How To Write A Great Resume

Just Because You Read Resumes Doesn’t Mean You Can Write Them

A candidate with a solid but poorly arrayed job history called the other day. After a few minutes, it became clear that what this candidate needed was a compelling presentation of a rather disconnected employment history.

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Resumes Done Right: How Ready Are You to Write Your Story?

Resumes Done Right: How Ready Are You to Write Your Story?

In the 1970s a popular brand of wine used the slogan, “We will sell no wine before its time.” This old adage applies to resumes. Quite often we hear from candidates at loose ends because they don’t know where to begin. That’s normal. Most people don’t do this type of writing on a daily basis—hence they’re not good at telling their story in a compelling manner.

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Bad Case of Career Ambiguity?

Are You Suffering from a Bad Case of Career Ambiguity?

We received a phone call recently from a young professional with good education, two years of work experience and a rampant case of “career ambiguity.” Polite translation: “I don’t know what I want to be and I want you figure it out and write my resume.” While we are always flattered at the level of confidence candidates place in us, we’re not magicians. And this is not a good way to start.

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LinkedIn: Your Digital Front Door

LinkedIn: Your Digital Front Door

LinkedIn is the name of the game is job search. It’s not about who YOU know. Rather, job search is about WHO knows you. And LinkedIn is where prospective employers go to source candidates, learn more about a candidate, see who the employer and the candidate know in common, and learn what others have said about you.

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Applicant Tracking System (ATS): Optimizing Your Resume for "Resume Gatekeepers"

Many of our clients are surprised when we suggest they submit their resume as a Word document as opposed to PDF document. While something about a PDF document might feel perhaps more complete, Word documents have a significantly higher likelihood of being read by ATS software, or as we call it, "resume gatekeepers." Hold on […]

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Resume Strategies for College Internships

Recently, we’ve seen a number of college students coming to us looking for help with their resume to secure an internship. Internships are great resume builders, however they are competitive in today’s marketplace. A resume is the first step in the door and needs to profile your work, abilities, activities and education to help get […]

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Compelling Resumes Through a Fresh Lens

Resume writing can be hard. We know that when you’re “in it”, it’s difficult to find your worth in what you might think of as your mundane, day to day tasks. And even once you can put a finger on some of the value you brought to your former employers, you must then articulate and […]

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5 Resume Tips & Tricks Your College Career Center Doesn't Know

It’s graduation season and for many the thrill of accomplishment wanes as the reality of getting a job sets in. We see many recent grads and in nearly every case the anxiety is the same. We understand and empathize and try to offer encouragement. But the most important thing we can offer is a dose […]

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6 Resume Myths, Mistakes and Misconceptions

For resume writers, January is a banner month for new business. The phone rings off the hook with folks pledging loyalty to their New Year’s resolutions. And with those phone calls come a barrage of old wives’ tales, myth, folklore, and legend. Here are a few common myths, mistakes, and misconceptions: “My resume must be […]

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Getting started is the hardest part...

Every day prospective clients call with the same dilemma: “Where do I begin in preparing to write my resume?” It’s not as difficult a job as you might think. Your resume is not an English composition assignment. It’s a promotional marketing project. If you don’t promote your value, no employer will perceive your value. If […]

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