Resume Tip: List What You’ve Accomplished, Not Just What You’ve Done

Most of the resumes I see contain a list of jobs, and under each is a series of bullet points detailing the responsibilities and tasks associated with the position. And, I have to admit, after reviewing hundreds of resumes with this format, I get a little bored. You scheduled meetings and presentations, coordinated events, and…

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…

Why I do what I do.

Today I got a sweet email from a resume client. She said how interesting it must be to work with clients during the process of writing a resume and see how their perspective changes. She couldn’t be more right – it is interesting, and very rewarding. In reading her email, I began thinking about my…

Original Content: Don’t Be a Copycat!

I was SO bummed when I read that Jonah Lehrer was caught for two separate offenses: plagiarizing, and citing a false Bob Dylan quote in his new book, Imagine. I’m a huge fan of Lehrer and listen to him often on radio shows such as RadioLab. To make things a little more embarrassing, when he…

Building Your Brand with Quality Content

We all know that your website is a key player when it comes to company branding. When we think of our website, however, we tend to only think about the design. Sure, the colors, layout, and structure are crucial to building your brand. But content is just as important and an often-overlooked aspect of web…

The Functional Resume: Is it Right for You?

What is a Functional Resume? Most of the time, you’ll see resumes that are in a chronological format: there is a short summary or profile, followed by an employment section that contains each position listed by date. A functional resume is a resume that’s organized by skill rather than by job and date, thereby focusing…

Got a Big Ol’ Gap in Your Resume? Read on…

Maybe you went to school. Or, you had a kid. Or you lost your job and couldn’t find a new one… for a long time. Maybe you just needed a break, and knocked off for a while. Whatever the case may be, you have a gap in your employment history. This is a bad thing,…