Resume Critiques by a Professional in Human Resources

Top 6 Resume Mistakes

There are so many ways you can write a resume. I encourage my clients to create resumes that display their own individuality. There is no way to please everyone with your resume, so make sure it pleases you. That having been said, there are some mistakes that should be avoided at all costs.

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College Graduate Resumes

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

How Does a Resume Get You the Job?

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

How Often Do You Update Your Resume?

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.

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Help! My Prospective Employer Wants References

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?

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Is the Resume Outdated or Dead?

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.

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Who Writes the Most Successful Resume?

YOU!!!  A resume is the only part of the hiring process over which you have 100% control.  Take that control by appointing yourself head writer of your resume.  Does this mean I don’t think you should ask for help?  No.  In fact I know someone (namely me) who would be happy to review, edit and provide some well thought out suggestions to improve your current resume at a very economical rate.  However, Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons Why an HR Professional May Reject Your Resume

People always ask me what the exact formula is to submitting a resume that will stand out.  Well, there is no secret formula.  HR recruiters are people and people have preferences.  In the initial screening of applicants, HR Professionals are looking for a reason to reject your resume rather than a reason to move forward. For that reason, it is crucial to avoid these ten resume pitfalls. It may just strengthen your application to get to that next level.

  1. You attach a resume in a format that is not compatible with the employer’s software operating systemContinue reading