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  Are Resumes Dead?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2011
Occasionally I read something by a recognized expert on employment issues or job search techniques, suggesting—or plainly stating—that resumes are dead and job seekers shouldn’t bother using a resume to secure their next position. If you’re sitting there staring at your shiny new resume, especially if you’ve just paid a professional to create it, you might be wondering whether you’ve wasted your time and hard-earned money. Tak...
 
  Seven Things You Don’t Want to Have on Your Resume
by Barbara Safani - Nov, 2011
While every job seeker is unique, here are some general items I recommend leaving off of your resume to achieve optimal results. 1. Objectives Most hiring managers I talk to are not interested in reading resume objectives. Frequently objectives sound very cliched and they rarely communicate what a candidate can do for an employer. Instead, use a professional summary that outlines your competencies and proves how you can h...
 
  Does Your LinkedIn Profile Serve as a Good Resume Supplement?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
A job search can easily move at a fast pace; so fast, in fact, that we don’t consider the importance of the steps we take in the process. This can be true of searching for jobs, writing resumes and cover letters, and even choosing the companies to which we submit. LinkedIn has quickly become an amazing tool, aiding job seekers in finding employment thanks to its networking facilities. But it can serve as a great way to su...
 
  Don’t Submit Your Entry-Level Resume without Showcasing
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
Every good resume comes with basic components to lure in hiring managers, and they are especially useful for you when writing an entry-level resume. But what are those components? Here are a few to consider: Career Summary You may wonder how you can summarize your career if it’s been a short one in your field. Well, just because you’re an entry-level candidate in your field doesn’t mean you’ve never worked or don’t ha...
 
  How to Avoid Errors in Your Resume
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2011
One of the fastest ways to lose a job opportunity is by submitting a resume with typos or spelling errors. In a competitive market where employers have a choice of qualified candidates, many hiring managers toss out error-laden resumes and choose the most perfect documents to review. It can be difficult, even for the most skilled writer, to proofread his or her own resume. It’s easy to overlook mistakes, especially those...
 
  Both Soft and Hard Skills Are Important in IT Resumes
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
As an information technology (IT) professional, you are probably accustomed to speaking, thinking, and breathing technology. So now that it’s time for you to apply for new positions, you are likely ready to utilize all of those great technical terms that make your industry flow so smoothly. But as a candidate writing resumes for individuals who may not exactly be entrenched in your world, you may have to make a few tweaks...
 
  4 Goals Your Cover Letter Introduction Should Accomplish
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
It’s no secret that every element of your cover letter is important from top to bottom. But the cover letter introduction may be just a bit more significant simply because it works as the bait to lure in your readers, encouraging them to learn more about you. To make sure that your introduction does its job, take a look at four goals every cover letter introduction should accomplish. 1. Advertise Your Skills and Accomplis...
 
  4 Ways to Make Resume Writing a Fulfilling Process
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
When writing resumes during the job seeking process, does it sometimes feel like you’ve become a robot of sorts? Like you’re simply writing the same resume over and over again without any real meaning behind it? It’s very possible that you could develop a disconnect of sorts between the writing process and the actual meaning behind it if you write and send resumes all day long. So how can you make the resume process as me...
 
  5 Ways to Enrich the ‘Seek and Submit’ Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
Searching for a job can sometimes seem like an impossible task when no positions are being offered. Understandably, this could confuse and discourage an avid seeker who does not anticipate complications. After all, how can the process be challenging when it only involves looking for positions, writing a resume and cover letter, and submitting an application? Well, in actuality, searching for a job is a bit more complicate...
 
  How Twitter Hashtags Can Help You Find a Position
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2011
Everyone probably remembers the first time they heard about Twitter and about how young people were throwing around their one-liners about sitting on the porch, walking to the mailbox, walking back to the porch, sitting down …well, you get the picture. But since that time, Twitter has evolved into an amazing resource for companies seeking customers—and even job seekers looking for work. One reason that seekers have had suc...
 
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