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Prepare to be Quizzed: The Job Assessment

Traditionally used to screen out entry-level applicants for retailers, pre-hire job assessment tests help shrinking HR departments weed through senior-level applicants. Click here to find out more in the story I wrote for The Ladders.

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How to Choose Your Job References

How do you pick the directors, coworkers and direct reports who will be your job references? And once you’ve picked them, how and when do you put them in front of a recruiting professional? For a condensed version of the story I wrote for The Ladders, click here. For the complete story, read on: According […]

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How to Protect Your Resume from Identity Theft

Another casualty of the recession is data security, as a growing number of departing employees walk off with their former employers’ data. Unfortunately, that data can easily be yours: Witness the growing number of employers such as Aetna that are getting sued for allegedly failing to protect personal data of job applicants. You can, however, […]

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When to Use a Resume Template

The cookie-cutter approach—i.e., using free or dirt cheap resume templates from the likes of Google Docs and Microsoft Word—is handy to create an initial draft, but beware; hiring professionals can spot a cut-and-paste job a mile away. Predictably enough, professional resume writers have a slew of reasons why job seekers should avoid resume templates, and […]

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Tuning Your Resume to the Right Keywords

The importance of keywords in a resume can’t be overstated. They not only help connect resumes with current openings, they also ensure that searches for future job openings will pull appropriate resumes out of the database and put them in front of hiring professionals. But how do you find the right keywords, and where exactly […]

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How to (Diplomatically) Skirt Inappropriate Interview Questions

He was in his early 50s, and he looked every bit of it. The questions on the job application went right to his age. After stewing over the form and discarding his first draft, he filled out a second copy. Then, he sat and waited for his interview. As he waited, an attractive, young woman […]

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“Highly Qualified” People Don’t Need to Say That in Their Resumes

You’re highly qualified. You’re results-focused. You’re also energetic, confident and professional — and if you put those words in your resume, you’ve just caused a hiring professional’s eyes to glaze over. Check out the full story for other flimsy, fluffy, weak words that shouldn’t appear on your resume.

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Don’t Send Attachments With Your Resume

So your PowerPoint presentation holds the secret to the origins of the universe and would really, really improve your chances of being hired, you say? Doesn’t matter. Refrain from sending unsolicited attachments, unless you want to alienate recruiting professionals and risk your chances of nailing an interview. Click here for the full story.

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To Tell the Truth: The Rules of Resume Fibbing

Good lord, the lies people tell on their resumes will blow your mind! A slew of hiring professionals were kind enough to share some hair-raising stories for the latest feature package I did for TheLadders. One of my favorites: The people who claim fluency in a language and then don’t get past “Hola” when the […]

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How Your Resume Gets Read by Machines

Competition in the job market is nasty nowadays. Don’t screw up by making easy-to-avoid formatting mistakes or other goofups that will get your resume yanked by a machine. Anybody fixing up their resume and applying online (the latter of which would be anybody, of course, who’s applying for jobs nowadays) should read the feature article […]

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