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Make Your E-mail Job Application Easy for the Reviewer

Make Your E-mail Job Application Easy for the Reviewer

Give yourself an advantage in your job applications:  put your cover letter and resume in a single PDF file, so the reviewer simply has to open one file. In your email, say what you’ve done. As I review resumes, I realize how much easier it is to open just one file that has everything in... ...Continue Reading
How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You're a Freelancer

How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You’re a Freelancer

There are two ways to describe your work when you work freelance or on a contract basis: List the client name as if it were an employer. Create a consulting company name for yourself and list your clients under it. Which way you choose depends on how much you work for any particular client. If... ...Continue Reading
What's New About Hiring Practices, Really?

What’s New About Hiring Practices, Really?

Is there anything REALLY new about hiring? Yes, and no. I just read a really interesting article by the CEO of Skillshare global learning community, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, positing that the growth of self-education is eroding the importance of traditional education for people who want to succeed in their careers.  He then goes on to extrapolate... ...Continue Reading
Why Typos Matter on Resumes and Cover Letters

Why Typos Matter on Resumes and Cover Letters

Like it or not – typos on your resume and/or cover letter will almost certainly get you eliminated from the candidate pool. I know there is at least one person out there who will say “that is the stupidest thing ever – the employer could be missing out on the best person possible.” The thing... ...Continue Reading
How Adding Hyperlinks on Your Resume Builds Credibility

How Adding Hyperlinks on Your Resume Builds Credibility

I put hyperlinks in all the resumes I create. Hyperlinks, for those who may not know, are live links to a website, embedded within a Word or PDF document.  When someone clicks on the hyperlink, they will be taken to that website via their browser. If their browser isn’t open, clicking the hyperlink will open... ...Continue Reading
What Counts as Experience on a Resume

What Counts as Experience on a Resume

On your resume, EXPERIENCE usually refers to your paid work experience.  What if you don’t have a lot of paid experience? Look at volunteering your professional services to gain experience. If you provide professional services to organizations or businesses as a volunteer or on a pro bono basis, that counts as experience. It’s professional experience... ...Continue Reading
How One Recruiter Views Applicants aka Market Research

How One Recruiter Views Applicants aka Market Research

The other day, I asked a recruiter of senior-level staff for high profile non-profits what she is looking for in candidates. Here are a few nuggets from that conversation: Candidates must submit a cover letter that shows some kind of knowledge about and enthusiasm for the organization. Otherwise, she tosses the resume without looking at... ...Continue Reading
3 Things to Consider About Video Resumes

3 Things to Consider About Video Resumes

Video resumes are being used more and  more in places like India and the UK, as a way to augment your written resume.  I think they are coming to the US, slowly. Here are 3 things I believe about video resumes: 1) They will be expected more and more, probably in place of initial phone... ...Continue Reading
How to Make Your Resume ATS-Friendly

How to Make Your Resume ATS-Friendly

ATS. Sounds like a federal agency. It’s not. ATS stands for Applicant Tracking Software. And most big employers use some version of it. You can tell when an employer uses ATS because you have to fill out an on-line form.  Sometimes the ATS allows you to upload your resume, and other times you must paste... ...Continue Reading
Screen Out Bad Employers by Creating a Targeted Resume

Screen Out Bad Employers by Creating a Targeted Resume

Let your resume do some of the screening for you to find your “right fit job.” When you have a resume that presents your Core Value Proposition and positions you for what you want to do next, the resume will help screen out employers who will not be a good fit for you. What this... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: State The Obvious

Job Search Basic: State The Obvious

Ellen wondered why I would use the word “successfully” in her resume. Skip questioned saying “I see that you need someone who can do x, y and z. I excel in those areas. In my most recent position, I did something similar, specifically…” When I asked why they didn’t think they should say those things,... ...Continue Reading
How I Reviewed Applications and What That Means for YOU

How I Reviewed Applications and What That Means for YOU

Last weekend, I reviewed about 200 resumes for a client of mine and paid attention to how I decided who would go into the YES, MAYBE and NO piles.  I spent a lot of time on this, doing things many recruiters won’t do, because I knew it would give me great information to pass on... ...Continue Reading