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Take the 'Cupcakes' Out of Your Resume

As someone who has spent just about all of his professional life working with words, I admire any piece of writing that employs a more vivid word or phrase in place of something wimpier. But there are things I call cupcake words that provide no mental nutrients to the reader and can sink your chance at landing a job interview. This post offers five examples.  More »

Has Caring for a Loved One Left a Gap in Your Resume?

I've been hearing a lot lately about people who have taken time off work to be full-time caregivers for ailing parents, spouses, or other loved ones. And now, they're faced with a significant employment gap to explain on their resumes. Not fair! To make matters worse, the standard advice for explaining any resume gap (be brief, be factual, and leave out the emotion) is pretty tough to practice when the gap stems from such a significant and painful phase of your life. If you're battling this dilemma, here are some tips to help.  More »

Writing a Resume When You Have No Experience

Getting a job can be hard for anyone, even a highly experienced professional who has successfully navigated several job changes. But it can be particularly challenging if you have no experience in the field you want to work in. If this describes you, this post provides you with resume tips and hope.  More »

10 Old-School Resume Rules That Don't Apply Today

Last week I wrote a guest blog post over at What Would Dad Say, talking about how older job seekers might need to think like 13-year-olds to succeed in job interviews today. But over the past couple days, I started thinking about all the ways we should NOT repeat behaviors from times gone by. Specifically, we need to ditch at least 10 of the old-school resume and cover letter rules that were popular back in the '70s, '80s, and even into the '90s.  More »

Reader Wit and Wisdom from Our Blog's Inaugural Year

The Pongo Blog is one year old today, and to observe the occasion, we've selected some of the wisest and wittiest comments readers have left over the past year. Of course, we thank everyone who has added their two cents -- or more -- during that time, and hope you keep coming back.  More »

Job Fair Yields Cold Truths about Resumes

If you happened to catch Good Morning America on Wednesday, you know that hundreds of job seekers braved the bone-chilling cold of a pre-dawn New England winter morning to attend GMA's Great American Job Fair and Career Camp in Boston. After critiquing several resumes at the show, I came away with three lessons about resumes.  More »

Resume Buzz-Kill: Dump the Business Cliches

Most of us have heard business buzzwords, those oft-used expressions that become part of the everyday vocabulary in the business world. Maybe you just absorb them without thinking or -- if you're like me -- cringe sometimes at their mere utterance.  More »

Writing a Resume When You Haven't Worked for Years

We received a blog comment recently from a woman who had left the workforce 18 years ago to raise her children. Now she's looking to return to work, and wondering, What do I say on my resume, and where do I start? Since there are lots of people in this boat, I thought I'd answer this reader's question, and offer some tips for anyone who's looking to make the leap back into (paid) work after a long time away.  More »

Three Ways to List 3 Titles for 1 Employer

When a large block of your work history has been with one employer, it can be challenging to create a resume based on that. But if you've held a few different titles at the same company, that can present a different challenge of its own. Here are three ways to approach your resume based on several titles under the same employer.  More »

Another 5 Power Words to Make Your Resume Get Noticed

You've probably read or heard it before, but it's worth saying again: Your resume must grab the hiring manager's attention within the first 10 seconds, or it will likely get tossed. Strong verbs, what I like to call power words, can help your resume stand out. We've offered 10 in previous posts. Here are five more.  More »
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