Résumé Help: Is That “Other Information” Overkill?
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2012
Recently I saw a woman walk into a store with excessive accessories. Maybe it was the red rose clip in her hair, or it could have been the 1980s-style bangles and matching chandelier earrings. It was a sight to behold. If she had stopped with the earrings, she would have looked terrific. Under the barrage of bling was a really cute dress. The same is true on a résumé. You get to a point where you have the perfect amount ...
What is the cutoff for old information on resumes?
by Julie Walraven - May, 2012
One of the AmeriCorps members asked a common question: What’s the cut off (time of years passed) when a job is no longer applicable on a resume? And what about training classes or memberships? This is a common question because my clients ask it all the time. Here are some of the points to remember when putting things on your resume or taking them off and some ways to use old information. One rule of thumb for prof...
Omit Home Address from Your Resume?
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2012
Should you leave your home address off your resume? This question has a variety of answers, depending on the circumstances and whom you ask. Some key issues include privacy, protection from identity theft, and trying to avoid premature rejection by employers. Resumes: Privacy and Protection from Identity Theft The privacy issue includes ideas such as not letting people know where you actually live when you’re sending...
6 Ways to Fix Resume Formatting Mistakes and Save Space
by Barbara Safani - May, 2012
Creating a resume where all the content lays out on the page in a way that is easy to read and visually appealing can be challenging. Sometimes in their quest to get all the content on one or two pages, the writer resorts to using design strategies such as a smaller font, tighter margins, or compressed spacing to trim the document. But these strategies are flawed and can make the resume harder to read. Others allow the content...
Need to write your resume fast? Don't panic
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2012
On the receiving end of a recruiter’s call? Found a great job online, but it closes soon? Your elation can quickly turn to panic, especially if you haven’t updated your resume in some time. You’ll want to maximize every minute, of course, while creating a document that makes it look as if you’ve spent weeks crafting each word. Here are 3 shortcuts to reviewing and refreshing your resume – all in short order – to me...
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...
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