5 Solutions for the Long-Term Unemployed

Most of the people I know have been unemployed at one point or another. There’s a sense of despair that comes with losing their source of income. Perhaps more devastating is a sense of emotional turmoil, which can include sadness, anger, self-doubt, fear, isolation, and even depression. A special category of unemployment identifies people who’ve […]

How to Improve Your Resume with Focus and Consistency

Many websites offer advice on how to improve your resume via fancy fixes and attention-getting flourishes, but it’s the simplest details that make critical differences. Your resume’s path to the “yes” pile lies in your ability to master the fundamentals. Take a step back and ask yourself what is really necessary. Still getting your resume […]

Irina Pichura resume template for free download

Featured Resume Template from Irina Pichura

In conjunction with Jobscan‘s new resume optimization checks — which include formatting checks for headings, dates, file types, and more — we’ve invited career coaches and resume writers to share exclusive resume templates with our readers. Next up is Irina Pichura out of New York City. Be sure to follow her on LinkedIn and check […]

Differences between resume and cv.

CV vs. Resume: What’s the Difference Between a Resume and Curriculum Vitae?

A resume is a living document that should be customized for every job. A  curriculum vitae (CV) is a comprehensive document you may not change for months or years. There are other differences:  Length, update frequency, format, and focus. What is a Resume? Resumes are short documents, usually only one or two pages total, that […]

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Featured Australian Resume Template from Catriona Herron Watt

In conjunction with Jobscan‘s new resume optimization checks — which include formatting checks for headings, dates, file types, and more — we’ve invited career coaches and resume writers to share exclusive resume templates with our readers. Next up is Catriona Herron Watt of CV Saviour from Sydney, Australia. Be sure to follow her on LinkedIn or […]

Top questions to ask in an interview.

4 Important Questions to Ask in an Interview (and Why)

When searching for questions to ask in a job interview, you’ll be confronted with lists of questions covering every possible aspect of the role, company, interviewer, and more. Unfortunately, there aren’t typically opportunities in an interview setting to run through the “top 50 questions to ask in an interview” list you found online. You’ll need to […]

hard skills vs soft skills

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills (and How to Use Them on Your Resume)

There are two types of skills used in resumes: hard skills and soft skills. When used correctly, they work together to form a powerhouse resume that provides the hiring manager a glimpse into the job seeker. What are Hard Skills? Hard skills are taught skills. They are quantifiable and are often learned in school, through […]

How to write a federal resume.

How to Write a Federal Resume and Apply for a Federal Job

The US federal government employs over 2 million people, not even counting military service branches. Federal jobs are highly contested thanks to great benefits, role longevity, and social importance. While USAJobs, the prime job board for federal jobs, is a great place to find opportunities, applying for federal jobs and writing a federal resume can […]

How to write a linkedin summary

How to Write a LinkedIn Summary: Examples and Tips

The LinkedIn summary section is often under-utilized by LinkedIn users. Many leave it completely blank or type in a short tagline better suited for the LinkedIn headline or a resume summary. But whether you’re using LinkedIn to find a job, market your business, or build your professional brand, the summary section is important real estate. Whereas […]

How do recruiters find you on LinkedIn? You need an optimized profile.

The Only Way Recruiters Will Find You on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is where motivated professionals come together and recruiters know it. 87% of recruiters use the platform to find or vet job candidates, more than all other major social media networks combined. If you’re serious about your job search, simply having a LinkedIn profile is not enough. To get found by recruiters on LinkedIn, you must cut through […]

Ebony Joyce featured resume template free download

Featured Resume Template from Ebony Joyce

In conjunction with Jobscan‘s new resume optimization checks — which include formatting checks for headings, dates, file types, and more — we’ve invited career coaches and resume writers to share exclusive resume templates with our readers. Next up is Ebony Joyce out of the Indianapolis area. Be sure to follow her on LinkedIn and check […]

Diana YK Chan featured resume template

Featured Resume Template from Diana YK Chan

In conjunction with Jobscan‘s new resume optimization checks — which include formatting checks for headings, dates, file types, and more — we’ve invited career coaches and resume writers to share exclusive resume templates with our readers. Next up is Diana YK Chan out of the Toronto area. Be sure to follow her on LinkedIn and […]

Featured Resume Template from Kyle Elliott

Featured Resume Template from Kyle Elliott

In conjunction with Jobscan‘s new resume optimization checks — which include formatting checks for headings, dates, file types, and more — we’ve invited career coaches and resume writers to share exclusive resume templates with our readers. First up is “Caffeinated” Kyle Elliot out of the San Francisco Bay area. Be sure to follow him on […]

Best resume formats advice from job search experts

Ask the Experts: Best Resume Formats, Worst Advice, and How to Stand Out

Whether you’re selecting a resume template or formatting your own, the way you structure your past work experience could make or break your your job search. So we asked 7 experts — job search strategists, resume writers, and recruiters — to weigh in on the best resume formats, worst formatting advice, and a few novel ways to […]

20 ATS-Friendly Resume Templates

There are a number of considerations to weigh before deciding on a resume format and template, like your field or industry, depth of work experience, and skill set. Today, job seekers also need their resume to be compatible with applicant tracking systems (ATS). An ATS resume template can be the difference between getting noticed and slipping […]

Applicant Tracking Systems - What you need to know

8 Things You Need To Know About Applicant Tracking Systems

What do you know about about applicant tracking systems? If you think the first obstacle to getting a job interview is a recruiter’s judgment, you’re not seeing the whole picture. 98% of Fortune 500 companies and a growing number of small and mid-sized businesses filter resumes through an applicant tracking system (ATS) before someone takes […]

The Worst Resumes - Bad Resume Examples

7 Real Cringe-Worthy Resumes (and 7 Ways to Fix Them)

Reddit user u/cityoftress recently asked employers for “the funniest, craziest or weirdest thing you’ve seen on a resume.” We found a few doozies, but even the worst resumes can be fixed. #1 – Orienting Details A 3×4 table under the header of Soft Skills. The bottom right cell read: Detailed Orientated with “detailed” being centered […]

Hidden skills for your targeted resume

The Hidden Skills Missing From Your Targeted Resume

Using the same resume to spam open jobs is a great way to rack up rejections. A better approach is to craft a targeted resume based on the specific skills requested in the job description. Unfortunately, the targeted resume approach relies on a job description that provides actual guidance through a comprehensive list of skills […]

How to write your work experience resume section.

6 Steps to Writing Your Resume Work Experience

The work experience resume section can make or break your job application. It’s where recruiter’s eyes spend the most time, meaning every detail about how you describe past experiences is critical– right down to the formatting. Here are 6 things you need to know about writing your resume experience. Resume work experience order Regardless of […]