Resume Samples: Chronological vs Function Resume Formats

Happy Friday! I’ve talked about these 2 resume formats before: chronological and functional. Both can work quite well, depending on your skill set, your career goals, and your experience. Here is an overview of each with a resume sample for each format. Chronological Resume Format:  This is the most common resume format. A chronological resume…

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Stumped? If not, congratulations, and this article will probably be a bit tedious to read. 😉 But, if you are stumped by this question, then this article is for you. You may have noticed that almost everything in our current culture urges us to keep trying, keep reaching, to keep your eye on a professional…

Afraid to Make a Change? You’re Not Alone.

I heard a radio program the other day about the job market, and caller after caller spoke about their own endless period of unemployment. “I’ve been unemployed for 10 years,” says one caller.”Now that I’m over 40,” explains another, “nobody wants to hire me.” “I was an executive for 20 years,” says a mother of 4….

Writing About Yourself is Hard.

Many of my clients come to me and say “I’m a pretty good writer, but for some reason, I can’t seem to write about myself.” Welcome to the club! I am a professional writer, and write on behalf of others every day. You’d think it would be easy for me to sit down and craft…

Stuck when you’re writing? Stop trying… and just write.

When you sit down to write your resume, a marketing piece for your business, or your new novel, a blank white page can be intimidating. What do you put first? How do you grab the reader’s attention? What do you say? Here are some ways to get “unstuck” and free yourself up so you can…

Quick Resume Tip: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Resumes are tricky – too long, and the reader loses interest. Too short, and it looks like you don’t have much experience. The length of your resume depends, to some extent, on your particular field and how long you’ve been working. There are some guidelines, however, to make sure your resume is the ideal length. …

Nobody’s Perfect. But Your Resume Should Be.

“Skilled problem-solver with exceptional attention to detale.” Oops. This really happened. This exact sentence was at the top of a resume I reviewed recently. The author was a strong candidate, and her writing was consistently good throughout her resume. Unfortunately, this typo would have almost certainly cost her the job. How did it happen? She…

Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed…

We all know that the competition is fierce when it comes to landing a job. There are potentially hundreds of resumes sent in response to any given job posting. So how do you make sure your resume doesn’t end up in a black hole? Here are some pointers:  1). Skip HR. Try contacting the hiring…