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The professionals at Grammar Chic, Inc. provide you with insight and recommendations in this blog to help you write a resume that will impress your potential employers, score more interviews and get a great job.   For more information regarding other writing services please visit www.grammarchic.net.

 

There is No Perfect Resume: Finding What Works for You

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There is No Perfect Resume: Finding What Works for You

If you’ve ever asked others for advice while updating your resume, you’ve surely heard differing opinions on what you should and shouldn’t include, how to phrase things, the font, the style, the length, and everything else imaginable. These answers are all correct and yet incorrect too. The truth is, there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all formula for creating a resume – everyone’s resume is different. It is shaped by your experience, skills, profession, accomplishments, goals, and more. Resume Length This is the age-old question: How long...

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Why Objectives on Your Resume are Out and Summaries are In

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Why Objectives on Your Resume are Out and Summaries are In

If you haven’t touched your resume in more than a decade – or are following outdated advice – chances are, it may include an objective. While this used to be common practice, it’s not anymore. Objectives are out the window and the more coveted summary of qualifications have taken their place. As a job seeker, you may be wondering what the difference is or whether it really matters. In short, yes, it does. Why Objectives Are Out Having an objective on your resume serves little purpose. Obviously your goal is to land the job for which you are...

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Underqualified? Make Your Resume Show Your Potential

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Underqualified? Make Your Resume Show Your Potential

Imagine it: You’re scanning job openings and you find a position that seems right up your alley and are confident that you could be successful. Then you get to the bottom and see that it lists qualifications that you don’t have. Should you chalk it up to a loss and move on? Not necessarily. Properly tailoring your resume could help you overcome a few shortcomings. Expand your Summary of Qualifications Transferable skills are key when you’re lacking some preferred experience. Consider weighing a little heavier on your summary by adding two or...

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Why Lying on Your Resume is Never a Good Idea

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Why Lying on Your Resume is Never a Good Idea

It can be tempting to tell little white lies on your resume. After all, the job market is competitive and you want to give yourself a fighting chance. And what’s the big deal about changing a few details here and there or embellishing a bit? Here’s the problem: It can lead to a lot more issues than you realize. The Truth Comes Out It is easier than ever for employers to gather information about potential employees and cross-check the information provided. Nothing ever truly disappears from the Internet. The lies you tell on your resume may...

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Are Resumes and CVs the Same?

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Are Resumes and CVs the Same?

The terms ‘resume’ and ‘CV’ are thrown around a lot, and often interchangeably. Sometimes employers use CV because they think it sounds more formal and professional, though that might not actually be what they want. A resume and a CV are not one and the same and are often crafted for different audiences. What is a CV? A CV or curriculum vitae is commonly used in academic, research, and medical fields. It is a detailed chronology of your career showcasing not only your employment history, but also awards, honors, publications, academic...

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Structuring Your Resume for a Career Change

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Structuring Your Resume for a Career Change

Change now and then is good. It keeps things interesting and keeps you learning. After spending a few years working in a certain field, you may realize that you want to use your skills in a different way, or pursue a new career all together. It’s not uncommon for people to go back to school or further their learning as adults. However, this switch also means finding a new job, which entails revamping your resume. Using the same resume you previously used may lead to dead ends because it’s not tailored to the role you’re seeking now. If you’re...

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When Less is More on Your Resume

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When Less is More on Your Resume

Your resume is a marketing tool, not your life history. Sometimes less is more – but this doesn’t mean you have to cram everything onto one page using slim margins and a tiny font. You want your resume to be readable but focused and engaging. Job seekers often make the mistake of trying to detail everything they’ve ever done in order to impress potential employers and show they can do whatever is necessary. This can lead to your resume being overly verbose and filled with unnecessary information. Focus on achievements. You can leave off the...

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Extracurricular Achievements: Do They Belong on Your Resume?

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Extracurricular Achievements: Do They Belong on Your Resume?

Many people view their resume as a stiff, professional document. While it is a reflection of your professional career and accomplishments, you also want to infuse some personality into it. You don’t want to look flat and one-sided. Including sections for volunteer experience and extracurricular achievements can help to round you out as a person and attract more interest. Employers value employees who are involved in activities beyond the workplace and who give back to their community. However, this does not mean that just anything is...

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Making the Most of Education on Your Resume

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Making the Most of Education on Your Resume

Adding an education section on your resume seems pretty easy, right? After all, it would appear cut and dry – list the school, your degree, maybe the year, and you’re done. However, it’s not always that simple. For instance, what if you didn’t finish your degree? Should you still include it? Does education go at the top or bottom of your resume? Do you need to include details like year, GPA, or any distinctions? Now creating your education section has become trickier. Not everyone’s education section will look the same. It depends on your...

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Should References Be Included on Your Resume?

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Should References Be Included on Your Resume?

One of the most common mistakes the team at Grammar Chic sees when it comes to resumes is the dreaded “References available upon request” line, or, even worse, actual references listed on the resume. This practice is far outdated, and it’s time to remove this content from your resume and use this valuable real estate for something more impactful. For one, including references can make you appear older than you are because it’s an outdated trend. It shows that you’re not up-to-date on current resume styles or application practices. Instead,...

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