15 Ways to Describe Yourself in an Interview
by Ken Sundheim - Mar, 2013
In just about every interview, the interviewer asks the question, “How would you describe yourself?” While this is something that should be anticipated and practiced, many job seekers overlook the importance of this question and fail to take the time to formulate the right answers. Moreover, when describing ourselves, we should approach our answers in an honest, candid manner. Even though some answers are laid out below,...
Part II – Q&A For Creating An Outstanding Resume
by Ramon Greenwood - Mar, 2013
On Line Requirements Q: What special requirements does the on-line environment impose on job seekers? A: 90%+ of companies use LinkedIn in hiring. What does this mean? –You don’t need 500+ connections, but you need more than 20. That being said, if you are in sales, business development, consulting, and other relationship roles, probably more connections is better than fewer. –Companies value well written, th...
Basic Tips On Creating a Powerful Resume
by Marshall Brown - Mar, 2013
Basic Tips On Creating a Powerful Resume Job hunting can be extremely difficult these days. On average, for every available position, there are about 5 job-seekers. That means if your resume is not focused, eye-catching, and up-to-date, it’s likely cast aside quickly. Here are some basic tips to help you develop a powerful resume and demonstrate your unique value. When creating a resume, you should assess your experienc...
The confusing language of resume-speak
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
I just received an inquiry from someone reading a professionally written resume that she assumed was incorrectly written. One of the rules of what we call, resume-speak is that the gIh is always implied. Simple Example Instead of writing gI managed the team charged with renegotiating the contract,h in resume-speak you skip the gI.h The sentence would read: gManaged the team charged with renegotiating the contrac...
Résumé Help: The Case of the Prickly Profile
by Debra Wheatman - Feb, 2013
Today we explore the case of the prickly profile. What is a prickly profile? It is a profile that detracts readers. Just as the thorns of a prickly cactus prevent animals from taking a bite, a prickly profile can prevent prospective employers from reading the remainder of a résumé. In other words – no interview! Here are ways David can remove the thorns from his profile and entice a hiring employer to take a bite....
Examples of Great Resume Objective Statements (Errr … I Mean Personal Branding Statements)
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2013
If you are sitting at your computer trying to come up with a really great objective statement to start off your resume with you might find yourself sitting there for a while tapping your fingers. The problem with objective statements is that they focus on what you want instead of how you can meet the needs of the employer. I encourage you to reconsider using an objective statement on your resume and instead use a personal bran...
Why Your Resume Should NEVER Have an Objective Statement
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2013
I get the idea behind an objective statement; I really do. You want the employer to know what your job search goal is. But the problem with objective statements is the way they’re written. I’ve never seen an objective statement that was not broad and unclear. They’re basically a waste of crucial real estate on your resume. Below, I’m going to list a few examples of poorly written objective statements. I think you’ll agree they...
8 Resume Do Nots
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Please do not do any of the following on your resume: 1. Do not add an objective. Add a branding statement that identifies the type of professional that you are. Indicate your subject matter expertise. Hiring officials are looking for problem solvers and goal attainees. Demonstrate what you do well in a branding statement. For example: Interior Designer High School Science Teacher General Manager Senior Management E...
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...
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