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Resume Writing Reality Check: It's Not About You

I found some important resume writing advice in an article about, of all things, launching a web site. By replacing the web site-related words, with resume, you get this needed reminder: This principle is the most basic, yet most difficult, to embrace. Even though it may be 'your' [resume], the [resume] isn't, or shouldn't be, about you.  More »

Is Your Functional Resume Keeping You Unemployed?

Recruiters and headhunters throw them out, employers get frustrated by them, and many job boards won't accept them. So why are some job seekers still using functional resumes? Because for a long time, functional resumes were widely considered the best way to camouflage employment gaps or a lack of experience. These days, it seems they've become more like a flashing neon sign that screams, I'm trying to hide something!  More »

10 Ways to Describe Fast Food Experience on a Resume

It might feel as if you're just pressing buttons and wrapping up greasy products while wearing a silly hat. But fast food experience is actually a good way to develop a variety of skills that can transfer into other fields. Here are 10 resume-worthy descriptions of fast food skills you might not have considered.  More »

Graduation Date on Your Resume: Yes or No?

Since our blog went live more than two years ago, we've advised that older job seekers who are worried about revealing their age on their resumes shouldn't divulge the year they received their college degrees or high school diplomas. But not everyone who comments about career issues buys that argument. Do you? Vote in our poll and comment after you read this post.  More »

What Counts as Experience on a College Grad's Resume

If you took advantage of an internship during your college years, you've already got something great to list under the Experience section of your first professional resume. But what if you don't have an internship to vouch for your experience? What if the only jobs you've had involved manning a cash register or serving up pizzas? Fear not! Here are a few things you can add to your resume that count as experience.  More »

Recruiter Reinforces Our Resume Advice

We've addressed the keys to effective resume writing more than once on this blog, but there are some things worth repeating, especially when they come from outside sources who walk the same steps on the web that we walk, and their advice is just as valuable.  More »

It's Spring Cleaning Time for Your Resume

Spring has arrived! And with it comes a list of things many of us haven't been able or willing to do over the winter, such as go outside for a run, play catch on the lawn, or clean the garage. It's also a good time to spruce up your resume.  More »

When and How to List Personal Interests on Your Resume

When is it all right to include a personal interest or hobby on your resume? Most experts will answer Never! They recommend keeping your resume focused on your skills and qualifications for the job. But would it really hurt to mention an outside interest or two? Here are guidelines on when and how to mention them.  More »

D-OHHHHH! Here's Homer Simpson's Resume!

He's never met a donut he didn't like, and some of us have never seen an episode of The Simpsons that we didn't like either. So, I put together a resume for Homer Simpson, that lovable cartoon buffoon who's been known to snooze away the hours on the job at the nuclear power plant and find his way in and out of a few jams in other short-lived jobs.  More »

Looking for Temporary Work? Try These Tips

With the nation's unemployment rate still around 10%, many out-of-work job seekers are facing, or already experiencing, many weeks or even months without a steady paycheck. If you're in the middle of a long layoff, consider a temporary a contract assignment. Here are tips on how you can land one.  More »
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