How to Work with a Resume Writer: You are Both Experts!

In my time as a professional resume writer, I have written more than 3,000 resumes and other documents, and have worked with countless clients. One thing that I’ve learned is that working together to create a resume involves teamwork and communication. When you build a relationship with a resume writer, it becomes much easier to … Continued

What is Your Name for Your Job Search?

What’s your name? Hang on for a minute because the answer might not be as obvious as it seems! You were anointed with a name when you were born, but that isn’t necessarily the name that you use all the time. For example, you might use a shortened version of your name (Robert = Bob) … Continued

Quiz: Is Your Resume Under-Formatted

10 Ways to Tell if Your Resume is Lacking the Visual Cues Recruiters Look For Design matters. Yes, even on a resume. Applying some basic visual design principles to your resume is a fantastic way to boost its effectiveness. When you are creating your resume using a program like Word, you want to use virtual … Continued

How Should I Go About Getting References?

Getting references is something that people usually dread about the hiring process. They may feel awkward asking a former coworker to speak positively about their work experience. That said, references are a normal part of getting a job, so you need to develop an effective strategy for getting them. What Are References? References are a … Continued

How Do I Change Industries?

Don’t you just hate it when you find an article of clothing that you love, but it doesn’t quite fit? It almost fits, it almost looks good on you, but in the end, you just can’t be happy with it. You can be in a similar situation when it comes to your career. If you … Continued

Is It True That My Resume Should Be Just One Page?

Resumes? I’ve seen a few… Here is the truth, most one-page resumes are simply difficult to read and absorb. Their formatting just isn’t attractive, lacking white space because they are trying to pack information in with a tiny font size and super narrow margins. Furthermore, by trying to squeeze everything down to one page, it … Continued

Did you know there are 7 different types of cover letters?

Hundreds of people have contacted me and said “I need a resume and a cover letter”. The two just seem to naturally go together. But a “cover letter” is really just a general term, and there are several categories. Think about how you can get someone’s attention. Remember, people hire people, they don’t hire resumes. You should … Continued

Does your resume have a focused message?

Why should someone hire you instead of someone else? That can be a tricky question. Sometimes an employer needs to hire generalists who have broad skills and experience, and who can do a lot of things. This might be an office manager or a general staff accountant. Or the same company might need someone with … Continued