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FUNCTIONAL RESUMES EXPLAINED

Answers to Common Questions About Functional Resumes   After my post “Chronological vs. Functional Resumes“, I’ve received a few questions – and I know it can be puzzling to figure out which resume format works best for YOUR unique work history, and most importantly – current job goals!   So this post is for you, dear readers, hope it helps! How is it different from a chronological resume? A chronological resume is what most people think of, listing their work history in reverse time order including job title, company name & location and dates, then listing the skills, experiences and Read More





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How To Answer the “So, what do you do?” Question

All of us have heard the old saying,” It’s not what you know but who you know.”  I say in this job search market, we need to rewrite this to read “It’s who and what you know.”  Knowing someone will hopefully get your foot in an otherwise closed or hidden door for a meeting, but you still need to know your field and have the skills an employer needs to actually get hired. The “who you know” part of networking can include people you meet on the street, so to speak, as well as your current group of friends, family, Read More





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Seeing Opportunity Differently

  Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki recommends in his bestselling book about creating financial freedom, “Work to learn, don’t work for money.” He also says that while most people might say the economy after September 11th was terrible because all the stock prices fell, if we look at the situation differently, it was a unique time to “buy low”, and invest for the day when prices would inevitably rise again, and thus, another opportunity to “sell high”, the ideal sets of circumstances for investing, and making money. We just have to train ourselves to be able to see Read More





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Staying Active

  Staying Active A job search client was telling me about all the professional networking groups he attends, about an interviewing workshop he was going to, and was quite interested when I mentioned he might like to join Toastmasters.  I commended him for his diligent activities, but, immediately encouraged him, as is my tendency, to make sure he relaxed, enjoyed some of his free time while he had it, and basically not to overdo things. I do this to balance out the messages I believe we usually get from our culture, our own ideas of ‘what people will think’, and Read More





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3,741 Things to NOT Do On a Resume

Resume Writing No-No’s: (and you can relax now, there’s really only 7 listed here — whewww!)   NO TYPPOS!!!! You KNEW that, I know!  (And yes, I know there aren’t supposed to be too, I mean two P’s in typos, to . . I mean too!)  . . . but you’d be surprised just how many resumes have mistakes – and more than won (err, one)! (ugh!) Spell check first, then proofread, then read it backwards (this really helps you catch stuff!), then have someone else proofread it.  (Oh, and make the needed changes, too!) Check NOT just for spelling Read More