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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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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 Right Align Dates on a Resume

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Blog, Promotions, Reference Checks, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How To Right Align Dates on a Resume

Right Aligning Dates in Word I read a lot of resumes, and one of the more common problems I see is that the dates are not aligned properly. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not a huge deal, but it does make the resume look cleaner and more organized if you right align the dates. And […]

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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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Resume Mistakes Matter

Written by on March 17, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Mistakes Matter

Why Resume Mistakes Make a Difference I reviewed twenty-seven resumes this week—not many. But the frustration level was high because nineteen of them had mistakes—and yes—mistakes matter. Some were minor: • Lead instead of led. • Compound adjectives used improperly. • Semicolons used when they should have used a comma. • A couple of misspellings, […]

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Should You Include Months on a Resume

Written by on February 17, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 16 Comments
Should You Include Months on a Resume

We’re going to talk about the dates on your resume. Many of the problems I see with resumes stems from people not knowing what to do and how to list them. Near the end we’ll get to the big question—should you include months on a resume? Dates I like talking about nothing more than dates. […]

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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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The Resume-Screening Monster

Written by on January 6, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
The Resume-Screening Monster

How To Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash This post is about a resume-screening monster. I’m sure many of you aren’t familiar with them, or at least you think you’re not. But if you’ve applied for jobs in the past ten years, I’m certain you’ve run across one or two. I’m not implying that […]

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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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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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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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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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