Category: Resume

Resume Grammar 101

It takes the average recruiter only 6 seconds to size up a resume (6 seconds!) which is why it’s critical that every word counts. And when you’re writing in succinct bullet points, what you’re saying is just as important as how you say it. Uniform and error-free writing not only makes your resume easier for […]

So, You Want to Switch Industries. Now What?

It’s true that you don’t have to work at the same job for your whole life.  In fact, now more than ever, the impact of the pandemic has led to an increase in those considering a career change – with a recent Washington Post-Schar School poll showing that nearly 1 in 3 U.S. workers under 40 […]

Resumes: Remove These Seven Things Right Now

Your resume is one of – if not the most – important document of your career. A one-page document is typically all it takes for a recruiter to decide whether they should pass on a candidate, which is why every aspect of your resume, from the formatting to the skills section, should reflect your abilities and professionalism. That’s why we spend so much time talking about what should be on a resume, but you might be wondering, what shouldn’t be on your resume?

Here are seven things you should remove from your resume right now.

Strategies to Tackle Employment Gaps in Your Job History

If you look online, you’ll find tons of advice for explaining gaps in your employment history. The reason this is so often discussed is that employment gaps can signal that you are unreliable to hiring managers. However, you can employ plenty of good strategies to overcome this obstacle as you establish the game plan for […]

How Long Should My Resume Be?

The most common question I’m asked when talking to job seekers is “How long should my resume be?” Unlike dressing for an interview, this question is a little more cut and dry. In today’s world of email and Applicant Tracking Systems, the new standard for industry professionals is two pages. Your most recent experience (somewhere […]

Build Your Success Story Bank Today For Your Dream Job Tomorrow: Here’s How

We’ve all seen the headlines. Millions out of work due to COVID-19. That’s millions of people now searching for what’s next in their career story and competing for new opportunities.  When I see these headlines, I also think of something else. The millions of people who have lost the chance to bank their success stories. Success […]

What is an Applicant Tracking System, and Why Should it Matter to Me?

You may have heard the radio commercials for online recruiting software that says it can help businesses and candidates that are suited to their open positions. Sound familiar? Well, the way that they do this is through the use of applicant tracking systems (ATS). In short, ATSs are software programs that help sort through data. […]

What’s in a (File) Name? A Lot When It Comes to Your Resume

As we’ve written about before, so many simple and small things can make all the difference in your job search. One example is the file name you use to save your resume (and any related application documents). In the video below, you’ll hear me talk about why your resume’s file name is so important when […]

Translating Military Service to the Civilian Workforce

One of the reasons I first became interested in the career coaching and resume writing business was to help our military veterans successfully transition into good-paying civilian roles that reward their years of dedication, experience, and discipline. Frankly, I think every organization could benefit from having military veterans on their team. Unfortunately, this is easier […]

Timing Isn’t Everything…But It Can Be Something.

As I mentioned in my SABA post, when you apply for a job can be almost as important as your application itself. The numbers obviously vary from company to company, but every posting gets on average around 250 applications. The first application comes through in roughly 200 seconds – a little more than three minutes […]