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How to Create a Plain Text (ASCII) Resume

The plain text resume (or ASCII resume) is an online document constructed without formatting in plain text file format. A plain text resume is most often sent by e-mail, but can also be sent by fax, postal [more…]

How to Focus a Resume on Relevant Job Experience

Focus your resume on job experience that's relevant to a specific position to improve your chances of getting that job. Having relevant job experience is always a big plus in employers' eyes. If you have [more…]

How to Sell Yourself in Your Resume

Successful resumes don’t just tell about your qualifications — they sell you as the ideal package. In selling yourself through your resume, you instill excitement by selling your relevant qualifications [more…]

How to Deal with Employment References

Employment references are power hitters in the hiring process, so take care that your references don't wreck your job search. Employment references are important because they can validate resume details [more…]

How to Handle a Substance-Abuse History while Job Searching

Your resume shouldn't disclose previous substance abuse history. Substance abuse is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you’re recovered from the addiction, you’re entitled to all [more…]

Dealing with Poor Credit and Background Checks

Employers may routinely check credit records and perform background checks even for those who won’t be handling money. Credit histories — called consumer reports — hold much more than payment history. [more…]

Choosing an Objective for Your Resume

Your resume's objective states what you want to do in a job and the direction in which you’re heading. The objective gives your resume immediate focus and is the hub around which all the other information [more…]

When to Include a Summary in a Resume

If you begin your resume with a summary instead of an objective, you can still target the resume's summary to specific job positions with the desired mix of strengths, skills, accomplishments, and other [more…]

Listing Education, Experience, and Skills on Your Resume

When drafting your resume, carefully consider these categories of essential information: Education, Experience, and Skills. A skill, in job-search terms for a resume, is any identifiable ability or fact [more…]

Using a Competency-Based Approach in a Resume

Let your resume highlight your all-around competencies. A competency-based approach in a resume focuses on the skills and talents needed to be able to perform a particular task to a certain standard. The [more…]

Including Activities and Awards on Your Resume

If you want to strengthen your image in your resume, consider drawing from your activities, organizations, awards, and licenses. Also, you can include testimonials that show you’ve got the right stuff. [more…]

Should You Include Salary Information on Your Resume?

You should never mention salary information on your resume. Sometimes a job ad asks for your salary history or salary requirements in a resume. Realize that revealing dollar figures in advance puts you [more…]

Selling Yourself in a Resume with Action Words

Use action words (verbs) to describe your strengths — your abilities and accomplishments — in a resume. Effective action words zero in on abilities and achievements. Include words of substance and power [more…]

Including Search Keywords and Phrases in a Resume

Recruiters and employers use keywords to search and retrieve e-resumes in databases for available job positions. These search keywords are primarily nouns and short phrases, and sometimes adjectives and [more…]

How to Find Career-Related Keywords for Your Resume

Include keywords in your resume to sell your qualifications to recruiters and prospective employers. How can you find keywords for your occupation or career field? Use a highlighter to mark keywords from [more…]

Spelling and Grammar Tips for Resumes

When developing your resume, always pay attention to grammar and spelling throughout the document. A resume with proper grammar and no spelling errors is essential in a job search. Of all the reasons causing [more…]

Words and Information to Avoid Using in Resumes

Some words and information just don't belong on a resume. Words to avoid using are called poison words, which either work against you or just take up valuable space on your resume. [more…]

Tips for Improving Content of Targeted Resumes

There are several tips you can follow to improve upon the content of your targeted resume, such as eliminating anything that doesn’t support the job you’re after and making your objective specific. [more…]

Resume Tips for Recent Graduates

Recent graduate? Congratulations, and welcome to the working world. Recent graduates who are preparing the Work Experience section of a resume face a challenge during the job search process. Need a job [more…]

Resume Tips for Baby Boomers

For baby boomers, a clean, effective resume design is a shield against age bias in a job search. Perhaps you’ve heard the baby boomer generation’s battle cry: 70 is the new 50? Okay, then 60 is the new [more…]

Resume Tips for Returning Military Members

There are many resume tips and strategies available for returning military members seeking civilian jobs. Many employers do appreciate military veterans as employees and will give you preference above [more…]

Resume Tips for Government Job Seekers

Federal resumes for government positions tend to be longer and require information not typically found on a private-sector resume, including: Social Security number; citizenship; veteran’s information; [more…]

Resume Tips for the Overqualified Job Seeker

If you're often labeled as "overqualified" during a job search, your resume may need some revamping. You can address the overqualified issue in your resume by limiting your work history to the most recent [more…]

Resume Tips for Women Reentering the Workforce

The woman reentering the workforce has some challenges in today's job market. There are some resume tips you can follow to develop an effective resume that connects what you can do with what an employer [more…]

Resume Tips for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Millions of job seekers with disabilities are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Don't disclose your disability on your resume. Your objective is to get an interview. Save disclosure [more…]


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