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Five Tips for Better Resume Writing

First the good news. You do not have to be William Shakespeare to compose a solid, well-organized, professional-looking resume. All you need are the ability to express your ideas in proper English and [more…]

Avoiding the Cardinal Sins of Resume Writing

Take some time to ponder the following pitfalls of resume writing, and do your best to avoid them in your own resume. [more…]

Resume Send-Out Strategies

If you are not generating solid leads, despite networking, visiting career sites on the Internet, and reading the classifieds, and you're willing to take a more aggressive approach to your job search, [more…]

Announcing Your Image via Letterhead and Envelopes

Letterhead and envelopes may be the first encounter someone has with your business, and first impressions are obviously important. But even if customers have done business with you for some time, the look [more…]

How to Choose a Professional Resume Writer

Experts differ on whether you should hire a professional resume writer or write your own. It's wise to turn to a professional resume writer if you've never had a resume; if you have a checkerboard job [more…]

Why You Need to Follow Up on Your Resume

You've sent out your resumes, so now it's time to follow up on them. Using resume follow-up is an essential job search tool. Employers are having a hard time dealing with the zillions of resumes floating [more…]

How to Follow Up Your Resume: Phone or E-Mail?

When following up on a resume, phone calls can be more persuasive than e-mail messages. If you e-mail your resume follow-up, however, it can pave the way for your phone call. Either way, following up your [more…]

Powerful Opening Statements for Resume Follow-Ups

The follow-up phone call (after you send your resume) must begin with a powerful statement that hooks the listener. The best opening statement after your greeting is to immediately mention the name of [more…]

How to Handle Voicemail for a Resume Follow-Up

When you phone a potential employer to follow up on your resume, you may be diverted to the manager's voicemail. If leaving a voicemail message becomes your only option, you should make the message count [more…]

How to Get Past Phone Screeners

You'll invariably encounter phone screeners when placing follow-up calls for your resume. During your resume follow-up, you may need to push through these phone screeners [more…]

How to Choose Your Best Resume Format

Resume format refers not to the design or look of your resume but to how you organize and emphasize your information. Different resume format styles flatter different job histories. [more…]

Variations: The Accomplishment, Linear, and Keyword Resume Formats

The accomplishment resume, linear resume, and keyword resume formats are variations of these basic resume formats: reverse chronological resume, functional resume, and hybrid resume. These newer resume [more…]

Developing Portfolios, Video Resumes, and Web Resumes

Non-traditional resume formats such as portfolios (with work samples), video resumes, and Web resumes are often effective in career fields such as arts or technology. Take a look at some possibilities [more…]

Improving the Layout and Appearance of Your Resume

Good resume design means your resume is both appealing and accessible for prospective employers. Use a resume layout and appearance that feels right for the job you seek and appropriate for someone in [more…]

How to List Contact Information on a Resume

When developing a resume, start with your contact information — name, mailing address, and so on. Your resume should include the following contact information, at the top, in this order: [more…]

How to Target a Resume for a Specific Job

The all-purpose generic resume is being replaced by the targeted resume, a resume tailor-made for a specific employment goal in a job search. Targeting resumes isn't just smart, it's critical. A targeted [more…]

Government Rules Affecting Internet Applications to Federal Contractors

If you're sending a resume to a federal contractor, know that federal contractors are subject to some strict rules regarding resumes and job applicants. The OFCCP is the agency established to track the [more…]

Privacy Issues and Other Resume Blasting Concerns

Resume blasting services can be problematic when you consider privacy and identity theft concerns, workplace risks, and recruiter overexposure. Resume blasting services [more…]

How to Create a Scannable Resume

A scannable resume is a resume that a person scans into a computer as an image. Because computers read scannable resumes differently than people do, you have to follow certain rules to be fairly sure that [more…]

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…]

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…]


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