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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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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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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Time for a Resume Refresh!

We usually don’t think about updating our resumes until we’re starting a job search.  Then, we need to scramble to figure out what we’ve done that should be included.  Not smart!  The Boy Scouts were right – “Be Prepared!” In this guest post by Job-Hunt.org’s Federal Government Job Search Expert Camille Carboneau Roberts, founder of […]

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Some Thoughts About Resumes for Tech Jobs

While I enjoy the heck out of talking to all of you on this blog, I actually earn my living as an organizational consultant who specializes in business processes. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I decided to write this blog in the first place – to help clue you in to what goes […]

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Is Matching Your Resume to the Job Description Cheating?

Simple answer: Not if you’re telling the truth. Not too long ago I had a comment suggesting that matching a resume to the actual job description is playing unfair…and I think the commenter went as far as to call it cheating.  I worry that some of you out there think along those same lines. If […]

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Targeting Your Resume to the Job: A Story in Progress

Recently a man I know who has been out of work since last year (and feeling understandably deflated by the process) asked me for some job search help. In the not-always-fair world of hiring, he has a few hurdles to overcome: varied job history with no clear connecting thread, over 55, out of work for […]

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10 Steps To Match Your Resume to the Job

I was just looking at a website that tells you how horrible resumes are and how awful people (like me) are when we dare to suggest you should match your resume, as best as possible, to each job for which you’re applying.  I hope you’re not surprised to learn this site is also selling a […]

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Resume Problems: I Keep Trying But My Resume Doesn’t Get Me Any Jobs!

Who doesn’t want a resume that will get them a job? I’d also like my resume to make me a sandwich and clean my apartment, but odds are that ain’t gonna happen. So why do I bring this up? While a good resume is important, I worry that job seekers are putting way too many […]

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