WHAT I WRITE ABOUT: ‘Cover Letters And Resumes’

Resume Blunders: Please Don’t Talk About Your Pet Lizard

This is a guest post by Eric Olavson. A resume is much shorter and less poetic than the Odyssey. It should be a short document that can be scanned—not read—and a resume should never be appreciated for its literary merit. To better your resume, make sure to avoid the following list of common blunders: Blunder […]

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

When Your Resume Is Useless And When It Is Useful

This is a guest post by Randy Block. After a speech, I often encounter someone from the audience who approaches me and asks: “What do you think of my resume?” I smile and ask: “What job are you applying for?” More often than not, they respond with: “Nothing in particular. I just want to know […]

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Your Professional Resume: Can You Speak To It?

Whether you write your own or have your resume written professionally, one thing remains true: You have to be able to speak to it. You have to be able to bring it (and your value) to life during a recruiter meeting or job interview. Why? Because many interviewers do what I call “resume interviews”. They […]

Monday, March 25th, 2013

10 Stupid Spelling And Grammar Mistakes You Must Avoid

This is a guest blog post by Leslie Ayres. I’m a recruiter, which means I get to read thousands of resumes and cover notes every year. I’m also a resume writer and a world-class spelling and grammar nitpicker, which means I spend a lot of time shaking my head in dismay at the obvious mistakes […]

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

3 Reasons Why Companies Use Applicant Tracking Systems

Today, all sizes of companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to select resumes from applicants to fill at least 70% of their job openings. This is a guest post by Robin Schlinger. If you are a job seeker, you may “hate” these systems Or see them as a black hole, since they seem to reject […]

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Responding to “Help Wanted” Ads with a “Help Offered” Resume

If you are not experiencing much success with your current resume, it may be because you are not responding to the employer’s expressed need for help. This is a guest blog post by Sharon Hamersley. Granted, many job ads are not very clear, but to the extent possible, put yourself in the employer’s seat and […]

Friday, March 15th, 2013

3 Reasons Why Functional Resumes Suck

I was a search firm recruiter for 13 years and I can tell you that a reverse chronological resume is really the only way to go. I ran a consulting desk for the majority of the time I recruited and I still believe that a chronological resume is best for job seekers pursuing  either direct […]

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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