Avoid Overused Words In Resumes
by Ramon Greenwood - Dec, 2010
Linkedin has just published a list of the ten most overused words in resumes with the advice to “scrap the words altogether from…resumes and profiles and instead focus on details of the job (being pursued), like how many people they supervised or how much they increased sales.” The words and phrases to avoid are: innovative, dynamic, motivated, extensive experience, results-oriented, proven track record, team player, fast p...
Is Your Personal Brand Wrong?
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2010
A careerist said to me, “I need your help. I need to REBRAND my resume.” Okay. So, I was expecting, “I need a resume like yesterday.” Perhaps, “What is resume branding?” But, an outright “rebrand” —well! If I wasn’t already sitting… Why a Rebrand? You see, this careerist had developed a strong brand; earned a reputation as a ‘department savior.’ The problem? Most of the job offers were coming from companies in need of...
How To Disguise A Checkered Work History
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2010
Many of us have, even through no fault of our own, had a bumpy work history. This may be due to lay-offs, illnesses, temporary contractual work, staying home to raise children, career transitions, or a myriad of other situations. You may have perfectly legitimate reasons; however an employer may not understand why you have short tenures or gaps between jobs – they just want the best candidate for the job. But have no fear!...
Five Ways To Make Your Resume Jump Off The Page
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2010
Imagine you are vying for a great position against 50 other equally qualified applicants (not far-fetched in today's job market). Now imagine your resume is at the bottom of the stack, only to be given a recruiter's 10-second glance after hours of scanning resumes. Does your resume blend in with the rest or does it shout "READ ME"? To get noticed your resume must be brief yet illustrative, professional yet unique, interesting...
Career Development through Volunteering: Volunteering for the Newly Hired Professional
by Dr. John Meeker - Dec, 2010
Executive Summary Professionals have often donated their time, know-how and experience to non-profits as a way to give back to the community. During the recent recession, many discovered that the relationships built through this process created a strong business network on which they were able to rely and seek out new business opportunities. As the economy regains its strength and professionals are embarking on new opportun...
‘Polishing, Scrubbing and Tweaking’ your Resume (Oh My!)
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2010
After reading a recent US News article, “6 Steps to Polish Up Your Resume,” my vision of a staid, buzzword-rich resume with your top 10 accomplishments waxed. Though the bones of the article were solid, and the emphasis on translating your work history into achievements respectable, I couldn’t help being consumed by a certain dull roar of the same-old, same-old resume advice. Unfortunately, the focus on the tactical aspect...
4 Ways to Get More Done in Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2010
It’s been said that time isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. When you’re job hunting, this is especially true. Because every day spent in the wrong job (or in no job) can seem like an eternity to you and your family. As we wind down the year this month, here are four tips to help you save time and get more done every day, so you can find your next job faster … #1: Plan Every Day “A lifetime is composed of days,...
How to Get Your Resume Read (Sort of)
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2010
This month's Career Collective topic is common job search misperceptions. My post is about resume writing misperceptions. You can read the topics by my esteemed colleagues by following the links at the end of this post. It's probably no surprise to you that hiring managers don't read every resume they receive. And you may also know that they don't read any resume in its entirety; instead they scan the resume to find releva...
Career Tips To Combat Unemployment Stigmas
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
On the heels of the recent 60 Minutes unemployment piece, I thought it would be apropos to write a blog to help people with some timely career and résumé tips to help you minimize the stigma associated with being unemployed. -Tip #1: If you have been unemployed for an extended period of time, your résumé is going to reveal that gap. In an effort to showcase your strengths and highlight your inner work-a-holic, consider us...
Five Proven Résumé Tweaks for C-level Executives
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
If you have been fortunate enough to climb the corporate ladder, you know that the trek can be long and arduous; as a C-level professional, you realize the importance (hopefully) of maintaining your image and continuing to brand yourself as a top notch leader. Naturally you want to make the most meaningful impact as you seek new opportunities; who doesn’t? Listed below are some vital elements to consider when tweaking your...
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