Should You Include Hobbies on Your Resume?
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
I often tell people that resume writing is an art, not a science. This means that there are often questions with no definite answers and ‘should I include hobbies on my resume?’ is one of them. The truth is that including hobbies on your resume will almost never hurt you, and sometimes may help you. I say ‘almost never’ because there are a few situations in which including hobbies might damage your chance of an interv...
Controller Resume Tips for Success
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2014
Regardless of whether you’re a business or financial Controller, your job deals with profits and losses, the balance sheet, financial operations processes, cost-saving measures, and financial systems. The Controller must demonstrate that he/she is at the top of his/her game to keep the business running soundly and position the company to remain solvent in the future. When you’re in the market for a new Controller position,...
How to Survive a Professional Panic Attack
by Michelle Kerrigan - Jun, 2014
Yesterday, I received an SOS message from a former colleague. She is in considerable distress: Her company is failing; the staff is shrinking; the survivors are exhausted; and she’s dying to jump ship. She is panicking, and needs my help. Her note began with her kicking herself for not doing anything sooner, and spiraled into many regrets about the past. She berated herself for pigeonholing herself into a specific career,...
Top 15 Misconceptions about Resumes Writing
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
During my many resume writing and career marketing presentations to college classes, state job center groups, and AmeriCorps members, inevitably questions come up about resume strategies and assumptions about how resumes should be written. I always begin my presentations by saying that what I tell them will perhaps sound contradictory to what they have read in books or even learned in classes but as a Certified Master Resum...
Volunteers Wanted, Now!
by Rowe Leathers - Jun, 2014
Whenever I suggest volunteering as a way to gain experience in a new field, the typical response is, “Where?” To which I reply, “Everywhere!” Are you a history buff? Why not feed your passion by volunteering at museums or historical landmarks? If you are located in a region deeply rooted in history, and prefer a little more fun, consider taking part in reenactments. Historical reenactments are about as close as you will...
Top 10 Executive Resume Mistakes
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2014
Over the past several weeks, I’ve reviewed hundreds of executive resumes and I’ve seen the same resume mistakes over and over again. Executive resumes must be personally branded, persuasive, and impactful. They must also be laser-focused on what you have accomplished—and not just what you do. Here are the top ten resume mistakes I see on most executive resumes: Focusing on “Do” I get it; it’s hard to write about yourself...
Why You Need to Close Your Open Offices Now
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2014
The open office trend has reached a fever pitch, with nearly 70 percent of American workers now residing in them. But is an open office really the best way to go? A few months back in the New Yorker, Maria Konnikova reported that open offices don’t actually do what they were designed to do, which is to facilitate communication and idea flow. She said: In 2011, the organizational psychologist Matthew Davis reviewed more...
Interview Blocking Resumes: Warning Signs Hiring Managers Spot in a Minute
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2014
How’s your resume response rate? In other words, are you getting many calls for interviews? If your resume is not generating interviews, it’s time to evaluate your resume. Hiring managers look for signs that a candidate will not be successful or a proper fit for the job. Is your resume sending signs to hiring manager? Let’s take a look at the top five warning signs that hiring managers can spot in a minute. Typos & Slo...
3 Key Things Missing From Your Executive Resume
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2014
Have you ever scratched your head wondering why you’re not getting callbacks after submitting your resume? Have you ever been concerned that perhaps your resume is a bit cliché or vanilla? You’re not alone. In fact, when writing resumes execs often times leave out some key things that will help them grab the recruiter’s attention: technology expertise, talent attraction and profit sharing stories. Use these three keys to ta...
Got a Job Offer? Now What?
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2014
Congratulate yourself! You aced the interviews and just received a job offer. Now all you have to do is accept it. But wait – it’s not always that easy. Accepting an offer of a job is an important step in any executive’s career. You may encounter one or more of these scenarios: What if two companies offer you a job? It can be a difficult decision if you like both companies. It may be necessary to review the pros and cons of...
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