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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





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Get Your Resume to the Top of the Yes Pile

  This was published a few years ago when I was interviewed by a writer from the Army Wives Network.  The link isn’t active anymore, so I’m recycling the Q & A here, for YOUR reading pleasure ….   The time has come and you are ready to start a job search. Your first step is creating a professional stand-out resume. Many people are a little intimidated at the prospect of creating a resume.   Here are some common questions answered with firsthand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to professional resumes.     Q: What are some Read More