A professional brand is the representation of your unique value proposition in the workplace. It’s comprised of your articulated passions, professional style, perceived strengths and predictable results. Each of us has a professional brand, whether whether or not we’ve carefully crafted our public reputation. Our brand is how our network, leaders, and co-workers describe us […]
The right skills for your resume depend on the job you’re applying for. Start here to determine the best skills to put on your resume.
To format promotions on your resume, look to your own work history first.
A resume objective statement is a short paragraph often included at the top of a resume. Not to be confused with a summary statement, the objective statement is used less often, due to its many notable pitfalls. However, at the right place and time, the once-popular objective statement still has its purpose. What is a […]
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 certifications, […]
Certifications are a quick way to gain skills that will boost your resume and raise your value as a job candidate. While not all certification programs are free, there are several reputable certifications that won’t take up too much time or money. Here are five carefully-vetted free online certifications we recommend. #1: Hubspot Inbound Marketing […]
The hybrid resume, also called a combination resume, is a combination of the chronological resume format and the functional resume format. The hybrid resume highlights the job seeker’s skills and achievements section first (like a functional resume) followed by work experience (the focus of a chronological resume format). While the chronological resume format seems a […]
When it comes to writing a resume, many struggle with deciding how far back to go, what to include, and what not to include as part of your career history. I am an advocate of devoting the majority of the “real estate” on your resume to what happened in the past 15 years. In this […]
If you’ve recently updated your resume, you’ve probably become frustrated with trying to incorporate quantifiable accomplishments. Quantifiable accomplishments are all the resume rage because numbers convey impact quickly, efficiently, and can transcend language. As a resume writer, I’m always looking for ways to quantify the results my clients have created in their careers. But slapping […]
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If you’re looking to land a tech job for the first time, you may be concerned that your resume doesn’t read as “techie” enough. After all, it’s tough to compete with industry insiders who speak – and write – the lingo. Luckily, there are several common buzzwords across the tech industry that can both make […]
If you’re like me, you might have “one page only!” ingrained in your brain when it comes to how long a resume should be.
How to Build a Resume Resume builders are interactive online resume templates that allow you to plug in information and build a cohesive resume. To build a resume using a resume builder, follow these easy steps: Find a resume builder you like (our free builders below are all great options). Make sure you have your materials […]
If you want your job search to be efficient and effective, preparing your resume shouldn’t be a one-time experience. You’ll receive more responses from interested companies by taking some time to customize your resume for each new job application. Tailoring your resume connects the dots for recruiters and hiring managers who are overwhelmed by a […]
Customer service professionals are a necessity for every company, in every industry, all across the world. Whether the company sells a product or provides a service, customers will always have questions they need answered and concerns they need to voice. That’s good news for you if you’re working on a customer service resume. As a […]
There are many reasons for career changes: the realization of a new passion, a need for more financial security or the feeling of being stuck in an unfulfilling job, to name a few. Whatever the reason, career change is inevitable at some point in most people’s professional lives. Approaching a job search for an industry […]
While researching resume length recently, I wondered when today’s resume standards were established and how resume advice has changed over the years. I uncovered something surprising: An article from a 1955 issue of Kiplinger’s Changing Times that, a handful of statements aside, seems every bit as modern as something that might appear on a career […]
Resume length advice hasn’t changed much over the past 60 years. A September 1955 issue of Kiplinger’s Changing Times advised job seekers to: Keep it short. One page is best. Two are okay; anything longer is likely too much for a prospective employer to plow through. But get everything important in. A skimpy outline that […]
Readers aren’t necessarily hooked by the content of your resume, but the way you present the information. To create an engaging resume, make sure that you use action words. In order to use resume action words you need to understand passive voice and how it negatively affects your resume. By using the best action words […]
Resumes can be scary to create, but just as horrifying to read. Recruiters and hiring managers are subjected to comic sans, puke green font, typos, inappropriate headshots, and other terrors! Before you submit your resume, really contemplate how you’re presenting yourself. Go a step further and get a second opinion from a friend or upload […]