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Your Resume Format Matters… and Doesn’t

As a writer, I get a lot of questions about resume format. The advent of so many awesome career-related portfolio sites and easy-to-use graphic design tools has sparked an explosion of digitally interesting resumes and digital portfolios. Personally, I find these fascinating, simply because as humans, we are visual creatures and anything that is attention-getting helps candidates stand out from the crowd. And that is one of the main purposes of having a resume – to market oneself. Unconventional designs, info graphics  charts, and illustrations are all great. Heck, there was even one person who put their resume on a candy… Read »




Why Bad Resumes Are Like Holiday Fruitcakes

The other day, I was participating in a Twitter chat when someone complained about getting not just one, but FIVE fruitcakes this holiday season. And since December is just getting cranked up, this lucky fellow could potentially end up with a whole herd of fruitcakes crowding out the gifts under his Christmas tree. Instead of pondering big questions like, “How did this whole awful fruitcake thing get started in the first place?”, I started thinking about why we hate them so much… and oddly, how they compare so nicely to a real stinker of a resume. So with that in… Read »




Buyer Trust: What Consumers Need To Know When Investing In Résumé Services

We have all been down that road before:  That moment when we realized that we were duped.  If you haven’t ever had someone pull a fast one on you before, then count yourself either extremely lucky or completely street-wise. But for the rest of us, being burned once makes us doubly careful the next time. I’m running into this as people who have been to other so-called rĂ©sumĂ© writers bounce over to me. They arrive after everything falls apart, yet it was clear that they failed to see the warning signs from the get-go. Here are some quick tips to… Read »




Boasting or Telling a Story That Shows Results?

This morning I met with a client who confided in me that she is not “used to boasting about herself” in her rĂ©sumĂ©, and that this entire exercise was very difficult for her.  Then she laughed uncomfortably. Too often, this is the case when people sit down to work on their most important career document. They DON’T feel comfortable about “boasting” about themselves. And that’s exactly the problem. They shouldn’t be boasting. Instead, they should be telling stories where they are the starring character.  If done correctly, these stories aren’t all about boasting. You are just telling a story that… Read »




You Are What You Write: 10 Ways To Impress Everyone You Encounter

Job searches being what they are, you’re inevitably doing a lot of writing along the way.  There are cover letters and rĂ©sumĂ©s to write/tweak, emails to compose, and thank you notes to send out. During this process, however, many people get lazy. The sheer volume of what they are trying to do makes it very tempting to cut corners and make assumptions, when in fact, this is the last thing that should happen. It is more important than ever to pay special attention to every single facet of your writing as this is directly connected to your brand.  How you… Read »




Hitting the Moving Target: How Many Versions of Your Résumé Do You Need?

A lot of times, job seekers will contact me with help on their career document, then start rattling off a whole list of COMPLETELY different functions that they want to cover in the rĂ©sumĂ©.   One recent client was hoping to try and cover human resources, event planning, and communications all in one document. Unfortunately, in today’s brave new world of applications, one size does not fit all. But does that mean everyone needs to be constantly chasing after a moving target, always changing the document to meet each job posting? Nope. You have to rethink your strategy completely and start… Read »




6 Tips To Getting Back In The Employment Saddle Again

Life happens.  Sometimes, we simply can’t predict the types of things that happen that can waylay the best intentions and plans.  What we had hoped to achieve or accomplish within a set period of time simply doesn’t happen because other things come up that we have no control over… and those things take sudden precedence over everything else. And that’s ok. When it comes to your career (and life in general), the thing you always need to remember is that we are doing the best we can under the circumstances and trying to make the best decisions possible with what… Read »




Top Thing Most People Forget To Include In Their Résumé

Every day as a rĂ©sumĂ© writer, I work with clients and gather background materials for their projects.   People fill out a worksheet plus send me their most recent version of their rĂ©sumĂ© with an updated work history. And you know what? I’ve noticed a rather startling trend. There are a whole lot of people missing the boat on one particular item that they either forget to include or stick down at the very bottom of the document… almost as an after thought. Can you guess what it is? Give up? It’s the notable achievements section.  Yes. Really. I’m talking about the… Read »




Career Chameleon 2.0: Six Tips You Need to Know Before Changing Industries

Let’s face it: the days of yesteryear when people slogged away in one profession or job have long gone past the wayside. Today’s work force is now highly motivated, mobile, and extremely transient.  Various numbers being tossed around these days range from 5-8 years at a single position before employees start poking around for new opportunities. Oftentimes, this can mean a lot of inter-industry switches… you simply trade one company or organization for another while moving up, but usually, you stay within the same field. But what happens when the field you are in is in the midst of a… Read »




What 80% of Us Don’t Know (Or Ignore) About Our Job Searches

With this post, I am going to go out on a limb using some strictly unscientific data I’ve been quietly gathering from all of my discussions with hiring managers, recruiters, headhunters, and human resource professionals. Are you ready? Ok, here it is: 80% of all the rĂ©sumĂ©s out there suck. Yes, I mean really suck. As in spelling/grammar/usage/punctuation errors, ugly or non-existent formatting, lack of keywords, cutting and pasting job duties instead of listing valuable contributions, inclusion of photos and other non-relevant personal information, and the ever-so-outdated objective statement which is the constant thorn in the side of anyone who… Read »





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