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4 Ways to Ensure Your Resume Makes it Through "The Black Hole"

By Jenny Foss

An amazing job just popped up online. I mean, like, your dream job. And it's not just your dream job ... It's your dream job that lines up perfectly to your experience. You couldn't have constructed a more perfect job description, not even if you tried. And so, it goes without saying that you dropped everything to apply for this life-changing opportunity. Right? You filled in all the blanks on the...

Networking Power Letter

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Grace is a marketing executive from New York City who is amazingly well connected in her industry. She recently reached out to us to help her create a brand-driven resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile that reflected her career story and passion for helping companies succeed in their marketing efforts. Once Grace had her resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile ready to go, she really didn&...

Elements of a Killer Cover Letter

By Jenny Foss

Ahh, the cover letter. The bane of just about every job seeker's existence. If you're like most people, you'd rather spend 17 hours at a car repair shop or waiting for the cable guy than have to spend 17 minutes writing a cover letter. But a well-written cover letter -- directed to the right person -- can give you a decided advantage in the competition. So you really ought to figure this sucker ou...

5 Helpful Resume Tips

By Joey Trebif

Resumes are the trickiest bits of writing that the average person is likely to have to deal with in their lifetime. Your resume is also the most important document for your career. What makes resume writing difficult is that you’ve got to put together a document that grabs and hold someone’s attention in a positive way in just a few seconds, and then provide enough useful information t...

Ways To Bank On Your Resume

By Yuleni Pulido

Your resume is barely good enough to attract interviews let alone profiting from it. Right? You are probably right, most resumes are not competitive enough to land you interviews for the job you want and are qualified for. This can be changed and once you have a new branding resume, you will more than likely be able to bank on it. There are several ways that can lead you to a good opportunity and ...

Will Your Resume Make The Cut?

By Julie Walraven

The cut? Will my resume make the cut? Job seekers wonder if their resume will make it through the system and get them the interview. Where Do I Begin To Answer That Question? Getting your resume through the online system is just one part of job search. First of all, not every job is posted on a job board. Furthermore, not every job is posted on a company website. Sometimes you need to know there w...

7 Plus Things You Don't Want on Your Resume

By Joey Trebif

You’ve heard the saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” and your resume is a perfect example of this. Your resume is your first point of contact with hiring managers and recruiters. If you want the interview and ultimately the job, you will need to ensure that your resume is perfect. With that in mind, there are some things that you don’t want to ...

Promote Yourself Without Sounding Too Braggy

By Sarah Landrum

When you're a job hunter, it's tempting to embellish your achievements. After all, if you're up against hundreds or thousands of competitors, you have to stand out in some way. And if it means stretching the truth in your cover letter, why not? The thing is, there's a much better way to go about it. Instead of writing "I'm the best employee you can ever work with!" and leaving it at that, you'll c...

Keywords and Your Job Search

By Louise Kursmark

The past few weeks I’ve been awash in keywords as I’ve been working on the second edition of a best-selling book on that very topic: The Best Keywords for Resumes, Letters, and Interviews. When Wendy Enelow (my frequent writing partner) wrote the first edition of the book, keywords were an emerging concept. More than a decade later, keywords are well accepted and just as important, if ...

Do I Still Need a Resume if I'm on LinkedIn?

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Believe it or not I hear this question from job seekers and connections in my network at least once a week. I want to address the issue head on—a resume and a LinkedIn profile are not interchangeable. One isn’t designed to replace the other in a job search; on the contrary, they’re meant to complement each other. A recruiter may find you on LinkedIn and then like what they see...

Can a Great Resume Save You From a Bad Interview?

By Joey Trebif

Most of us have experienced a bad interview, and we all know that it can feel devastating, especially if you really wanted the job. However, just because the interview didn’t go as planned, it’s possible that you won’t automatically be ruled out as a potential candidate. If you’ve got an excellent resume, it can save you from a bad interview. There are some steps you can ta...

Quantify Info and Use Numbers in Your Resume

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Why is it important to use numbers on your resume? It’s simple. Numbers tell your potential employer where, how, and why you have succeeded. You can always make general statements. For instance, I could say “I have helped a lot of people create resumes that got them interviews and jobs.” Is that quantifiable? No, it is not. But if I say: “Of 1,000 clients who came to me for...

Resumes versus LinkedIn Profiles

By Joey Trebif

Resumes (in some form or other) have been around for almost as long as people have looked for jobs. Rumor has it that Leonardo da Vinci created the first professional profile in 1492. In the early days, resumes were mostly used as a letter of introduction. Fast forward to the early 1900s and resumes started to look much like today’s resumes. Before the digital age, resumes were t...

8 tips for writing a winning cover letter

By Bryn Davies

Your resume is obviously an important part of any job application. But here’s what successful job seekers know: Your cover letter can make or break a job application. Your resume is important as it sets out your relevant experience and job history. And you should make sure (wherever possible) to tailor it to the application in hand. But a cover letter is where you can really go i...

Creating A Brand-Driven Resume

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Is your resume brand-driven? In other words, does it market you as a brand, in the same way that companies market a product or service? A brand-driven resume will make it easy for an employer to see the differences between you and another candidate. Types of Personal Branding Communicating your personal brand can be accomplished three ways; visually, verbally, or through strategic, targeted conten...

Fundamental Truths About Resumes

By Jenny Foss

Let's get it right out there: Crafting a killer resume is hard. For many people, it's insanely hard. (This, by the way, is why the entire professional resume writing industry exists.) At JobJenny.com, we've worked with PhDs, MBAs, CEOs, PMPs, RNs, BS’s, and just every acronym in between. We’ve worked with Olympians, Fulbright Scholars and front-line service providers who are out there ...

4 Quick Steps To Ensure Resume Readability

By Tim Windhof

4 quick steps to ensure resume readability There are few things more frustrating than putting hours and hours of work into drafting and crafting your resume if your efforts are not met with the desired results. While there may be various reasons for such a scenario, a simple and frequent reason for the lack of results is that a resume might give the reader a "too hard to digest" impression. But le...

Write a Resume That Positions You as the Perfect Fit

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

In today’s job market employers want specialists—industry experts—instead of “generalists”. The burden is on the candidate’s shoulders to convince the employer they’re the best choice. How can you do that, though, when what one company is seeking varies from another or when the positions you want are not the same? Employers want to see that you...

How to Manage Career Blips, Bloops and Gaps on Your Resume

By Jenny Foss

Are you someone whose career story includes, well, a few little bumps, bruises or less-than-stellar career decisions... that you wish you could simply wipe from your career history? If you are, understand this—You're completely not alone. In fact, your competition may very well have similar gap issues on their resumes, especially considering we weathered a horrible economic downturn in recen...

How to Lose a Job by Misrepresenting Your Past

By Michael Klazema

Want an easy way to ruin your chances at that dream job? Here are seven ways to do so, simply by lying about yourself to prospective employers. It's a tough and competitive job market out there, and if you want to maximize your chances at getting hired, then honesty really is the best policy. While great references, impressive educational credentials, and a solid base of work experience wil...

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