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How to get more than 8 seconds for your résumé review

Jobseekers are quick to show their disdain when the “8-second résumé review” is mentioned. Why shouldn’t they be frustrated? Many (not all) jobseekers take time and care to apply for a position and in the end, IF they even manage to get their paperwork in front of a hiring professional, then all they can expect […]
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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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How to Follow Up with a Potential Employer

Following up with a potential employer can be one of the greatest challenges in a job search. Most jobseekers anguish over the timing and the frequency of checking in with recruiters, human resource professionals, and managers. Many jobseekers prepare and leave numerous phone messages and send emails—trying to show diligence and hoping that they are […]
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Will you ever get back to work at your former salary?

Under-employed? Under-paid? Working? Uh huh. You have a job? …kinda. Perhaps it’s part-time, or maybe it’s in a different industry doing something you really don’t care to mention and at a salary that is embarrassing when compared to your former position. But you’re working. How did it feel on LinkedIn— when you indicated that you […]
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The ATS Work-Around…Maybe Not Such a Good Idea

There are several schemes being advertised through the Internet, including classes and workshops, to encourage and guide jobseekers to find a work-around to the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). I have several concerns about this approach for jobseekers. First, these programs lead jobseekers to believe that if they can just "work around" the Applicant Tracking Systems, […]
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How to Create a Reader-Based Cover Letter and Résumé

If you’ve been in the job search for very long you probably realize that with so many people looking for a job, expectations by the hiring community have skyrocketed. Times have changed and the do-it-yourself cover letter and résumé is not likely to fit the bill for most job-seekers. Today’s cover letters and résumés are […]
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Job Security: Job Fit—the moving target

After an interview, jobseekers often say, “I hope I get that job…it’s a good fit.” When I read Human Resource and Recruiter blogs about hiring, they are constantly asking about job fit. And yesterday, a potential client spent about 90 minutes telling me about her current job, which could be summarized by, “It’s just not […]
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