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Are Objectives objectionable? and other great resume debates

  THE GREAT DEBATES: Answers to long standing and much discussed questions about resumes over three weeks of posts. 1. One page only, or is two-pager okay? (first week) 2. Chronological vs. Functional formats (last week) 3. Do I need an Objective Statement, or not? (THIS WEEK!)   This you know the answer?   Let me preface this by saying that resumes writers and employers alike have varying opinions and preferences on all three of these questions.  There aren’t really any completely right or wrong answers, just different perspectives.  Here are mine:   1. Do I Need an Objective Statement? Read More





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Educate Yourself: How to List Education on Your Resume

  Here’s the Cliff Notes on Listing Education on Your Resume You’ll get an A+ if you follow these notes: Overall:     Don’t list your graduation/completion year if it was more than 5-10 years ago* (with some exceptions)Also,   At that point, it starts to sound less relevant and possibly age you if it’s longer than 10-15 years ago. Same goes with the additional training you list — keep the ones you list on your resume to the most recent and relevant. I do like to see “Expected Graduation (or Completion) 2017” if you are currently enrolled in a program, though, Read More





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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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Client Stories: 3 All Too Common Resume Mistakes

  Real clients, real resumes – real mistakes!  I have reviewed some resumes today with mistakes I commonly see, unfortunately. Make no mistake about it – these types of errors WILL adversely affect your chances of landing an interview to be considered for the job!   — Mistake #1: TOOOO LOONNGG:  I regularly see 3 page resumes – no no no!  (or even more – up to 8 (ugh!) pages (NO!)… Often it seems this is because the person is trying to space things out, divide content sections with titles to make it easier to read. This is actually a good idea Read More





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Addressing a Job Gap on Your Resume

This blog post originated from a conversation on the e-list group of my professional organization, Career Directors International.   The discussion was about good strategies for stay-at-home-moms who are transitioning back to the workplace to account for that time gap on their resumes.   I myself have a few time gaps in my career, but for a different reason.  Being a bit of a vagabond by nature, particularly when I was younger and unclear on my career path, I took several extended international trips lasting 2 – 6 months that were always followed by a transition/relocation period.   Clients of Read More