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Does Your Resume Pass the “Quick Scan” Test?

  First thing to know is employers easily receive 80-100+ applicants for any given job ad.  I say this not to scare you, it’s simply to help you understand that there is a good amount of competition and why you need to do your best to stand out right off the bat with your cover letter and resume. What almost all (smart) employers will do with the resumes they receive is take a quick 10-30 second scan of the whole resume first to get an overall impression without investing much time in each initially. When I’ve been on hiring committees, Read More





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VIDEO: The Difference Between Your Job and Your Work

I am a HUGE fan of Oprah’s Super Soul Sundays, Sessions, Master Class, etc, et al, just ALL of what she does. Sometimes she has a gem that is so perfect to share with you, my fans, supporters and clients, that I have to include it in the blog  (with all credit and attribution to Oprah and Harpo Studios)  (Though often I post videos I find on my Resume Confidence Facebook page – join there if you haven’t already, it’s usually different content from the blog or newsletter entirely) The title clearly lays out an issue many wonder about – Read More





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QUIZ: How to tell if you need a Resume Writer

Is Hiring a Resume Writer Worth It? Or Can You Just Do It Yourself? You already know you need a great looking resume full of content that will stand out to employers – but – if paying for professional help really necessary? Can you do a good enough job on your own? How do you really know or determine that? Ask yourself the following questions. Note your honest answers: If you already have a resume, and you’ve been sending it out for at least a month or more, are you getting interviews from it? Do you know your unique skills Read More





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Video: Communicating Better in Business

As the late Stephen Covey said in his famous (and fabulous) book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.” Taking 1 minute and 34 seconds to get some ideas about how to communicate better at work could save you hours of time trying to get on the same page as a co-worker, or clearing up a miscommunication with a customer…let alone making sure you can clarify exactly what the boss expects of you! Check it out:    





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Please and Thank You (+ Sample Letter – You’re Welcome!)

  Say your “please’s” and “thank you’s”, please! My momma raised me to send thank you letters, whether it was for the gifts I’d received as a child all the way up to making sure I followed up promptly after my first job interviews in high school.  And I still do this, all the time as seems appropriate.   I can’t tell you how many times both friends and employers or work colleagues have said to me, “It was so unexpected (or unnecessary, or both) but so nice (thoughtful, above & beyond) to receive your thank you note!” It’s a Read More