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  5 Elements of a Mediocre Resume – Hello Again, Trash Can …
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Has a lackluster resume response rate left you wondering if your resume or the job market is to blame for your shortage of interviews? Take a quick look at my list of five basics of a mediocre resume to help determine if your resume is to blame for your interview famine. Mediocre Resume Component #1 – A vanilla, undistinguished introduction or profile. If the introductory statement on your resume could describe someone els...
 
  3 Common Resume Problems – Does Your Resume Fall Prey to One of These?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Are you overlooking common resume blunders on your resume? I review job seeker resumes on a daily basis and I find the same three mistakes being repeated by countless job seekers. Below I’ve listed them so you can take a good look at your own resume and make some adjustments. Using An Objective Statement The problem with an objective statement is twofold. First, the employer already knows your objective is to get the j...
 
  Executives: Highlighting Accomplishments in Your Resume a Must!
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2013
It’s that time of year when smart executives take a look at their resumes to update. What has changed over the last year? New email address? Changed jobs? Successfully completed new projects? Overcame challenging business issues? Whatever the circumstances, your resume needs to be refreshed at least once a year. What’s one of the biggest changes a resume should display when refreshed? New accomplishments—your success s...
 
  These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsible for? Sought-after candidates (the ones whose phones are ringing off the hook for interviews while you’re struggling to get one call-back) don’t include phrases like these on their resumes. I hate to be so blunt but hey, you need to know. Stop selling yourself short in your job search. You CAN hav...
 
  3 Ways to Draw Industry Specific Terminology on Your Resume
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Believe it or not, some people are so proficient at their jobs, that they can’t tell you what they do for a living. These people (many of my clients get so frustrated when I simply ask them to tell me what they do). The reason that it is important to verbally communicate your skills and accomplishments is that it helps your supervisor, the HR representative or hiring personnel to see your value. Once the value of your ability...
 
  7 of the Most Overused Resume Words and Phrases of 2012
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Let’s lay to rest the worn out, tired resume words and phrases that every job seeker seemed to utilize in 2012. Be sure when you’re getting your resume together for your 2013 job search that you avoid these generic, vague terms that make you sound just like everyone else versus someone who stands out from the crowd. Accomplished — Rather than saying you’re accomplished, use quantifiable examples throughout the resume to sh...
 
  What’s Wrong With My Resume? 5 Things to Consider
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Okay, you have now polished your resume in the best way that you know how after you have: (a) Finished that job training program/school (b) Completed the internship (c) Preparing to leave the military (d) Started to search for jobs after gaining some practical experiences in an entry level position. You’ve put your best foot forward as you have applied for jobs that you believe you can perform and offer value to the corporatio...
 
  Getting Out of Your Own Way to Write a Good Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2013
Everyone has a story to tell, and by digging deep, you can unearth gems that sparkle and gleam, attracting even the weariest hiring manager's attention. Sadly, however, most people don't know how to excavate their precious-stone stories, and the result is lackluster content. A marketing-driven resume must be color-rich, clear, and strong enough to bear the heavy—often unforgiving—weight of the resume-vetting process. T...
 
  How to Create An Engaging Resume That Won’t Bore the Employer
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call. He admitted that it really is an unfair process—that so many job seekers are judged solely by the quality and presentat...
 
  Everything but the kitchen sink in your resume
by Hallie Crawford - Dec, 2012
Many people want to include everything they have done on their resume. Whether it’s their first job, details of every position they’ve had, or even where they attended high school. This can be overkill. You only want to highlight relevant experience because you may lose the recruiter or the employer who is looking at your resume. Don’t get lost in the shuffle. It isn’t important to go back to what high school you attended...
 
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