Wordsmithing your resume for tenses, titles, and other common problems.

Wordsmithing Your Resume: Tenses, Plurals, and Optimized Keywords

If you’re unsure whether to write your resume in past tense or present tense, traditional advice sides with common sense. If you’re describing something in your past, use past tense. Managed, coded, designed, marketed. If you’re describing something you’re still doing in your current job, use present tense. Manage, code, design, market.  Simple enough, right? Not so fast. […]

Why Resume KEywords Matter

Why Resume Keywords Matter

The accessibility of online job applications has bombarded hiring managers with more applicants than they can handle. That’s why most companies have turned to applicant tracking systems (ATS) to automate and simplify the vetting process. The downside? Many great job candidates are rejected sight unseen because they didn’t include strategic resume keywords. ATS Keyword Search Hiring […]

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Are Cover Letters Necessary Anymore?

Between all the resources that jobseekers have today — from career portals to social media networks — you might be thinking “do I even need these cover letters?”. Yet, many job applications still request cover letters along with your resume. The general consensus by recruiters is that the cover letter has become obsolete in many […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Elaborating on Your Resume

Remember the Friends episode where Phoebe discovers Joey’s resume is riddled with skills like tap dancing, archery and horseback riding, none of which he actually knows how to do? Joey’s reasoning for including the faux skills? He could technically do those things if he tried, just not well. Like Joey, many job seekers elaborate parts […]

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Craft the Perfect Resume Summary

  After posting an open position, hiring managers don’t have time to review every resume that’s submitted. You can gain an advantage by learning to craft the perfect resume summary. Your summary statement is a brief paragraph placed at the top of a resume (but after your contact information) that states your qualifications for the […]

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Top 10 Free Resume Builder Reviews

Free resume builders are useful tools that help you easily assemble your work history and experience into a well-organized resume. A good resume builder enables you to create a resume that fits the job you’re going for and highlight the best aspects of your professional profile. Not many sites are objective, so here are our […]

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How to Stand Out from the Competition in a Job Interview

  Unfortunately, the job market at the start of the new year is extremely competitive, and employers are often overwhelmed with job applications. The whole process can take more than several months to complete, which means it might be a while before an interview is scheduled. During this suspenseful limbo period, brush up on how to […]

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Skills by Industry for Your Job Search

With a new year should come new job skills. As 2016 comes to a close and you apply for jobs, start learning about new in-demand skills. That way, when planning your job search and applications, you can enhance your resume by taking an online course, or by tailoring your resume to current resume keywords. Adding new […]

It’s Time to Plan Your Job Search for the New Year

Don’t wait until January to search for jobs! Get ahead of the game — and ahead of the flood of 2017 new year job applications — with a solid job search plan. It’s important to be well-prepared so that you have enough time to research positions and companies, craft solid cover letters and resumes, and […]