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The Problem-Solver Resume

Your resume should present you as the answer to an employer’s problems. This article, posted on TheLadders, provides guidelines on how to uncover their pain points and put yourself out there as their solution.

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How to Proofread Your Resume

Should you proofread your resume backwards? Print out your resume? Give it to a friend to review? Yes, yes and yes — and that’s just a start. Read the full article here on TheLadders.

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What to Bring to a Job Interview

Resume hard copies, resume addenda, good questions, and *not* your annoying, buzzing appliances or lame, general questions. Read the full article here on TheLadders.

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How to Craft an Attention-Getting Resume Title

The language you use to describe yourself on the top of your resume can define your job search. Choose your job title carefully.

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Always Have a Plain-Text Resume On Hand

Word .docs look terrible as plain-text files if you just change the extension. Check out this article I wrote for The Ladders to find out how to create a plain-text resume, how to ensure your formatting meets best practices no matter what version you’re using, and when exactly to use such a beast.

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When Companies Merge, Do Resumes Fall Through the Cracks?

In an era of consolidation, hiring software collates every applicant’s resume. Read this story, which I wrote for The Ladders, to make sure you stay at the top of the pile.

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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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“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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