Tag Archives: resumes

Making Your Resume Format Machine-Friendly

I wrote this last spring but need to get it on my blog because I keep referring to it and have to keep tracking down the URL! Click here if you didn’t catch the package in the first go-round. It covers how to format a resume so that the software that recruiters use to store […]

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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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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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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 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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“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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