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Resumes: Building A Great Resume

Tailoring Your Resume to the Job Posting: Highlighting the Relevant Points

Getting your resume noticed by a particular employer can seem to be a daunting task when yours may be one of hundreds of resumes they receive. Not to fear! There are many ways you can improve the chances of your resume making it to the top of the pile, but the most important thing you can do is ensure that your resume highlights what is applicable to the position you are seeking (and also the company).  More »

Saying No to the All-Purpose Resume: Why You Need Separate Resumes For Different Jobs

Many job seekers who are pursuing positions in two different industries want to use just one resume. They have experience in the two areas and want to present their entire professional career, providing all the highlights of their multi-faceted background. While demonstrating diversity can make an impression on an employer, it can also make them question your job focus and employment intentions. In our article, "Saying No to the All-Purpose Resume: Why You Need Separate Resumes For Different Jobs," learn the reasons why using one “all-purpose” resume versus distinctly different resumes for each job type is ineffective and can hurt your chances of being considered for a job.  More »

Synchronizing Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

You may think that your resume and LinkedIn profile serve the same purpose because they contain the same information. While there are similarities between the two, there are also many differences, particularly with respect to what each is meant to accomplish. It's important to know the differences, but also how they should complement each other. In this article, we offer our tips for making sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are in sync and you have a strategy that maximizes the value that both provide.  More »

Describing Your Strengths - The Qualities You Should Convey in Your Resume

In this article, we provide guidelines for determining your strengths, examples of how to describe them and suggestions for where you can locate them in your resume. With this knowledge, you can present the strengths that help employers see you as a fit for the job and, more importantly, help you stand out from the rest.  More »

Things You May Not Think About When Writing a Resume

In this article, we outline the key components you want to include in your resume and review the most important rules to follow as you write your resume. By following these “Rules of Thumb,” you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting to the next level in your job search --- that coveted invitation to a job interview.  More »

Today’s Resume is Not Your Father's Resume

If it’s been several years since you last conducted a job search, then you’ve probably found that the approach to finding a job has changed, and that includes how you approach writing your resume. Learn ways to ensure your resume meets the expectations of today’s hiring managers and is keeping up with the changing times.  More »

Over 50? How to Make Your Resume Work for You

If you're in your 50s or 60s, chances are you have a lot of experience to offer an employer. Unfortunately, that can sometimes work against you when it comes to interviews and hiring decisions. But here are three things to keep in mind to help employers look past your age and right at your qualifications.  More »

3 Resume Formats: Which One Works for You?

When you're writing your resume, you need to present the information in a way that will best showcase your qualifications and help the employer notice what you have to offer. Each of the three most common resume formats (Chronological, Functional, and Combination/Hybrid) highlights your background in a different way. To find out which is the right one for you, read on.  More »

5 Rules for Building a Great Resume

Your resume has one job: To convince the reader that you're a candidate worth interviewing. Here are five rules to help you write a resume that does its job.  More »

Resume Writing Basics: Building Blocks of a Good Resume

Anyone who sees resumes all the time – recruiters, hiring managers, HR staff – will tell you they typically spend between 10 and 30 seconds deciding whether a resume is worth reading. That’s all you get to make your case. Follow these standard guidelines to create a clean, organized resume that helps readers see quickly that you’re a candidate who’s worth their time!  More »

Check Your Resume Before You Send It

You’ve edited and tweaked your resume many times, and you're ready to send it to a prospective employer. You're positive it's perfect and ready to go. Wait! Mistakes can still happen. Use this checklist before you send your resume to identify any mistakes that might diminish your chance at landing the job.  More »

Good and Bad Resumes: Want to See the Difference?

Writing a resume is much like writing a paper for school. Every detail contributes – positively or negatively – to your final "grade." Like teachers, hiring managers look for a cohesive story; a persuasive argument; a neat, well organized appearance; and of course, perfect spelling and grammar. These lessons will help your resume make the grade with hiring managers.  More »

Choosing the Right Format to Send Your Resume

Creating an up-to-date electronic resume is the essential first step in any job hunt. Whether you want to email or fax your resume, paste it into a job board, or post it on the web, it all starts electronically. Here, we discuss the pros and cons of the various document formats for distributing your electronic resume: Word, PDF, HTML, or plain text.  More »

What Is a Resume? A Brief Overview

Simply put, a resume is a one- to two-page document that sums up a job seeker's qualifications for the jobs they're interested in. More than just a formal job application, a resume is a marketing tool that job seekers use to communicate their value to employers. Read more to find out what goes into resumes, who needs them, what role they play in a job search, and what types are acceptable.  More »

Get Organized and Get Hired

Preparing a resume and sending it to employers can be a challenging task unto itself. Following up on those submissions adds yet more time-consuming work, especially if you're sending several resumes at about the same time. That’s why it helps to become organized if you put your job search in high gear.  More »

Video Resumes: Illusions and Realities

In all but a few fields, the video resume does nothing more than create the illusion that you're accomplishing something in your job search. In reality, it may do more to harm your job candidacy than help it. To understand this illusion, let’s look at the employment market from the recruiter’s and legal department's perspectives.  More »
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