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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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Should You Ask For Introductions on Linked in?

Written by on December 2, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Networking with 0 Comments
Should You Ask For Introductions on Linked in?

Should You Ask For Introductions on Linked in? This is a tough question, and the answer is—it depends on the relationship you have with the person. I have a statement at the bottom of my profile that lists my policy. It would be great if everyone did. Here’s mine: I don’t forward requests from people […]

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The 10-Second Resume Rule: Truth or Bullshit?

Written by on November 25, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 0 Comments
The 10-Second Resume Rule: Truth or Bullshit?

The 10-Second Resume Rule: Truth or Bullshit? It seems as if every other month someone is writing an article on the “10-second” rule of resume screening—that you only have 10 seconds to get the recruiter or the gatekeeper’s attention. I even mention it in my book, No Mistakes Resumes. I don’t like the way it’s […]

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Two-Dollar Words Make You Look Like An Ass

Written by on November 18, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, resume tips, Writing with 12 Comments
Two-Dollar Words Make You Look Like An Ass

Two-Dollar Words Many people think that the bigger the word you use the better it sounds. They seem to equate the number of syllables, or scarcity of word usage to sounding scholarly. What these people don’t understand is that the trick is not to find the biggest word, but the word that works best in […]

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How To Get Rid Of A Resume Killer

Written by on November 11, 2013 in Blog, resume tips with 2 Comments
How To Get Rid Of A Resume Killer

Resume Killer What Are The Biggest Resume Killers? Resumes are complicated—at least that’s what many people think. But in reality, they are one of the simplest documents to write. Despite being simple, a lot of resumes from qualified people end up in the trash. Why? Sometimes it’s a single item, at other times it’s a […]

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7 Steps To A Winning Phone Interview

Written by on November 4, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Interviews with 0 Comments
7 Steps To A Winning Phone Interview

7 Steps To A Winning Phone Interview Many interviews are preceded by a phone screen, which seems friendly, but don’t be lulled into complacency. A phone interview is not a friendly chat; it’s a process to eliminate you. You need to prepare for it just like you would an onsite interview. If the company is […]

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3 Things Every Resume Should Have

Written by on October 28, 2013 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
3 Things Every Resume Should Have

3 Things Every Resume Should Have If you want to make a difference on your resume, a real difference, make sure to include these three things. The items I’m talking about are these: #, $, %. The symbols don’t have to be on there but what they represent should. Not every resume will have them, […]

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25 Impact Words For Your Resume

Written by on October 21, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Grammar, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
25 Impact Words For Your Resume

25 Impact Words For Your Resume (Most of this is an excerpt from one of the chapters in my book, No Mistakes Resumes.) Your resume should be filled with impact words. Words can be very powerful. Think of the emotions some of these simple statements generate: “I love you.” “I hate you.” “You are so […]

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Are Your References Killing You?

Written by on October 14, 2013 in Blog, Careers, jobs, Reference Checks with 0 Comments
Are Your References Killing You?

Are Your References Killing You? Imagine you’ve gotten through the first few steps of the hiring process, and now you’re at the gates, ready to get an offer. All that’s left is for you to pass the reference check process. But that’s a piece of cake, you think. You’ve got great references. All I can […]

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Does A Headhunter Need To Know My Salary?

Written by on October 7, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Headhunters, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Does A Headhunter Need To Know My Salary?

Should I Tell A Headhunter My Salary? This question often brings strong opinions, on both sides of the fence. I’ve seen advice stated firmly for and against, and I’ve seen some of the experts waffle on the issue. If you’ve followed this blog for long, or you’ve read my resume book, you know I don’t […]

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What To Capitalize On Your Resume

Written by on September 29, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, resume tips, Resumes with 19 Comments
What To Capitalize On Your Resume

Capitalization Many people who write resumes have an inclination to capitalize damn near everything. Perhaps they think that by capitalizing words, those words, or the functions they represent, become more important; ergo, the person becomes more important. (Did I just use the word ergo? I did, didn’t I? Smack me if I ever do that […]

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Resume Tools

Written by on September 22, 2013 in Blog, Misused Words, resume tips with 0 Comments
Resume Tools

Resume Tools I’m going to start this post out discussing tools. You might wonder what tools have to do with resumes but you’ll see they have a lot in common; in fact, your entire resume is a tool, and it consists of hundreds of other tools—words. When you mention “tools,” most people think of a […]

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When Should You Write A Resume?

Written by on September 16, 2013 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
When Should You Write A Resume?

When Should You Write A Resume? The technical answer is you should write a resume when you have a position to apply for; however, you should keep a document that resembles a resume updated at all times. Anytime that something occurs in your work history that you might want to put on a resume, update […]

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How To Format A Resume

Written by on September 9, 2013 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
How To Format A Resume

What Is the Best Resume Format? First, let’s talk about… Formatting Mistakes Note: Part of this I’ve taken from the formatting chapter in my book, No Mistakes Resumes. A lot of people pay no attention to the resume format, but that’s a huge mistake. Formatting deals with the readability of your resume, and that affects […]

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Your Secret Interview Weapon

Written by on September 2, 2013 in Blog, Interviews with 4 Comments
Your Secret Interview Weapon

Interview Tips—Your Smile Is a Weapon You might be surprised when I tell you this, but your smile can be a powerful interview weapon. Yes, you heard me right—your smile. I know what you’re thinking. What about my experience? My accomplishments? Those are certainly important; they are what got you to the interview. But now […]

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Interview Preparation

Written by on August 26, 2013 in Blog, Interviews with 2 Comments
Interview Preparation

Getting Ready For The Interview You’ve worked hard, perfected your resume, got through a phone screen, and now you’ve been invited for an onsite interview. The job you want is within your grasp—so don’t mess it up. Interviews are tricky, and interview preparation is really tricky. A lot of things can go wrong. These three […]

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Should I Work With A Headhunter Exclusively?

Written by on August 18, 2013 in Blog, Headhunters with 2 Comments
Should I Work With A Headhunter Exclusively?

Exclusive or Not? I often have candidates ask me this question: “If you can’t help me to locate a new position, can you recommend someone?” My answer is always the same. “I might be able to help you, but your best bet is to find half a dozen or more headhunters you trust and see […]

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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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