I recently had the opportunity to live critique college graduate resumes. As I absorbed these resumes quickly and spit out as much feedback as I could in 10 minutes, I couldn’t help but notice a few reoccurring themes in the feedback I offered. I thought it would be useful to post my top 10 tips for college graduate resumes. Continue reading
I recently received word that I am a Certified Professional Résumé Writer or CPRW. Now that I am a CPRW, what does that mean? Continue reading
I recently read an article written by Tom Lamont. Lamont interviewed the head of Google’s people operations, Lazlo Bock. The piece largely focused on Google’s work culture and ridiculous odds on actually getting hired. However, a section on Bock’s hiring criteria stood out to me and raised a question. How does a resume get you the job? To summarize, Bock indicated that he cares about four things when assessing a candidate: Continue reading
Meet Jane: She is happy at her current position as an executive assistant at XYZ Shipping Company. She loves her boss and, through regular performance reviews, she feels that her boss is happy with her work. Together they have set up a long term plan for Jane to keep her challenged and interested in her current role. She gets along with all her co-workers and is completely happy with her compensation package. How often should Jane update her resume? How often should you update your resume? The answer is constantly.
Liz Ryan, CEO of Human Workplace, has written several articles supporting the idea of utilizing a ‘human voice’ when drafting your resume. You can click here for one her articles. Ryan encourages her readers to tell a story in their resume and make sure that their voice shines through in all application materials. Continue reading
As a Human Resource professional, I can’t tell you how many times I heard it or I said it: “I’m sorry; we only verify positions worked and dates of hire.”
It’s true that it’s a risk for a previous employer to give out detailed information about an employee’s performance to a prospective employer. Due to this risk, most companies have opted for the ‘less is more’ policy when it comes to employment references. What is a job seeker to do?
I love what I do. However, there can be a lot of opinions surrounding the topic of resumes. What makes a great resume? What should or should not be in a resume? What tricks are there to getting your resume to the top of the stack? Lately I’ve heard comments from friends, colleagues, and blog writers that the resume is no longer the best way to circulate your information to prospective employers. Is this true? Is the resume outdated? Is it dead?
A simple Google search will show you multiple articles, blogs, and interviews stating that the resume is obsolete and no longer necessary. These articles will claim that LinkedIn profiles, digital profiles, blogs, etc. are the new resume. I will agree that these items, when used appropriately, can enhance your application materials. There are some companies that require an electronic creative CV to showcase an applicant’s talents and accomplishments. However, I will not agree that the resume is dead.