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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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