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 […]

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 Effective Ways to Build a Career When You Have “Zero Time”

This post originally appeared as a guest post on the Sonage blog. Whether you’re happy at your job or on the hunt for a new gig, you need be ready to make a move – at any time, all of the time. It’s one of the ways you can truly take care of yourself. Here’s […]

4 Kinds of Career Change, and How to Navigate Each

Transitioning professionals and career changers make up a significant portion of my clients, and they range from those making lateral moves within their industry, to those looking to do a complete professional overhaul. Today’s job market has opened up more of a dialogue around career dissatisfaction, and the integration of personal values and interests into […]

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 […]

Why Does it Take HR So Long to Respond?

This post originally appeared on the Brooklyn Resume Studio blog. . Having spent more than a decade in recruiting and hiring, I get a lot of questions from a lot of folks as to why the hiring process takes so long, why hiring managers never respond to applications they don’t choose, and what happens to […]