
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2010
I recently moderated a panel discussion of prominent CEOs from three very different industries -- professional services, social media and nonprofit. While they each gave excellent advice to the students in the audience who were interested in their particular fields, the CEOs all came together on one key point: All employers in all industries are seeking one major resume item: leadership. Why is leadership so important?...
Be Choosy About What You Want
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Oct, 2010
Years ago, I worked in the hospitality industry hiring people for a wide variety of positions. Job seekers frequently approached me by saying, “I’ll take anything.” That was one of the biggest turnoffs. It wasn’t my responsibility to identify the right job for every person who walked through the door. It was their responsibility to figure that out before the interview conversation ever happened. There is the misconcep...
Establishing Your Brand In a Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2010
Establishing your brand in a cover letter can be a tricky thing. You want to be creative, yet professional. So if the prose is stifled, the reader can actually feel how the writer struggled with every word, every sentence, and every thought. Here are a few tips to help get the creative juices flowing and extend a brand that conveys confidence and your capabilities: 1. Don’t over do it. You don’t have to fill the document wi...
Key Strategies for Job Fair Success
by Norine Dagliano - Oct, 2010
Recently I attended a local job fair and spoke to several of the employers to solicit their response to the following question: "If you were to offer one tip for job seekers attending a job fair, what would it be?" The two answers given most frequently: "Dress professionally" and "communicate what you want and what you have to offer." Since so many employers mentioned these two things, along with other valuable tips, it occ...
Which Cola does your Resume Brand you as?
by Nimish Thakkar - Oct, 2010
As top Cola brands fought to capture and sustain market share in an oversaturated soft drinks market, some very valuable marketing and branding lessons surfaced. What we learnt from the “Cola Wars” was that the fittest brand did not always thrive. On the contrary, ultimate success was the result of a shrewd branding strategy, one that truly differentiated the product from the crowd of “me too” competitors. To combat 9.5% un...
Why No one is Calling You Back (and What to do About It)
by Louise Fletcher - Sep, 2010
The most common complaint I hear from job seekers is this: “I’m sending tons of resumes out and no one is calling me back.” I know how frustrating this can be from personal experience. I’ve been there myself back before I had my own business. You see the perfect vacancy – you just know you have all the right skills for it – and you are sure they will call you as soon as they see your resume. So when the phone doesn’t ring,...
7 Surprising Reasons You Didn’t Get a Call Back for that Job
by Heather Huhman - Sep, 2010
It’s natural to wonder why you didn’t get an interview – or perhaps make it to the second round – for a job you thought was a perfect fit. While I always feel it’s best to ask the hiring manager what went wrong, do a little self-analysis first. Perhaps you made one of the following mistakes: 1. You didn’t follow-up, and someone else did. At every part of the job search process, it’s important to follow up with the hiring ma...
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