resumes

5 signs that your resume is holding you back

When you’re searching for a job, nothing is more frustrating than sending out scores of resumes for jobs you know you’re qualified for but not getting any interviews. If that’s happening to you, the explanation might be your resume is holding you back in some way. Of course, it can be hard to know if […]

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how can my resume demonstrate initiative, problem-solving, work ethic, and other qualities?

A reader writes: I’m currently a college student studying engineering. I keep on reading lists with titles like “Top 10 Skills and Qualities Employers Seek in College Grads.” All of the skills listed there are fairly subjective. For instance, a list might include words like teamwork, leadership, written communication, problem-solving, work ethic, initiative, and other […]

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resume weirdness, #271

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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how to create a resume from scratch

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

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?

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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