Your resume should communicate to prospective employers the value you actually and legitimately have (fact), not embellish unnecessarily, exaggerate or invent value (fiction). Don’t be tempted to “gild the lily” and risk causing yourself possibly major headaches down the road. (Note: According to Urban Dictionary, “gild the lily” represents “a condensation of Shakespeare’s metaphor in...
It is all about results. I’ve written extensively about the importance of developing a compelling resume filled with accomplishments and results rather than job responsibilities.
Beyond just a listing of your job history with a few educational details thrown in, an accomplishment-focused resume will help you make the case that you are the solution to the needs of your target employer. The best resumes prove your pote...
I am a huge advocate of networking with new contacts and existing connections to land your next job.
Studies from CareerXRoads, JobVite and SHRM and others show networking to be the most effective way to get hired.
However, that does not mean a job seeker should ignore job boards in conducting their job search.
There is a right way – actually I’ve listed six right ways, and one wrong way to use job boards,...
Unless you have a personal connection to a wish-granting genie, the best job search strategy doesn’t work well as a spur-of-the-moment undertaking. If for some reason you’re wishing for career help and not for pots of gold and superpowers, a job search takes preparation.
If you want to put yourself in the best position to succeed, you can start your preparation by asking yourself these four questions.
Strong GPA. Check.
Impressive internship. Check.
The right technical certifications. Check.
Seems like you’ve found the perfect candidate. But before you make an offer, there’s one more area to assess that can make or break job performance — soft skills. According to a LinkedIn survey, more than 60 percent of hiring managers say these can be challenging to screen for.
Here are some tips to h...
Whether you are a seasoned executive or a manager with an eye set on elevating to an executive level role, you need to be aware of how the below resume writing tips impact the effectiveness of your job search.
1. Profile section.
According to Dummies.com, “A career summary [profile] section should be a descriptive selling point distilled from your past accomplishments to emphasize your future value to the potential...
This 1 #SMH mistake does not discriminate.
Executives. Professionals. Entry-level. Corporate.
Marketing. Finance. Scientific. Law. IT.
This 1 #SMH mistake is committed by everyone at all levels from all walks of life every day.
I see this error daily.
All. The. Time.
Fran jumped into her home delivery meal service without researching similar businesses. She soon gave it up because she had to work extra hours. Ben knew all about his options before returning to school. He loves teaching.
Researching career options takes time, but the benefits are numerous. It reduces uncertainty, tempers fantasies and saves considerable time, energy and money. In addition to knowing yourself, researching...
One of the most important things your resume can say about you—before anyone reads a word—is that you are a professional. How does the resume say that? It is formatted cleanly, with your name and content information clearly visible on top and with consistent alignment, font size, and bolding or italics. On closer inspection, it uses standard English spelling and grammar.
Once hiring managers or recruiters begin...
Fact: I used to despise networking.
A sense of dread would come over me.
I would do it, but I hated it.
I established routines to network regularly, but I would fall off the wagon and have to start over again.
I dreaded starting over even more, but I would do it.
I have come to learn this is a common vibe among a lot of us.
Regardless of the need to network – need a new job, drum up business, update ski...