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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 »




New Job: How To Rock the First 30 Days

You got the new job and are on top of the world! There so much possibility.  Everything is bright and shiny. This is everything you ever wanted. Awesome. Now it’s time to rock it like the rock star that you are. Some companies will provide an on-boarding process through an orientation or new employee training. But the truth is that many are rather lacking in this department. And this is where you can positively shine and totally rock it. You need to develop a plan to rock the first 30 days of your new job, and here’s a template to… Read »




Resume Updates: What You Need Before You Start

Resume updates: They have a lifecycle, just like anything else on this planet. You write your resume. You get a job. You forget about the resume. Then all of a sudden, you need it for either a job opportunity that comes along, or a job search that gets kicked off. Love ’em or hate ’em, resume updates are a necessary evil that everyone, sooner or later, will have to deal with. But what most people don’t realize is that there are some really important things that you need to be doing BEFORE you jump into resume updates at any point… Read »




Mailing Addresses on Résumés: Include or Not?

Mailing addresses – who’d thunk? I think I just stepped into a veritable cow pie. The Society of Human Resources Management has a LinkedIn group where HR pros discuss a variety of topics. One recent post caught my attention:  “Why you must include mailing addresses on the resume.” Human resource professionals and recruiters weighed in with their opinions. Here’s a short overview of some of the perspectives that were offered: Pros of listing mailing addresses: Allows employers to mail important documents to applicant. If the employer is going to screen you out based on where you live, you probably don’t… Read »




Exactly How Many Versions of Your Resume SHOULD You Have?

Let’s cut to the chase. Job seekers are exhausted by constantly running around, changing their resume up for every single job application. It’s a never-ending battle that feels like a dog chasing its tail. It’s always there…  but forever an elusive goal. So exactly how many versions of your resume SHOULD you have?  One, or many? The answer is YES. Your best strategy is to organize your job search in a way that structures your resume in the following manner: 1) Create no more than 1-3 master (core) versions of your resume.  Any more than this will result in you… Read »




Resumes: The New Exact Match Economy

Resumes nowadays are all about the exact match. Not the following: “I just think it would be great for employers to see how well-rounded I am.” “There’s so much in my background that would help employers.” If any of these sound like things  you’ve been saying about any of your resumes, it’s time to re-think that strategy. The cold, hard reality of today’s job market and economy has resulted in employers boiling their employment processes down to the people who BEST FIT THE JOB.  Not applicants who offer a universe of diverse skills and backgrounds. It sounds harsh. But think… Read »




Spring Cleaning: Freshen Up Your Career Documents

It’s springtime!  Cue the singing birds, blooming flowers, and that warm promise in the air that summer is just around the corner. Ahhh… what a wonderful feeling! But to borrow a page out of our hardy forebears, this isn’t where one gets to rest on their laurels… time’s a-wastin’!  It’s time to do much-needed deep cleaning. But I’m not talking about purging the garage, or moving the couch to get at those annoying dust bunnies. Instead, let’s zero in on your career documents.  Why? Because most people let them gather dust and only clear them off to see the light… Read »




Resume Writer Confidential: We Know When You Are Lying

Not unlike a confessional, resume writers oftentimes hear stories that would make most people’s hair stand on end. How they messed up on the job big-time. Or a bad decision that resulted in a termination. Or had an awful boss who did unspeakable things to them. Or didn’t know how to do the job to which they were reassigned. There are a million different stories out there on the street, and resume writers hear a lot of them, day in and day out. Over time, we grow thicker skin after the shock of what goes on in the workplace wears… Read »




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 »





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