10 Years’ Experience

10 Years’ Experience

“But you left (*NAME OF COMPANY*) off of my resume!

I hear this A LOT! A good resume has 10 years’ experience represented (15, at the most!). On the whole, hiring managers will STOP READING once they get to listings that go further back than 10 years.

Why do they do this?

Think about your personal life 10 years ago. Is ANYTHING the same? The things you know are the same. But, if you take an inventory, you’ll notice that you do almost EVERYTHING differently. The same is true in your professional life. Things you did 10-15 years ago are done differently now. So, you were a mortgage underwriter 15 years ago. The only thing that’s important about that is you know some of the processes for risk assessment and credit verifications. But the laws are different, tax credits are different, technology is different.

Does that mean the old experience is unusable?

Absolutely not! I advise my customers to use achievement-based points from those older experiences as talking points in the interview. “I understand that the mortgage industry runs completely different than it did 15 years ago, but during that time I was able to increase client portfolios by $?? over ##? period of time.” That would still be relevant today.

Keep in mind!

Your resume IS NOT meant to chronicle your professional life’s events. It is a targeted marketing document geared towards a specific job.

Resume Writing Workshop

Resume Writing Workshop

I’ve converted the PowerPoint presentation from the Resume Writing Workshop at my local library to a video. There is no audio as it was a simple presentation but, as you go through the “show” please feel free to email me any questions you have.

Beat The Bot!

Beat The Bot!


As sad as it is, this image is so true. Applicant Tracking System (ATS) scans are a job seeker’s #1 concern…as if putting together a resume isn’t already difficult enough.

Let’s use some numbers to demonstrate the “black hole” that is the ATS. You are on Indeed and finally find a job to which you’d like to apply. You aren’t the only one.


1000 people see that job, 100 people submit an application, only 25 of those 100 actually get past the ATS and into the hands of a human. Then of those 25, maybe 6 people actually get an interview and 1 person gets a job offer.

How in the world can you ensure that you’re among the 25 that end up in the hands of a human? How do you beat the ATS?


1. Make sure you actually qualify for the job.

2. Keywords in the job description must be on your resume and they must match your skills. I’ve previously posted a blog about mapping a job description to identify the keywords … USE THEM, THEY’RE IMPORTANT!

3. You know they say you have to write a new resume for each job. Incorporating the keywords for each job description into your resume is what they’re talking about. ATS scans heavily weigh keywords in your title, career summary and skills list. They also rank you by how much experience you have listed. A good resume contains about 10 years of experience.

4. Design your resume so that it is robot friendly. Computers and algorithms can’t read graphics or cutesy icons. I’ve seen some resumes with a telephone icon next to their telephone number. Don’t do that for the resume you submit online. Keep those on hand to give to the human who’ll be interviewing you.

5. Uh oh, I just told you to write another resume, didn’t I? YES! Cutesy resume for human, non-cutesy resume for online submission to get past ATS.

6. Stop throwing your resume against walls and hoping it’ll stick. If you’ve gone through these steps and are actually qualified…APPLY. The odds will be ever in your favor.

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“Hard” Skills and “Soft” Skills

“Hard” Skills and “Soft” Skills

I support the idea that a resume needs to have a fairly specific format: name and contact info at the top, a title followed by a professional/career summary next and then a list of skills. The list of skills often confuses people. Which skills do you include, which are not important? So, let’s talk about skills.

There are two types of skills and you need to have some of each. There are “Hard” skills and “Soft” skills. “Hard” skills reflect what you know from experience and education. “Soft” skills are traits that you have which are less tangible and harder to quantify. Take a look at this chart and the article on this website to get a better idea of the difference between “Hard” and “Soft” skills. Which ones will you include on your resume?

Volunteering Equals Skills

Volunteering Equals Skills

A question I frequently hear is, “Should I include volunteer work on my resume?” Yes, of course you should! Hiring managers love to see that someone has ambition outside of just making a paycheck. Plus, that volunteer work could actually give you some marketable skills for the job market. What volunteer work have you done? I can help you figure out how to include it on your resume to make you even more appealing to a hiring manager.

Sell Yourself, Don’t Sell The Job Description of Your Previous Jobs

Sell Yourself, Don’t Sell The Job Description of Your Previous Jobs

Email conversation with client –

Dear Always Typing,

I spoke with you early to inquire if my resume can be reinvented in order for me to start receiving interviews within my career path: I am currently a student majoring in human resource management and I would love to receive a paid internship or a human resource assistant job. Thank you!

Dear HR Internship Seeker,

The first place to start on fixing your resume would be to completely nix the “Objective.” The idea is that you have 7 seconds to get the attention of the person reading the resume so you don’t want to waste that valuable time telling them what you’re looking for…they already have an idea about what you’re looking for simply because of the job to which you applied.

Start off with a title and professional summary. Something along the lines of Human Resources Intern (on one line) and then a paragraph about you beginning just under the title in paragraph form. This paragraph basically answers the “tell me about yourself” interview question.

On your experience section, try to focus less on what you were required to do as a part of your past jobs and more on what you actually did. What accomplishments did you have at each position? Do a short blurb (a sentence or two MAX) about your required job duties and then bullet your accomplishments below that blurb.

Also, remove your HS education info. You’re completing higher ed courses. It is understood that you have a HS education. Remove your references, too. You would give those to your employer separately after they request them. You don’t have to put anything about references on your resume. Employers expect that job seekers will have references and they’ll ask for them if they want them.

Marsha @ Always Typing