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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Why You Should Ignore the “Rules” of Resume Writing

First Rule of Resume Writing: Ignore the Rules I’m not a fan of the “MUST/MUST NOT” rules of resume writing. Most of us are familiar with the obvious ones. Each of my conversations with a new client concludes with me asking them what their initial expectations are for the final product – what would they like […]

Will a Visual Resume Help You Stand Out?

A year or so ago, I was creating a lot of infographic-style, visual resumes for clients. It was in demand, and I enjoyed it because it was a great way to combine my expertise in resume writing and HR, with my creative background in art & design. Then I realized that ideology was more about […]