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  3 Easy Ways to Disguise Resume Gaps
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2014
If you’re worried about gaps in your resume, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common concerns expressed by new clients of Blue Sky Resumes, and a common topic of conversation on web forums and social media sites. The good news is that resume gaps are not as big a concern as they used to be. As our economy has changed, the world of work has transformed with it. People keep jobs for shorter and shorter periods of tim...
 
  How Do Headhunters Work?
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2014
Most job seekers fundamentally misunderstand the role of professional headhunters (also known as recruiters) and as a result, they miss out on countless job opportunities. In this article, I am going to explain exactly how headhunters work and how you can find them, because they are a vital part of the job search for anyone at the manager level and above. That’s because headhunters are paid by companies to fill vacant po...
 
  Avoid These 5 Common Career Change Mistakes
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
Are you feeling stuck in your current career? Dreaming of making the move to more fulfilling work? I totally understand. Throughout my career, I’ve made several career changes. I’ve worked in retail management, HR and now resume writing. In fact, I’m currently embarking on yet another career (albeit this time it’s a second career) as a professional artist. Each of these moves enriched my life and I’m glad I made each one...
 
  10 Great Questions to Ask During an Interview
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
At the end of most interviews, you will be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn even more about the job, the company, and the culture. But more importantly, the interviewer will form judgments about you based on the questions you ask. As an interviewer myself, I’ve had candidates change my mind (for better and worse) just because of the questions they chose to ask...
 
  How to Prepare Financially for a Career Change
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
Many people first start looking at a career change because they are hoping to make more money, but the reality is sometimes you’ll actually have to settle for making less money as you embark on your new career. This is because you will likely be starting out with a lot less experience than others in your field. This means it’s vital to do some financial planning plan if you’re thinking about a career change. Research wha...
 
  Should You Include Hobbies on Your Resume?
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
I often tell people that resume writing is an art, not a science. This means that there are often questions with no definite answers and ‘should I include hobbies on my resume?’ is one of them. The truth is that including hobbies on your resume will almost never hurt you, and sometimes may help you. I say ‘almost never’ because there are a few situations in which including hobbies might damage your chance of an interv...
 
  “What are your salary requirements?” Here’s how to answer.
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
Most careers experts will tell you to never reveal your salary requirements in an interview or when responding to an ad. Like a lot of career advice, this is fine in theory but almost impossible in practice. When the job posting states that you must give your salary requirements, or when the interviewer asks you directly, what are you supposed to say? “I’m sorry but I don’t want to answer that question” will probably not go...
 
  11 concrete ways to use Twitter for networking
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
I don’t know how many job seekers are strategically using Twitter to network and advance their job search, but I do know that it’s a very small percentage. If you already use Twitter, you can easily switch to the more strategic focus I am going to teach you. But if you have never used Twitter before, don’t worry. It is easy to get started. It’s completely free. And once you understand the potential, I know you’ll be eager t...
 
  4 ways to write powerful LinkedIn job descriptions
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
I’ve written before about how to write great LinkedIn headlines and how to create awesome summaries. Now it’s time to talk about job descriptions, because these are a key part of how you present yourself on LinkedIn and most people get them wrong. 1. Don’t cut and paste from your resume LinkedIn is not your resume. Your profile should be less formal than your resume, because web communication in general is informal. That...
 
  How to Write a Cover Letter that Works
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
Do you think of your cover letter as a summary of your skills and experiences? If so, you’re making a common mistake. The truth is that your cover letter is a sales letter – much like the ones created by direct marketers and copywriters to sell products and services. Just like those letters, your cover note must be compelling, easy to read, and must convey clearly why you are a perfect fit. (hopefully it goes without sayin...
 
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