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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 18 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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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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