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…

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!

APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS ARE EVIL! 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…

Artificial Intelligence and Your Interview

I’ve previously discussed the resume “black hole” and how companies rely heavily on the use of ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to weed out applicants. Basically speaking, an applicant completes an application online. A computer analyzes that application for predefined keywords and “hopefully” passes the applicant onto the HR team for that company. Then, tradition takes…

Thank You Notes

Do you send a thank you note to an interviewer when you’re finished with the interview? You should! You may feel like you’re wasting the interviewer’s time. You may feel like there’s already been enough said about your qualifications. Suppose the interviewer has spoken to 15 candidates. What did you do or say that made…

Ace Your Telephone Interview

Many companies are choosing to do telephone interviews as their first line of defense in weeding out job candidates. How do you ace a phone interview? We’re taught that we have to dress the part, do some research, possibly even try to find the interviewer on LinkedIn and read up on that person before an…

OBJECTIVE: To Use Or Not To Use

One of the more common errors I see in resumes is the use of an Objective. I am here to tell you that employers can’t stand an Objective on a resume. You can bet they don’t read them. More often than not an Objective doesn’t relay any important information and just takes up space. The…

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?…

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