resumes

All your questions about how to write a good resume, answered — from formatting to content to what hiring managers hate to see.

5 red flags in your job history – and how to combat them

When employers screen job applicants, they might spend as little as a few seconds scanning your resume before moving on to the next. If they see red flags during that initial look, you risk that they’ll just move on to the next candidate – so it’s important to make sure that any red flags in […]

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stop telling me you’re a great writer

It’s Flashback Friday! Here’s an old post from March 2009 that we’re making new again, rather than leaving it to wilt in the archives. It’s not a great idea — nor is it necessary — to brag about your writing skills in your cover letter or on your resume, via subjective assessments of yourself like […]

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should you post your resume on online job boards?

A reader writes: I have a job I really enjoy, but with a few critical caveats. My boss is a little . . . recession-conscious (salary in bottom 5-7% of salary range for my industry and area), and also a tad nutty. Ok, very nutty. (Cameras installed throughout the office so he can monitor conversation, […]

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get the words “core competencies” off your resume

If you have a section on your resume called “core competencies,” please call it something else. You do not need that horrible piece of jargon on your resume, and its presence there instantly makes hiring managers’ eyes glaze over. Call it a profile, call it a summary or highlights, I don’t care — but no […]

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should your resume be in narrative form?

A reader writes: I am a job applicant and recent MBA grad. I have gotten a lot of resume feedback from various sources, one of whom advised me to make my resume a narrative. My contact is an angel investor for high-tech start-ups and would presumably know what he’s talking about. Basically his point was […]

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red flags on your resume are turning employers off

As you’re probably well aware, most employers spend only seconds skimming your resume before making a quick decision about whether to reject you or consider you further, so it’s essential that your resume doesn’t contain the red flags that will turn them off during that short initial scan. Here are eight red flags that will often put […]

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more terrible ideas: your resume should not be an infographic

Your resume should not be presented as an infographic. This is a terrible, terrible idea. First, it means that your design goals end up trumping quantity and quality of information. In the examples I’ve seen, there’s far less information than on a traditional resume, because it needs to be fit into the constraints of the […]

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5 things you might not have on your resume but should

If you’re trying to write an effective resume, here are five things you might not be including, but should add. 1. A profile at the top of your resume. Profile sections or summaries have replaced objectives at the top of modern-day resumes. This is a quick list of the highlights of your strengths and experience, summing […]

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stop applying without your resume

A reader writes: Since I know you appreciate good examples of bad job applications… I’m currently recruiting for a full time, entry level, customer service position. My HR department definitely pared down the job description more than I would have liked prior to posting, but it still conveys the basics of what we’re looking for, […]

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