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How to Get the Right Skills on Your Resume [Infographic]

How to Get the Right Skills on Your Resume [Infographic]

Thanks to Natalie Severt at uptowork.com for this infographic and post. Getting the right skills on your resume is arguably the most important part of figuring out how to make a resume relevant to a hiring manager. Hiring managers will spend an average of six seconds scanning your resume. So, they need to see the... ...Continue Reading
Position Yourself for a Career Transition

Position Yourself for a Career Transition

If you are hoping to transition from one career to another, I have some tips for you based on my experience working with many clients who’ve moved from one field to another. Here’s a story about one of my clients who I helped cross the bridge from one career to another. My client had recently... ...Continue Reading
4 Reasons to Ditch a Home Address on Your Resume

4 Reasons to Ditch a Home Address on Your Resume

Old-style resumes included lots of information that just isn’t necessary anymore – and may actually harm your chances of getting a job in today’s market.  One of those things is your home address. I never include home addresses when I’m putting together a resume, with very, very few exceptions.  Here’s why: It takes up valuable... ...Continue Reading
5 Strategies to Improve Your Job Search

5 Strategies to Improve Your Job Search

 Focus your resume and LinkedIn profile on your impact.  Hiring managers and recruiters care about the impact  you had on the company you work(ed) for.  It’s the only indicator of probable future impact, on their company.  Read my blog posts about adding accomplishments to your resume and using the “so what” test to zero in... ...Continue Reading
How to Add Accomplishments to Your Resume

How to Add Accomplishments to Your Resume

Bindaas Madhavi via Compfight One piece of advice often given to job seekers is to list your accomplishments on your resume. The reason is that your past performance is the best indicator of your future performance. Employers are looking at your past RESULTS or IMPACT to see what kind of results or impact you might... ...Continue Reading
How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

Most job seekers know that it’s important to have the right keywords in your resume and LinkedIn profile, so you will make it past the computerized and human screeners, and be found by recruiters. When you apply for a specific job, you can easily identify the relevant keywords in the job posting.  The keywords will... ...Continue Reading
The "So What?" Test for Resumes

The “So What?” Test for Resumes

Most of the resumes I read contain a bulleted laundry list of activities – things the person has done at each of their jobs. These lists are fundamentally unsatisfying to me when I put on my “I’m an employer” hat.  I don’t really care that you did something.  What I want to know is if your... ...Continue Reading
7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

If you’ve been unemployed for many months, it’s difficult to overcome the perception that your skills aren’t up-to-date. Here are 7 ways to keep current and showcase your value to potential employers. Take classes. Going to school is a great way to keep your skills up-to-date and fill in skills gaps. There are endless learning... ...Continue Reading
10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

This guest post offers some interesting ideas for you to stand out in the crowd of job seekers.  I hope you find it to be useful.   When performing initial candidate screening, recruiters usually already have in mind the kind of candidate they think will be perfect for the offered position. Since you’re not directly... ...Continue Reading
How Direct Response Techniques Help Your Resume Get Noticed

How Direct Response Techniques Help Your Resume Get Noticed

When I prepare a resume for a client, I have reasons for every format element I use.  My reasons are based on research and my experience with direct response fundraising.  I started my career doing fundraising for a South Bronx community development organization, and built a direct mail fundraising program from scratch. Direct response is... ...Continue Reading
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
Why You Need More than "Just a Resume"

Why You Need More than “Just a Resume”

A prospective client wrote that she just needs a resume and doesn’t understand why I told her about my process for developing a resume.   I can hear her saying to herself “why do I need to spend 5 to 10 hours on this? Can’t she just rewrite what I already have?” And behind this... ...Continue Reading