What Is HR Thinking During Your Interview?

This is a topic that has been percolating for a while. It was initially sparked earlier this year when I visited with a teen group that I am mentoring about job hunting and early career management. We were covering job interview skills, and some of them had been game enough to be taped prior to […]

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 […]

No Fooling — Objective Statements Are a Waste

It amazes me when I read articles, blog posts, and even some post-secondary institutions’ career services pages that still talk about using objective statements on résumés. “But this is 2014!” I think. “Why would any job seeker use such an antiquated convention?” It can be hard to break away from something that had been a […]

“Desired Qualifications” Are Not Optional

Last week, a client emailed me about a position of interest. Upon looking at the position, I noticed there were some discrepancies between the résumé I had created for my client and this posting. I sent off an email asking for more information about his skills and experiences in the areas outlined in the job […]

How to Avoid Losing Out on a Job at the Interview Level

Earlier in August, the weather in south-central Wisconsin had cooled off enough that we turned of the A/C and threw open our windows. While the more comfortable temperatures were a welcome relief from this summer’s heat, we weren’t so thrilled that flies started to make their presence known inside our house. One day when my […]

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