Avoid résumé obsession by following these 5 rules

I’ve been helping a client with his résumé. Originally it was a sound résumé but weak in certain areas. He lacked a branding headline, so I suggested he use a headline similar to what he uses on his LinkedIn profile. He also needed to tighten up his writing, pay attention to typos, and keep from being verbose. … Continue reading Avoid résumé obsession by following these 5 rules

2 vital areas where extraverts can improve their job search

With the plethora of job-search advice for introverts (Is) and approximately zero for extraverts (Es), it must make the Es feel...unloved. I'd like to give some love to the Es, because that's the kind of nice guy I am. In this post I'll advise the Es on mistakes they can avoid. There are two components … Continue reading 2 vital areas where extraverts can improve their job search

Keywords are important to have on your résumé

But don't make it a dumping ground for keywords. I don’t believe a résumé’s greatest attribute is its layout. Don’t get me wrong, how your résumé is structured matters a great deal; but content is by far the most important component. Included in the content must be keywords and key phrases (KWs & KPs) that … Continue reading Keywords are important to have on your résumé

5 steps to take when you can’t tailor your résumé to a particular position

When I tell job seekers they should tailor their résumés to every position, their eyes widen. Some protest that this is too much work and one or two even become angry and profusely refuse to put in this hard work. The reason I tell my customers to make the effort is because they need to speak to the needs of the employer. … Continue reading 5 steps to take when you can’t tailor your résumé to a particular position

Clichés on your résumé: damned if you do, damned if you don’t

  The summary statement began with: “Results-oriented Marketing Professional…" As if my hand had a mind of its own, I circled Results-oriented and wrote “Ugh” next to it. I thought twice of erasing my first comment but in the end left it there. My customer did a double-take and pouted, hurt by my crudeness. With … Continue reading Clichés on your résumé: damned if you do, damned if you don’t

5 steps to uncovering career opportunities

I tell job seekers in all my workshops that research is key to their job search. I'm being redundant, but it's true and worth repeating. The time you put into research will be a tremendous return on investment. Many believe that the first thing they must do after losing their job is updating their resume. Having done … Continue reading 5 steps to uncovering career opportunities

5 successful ways to be proactive in your job search

Some job seekers tell me they turn on their computer every day to log on to Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and other job boards. They spend many hours a day applying for posted jobs, sending as many as 20 cookie-cutter résumés out a week, anticipating a call from a recruiter or Human Resources. And they wait. To these … Continue reading 5 successful ways to be proactive in your job search