resume weirdness, #271

July 1, 2014

Y’all, if your work experience doesn’t start until the second page of your resume*, this is a problem. Employers care what you’ve done. That’s your work experience. All that other stuff taking up tons of real estate is (a) way less important  and (b) really, really, really not something that should be pushing your work experience […]

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don’t start your cover letter with “my name is” and other rules

May 29, 2014

Some random thoughts from hiring work recently, in no particular order: * Do not start your cover letter with “My name is…” unless you are under the age of 10. This does not make you sound like a grown-up. * When a job posting asks for something like 2-3 years experience and you have 10+ […]

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how to create a resume from scratch

May 14, 2014

It occurred to me that as much as we talk about strong resumes here, I’ve never actually written up a basic guide for people creating a resume from scratch. So over at AOL Jobs today, I’ve written a beginner’s guide to how to craft a resume that will catch a hiring manager’s eyes — what sections […]

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stop telling me that you work well independently and in groups

March 21, 2014

This was originally published on June 4, 2012. If you’re a recent grad, there’s a 50% chance that your resume or cover letter includes a mention that you “work well both independently and in groups.” Announcing this is like announcing that you show up for work on time. It’s expected that you’ll do it; it’s […]

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can you leave your home address off your resume?

February 27, 2014

A reader writes: I was wondering if you agree with the advice to keep your home address off if your resume? I do look at addresses on resumes, to see if it’s realistic for someone to get to the job or assess whether they will be needing a relocation package. In general, I think job […]

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should I let my staff constantly change desks, verb tense on resumes, and more

February 21, 2014

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Is it normal to ask for a 2-3 year commitment to a job? I recently interviewed for a marketing coordinator position. The manager noted that she would want the next person in the role to stay at least 2 years and hopefully 3. I ultimately […]

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how to rewrite your resume to focus on accomplishments, not just job duties

February 5, 2014

If you’re like most people, your resume lists what you were responsible for at each job you held, but doesn’t explain what you actually achieved there. Rewriting it to focus on accomplishments will make it way more effective (i.e., “increased email subscribers by 20%  in six months” instead of “managed email list”), because that explains […]

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6 small resume changes that will have a big impact

February 3, 2014

If you’re sending out resumes and not getting many calls to interview, there’s a good chance that your resume is the problem. If you’re like most people, your resume could use some work – and like most people, you’re probably not sure where to start. But you probably don’t need to start from scratch. You […]

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do you need multiple versions of your resume?

January 29, 2014

A reader writes: I’ve had a few people ask me if I have more than one version of my resume. I have tried to draft completely different versions, but have found it daunting and so have stuck with the same version, save for minor tweaks to the wording of the brief objective statement. I have […]

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check the name of your resume file

January 24, 2014

This is a small thing, but if you’re sending out a resume with a date like “resume2013,” please go update it right now. Otherwise, fairly soon you’ll start looking like your job search has been a lengthy one (which, rightly or wrongly, can turn some employers off) — and like you’re not paying attention to […]

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