Posts tagged "Resumes"
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
Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

If you haven’t heard about purple squirrels, don’t worry. They don’t exist. Squirrels are not purple. Except in the minds of many people writing and posting job descriptions. You’ve seen those job descriptions that ask for someone who has so many qualifications, it seems impossible that any one person could meet those criteria. And chances... ...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
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
My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

Sam Javanrouh via Compfight Someone reached out to me on LinkedIn, asking for my advice about his six-month long job search. He wondered why it was taking so long now, while in the past he’d gotten offers almost immediately.  He wondered if it had to do with being let go from his last job. Here’s... ...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
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