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Formatting a Résumé

Written by on October 12, 2017 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Formatting a Résumé

Formatting a Résumé If you want to know about formatting a résumé, the best way to do it is to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Don’t use special fonts or eccentric styling and, for God’s sake, don’t use pictures. Make the résumé as plain and simple as you can. The content is what’s important […]

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How to Write a Résumé That Will Get You the Interview

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How to Write a Résumé That Will Get You the Interview

How to Write a Résumé. It’s easy to write a résumé, he said with a smirk. What could be easier? You’re simply reducing your five or ten or twenty-plus-year work history down to one or two pages. How to write a résumé sounds simple enough. But the reality is that editing anything is difficult, much […]

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Responsibilities Or Accomplishments?

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Responsibilities Or Accomplishments?

Responsibilities Or Accomplishments? I have screened thousands of résumés, hell, tens of thousands. And yet, not much has changed. I still see about the same percentage of mistakes as when I started. What mistakes, you might ask? The ones demonstrated by that age-old haunting question–should I list responsibilities or accomplishments? There are plenty to choose […]

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How to Format a Résumé Properly

Written by on October 27, 2016 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 3 Comments
How to Format a Résumé Properly

How to Format a Résumé There are plenty of ways to format a résumé; I’ve seen a million (slight exaggeration). And there are almost as many opinions about how to do it right. But there aren’t many ways to format a résumé that aren’t distracting. And that’s what you want to aim for. You want a […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Numbers on Résumés

Written by on February 2, 2015 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 1 Comment
Everything You Need to Know About Numbers on Résumés

Numbers On Résumés Before we get started, I’m going to briefly discuss numbers and numerals. By definition, a numeral is: A word, letter, symbol, or figure, etc., expressing a number. There are rules regarding when to use the word numeral versus number. I’m going to ignore those rules and use number/s for everything. Now back to the looking […]

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When You Shouldn’t Put Your Best Foot Forward

Written by on January 26, 2015 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
When You Shouldn’t Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put Your Best Foot Forward When writing resumes, it’s important to remember that your “best” accomplishments might not be the right ones to list on your resume. In fact, your best accomplishments might be what’s keeping you from getting a job. I’m going to let you in on a secret—resume screeners are opinionated! Imagine that? […]

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10 Worst Resume Mistakes

Written by on December 8, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
10 Worst Resume Mistakes

Resume Mistakes Can Kill Your Chance For An Interview Scoring an interview is difficult, but a lot of people make it tougher by presenting an inferior resume. A good job posting typically draws at least 100 resumes, and quite often as many as 300–500. In mid- to large-sized companies, a significant number of resumes are […]

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You Only Need 3 Things On Your Resume

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
You Only Need 3 Things On Your Resume

3 Important Sections of Your Resume I have been reviewing resumes for more than 30 years. During that time, I think I’ve seen it all—from one-page resumes to ones that looked more like small books, weighing in at 30 plus pages. The crazy thing is that the vast majority of people continue to include things […]

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Time To Get Rid Of Your Resume Summary?

Written by on September 22, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Time To Get Rid Of Your Resume Summary?

Should You Include a Resume Summary? For being so concise, resumes are tricky to write properly. People include all kinds of sections on resumes, and one common section that seems harmless is the resume summary. But is it harmless? And should it be included? Let’s take a look at a few real summaries: Expert, hands-on […]

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Resume Checklist

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments

No Mistakes Resume Checklist: Looking for a job? Don’t do this: Don’t send a resume without a cover letter. Don’t include an objective. Don’t include a summary. Don’t send a resume with mistakes. But definitely do this: Do research on the company and the job. Tailor your resume specifically for the job description. Show them—don’t […]

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5 Resume Mistakes & Why They Might Be Killers

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Writing with 1 Comment
5 Resume Mistakes & Why They Might Be Killers

Resume Mistakes People think recruiters and resume writers exaggerate when we say that resume mistakes kill your chances of an interview. The truth is more complicated than that simple statement. Mistakes do kill resumes, but not for the reasons you might think. Before we go into all of the details of why mistakes matter, let’s look at […]

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The World’s Best Resume

Written by on July 14, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
The World’s Best Resume

Every Person Can Have The World’s Best Resume Obviously that title is misleading. Not every person can have the best resume in the world. But if you work at it, you can have the best resume for you. In other words, the absolute best resume that you can make based on your experience. All it takes is a little work. If you […]

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Resume Writing Is Not Rocket Science

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Writing Is Not Rocket Science

Resume Writing Is Not Rocket Science Everyone seems to worry when it comes time to write their resume. Either that, or they rush through the process and end up with a piece of…well, you know. Don’t let it fool you. Resume writing is not rocket science; in fact, it’s not difficult at all. All You […]

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Resume Advice, And When To Take It

Written by on June 16, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Advice, And When To Take It

When To Take Resume Advice, and When To Ignore It Most people pretend to listen to advice, but they seldom heed it. And nowhere is this more true than with resume advice. I see a lot of resumes. A few are good. A respectable number are okay. But most are poorly written. I try my […]

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Resume Screeners—Who Are They?

Written by on June 9, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
Resume Screeners—Who Are They?

What Does a Resume Screener Look Like? Before we get started on this, I’d like to ask a few questions. What does a nephrologist do? How about a manufacturing engineer? Clinical psychologist? Disk drive engineer? Pharmacokineticist? Would you know the requirements for each of the above positions? I’d be surprised if you did. But assuming […]

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Avoiding The ATS (Applicant Tracking System) Trap

Written by on June 1, 2014 in Blog, gatekeepers, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Avoiding The ATS (Applicant Tracking System) Trap

How To Beat the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) Have you ever wondered what happens to your resume once you send it off? Most of it depends on where you sent it, and what type of system—if any—they use for screening. Since most companies use ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems), we’ll focus on that process. (We’ll also […]

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3 Rules For Capitalization on Resumes

Written by on May 27, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
3 Rules For Capitalization on Resumes

3 Rules For Capitalization on Resumes I wrote a post a few months ago about “What To Capitalize on a Resume,” but from the number of emails I receive it’s obvious I didn’t go into enough detail. In this post, I’ll cover a few of the rules for capitalization, and we’ll go into more detail […]

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10 Words to Avoid on Resumes

Written by on May 19, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 6 Comments
10 Words to Avoid on Resumes

10 Words to Avoid on Resumes Do you struggle deciding which words to use on your resume? Many people do, which prompted me to write this article. I did another post on impact words for resumes, and also one about how powerful words can be in all of your writing. Today, we’ll explore the opposite […]

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Power Words For Resumes

Written by on May 12, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, resume tips, Writing with 2 Comments
Power Words For Resumes

Power Words For Resumes Words can be very powerful. And since your resume is—by necessity—limited to a page or two, it is important that the words you use have impact. Resumes consist of incomplete sentences and bullet points; you can’t afford to use weak or passive verbs. I compiled this list from many sources, including […]

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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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