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…

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…

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….

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….