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…

How Many Resumes Do You Need?

Some of my clients ask me if they need to create a separate resume for each position they apply for. I think that this approach is a little overboard (and takes a lot of time). While it’s not necessary to create a new resume for every job, it can be a good idea to have…

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…

It’s actually okay to use “I” on your resume.

But you wouldn’t think so, because most people seem to have the view that using “I” is a no-no when it comes to resume writing, and that third-person (or no “person” at all) is the way to go. While I wouldn’t write an entire resume in a narrative, 1st-person format (although there are always exceptions),…

Don’t Have a Degree? Here’s What to Do on Your Resume…

So you’ve looked at what seems like hundreds of job listings – and every single one you’ve seen requires a degree. Problem is, you don’t have a BA . Don’t worry – here are some ideas to make your resume stand out, with or without a degree. Don’t lie. If you’re feeling intimidated by your…

Quick Resume Tip!

Resume Tip: Put the Most Relevant/Important Items FIRST!  When writing both your job descriptions and your resume as a whole, be sure to place the most important and relevant facts first. For instance, if you were an Administrative Assistant, put your accomplishments or large projects ahead of (or instead of) any menial tasks, such as…

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…

Resume Tip: How to Choose the Right Font

We all know that the content of your resume is important. Often, we spend our time thinking of what to include on a resume and this takes up most of our energy. Then, with whatever time we have left, we focus on the format. Formatting is important – even as important – as the content….