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…

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…

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…

Still Feeling Stuck After New Years? Read on!

Hello and Happy New Year! With the holidays behind you, you’re probably getting back into your normal routine. You may find yourself back at your desk at work, trying to get into the swing of things. If you’re unemployed, you’ve logged onto your computer and opened up your resume, and know it’s time to start…

Show, Don’t Tell: An Objective Vs. a Profile in Your Resume.

Hello and Happy Holidays! Many times when a client gives me their resume to edit, the resume includes an Objective, a Work History section and an Education section. The first thing I do is remove the Objective and add, in its place, a Profile or Summary section. There are two reasons why an Objective isn’t…

Go Get ‘Em: Why Networking is Crucial to Your Job Search

You’re unemployed, and you’ve been that way for much longer than you’re comfortable with. You started out optimistic – you’ve got some pretty good skills, and a solid work history. How hard could it be? But now, months later, you’re hunched over your laptop like Quasi-Moto, blankly clicking through job postings and sending resumes to…

Quick Tip: Specific vs Targeted Cover Letters

Many times, I have clients who ask me to write a “general” cover letter, meaning a cover letter that can be sent to multiple recruiters and hiring managers. I generally recommend writing targeted cover letters, but when I write general cover letters, I always remind my clients to take the time and add specific details…

Will Your Resume Make the Cut? (Part 1)

A few years back, I was put in charge of finding qualified candidates for a job where I worked. Once we placed the ad on Craigslist, we began receiving resumes. We didn’t receive 5, or 10, or even 50 – we received upwards of 250 resumes and cover letters the first day. Thinking this would…