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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...
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
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
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...
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 ...
The cut? Will my resume make the cut? Job seekers wonder if
their resume will make it through the system and get them the
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...
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 ...
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...
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,
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
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
A recruiter may find you on LinkedIn and then like what they
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...
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
No, it is not. But if I say: “Of 1,000 clients who came to
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...
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...
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
Types of Personal Branding
Communicating your personal brand can be accomplished three
ways; visually, verbally, or through strategic, targeted conten...
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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
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...