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 […]

What is Your Brand?

Movie studios will spend an average $50M per movie for this. Companies like Apple, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart spend an average 5% to 7% expected annual revenue for this. It is just as important to a company as it is to you personally. Do you know what it is? It’s branding. In the business world it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]