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…

Resume Writing: How Creative Should You Be?

It seems that in the push to stand out from the crowd, job-seekers are finding new, innovative ways to communicate their skills and work experience to employers, shunning the more traditional resume formats in favor of interesting (and sometimes downright weird) designs. A friend on Facebook recently pointed me to Business Insider’s article “13 Insanely…

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….

Your Resume: What to Include, and What Leave Off

When you write your resume, figuring out what to include can be the most difficult part. Should you have an objective? What about a photo? Should you list every responsibility you had under each job, or just a few highlights? Read on to find out what you should focus on when creating a resume built…

Your Resume: Keep it Real, Folks….

Hello and happy Tuesday! If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably read about Scott Thompson, chief executive of Yahoo Inc., who stepped down after an activist shareholder reported a discrepancy in his resume. Thompson claimed that he holds a computer science degree, but it turns out, he doesn’t. And now, the lie has been…

Cover Letters: An Outline to Get You Started

Hello! Ah, such a nice day here in the city. I’m sitting in my “office” (a local cafe with free wi-fi, a beautiful garden, and great coffee), and just finished a client’s cover letter. I have to say, I have gotten to know this client very well and have been impressed with her skills from…