You have read the ads. You’ve studied the online posts. You have heard what employers want. It’s time to give it to them. It is time to work on your cover letter. Cover letters are essential—recent studies show that one-third to one-half of all hiring managers require them, and even more than that read them. Your resume is fairly standard—the chronology of jobs, the knowledge you’ve gained in the past, your positions and your achievements are not going to change…. Read More
Some resume mistakes are easy to find: you typed “manger” instead of “manager” or you transposed the numbers on your zip code. But what about this job description on the fourth page of a resume: “Kept books for our company for 5 years before it went out of business due to poor economy.” That one sentence is guilty of several mistakes: Using the first person word (I, me, my, we, us, our) in a resume. The first person is fine in… Read More
Paper resumes are still a valuable job hunting tool. Almost all of the current generation of Human Resource managers grew up in the era of paper and still prefer it. But you need to consider posting an online resume also. It widens your job hunting reach, and it gives you a professional presence on the Internet. Many companies will research you online even after receiving your paper resume. When posting an online resume, make sure: The online information is consistent… Read More
A graphic designer asked an online forum if she should highlight her skills by creating a unique design for her resume. Every hiring manager who responded answered, “No!” They wanted a resume formatted for easy reading, scanning and printing. If a professional graphic designer has to reign in her artistic talent, you should, too. That means: Using a standard font like Arial, Times New Roman or Helvetica If you wander away from standard fonts, the computer that receives your resume… Read More
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