Objectives on Resumes Are So Last Century - Really??
by Jean Cummings - Oct, 2013
People have been telling you for years now to drop the objective on your resume - it automatically dates you and makes your resume look old-fashioned. Well, that is undeniably true, if we're talking about the typical objective statement that reads like: Objective: Seeking a position as a Project Manager where I can contribute to the company and continue to upgrade my skills. Ditch it, if you've got one like it. But let...
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...
Best Way to Have Outstanding References
by J.T. O'Donnell - Oct, 2013
Last week, I thought I had a phone stalker on my cell. I didn't recognize the number and the caller ID had a weird name. Finally, I picked up the phone. It turned out to be the head of HR for a company in NYC doing a reference check on an intern I had 5+ years ago. I was totally caught off-guard. I hadn't heard from this person in over two years, was given no warning I'd be contacted, and didn't even know what position he was...
Two Useless Words Every Job Seeker Loves to Use on Their Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2013
I’m on a mission this week to attack ineffective words and phrases job seekers love to incorporate into their resumes. Watch out resumes … apparently I’m on the war path. =) Success and results—two words job seekers seem particularly partial to including in their resumes. My hypothesis is that candidates want to be perceived as successful or able to deliver results, and so they think that by using these words on their res...
Resume No No’s
by Lorrie Boyer - Oct, 2013
In a recent study done by Harris Interactive, there are several common mistakes that job candidates make on their resumes. With over 2,000 hiring managers and Human Resources representatives taking part in the study here are some of the things that you should not do on your resume: Using text-speak. For example, job seekers should spell out the word “you” and not use “u” on resumes or any other job seeking materials....
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...
3 Things to Do to Make Your Résumé Ring in 2013!
by Debra Ann Matthews - Sep, 2013
* Ring out a Résumé that focuses on your Target Market. Use industry-laden terms and jargon specific to your industry. * Ring out a Résumé that is appealing with a Branding Slogan, Testimonials, Success Stories and Case Studies. It is now acceptable to tell a story using phrases, slogans and quotes to demonstrate the value that you have provided to your company. * Ring out Your Defining 2 to 3 Career Achievements. For...
Are You a Resume Hoarder?
by Barbara Safani - Sep, 2013
Resume to Referral has a brilliant infographic called Avoid Being a Resume Hoarder that points out some of the things job seekers tend to keep on their resumes that should have been tossed out with the trash years ago. Writing a resume can be an emotional process and it can be difficult for some to maintain objectivity during the writing process because the person has become attached to their own “stuff.” They remember the...
Three 'What if's' of writing Your Resume
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Sep, 2013
If you have ever tried to write your own resume you know some of the conundrum and "What if" situations that I deal with on a daily basis with clients. The scenarios are endless ¨C from lack of experience to too much experience and everything in between on every topic in between! Today, let's look at three 'What if' scenarios to help you in crafting a resume that impresses hiring managers and gets you called for interviews...
Fatal Distraction–When Your Resume Highlights Work You Don’t Want to Do
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2013
Resume panic–that unique feeling of crippling dread that overtakes you when facing the need to promote your skills and experiences to get a new job. Needing a job is unnerving enough. You’re in transition, going from where you were to someplace new. The competition for that new job starts with a resume that can get you an interview. Ditch the panic. Panic gets you nowhere. In fact, it puts you at risk. Whe...
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