How To Kill An Interview

Written by on August 11, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Resumes with 6 Comments
How To Kill An Interview

There’s a Lot of Reasons… …why I’m writing this post, and the heading of this sentence is one of the primary ones. To a growing number of people, the phrase, “There’s a lot of reasons,” and others like it are okay. They’re acceptable. But to other people, in particular, resume screeners and gatekeepers…let’s just say […]

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How To Improve Your Resume—Get Rid of Responsibilities

Written by on August 5, 2013 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 4 Comments
How To Improve Your Resume—Get Rid of Responsibilities

Responsibilities Dilute Your Message Responsibilities take up a huge part of most resumes, and that’s unfortunate. I say unfortunate because the space most people devote to responsibilities could be used much more effectively. If you have a compelling reason to list responsibilities, follow these few rules:  Keep it simple. Keep it short. Keep it relevant. […]

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What A Resume Isn’t

Written by on July 29, 2013 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
What A Resume Isn’t

Let’s Take A Look At Resumes By definition a resume is: …a brief account of one’s professional or work experience and qualifications. …a set of accomplishments …a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications. Please note the words in italics: experience, qualifications, accomplishments. That’s what a resume is about. A Resume Isn’t About… […]

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Sloppy Emails

Written by on July 19, 2013 in Blog, Writing with 2 Comments
Sloppy Emails

Business Emails According to Mashable, there are approximately 145 billion emails sent every day. No matter how you count it, that’s a lot of emails. I receive quite a few from people looking for jobs, inquiring about the market, or sometimes just asking me if I know how to reach someone we both know. The […]

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Resume Objectives—A Kiss of Death?

Written by on July 15, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 2 Comments
Resume Objectives—A Kiss of Death?

Objectives I have been looking at resumes for 33 years. In all of that time, out of the tens of thousands of resumes I screened, I can’t recall a single one where the objective was so compelling that it made me stop and want to pick up the phone to call that person. There were […]

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How To Deal With A Headhunter

Written by on July 5, 2013 in Blog, Headhunters with 0 Comments
How To Deal With A Headhunter

Dealing With Headhunters I’ve been doing this headhunting business for more than 30 years. I’ve even managed to pick up a few bits of wisdom that I can pass on to you. Most of it is common sense, but for some reason many people forget about common sense when it comes to their careers. If […]

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References Available Upon Request

Written by on June 9, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 0 Comments
References Available Upon Request

How the Gatekeepers Think This is by no means an attempt to portray the gatekeepers as anything other than the magnificent beings they are. (Whew! That was tough to get out.) All kidding aside, when I refer to the gatekeepers, I’m talking about anyone whose job involves screening resumes, which puts headhunters squarely in the […]

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What Is A Resume?

Written by on June 7, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 2 Comments
What Is A Resume?

What Is a Resume? By definition it is: a brief account of one’s professional or work experience and qualifications. a set of accomplishments. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications. But That Doesn’t Begin To Explain It. A resume might take you from a job where you feel unwanted and unappreciated to […]

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