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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.
For information on my mystery/suspense books, go to giacomog.com

What Is an Em Dash and How Do I Use It

Written by on May 5, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, resume tips, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
What Is an Em Dash and How Do I Use It

What Is an Em Dash and How Do I Use It Hyphens, en Dashes, Em Dashes In order to understand an em dash, it’s important to put it into perspective. That means we need to explore a few details on hyphens and en dashes. The following are definitions from CMOS (Chicago Manual of Style). Hyphen […]

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How To Cook Up Great Resumes

Written by on April 28, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
How To Cook Up Great Resumes

Great Resumes Must Be Created I learned long ago that writing the perfect resume was not much different than cooking. If you’re making your favorite dish—let’s say lasagna—you don’t just throw any old thing into the pot. If my wife caught me putting carrots in her sauce, she’d cut an appendage off, and she wouldn’t […]

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A Few Tips To Help You Format A Resume

Written by on April 21, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
A Few Tips To Help You Format A Resume

How To Format A Resume We all know that many resumes end up in the trash. But quite a few get tossed not because of content, but because they look so bad. Before you send out your next resume I want you to pretend it’s the one going for an interview. Then dress it up […]

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How To Right Align Dates on a Resume

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Blog, Promotions, Reference Checks, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How To Right Align Dates on a Resume

Right Aligning Dates in Word I read a lot of resumes, and one of the more common problems I see is that the dates are not aligned properly. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not a huge deal, but it does make the resume look cleaner and more organized if you right align the dates. And […]

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How To Write A Cover Letter

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Blog, Careers, cover letters, Resumes, Writing with 4 Comments
How To Write A Cover Letter

Cover Letter Basics I’ve seen a lot written lately questioning the value of cover letters. Some articles go so far as to say including a cover letter is detrimental. I say bull… nonsense. I’ll address that issue in another post; for today, we’re going to deal with the finer details of writing a cover letter. […]

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Body Language, A Candidate’s Perspective

Written by on March 31, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Body Language, A Candidate’s Perspective

Body Language, A Candidate’s Perspective If you’re preparing for an interview, you need to give some consideration to what your body language is saying about you. I’m not a fan of body-language interpretation, but I think I’m in the minority because everyone else seems to be on a body-language kick. Do an Internet search for […]

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New Interview Technique

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Blog, Interviews, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
New Interview Technique

New Interview Technique Using “King Of The Hill” as an Interview Technique I’ve been in the recruiting business for 30 years, and I’m always searching for a new interview technique. A lot of what I’ve learned in life has come from observing the animals on our sanctuary; it’s amazing what you can pick up from […]

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Resume Mistakes Matter

Written by on March 17, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Mistakes Matter

Why Resume Mistakes Make a Difference I reviewed twenty-seven resumes this week—not many. But the frustration level was high because nineteen of them had mistakes—and yes—mistakes matter. Some were minor: • Lead instead of led. • Compound adjectives used improperly. • Semicolons used when they should have used a comma. • A couple of misspellings, […]

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How To Handle Interview Feedback

Written by on March 10, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
How To Handle Interview Feedback

How To Handle Interview Feedback In preparation for writing my No Mistakes Careers books, I talked to hundreds, perhaps even thousands of candidates and asked them what their biggest complaints were about the hiring process. I told them we wanted their input and it didn’t matter whether it was about dealing with headhunters or directly […]

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How To Answer Interview Questions, Part 2

Written by on March 3, 2014 in Blog, Inferno Publishing, Interviews with 0 Comments
How To Answer Interview Questions, Part 2

How To Answer Interview Questions Tell Me About Yourself This is an almost universal question, but the problem is that you never know why they’re asking it or what they expect to hear. Many people think the interviewer just wants to hear your answer. Unfortunately, a lot of times this question is asked because the […]

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Top Ten Interview Mistakes

Written by on February 24, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Inferno Publishing, Interviews with 0 Comments
Top Ten Interview Mistakes

Interview Mistakes I took a poll of several hundred human resource and hiring managers and asked their opinion on what the ten worst interview mistakes were. The following were the answers. I was surprised by a few of them, and some of the ones I would have included didn’t make it to this list, but […]

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Should You Include Months on a Resume

Written by on February 17, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 10 Comments
Should You Include Months on a Resume

We’re going to talk about the dates on your resume. Many of the problems I see with resumes stems from people not knowing what to do and how to list them. Near the end we’ll get to the big question—should you include months on a resume? Dates I like talking about nothing more than dates. […]

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Resume Advice

Written by on February 9, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Advice

Resume Advice I’m often asked for advice regarding resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, references…just about anything related to careers, but most of the questions deal with resumes. The questions are usually simple ones: • How do I cut it down to two pages? • Is this a good resume? • How can I improve it? […]

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How To Answer Interview Questions—Part 1

Written by on January 31, 2014 in Blog, Inferno Publishing, Interviews with 0 Comments
How To Answer Interview Questions—Part 1

How To Answer Interview Questions—Part 1 You never know what questions an interview team might ask you, but some questions seem to consistently pop up, regardless of the job or the company. I thought in this series of posts we’d cover them one by one. The key to answering interview questions is all about understanding […]

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How To Write A Great Resume

Written by on January 25, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How To Write A Great Resume

How To Write A Great Resume I realize there are many options when it comes to writing a resume, but I’m not talking about any old resume; I’m talking about a great resume. There are a lot of requirements for producing a document like that, but in this post we’re only dealing with one—specifics. What […]

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Be Wary of Interview Warts

Written by on January 20, 2014 in Blog, Interviews with 2 Comments
Be Wary of Interview Warts

It’s Not All About Them Anymore Much of the advice you’ll find in books and on the Internet warns candidates that the interview process is all about the company. I disagree. The resume process is about the company, and everything else is until you get the interview. Once you have an interview arranged, the process […]

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3 Reasons Not to Negotiate Your Own Job Offer

Written by on January 13, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews, jobs with 8 Comments
3 Reasons Not to Negotiate Your Own Job Offer

How To Negotiate A Job Offer Getting a job offer is no easy task. Assuming that you’re selective about the kind of work you do, the first order of business is to find a company with a job opening that suits you. Once that feat is accomplished, you have to write a resume—preferably one that’s […]

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The Resume-Screening Monster

Written by on January 6, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
The Resume-Screening Monster

How To Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash This post is about a resume-screening monster. I’m sure many of you aren’t familiar with them, or at least you think you’re not. But if you’ve applied for jobs in the past ten years, I’m certain you’ve run across one or two. I’m not implying that […]

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Does Your Resume Make You Look Guilty?

Written by on December 16, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 0 Comments
Does Your Resume Make You Look Guilty?

Does Your Resume Make You Look Guilty? If you’re using a functional resume, you might be starting out the job search process with two strikes against you. Most recruiters and gatekeepers despise functional resumes. The consensus is that if a person uses a functional resume they are hiding something. Using a functional resume is like […]

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You Keep Using That Word…

Written by on December 9, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Uncategorized, Writing with 0 Comments
You Keep Using That Word…

A lot of writing, whether or not it’s books or, especially formal business writing, has become excessively bloated, quite pretentious, and very confusing. It has been heavily bogged down with redundancies, and it seems to be quickly getting much worse. Whoa! I hope you made it this far, because if it had been me reading […]

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