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1 ResumeEdge » Michelle K. | ResumeEdge Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ten tips of what to do and not to do on Linkedin Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:57:11 +0000 With Linkedin being used as the #1 recruiting tool for ...

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With Linkedin being used as the #1 recruiting tool for recruiters, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your profile is top notch and gaining attention from hiring managers. Here are some tips of what you should, and shouldn’t, do within your profile.

Professional– Treat your profile as a professional document. Use a professional and appropriate photo for your profile. Make sure that your information is up to date and that it is factual.

Endorsements– Make sure that your endorsements are for actual skills that you obtained. I have had people in the past endorse me for skills that I have never done, so I wouldn’t want to give a potential employer the impression that I have that skill while in reality I have no clue how to perform such tasks.

Connections– It important to not only have a lot of connections, but make sure those connections are also quality contacts. You don’t want to have a lot of connections for the sake of connections. Think to yourself “can this person help or hurt my job search?”

Recommendations- I always think of a recommendation as a job reference. Ask those to recommend you that know your work experience and can give you a quality recommendation. Keep in mind that you should only ask those that you know well and would testify you’re the man or women for the job.

Description– Your description should be eye catching and contain keywords that a recruiter might be searching to find their next new candidate. Give details of what you do for your company and not just a company description.

Don’t let it sit– Make sure you’re keeping your profile updated and stay active. Participate in conversations, endorse others, share links and overall just stay involved in the Linkedin community.

Groups– Join groups that make sense to your industry and your interests. Groups can be a very important part in your job search and can help you in finding open roles as well.

Don’t complain– Don’t use Linkedin as a complaining platform. I have seen so many people use Linkedin as a place to complain about companies or recruiters or who’s running for office, etc. Again, this a place for professionals, so keep it that way.

Don’t be afraid- I think it’s a great idea to reach out to the hiring manager and connect. It doesn’t annoy the recruiter or hiring manager. It actually shows that you take the bull by the horns and demand attention. It’s always great to connect and send a little personal message about your background and why you’re so interested in the company and what you can bring that others can’t. It’s like a cover letter, but going a step further and putting a face to the resume.

Privacy settings– Don’t forget to set your privacy settings. I’m sure you wouldn’t want your boss or co-workers to know you’re looking for a new job. I can be most certain that a recent facelift to your profile will clue others into your job hunt.

Linkedin is the top way that recruiters are looking for their next employee and you want to make sure that you make their list of potentials. If you need help with your profile and to make sure you aren’t missing a step, you can use Resumeedge to create your Linkedin profile today!


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Interview tips that will insure you won’t get the job or college enrollment Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:10:12 +0000 Maybe you’re interviewing for a highly desired job; may...

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Maybe you’re interviewing for a highly desired job; maybe you’re getting ready for college and you’re about to have your college admissions interview. Either way you must remember to NEVER do the following during the interview or you will find yourself empty handed.

Bad mouthing- When asked about previous employers, please keep the negativity out of the conversation. Even if it was a horrible experience – keep it to yourself! Shed light on the positives gained and how it has made you a better employee or future student.

Bragging– Yes, an interview is a time to shout out your accomplishments and why you’re the best candidate for the role, however keep the bragging at bay. Going on and on about yourself can not only be annoying, but can really put the interviewer off.

Late- Under no circumstance should you arrive late to the interview! Plan ahead and make sure to arrive early, just not too early. A good rule of thumb is 10 minutes; if you happen to get there sooner, simply delay walking through the doors and use the time to go over the company or college information one last time.

Neglecting to research- You should always do your research! Learn as much as you can about the company or college and use this as a talking point during the interview. Also, find a couple of questions to ask the interviewer based off of the research you have done.

Over doing it– You should always prepare yourself for the interview. Practice answering questions and preparing responses, however make sure not to over-prepare! You will come off robotic and/or canned. This will appear unprofessional and unauthentic- this is the time to show your personality and dazzle them with great answers.

Cell phones– Never bring your cell phone into any kind of interview. I have had many interviewers with candidates who believed to have their cell phones turned off, only to be startled by their ringtones – let me tell you, I have heard some interesting ones in my time!

Flip flops and shorts- Are you heading to a day at the beach or to an interview? Dress professionally and, when in doubt, a suit is always a good back up plan. Remember to dress for success!

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How to perfect your accounting resume Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:25:27 +0000 With so many professionals in the world of accounting, ...

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With so many professionals in the world of accounting, what are some ways you can make your resume stand out from the rest? Here are some tips to help your resume command attention from the hiring team and have you crunching numbers in no time!

Keywords are important in any resume and you should tailor your resume to the job description. If the job description calls for someone who prepares asset, liability and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information. You should use a very similar phrase in your resume when referring to your experience (assuming it is experience you have).

  • Quantify your accomplishments! This is a huge piece of an accounting resume, so instead of saying you reduced something, you need to show it in numbers. For example, “I reduced the DSO from 68 days to 32 or managed a $500,000 budget with a reduction in costs by 25% in 1 year.
  • Focus on your area of expertise! There’s such a wide range of opportunities, which means that the resume must not only be focused on accounting in general, but rather your expertise you bring to the table.
  • Keep your resume simple. You don’t need any fancy fonts or a creative resume, you’re looking for an accounting role, not a marketing position. You can showcase your skills in various accounting software and any specific industry acquired skills you have learned.
  • Know your audience and keep the reader in mind, along with knowing what skills they are looking for, so you can make sure and highlight your skills and strengths.
  • Maintain a list of accounting action verbs to make your resume stand out from the competition.

Finally, you need to review for any spelling or grammar errors. If your still stuck you can always use a professional resume writer and they will craft you an accounting resume that will have recruiters calling.




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What makes your resume really great? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:10:11 +0000 For everyone sending out their resume, or for those cre...

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For everyone sending out their resume, or for those creating a masterpiece of a resume in preparation to send – please read this! I have some great advice to offer, because I’m under the assumption that most of you are doing it backwards.

In order to have a great product, one must do their research. I’m 100% positive that you had to do research in school to make a project or give a presentation. The same applies when one creates their resume. I recently read a blog that says it best, ;“Everybody does this backwards and it just doesn’t work well. If you create a product without understanding what your customers want first then, unless you’re just lucky you’re not going to create a great product. The same applies with your resume.”

What do you want to do? The first thing is knowing what position you’re seeking. Have some sort of direction and go after it. It’s not a great idea to be all over the board and just apply to anything and everything.

Job descriptions. Once you have nailed down the job you’re after, visit the job boards and search through your desired job title and take note of the keywords used in the job descriptions. These will be the keywords you will want to use in your resume, don’t worry, it’s ok to copy them. In the aforementioned blog they talk about a key analyzer site, which is free of charge; you can copy and paste the job descriptions and it will make a report of the most commonly used words. This can be very helpful in identifying which words to use.

Why are keywords so important? The keywords will set you apart from the rest. Most companies use an ATS (applicant tracking system) which will screen resumes for the keywords. If your resume doesn’t contain said keywords – you will be rejected. So, without hitting on the keywords, even if you are highly qualified, there’s a high probability you’re being screened out of potential positons before a human eye ever scans your resume.

Ready to write? It’s time to write your resume, or you can use a professional resume writer to prepare your document. You need to select a template- I always recommend something clean and professional. Next, figure out your format. Reverse chronological (lists all education and work experience, beginning with most recent and then moves backwards from that point); Functional (skills based, showcases what you have done and where you did it); or Hybrid (combination of the two other types). Once you have created your resume, you should have someone else look it over for errors.

You should now be ready to post your resume! Remember, a resume alone will not land you that dream job- do some networking! Many jobs are already filled before they are ever posted. It’s great to be proactive and ahead of the competition! With proper networking and a solid resume, you’re chances of success are dramatically improved.

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What things you should remove or change on your resume right now! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:16:17 +0000 Maybe you haven’t refreshed your resume in a while; or ...

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Maybe you haven’t refreshed your resume in a while; or maybe you have, but you’re still not getting the hiring managers attention. Here are a few quick ways to update your resume without having to do a complete overhaul.

Fonts– Make sure your font is professional. Often times people try to use one that looks different, however ‘different’ isn’t better in this situation. It’s best to use these fonts: Times New Roman or, if you want a bit of flair, Georgia offers an alternate option that still captures that traditional look; You can try Arial, Calibri or even Garamond for an old-time style. Changing to a different font can give your resume a quick and professional refresh.

Spell check– Do the obvious and make sure your resume is error-free. It’s always a good idea to read aloud and to have someone else read as well.

Drop the references line– It’s not necessary to have “references available upon request” on your resume. If the employer wants to check them, they will request them. Until that time, just have your list ready.

Include numbers- It’s a great idea to include numbers in your resume, however be certain they are listed in numerical form – it will help draw the recruiter’s attention!

Keywords– Make sure that you’re including the keywords that are directly in your target job description. Failing to do so is an easy missed opportunity.

Verbs– Use powerful verbs, however remember that a little goes a long way!

Dates– If you have been out of college for 5 or more years, you can go ahead and remove the graduation dates. Employers aren’t supposed discriminate based off of age, however it can, and does, happen. Don’t let your resume screen you out of an interview. At a minimum you want to get yourself in front of the team, where we know that you’ll dazzle them!

Formatting– Make sure that your resume is aligned and that all bullet points are consistent. Also, ensure that your headers and footers match, if using more than one page.

These are just a few quick ways to refresh your resume. If you still need help, or even a complete overhaul, you might request the help of a resume writer. ResumeEdge editors can help you with your resume needs and they will make sure your resume is a show stopper!







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What’s the difference between a CV and Resume? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:56:20 +0000 CV and Resume are the same thing right? In the US and C...

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CV and Resume are the same thing right? In the US and Canada we call it a resume and in Europe they call it a CV and, at the end of the day, it’s all the same, right? Well the answer is no….they are different! So how do you know which one to use and what makes them different

CV. We will start by explaining the CV, or Curriculum Vitae, (translates to ‘course of life’ in Latin). This type of document really showcases on in-depth level on achievements and accomplishments, primarily within academia. CVs work very well for persons pursing positions in academics and/or research, because it focuses on projects and teaching. CVs do need to be updated frequently, as it’s more of a living document. Overall, a CV is lengthier than a resume- they can vary from 2 pages, for someone starting out in graduate school, to more than 10 pages for someone who has many years of experience and a long list of publications or projects. Typically, the information is laid out in reverse chronological format.

What information is housed in a CV? Your CV will include education, grants, publications, research projects, professional memberships, employment experience, contact information and your references.

Resume. A resume is a concise document used to showcase your work experience and work-related accomplishments. A resume will highlight your skills and experiences as it relates to the position for which you’re applying. Keywords are huge in a resume and will help to make it past the recruiter’s screening process. Resumes are typically 1-2 pages in length- anything more will be too much with this type of document. Typically, resumes are accompanied by a cover letter, as the cover letter will be a quick read that ‘sells’ the candidate and gives some highlights as to why they are the best candidate for the position and why the hiring manager should look no further. A resumes formats can vary. There are functional formats- which will highlight your skills and experience; chronological formats- which will list your skills and main achievements (sorted by date starting with the most recent); or an endless blend of the two primary formats- whereby the focus is spread across both functional and chronological order to present a different focus for a targeted audience.

What information is included in a resume? Name and contact information, work experience, achievements and education.

When to use which type of document. You will want to use a CV when applying for research positions, education, academic, scientific, fellowships, grants and international positions. For other types of positions you will use a resume.

I hope this helped to shed some light on the differences and, when in doubt, you can ask for the assistance of a professional resume writer and they will help you to determine which will work best.


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Why leaving short-term employment off your resume is a bad idea Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:42:51 +0000 When crafting your resume you may ask yourself if you s...

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When crafting your resume you may ask yourself if you should omit short-term employment. You didn’t work there very long, so it shouldn’t matter, right? Well, it does matter! Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to eliminate gaps on your resume, otherwise it may appear as if you have something to hide.

Gaps in employment are a bad sign

I know that you may have a good explanation as to why you have a gap in employment history, however you need to make sure to explain this in your resume. You may have been laid off and had to take a contract position that only lasted a few months; maybe you decided to take a different career path, or took classes or an internship to gain experience in a different field. Whatever the reason, make sure that your resume shows this and conveys what you were doing to the recruiter.

Highlight accomplishments

One way to really put a positive spin on your short-term position is to focus on the accomplishments that were gained during your stint. Maybe you learned a new skill or learned to navigate within a new industry. Make sure to show how it connects to the new position and what newfound skills you’ll bring to the role.

Review your career history

Take a look at your career history and make a list of the important aspects. If there are gaps, how did you spend your time? Are you able to tie these activities to the position you’re seeking? Maybe the short-term position doesn’t relate to the new position- include it, however try and keep the focus on other more related roles.

The point is to make sure that you’re eliminating gaps and keeping the focus on what you can bring to the table. A good idea is to have a great cover letter! A great cover letter highlights what you’ve done and are how you’ll be able to transfer your skills into results within the new position. At the end of the day it’s important to be honest and be prepared to explain your short-term employment during the interview. You must be able to explain what you have learned from your experiences and how this makes you a better candidate.

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Your Resume Template Does Matter! Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:59:44 +0000 Choosing the right resume template is just as important...

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Choosing the right resume template is just as important as the content found within. While sifting through hundreds of resumes, when I come across an aesthetic mess… well, I won’t even bother digging in to see what the content really says.

Catch their attention

With so many applicants applying for a single position, you have to demand attention. The first way to do this is via your resume. You need to stand out from the crowd by presenting a professional document (Clean, succinct and free of errors).

Avoid these mistakes to gain attention

Select fonts such as Ariel or Times – trying to use other fonts will only get you into trouble. Often times other, less frequently used fonts are difficult to read or, even worse, the recruiter’s software may not recognize the font and it’s altered (altering your intended format) or even thrust into the lovely world of ‘wingdings’.

If you need a two page resume, by all means have one – don’t try and cram everything onto one page! Not only will it be hard to read, but your resume will be too difficult to quickly disseminate if you are the candidate for which they’re looking.

White space is very important! This give the recruiter’s eyes a chance to rest between paragraphs. When one reads, it’s just like speaking, and smashing everything together is like speaking a mile a minute. It’s nice to take a pause and give the reader a chance to digest what’s being said.

Finally, make sure to select a template that showcases your experiences. The idea is to present your background in an attractive, easy-to-read format that is also appropriate to your field. Don’t try and write a ‘super creative’ resume, unless you’re a design major. And, as always, when in doubt you can always reach out to a company that specializes in resume writing. They will craft a resume that will demand the attention you’re looking for and that will help to land the job.

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How to Gain a Workplace Sponsor Wed, 13 May 2015 13:56:28 +0000 One of the greatest determinants of success for ambitio...

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One of the greatest determinants of success for ambitious middle level managers is the existence of a sponsor. Sponsorship, unlike mentorship, is a two-way street in which protégés and sponsors depend on one other to help each of their careers. A protégé offers her sponsor exceptional work product, loyalty, and a unique view of team and company dynamics; she can help him fulfil his goals and build his legacy. A sponsor provides his protégé with visibility, access to key projects, and the path to promotions and pay raises. While on the surface, sponsorship seems more advantageous to protégés than the other way around, the protégé needs to keep in mind she has a lot to offer. A confident mid-level professional is much more likely to attract sponsorship from a top level manager.

If you are looking for a sponsor (and you should be!), make sure that the sponsor you pursue has the respect of company leaders and is effective in pushing ideas through political channels at your office. He will then be able to enhance your professional stature. And although it’s nice to enjoy spending time with your sponsor, affinity isn’t critical. But trust is. Without trust, you can’t develop a healthy working relationship.

Once you have targeted a potential sponsor, look for opportunities to network or work on projects and committees with him. Collaboration will be the best method of you getting to know each other. And the ideal way to convince your potential sponsor to continue building a working relationship with you is to demonstrate specific talents that will benefit him. Do you have strong relationships in another part of the company which will be helpful to him? Do you have creative skills that complement his more analytical nature? What are the unique talents that your past managers have recognized? Whatever they are, market yourself by highlighting these abilities through your work and your discussions.

And since political winds change in the workplace, it’s best to develop sponsorship relationships with a few senior managers. You may consider one of them your primary and the other your secondary. But having two sponsors will protect you from having one become marginalized through a management change or from him leaving the company altogether.


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How to Stand Out During Your Coding Bootcamp Application Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:40:18 +0000 How to Stand Out During Your Coding Bootcamp Applicatio...

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How to Stand Out During Your Coding Bootcamp Application

By Joseph Rauch, writer at SkilledUp

If you enroll in a coding bootcamp — an intensive eight- to 12-week program designed to take you from coding newbie to hirable programmer — you’ll be on a fast track to a rewarding and high-paying programming career, where you can help close the vast coding skills gap and develop apps and websites.

But that’s only if you can make it past the application, which ranges from a simple phone call and payment to requiring an essay submission, interview, and coding test. More selective bootcamps will require at least one of the latter, and will always take into account your online presence.

To help you dominate these application processes, SkilledUp reached out to dozens of bootcamp staff and asked them what helps applicants make the cut. Keep reading for actionable tips so you can get into the best bootcamps.

  1. Have a Stellar Online Presence

LinkedIn — All of the bootcamp administrators SkilledUp spoke to said they checked candidates’ LinkedIn profiles and general online presence before accepting them. In fact, the quality of your online presence can make or break that decision.

This means it’s not just enough to have a LinkedIn profile. It should be tight and easy to scan.

“I’ve seen a lot of beginners write paragraphs explaining their skills and experiences,” said Chris Beck, lead mentor at online coding bootcamp Bloc. “Do the recruiter a favor and create a list of skills in your profile’s summary section so the recruiter can quickly scan them.”

Even if you are applying to a coding bootcamp that doesn’t require basic coding skills from the start, you should still make your LinkedIn profile complete yet scannable by citing skills up front. Recruiters expect the same from your paper résumé.

GitHub — If you have previous coding projects, show them off on GitHub. Think of it as the programming version of your LinkedIn page.

“Make sure your projects are named appropriately and that they each have a README that is clear, articulate, error-free, and professional,” Beck said. “Just like a LinkedIn profile, make sure your contact info and photo are professional and up-to-date.”

Other Platforms — None of the administrators SkilledUp spoke to mentioned other portfolio platforms or social media platforms on their list of places to check. Nonetheless, having a significant following on Twitter or Instagram will certainly not hurt you, especially if you frequently post about programming.

Graphic and web design work is also worth showing off on sites such as Behance, Dribble or Cargo.

  1. Show Your Passion with an Essay or Short Answer

“Passion makes a huge difference,” Mimi Bouhelal, program manager of RocketU, told SkilledUp. “We can see the effort reflected in the essays.”

SkilledUp also collected essay and short answer samples from the Epicodus and Ironhack bootcamps. All of the accepted essays and short answers had three elements:

  • Demonstration of passion for coding and noncoding related work
  • Storytelling
  • Demonstration of soft skills relevant to bootcamps and programming work, such as leadership, teamwork, ability to adapt quickly, etc.

The content is most important, but your prose should at least demonstrate that you can communicate and care enough to edit your submissions.

“A strong applicant gives answers about why they are applying,” Bouhelal said. “They use good grammar and writing, and show they can express themselves and be team players.”

Click here to see the complete bootcamp essay and short answer samples and tips from SkilledUp

Try a Video as Well, or be Prepared for Video Interview

Some bootcamp applications will require a personal essay and video, or just the video. Or perhaps they’ll suggest a video submission without requiring it, in which case you should definitely do it. In fact, some coding bootcamps such as Coding Campus prefer videos over essays.

“We’ve found that video is a much better way of getting to know applicants, especially for getting an idea about their ‘soft skills,’” said Michael Zaro, CEO of Coding Campus.

But it’s not just any kind of video. Bootcamp administrators such as Zara prefer video interviews where candidates aren’t merely talking to a camera and reading from a script.

“To dig into any questions from their initial application, get some data on an applicant’s soft skills, and to see if they are a good personality fit, we hold separate video interviews with each applicant,” Zara said. “Presentation ability isn’t a bad thing, but we’re trying to get at their ‘real self,’ so a live interview is much more informative than a rote video where applicants try to put their ‘best self’ forward.”

This isn’t the case with most coding bootcamp applications, but you should be prepared if you want to enroll at a place like Coding Campus where recruiters value videos and video interviews.

  1. The Value of a Good In-Person Interview

SkilledUp spoke with Startup Institute, a selective bootcamp that partners with startups so their graduates have access to interesting tech opportunities. Their staff stressed the importance of the interview.

“We’d rather have conversations with the applicants themselves to get a sense of who they really are, and how Startup Institute might help them to accomplish their goals,” a Startup Institute staffer said.

In-person interviews are also the best opportunity to show your personality, which is something bootcamps such as Startup Institute will want to see.

“Startup Institute is not a bootcamp focused exclusively on skills: We screen for cultural fit as well as technical skills,” a Startup staffer said. “A candidate may be incredibly talented on the technical side, but if that candidate were to be hired by one of our partners only to exhibit a resistance to change, single-mindedness, a poor attitude, or egomania, it hurts our reputation and the employability of all of our alumni and students, in turn.”

Interviews are an opportunity to show how you think as well, something employers value. You can do this whether they ask you questions about yourself or past projects.

“By listening to the candidate describe how they built it and the challenges involved, we get a better sense of their thought process and how they might tackle future projects” said Michael Nutt, co-founder and chief technical officer of email marketer Movable Ink, which has hired bootcamp grads from Fullstack Academy.

All of the bootcamp staff SkilledUp spoke to agreed that demonstrating an impressive thought process was actually more important than getting 100 percent on a coding challenge.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your paper résumé to the interview.

Treat it Like a College Application

Coding bootcamps may be designed, in part, to give you the skills you won’t get from traditional colleges, but the application process is quite similar. Recruiters want to see that you worked as hard as you possibly could on the application. This means a passionate essay with no typos, ample preparation for interviews and tests, and a polished online presence.

Don’t worry. You won’t have to take a bootcamp SAT or send in your grades again. Just work hard, follow these steps, and ensure you’re applying to the program that suits you best.

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