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5 Steps to a “Very Good” Resume

Resume-writing is a multi-million-dollar industry these days — not only due to the rise in unemployment rates, I believe, but also due to the fact that many resume-writing services intentionally try to make resume development seem like more of an “arcane science” than it really is.  You’ll see some companies suggesting they’ve invented some sort […]

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What to Name Your Resume File

Now I thought I was a little obsessive-compulsive about certain aspects of job hunting, but here’s a guy (Robert Merrill) who takes things a whole step further as he shares his thoughts on a subject that barely ever gets any scrutiny — what exactly to name the resume file you submit to employers. Click here […]

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One Resume Expert You MUST Consult!

In speaking to a large group of professionals at the University of Washington the other night (as part of their Professional & Continuing Education school — a great bunch of folks!) I was staring out at a few hundred eager faces in the audience when the thought suddenly struck me “Why am I sitting here […]

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Resume Summaries: An Expert’s Viewpoint

Everybody knows that the most important real estate on your resume, bar none, is the top of the first page. To put it in newspaper terminology, whatever info you choose to highlight “above the fold” is going to receive far more attention than the rest of your content.  Or more accurately, perhaps, if you FAIL […]

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Resume Posting: A Renaissance?

Mark Twain once famously remarked “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”  And based on a few recent client success stories, I’m starting to think that this same statement may apply to the technique of posting resumes on job boards, as well! For the last few years now, a handful of social networking sites […]

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Resume Length: The Debate Continues

Tastes great.  Less filling.  Remember those advertisements for Miller Lite, from way back when?  Perhaps I’m dating myself.  But just as long as this very important beverage controversy has been around, there’s been another major controversy that’s been swirling around in the job-hunting world — which is the question or whether one’s resume should be […]

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The Jargon/Credibility Correlation

I’m not sure when exactly it happened, but somewhere along the line, the word “jargon” seemed to acquire a negative connotation — and became something that many career counselors warned against using on resumes, in interviews, and in other aspects of the job hunting process.  Personally, I’d argue the exact opposite.  In my experience, most […]

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Burning Question: Do Great Resumes Even Exist?

“Is there truly such a thing as a great resume — or are there only great candidates?” Some may disagree, but I think this simple question has a lot of important layers bundled up in it, as well as some profound implications for today’s job hunters — many of whom continue to hold (in my […]

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Confessions from the “Typo Police”

How important are writing skills to most jobs, really?  Sure, if you’re billing yourself as a marketing communications expert or a professional proofreader, you’d better have a keen eye for detail — and have gotten (received?) excellent grades in English class.  But if you’re a nurse?  Or a chef?  Or an engineer?  Or an accounts […]

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Career Q&A: How to Deal With Gaps On a Resume?

“Matt: Even though I consider myself to be a very loyal employee, I’m afraid that over the last several years I’ve bounced around to several different jobs, due to the economy, and also now have a few ‘gaps’ in my employment record that employers seem to be all freaked out about — to the point […]

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