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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





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You Got ‘Skilz!

Soft Skills “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, people skills was #1 – check out this info graphic   Need a ‘lil positive ‘kick start’ to your job search each week?   SUBSCRIBE to this blog, AND, join us on Facebook! Even more great content in my monthly newsletter – sign up here  





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Unpaid Does Not = Unimportant!

Should volunteer work be included on a resume? What other types of unconventional “work” experience can be used? I get asked a lot if unpaid work (volunteer, barter/exchange, even applicable hobby experience or work you did for your mother-in-law because you know how & she doesn’t & you want to get in good with her (right?) can be included on a resume. Well, it CAN.  The real question is – should it? Volunteer Work: My answer is, well, sometimes, it depends. If the volunteer work is relevant to the type of position being sought, absolutely include it the same as Read More





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VIDEO: What Should I Put On My Resume?

  Some things are pretty obvious, I KNOW you know you need your contact info and work history, for example. But what about things like these: How much of my education should I list? Do I need an Objective? Should I include volunteer/unpaid work? What about my references? Is it okay to include graphs & graphics on a resume? Have a quick minute? (literally, the video is one minute long!  So of course you do!) Have a look see & listen to what I recommend you Always, Sometimes, and Never include on a resume:     (Spoiler alert!!!.. about graphics …since this Read More





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You Must Be Joking! Real Examples from Real Resumes

  In the spirit of April Fool’s Day,  here are some real life examples of things some misinformed (and sorry to say, foolish) job seekers ACTUALLY WROTE ON THEIR RESUMES. Compliments of my recruiter friend (and she works for a very large and prestigious international firm hiring mid-level to senior professionals, not high school students to flip burgers and McDonalds, just so we’re clear!) They’d be funny if they weren’t real examples of WHAT NOT TO DO: “Challenged personal endurance and will power by driving from Atlanta to Los Angeles in under 72 hours” “Golds Gym Member since 2006” “Thinks being Read More