Summaries Made Simple

How to Write a Resume Summary in 5 Simple Steps   In a recent post, “Are Objectives Outdated“, I suggest that yes, having an objective on your resume may make you look like a dinosaur. The more modern approach is to begin your resume with a Summary, or Overview section. What should be included in a resume summary, or not? >>> Here’s how to write one in 5 simple steps:   1. Review: Remember English class in high school? And how your essays had to have an introduction, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion? I always wrote my introduction AFTER Read More

How to Sell Your Soft Skills

~You Got ‘Skilz~ “It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.” – George F. Will   Sell your top 3 “soft skills” (personal traits). They are what differentiate you from your competitors with similar training & experience Of the Top 10 qualities & traits employers want, what do you think is on the list? >>Check out this info graphic to find out!<<   What are YOUR strongest “soft skills”? How can you capture and demonstrate them on your resume? Cover Letters? During an interview?   Here are a few examples:  motivation/initiative; flexibility/adaptability; team work/people skill   Here are a Read More

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

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

Are Objectives Outdated?

  Do I need an Objective Statement, or not?  Think 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.  THAT SAID…. Here are mine: Don’t Be a Dinosaur…   Using an Objective Statement is an OUTDATED approach – dated to approximately the Mesozoic era! The modern resume has evolved to  often include a Summary & Skills section instead. These focus on what you bring to the employer, (whereas an Objective is usually Read More