Resume Critiques by a Professional in Human Resources

The Short Cover Letter

I am an advocate of the short cover letter. There are exceptions to every rule, but this is the advice I offer to the majority of my clients. Longer cover letters can contain redundancies, boring content, creative shticks that fall flat and potentially disclose unnecessary information. Shorter cover letters are easy to absorb and can highlight your top qualifications for the job.

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Why do Numbers Matter in Your Resume?

Resumes that quantify accomplishments often get noticed by a hiring manager. Why do numbers matter in your resume? Integrating numbers into your job description and accomplishments allow a hiring manager to better understand your job history and any necessary context. It will show a prospective employer that you understand how your work contributes to their bottom line. Employers want to know that their business will improve if they hire you. Numbers on a resume are also easy to understand and absorb by the reader. Continue reading

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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Resume Trends of 2017

As a resume consultant, I am always on the lookout for new or changing resume trends. I came across this article  written by Kristin Bahler and posted on the TIME magazine website. The article is entitled ‘What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2017.’ Continue reading

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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Does a Human Voice Belong in Your Resume?

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

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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