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Got Resume Writer's Block? Here Are 5 Cures

You know you need a resume to launch your job search. The problem is: You don't know where or how to begin. Essentially, you're staring at a blank page on your computer, save for your name, address, and contact information. You've got a case of writer's block: resume style. Here are five ways to help you break through it.  More »

Stand Out in a Rough Job Market: Part I - Your Resume

The news on the economy is hard to ignore, and even harder to stomach. The unemployment rate has topped 6 percent and could climb higher if businesses can't pry loose sufficient credit to grow or just sustain operations. If you're expecting to launch a job search, or are already in the middle of one, you may be facing a lot of competition. In the first of a two-part series, learn how to craft a resume that will get noticed.  More »

The No-Excuses Way to Submit an Error-Free Resume

An author wouldn't publish a book without involving an editor, and a job seeker shouldn't publish a resume without involving a proofreader - or four. You have no excuse for submitting an error-filled resume to potential employers when you can so easily get others to check it first. Here are some ways to get feedback from others.  More »

"Should I Put My GPA on My Resume?"

When you're in high school, and even more so in college, your grade point average (GPA) can seem like the one-and-only measure of your success. But how important is your GPA after graduation? Should you put it on your resume? Do employers really care if you had a 2.8 or a 3.0? Can a low score ruin your chances of getting hired? The answers may surprise you.  More »

Resume Objective or Summary: You Need One, but Which?

Should you lead your resume with an Objective or Summary that briefly describes your skills and background? In a word, yes. However, if you were to poll 10 recruiting experts on this question, you might get 10 different answers. But if an Objective or Summary is written properly, it can be the hook that pulls the reader into your resume.  More »

No Bites on Your Resume? Check These 5 Things

You sent out a few resumes for job openings that matched your skills. You researched the companies and demonstrated some of that new-found knowledge in your cover letters. You communicated a positive tone. But why didn't anyone respond? Maybe you overlooked one or more of five critical components of the job search.  More »

You Can (and Should) Put Volunteer Work on a Resume

Good karma is not the only thing you can build by volunteering. You can also build a great resume. Adding volunteer work to your resume is especially helpful if you're just starting out, changing careers, or returning to work. Even though volunteer skills don't pay the bills, your volunteer experience could be the ticket to your next paycheck.  More »

CV vs. Resume: What's the Difference?

It's a valid question with a bit of a complicated answer. In some parts of the world, such as the UK and Ireland, CV refers to the same document we Americans call a resume. You may be familiar with job sites and company career centers that ask you to submit a Resume/CV when you apply for a job, which furthers the idea that the terms are interchangeable. But here in the U.S. (and Canada), the formats and content of a CV and resume are vastly different. So if you've been boggled by the difference, here's a clear-cut comparison between the two to relieve any confusion.  More »

How Do I Get Employers to Notice My Resume and Call Me?

Rick Saia's post yesterday ( Dude, Where's My Job? ... ) listed five typical reasons a recent grad might be having trouble finding that first job. Coincidentally, as Rick was crafting that post, a reader named Jen G. left a comment on an older blog post, asking a closely related question. Jen is a new graduate who has posted her resume on various online job boards. Unfortunately, she wrote, I have rarely been called back from a site that I have posted my resume on. What do I need to do in order to get employers to notice my resume so that I get called back? I've added a few more tips for Jen and anyone else who's wondering the same thing.  More »

Everyone Should Be Short, Accurate, and Interesting

Stop the presses! The Pongo Blog received its very first content critique on Monday, and we like it! So we'd like to turn it over to you, our readers, to let us know what you like to read and what you'd rather we leave out. Read more to see what I'm talking about.  More »
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