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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
How to Manage Your Expectations in Job Search

How to Manage Your Expectations in Job Search

This is the way of job search – hope and then disappointment, followed by hope, followed by disappointment, followed eventually by landing a job. Yet every step you take brings you closer to the right job for you.  I’ve seen it happen time and again. When people are in the midst of the search and... ...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
The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

When writing a cover letter, be aware that it will serve as a writing sample. You can ensure that you are demonstrating good writing by using a very simple tool:  The 8 Word Rule. All sorts of writers (including me) put a whole lot of introductory clauses in front of the main subject and verb.... ...Continue Reading
How to Make Endorsements on LinkedIn More Meaningful

How to Make Endorsements on LinkedIn More Meaningful

Often people ask me the following questions about Skill Endorsements on LinkedIn: Should I endorse people on LinkedIn? Should I accept endorsements? Are endorsements of any value? How do Endorsements differ from Recommendations? And then last week, I got the following message on LinkedIn: Thanks for connecting with me. I have validated and endorsed your... ...Continue Reading
How to Answer "What's Your Greatest Weakness?

How to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

The interviewer asks:  “What’s your greatest weakness?”   The interviewee thinks:  Not that question! This question makes even the most sophisticated job seeker nervous.  Sometimes it breeds contempt, because it seems like a stupid question.  I mean, who’s going to admit to having a weakness? You have to answer the question, though.  And fear or contempt... ...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
11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

We move from one career to another by choice and because we have to.  Perhaps we’ve become bored with what we’re doing or we realize we never liked doing it in the first place – “I just fell into it” or “my parent did it, so I followed that example.”  Or maybe the work we’ve... ...Continue Reading
3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

Job interviews freak many people out. Many candidates focus almost entirely on what the employer is going to ask them.  And they stress about having the “right” answers. If you’re going to be successful in a job, however, you also need to know more about the employer and the position itself. You need to interview... ...Continue Reading
3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

“If you’ve created something you truly believe in, then your obligation is to bring it to other people. There’s nothing seamy about it.” says Daniel Pink, author of many books including the very recent To Sell Is Human. That’s how I feel about all you job seekers.  You have talents and abilities that are needed... ...Continue Reading
How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the initial gate between you and your new job.  If you’ve gotten to that stage, you have the chance to market yourself and get to the next stage – an in-person interview. A reader of this blog reached out about her lack of success in making it past the phone interview: I... ...Continue Reading
5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

You need to be “top of mind” among your network when you’re looking for a new job.  Use LinkedIn to become “top of mind” by frequently showing up on your network’s update feed.  Here are 5 ways to start becoming more “top of mind” – I hope it sparks some ideas in you! 1.  Update... ...Continue Reading