Stop the Madness: One Resume Is Enough!

Stop the Madness: One Resume Is Enough!   Do you feel confused, stressed out, overwhelmed or even a little bit schizophrenic trying to manage the different versions of your resume? Most of my clients feel this way. They spend so much time and energy rewriting their resume for each and every job that they want to apply to. But if you are like most of my clients, then you’re probably doing way more work than you need to!   Well, guess what? You don’t need a new resume for every job you want to apply to! STOP THE MADNESS!   All you need to do is write one main resume that communicates your FACTUAL story (not your brother’s, cousin’s or sister’s story—just yours). This is your professional history, and there is no reason why your history should be changing. I work with my clients to help them do this as effectively as possible.   Then, when you want to submit to different job openings within your profession (which is OK), just change these three things:   Rewrite the objective Change the summary of qualifications to reflect the core competencies that you have for the position Re-sequence the bullet points [...]

By |2018-06-29T17:50:22+00:00June 29th, 2018|Career Coaching Advice, The Fearless Resume|

How Action Statements Turned My Resume into a Winner

How Action Statements Turned My Resume into a Winner Posted on February 18, 2015 by Simply Hired   Two years ago – armed with a bachelors of science degree and unbridled youthful optimism and ready to take on the world – I started my job search. My subsequent job search surely but swiftly taught me a hard lesson. I began to realize a positive attitude is great, but you need a little more than that in your job hunt arsenal. Specifically, I learned that I needed a resume full of action statements that demonstrated performance – not potential. So, I took to rewriting my resume. I replaced the same overused phrases all my competitors were using and replaced them with action statements: Verb + Context + Impact = Action Here are some examples: 1) Did I Lead a Project? Poor: Led a group of four people. Better: Led a group of four people in customer acquisition initiatives. Great: Led a specialized task force of four people in planning & executing several customer acquisition initiatives, ultimately increasing user base by 12%. The “better” statement ends on an anti-climax. It gives minimal context, and it doesn’t elaborate on the results of [...]

By |2015-12-30T03:25:11+00:00February 20th, 2015|Career Coaching Advice, The Fearless Resume|

Does your resume stand out from the crowd?

I wanted to send this to everyone. I found this on Brad Remillard's website. A Client referred me to this website. How Recruiters Read Resumes In 10 Seconds or Less The 10 or 20 seconds it takes to read a resume seems to always generate a lot of controversy. Candidates comment on how disrespectful it is, how one can’t possibly read a resume in that time and some get angry at recruiters when we talk about this. I hope this article will help everyone understand how we do this. I realize that some still may not like it and will still be angry, but at least you can understand how it works. First, let me say I’ve been a recruiter for 30 years.  I’m sure I have reviewed over 500,000 resumes. I can’t prove this but I’m reasonably confident that this is the case, as this is only an average of about 46 a day. I know many days I have reviewed hundreds of resumes and most in less than 20 seconds. I would say the average is probably around 5 to 7 seconds. So for the record when you hear or read about, “reading a resume in [...]

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