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  7 Steps to Ensuring Your Resume Isn’t Your Downfall
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2012
Job seeking can be a drawn-out process with many steps involved—any one of which could easily eliminate you as a candidate. The last thing you want is to have your resume—the first step in the process—be the reason you’re not considered for a position. There are a number of actions you can take to make sure that this crucial document is not your downfall. Here are seven to consider: 1. Make Your Resume Keyword-Friendly...
 
  Are Cover Letters Old-Fashioned?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Although cover letters are a long-standing part of the job search, they are not outmoded. Cover letters or cover emails are more relevant today than ever. Job seekers are facing steep competition in today’s job market. A misstep will cost you a job. Some ask, “Why is the letter so important when much of the same information is in the résumé?” There are a few reasons why you can’t afford to skip the cover letter. Your...
 
  Does Your Executive Résumé Push People Away?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Some executive résumés push people away. What is the turn-off? Many executives have marketing staff write bio statements for inclusion in corporate portfolios, websites, or proposals. These bios usually begin with something like, “Mr. Reed is the steward of the nation’s premier fiber optic network.” The bio generally continues on with more stodgy language that makes one feels as though Mr. Reed does not dare mix with us mere...
 
  How to Create an Interviewable Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2012
Many job seekers have the misconception that creating a great resume will help them score a job. But this is actually not the case. The great resume actually scores the interview—and if the interview is great, then you may score the job. In other words, if you want a company to call you in for an interview, you need to create a resume that encourages a hiring manager to do so. But why not take it one step further by not...
 
  What Is Resume Rebranding and Why Is It Important to My Job Search?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2012
Resume branding is a critical concept when developing an interview-worthy resume. It differentiates you from your competitors and truly highlights the unique value that you bring to employers. Rebranding your resume simply means that you’re taking your original, branded resume and you are tweaking it for each different position that you apply to so that you become the best match possible for each particular position. Why i...
 
  4 Ways to Source Keywords for Your Resume
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2012
Keywords for resumes refer to the buzzwords or search terms that recruiters and hiring managers are using to source candidates for their open positions. Keywords generally relate to skills that are specific to the job function, industry, or business environment. Keywords have become increasing important in the past few years as more companies are relying on ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems to source candidates. ATS systems p...
 
  10 Great Executive Resume Keywords and How to Use Them
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2012
10 Great Executive Resume Keywords and How to Use Them There are a lot of ways to enhance an executive resume, one of them being to add appropriate keywords throughout the document. Keywords work wonders in improving any resume because they add depth while addressing key points that hiring managers in the field are looking for. There are a number of great keywords that could make a difference in an executive resume....
 
  3 Ways to Create a Recession-Proof Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2012
It’s no secret that a recession is one of the toughest times to find employment. With millions of workers looking for positions, your competition is incredibly steep. The good news is that job seeking during a recession doesn’t mean you can’t be hired. It does mean, however, that you will need to work to secure a job. A great way to increase your chances of being hired is by creating a recession-proof resume. What is a...
 
  4 Strategies to Take Your Resume from Boring to Interview Winning!
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2012
The concept of writing a resume for many job seekers is creating a document that lists important skills, education and accomplishments that show they’re qualified for a specific job they’re applying for. While this concept is somewhat true, the resume-writing process is a bit more complicated than this. Writing a quality resume goes beyond simply listing qualifications. You need to describe why you’re right for the job thr...
 
  How to Incorporate Your Brand Into Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2012
Writing a resume is not an easy task. There are always several aspects to consider, including which information to incorporate that can help yours stand out from the pack. Many job seekers have found that branding the resume makes a huge difference because it works well in defining candidates as major contributors to their field. So how can you incorporate your brand into your resume? Here are some tips to consider: Create...
 
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