Often controversial among those in career transition is the number of professional resumes that should be marketed. What is agreed is the fact that a resume must be professional, straight forward, free of typos, factual and contain impressive and quantifiable results which can be clearly relayed by sharing a situation, task, action and result. Employers […]
Resume Writing and Seductive Words
It should be obvious that the seductive words contained in a Harlequin romance novel may differ greatly than those found in a professional resume but the purpose of the words is identical; to win over, attract, lure and entice! Your resume must be capable of attracting the attention of the HR professional or recruiter. A […]
Santa’s Professional Resume
It’s that time of year again! Santa has his professional resume perfected, (click on picture to view), and is looking forward to flying out to his next assignment. Ho Ho Ho! The next step for most would be a job interview but Santa will be able to skip this step in the process as his expertise eliminates any potential […]
Resume Contact Information
Please take a look at your resume and ensure you have provided the necessary contact information. If you are not sure what the contact information should consist of, please consult a Certified Professional Resume Writer, (CPRW) before sending out your resume! Over the past 17 years I have invested as much time providing free resume […]
Enhancing Qualifications On Your Resume
Your professional resume must be a fact-based, historical account of accomplishments. As the years pass, so should your qualifications continue to be enhanced by additional experiences, achievements and education. Your resume should clearly identify these ever increasing details which contribute to enhancing your qualifications and the ability to present an impressive resume. Managing a successful […]
How Competitive Is Your Resume?
September brings out the competition. If you put your job search on hold during the summer months, you are not unlike many others who are now back to work, back to school or readying their resume to engage in a full time job search. HR professionals and recruiters are receiving double the number of resumes […]
Do You Have One Of The Worst Resumes?
You would think sales and marketing professionals would know what an impressive resume looks like, after all, a resume is simply a marketing tool. HR professionals, with extensive experience reviewing resumes should also know how their own resumes should look in order to positively influence decision makers. However, this is not the case and after 18 years as a […]
How many resumes do you have?
Although you may choose to offer a resume with differing tag lines or a reworded “Projective”, you really only have one resume when sharing your career history and your education. There is no room for any lack of consistency regarding titles, dates or degrees as facts are facts. You either worked for the company during […]
Resume Writing Basic Rules
The following blog was posted over 3 years ago and yet is still as much a relevant issue today as it was then, DO NOT Use a Microsoft Word Resume Template. If you want to impress a recruiter or HR professional there are many basic rules that must be adhered to and this is just […]
A STAR Resume
What is a STAR resume? It is a professional resume that highlights your greatest accomplishments; an impressive document that will influence the decision maker within a matter of seconds to call you for a job interview. As with the brightest star, it will be a STAR resume that is noticed and will stand out from all the rest. Descriptions of […]
Pleasing the Judges
There is one very important criteria to consider before submitting your professional resume; will it impress the right people? Your professional resume is a single document that will influence the direction of your career and it will be judged by HR professionals and recruiters, those with the power to decide if you will be a potential […]
Will they love your resume?
Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day but if you are in career transition you won’t let this day or any other prevent you from an active job search. Your commitment and determination will impact the success of your job search but if they don’t love your resume you won’t have the opportunity to […]
A STAR Resume
What do the stars in the sky have in common with job seekers? There will always be some stars and some job seekers that will stand out from the others. As a job seeker your challenge is to stand out from the competition and a STAR resume will make you shine bright by highlighting your greatest accomplishments. […]
The ROI from a Professional Resume
There are few investments that are entered into without first evaluating the potential for a return on that investment. A decision to invest in renovating your home may result in an increase in property value or simply a more comfortable atmosphere to live in. In order to realize a significant benefit or a measurable return you will […]
Resume Writing – What NOT to Do
The following resume writing tips are well known in the industry but for those who find themselves returning to the job market after a lengthy tenure, it may be worth reviewing to ensure you are aware of some of these do’s and don’ts of resume writing. These 10 tips represent what NOT to do: Do Not use colourful or glossy paper, fancy fonts, symbols […]
Resume Writing – FAQ’s
Are you able to answer the following, frequently asked questions about resume writing? How many pages should my resume be? Do I need to list references on my resume? Should I list all 20 of my previous jobs? Is there a particular font that is more acceptable than others? I’ve heard that you shouldn’t underline anything on a […]
Resume Writing Feedback
How much feedback did you acquire before sending out your resume? Never send out a resume that has not been reviewed by at least a dozen people! Your resume is your key marketing tool. It will either get you in the door or it won’t. Don’t miss out on an opportunity! Every HR Professional and Recruiter will see your resume differently so it […]
Are you prepared for a job search?
Are you prepared for a job search if you lost your job tomorrow? Randy Woods writes, You may want a new job, but are you ready? He provides results of a recent poll which showed over 80% of respondents were either “somewhat prepared” or “very prepared” to start searching if they lost their current job tomorrow. That’s good, right? It […]
Hard Skills and Soft Skills
Quantifiable accomplishments are critical to producing a resume that will get you noticed but equally important is clearly identifying your hard skills and soft skills. Most people have invested a great deal of time establishing the following hard skills; project management, financial management, budget P&L, contract negotiations, executive leadership, program management, business development, matrix management, outsourcing, merchandising, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, […]
Resume Writing 101 The Basics
Professional Resume Writing 101 is a series of blog posts covering a variety of topics related to resume writing. The following topics are covered in the first five blog posts: Professional Resume Writing 101-1 Professional Resume Writing Styles Professional Resume Writing 101-2 Basic Elements Professional Resume Writing 101-3 Do’s and Don’ts Professional Resume Writing 101-4 Soft Skills Professional Resume […]