How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?
by Paul Freiberger - Nov, 2010
Unlike what your college adviser or career counselor may have told you, there are very few hard and fast rules regarding resume length. There are guidelines, but these can be broken at the drop of a hat if the end result, your resume, would be bettered by dropping them. Especially in times of high unemployment, professional resume writing is an art that demands a near-psychic connection with whoever is going to be reading...
Straight from The Experts: Best Job Search Practices!
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Nov, 2010
In September, I had the pleasure of attending (and speaking at) the National Resume Writer¡¦s Association¡¦s annual professional development conference in Fort Worth, Texas. There were several really good sessions that gave me new tools to bring back to my clients and one of the "biggies" that I am sharing with you was the 2 hour panel discussion featuring hiring managers from four major industries. In this article, you wi...
Five Things A Cover Letter Can Show That A Resume Can’t
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
These days, the professional cover letter has taken a backseat to its much more popular cousin, the resume. Although it is often seen as stuffy, antiquated, and even frivolous, the cover letter actually has the power to establish the all-important first impression. And what you put in that letter could be the catalyst that sets you apart and gets you an interview. Though many people underestimate the importance of a cove...
Four Ways To Help Your Resume Pass The HR Screen-Out Phase
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
In most cases, before your resume even gets to a hiring manager’s desk, it is passed through a screen-out process that is designed to immediately eliminate candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements. This makes it a lot more efficient for companies to fill positions, but I can also leave qualified candidates out in the cold if their resumes do not display those clearly defined requirements. If you are wondering w...
Switching Careers? How To Advertise Your Transferrable Skills
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
While doing what you love is important, bringing home a paycheck often forces people to make a decision between pursuing their dreams and putting food on the table. Plus, the changes in the economy are driving many workers to make a choice right now to change careers paths. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it impossible to find an equivalent job in a different industry. You just need to rewrite your resume to adv...
How To Triple Your Job Interview Requests With An Amazing Cover Letter
by Teena Rose - Nov, 2010
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets. In just 3 ½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!” Download Jimmy’s instant cover letter tool at Cover Letter Central. Dear Job-Seeker: You’ve sent out your resume. You attached a cover letter...
Stupid Mistakes Job Hunters Make
by Thomas J. Denham - Nov, 2010
1. Being Negative – Number 1 is not having a positive, upbeat and enthusiastic attitude. Evict any thoughts that are excuses, self-defeating, limiting, or roadblocks. Forget about what’s not working. Focus on what IS working for you. Put out positive energy. Key to your success is staying mentally and physically fit with a good diet, exercise, sound sleep and a dose of fun. 2. Insufficient Reflecting – STOP and really...
3 Job Search Lies That Keep You Unemployed
by Kevin Donlin - Oct, 2010
This may ruffle a few feathers, but your time is valuable, so I’ll be blunt: If you’ve been struggling to find a job for more than 6 months, you may be doing the wrong things to get hired. Worse, you may have been given bad information by well-meaning folks who have steered you wrong during your search. I am here to set things right. And to offer three Guerrilla Job Search “truths” to get you hired faster … Lie...
The Top Ten Scary Things Job Seekers Do
by Barbara Safani - Oct, 2010
In honor of Halloween, this month’s Career Collective topic is scary resume and career mistakes. Here are the top ten mistakes I see job seekers make. 1. Inflate their qualifications or lie on their resume. While a resume is not a legal document, it should be an accurate representation of your experience and achievements. I advocate for showing your employment history in the best possible light, buy lying is never wise....
Be Choosy About What You Want
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Oct, 2010
Years ago, I worked in the hospitality industry hiring people for a wide variety of positions. Job seekers frequently approached me by saying, “I’ll take anything.” That was one of the biggest turnoffs. It wasn’t my responsibility to identify the right job for every person who walked through the door. It was their responsibility to figure that out before the interview conversation ever happened. There is the misconcep...
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