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How to stand out and fit in —hidden résumé secrets

There are two characteristics that potential employers use to seriously consider a candidate. Oddly enough, they may seem to be at odds with each other. I’m referring to the ability of the jobseeker to first, stand out from the other résumés. Once that has been achieved, another unique characteristic comes into play. That’s the ability […]
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Job Opening: President of the United States

What jobseekers should learn from political campaigns There is a remarkable parallel between the election process and the path of the jobseeker who is looking for work. In the case of our election, much of the process is public. I believe there is a lot to be learned we watch this process plays out. At […]
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How to turn résumé failures to your advantage

”But I was a perfect fit for that job! It isn’t hard to find jobseekers who say, “I was a perfect fit for that position and I didn’t get an interview!” No matter how clearly a candidate’s background fits the description on a job posting, there are still reasons that he or she may not […]
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How the right bullet points move you to the top—Part 2

Everyone who communicates in writing knows that bullet points can communicate specific information quickly and efficiently. Part 1 of this blog series gives an overview of bullet point tips with regard to cover letters and résumés. It gives a severe reprimand regarding bullets that use common words (e.g. “strong communication skills.” It also lists five […]
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How the right bullet points move you to the top—Part 1

So much of our cover letters and résumés use bullet points to quickly communicate essential information to the reader. Yet, almost every résumé I see, misuses them to the detriment of the jobseeker. This post and the next two posts will focus on critical details about these indispensable communication tools. * * * Résumés have […]
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Overlooked Details that Kill your Jobsearch

Today, most jobseekers know that there’s more to getting the job than the basics. The struggle to identify all the moving parts of the jobsearch and integrate all of them to bring in a job offer is a daunting task. It is also a moving target. The standard definition of “detail” is: an individual feature, […]
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Why Your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities No Longer Make the Cut

—Why your skills, knowledge and abilities will help you less and less. For decades hiring professionals have relied on knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs, also known as SKAs) to determine whether a candidate should be moved forward in the hiring process. Definitions: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: This article by Sharlyn Lauby defines the three as: […]
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How to Cut Your Jobsearch in Half

Are you applying for the right jobs and are you credible to the hiring professional who will decide to bring you in for an interview? Yes? Are you sure? The fundamental concept that all Forward Motion programs emphasize is the importance of finding employment that is a good fit. This single element can save job […]
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