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Résumés and Online Portfolios Need to Pop in 2015

RĂ©sumĂ©s and online portfolios need to stand out visually, from this point forward. Why? Humans, are, for the most part, visual creatures. And we pay attention to things that catch our eye. We simply can’t help it. This is now becoming true with rĂ©sumĂ©s and online portfolios. While we’ve resisted the urge to make our rĂ©sumĂ©s and online portfolios “pretty” for a long time, the fact that content is still king still matters in the long run. But what has changed is the order of priority. It used to be that the rĂ©sumĂ© was seen as the first part of… Read »




Applicant Tracking Systems Don’t Work

Applicant tracking systems don’t want you to apply. The people using them agree… on both sides of the equation. A recent post by blogger Liz Ryan detailed the horror of online job applications in a recent Forbes.com article. The actual people using this technology also decry about how they are broken, and go from one system to another searching for a better solution, sort of like wandering travelers lost in a desert. What this boils down to is that for the candidate (aka job seeker), even the people who run applicant tracking systems hate them, and despise how they don’t work…. Read »




The Most Important Interview Minute

The most important interview minute?  It could be the final closing and asking for the job… that’s absolutely critical. Nope. Or is it the first minute once the interview starts? Nope. The most important interview minute is BEFORE it starts. This moment in time occurs when you are being transferred from the waiting area into the interview room… you have about a minute before things settle down and start to get serious. This is your window of opportunity….It’s what you do when you walk in and make a beeline for the chair where you will be sitting. How you handle… Read »




Never Undersell Yourself… Ever

Never undersell yourself.  I know it is difficult sometimes because many job seekers are constantly having to shift their tactics to try and align their backgrounds as closely as possible to position openings. Oftentimes, they find that they might seem overqualified to the prospective employer, and therefore, for the lack of a better description, “dumb down” their rĂ©sumĂ© in an effort to not come across as strongly. But if you have resorted to these tactics previously, consider these potential career setbacks: You could put yourself back financially by going for a lesser position with equally lesser pay which can mean… Read »





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