“Job Hopper” Resumes Revisited - Finding The Upside
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
It can make you feel like pulling the covers over your head. It reads like you have no direction. It’s a road block to interviews. What is it? Okay, you knew all along. A resume that brands you a “job hopper.” If you’ve changed jobs often, you need to understand why. If you don’t do this honestly, you won’t be credible explaining yourself. Job hopping is a symptom not a disease. If you treat it, you’ll be on your feet in...
The Power of the Words on Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2010
Words convey action, meaning, purpose, and results. What are the words that you placed on your resume saying about you? Are you using passive terms like ‘Responsible for...’ and ‘Duties included...’? These words communicate minimal value, input, and effort. Or are you using stronger action verbs that communicate results? Every week we evaluate 200+ resumes from job seekers like you. Every day we notice that at least 90...
Your Resume Is Not a Tweet
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Mar, 2010
I read it, and I get it, and I buy-in to the 20-second ‘resume scan’ rule. Yet, I don’t FULLY buy in . What I mean is, I don’t accept the implication by some that your resume only gets a 10-, 20-, 30-second sweeping glance by the hiring manager, recruiter, HR...AND THAT’S IT (the end of the road for your resume). I love how GL Hoffman discusses the lean resume concept by playfully experimenting with the idea of a 6-word r...
How to Write a Resume: Steps #1 - #4
by Louise Fletcher - Mar, 2010
Writing a resume is a chore for most people. I know this because whenever I do an online search for the term ‘how to write a resume’ or ‘writing a resume’, I come across someone tweeting “ARRRGH I hate writing my resume” or “I have been trying to write this stupid resume for weeks. I hate it!!!” Being the intuitive person that I am, I therefore deduce that resume writing is not something more people enjoy. Me? I love it!...
Three Ways To Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2010
Ever wonder if there's a great shortcut to resume writing - you know, one that others don't think to use but is very simple? Well, there is, and it will surprise you. Just look around at job postings. That's all there is to it, and it will help you avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking. Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume inform...
The Return on Investment For a Professionally Written Resume
by Debra Wheatman - Mar, 2010
How many times have you seen a job posting and thought to yourself – “I have the PERFECT background for this position!” So, you apply; nothing happens – no email, no call – nothing. You are dumbfounded; why wouldn’t you get a call? Can’t they see? Your background fits the position like a glove. I am sure that you would be a perfect fit; but what does your résumé convey? What does the hiring manager see when she opens up the e...
Life Happens: Dealing with Gaps In Employment on Resume
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Mar, 2010
Dear Rosa: “I worked as an account manager for XXX Brands for nearly 9 years but was laid off in January 2007 as part of a divisional reorganization. I wasn't expecting this and had not really thought about where I would go next. So instead of jumping into something I wasn't sure I wanted, I decided to take this opportunity to try the stay-at-home mom routine with my 2 boys. The oldest had just turned 5 and the other was ab...
ATS Software Is Screening Your Resume! Five Resources To Get Noticed!
by Sharon Cohen - Mar, 2010
• Is your resume getting the attention it deserves? • Ever wonder what happens when you apply online? • Ever try to apply to a job you are qualified, only to be blocked by the software? • Wonder if the keywords in your resume are the “hot” keywords for your industry? If you answered yes, to any of these questions, you need to learn about ATS software, right away! Each time you submit a resume online, chances are ...
How Do I Find Out If My Resume Really IS The Problem?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2010
Laura, I’m trying everything I know to get a call back for an interview, but it isn’t working. I’ve been spending a lot of time surfing job ads, and when I apply to something that seems perfect for me, I never get so much as a rejection letter. It’s getting to the point where I’m worn out from trying to figure out if there’s something wrong with my resume. Plus, I'm never sure what to do about it. Is it possible that...
Targeting Your Resume
by Beth Colley - Feb, 2010
A job seeker posted this question on a LinkedIn discussion board. “How do you get by on only one resume. When I was looking for a job I rewrote/edited my resume for every different job being sure to call out everything they were looking for in the description. How do you do it any other way?” Job seekers need to remember that you have a job title...SALES PROFESSIONAL Once you understand that, you must start thinking like...
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