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Resumes and Portfolios

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Over 50 and Can’t Find a Job? Is It You?

Finding a job if you’re over 50 will take a bit longer than for the job seeking public at large: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average time it takes a person to find a job as of April 2014 is 35 weeks; if you’re over 45, the average is 49 weeks. Now … Continue reading

6 Signs of a Bad Hire – Make Sure You’re Not One!

With employers, recruiting is all about two things: COST and RISK: the cost of the recruitment and the risk that you won’t work out. According to National Business Research Institute (NBRI), a bad hire can set an employer back from $25,000 to $300,000! (Yes, that’s a lot of zeros.) The five main factors to help … Continue reading

What is a Resume? I’ll Tell You What It’s NOT…

I read resumes every day. Sometimes I scan them to see if they contain sufficient information to refer a qualified jobseeker to a job. Sometimes I make initial assessments on their skills and work history. Sometimes I just give resume reviews. You can imagine I have read just about everything a person could possibly put … Continue reading

Those Fickle Employers!

Just when you think you got ’em figured out… Articles on newest trends in resume writing say it’s passé to include the words, “References provided upon request.” I tell people if they don’t have room at the bottom of their resume for this statement, not to worry about it for the same reason– these days, it’s … Continue reading

How to Make a Good Impression with Your Resume

It’s a well-known principle that first impressions are lasting. Your resume and cover letter are usually going to be the first impression that an employer has of you. If the resume doesn’t do its job, you won’t be able to move on in the process, and you’ll likely be getting a lot of silence in … Continue reading

How Resumes Are Trending These Days—According to Employers

As a career counselor, it is my job to keep updated with current trends in job search. A major portion of that is in resume writing. We all know that resumes are the key to a successful job search—while they don’t get you the job (the interview does), they are the necessary first step toward … Continue reading

How a Qualifier Can Disqualify You

QUALIFIERS ARE ADJECTIVES WE SOMETIMES USE TO DESCRIBE A PERSON OR A SITUATION THAT CASE US TO FOCUS ON DIFFERENCES, WHICH ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE POINT. — Cool Training Series: How To Be a Better Leader and Manager Imagine an office conversation that goes like this: “did you see the pretty woman they hired … Continue reading

Some Objectives Are Better Than Others

Today I received a resume from a new client and had to chuckle at the objective statement: “A career that benefits both the company and me.” Well I did tell him to be short and to the point! But what does it say? I responded by instructing him to set the tone of the document by … Continue reading

Powering Up a Resume: Action Verbs vs. Accomplishment Verbs

Anyone who has refined a resume is probably familiar with the term action verbs. Resumes should be full of them. They make a plain document more powerful, right? Consider the following example: “Sue got out of bed, went to the breakfast table and sat down.” While there is nothing wrong with the construction of this … Continue reading

Unique Resumes: Effective or Freaky?

A few days ago a colleague who was looking at resumes for a job search review showed me a resume from a jobseeker. At first my reaction was that it was too unorthodox for my ultra-conservative job searching mentality. As I looked at it a little more, I warmed up to it. The resume was … Continue reading

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