Consider Eliminating This Word from Your Resume

In writing a résumé, great care should be taken to ensure that the words chosen powerfully convey the value you have to bring to a prospective employer. Words and phrases that minimize the “punch” that your accomplishments make end up diminishing your document’s overall effectiveness. Many of my colleagues have eschewed the use of the […]

5 Questions to Ask and One Tip to Keep Resumes Interesting

I recently ran across the headline of a blog post that advocated for shorter résumés over longer ones. This really puzzled me. Professional résumé writers tend to take a more balanced approach to the matter; yes, going on ad nauseum about each minute detail of your career is a bad idea, but generally, content is […]

Extra Effort Brings Extra Flavor to Your Resume

I love soups made from scratch. The aromas, the explosion of fresh flavors from all the ingredients… yum! You just can’t get the same culinary experience from a can of condensed soup or a package of dried bits and powder that has to be reconstituted. However, for all that goodness in a mug, you have […]

Do Cliches Have a Place on Resumes?

There is much advice that advocates for the use of quantifiable accomplishments on a résumé. I am certainly in agreement with that because of how clearly they can show the application of your knowledge and talents in real-world situations. In the same breath, however, some say that you should avoid every qualitative description that is […]

Are You a One-Trick Pony Who Puts All the Eggs in One Basket?

Yes, this is the cliché edition of The Job Quest 😉 But seriously, a lot of wisdom can be found in clichés when they are applied to the job search: Don’t be a one-trick pony. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Use all the tools in your toolbox. Don’t be a one-hit wonder. […]

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