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  • Professional Resume Writing: Your Future Depends on It
    by Michelle Dumas - April 25, 2017
    You Consult a Professional for Everything Else in Your Life When you are sick, you go to the doctor. When it’s time to pay your taxes, you go to an accountant or tax service. When you need legal advice, you go to a lawyer. When your car breaks down, you bring it to an automotive technician. Professional resume writing? You may never have even thought of it. The biggest decision in your life is waiting,...
  • Misleading Job Titles: Are They Hurting Your Resume?
    by Robin Schlinger - April 20, 2017
    The companies you are applying to know what position they are trying to fill. They search for someone with a job title and history that matches their expectations for the position. However, your own company might have a different approach to job titles. You should never change your job title on your resume: you should use the title your company uses. However, you may need to bridge the gap between your current title and you...
  • Are You Faithful to the Complexity of Your Resume Story?
    by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - April 18, 2017
    “Make sure your message is clear, yet that you are faithful to its complexity.” — Michael Dirda Simplicity is overrated. While it is imperative to craft a concise synopsis of who you are and what you do, it is equally crucial to elaborate the specifics. Career stories that are faithful to their complexity activate emotion: struggle, fear, boldness, excitement and the overall thrill of victory. You...
  • Five Signs You're Ready to Work With an Executive Resume Writer
    by Barbara Safani - April 14, 2017
    Employing a resume writer to help position you for your next role can be a positive experience — if you’re prepared to work collaboratively and have realistic expectations. Below are five signs you’re in the right place to begin a resume project with a professional resume writer. 1. You have time to be part of the process. Resume writing is a very collaborative process. Expect to spend time being intervie...
  • 8 Hiring & Resume Trends Every Executive Needs to Know
    by Louise Garver - April 13, 2017
    Resume and hiring trends can confuse even executives, especially when they are getting advice from multiple sources, and some information may contradict what others are saying. So what data, specific to hiring and resume trends, can you depend upon? Career Directors International (CDI) created a Global Hiring Trends report after surveying professionals worldwide for their insights and preferences and brought context and...
  • Your Brag File and Your Resume
    by Robin Schlinger - April 10, 2017
    Have you recently finished a major project at work (as a leader or team member, received recognition or a promotion, or finished a career-related course or certification? Then it is time to make an entry into your “brag file.” All too often, after some time has passed, we tend to forget past achievements and milestones. We downplay them in our minds as we move onto the next challenge. Yet, those achievements are th...
  • Three Unforgivable Resume Errors
    by Debra Wheatman - April 7, 2017
    Many job interview mistakes can be overlooked or corrected. However, when it comes to your resume, it must be flawless. Your resume is a marketing document for your most important product: YOU! If you’ve been sending out your resume, but haven’t been gaining any traction, it is time to review your resume with a critical eye. I’ve talked to countless HR and hiring managers over the years, and these are the top...
  • Writing a Resume? 5 Words You Should Never Use
    by Michelle Dumas - April 6, 2017
    Writing a resume? A quality resume is the key to getting a call back and an interview. Once you get one of those, you can charm any potential employer and dazzle them with your myriad skills, right? Without that excellent resume though, you may not even get a second look for a job you’re perfect for. When it comes to writing a resume, there are some words that shouldn’t appear anywhere. Keep reading to lea...
  • ATS How-To Guide & Checklist To Help You Get More From Your Resume
    by Louise Garver - April 4, 2017
    Even executive job seekers can’t escape the reality that applicant tracking systems (ATS) are used by companies and recruiters for all levels of potential candidates. Because of their efficiency to track keywords and phrases, these ATS systems have an influence in the hiring process that is not likely to go away in the near future. What is an ATS-friendly resume? An ATS-friendly resume is formatted in such a w...
  • Anti-Aging Techniques for Your Resume
    by Barbara Safani - April 3, 2017
    While job seekers can’t turn back the clock, there are some things they can do to remain relevant in the eyes of the employer. By making some simple upgrades to your search strategy, you can potentially eliminate some of the bias associated with older workers. Here are four suggestions. 1. Create a Gmail account for job searches, as some of the earlier providers like AOL and Hotmail tend to skew towards an older audie...