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Pitching Yourself: 5 Practical Resume and Interview Tips for Job Seekers

AUTHOR: Brian Rashid
POSTED: September 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

When you hear the word “pitch,” what comes to mind? In a world where our job market is saturated, the association with buzzwords in resumes or during interviews, without proven results of what you’ve done, is increasingly frowned upon. Some hiring managers and recruiters associate “pitch” with the guy at the networking event, martini in one... » Read Full Article

Choose Your Words Carefully When Designing Your Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: September 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

The hallmark of a quality resume is that it delivers sufficient information without being overwhelming. That can only happen if you choose your words carefully. Select words that express your meaning in simple, clear and concise terms. How Creative are You, Really?  When it comes to the use of adjectives, many people sprinkle them freely throughout their... » Read Full Article

Three Things to Avoid on a Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: September 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

Came across an interesting article, from last year, that was posted on workingforwonka.com. The writer discusses three resume writing trends that are keeping candidates from winning interviews. As a hiring manager, I’ve seen these types of resumes and I wasn’t impressed by the applicants. Someone is giving these individuals very bad resume advice. If you want... » Read Full Article

Before Sending Out Your Resume, Clean Up Your Online Life

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: September 5, 2013 at 2:00 am

If you’ve searched for a job online or responded to an email from a recruiter, the employer to whom you’re applying is going to assume you know something about the Internet. So other than perusing your resume and calling references to see if you’re a suitable candidate, they’ll also look on web pages to find... » Read Full Article

Making Certain Your Resume Attracts Interest

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: September 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Job Coach Jay Block has an interesting video on YouTube in which he discusses the top three fixes for a resume in today’s crowded employment market. Much of what Jay has said is extremely valuable, and I’d like to expand on it here. What Three Things are Most Important in a Resume? Presentation Compelling Information... » Read Full Article

Recent Grads Creatively Optimize Their Resumes

AUTHOR: Terri Tierney Clark
POSTED: August 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

New grads can be thankful that the employment picture continues to improve, but they’ll still have to be creative to snag the job they want. And since resumes are the first impression a prospective employer receives, successful applicants know that’s where their creativity should start. The successful few offer polished resumes that reflect careful consideration... » Read Full Article

Resumes to Get Your First Job After College

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: August 23, 2013 at 2:00 am

There’s an excellent article posted on The New Talent Times, a Software Advice blog, that details what hiring managers are looking for in new grads. What’s stated may surprise you. Let’s take their preferences one at a time: Does the New Grad Have a Definite Goal? In other words, do you know what you want... » Read Full Article

Streamlining Your Resume for Maximum Impact

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: August 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

When you’re out of work, your first inclination may be to apply to everything. You create a resume that fits every conceivable job you’ve done with the hope that one of those countless applications will result in an interview. Unfortunately, that’s wishful thinking. An article on Monster.com, provided tips on streamlining your resume. The points... » Read Full Article

Location, location, location – it’s what makes or breaks a resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: August 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

Most of us have heard real estate agents say that what makes one house sell faster than another is location, location, location. The same holds true for why one candidate’s resume is read when others – countless others – are dismissed. It all has to do with how you present your data, where you locate this... » Read Full Article

Is it Wrong to Hire a Professional Resume Writer?

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: July 26, 2013 at 2:00 am

Like all industries, professional resume writing has its detractors. A recent article in US News makes the case against hiring a professional to do the work. What’s Wrong with Hiring a Professional? The article poses these points: It’s unethical, much like having someone write your college application essay. Employers use resumes not only to determine work... » Read Full Article

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