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Why does a resume cost so much?

There’s a rumor that a woman asked Picasso if he could create a quick sketch  on a napkin. He sketched the woman’s likeness and handed it to her with an invoice for a large amount of money. She was shocked. “But it only took you five minutes!” “No, madam, it took me all my life,” responded the artist. When you

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Stylistic conventions of resume writers

To cut down on reading time and keep the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, resume writers employ a variety of strategies that may seem unusual to those who don’t read resumes every day. Because the first review of a resume generally takes fewer than 30 seconds, these strategies may increase your chances of getting a call. Here are

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The Telephone Interview, Part 4: Checklist

  At the end of the interview, you’ll want to ask what the next step is. Then you should be sure to write a thank you note or email right after the call.   Checklist for a virtual interview __  Have on hand hard copies of your résumé (identical to the version you sent in),

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The Telephone Interview, Part 3: Video Dos and Don’ts

DO Dress professionally. Put on your suit and practice on the webcam. Check out how the colors appear on the camera with the capture function. Make sure you have a professional-looking Skype photo. Practice to be sure that you are in the best position in front of the webcam. Look into webcam and not directly

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The Telephone Interview, Part 2: Video Interviews

Although some interview may be recorded, the majority of video interviews are live. You can interview using a webcam and a laptop, a desktop, or Skype on an iPad. Make sure the area where you set up for the interview is clutter-free. Pay attention to the background. White walls are fine, but bookshelves in the

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The Telephone Inteview, Part 1: Preparing for the Interview

Preparing for your phone interview is critical to your success. Spend as much time as you would preparing for a face-to-face interview. Be sure to find out the following information at the time you schedule the interview: Time of the call and time zone Who will call who (and the phone number) Expected length of

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Free Event: National Career Summit 11/4-11/15/2013

Do you want to receive expert Job and Career Advice from over 24 of the leading Job and Career experts in the world – all for free? If you do, sign up today for the National Career Summit, a virtual training event that can be accessed from your computer or phone. You’ll learn step by

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Would a career change help you find a job?

A career change is an important investment. Job seekers complete training programs and conduct job searches only when programs are finished. How do you know that it will be feasible to find a job in the field you have targeted for your career change? One way you can get a better idea is to do

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Unemployment Rates and Your Resume

  Even with U.S. unemployment rates decreasing in many areas to less than half what they were in January 2009, the job market still has three candidates for every job open. With that in mind, you still want your resume to be the most competitive that it can be to get the best interviews. Moving

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The Ideal Resume Burger

Getting Ready for a Summer Job Search: Turn Your Resume into a Burger

  Want to make a resume that employers will love? Make a resume burger! (Don’t worry if you’re vegan. We don’t have to put animal protein in this burger.) The ideal resume burger is very different from the average job candidate’s resume. Most resumes are lean on achievements with either supersized summaries or none at

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What can you do when you can’t recall important job details for your resume or application?

Recently one of my clients could not recall everywhere she had worked, much less the dates of employment. Of course, most of the time we need only go back ten years or so on our resumes so the earlier positions won’t matter so much. On the other hand, some employers, such as the public schools,

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How will the new type of career affect the resume?

Last week in the New York Times, columnist Thomas Friedman advocated for building innovation skills into K-12 educational curriculum. Many innovative educators believe that the US educational system is still focused on building the skills we would have needed to work in a factory in the early 1900s.  Friedman pointed out that the traditional well-paid job

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Is the resume objective considered old hat?

Today’s resumes rarely include objectives at the top of the page. Prior to the 1990s, objectives appeared on resumes with greater frequency and indicated what the job seekers wanted from a career and an employer. Now resumes tend to focus on how the candidates will meet the requirements of employers instead of what they want

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“It was all just part of my job”: Why is it hard to recognize our own achievements?

Let’s consider the following conversation between the Resume Writer and the client: “Did you bring your projects in on budget?” “Yes, within 5% or less.” “Always?” “Yes, but it was just my job. That was what I was hired to do.” “Did others always bring them in within 5%?” “No. In fact, the Vice President

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Free Webinar on Using LinkedIn

Everyone loves picking up new skills for free, especially those that will help us fuel the momentum of our careers. From time to time, I’ve worked as a writer for Mike Maetz of Maetz Consulting, and earlier this year, I took Mike up on his free webinar on using LinkedIn. Honestly, I think it was

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How long should I make my resume?

What’s the truth about resume length? Everywhere you look, you’ll see a different answer. Some writers tell you that a resume must be one page. Others say two are preferred. Still others insist the answer just depends. Even recruiters can differ, though most opt for a two-page resume when candidates have significant experience. In fact,

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Welcome to the Resume Writer’s Blog!

I am excited to launch the Resume Writer’s Blog today. I hope to make this blog interactive and hear from readers what their questions and concerns are in the job market. Please feel free to let me know topics you want to see on the site. I have access to a comprehensive network of other

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