| Job Search Guide - Changing Your Perspective on the Search
by Warren White and Tim Muma - Apr, 2014
Finding that next great position can be an arduous challenge, so when the hunt yields no result it may be time to change your whole perspective on how you search for jobs. Warren White, a dual-certified human resources professional and career strategist, gives Tim Muma a handful of different stratgies and ways of thinking about one's job search, whether it's keeping things simple or focusing on something else. Job Search Gu...
| Job Search Guide - Why You’re a Boring Candidate
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky and Tim Muma - Apr, 2014
If you're struggling to even get a job interview, it's probably time to look in the mirror. Clearly, employers aren't getting excited about what you bring to the table and may find you "boring." Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, a Career and Occupational Consultant, joins Tim Muma to discuss the items hiring professionals find less than interesting. Mary also gives the listeners alternative strategies to spice up your appeal and draw th...
| Job Search Guide - From Fluff to Facts on the Resume
by Don Goodman and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
The resume remains a tool for landing an interview for a potential position, but it's important to utilize it properly and choose your words wisely. Tim Muma speaks with Don Goodman, About Jobs president and certified resume writer, who offers his experienced perspective to help job seekers find ways to get away from "fluffy" language and create truly marketable verbiage. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process fr...
| Job Search Guide - Credibility Matters
by Perry Newman and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
We've probably all seen it or heard about it when someone with less ability or experience gets a job over the seemingly better candidate. Varying factors can play a role, including the credibility an individual carries with him or her. Perry Newman, job strategist and award-winning resume writer, tells Tim Muma that the "Credibility Factor" is a major component to anyone's successful job search. We examine the details and how...
Lying or Fudging on Resumes–Rotten Idea
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2014
The subject of lying or exaggerating on resumes just keeps coming up! It amazes me how many people–at least some of whom seem otherwise intelligent–make the lousy decision to falsify information in their resumes (falsify is a euphemism for lying, but sounding weaker doesn’t make it better). With all the publicity there is from time to time about perpetrators getting caught, I would think people would hesitate to take the r...
What to Include on a Resume for Retail
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Dear Deb: Is it necessary to bring a resume for a job at a retail shop in the mall? What would it say? I have only worked at an Italian ice cart at a local amusement park and also some intermittent work as a catering server. It might make me look silly to show that and a high school diploma plus two years of college. What’s your advice? Thank you, Lauren Dear Lauren: Yes, I would recommend a resume. In yo...
Makeover Your Resume Achievements
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Aug, 2014
One of the key principles I am constantly preaching to my clients is that when it comes to resumes and LinkedIn profiles, more is not really more. Less is emphatically more in these arenas. You can see this clearly in the resume achievement makeovers below. I’ve pulled resume bullets and paragraphs from random resumes and revamped each one in turn. In this first example the bullet is too long and too vague to impr...
How to Write a Great Interior Design Resume
by Louise Fletcher - Aug, 2014
Are you struggling with your resume? Finding it hard to come up with creative ideas, even though that’s what you do for a living every day? Don’t worry – you’re far from alone in this. Most interior designers struggle to sell themselves effectively. But your lack of a killer resume is hurting your career and ensuring that you are being passed over for people who are often less qualified. I specialize in resume writi...
Spark Interviews With a Distinctive Resume Voice
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2014
Distinctions Between Voice and Tone In a recent blog conversation with an admired colleague, Debra O’Reilly, job search strategist and certified resume writer, we discussed the distinctions between voice and tone. In particular, we discussed how those distinctions might matter when writing a resume. Debra offered pithy, valuable points in regard to ensuring the resume voice aligns with the candidate’s personality, and th...
Why Recruiters Ignore Your Resume
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2014
A recruiter has asked you to submit your resume for a search assignment they are trying to fill. Then silence. You may think your resume landed in the black hole, but actually, these factors may have negatively influenced the recruiter. 1. You don’t have a gmail email address. Executives are thought of as movers and shakers, people with forward thinking. Those are the types of executives that recruiters are looking for...
How Do Recruiters Read An Executive Resume?
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2014
Wouldn’t you like to know how recruiters read your resume? If you did know, you could leverage that knowledge to incorporate the right strategies into your resume, right? Believe it or not, recruiters are trained how to grab the most information in the least amount of time. By last count, they have shaved the time down from 10 seconds to 6 seconds, so you know your resume needs to be sharp to capture their interest. Jennife...
Three Reasons Why Objective Statements Are Out
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
With all the “do’s and don’ts” of resume writing, do you ever wonder the reasons why objective statements are out? The objective statement falls in the category of a “don’t.” There are at least three reasons why objective statements are no longer recommended for professional resumes. ONE: It places the focus on your needs (objective) rather than the employer’s needs. The purpose of your resume is to help the hiring man...
3 Easy Ways to Disguise Resume Gaps
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2014
If you’re worried about gaps in your resume, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common concerns expressed by new clients of Blue Sky Resumes, and a common topic of conversation on web forums and social media sites. The good news is that resume gaps are not as big a concern as they used to be. As our economy has changed, the world of work has transformed with it. People keep jobs for shorter and shorter periods of tim...
One Resume Technique to Make You Stand Out
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
A Human Resources Manager, working at a Fortune 500 company, asked for my help in writing her resume. She told me: “Thousands of resumes have passed through my hands but when it comes to writing my own I have a difficult time doing it.” She isn’t alone in her concerns. Most people find resume writing challenging. A resume is nothing more than a slick piece of advertising, but an important piece, especially in today’s job marke...
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