Best and Worst Terms to Use in Your Resume – Ranked by Hiring Managers

In a recent CareerBuilders survey, over 2,200 hiring managers were asked to rank the terms they typically see in resumes as good or bad terms to use. The results really weren’t too surprising, but they are interesting to note, particularly if you are currently submitting resumes for job opportunities. The 15 Best Resume Terms These are the […]

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How to Quickly and Easily Customize Your Resume for EACH Opportunity

Customizing your resume for each opportunity is not optional in most situations. Resume/application customization is becoming increasingly important now that most resumes and applications are stored in an employer’s resume database or applicant tracking system (“ATS”). In addition, several recent studies have indicated that the human reviewer – if/when they do actually see your resume […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Customize Your Resume

I’ve spoken or interacted with several job seekers recently who think that customizing their resumes for specific opportunities is a waste of their time. I’ve even heard from a professional resume writer who agreed with that approach. One resume, sufficiently generalized to cover a wide range of employers and opportunities is fine. They say. NOT […]

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Resume Black Hole Pain: Why You Don’t Hear Back After You Submit Your Resume

A job search is NOT a “numbers game.” Today’s job search is much more like an “audition” for a new job. That’s a very important difference from the approach that most job seekers have today. Keep in mind that employers view everything you do in the job application and interview process as examples of the kind […]

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5 Resume “Rules” You MUST Ignore

What works and doesn’t work for job search today has changed substantially in the last few years – technology and the economy have changed most of the basic “resume rules.” Unless the employer is pretty small, fewer than 100 employees, the process of posting jobs and collecting resumes is automated. For resume submissions, this is significant. […]

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Avoid the Resume Black Hole: Resume Customization Cheat Sheet

Customizing your resume for each opportunity is not optional these days. Customization will help your resume escape the dreaded “black hole” where resumes disappear. Customization also demonstrates your interest in the opportunity, which will impress the employer. Customize to Stand Out in the Crowd (and the Resume Database) The Customization Cheat Sheet helps you focus on […]

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3 Assumptions You Should Never Make About Your Resume

Job seekers make assumptions about many aspects of their job search that may be wrong (for example, last week’s bad assumptions about job interviews).  And making wrong assumptions can mean a longer job search. Bad Assumptions About Your Resume Even a fabulous resume won’t land you a job, but a poorly done resume will cost you […]

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New Resume Black Holes: Applicant Tracking Systems

Don Goodman, Professional Resume Writer

The infamous Resume Black Hole is that place where resumes seem to disappear forever after job seekers submit them.  It is very discouraging, and, here at WorkCoachCafe.com, we’ve been trying to help job seekers avoid having their resume disappear in that black hole.  (See the links at the bottom of this article for more ideas.) […]

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Beating the Resume Black Hole: How to Use the Right Keywords in Your Resume.

Sadly and annoyingly, without the “right words” in the “right places” a resume is often ignored. The infamous “black hole” where resumes disappear is one of the most discouraging aspects of job search today.  Appropriate use of those right words (a.k.a. “keywords”) can help the resume to avoid the black hole.   Over the last few […]

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How to Beat the Resume Black Hole: Find the Right Keywords for You

Keywords in a job description

One of the most discouraging aspects of job search today is the resume “black hole” – the place where resumes seem to disappear after submission.  Often resumes end up in that black hole because of technology used by many employers to search through the resumes of qualified applicants.  Without the “right words” in the “right […]

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