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When I’m not headhunting, or writing, I help my wife take care of our animal sanctuary. At last count we had 45 animals—11 dogs, 1 horse, 6 cats, and 26 pigs. Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar named Dennis who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.
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How to Make Your Résumé Perfect

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Blog, Careers, Job Descriptions, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How to Make Your Résumé Perfect

How to Make Your Résumé Perfect It sounds ridiculous to say writing a résumé is difficult, but it is—difficult, not ridiculous. I realize that it shouldn’t be. It’s your life that the résumé reflects, and it’s only a couple of pages. But it’s your life encompassing many years, and you need lots of facts and […]

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How to Read a Résumé

Written by on November 16, 2017 in Blog, Careers, cover letters, jobs, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How to Read a Résumé

How to Read a Résumé Waiting to hear back from a company regarding your candidacy for a job can be frustrating. Sometimes the days stretch into weeks, and before long you’re convinced that they’re not interested, and you’re getting pissed off that they didn’t call or write to let you know. What could they be […]

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An Interview Is Like a Date

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Blog, Careers, Interviews, jobs, Resumes with 0 Comments
An Interview Is Like a Date

An Interview Is Like a Date I think it’s safe to say that the majority of people reading this have been on a date before. It may have been a long time, but I’m sure you remember the drill—or most of it. Your time for dating may be over, but probably not for interviewing. I […]

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Formatting a Résumé

Written by on October 12, 2017 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Formatting a Résumé

Formatting a Résumé If you want to know about formatting a résumé, the best way to do it is to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Don’t use special fonts or eccentric styling and, for God’s sake, don’t use pictures. Make the résumé as plain and simple as you can. The content is what’s important […]

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How to Write a Résumé That Will Get You the Interview

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How to Write a Résumé That Will Get You the Interview

How to Write a Résumé. It’s easy to write a résumé, he said with a smirk. What could be easier? You’re simply reducing your five or ten or twenty-plus-year work history down to one or two pages. How to write a résumé sounds simple enough. But the reality is that editing anything is difficult, much […]

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Great Cover Letters Can Overcome Your Résumé’s Deficits

Written by on January 28, 2017 in Blog, Careers, cover letters, Resumes, Writing with 0 Comments
Great Cover Letters Can Overcome Your Résumé’s Deficits

How can a cover letter do that? Suppose you want to apply for a position working for a medical device company that designs and manufactures devices for diabetics to monitor their blood sugar. The job description calls for experience that you don’t have, but you do have the skills. Don’t fret. Great cover letters can […]

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What is Success? And What Isn’t It?

Written by on January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
What is Success? And What Isn’t It?

What is Success? And What Isn’t It? What is success? Isn’t that subjective? Ask ten people and you’re likely to get at least seven different answers. One of my nephews is the epitome of what i consider a success; He has a wonderful wife, three gorgeous kids, his house is almost paid off, and, most […]

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The Importance of Trust in a Work Relationship

Written by on January 11, 2017 in Blog, Careers, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The Importance of Trust in a Work Relationship

The Importance of Trust in a Work Relationship I’ve been married for 47 years. I have run my own business for 33 years, and done business with more than a few of the same clients. I’ve gone to the same doctor for 35 years. What is the secret to all of this longevity? Trust. It’s […]

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Should I Include Months on a Résumé?

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Should I Include Months on a Résumé?

Should I Include Months on a Résumé? The Dilemma of Putting Months on a Résumé? Why should I? No one else does. I know. It’s tough to do the right thing. But as my dear old mother used to say, ‘If Johnny jumped off the bridge, would you do it too?’ That’s the same kind of dilemma […]

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Responsibilities Or Accomplishments?

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Responsibilities Or Accomplishments?

Responsibilities Or Accomplishments? I have screened thousands of résumés, hell, tens of thousands. And yet, not much has changed. I still see about the same percentage of mistakes as when I started. What mistakes, you might ask? The ones demonstrated by that age-old haunting question–should I list responsibilities or accomplishments? There are plenty to choose […]

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How to Format a Résumé Properly

Written by on October 27, 2016 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 3 Comments
How to Format a Résumé Properly

How to Format a Résumé There are plenty of ways to format a résumé; I’ve seen a million (slight exaggeration). And there are almost as many opinions about how to do it right. But there aren’t many ways to format a résumé that aren’t distracting. And that’s what you want to aim for. You want a […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Numbers on Résumés

Written by on February 2, 2015 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 1 Comment
Everything You Need to Know About Numbers on Résumés

Numbers On Résumés Before we get started, I’m going to briefly discuss numbers and numerals. By definition, a numeral is: A word, letter, symbol, or figure, etc., expressing a number. There are rules regarding when to use the word numeral versus number. I’m going to ignore those rules and use number/s for everything. Now back to the looking […]

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When You Shouldn’t Put Your Best Foot Forward

Written by on January 26, 2015 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
When You Shouldn’t Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put Your Best Foot Forward When writing resumes, it’s important to remember that your “best” accomplishments might not be the right ones to list on your resume. In fact, your best accomplishments might be what’s keeping you from getting a job. I’m going to let you in on a secret—resume screeners are opinionated! Imagine that? […]

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Interview Questions You Need To Ask

Written by on January 20, 2015 in Blog, Interviews with 0 Comments
Interview Questions You Need To Ask

Interview Questions When I think of the interview questions a person needs to ask, quite a few come to mind. Some of the ones I recommend are a little too risky, but there are others that you’d be wise to consider; in fact, many companies expect you to ask them. Candidates don’t often think of this, but […]

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3 Things Headhunters Do Wrong

Written by on January 12, 2015 in Blog, Careers, Headhunters with 0 Comments
3 Things Headhunters Do Wrong

Things Headhunters Do Wrong I know what you’re thinking—things headhunters do wrong could fill a book—and you’re probably right. But today I’m only going to tackle a couple of the main issues. In fact, let me clarify that even more—these are only main issues as I see them. And I’m looking at it from the wrong side […]

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14 “A” Words That People Misuse

Written by on December 15, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Writing with 2 Comments
14 “A” Words That People Misuse

Words That People Misuse Have you ever heard someone say “ain’t”, and thought—they should improve their grammar? Most of us have probably thought that at some point. But perhaps we shouldn’t judge too harshly, because there are many words that are misused on a daily basis. They might not seem as bad as ain’t, but some […]

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10 Worst Resume Mistakes

Written by on December 8, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
10 Worst Resume Mistakes

Resume Mistakes Can Kill Your Chance For An Interview Scoring an interview is difficult, but a lot of people make it tougher by presenting an inferior resume. A good job posting typically draws at least 100 resumes, and quite often as many as 300–500. In mid- to large-sized companies, a significant number of resumes are […]

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Business Redundancies

Written by on November 28, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Uncategorized, Writing with 0 Comments
Business Redundancies

List of Business Redundancies    Everyday speech, television, movies, books, emails, and all other forms of communication are riddled with redundancies. Most of it is harmless, of no consequence, but if you want to present yourself in the best light, try learning a few of the more common business redundancies. These appear frequently on resumes, […]

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When Is Midnight?

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Grammar, Writing with 0 Comments
When Is Midnight?

Clarifying What We Mean—When Is Midnight? During one of my book promotions, the people running the ad sent me this message: Hi Giacomo, I will be posting your book, Murder Has Consequences, as a bargain book on Wednesday, 7/17. Please leave your book on sale until midnight 7/18. Thanks, Administrator I thought to myself, but when […]

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Secrets That Headhunters Keep

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Headhunters, Interviews with 0 Comments
Secrets That Headhunters Keep

What a Headhunter Doesn’t Tell You Working with headhunters can be beneficial, helpful, troublesome, and frustrating. And sometimes all of these can be rolled up into one experience. The best way to deal with headhunters is for both parties to be honest. The problem is that not all job seekers—or headhunters—follow that rule. I’ll cover […]

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