Is Your Resume Writer Any Good?

For a resume writer to be any good, her clients should get interviews The best criteria for judging a resume writer’s skill is how many of their clients get called for interviews – NOT how many get job offers. Here’s why: you could have the best resume in the world, and it might take forever

Do Resumes Matter in 2019?

It’s 2019. Do Resumes Matter? They’re traditional, and they’re still the norm, but increasingly people are asking if resumes matter to employers when there are newer ways to assess candidates. As a professional resume writer, I obviously think resumes matter, and will remain so for the near future. Alternatives to resumes include videos in which

Does Your GPA Matter for your Job Search?

Not really. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at Wharton, explains “What Straight-A Students Get Wrong” that grades don’t predict career success, so your GPA has little bearing in the hiring process. Grant cites research that shows “the correlation between grades and job performance is modest in the first year after college and trivial within a

Keywords in the Resume: Do They Really Matter?

Clients often ask me if I’ve included the “right” keywords in the resume, but while I once thought keywords mattered a great deal, I no longer do. Keywords in the resume aren’t intended for human eyes; they exist mostly for the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software which itself only exists for the overwhelmed (or lazy)

What’s a Proven Leader? And Other Phrases That Don’t Belong on Resumes

“I am leader, and I can prove it?” Is that what job candidates and some resume writers (the not so good ones) mean when they include”proven leader” as part of your value proposition? Pretty silly, isn’t it? And I’ll bet that the phrase, “results driven” follows close behind – another phrase that doesn’t really mean

You’re Graduating: Now Learn How to Write a Resume

Last week, I met two new clients, both of whom had graduated in 2016, but neither of whom knew how to write a resume – and the result was a bad post-graduate year in which neither had found employment in his or her profession. Things should change for both of them quickly now that they

The Generic Resume: Don’t Waste Your Money

“I’d like you to write me a kind of generic resume so I can apply for a variety of jobs.” I hear this request at least once a week, which means the job seeker is stuck listening to me rant for 15 minutes about why a generic resume is a complete and total waste of

Best Resume Advice: 3 Types of People to Avoid

You want feedback on your resume, so who should you ask? Who will give you the best resume advice? Many people solicit feedback on their resumes from well-intentioned people who nevertheless are unqualified to weigh in. I recognize that it’s more than a bit self-serving since I’m clearly suggesting that I am qualified, but stay