| 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...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Long, Unsuccessful Job Search: What to do Now?
by Miriam Salpeter and Tim Muma - Mar, 2013
For some individuals, successfully landing a new position becomes a frustrating, arduous task that drags on for many months or even over a year. When the process takes this long, it's clearly time to try to new things or look to master the tools you're already utilizing. Founder and Owner of Keppie Careers, Miriam Salpeter, discusses a number of ways that job seekers can improve their chances of getting a gig, even after they'...
| Minding Your P's and Q's - The 1-Page Job Proposal
by Joanna Riley Weidenmiller and Tim Muma - Jan, 2013
The concern described by many job seekers about resumes and cover letters are that they don't illustrate what the job seeker brings to an organization, and that once their documents are submitted for a job, they fall into a black hole where no one actually sees it. Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, CEO of the One-Page Company, describes to Tim Muma how and why job seekers should alter their plan of attack by utilizing a one-page job...
| Life vs. Work - Staying Positive During the Job Search
by Gavin Redelman and Tim Muma - Jan, 2013
It's important to understand and accept that the mental side of the job search plays a large role in your success or failure when it comes to landing a new job - particularly if you're unemployed. Tim Muma chats with Gavin Redelman, Founder of RedStarResume, who describes a number of ways to help job seekers keep an optimistic outlook and positively impact their search. While some suggestions may seem like common sense, it's c...
The Professional Credential Section: Tell Me More about That, Please
by Jason Stauffacher - May, 2013
Your professional resume and CV can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume. First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education, and Training. Then, secondly, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-pag...
5 Ways to Start Your Resume With a Bang
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2013
Everyone tells you that it's important to make a strong first impression with your resume... "you only have 20 seconds" goes the standard advice. And it's true. Employers are busy and they get hundreds of resumes for most positions which means standing out is vital. But how do you actually do that? The good news is that it¡¦s not as hard as you might think. Here are 5 ways to start your resume with the kind of bang...
That’s Really Interesting … Now Take it off Your Resume
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2013
As a resume writer you tend to run up against the same issues on a regular basis. One of the most common challenges is working with a client who has a very diverse background, or who has taken a career detour. This is perfectly possible to address, but every now and then, I work with a client who truly believes that all those experiences are equally valuable in getting their next job. Sometimes, it’s hard for this person t...
Your Guide to Applying for a Job in 150 Characters or Less
by Jen Glantz - May, 2013
The days of lengthy cover letters and bulleted resumes are fading as employers ask job applicants to present their case in a modern and challenging way—by describing themselves and why they are a perfect fit for a job in 150 characters or less. Borrowing from the style of Twitter (which maxes out at 140 characters) and similar to a quick-and-to-the-point elevator pitch, this new request forces you to carefully select wor...
Is Your Resume Gone, Like a Dinosaur?
by Debra Ann Matthews - May, 2013
Is your resume gone, like a dinosaur? Some of you really want to land your 1st after college, relocate to a new city, re-enter the job force after military or other retirement. Yet, your best efforts to display your professional best have come up short. I have to ask you to first address the similarity between your resume and a dinosaur. Is your resume gone like a dinosaur? We enjoy dinosaurs as a source of play and creati...
Your Resumé Is You
by Bob Roth - Apr, 2013
Most employers learn about college students from their resumés. Whatever is on the resumé is all they know about the student. Therefore, if the resumé has few examples of accomplishments and successes, the employer will have little reason to interview the candidate. Since employers use the resumé as a screening device, your resumé is you. In the end, employers are interested in only one thing. They want to learn abo...
15 Ways to Describe Yourself in an Interview
by Ken Sundheim - Mar, 2013
In just about every interview, the interviewer asks the question, “How would you describe yourself?” While this is something that should be anticipated and practiced, many job seekers overlook the importance of this question and fail to take the time to formulate the right answers. Moreover, when describing ourselves, we should approach our answers in an honest, candid manner. Even though some answers are laid out below, ...
The confusing language of resume-speak
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
I just received an inquiry from someone reading a professionally written resume that she assumed was incorrectly written. One of the rules of what we call, resume-speak is that the gIh is always implied. Simple Example Instead of writing gI managed the team charged with renegotiating the contract,h in resume-speak you skip the gI.h The sentence would read: gManaged the team charged with renegotiating the contrac...
Résumé Help: The Case of the Prickly Profile
by Debra Wheatman - Feb, 2013
Today we explore the case of the prickly profile. What is a prickly profile? It is a profile that detracts readers. Just as the thorns of a prickly cactus prevent animals from taking a bite, a prickly profile can prevent prospective employers from reading the remainder of a résumé. In other words – no interview! Here are ways David can remove the thorns from his profile and entice a hiring employer to take a bite. ...
Examples of Great Resume Objective Statements (Errr … I Mean Personal Branding Statements)
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2013
If you are sitting at your computer trying to come up with a really great objective statement to start off your resume with you might find yourself sitting there for a while tapping your fingers. The problem with objective statements is that they focus on what you want instead of how you can meet the needs of the employer. I encourage you to reconsider using an objective statement on your resume and instead use a personal bran...
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