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What Mistakes on Your Resume Say About You

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What Mistakes on Your Resume Say About You

Proofread, proofread, proofread. This is one of the most important things you should do before you submit any resume or cover letter. While you may think a minor mistake here or there is no big deal, it can actually speak volumes and make you less attractive than another applicant who is equally as qualified but has no errors in their materials. Here are just a few of the messages that mistakes can send: You’re careless. If you were really detail-oriented like your resume claims, you would have caught spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors....

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Cleaning Up Your Resume for 2017

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Cleaning Up Your Resume for 2017

The new year is in full swing, and many people are still faithfully carrying out their resolutions. For some people, this means searching for a new job. Even if your resolutions didn’t include a job change, it can still be a great time to put some focus on updating your resume. A fresh start all around. No, that doesn’t necessarily mean totally scrapping your old resume and starting again, but rather breathing new life into it. Here are a few areas to consider revisiting: Consolidate Old Information Reality check: the year 2000 was 17 years...

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Is it Okay to Leave Jobs Off of Your Resume?

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Is it Okay to Leave Jobs Off of Your Resume?

When it comes to your resume, lying should never be an option. At the same time, it also isn’t your life history. Your resume is a snapshot of your career and accomplishments to show employers what you bring to the table and why you are a good fit for the open position. If you spent a summer mowing lawns or three months as a cashier at the grocery store, chances are that doesn’t have much to do with where you’re headed in your career and won’t have much of an impact. Detailing every job you’ve ever held is not necessary, especially if you...

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4 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Personal Statement

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4 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Personal Statement

You’ve decided to take the next step in your academic career and apply for college or graduate school. You’re feeling really good about your choice and have the grades and/or experience to showcase your success. Then you see it: you have to include a personal statement with your application package. This can strike fear in even the most qualified applicants. How can you effectively put into writing what makes you a good fit for the program or school? Take your time. Don’t wait until the last minute to start working on your personal statement....

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Resume Packages: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Resume Packages: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Trying to find the perfect gift can be frustrating. Is it the right size? Color? Style? Brand? The list goes on and on. And who knows whether it will be slyly re-gifted, returned, or sat on a shelf to gather dust. Giving the gift of a resume package can bypass these hurdles and become something that pays off time and again, benefiting a loved one for years to come. It’s never the wrong size or shape and can be customized to fit each person’s individual needs. Not convinced yet? Here are some other benefits to buying someone a resume package:...

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How To: Tailor Your Resume for the Job You Want

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How To: Tailor Your Resume for the Job You Want

One of the worst things you can do when job seeking is to mass distribute your resume. While you may be desperate for a job, this can actually hurt your efforts. Taking the time to tailor your resume to each position can yield better results, especially given that more employers are turning to applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sort through resumes. Sending a targeted resume can help you to better align with the key points an employer is looking for and not be knocked out of the competition right off the bat. Remember that tailoring your...

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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook the Value of Volunteer Work on Your Resume

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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook the Value of Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Your resume is often the first impression a potential employer gets of you. Of course, you want it to be professional and reflect your career achievements, your education and training, and your key abilities. But where does volunteer work fit in? Many people overlook volunteering because it’s unpaid and may not be directly related to the type of work you do at your job. However, including your volunteer experience may actually make you more attractive to an employer. Here’s why: It rounds you out as a person. Whether you’re advocating for...

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Finding Balance When Presenting Your Job History

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Finding Balance When Presenting Your Job History

When creating your resume, how far back should you go? Should you showcase all 40+ years that you’ve been in the workforce, or should you consolidate and just highlight the past several years? Depending on your history and the type of position you’re applying for, the answer may vary. Also, don’t forget that your resume is an overview of your career and who you are – it doesn’t have to include every detail. Oftentimes employers will have you fill out a more in-depth history later on. For now, you want to present enough to grab their attention...

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Similar Positions? Make them Stand Apart on Your Resume

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Similar Positions? Make them Stand Apart on Your Resume

One of the challenges that many people face when creating their resume is that they have held more than one job with similar responsibilities. Whether your old company closed, you moved, or you simply wanted to change organizations, you find yourself completing similar work. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – after all, that’s what your training and experience are in. But when it comes to your resume, how do you show that you haven’t spent the past 10 years sitting stagnant? First of all, your resume should not include a generic job...

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Avoiding Age Discrimination on Your Resume

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Avoiding Age Discrimination on Your Resume

While the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from using age as a discriminating factor in hiring (and any other aspect of employment), it still happens. Employers may not even realize that subconsciously they’re thinking about a person’s age while reviewing their resume because it is so obviously highlighted. Taking steps to put the emphasis on your relevant abilities and accomplishments – instead of your age – can redirect an employer’s attention to the things that matter. Here are a few ways that you reduce the...

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