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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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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 5 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 18 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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