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  Resume Padding: What's the Problem?
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2012
Up-front clarification: I write resumes for clients as a professional, and I've decided I'm uncomfortable including information that is untrue, misleading, etc. I also discourage clients from doing it if I know they're considering such a problematic course. However, unless I have a reason to know or at least suspect that a client is being dishonest, I have to take his/her word for the truthfulness of the resume contents. All...
 
  Should I Put References with My Job Application?
by Jason Stauffacher - May, 2012
Q: They are currently hiring at my local hotel chain, and the lady there told me to print out a job application and bring it in. The application only consists of basic info and when I'd like to work. Should I attach a resume with references and work experience? Also do you need connections or past work experience to get hired there? A: Your best bet is to have a resume with any application you submit. Why? The more professio...
 
  7 Questions to Ask Yourself to Write a Better Customer Service Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2012
Creating an accomplishment-driven resume is vitally important in order to get the attention of hiring managers. How do you do that though when your job isn’t necessarily all about numbers or sales? You can start by asking yourself the following seven questions about your experience in customer service and then incorporate those answers into your resume today! 1. Have I had any effect on operating costs? Have I reduced...
 
  9 Business Communication Tips: Purpose, Prose, and Proofreading!
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Apr, 2012
One of the reasons writing can be so hard is that we often dive into the writing part without a lot of thought to the strategy and purpose of our message. By giving yourself a slower start and working a bit on the overall picture of what you want to accomplish in your writing, you will likely finish with a much better message! Tip 1: It is all about ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! Actually, that is a joke. It is not all about you....
 
  My Five Trend-Resistant Resume Rules
by Cathy Eng - Apr, 2012
More than ever before, professionals are taking creative, and even risky, chances with their resumes in order to get noticed. While these risks can be a great way to catch a hire manager’s eye in a crowded job market, they can also turn those same managers away. Here are some resume writing rules that should not be broken: 1. Explain your responsibilities. So much advice is given nowadays to provide measurable, high-impact...
 
  20 Action-Oriented Words You Can Use on Your Resume Today!
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2012
Need to make an impact with your resume but not quite sure how? Or maybe you know your resume is missing something but you just aren’t sure what? Using strong, action-oriented words on your resume can change the perception people will have of your resume—and of you as a candidate. If you’re stumped by word choice, using passive terminology such as: duties included … and responsible for … then I’m talking to you! Below y...
 
  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...
 
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