| Classroom to Boardroom - Strategically Selling Experience on Your Resume
by Kristin Adler and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
If you're going to land that first great position, you better know how to sell yourself on a resume. It's particularly challenging to convince employers you have the necessary experience right out of college where a distinct disadvantage could exist. Tim Muma is joined by Kristin Adler, assistant director for Marquette University's Career Services Center, to break down the most effective ways to portray all the relevant experi...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Experience on the Resume
by Meredith Daw and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
It's time to take a detailed look at the resume, paying particular attention to the experience section for college students trying to snag that first great job. This section can be a challenge as most college-aged individuals won't have the experience a five-year veteran holds. Meredith Daw, assistant vice president of enrollment and student advancement for the University of Chicago, offers her inside information on what shoul...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Hard Truths for College Grads
by Danny Rubin and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
When making the jump from college into one's career, there are often some misleading thoughts and ideas that are believed to be true. Much like anything else in life, there are also some hard truths that you don't learn about until it's a touch too late. Danny Rubin, creator of the popular career advice blog News to Live By, looks to share these items with college students earlier. Danny gives Tim Muma some important and benef...
| Job Search Guide - Resume Word Play
by Warren White and Tim Muma - Nov, 2014
Creating an effective resume has many components, one of which is the careful selection of the words you choose to describe yourself and the things you've done in your career. There appear to be some clear word choices that shouldn't be used, while others certainly help your cause. To get a feel for which words work best, Warren White joins Tim Muma on LJNRadio. Warren is a dual certified human resources professional and found...
Executive Resume Writing 2: What Makes You So Special?
by Louise Fletcher - Jan, 2015
In my last post on executive resume writing, I covered the importance of defining your target audience. Now I want to talk about how you can appeal to that audience. You will have heard the term "unique value proposition" (or "unique selling point") when it comes to marketing products or services, but this idea also applies when you are selling yourself. In order to write a strong resume, you need to define your own uniq...
Simple Resume Customizing Strategies
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2015
Are you wondering why you’re not getting positive results after you send out lots of resumes? If the resumes have been all exactly the same, you may just be spinning your wheels. In today’s world of information overload, where employers are sometimes inundated with resumes from Internet, mobile and other sources, customizing is key. Each employer wants to reserve meeting time for those candidates who are already perceived...
Why Technical People Need Nontechnical Skills on Their Resumes
by Robin Schlinger - Jan, 2015
Having worked for many years as a senior chemical engineer and computer simulation applications engineer, with a degree from MIT, I know employers want potential hires with advanced technical skills and a demonstrated ability to increase those skills. However, employers today are not only interested in technical skills; they are also interested in “soft” or nontechnical skills such as: Ability to communicate clearly and at...
Does Your Resume Emphasize the Wrong Things?
by Robin Schlinger - Jan, 2015
A client called me recently for an update on his resume. In the past, he had worked as a second-in-command in Human Relations at various colleges and now he was eager to transition into a higher level job with a company outside the educational sector. He wondered if his resume could be honestly updated to give him a better chance of a corporate interview. When your resume lags behind your career goals, recruiters and hiring...
7 Title & Tagline Strategies in Executive Resumes
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Dec, 2014
Titles and taglines are terrific brand real estate in any resume. Not only do they quickly summarize important issues such as your career goal and brand, but they often include key words and almost always draw your reader’s eyes to critical details about your candidacy. Recognize, though, that you have more options than whether to use a title or tagline or not. In fact, here are 7 ways to use titles and taglines alone or in...
How to Write an Executive Resume Part One: The Importance of Targeting
by Louise Fletcher - Dec, 2014
This is the first in a series of posts teaching you exactly how to write an executive resume. I’m Louise Fletcher and I run Blue Sky Resumes, one of the world’s leading executive resume writing services. I’ve been writing executive resumes for over 13 years, and previously I worked as an HR executive for a number of international companies. This means my advice is based on my real-world hiring experience and on the strategies...
Eight New Year’s Resolutions for Your Resume
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2014
If your resume is not getting the interviews you expected, now is the time to review it and follow through on these New Year resolutions: Resolution 1: Believe in yourself. You have hard and soft skills, experience, and accomplishments that will bring value to future employers. Let your resume focus on you, not on “creative” formats, half-truths, and wishful thinking. Resolution 2: Lose the deadweight. Read through the j...
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2014
Headlines are important in a resume because they guide hiring managers, recruiters, and electronic tracking systems (ATS) to important information (“Professional Work Experience,” “Education”) and because they help you organize your resume logically. There are four basic resume headlines, but some resumes may require more or less. The first resume headline is the one used for your name and contact information; this always...
Beating Resume Robots
by Heather Krasna - Nov, 2014
For years now, many companies have been using applicant tracking systems (“ATS’s”) to manage the volume of resumes that are submitted for jobs. As a job seeker, it’s hard to know which companies use an ATS, though in some cases it’s obvious—when you click the “apply” button, you are taken to a site like Silkroad, Taleo, iCIMS, JobVite, or Bullhorn (to name a few). Certain employers almost always use an ATS, while others, inclu...
Ho-Hum Resumes: Is Yours One of Them?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
Sometimes it feels as if I’m playing a broken record on this, but experience shows that too many job seekers still don’t get the difference between a resume that showcases their unique value to employers and one that looks basically like a job description. The latter is what I’ve decided to call a ho-hum resume. In other words, the response to it is likely to be something along the lines of “who cares?” or “So…?” or even “O...
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