Your Resume is More Than a Laundry List.

When you think of a resume, you probably think of it as a list of the places you’ve worked and what you did at each job. Ahhh, but it’s so much more than that. So what is a resume? 1. Your resume is an opportunity to shine. Instead of listing every little thing you did…

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…

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. …

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…