| Job Search Guide - Credibility Matters
by Perry Newman and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
We've probably all seen it or heard about it when someone with less ability or experience gets a job over the seemingly better candidate. Varying factors can play a role, including the credibility an individual carries with him or her. Perry Newman, job strategist and award-winning resume writer, tells Tim Muma that the "Credibility Factor" is a major component to anyone's successful job search. We examine the details and how...
| Job Search Guide - Balancing Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
With limited space and minimal opportunity to elaborate further, the resume requires a delicate balance in portraying your qualifications. Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, helps Tim Muma and the listeners figure out the best way to express your value without over or underselling your skill and experience. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process from strategies for cover letters...
| Job Search Guide - How NOT to Describe Yourself
by Jeff Haden and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Whether it's on a website, social media accounts or even your cover letter and resume, a description of your skills and experience can determine your professional fate. Tim Muma speaks with Jeff Haden, owner of BlackBird Media, who draws off his experiences as a manager. Jeff also utilizes insight from business leaders to express the issues he has with many of the ways job seekers and others describe themselves. Job Search...
| Job Search Guide - From Fluff to Facts on the Resume
by Don Goodman and Tim Muma - Sep, 2013
The resume remains a tool for landing an interview for a potential position, but it's important to utilize it properly and choose your words wisely. Tim Muma speaks with Don Goodman, About Jobs president and certified resume writer, who offers his experienced perspective to help job seekers find ways to get away from "fluffy" language and create truly marketable verbiage. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process fr...
How to Write Great Resume Bullet Points
by Louise Fletcher - Apr, 2014
So you’ve read lots of resume advice, and you know that your resume needs strong, results-focused bullet points. But try as you might, you don’t really know how to write those bullet points. I sympathize – it’s very hard to write about yourself in this way. Most of us have been taught to be humble and modest about our accomplishments, and now suddenly we’re required to brag about them. It feels very uncomfortable. As...
Two Ways to Do Your Resume: DIY & HAE
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
Boiled down to its simplest level, you have two ways to create or revamp your resume: Do It Yourself (DIY) or Hire An Expert (HAE). Since my profession is resume writing, you might guess I’m not going to tell you you should always do your own resume, but I will say that sometimes “it depends.” Having made my disclosure about possibly not being 100% impartial, I’ll still do my best to give an unbiased view of the two ways y...
4 Ways To Take Your Resume From Good To Great
by Teena Rose - Apr, 2014
What really makes a great resume for today’s job market? The use of a branding statement, a tag line or two, relevant keywords/key phrases, and a situation/action/results writing style can actually increase the return of your resume. Let’s review why each are increasingly important for job seekers competing in today’s highly competitive job market. Including these can take your resume from good to great, and ultimately h...
3 Tips for a Resume Recipe Revamp
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Apr, 2014
The struggle when revamping a recipe is akin to the angst when rebuilding your resume. Recently, in a lively Facebook discussion, I learned how to make a better egg dish. The processes I underwent mirrors what I see careerists face when cooking up a new resume – whether they hire a professional with which to collaborate or do it themselves. The reality of my struggle emerged when I began adding more eggs to my diet an...
Should I Put a Local Address on My Resume?
by Rich Jones - Mar, 2014
I just had a conversation with someone around this very question. As a recruiter, I can tell you that we do look at where someone is located when reviewing his or her resume. Some of us will even screen you out if you’re too far away and we don’t offer relocation (I’ve done it). And it’s that fear of being screened out that leads some folks to put the local address of a friend or family member. I completely get it. However, yo...
5 Must-Read Resume Writing Tips
by Patricia Erickson - Mar, 2014
Is the thought of writing a resume as pleasant as having your wisdom teeth surgically extracted? I ask because I was discussing resume writing tips with a client today and she was thrilled I was going to write it for her. As she put it, she was no longer actively involved in the “whole torturous process.” I didn’t realize the experience could be so terrible – but then I thought about doing my own taxes and realized what she...
7 Ways Your Resume Is Boring Just Like Everyone Else’s
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
The economy seems to be picking up a little, and more and more job seekers are coming to us and letting us know about internal opportunities within their organization they would like to apply to. But even as more opportunities open up, the competition is as strong—or stronger than ever before. That’s why your resume has to be perfect. Here are seven ways your resume isn’t quite cutting it. So, take it out, brush it off, and...
What Not to Include in a Resume: 3 Things
by Rich Jones - Mar, 2014
Every line on your resume is valuable real estate. The person looking at yours is trying to get to the relevant info as quickly as possible. Part of your job is to make that easy for them, which includes leaving some things out. Here are a few quick tips on what not to include in your resume. Social Media Info Unless your job will be in social media or it’s specifically requested, you don’t need to show it on your resu...
Who, What, Where, How – Four Keys to Crafting a Winning Executive Resume
by Lisa Rangel - Mar, 2014
Employment for life is increasingly a thing of the past – even at the executive levels, according to a study recently published in the Harvard Business Review. Executives are switching jobs more frequently – on average every four to five years. If you’re looking to take the next step in your executive leadership career, here are some guidelines and keys to crafting a winning executive resume that’ll make you stand out...
Why Resume Templates Are Job Search Killers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
There’s this wonderful illustration about nature I want to share in relation to the effectiveness of resume templates. Zebras have these great stripes that cause them to blend into their herds. It’s actually a lifesaving feature when being attacked by a predator. I equate resume templates to a Zebra’s stripes—really great for camouflage and blending into a “herd” of other job seekers. Not so great for standing out from the...
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