A resume is a short document of career highlights customized for each new job application. A CV is a long, in-depth breakdown of all your work, education, achievements, and projects within a specific field. The difference is demonstrated by the word origins: The French résumé can be translated as “summary” while the Latin curriculum vitae […]
In 2020, our communications—even corporate communications—are highly visual. We commonly speak in memes, GIFs, and emojis, so attaching a picture to your resume may seem like a good idea. But not so fast… There are several reasons why a picture on your resume could hurt your candidacy and, in most cases, no real benefits of […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 description. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]