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Archive of posts filed under the Resumes category.

Wow. Who’s that?

Quickly skimming one of the many LinkedIn group discussion digests I receive each week, one topic caught my eye. A jobseeker shared, after having his resume professionally prepared, he didn’t recognize himself in the final product. He wondered, out loud, on the Internet, if this was the typical experience. I couldn’t let his question go […]

Stop with the bad resume advice

I worked with a client recently. We spoke on the phone several times before she engaged my services. I had also provided a few samples, so she knew the type of document I produced and was confident in my capabilities and knowledge of best practices for this crazy, competitive job market. Shortly after our intake […]

What’s your perspective?

I recently reviewed a resume for a potential client. He had written it himself and hadn’t done too badly. It was well-constructed, contained quantifiable, qualifiable examples of his accomplishments and had a pleasing aesthetic. But something was missing in his presentation. He wrote from the “I know it, so everyone else must know it” perspective. […]

Should a pro write your resume

When Sharlyn Lauby, the HR Bartender, asked for input for a blog post she was writing to address a reader’s question about using a professional resume writer, I was happy to oblige. Good friends and resume writing colleagues Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter of Career Trend and Erin Kennedy of Professional Resume Services also contributed to the article. […]

Guest post on New England Job Show blog

A friend alerted me to the opportunity for a guest post on The New England Job Show blog I made contact and well, there I am, in the job search section. The blog’s editor, Jackie Simmonds, made the process pleasant and easy. You’ll notice I added a link to their site on my blog roll. […]

SEPTEMBER: Update Your Resume Month

In honor of “Update your resume month, I found a great article on the Career Directors International website talking about the importance of keeping your resume up to date and ready for action. Included are some great tips for keeping it that way. Why reinvent the wheel when I can share the wisdom here? Added […]

Feel the power

I write resumes using past tense verbs, through the entire document, regardless if it’s a current position or not. Every now and then, a client asks why? I decided to post the answer. Some writers use present tense for current positions, then shift to past tense for past positions. Some writers use all past tense […]

One bad apple doesn’t ALWAYS spoil the whole bunch

Today, an “innocent” link floated by in the Twitter stream. I’m normally a “live and let live, you’re entitled to your opinion” kinda gal, but when my entire industry is bashed, I have to take a stand. It doesn’t matter the original post is from April 2009. Broad brush generalizations about ANY industry serve no […]

So what do I attach to the email?

When working with clients, I provide the final resume in three formats. Word .doc, PDF and plain text. I tell them plain text is for cutting and pasting into online applications. The PDF ensures clear printing with no printer or software issues and the Word version is the language of business so use that version […]

Guest Post on Careerealism

Between Daylight Saving Time and the events of this past weekend, I’ve been remiss in tooting my own horn about my contribution to an article on resume writing for Careerealism. (As I tell my rez clients. If you don’t toot your own horn, who will???) And yes gang, this is another Twitter-generated opportunity. Stop rolling […]