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    Job Search Guide - Resume Facelift
by Debra Wheatman and Tim Muma - Mar, 2013
The resume remains a tool in landing an interview for a potential position, but it's important to find ways to keep it fresh and pop amongst the pile of candidates prospective employers are looking through. Debra Wheatman is the President of Careers Done Write and a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and she utilizes her experience to aid job seekers in revamping their resume. Debra gives Tim Muma some perspective on the im...
 
  Three Reasons Why Objective Statements Are Out
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
With all the “do’s and don’ts” of resume writing, do you ever wonder the reasons why objective statements are out? The objective statement falls in the category of a “don’t.” There are at least three reasons why objective statements are no longer recommended for professional resumes. ONE: It places the focus on your needs (objective) rather than the employer’s needs. The purpose of your resume is to help the hiring man...
 
  Three Signs It’s Time to Find Your Next Role
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
Happy December everyone! I continue to be astonished at how quickly each year comes and goes. With 2014 less than 30 days away time to assess where you are in your career. As you wrap up 2013, now is the time to take a look at where you are career-wise, measure where you thought you’d be vs. where you’d like to be vs. where you realistically can be given your role, responsibilities, title, compensation, and growth profile. W...
 
  Ask Deb: Handling a Question About a Failed Business
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
Dear Deb, What is the best way to answer an interview question about why your company failed? I started a graphic design firm and after sinking $30,000 into it; and after 18 months of long hours and no weekends off, I have given up. We just could not compete with more established firms. I am working at a high school teaching graphic design and also work as a restaurant server to pay the bills. Feeling like such a fail...
 
  Resume Help: How to Craft an Accomplishment Statement
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
The lack of powerful accomplishment statements is the most common resume shortcoming. If a candidate does not include relevant and compelling accomplishments on his resume, his chances of earning interviews are diminished. A hiring employer may receive hundreds of resumes. The resumes lacking accomplishments will be cast aside. In most cases, the resume is the one shot you get to capture the hiring employer’s attention and...
 
  Five Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Boss
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2013
If the kind of relationship you have with your boss can determine how successful you are in your career and ultimately how much money you can earn, why not invest the time and commitment necessary to make sure you and your direct manager see eye-to-eye? Here are five tips on how to improve your relationship with your boss regardless of personality type. 1. Schedule weekly catch-up meetings. Your boss simply cannot ke...
 
  Heat Up Your Job Search This Summer
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2013
Three weeks ago I met with a new client, Rich. He expressed urgency because he has been out of work for eight months. We discussed the career history information necessary to create his resume. After following up with Rich, he said he would need a few more days. In five days, I called again and Rich replied that he would be visiting friends in Seattle for a several days and probably would not have a chance to work on this....
 
  The Value of an Expert
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2013
Is it worth the investment to hire a genuine expert? In many cases, hiring an expert represents long-term value. How many DIY home projects have you seen gone awry at your home or for one of your friends? My favorite is a friend who saved $50 on the connection of a new refrigerator only to flood his entire downstairs, costing him a $1,000 insurance deductible and two weeks of downtime for the clean-up and new floor installat...
 
  3 Popular Resume Writing Clichés to Avoid
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2013
Selecting the appropriate adjectives to describe your best self in your resume can be a daunting challenge. For the professional resume writers and career coaches on our team, doing this task on behalf of our clients can be even tougher. Below are 4 of the most common resume writing clichés we see, and our suggestions on what to do to avoid using them incorrectly and turning off a potential employer. The key takeaway is a less...
 
  4 Key Cover Letter Strategies to Get you Noticed
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2013
The cover letter remains a critical component of a successful job search despite what you may hear anecdotally. It may be true, however, that a great cover letter will not win you an interview or be the defining factor in getting you the job you want, but it is certainly true that a terribly written or bland cover may earn you an instant rejection from a recruiter or HR representative. Achieving success in your job search is a...
 
  Resume Writing Solutions for a Career Change
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2013
Resume writing is a challenge for many. It can be a very frustrating experience if you are planning a major career change. It does not have to be frustrating. With the right approach you can craft a resume that paves a path to your new career. Whether you work with a professional resume writer or write the resume on your own, understanding and tapping into your transferrable skills will make the transition easier. What...
 
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