First Impressions: How to Write a Great Cover Letter

After scouring what feels like thousands of job postings, you finally find The One. It’s the perfect job, and fits your qualifications and goals perfectly. In the posting, they ask you to submit your resume and a cover letter. You really want this job – so how do you write a cover letter that makes…

Resume FAQ: Should a Resume Only Be One Page?

I get this question a lot from clients. My answer: the length of your resume depends on multiple factors. Unfortunately, a many folks subscribe to the idea that a resume should be crammed onto one page and will do whatever it takes to get it to fit. Ideally, a resume shouldn’t be more than 2…

Resume Writing: How Creative Should You Be?

It seems that in the push to stand out from the crowd, job-seekers are finding new, innovative ways to communicate their skills and work experience to employers, shunning the more traditional resume formats in favor of interesting (and sometimes downright weird) designs. A friend on Facebook recently pointed me to Business Insider’s article “13 Insanely…

Job-Hunting: Sometimes It’s Okay to Settle.

With everyone talking about how to reach higher, fulfill your dreams, live your best life, etc., taking a less-than-perfect job can feel like giving up. But if you’ve been out of work for a while and the bills are piling up, you may have to. Is this such a bad thing? Sometimes, the job you…

Are Resume Services Tax Deductible?

It’s tax time (yikes!). If you haven’t worked in the past few months but have been searching for a job, there could be some good news for you: some expenses related to your job search are tax deductible. First, the bad news… sometimes you can’t deduct expenses. For instance: Career Changes: Your job hunting expenses…

Resume Tip: Focus on What Makes You Different!

“I’m gonna make you see there’s nobody else here, no one like me. I’m special, so special… can I have some of your attention? Give it to me!” – Chrissy Hynde. When a client comes to me with his or her resume, the first thing I ask myself as I read through their resume is…

Resume Tip: Limit the ‘Jargon’…

Many people seem to think that fancy language yields the best results. Do one Google Search on resume samples and you will see hundreds of resumes that contain long descriptions and big words. You are impressed, and also, perhaps, embarrassed: you have no idea what the resume is saying, even if it’s in your field….

Get Out of Your Box and Write an Amazing Resume!

Maybe you just lost your job and you aren’t sure what to do next. Perhaps you’re sitting at your desk, right now, feeling bored by your current job but afraid to make a change. No matter what, the possibility of changing careers (which should be exciting, right?) can feel intimidating. Nowadays, there are so many…