Covering Your Cover Letter

If your resume is the first impression the employer has of you, then the first impression of your first impression is your cover letter. Whether it is a formal document sent with your resume or how you write the email that delivers your resume, a cover letter, in any form, is still a vital part […]

Applicant Tracking Systems: Your Job Search Nemesis

First, the bad news: In a comprehensive study a few years ago, the Talent Function Group found: On average, 1,000 individuals will see a job posted to one of the large job boards. 200 will begin the application process. 100 will complete the application. 75 of those 100 resumes will be screened out by either […]

How to Discuss (and Negotiate) Salary in the Interview Process

One of the most challenging, questions during your interview is when the employer asks for salary requirements. It can be extremely stressful when you are face to face with your potential boss who will be paying you for the foreseeable future. You could be feeling the job is a great match, but if you have […]

Successful Job Searching: Planning is Everything

Since we will spend nearly one third of our lives at our job, it is easy to understand why our career can be either one of the greatest sources of life satisfaction and happiness, or a source of unhappiness, stress, frustration, and even illness. With the stakes so high, it doesn’t make sense to put less […]

Mind the Gap: How to Address Gaps on a Resume

A professional resume writer has several tricks up his/her sleeve to address potential red flags that might appear on your resume, CV, or LinkedIn profile – these include employment gaps on a resume. An effective resume should always put you in the best light, be honest and accurate, yet grey out areas that might appear […]

New Year, New Team, & Putting More Job Seekers to Work

As a consultant, strategic advisor, and creative partner to my clients, my work is all about helping them construct and design an impactful story around their professional journey, and the unique value they bring to the table. My goal was always to help as many people as possible – and in 2015, that goal was […]

Tips for a Successful Long Distance Job Relocation

Q: I’m considering relocating for work. How can I conduct a long distance job search and generate results while still employed in another market? A: Focusing your job search on a new city brings the added challenge of competing with qualified local candidates, and it can be difficult to convince hiring managers to give you […]

Should I Hire a Recruiter?

Now here’s a question I get asked quite often: “Should I work with a recruiter?” And if so, “Who do you recommend?” A recruiter can be an invaluable resource to job seekers in today’s digitally-driven job market. Recruiters often have excellent relationships with top companies that can be difficult to break into, and partnering with the […]

Can I Exaggerate Skills on My Resume?

Q: I want to use skill sets that I’ve gained through my job to help me break into a new field. The problem is, those aren’t core functions of my job. How much can I pump up those responsibilities on my resume to emphasize my experience? A: While every case is different, you can “beef […]

3 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out

WATCH: 3 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Resume  |  via SkilledUp I recently did a video segment with skill building and learning website, Skilled Up, where we discussed 3 key ways you can strengthen your resume and make it stand out – tips that go beyond all the noise you’re used to seeing in career articles. […]