Knowing how to fill out a resume is also about knowing what to leave out.

When to Leave a Job Off Your Resume

Remember this: A resume is a marketing document that quickly shows a potential employer how you are a fit for their job. It is not a career biography. To determine which jobs in your past to leave off your resume, consider the following questions from Lori Williams, Resume Writer and Career Coach at Unstoppable Communications: Will […]

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. […]

Resume Guides for Specific Industries

So many people write a resume focused on their needs – not the needs of the employers. In other words, they focus on their previous work history and responsibilities and what they want to do next. A good resume, however, focuses on results and achievements, and matches the needs of the job description for each […]

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 […]

Creative Resume Formats: What You Need to Know

After submitting resume after resume and hearing nothing back, you might be considering a daring new approach. Maybe it’s time to ditch that trusty Microsoft Word resume template in favor of a bold, creative resume that won’t be missed and can’t be ignored. Before you spend your weekend crafting your resume into a pizza box […]

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Social Media Habits to Avoid as a Professional

As social creatures, the need to connect and bond is natural. It’s why platforms like FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram fuel the daily activities of millions. Some use social media to pitch potential employers; others for finding a love connection; and some sign on to communicate with far-away relatives or people with whom they have common […]

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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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How to Use Jobscan: A Step-by-Step Guide

 Why Resume Optimization Matters The more effectively you can tailor your resume for a specific job, the better your chances. Generic resumes are a dime a dozen and unlikely to do well in an applicant tracking system (also known as an ATS). Using Jobscan, you can easily optimize your resume against any job description and […]

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What Graduates Can Expect This May

There are more people making their way through post-secondary education now than ever before. This increase in graduates has both positives and negatives for those looking to start their careers. On the positive side, the increase means that it was likely easier for them to access higher education, which may not have been possible in […]