Overcoming Discouragement and Getting Back to Work
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. The average job seeker takes about four months to land a job after searching for openings, preparing for interviews, and taking stock of financial resources. During an economic downturn, finding a job becomes even more difficult and so discouragement is...
Five Quick Tips for Creating a Stronger Resume
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
In today’s intensely competitive job market, a single job posting can attract between 200 to 500 resumes. Out of these, only a handful will be considered for an interview. Can your resume make the cut? Most resumes will be instantly dismissed for one of the following reasons: a) they are poorly written; b) they are not focused on the target position; c) they fail to address the employer’s most pressing needs. The...
What Not To Include On Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
There are certain aspects of a candidate’s resume that can have the opposite effect than intended. Seemingly helpful information that is found in a “typical resume” can have a negative effect on certain job candidates, sending their resume straight to the trash. Here are a few examples of information you may want to leave out of your resume and why: Job history dates before 1990. Though it doesn’t seem like that long ago, l...
How Long Do Your College Honors Matter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2011
Entry-level professionals often have a hard time trying to determine which information to include on their resumes. While you obviously want to include any education or degrees, the other stuff from college gets a little trickier. Do employers want to know you were in the photography club? Would a hiring manager care you were membership chair for your fraternity? Relevance As with many things in resume writing, the answe...
Does your resume dwell in the past or does it focus on your future?
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
To succeed in today’s intensely competitive job market, your resume cannot simply dwell on your past job responsibilities. Instead, it must project into the future by providing prospective employers with a sneak preview of what they can expect from you as an employee. How do you do this? By making strong assertions about your strengths and capabilities and backing them up with solid accomplishments. Any tennis play...
Keeping Your Resume Fresh
by Caitlin McNally - Jan, 2011
Returning to the job hunt can be a difficult adjustment. It can be especially challenging when it has been many years since you last updated your resume. Just as technological and clothing trends go out of style; your resume can quickly become outdated too. The standard resume writing advice of ten or twenty years ago is becoming obsolete today and could potentially do more harm than good for your chances of getting an inte...
What does Starbucks’ new logo have to do with your job search?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
It’s all the buzz in the Twittersphere – Starbucks, the legendary coffee company – is changing its logo. As you can see in the image, the most recent transformation (bottom/right) leaves off the Starbucks name and seems to try to disassociate it from its coffee roots. A Reuter’s article quotes Starbucks‘ Chief Executive Howard Schultz as saying, “Even though we have been, and always will be, a coffee company and retailer,...
Five Common Missteps That Weaken Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
If you looked at hundreds of resumes a day like hiring managers and recruiters sometimes do, they all begin to look alike. With that in mind, how should one avoid presenting a resume that blends in with the competition? Here are some common resume mistakes that cause hiring managers' eyes to glaze over, leaving your resume lost in the sea of competition. Relying too much on personal branding. Though personal branding is a bi...
Does Your Resume Have All The Pieces Of The Puzzle?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2010
Akin to constructing a jigsaw puzzle, preparing your interview-cinching resume requires the assembly of many interlocking career pieces, each with a small part of the picture on it that, when complete, produces a whole picture. Unfortunately, it is most common for a resume to resemble a starter jigsaw puzzle that, although ‘complete,’ is rudimentary and unsatisfying to the more sophisticated hiring decision-maker weeding th...
Powerful ways to get your resume noticed
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2010
As much as you may want to land your next job, you have to feel for the person who is reading your resume on the other side of the hiring table. I can attest to the brain drain that happens after reading hundreds of resumes with similar phrases and nearly identical conventions… giving the impression that they were all written by the SAME person! Generating attention during this hectic job market requires shaking things u...
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