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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Don't give away the goods!

Client after client tells us how friends or fellow colleagues in transition ask for copies of their resume. Flattering, right? Well, that depends on what the other person is planning to do with your content. A couple of times a year we get a new client and the resume they arrive with looks remarkably like […]

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I was "let go." How do I explain that on my resume?

Putting a positive spin on a job that ended under less-than-positive circumstances can be a challenge. However, depending on the circumstances, it can be presented in a way that minimizes speculation and possible questions. Jobs that end because of a reduction in force (commonly known as a layoff or downsizing) should be addressed in the […]

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Are objective statements necessary?

Yes, but today we call them positioning statements or headlines. These are used to present to the reader at the top of the page what you are and who are. Remember when you were in school? You learned to write a paragraph and the first thing you had to develop was a topic sentence. Think […]

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