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…

Just Say No

I frequently tell people to remember one very important tenet…not only is the company to which you applied interviewing potential job candidates, you should be interviewing the company, too. Many job seekers get into the rut of being desperate to find a job. On the other hand, companies are desperate to find decent employees. There…

Your Email Address

It’s the simple things that can really be our downfall. The simplest thing on your resume is your email address. If it’s set up wrong not only do you appear unemployable, you also seem uneducated. I have seen resumes with email addresses like sassypants13@email.com, hotlips69@email.com, and even yomama4evr@email.com. Your email address doesn’t have to be…

What Does The Experience Section on Your Resume Say?

The Work Experience or Professional Experience section of your resume is probably the most difficult section to get right. Many people only list the tasks they were supposed to perform at a previous job. Once upon a time, before I became a professional resume writer and career coach, I only listed the tasks I was…

“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…

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…

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