The Great Cover Letter Myth: Why Your Cover Letter Can’t Always Save You

I’ve been taking some career coaching classes lately. (Fear not. I promise not to jeopardize my non-expert status too much.)  Anyway…while we were talking about resumes, one of the people in my class asked “Do resumes really matter? It’s all in the cover letter.” After I got up off the floor and brushed myself off…oh […]

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Is Your Resume Sure-Fire Proof of Insanity?

Pop psych wisdom tells us that a sure sign of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. Well…the same holds true for your resume. Any resume doctor worth his or her salt will tell you that a good resume really can make all the difference. This is not mere […]

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Will These 10 Resume Killer Phrases Really Destroy Your Resume?

There’s a Liz Ryan “resume killer” article setting the blogosphere ablaze (well at least warmly abuzz) that offers a list of overworked resume phrases that kill your resume (or so she says) and therefore you should never, ever, positively no way use them.  Here are those dastardly resume-killer word combos that, that according to Liz, […]

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My Number 1 Cover Letter Tip

A while back I was asked to come up with my best cover letter tip as part of a Pongo Resume blog post about cover letters. Various experts (their word not mine ) offered their own top cover letter tips.  Since Pongo only included a sample of each person’s response, here in full is my […]

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10 Things I Look for When I Screen Resumes and Cover Letters

Confessions of a serial resume screener: One of the things I enjoy most as a consultant is when I get to help companies find good candidates to interview. It’s fun meeting each one in an initial interview and trying to figure out if they might be a good match for the company and job. But […]

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How Do I Include Temp Work in My Resume?

Dear Work Coach, I have a resume that need tons of help! I am recently graduated with a BA in Psychology and I used to do temp work on vacations. I have almost four years of experience with several companies, but I don’t know how to attractively convey that on my resume. Do you know […]

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How to Fix Your Way Too Long Cover Letter

Dear Work Coach, I am having a tremendously difficult time editing my cover letter. I am attempting to beef up my candidacy by specifically detailing my job skills. I didn’t want to be general nor did I want to seem like I padded it, which is probably why I became obsessed with lifting the specific […]

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Is Your Cover Letter Too Long?

Since I’m spending the week reviewing resumes and doing phone screens for a client, I thought I should share something important that my client said to me today about all the resumes she’s been getting – and the accompanying cover letters that are driving her crazy. Her words: PLEASE tell people not to write two-page […]

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Job Search: So How’s That New Resume Going?

I’m reminded once again how many people don’t realize the harm they’re doing themselves by having a so-so resume – or worse. I just started a new consulting job helping my client screen resumes and interview people for an opening they want to fill ASAP. As I begin to look at resumes from which I […]

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How I Stupidly Screwed Up Getting a Job Interview

We all screw up interviews now and then – even someone who’s been through this whole job interview thing many many times and writes a blog just brimming with interview advice! Here’s what happened to me just this week. I decided to reach out beyond my usual consulting clients and look for something new. One […]

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