Types of Resumes: Chronological, Functional, Targeted, & Combination

Which One is Right for You? The different types of resumes serve different purposes and it’s really up to you to choose which one is best for you, however I typically recommend a Chronological format for the average job seeker. A Chronological resume lists your work history, including the years, with your most recent position listed first. I can tell […] Keep Reading...

Cut to the Chase When Writing Your Resume!

Straight to Your Experiences… I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve seen over the years where I had to read a page and a half of nonsense before I got to the “meat” of it. This goes along with my theory that you don’t want to give a hiring manager a novel to read, you want to make it […] Keep Reading...

How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?

A One-Page Resume is No Longer the Standard… A common misconception is that a professional resume should only be one page. However, that’s not really the case these days. I while back, before the miracles of technology, I would have agreed. But now that most resumes are being read on a computer screen versus on paper, there’s no need to […] Keep Reading...

The Importance of Proper Grammar and Eloquence in a Resume

Professional and intelligible…that should be your goal Now, this should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people send out resumes which look like they were written by a 4th grader. In my humble opinion, it’s of the utmost importance to be eloquent within the context of your resume and to make sure you’re using proper grammar and […] Keep Reading...

Simple is Elegant When it Comes to Your Resume

K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Stupid) More often than not, simple is elegant. For instance, unless you’re applying for a job as a programmer, you don’t really need to include all the computer programs, systems, and applications you are familiar with. You just need to say that you are indeed computer savvy and familiar with many modern programs, systems, and applications. […] Keep Reading...

4 Things a Hiring Manager is Looking For in a Resume

Vital questions that need answers.. Generally, hiring managers only spend around 15 seconds perusing over a resume and they are really only looking for a couple of things. They want to know: 1) Who have you worked for? 2) Have you had steady employment? 3) What notable achievements and recognitions have you had throughout your career? 4) What do you […] Keep Reading...

Bullets and Brevity – Keys to a Successful Resume

Bullet Points are a Must! I can’t stress this enough…do NOT write a novel and call it a resume! Don’t write a long, verbose narrative and expect a hiring manager to be excited about the arduous task of reading it. Just don’t do it, please. And no paragraphs! When it comes time to explain your experiences, use bullet points to […] Keep Reading...

Eliminate the Fluff in Your Resume

If you don’t need it, get rid of it! If it’s not important, don’t add it to your resume. If you were a cook 10 years ago but now you’re looking for a job in retail management, don’t clutter up your resume with irrelevancy. There’s a fine line between what is relevant and what is not, so use your better […] Keep Reading...

Do NOT write a novel and call it a resume!

I repeat: Do NOT write a novel and call it a resume! Too many people make this mistake. They want to write this wordy, drawn-out thesis outlining their life story and their career aspirations. They have all these skills and accomplishments and they want to include them all in there somewhere. The problem is, most people just don’t know when […] Keep Reading...

Forget About “Core Competencies” in a Resume

“Core Competencies”…what a crock! It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress, an administrative assistant, a nurse, a teacher, a sales executive, or a district manager – anyone can say they are “Self-Motivated”. Anyone can say they are “Goal Oriented” as well. In fact, most people do. Especially if they include a Core Competencies section in their resume. This, to me, […] Keep Reading...
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