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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 »




Don’t Lie In Your RĂ©sumé  But Don’t Tell the Truth, Either

The other day, I was talking to a recruiting friend of mine who is especially known for his candor about talent acquisition issues, and we were comparing notes about our rĂ©sumĂ© frustrations. As a career industry professional, I advise clients to NEVER lie on a rĂ©sumĂ©. Yet many people abandon the truth and move into uncharted areas of creative fiction when it comes to discussing their career background. And believe me, they come up with some incredible whoppers. But as a rĂ©sumĂ© writer, I am not there to act as a judge/jury to my client’s work history.  My work does… 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 Career Torpedoes You Need To Avoid

Traveling along on our respective career paths, everyone should be aware of what potential landmines exist along the way that could prove to be obstacles to building a stellar reputation. From working with literally 1,000+ clients over the past few years, here are some things I have observed that are the biggest problems that could torpedo your career right off the bat:  “Shoulder-Lookers”: There are the genuine networkers, and then there are the people we meet at events that are always looking above our shoulder to see if they can spot someone ‘better’ in the crowd to go talk to…. Read »




Time to Eliminate Confusion: Call For Standardization Of Résumé Formats

People applying for jobs come in so many different facets in terms of what they offer in experience, skills, education, experience, and achievements that it is positively dazzling. One thing I have learned in the years that I have been working with clients is that EVERYONE offers an employer several valuable skills… but the difficulty lies (in the employers’ eyes) in finding the best fit for the position for which they are hiring. But there is a huge obstacle in the way.  Job applicants have a long way to go in understanding how to write their career credentials. Some of… Read »





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